The Water Project

The Water Project

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Do you ever go thirsty? Does it take you hours each day to walk to get clean water? Do you ever think to yourself, ‘Am I going to get sick from drinking this water?’.

We are very lucky in Australia to have easy access to clean drinking water. Many countries in the world do not have this luxury. 4V have come together to make people at SMOT aware of how precious water is to everyone in this world. We are taking the TWO WEEK WATER CHALLENGE and invite you to join us.

For two weeks we will be replacing all bottled drinks with tap water to raise money to build wells in a developing country. Each drink we replaced we will collect money in a jar. We are asking the whole school to join us in this challenge. We will be giving house points for each drink other students in the school replace.

For more information about the Project or if you would like to donate money check out our Fundraising page at:

Plants Depend on Water


During Inquiry we have been learning about the importance of water to all living things, including plants. Water is essential to plants. Did you know that plants are made up mostly of water? Without water plants would shrivel up and not hold their shape.

Last Wednesday we began conducting an experiment to see how much water a plant needs to survive. We planted radish seeds in three pots and then labelled them 1, 2 and 3. Every day we water the plants with different amounts of water. Plant 1 is water with 5mL, Plant 2 receives 30mL and Plant 3 receives 60mL. In a couple of weeks we hope to answer these three questions:

What happens to plants when they receive too little water?

What happens to plants who receive enough water?

What happens to plants when they receive too much water?


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Water at SMOT


This week during inquiry time we have been looking at how we collect, use and store water around the school. We found out that our school has two rain water tanks that we use to water the gardens. We also found out that bottom yard has less storm water drains than top yard, even though bottom yard is a lot bigger. This means that when it rains all the water is being soaked into the concrete rather than going down the drains into our rivers and creeks.

We took a photo of two water meters in the school and we are going to track how much water is used each week.

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We wonder how your school collects, stores and uses water?

ANZAC DAY by Jamii & Sheridan


 ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who fought for us at World War 1.

Each year on the 25th of April we celebrate ANZAC day. On the 25th of April 1915 the ANZAC’s fought in Gallipoli. The ANZAC’s fought for eight months.

At War over 8,000 people died.

They were met by heavy Turkish gunfire, however they were able to make a base on the beach and establish trenches.

By Jamii & Sheridan.

Thoughts of War

We were asked to think about how we would be feeling if we were a solider approaching Turkey on ANZAC Cove back in 1915. These are our responses:



4V’s 1980’s Party- by Jasmine and Grace

4V’s 1980’s Party

by Jasmine and Grace

On Friday the 19th April 4V had an eighty’s party for a class reward. Everyone dressed up like someone would in the eighty’s. Girls dressed up in: leg-warmers, bright skirts, netted gloves and neon coloured tops and shoes. Boys dressed up in: Wigs, sunglasses, hats,   suits, long pants, leather jackets and short sleaved tops. Everyone looked really funny, we had an awesome time!!!!

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Shape Pictures in 4V

Our shape pictures in 4V

by Lachlan, Oscar and Charlotte

In 4V we are learning about 2D and 3D shapes. We had a base shape and then we made it into a creative picture.

Then we had to write the shapes:

  • Names
  • How many Edges
  • How many Faces
  • How many Vertices
  • What they enjoy

The three most popular shapes were square, circle and triangle.

Here are everybody’s pictures.
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Winter’s back and there’s a buzz in Melbourne.

A.F.L.  is back YAY!!

For you that do not know about A.F.L. It is the national  game to Australia. A.F.L. stands for Australian Footbal League. There are eighteen teams. They are: Collingwood, Carlton, St.Kilda, Richmond, Gold Coast ,Greater Western Sydney, Geelong, Brisbane, Adelaide, West Coast, Essendon, Melbourne, North Melbourne, Sydney, Fremantle, Western Bulldogs and Hawthorn. There are twenty-two players per team and there are interchange benches, one for each team. The real A.F.L. players kick with a leather ovel shaped ball. There are twenty-three rounds and four finals. A goal is worth six points and a point is worth one point.

Look at the pictures below.


What’s Your Footprint?

Today 4V discussed our envrionmental impact of the earth. Our environmental footprint are marks that we leave on the environment. There are two types of footprints we can leave. Heavy Footprints; which are longlasting, and Light Footprints which are short-lived.

The environment recovers from light footprints much more quickly. It can be hundreds of years before the environment recovers from heavy footprints.

A Water Footprint

The amount of water people use in their lives makes up their water footprint. Water consumption can be in the form of personal hygiene and cleaning, but it can also include the water used in the production of the foods we eat or the clothes we wear.

What is your water footprint?

Log onto to workout your footprint and compare it to the world’s average.


Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso


Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga Spain. He is famous for being a co-founder of Cubism art. Cubism is a style of painting where objects are broken up and re-painted in abstract form. Pablo moved to Paris when he was about 20 years old as it was considered the Art Capital of Europe.

Picasso painted in different periods. These periods were:

The Blue Period – During this time her painted sad looking paintings using blue and blue-green colours.

The Rose Period- During this period he would paint happy paintings using orange and pink colours. 

The African-Influenced Period- During this period his paintings inspired African Sculpture.

The Cubism Period- This is the period he is most famous for.

What is Cubism?

Cubism was a style of art created by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. In Cubism, artists paint portraits to show three-dimensions on a flat canvas. Artists break up the subject into many different shapes and then repaint it from different angles.

4V created their own Cubism portaits using collage and paint. Check them out. We think we did a fantastic job.

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Want to have some fun at home? Check out these activities from Making Art Fun.

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Picasso Word Search

Picasso Colouring Page

Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Yummy….PANCAKES!


Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day before the Season of Lent. The word ‘Shrove’ means being forgiven for wrong doings. Traditionally people would go to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be ‘shriven’ (or forgiven) for the things they had done. Then they  would go home to indulge in foods they were not allowed to eat during Lent. Since rich foods such as eggs, fat and butter were forbidden during Lent people would use these up by making pancakes.

4V made pancakes together as a class. The ingredients needed to make pancakes were flour, milk and eggs. Anita helped us to cook our pancakes then we poured maple syrup over them so they tasted sweet.

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What  is your favourite pancake topping?

How do you and  your family  celebrate Shrove Tuesday?