Sydney and Canberra 2017 – Tuesday 29th


The  Australian War Memorial

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Many Brave and courageous Australian soilders died for what they believed was right in WW1 and WW2 . They thought that the governments system of government was right since everybody and everyone could help shape how the government works in a Democracy. Even to this day many Australian soldiers are protecting us and giving up their lives for us and our system of government. Our Democratic system is worth fighting for.

Hirusha andPatrick

The Australian War Memorial

At the Australian War Memorial you take a trip through the trenches of our history.
We learnt lots throughout the Discovery Zone where we got to interact and experience our learning.
Later we had to level up our thinking as we walked through the true natureof the wars. Many soldiers sacrificed their lives to give us certain freedoms and with every step it got harder not to get emotional. As we discovered more we developed a new respect for the people that put our lives before theirs. These people protected our Australian way of life.
By Mason and James


Angus and Abi – Mt  Ainslie and the Parliamentary Triangle.

Most Powerful Is He Who Has Himself In His Own Power

The Parliamentary Triangle was made as a design feature. Marian and Walter Burley Griffin designed this feature originally to put more important  national buildings into it such as the National Library, National Portrait Gallery, National Capital Exhibition, Federal Police Memorial, War Memorial and of course Parliament House.

Marian and Walter Burley Griffin were American landscape architects. They travelled to Australia to enter into the ‘competition’ of creating Australia’s beautiful capital city, “Canberra.” They won, with other competitors from Finland, Sydney and France. Marian and Walter both equally decided to make Canberra a very natural environment  including Mt Ainslie.  The buildings don’t take over the land. Their aim was to build a city that would reflect Australia’s natural beauty and be of significance worldwide.

What does a working democracy look like? That was our driving question.
Government is a busy place, they are efficient and work as a team, they synergize. We believe that a working democracy, looks like a place to speak your mind and your heart, fostering connections and collaborations. The Parliamentary Triangle represents a tight community and nation for one and all.
The politicians are always working towards something that benefits Australia.

“By the people, for the people.”

Canberra and Sydney 2017- Monday 28th August

Australian Electoral Commission

What is voting? Voting is a chance for everyone to have a fair say in today’s democracy, we are given choices and we decide on who or what will make our life better. We elect Representatives who make decisions in Parliament  for us. We vote with a secret ballot system. This allows us to vote in a way where we can not be told what to do or who to vote for, it also allows you to have some choices. This is a democratic way to choose what happens around us. But there are a few rules for Australian voting; you can ONLY vote once, this allows everyone to have a fair say, you MUST be 18 years of age so you are then fully matured, you MUST to be an Australian  citizen and last of all you need to be enrolled to the Australian voting site.

This gives everyone a fair chance to have their say in the Australian democracy. We as Australians use our voting system to elect our representatives for each state or territory. They then go to the House of Representatives where they debate and  question laws, public issues and other such things. Our representatives act on our behalf, they help make Australia a democracy. We were luckily given a great opportunity to learn all about this and more at the Electoral Educational Centre.


By Sophie & Lily

Parliament House

Canberra is home to very important building called Parliament House. This the home of the Federal Government. It is where important decisions are made and is built of different natural materials from the different states.



There is lots of Tasmanian wood, mostly in the Senate. Outside the building is a large Aboriginal painting that is symbolic of a meeting place. Parliament house is a meeting place for the Prime  Minister and other politicians who go there to pass laws and help us in our everyday life. They are guided by the Australian Constitution. Parliament house is so special in many ways and I think it is important to have it here in Canberra as a national meeting place.

By Jonty

Anzac Parade

Anzac parade represents the main axis that runs through Canberra from Parliament HOUSE TO WAR M. There are many different memorials that also represent all the people who have fought in Australian Wars with New Zealand. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. There were memorials dedicated to nurses that served, Gallipoli, the first World War and Second World War. Even though we were at war with Germany in WW1 we are still able to put the past behind us and fly our flags side by side. The ANZAC parade represents all the alliance we have made and those that are yet to be made as alliance are also crucial for successful relationships.

By Zac and John

House of Representatives

The House of Representatives (Reps) is divided into parties by the amount of seats they have. The Liberal party are a part of a Coalition and have 75 seats and one speaker and the opposition have 69 seats. The seats are from Federal divisions and each state has 12 Representatives for each division.

The House of Reps have Question Time to ask questions about what the leading party is doing. Question Time is for the public to know what our politicians are doing to run the country . The House of Reps also pass bills. If the leading party were to pass a bill they need to have a majority vote which is over 50%.  If the bill is passed it then goes through the Senate. If it passes the Senate without change it goes straight to the Governor-General but if it is altered it comes back to the House of Reps for another vote. So to conclude the House of Reps have Question Time to ask questions about how the country is being run and they also vote whether to pass bills. The House of Reps are voted in by the public and represents the community’s view. That is the job of the House of Representatives.
By Jordie

The Senate

The Senate is in Parliament House on the west wing. The Senate is the darkest red from the ground and when it goes up the red lightens. Laws come from the House Of Reps and then the Senate decides on whether they should become a future law. If the law gets passed it goes back down to the House Of Reps. These laws keep our democracy in shape. In the Senate there are 76 seats where 12 senators from each state and 2 senators from each territory.


At the front of Senate chamber the is a chair where the President of the Senate sits. Behind that there is a chair for the Governor-General and the chair on the right of the Governor-General is a chair for any important person visiting. The Senate also houses the opening of parliament when everyone from the House Of Reps sits on the side of the Senate chamber every three years. So the Senate is a something that our democracy needs to have so that it keeps running and stays healthy.

 By Thomas Watson

Magna Carta


-Great Charter in Latin
At Parliament House we were lucky enough to visit a copy of the Magna Carta! There was lots of information but I am just looking at one particular piece.

Firstly the Magna Carta was written more than 700 years ago in England.
King John was not obeying his own rules and so the people wanted to change that and so King John had to write the Magna Carta and agree to the new rules and regulations. Magna Carta is a foundation of the start of a working democracy and also a responsible government!

By Leilani Challis

National Portrait Gallery

We had the privilege to go to the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra. It is filled entirely with Australian art by Australian artists. We learnt that different emotions are essential for paintings and you can see small symbols in the clothing and settings. For example, a light bulb is in the background which symbolizes bright ideas. People need to be free to do what we want to (legally) do. We enjoy the freedom of speech, freedom to vote and freedom of religion in our Australian version of democracy.

By Rose

The National Portrait Gallery is important because it acknowledges the people who make a big difference in the world e.g. influence the young to be artists or whoever the portrait is of. For example, there is an amazing piece of artwork of Cathy Freeman  and potentially  anyone could be inspired to be a runner. When you see someone’s portrait and read their story it can take you to different places when you are still standing on the same spot. In a democracy you have to be yourself and you have the freedom of speech and  to fight for what you want. The National Portrait Gallery relates to democracy  because in drawing and creating you have to express yourself as in Parliament. You have to have reasons for why you want it to happen, who’s going to make it happen and when it is going to happen. You have the freedom to truly express yourself and make a difference.

By Rebecca


We have embassies and High Commissions to represent the different countries of the world to show how our countries communicate and respect each other.
All Commonwealth countries have the same head of state as Australia which is the Queen, however not all embassies are Commonwealth countries, these are called High Commissions.
The embassies are all very close to the Parliament House which is where the Prime Minister works in Australia.
Embassies and High Commission’s develop relationships with the Federal Government in Trade and Immigration.

By Ella and Charlotte

Government House

Chatting with His Excellency the Governor  General Sir Peter Cosgrove was one of the highlights of our trip. We are very thankful that he gave up his time to talk with us and to talk about his role as the Queens’ Representative in Australia. All laws have to be approved by the Governor General before they are officially proper laws.  He spoke to us about his charity work and how close he is to the troops. A working democracy looks like a very organised Government that’s run by the people, for the people, with the people.


Canberra and Sydney 2017 – Sunday 27th August

Setting off…

We were all so excited for Sydney and Canberra, we could already imagine the crystal blue sparkling waves crashing onto the golden soft sand of Bondi Beach, the joy and excitement of Questacon and the wonder of learning all about Parliament house. We are going to learn all about trust, team-building, respecting and caring for others and getting along with everyone. Best of all we are going to make great memories of our grade 6 year..

We are wondering….

“What does a working democracy look like?”

Australian Institute of Sport

The AIS is the Australian Institute of Sport. It was decided to be built by the government so athletes who can’t afford proper equipment can come and train at the AIS if they have talent for a sport. It supports Australia’s athletic identity by training up many athletes to become Olympians.

We take pride in our end result at the Olympics and the AIS improves it by having more talented athletes who have been able to train. Being an athlete usually costs lots of money but since the AIS has been built, anyone who has talent for a sport can come  and be supported and this is democratic because everyone is allowed to train there.

By Chelsea and Hamish

Grade 5 – Do you have any wonderings for us?

Hey Grade 5 Hortle!

We’re sure you’re looking forward to coming on your Canberra/ Sydney trip when it is your turn and we are wondering if you have any questions for us! We are having a fantastic time in Canberra and have discovered and explored heaps of interesting ideas, concepts and questions!

Our guiding question for our inquiry is:

“What does a working democracy look like?”

We look forward to answering your questions, stay tuned to our blog to read all about our inquiry and how we relate our guiding question to all the amazing places and sights that we see!



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I have just spent a couple of hours introducing blogging to students in grade 4/5 Hortle and grade 6 Grace. The students listened well and learnt a lot about being safe on the internet as well as being good digital citizens.

Here are some of the things we discussed:

  • What is a blog and how it differs from a website – we watched a video from the last post on our blog
  • What is a URL and how to find your class blog by using the URL
  • Logging in to the class blog
  • Changing their profile – first name only no surnames at all
  • Changing password – make sure it is medium or strong and includes little letters, capital letters, numbers and characters – at least 8 in total
  • How to write a new post and include an image or video
  • How to leave a comment without logging in – need to know email address and anti spam word, first name only again
  • How to leave a comment when logged in
  • Adding categories and tags

What to do now:

  1. Log into your class blog
  2. Change your profile
  3. Leave a comment on a post
  4. Write your own post and submit it for review

As a class we need to make an ‘About Us’ page to introduce our class to the world.

We also learnt about these three blogs

Mrs Hortle’s class blog

Mrs Grace’s class blog

Sue’s student blog

Students: Time to comment –

What are some things you need to be careful about when blogging? What makes you internet safe or a good digital citizen?

Welcome to Term 3, 2017

This term we will be having a focus on ICT and in particular, the art of blogging.

A blog is a frequently updated online personal journal or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world. A place to share your thoughts and your passions. For our purposes we’ll say that a blog is like our own website that we are going to update on an ongoing basis.

I think it will be a fantastic opportunity to share some of the great work our class have been doing and also to interact with other classes throughout Australia, and indeed the world.

Time to leave a comment:

Our class blog is your chance to have a voice and say in what we do. What topics are you passionate about and would like to share with others? Coding, wombats, star wars are just a few that come to mind. This is your chance to share your passion with others!

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