Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Congratulations and happy holidays!

Kevin and I would like to congratulate all the students in 34kt on a fantastic year! We would also like to thank all the parents and friends of our community for all their wonderful participation throughout the year.

Have a fantastic holiday and we will see you around next year...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Don't forget...

Don't forget:

This Friday 10th December is our class picnic at the Railway Park starting at 4pm.

On Monday 13th December is our parent morning tea and travel expo.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Harry's Webquest


1. Who won the grand final? go to

2. What does AFL stand for?

3. Who was In the grand final this year?

4.Finaly find out how many grand finals Carlton has won?

By Harry Chester

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cooking with Athena

This week Olympia's mum Athena came in to cook and make...


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 brown onions, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 600g baby spinach, washed, dried, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup dill leaves, chopped
  • 900g Greek feta cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 375g packet filo pastry
  • 100g butter, melted


  1. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring, for 6 minutes or until soft. Add spinach and dill. Remove from heat. Cover and set aside for 5 minutes or until spinach wilts. Transfer to a sieve. Using a wooden spoon, press as much liquid from spinach mixture as possible. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Add feta, pepper and egg. Season with salt. Mix well to combine.

  2. Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a 5cm deep, 30cm x 38cm (base) baking dish (see note).

  3. Place 1 pastry sheet on workbench. Brush with melted butter. Top with 2 pastry sheets. Brush with butter. Continue to layer pastry, brushing every second layer with butter, to form 10 layers. Use pastry layers to line base of baking dish. Spoon spinach mixture over pastry.

  4. Using remaining 10 pastry sheets and butter, repeat step 3. Use pastry layers to cover spinach filling. Using a sharp knife, score top of pastry into 24 squares. Brush top with butter. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until golden and crisp. Allow to cool completely in pan. Refrigerate, covered, for 4 hours or overnight if time permits.

  5. Cut spanakopita into squares. Serve warm or cold.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Message from England

Hello Australian students,

We are the children from 1SW at Rosendale and we have been looking at and enjoying your blog. We really liked the pictures of your trip to the Immigration Centre and the food you were making.
We wanted to ask you guys a few questions about Australia. We have been talking about what to say as a class and have come up with 4 questions:
1) What playground games do you play?
2) What is it like to have a hot and sunny Christmas?
3) What is your favourite food?
4) What are your favourite animals?

We look forward to hearing your answers and getting any questions from you!

Take care and thanks for making a great blog!


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Excursion to Immigration Museum & The Long Walk

A big thanks to all the parents who came along on the day!

Making gnocchi and deep-fried plaintain

Thanks to Sophie (Harvey in 3/4Ks mum) for making gnocchi!

Thanks also to Tanya and Gus (Ariel in 3/4Ks parents) for making deep fried plaintain.

Monday, November 15, 2010

PHPS Bazaar 2010

A big thank you to everybody for a fantastic Bazaar yesterday. The children had a fantastic time! A big thanks to Dianne and Lisa for their brilliant organisation and to all the parents who assisted on the day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Christmas Break Up

Friday 10th December

Join us for a play in the park after school to celebrate the end of the year and wish Kevin and Tim a marvelous summer break.

Railway Reserve, Solly Avenue, Princes Hill (nearest to school)

4pm onwards

BYO food and drinks

Also, we’re organising a collective gift for Kevin and Tim, so please make a contribution by contacting Lisa or Dianne (or Seb’s Mum, Julianne) by Monday 6th December on either

Lisa Amad Camilleri

Or Dianne Smith

Theo's Webquest

Soccer world cup (football)

1. First find out who won the 2010 world cup using this website.

2. Who won the golden boot in the world cup?

3. What did England come in the world cup (in the groups)?

By Theo
The end.

Well done, now try this game.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Tom's model

Tom (3/4K) made a model of a character, Abercrombie, from the short animation, Vincent, by Tim Burton. He got the inspiration from the book he purchased from the Tim Burton exhibition at ACMI. He documented the process in a very comprehensive project book. Fantastic work, Tom!!

Lebanese Cooking

Last week, Josh's mum, Lisa (3/4T) came in to make Tabbouleh and Kafta on skewers. Here are the recipes:


1/4 cup (40g) fine burghul (wash, drain and leave to stand for 30 mins)
5 cups chopped flat-leaf parsley, rinsed and drained
5 tomatoes, finely chopped
8 spring onions, finely chopped
1/3 cup finely chopped mint
150ml lemon juice
150ml olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Mix all the ingredients together


1 large onion, finely chopped
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 kg finely minced lean lamb
2 cups finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Mix ingredients together and then shape into sausage shapes. Cook on a hot barbeque or pan on all sides for about 4 - 5 minutes

The children then ate the kafta, tabbouleh in some flat bread with hummus. Very tasty!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Student Book Reviews

Here are some Christmas reading recommendations from the children in Olivia's book group:

The Owl Service
By Alan Garner
It all started when Alison heard the scratching in the roof, but when Gwyn finds the dinner service something seems wrong.
something is happening in a Welsh valley, but only Huw knows what it is and how to stop it. Alison, Roger, and Gwyn don't understand, except one day Gwyn finds out what they are facing.
I highly recommend it.
Joe.R 3/4k

Cleopatra by Adele Geras It is about a girl who wants to be a maid servant for Cleopatra and work in the royal palace.But along the way she has difficulties where she has to leave her hometown.But she has a good friend called Rami who helps her speak Egyptian and live up to her dreams. I would rate this book 9/10 By Safije in 3/4k

The Extraordinary Adventures Of Ordinary Basil
By Wiley Miller

This book is about a rather ordinary boy called Basil who was a good whistler. But once his whistling attracted an unpredictable professor....He also meets a girl called Louise who lives in a mysterious world called Helios floating in the clouds.
This is a good book for children and is very exciting. This book is split into chapters. By Sebastian T-C

The Emperor of Nihon-ja
It is a very good book set in the medieval era and the countries are called: Araluen (Britain) and Nihon-ja (Japan). Will and Halt are looking for their friend Horace who is lost in Nihon-ja somewhere because he is protecting the emperor from a rebellion of Senshi warriors and must seek help from a mysterious group of mountain dwellers called the Kikor then find a castle from a fable. Will Will find his friend and Horace find a castle from an old fable and will the rebellion of Senshi triumph? All these questions will be answered in book eleven of the THE EMPEROR OF NIHON-JA!
Nick S 3/4K

Eyes nose by Paul Jennings
It is about a boy that can't make up his mind. Then he gets a robot. When he pulls his nose the eyes spin. When they stop they're either red or green. For example, if they were green he would buy two hamburgers but if they were red he would not. Then he got into trouble with it. Luckily his friend breaks it!
Recommended by Nic R 3/4T

A Review on a Dragon's Journey
By Duy Long Nguyen and James Knight
The Dragon's Journey is about a boy called Duy Long who is in Vietnam and is 7 years old. His dad is an Inspector General Hien Duy Nguyen and is one of the highest-ranking officers in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam know as the ARVN.
Later on in the story Duy Long eventually arrives in Australia and found work as a bodyguard.
I would rate this book so far 4/5.
By Katrina 3/4K

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
By J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter is on a mission to destroy Voldermort's Horcraces but he must stop going to Hogwarts. He isn't safe because once he is 17 he loses his mother's protective power which makes him weaker. Now the only way to stop Voldermort is to find and destroy his horcrucses but to do so he must undertake a perilous journey with his two friends Ron and Hermonie risking his life as well as theirs.
Jasmine in 3/4K

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Making Pizzas

Debbie (Shamik's mum in 3/4T) came in on Wednesday to make pizzas.

We would also like to wish Shamik all the best as he is leaving our school on Friday. Keep in touch, Shamik!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Book group reviews

Olivia's reading group has been using some response techniques from the Visible Thinking website. Below Jasmine's review are some "headlines" that capture the essence of the story.

The garden of Empress Cassia
The garden of Empress Cassia is a story about a school girl called Mimi. She's been bullied mostly by a girl called Gemma. But every kid calls her "smelly loo" except one boy called Josh who everybody likes. He calls her M. Mimi is sad but is talented, she is a great artist. She gets 98% for maths but her dad says its not good enough. But one day her art teacher gives her some magic pastels that can be very dangerous in the wrong hands. But for Mimi it changes her life. I would recommend this book. By Jasmine

Magic pastels fall into the hands of young child and she realises she is more than special - Safije

The magic pastels are gone and found in a girl’s heart.

Found from years and lost.

Miss O’Dell’s promies has been broken. - Katrina

Some girl draws on footpath.

Empress Cassia seen in Mimi’s house.

Garden of Empress Cassia v garden of Darkness. - Nick S

The magic pastels are found.

Pastels for ever. - Seb

Chinese Garden blows people’s minds.

These are no ordinary pastels.

Magic Pastels – good and evil?

Pastels change girl’s life. - Joe

Change is good.

Do not steal pastels as they could be dangerous. - Nic R

Friday, October 22, 2010

Italian Cooking

On Thursday Jasmine's mum, Donna, came in to make bruschetta and a fritatta with eight children. Here are the recipes:


Ingredients: 4-5 tomatoes, oregano, garlic, salt, olive oil, pastadura bread and pepper.

1. Chop and core tomatoes
2. Add oregano, olive oil, salt and pepper and mix
3. Rub toasted bread with garlic
4. Place tomato mix on the bread and enjoy!


Ingredients: 5 eggs, 5 boiled chopped potatoes, garlic, parsley, 1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1. Mix eggs, potatoes, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl
2. Fry mixture in a pan
3. Turn frittata by placing plate on the fry pan and flipping it onto the plate. Then slide back into fry pan to cook other side.
4. Slice and enjoy!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Greetings to England!

Kate Atkins, Head of Rosendale Primary School sent me a message. So as we are looking at different countries around the world, we would like to invite the children at her school to leave a comment in the form of a fact about London or England.

"Hello to the students at Rosendale Primary School! We would like to invite you to comment on this blog post with a fact about London or England. You could also comment with a fact about your school. Please take a moment to look at our blog to find out what we have been doing"

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wanted! Old atlases and maps

If you have any old atlases or maps could you please bring them in for our inquiry, "All Around the World"

Austrian Cooking

Today, Nic's mum Olivia (3/4K) and Nick's mum Alison (3/4T), came in to our neighbourhood to do some international cooking. Here is the recipe and information about this dish - thanks Olivia!

Austrian Desserts: Kaiserschmarrn



3 tablespoons of raisins

hot water

4 eggs (separated)

Pinch of salt

3 tablespoons caster sugar

400 mls of milk

1 cup plain flour

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

2 tablespoons butter

Icing sugar

Applesauce, plum sauce or other fruit


1. Pour hot water over the raisins to cover and leave to soak

2. Separate the eggs putting the whites into one bowl and yolk into another.

3. Beat the egg whites until soft peaks form and add the salt towards the end.

4. Beat egg yolks, sugar and vanilla until light yellow. Add milk and flour, a little at a time to avoid lumps.

5. Fold in egg whites. Let the batter rest for about ten minutes.

6. Drain the raisins on some paper towel.

7. Warm up a large frying pan (10 - 12 inches in diameter) and melt 1 to 2 tablespoons of butter in it.

8. Stir the batter again, gently, and pour into hot pan. Sprinkle the raisins evenly over the top. Cover the pan and let the pancake cook over low heat for about 8 minutes. Flip over (you may have to cut it into several portions to flip).

9. Cut or pull the pancake apart into bite size pieces while it continues to cook. When it is browned a bit, it is ready to serve.

Sprinkle with icing sugar and serve with applesauce or preserves of your choice.

What is Kaiserschmarrn?

The most legendary of all Austrian desserts: Kaiserschmarrn is something like a torn omelette. Its origin, in fact, is somewhat legendary itself: Torn omelettes ("Schmarrn") already had a longstanding tradition when Austria's last "real" emperor, Franz Joseph I demanded one such thing for dessert. His cook quickly created this simple Schmarrn from few ingredients. Inspired by the milk, he named it "Käser Schmarrn" (Cheesemaker's Schmarrn), which the old emperor misunderstood as "Kaiserschmarrn" (Emperor's Schmarrn).

Since you don't disagree with an emperor, the dish became known as just that. "Schmarrn" is also used in colloquial German like "rubbish" or nonsense in English, describing inaccurate information or stories. The legend of the name Kaiserschmarrn may be just that but it makes a good story.


Photo of Nick’s Kaiserschmarrn 16/10/10