PMpTue, 29 Jul 2014 19:45:55 -040045Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
The way kids are punished has been a big talking point over the past few weeks. Two comments started it all. First, the National Children’s Commissioner said putting kids in a ‘naughty corner’ might go against their rights. Then, a national education advisor said he would support the return of corporal punishment in some schools.
Do you think Naughty Corner type punishments go against your rights as a child?
POST THE QUESTION AND YOUR RESPONSE ON YOUR OWN E-PORTFOLIO ðŸ™‚
PMpWed, 28 May 2014 18:19:42 -040019Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
This week is Reconciliation Week, a time when all Australians are encouraged to celebrate Indigenous culture. And a big part of that culture are traditional languages. Did you know hundreds existed in Australia before European settlement? Some are still alive while others are starting to be forgotten.
WHY IS RECONCILIATION WEEK IMPORTANT TO AUSTRALIANS AS A COMMUNITY?
PMpWed, 21 May 2014 18:17:53 -040017Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Australia and Japan have had some pretty strong disagreements over whaling. Japan does it and Australia has tried to stop them. And recently it worked. An international court ruled part of Japan’s whaling program illegal. But last week, Japan was back at it just in a different area.
This weeks BTN question is (your response to be posted in your personal e-portfolio):
AMpWed, 14 May 2014 01:21:39 -040021Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
SHOULD CYCLISTS HAVE TO BE LICENSED TO USE THE ROADS?
Melbournians love to cycle and for many people riding their bike is an everyday activity. The idea that cyclists should obtain a license has been put forward recently after a couple of really bad crashes. But this could have a big impact on kids, especially the ones who rely on their bikes to get to and from school.
Write your response and use at least two references to support your idea and show evidence of this by stating where you got your information from. Don’t forget to post it to your ePortfolio
AMpTue, 06 May 2014 02:23:03 -040023Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Which of the following: Health, Education, Welfare, Defence, Aid and Research, Transport and Communication do you think needs the most money? Why?
In around a week, we’ll see just how the federal government is going to spend the country’s money over the next year. They’ve made no surprise of the fact they’re trying to find big savings. But if you were treasurer, what would you spend the most on? And where would you cut back?
PMpTue, 29 Apr 2014 20:15:34 -040015Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Should Australia be a Monarchy or a Republic?
Prince William, Kate and their little baby George have been touring Australia. With the Royals visiting our country, once again an age old question has been raised. Should we or should we not be aligned with the Queen? With such a high interest in Kate and the baby, does this mean that as a nation we love being a monarchy? Or do we need to move on from the Royal family? Find our own traditions and cultures to aspire to.
PMpTue, 01 Apr 2014 17:38:10 -040038Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Should the government spend money trying to save species with little chance of survival?
Should we try to save every animal facing extinction? That’s the question being asked after a new UN climate report card said Australia will continue to get hotter in the future and because of that some native species might face extinction. The government spends a lot of money trying to stop native animals from dying out. But some scientists say we should ONLY put that money towards helping some of them. It’s a controversial idea so here’s Emma with the debate.
PMpTue, 25 Mar 2014 19:13:22 -040013Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
SHOULD MORE OLD GROWTH FORESTS BE OPENED FOR LOGGING?
To a state that’s famous for its forests and the timber that comes from them. Tasmanians have seen a lot of debate over the years between supporters of the logging industry and people that think more forests should be off-limits. And the fight isn’t over. The state’s new government wants to give the logging industry a boost to create more jobs but that’s made some pretty angry.
PMpTue, 18 Mar 2014 19:52:20 -040052Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Why do you think the disappearance of flight MH370 is such a big news story?
It was more than a week ago that a plane and its 239 passengers went missing. Authorities are now saying it might have been deliberately flown off course and 25 countries have been asked to help in the search. But at the moment there are more questions than answers, like how can something as big as a plane just disappear?
AMpTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:24:42 -040024Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Do you think you spend too much time in front of a screen?
It’s the new way to pass time between every other task in your day, just pick up a phone or tablet and bang, you’re entertained! But what effect is all this screen time having on us? And what effect is it having on families?
AMpTue, 25 Feb 2014 09:25:36 -040025Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
This story is by Coen a very special BtN rookie reporter. He’s a 16 year old kid who will soon be traveling the length of the Murray River by jet ski. He’s doing it to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation a subject that’s near to his heart. Actually literally right next to his heart because he’s the proud new owner of a set of donated lungs. Take a look. (Text from: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3948833.htm)
Based on Coen’s story, do you believe all Australians have the responsibility to become organ donors?
PMpTue, 18 Feb 2014 23:13:21 -040013Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
If you do something wrong do you think it’s fair to be rewarded for it? That’s the debate going round this week after an Aussie woman named Schapelle Corby was released from a prison in Bali after doing nine years for drug smuggling. Rumour is she’s been offered millions to tell her story. But there’s an Australian law designed to stop that happening.
AMpTue, 11 Feb 2014 04:53:40 -040053Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Do you feel confident riding your bike on the road?
Explain and justify your answer
It’s great to see some responses on our blog from the parent community. Remember you are not required to use your surname and like the students, all responses are approved by teachers before being updated to our blog. (Refer to our Blog Guidelines towards the top of the page)
AMpTue, 06 Aug 2013 00:28:09 -040028Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
How kids are disciplined at home is always a controversial topic. Last week it hit the headlines again after a group of doctors called for smacking kids to be made illegal. But not everyone is in favour of a ban. Let’s take a look at the debate.
AMpWed, 24 Jul 2013 05:45:02 -040045Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
When you munch on an apple or dive into a tin of peaches, do you ever think of where they came from? Many Australian farmers make their living from growing and selling fruit and veggies. But in the past few years they’ve been struggling to compete with cheaper food from overseas. Sarah meets a Victorian family who are finding it tough on the land.
Should we be buying cheaper imported fruit and vegetables at the expense of our local farmers? Justify your answers.
AMpTue, 18 Jun 2013 06:54:40 -040054Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
A former US spy has revealed some secrets that have got a lot of people talking. Intelligence agencies in the states have been collecting people’s internet data and keeping a record of lots of their phone calls. He felt that was wrong so he told everyone about it. (Thanks BTN)
Should government spy agencies collect peoples data and keep track of their telephone conversations?
Is it right to sacrifice individual privacy in favour of group safety?
AMpTue, 11 Jun 2013 08:46:40 -040046Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Imagine if you could be the Queen (or King) of Australia. You could live in an Australian royal palace. With Australian royal guards. And maybe even an Australian royal kelpie. You’d be the head of the whole country and the head on Aussie coins! (Thanks BTN)
Is the royal family important to you?
Do you believe that Australia should become a republic and break away from its British Royal ties?
AMpWed, 05 Jun 2013 00:21:00 -040021Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Sport can be a great way of bringing people together. And that’s exactly what’s happening at one football club in New South Wales. A group of mainly Muslim women have got together to create their own team. And while they may be struggling on the ladder they’re making their mark in other ways. (Thanks BTN)
What are your thoughts about women playing AFL footy?
Why do you think the girl in the story got so upset?
AMpTue, 28 May 2013 00:08:52 -040008Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
The vaccination debate has hit the headlines again after some politicians suggested a plan to allow childcare centres to ban kids who haven’t been vaccinated. At the same time figures were released that show immunisation rates in some parts of New South Wales have hit record lows. (Thanks BTN)
Should childcare centres be allowed to ban kids who haven’t been vaccinated?
AMpTue, 21 May 2013 03:30:32 -040030Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Scorpions are arachnids so they’re more closely related to spiders. Now even if you’re one of those people who don’t mind creepy crawlies you probably wouldn’t want to pop one of them in your mouth. But eating bugs isn’t as rare as you might think and a new report says it could be the food of the future. (Thanks BTN)
Use your imagination and create a gourmet meal using insects!
What are your thoughts about this news report?
Entree: Spaghetti with napoli sauce, pickled scorpions and grasshoppers
Mains: Earth worm steak with scorpion sauce and veggies
Desser:t Cockroach flavoured ice cream with chocolate covered grubs
I thought that BTN segment with bugs in it was kinda gross because I hate bugs. I think that part with the kids trying the bugs was even more gross because you didn’t know what their reaction was going to be, but when they ate the bugs, they liked them!!!!!!!!!
AMpTue, 07 May 2013 04:59:26 -040059Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
Hundreds of people were killed when a factory collapsed in Bangladesh recently. Bosses told staff they had to work in the building even though the owner had been told it was unsafe. The factory made clothes for some well-known fashion brands. So why do we make so many of our clothes overseas? (Thanks BTN)