Why Queenscliff?

My focus is going to be on the Queenscliff township and my topic is ‘Queenscliff the first 30 yrs’, Queenscliff has a rich history, with its historic buildings such as the fort, railway, guest houses and port (it also has LOTS of great fish & chip shops).

Queenscliff was established in 1853 as a fishing village, but it then started to become a thriving port with a railway, pier, life boat service and multiple lighthouses.

Queenscliff Fort is important to Geelong because it protected the bay from enemy ships at a time of great importance (the gold rush and later in WW1 and WW2). Though as no shots were fired from it in wartime you could say its presence was a good defensive deterrence.

All of this helped Queenscliff become a  thriving township and whilst it is a little bit sleepy today – it is an important part of local history.





The Question we were asked this week was How has the discovery of micro-organisms and the invention of the Microscope changed our lives?

I think it has changed our lives in a huge way by allowing us to see what causes illness and disease and allows us to treat them.  It also allows us to see what makes up the atmosphere and  see what gasses are made of.

Micro-organisms are what keeps us alive, by protecting our vital organs from disease and fighting it when we have a disease, they also help our gut and immune system. Micro-organisms are also the things that break down compost. So they are essential to both our personal (physical)and our external (environmental) garbage systems – our bodies and our world.

So think about it, what would have happened without the microscope?

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Passion Project P2

So far this term I have worked out what I am using and how I am going to make my fishing lures.

The materials that I will need is plasticine, silicon, resin, metal wire and a fishing lure to base it off.

These are the steps I will take to make a 2 piece mould.

  1. on a corflute base, make a rectangular plasticine base approx. 2.5 cm thick
  2. take the existing lure and run a centreline down the entire length of the lure
  3. press one side of the lure to the depth of the centreline  into the plasticine mold
  4. add marbles around it in the plasticine (this will be used to line up the two halves when making the actual lure)
  5. make a rectangular conflute box wall around the plasticine to enable pouring of the silicon over part one of the mold, seal the edges with hot glue gun
  6.  prepare and pour enough silicon to cover the lure to a depth of 2cm
  7. allow to dry for 24hrs, then flip the box and very gently take out the plasticine and marbles without removing the lure (its very important to avoid breaking the part one silicone seal with the lure)
  8. to create part 2 of the mold, spray the part one silicone mold to stop the part 2 mold from sticking to part one
  9. pour the silicone over part 1 of the mold and allow to dry over 24hrs, then gently pull apart the corflute box and separate both halves of the mold.

And to make the lure I will.

  1. Place a metal wire though the centre of the mold with eyelets at each end ( it will look like this: picture below),
  2. fill the mould with resin and let it set for 10 minutes
  3. gently pull both parts of the mold apart and take the new plastic fishing lure
  4. test how it floats in the water, add weights to the body and tail if required.
  5. cover with ‘Jigskins’ (heat shrink lure wrap instead of painting)
  6. add rings and in-line single hooks

That is all for this post and I am getting very exited about making my own fishing lure.



Gauss Beats The Teacher

Today we investigated gauss beats the teacher.

The problem was that Carl Fredrick Gauss had finished his work and his teacher asked him to work out what all the numbers from 1-100 equalled by the time his teacher got back to his desk gauss had the answer. How did he do it?

There are multiple ways of doing this, my first answer was that he paired the numbers together like 1 + 99 and 49 + 51 there are 49 of these because 100 and 50 don’t have pairs, each pair equals 100 so 49*100 = 4900 and then you add the 100 and the 50. After I had completed this I tried it out with 1000, 1000000 and 1000000000. You can also solve it by making pairs of 101 like 100+1 and then *50.

This is my working out.



I liked this problem because it was challenging but fun






Passion Project P1

For this term’s passion project I am going to make a few fishing lures. The reason I chose this topic is because I like fishing and I wanted to know how the fishing lures were made. Fishing lures can also be expensive and when you can easily lose them to a fish it might be a good idea.

The first thing I am going to do is research how to make a fishing lure and what the best method to doing this is. I will need to find out the steps, equipment and costs.

I am hoping to be able to copy this one: image below


I am excited about doing this because it is a new experience and I will probably get to test them out the next time I go fishing.

Using mental maths to find missing parts

Today we focused on mental maths.

We had to answer a variety of different questions like, Greta and Nikki have a total of 320 CDs between them, if Greta has 111 how many does Nikki have. (my answer was 209)

I found all of these questions rather easy and completed them rather quickly.

This lesson I learned that you don’t always have to use a piece of paper to work questions out.

Term 2 Reflection

My highlights for this term are getting so many pieces of writing done, being more productive and doing my Ted Talk.

The goals I have accomplished have been. Being productive and getting more writing done.

This term has taught me to keep going even when things get tough and to persevere.

I think I could improve on my listening and organisation skills next term.

My goals for term 3 are to.

Get better at my organisation,

listening better

and to always be productive.

That concludes my term 2 blog post, see you next term.





Sharing Passion Projects

So far we have looked at lots of passion projects all with different topics including “flipping”.

Session 1

Today we watched some people’s passion project, my favourites were Josh’s one about backflips and Hugh’s one about surfing. There were also a few others one that I liked.

Session 2

Today we looked at Jack’s mountain biking film (my favourite of today) Oli’s one about planes, Hannah’s one about making pyjamas and Asha’s one about gymnastics.

My overall favourite is Josh’s because it is funny and exciting.


Math Madness-Knights Tour

Today we focused on a game called knights tour in project maths. a knights tour is where you have to get the knight to land on every square once each.

This is what I discovered.

That the average answer for the class was 47,

The most effective strategy was to get rid of the hardest to rid of first

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