Fay’s 9’s

Fay’s 9’s is a Project Maths problem that is about vertical addition. Fay needed to make an addition sum that would add to 999. The catch was she could only use the numbers 1-9 and it involved carrying and many small problems in one. There were 180 solutions. This is what the blank template looked like.Some patterns we noticed whilst solving this problem were that the units column has to equal 19, the tens column has to equal 18 and the hundreds column has to equal 8 (Because you carry the ones from the units column the tens actually adds to 19 and so on). Also towards the end we found out that for each of the 5 combinations that add to 19 there are 36 different ways you can combine the other numbers. 5 x 36 = 180At the start of the project we were told (A spoiler alert by Leo) that there were 180 solutions. My group (Soph R, Piper, Poppy, Tisse and Sophie Vo) decided to work backwards and to use what we already knew to work out what we didn’t. After making the discovery of what each column had to add to we made a list of all the possible unique solutions that could go in the units column (So they added to 19). At first we found over 20 and then we realised that they were’t all unique. In the end we found 5 unique solutions that added to 19:
9 + 8 + 2
9 + 7 + 3
9 + 6 + 4
8 + 7 + 4
8 + 6 + 5
So after that we discovered that 36 had a major role in solving this problem because 180 divided by 5 (The amount of combinations that make 19) = 36. We just needed to prove that we knew why this number had such a big role.
We broke this problem up by working backwards and going one step at a time. Once we found the amount of solutions we found what each of the columns had to equal. Then after that the amount of combinations for the 1, 10 and the 100’s columns. In the end we found how you use all 9 of the numbers to create 180 combinations that add to 999. All of these steps flowing into each other helped us to gather information and a clearer understanding of the problem.
My group finished this problem and we were able to explain how we got to our answer. There are 5 different 3 number combinations that equal 19. With each of these combos you can swap the numbers in the 10’s and 100’s column around 6 times each.
6 x 6 x 5 = 180This project was challenging because there were lots of small problems that you had to work out before you could work out the whole problem. It was also challenging at first to decide which combinations were unique and what actually made them unique. I think it would have been even harder to solve this if we didn’t know how many solutions there were from the start.


The pictures are from Soph R’s book because mine doesn’t show up very well.


So I have decided to carry on with what I started last term (Children Helping Children.) I want to make these gifts really special for the kids who get them, so that meant spending an extra term making them! I have collected all of the clothes I need so the plan is…
Go to Cotton on and spend the voucher that was donated, on clothes to fill up the packs
Organise a fundraiser around my town to raise money for packaging and items that can’t be second hand (Socks, underwear etc.)
Wash and pack the clothes and colouring packs into gift boxes
Donate them to Geelong Mums
Create a short film about where some of these kids come from and what they experience and what I’ve done to try and help that (If I have time!)
I probably wont use much technology but if I do end up making a film then I will use either Adobe Premiere or Movie Maker to make and edit it.
My project is targeted at children in need who have fled their home from family violence. They turn up at Bethany with nothing but what they are wearing. Hopefully my gift packs can help 5 or 10 children start to piece their lives back together and give them something that they own and that they can be proud to have. Even though my project isn’t for anyone in my family my Parents and sister will help me to put all of the packs together.
I am looking forward to seeing how my last Passion Project turns out and hopefully making a difference and helping some people who really need it!!



Originally I planned to make 30 gift packs but at the moment I probably only have enough clothes for about 15 (Which is still amazing). So I have decided to continue this project next term, to collect more clothes, get more donations from clothing brands and have a packing day to wrap the clothes and colouring packs into something that children can be proud to have.
I have had many successes including having generous donations from families at school, receiving a voucher from Cotton On, a clothing donation from Ghanda and I had 30 colouring books donated by Hinkler Books. Some of the challenges towards the end of this project have been trying to get advertisement out to the wider school community, and before I decided to continue this project next term, I had a challenge to try and work out when I would wrap all of these clothes and colouring books as well as making a video about it.
I overcame these challenges by deciding to continue next term and I also talked with my parents and Miss Williamson to work out the best way to advertise to students and parents.
I have learnt so much whilst doing this project. Learning what some children have to go through is so sad and it makes me realise how lucky I am. I am going to extend my learning on this next term by creating a video about what these families go through and what I’ve done to try and help this. Also I could aim to collect more clothes and make more gift packs or even toiletry packs.

Mauritius to Australia Reflection

In this project we have been learning about the word coexist and what it means. We all Chose a country and designed a double page that shared information about the Flag, Religion, Customs and Social Behaviours in the country we chose. I chose Mauritius!!
 Australia has many differences to Mauritius:
1. Traditional clothing in Mauritius includes Saris and Churidaars whilst Aussies don’t really have any traditional clothing.
2. Many Sports are popular in Australia including, Cricket, AFL and Rugby. In Mauritius Soccer is the most popular sport but children also enjoy playing with marbles and toupies.
3. There are lots of festivals celebrated in Mauritius each year including one of the main ones Holi which celebrates the start of spring. Australia Day is one of the most celebrated public holiday in Australia.
4. More than half of the Mauritian population have Hinduism beliefs whereas many Australians are Christian.There may be many differences but Mauritius and Australia are also very alike:
1. We both enjoy a wide range of many different cultures food including Italian, Indian and Mexican.
2. Both countries have the colours red and blue on their flags.
3. Australia and Mauritius each enjoy a wide range of different sports.
4. Both countries are islands.
5. We both speak English.

If I lived in Mauritius:
I would enjoy eating the wide range of many different cultures food just like I would at home in Australia. I would also love participating in sports that I already know like soccer as well as learning the cultural games such as Marbles, Toupies, Marelle and Goli Danda.
It would be challenging to adjust to the different way of life in Mauritius and to learn about their beliefs and traditions.



So far I have bought a box into school for clothing donations to put into my gift packs. I have emailed cotton on, Decjuba kids, Ghanda, Target and Kmart about clothing donations for my gift packs. I have driven through Corio to see where these families come from and understand more about the issues they face. The colouring books I ordered have arrived so I can also start putting together my colouring gift packs.
I have learnt about families in the Geelong area that are not as lucky as I am. I have also learnt how to approach people to ask for their help with donations.
I have had successes when Sam from Cotton On and Courtney from Decjuba Kids replied to my emails. When the colouring books arrived that was also a success. My Challenges have been Trying to get in touch with people during business hours because I am at school, I have had companies like Bonds decline to help because they are already working with other charities.
My next step is to hand out the notes I have made and to advertise around the school. Once I have collected enough clothes I will move onto making the gift packs and then giving them to Geelong Mums.

The Lost Princess

In this DC lesson we watched a video about the online world and how it can be an amazing or an extremely dangerous place. The main Character (the lost princess) was on an online chat, she learns how to be safe online from examples from REAL LIFE stories. I chose Charlotte’s story to explain:

Charlotte experienced a problem when she logged onto an online chat and lied that she was 13. She got a friend request from a stranger and she accepted. She started talking with him a lot and when he asked for her messenger address and she gave it to him, she thought she knew him after all of these conversations and he was older than her, so surely more sensible. When they were talking alone she told him things she wouldn’t want anyone else to know. One day she accidentally gave him her mobile number, he started texting her all the time!! When he was texting her while she was at dinner her mum decided enough was enough and she stole the phone and read the texts, Charlotte was saved from what could have been a life threatening encounter. She was planning to meet with this boy, who was actually an adult the next day, the consequences from this could have been terrible.
This negatively affected Charlotte because she started being on the computer all the time, replying to his never ending messages. She had to lie about her age and she gave a stranger her personal details. She would have been overwhelmed and scared when she found out who she’d been talking to. It also affected her family because she was on technology so much.
The issue was resolved by her mum luckily stealing the phone from Charlotte when the man had been texting her at the dinner table. When her mum saw the messages she told Charlotte that what she was doing was dangerous and she stopped talking to the man.
Charlotte shouldn’t have lied about her age to get onto this group chat in the first place. She shouldn’t of accepted the friend request  because she didn’t know him in real life. She should have asked a parent before giving him her personal contact. She shouldn’t have told him things that she wouldn’t want anyone else to read but the biggest thing she did wrong was plan to meet up with him. She didn’t know his proper age or name and how did she know he was telling the truth?
The main message I took away from Charlotte’s story was to NEVER share private details with someone you don’t know in real life. If you wouldn’t invite them to your house, don’t accept them online!!


For my second passion project I would like to set up a clothing donation box at school. My neighbour Neridah did the same thing at Kardinia, and she ended up donating 80 full outfits to Geelong Mums. Geelong Mums is an organisation that gives clothes and toys to family’s in need. Most of the time it will be a mum and children fleeing from a violent husband/dad with nothing but what they are wearing. The packs that I am planning to make will be given to these family’s. I would like to make a video as well to show how I collected and made the packs.
The technologies I will need are:
  1. My phone and computer to contact people to help me along the way
  2. A camera either from school or a phone camera to make the video
My Project is targeted at all age groups especially people who like to help the less fortunate or people who have experienced family violence.
I am looking forward to getting started on this project and the feeling when I have made the finished packs, giving them to Geelong Mums.

DC Cartoons

Today in Digital Citizenship we looked at the messages that some cartoons tell us about what happens when we get addicted to technology in day to day life. We had three different cartoons to choose from and the one we chose is above. I worked with Abby and this video we made represents the cartoon that we chose.
At the end of that video we added a section showing what we think this cartoon actually looks like in real life.
At first most people would think this is funny because, the way that the lady tries to get the mans attention is extremely unusual and asking to strap his phone to her head is really funny. Also the mans face looks completely blank as if he can’t even hear what shes trying to say to him.
The message that I think this cartoon tells us is that if you get addicted to technology it can affect your social and even your day to day life. We need to learn when we need to get off technology but this is getting hard for some people who are addicted.
This is an important message because sadly this is what actually happens and sometimes you can even go into a cafe or restaurant and see both the man and lady on technology, both in their own little places. It is also important because the whole point of spending time with someone or catching up with them is to talk and have fun with each other not just sit around on technology whilst the other person gets bored and angry.
Once I knew the message this cartoon is not funny at all because it means that to some people technology is more important then people.
Be aware of when to use technology and if someone asks you to get off then just do it!!


I did achieve what I originally set out to do. My aim was to encourage young girls to play footy and believe that they can do exactly what boys can. I made my blog and posted 7 different posts on the blog. I met Sam lane and interviewed Lily Mithen. I watched VFLW games and posted about my own footy matches. My successes were meeting Sam lane and purchasing her book ROAR. Interviewing Lily Mithen as well as having her come down and train with my team. My challenges were trying to get interviews, although I met Sam lane I never had a reply to the letter I gave her. I also emailed Paul Hood the coach of the Geelong Cats women’s side and a player from the team and I didn’t get a reply from either of them. I overcame these challenges by interviewing teammates and improvising posting about what I’ve learnt from playing footy and reading Roar. If I continued with this project I would keep posting and keep trying to get more interviews. Keep reporting on the geelong VFLW teams progress and my teams progress down at the Eagles. I really enjoyed this Passion Project and I can’t wait for the two to come!!
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