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!!

Win at the Fair

At the start of the Win at the Fair project we tested using the ‘loosing game’ board to learn how the game board that we would design actually works. We found that the certain game board lost the school a lot of money because we were paying out bigger prizes then what they had to pay to play the game. We collected class data and played 104 games learning that overall we lost $48.60. I believe that this was because winning the 20c, 50c and $1 dollar prizes are good for the school and make us profit but because there were lots more prizes like $2, $3, $4 and $5 that lost money, the game didn’t profit us money.

The problem we were given when attempting to re-design the game board was to profit $300 from 1000 games for the school. Each game is $1 dollar to play. You roll the dice and the number you roll determines whether you move right, left or forwards. The amount of money you land on is your prize.For my creative board my goal was to trap the player into only winning 50c prizes. This plan didn’t really work and I ended up loosing $4 from my 10 game tester. In my reflection I realised that my board would’t be very appealing because 50c is won over and over so people wouldn’t want to keep playing; and it clearly didn’t profit the school money.In the proper board we had certain places to put the prizes so i couldn’t attempt to trap people, but there were other ways of tricking them. My board is enticing because you can win up to $70 and there’s 8 ways for the customers to win money compared to the 5 ways of loosing money. What they don’t realise is that 2,3,11 and 12 are some of the hardest numbers to roll and they are the only rolls that will let you move left or right so it is extremely hard to win $70, $50 and $20 as your prize. My board will profit the school money because in my 10 roll tester I profited $5.90 and I only won prizes of 20c and 50c.When I used Maths 300 my results weren’t the best. I decided to change my board to a $70 prize instead of $75. I was originally going to change the $2 to a $1 but that would be less enticing and only make a $2 difference whilst changing $75 makes a $10 difference. So with my new board, from my 4 1000 roll tests on Maths 300 two of them  accomplished the goal of a $300 profit. My other two were just over, profiting $267 and $ 265. I also tested my board with a 10,000 games profiting $3,206.20.

Digital Etiquette

Today we watched a video where Tim and Moby taught us how to be Etiquette online, Netiquette. This is my video . . .



Netiquette = being etiquette online. Etiquette is being polite and using your manners so when you do that online it’s called netiquette.
Flame Wars = Are fights online they could start by someone making a rude comment, bullying that turns into a fight.
Trolls = Are people online searching to start flame wars for attention and sometimes just for fun. Some trolls could be anonymous.
Anonymous = Is when people on social media, in gaming or online don’t have a clear identity. Most of the time whilst online you can only see peoples profile picture and name and they can both be fake. some people steal other peoples identity this is called identity theft.
Communication = your communication needs to be clear online and it is different based on the person you’re talking to. If it’s your teacher you won’t write with abbreviations ( c u l8r ) but if it’s your friend you might. other unclear ways of communicating are using all CAPSLOCK because they might think that you’re yelling at them or by writing super looooooooooooonnnnnnnngggggggggg messages that people get lost in.
Permission = Before posting a picture or a comment and it involves someone else you need their permission just in case they don’t want everyone to see it.
When it’s out it’s out = This means that once you post something or make it public you can’t take it back. Even if you click delete it’s never actually gone. So stop and THINK


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