GTAC Reflection

Gene Technology Access Centre

On the 27th and the 31st of November the 5/6’s went to GTAC [some went on one the day and the others went on the other day]. I went on the 31st of November 2013 and learnt so much about forensic science and science in general.

Some things we covered and did were use microscopes. Most of the stuff we did was based around looking at things in microscopes and we learnt how to use microscopes and features of it.

We had to solve a challenge using forensic science skills with microscopes. We looked at different objects like seeds and leaves. We used 2 different microscopes. One called the stereo microscopes and another one called a compound microscope. These are not the only microscopes these are just the ones we used. A stereo microscope can see up to 400 times magnifying. It goes from 4x, 100x, 400x. The other microscope can see up to 1000x. It can go from 10x, 100, 1000x. The lens itself in a stereo microscope is 4x and in a compound it is 10x. We looked at water samples trying to find paramecium, euglena and spirogyra. These are micro organisms. They are so small you can not see them only under a compound microscope.

3 facts I now know:

1. Here are the parts of a microscope. These are for a stereo microscope and a compound microscope. The eyepiece lens, objective lens, stage, focus knob, light source.

2. That a tiny seed is big, brown and a bit hairy under a microscope.

3. The name spirogyra is named that because under a microscope is a stripe line that when not under a microscope you can not see.

2 understandings I now have:

1. There are heaps of careers in science and forensic science that all sound interesting. They are all different and all have different jobs and you need different expertise to do them.

2. In science with the equipment you use you need to use you have to be carful with it because you can get fingerprints on them and spill stuff. This will effect the outcome of your experiment.

1 wondering I still have:

1. How many jobs are there that have to do with science?





Swimming Carnival

All excited we walk to the pool. Chatter and laughter fills the air. My heart pumping I am ready to have a fun day. When we get to the pool I see the icy cold water. I see the yellow flag and know immediately that this is were I sit.


My first race is  the freestyle race. As I here Sozoe our captain yell freestyle racers  over to the marshalling place. I see competitors and feel nervous. Finally it got to my race and Jess [the teacher marshalling ] calls the people in the races names and tells us we can dive or start in the water. Adrenaline pumping, I dive in the water and race my heart out. I see the wall and come to breathe again. Waiting to see how I went I saw a lady coming towards me. She gave me a stick and it said 2nd. I was so proud. I got out and got my Ribbon.


The day passed as every one went in and out of the water competing for there house. Some of the other races I was in were backstroke[I got 4th place], Breath stroke[I came 2nd], Freestyle relay [my team of 4 came 2nd]. My last race was the Cork Scramble which is not a race but heaps of corks go every where and you have to go and get them. For this game you really have to work as a team but you can not throw or get more then 2 corks and put them in the bucket.


Overall I thought every one had a great day by their beaming faces and their excited body. The main point of the day was to have fun and be safe. The other point was to compete and get points for your house team.


After the tiering day we have our assembly which is were we get to know who won in year levels then overall.






My team is the yellow team Chislhom  and when we heard we won the crowd went wild………


I was excited as I heard that and I think everyone else did as well. I was tired and still hot but this was all worth it!

Gala Sports Recount

”Play” heart pumping I’m ready to hit that ball, get it over the net and score my team a point. With a few practice swings I’ll get it over. 123 Boom. The ball nearly touching the net and cm from going out. I get it over. Team mates shouting is all I can hear .I felt like hitting it over and over again. The great bit was no one cached it. I have scored a valuable point for my team.


But where am I and what am I doing? I ‘m playing volleyball competing for the ultimate prize. Nothing. Well you could get into Regionals but that is of my mind .All the 5/6s were in a sport .One quarter were in volleyball. One quarter were in Bat tennis. One quarter were in Soft ball and the last quarter were in cricket. We go very dirty like kids playing in mud. We hurt our self to try our best. My favourite bit was all of it but probably it was just having fun. This was my last year I would still like to improve at high school.


After a long hot sweaty day that we had all had a go in and tried our best and won and lost games. We did some great serves, catch’s, spikes, sets and digs. At the end of both days I felt like I contributed. I’m not sure about the rest of the other teams and but out team came 6th which  is a big improvement from last year when we came 11th. My team mates and I were proud. Although there were some faults it turned out to me like a success.

Swimming Carnival


Today was the swimming carnival and this is what happened.

Walking to the pool I could hear all of the chatting, laughter and the excitement.

Eventually we got to the pool. My class and I walked through the gate. We went to put our stuff down and put sunscreen on and put on our bathers then we started the races.

My first race was Freestyle 50m and I came 2nd. Secondly I competed in backstroke 50m and I came 2nd  the next race I did was breath- stroke 50m and came 2nd . My last race was a team race the kick board relay the people in my team were: Sheleah, Auriana, Holly [Maddy replaced].Our team came 2nd  so all my events I came 2nd.

After all the events we all walked back to school and had a school assembly.[I am in Chisholm] Here were the results:

P-2: Banks

3-8: Chisholm

Overall: 1st Chisholm 2nd Banks 3rd  Lawson 4th  Marcarthar


Overall I had a AWESOME day.

Holiday Letter


Dear Jude,

Sounds like you had a great holiday, Thanks for the letter it sounds like you had a yummy lunch and caught up with some close friends.

I also went to see Hugo and I thought it was filmed great and it was really realistic. I  also saw Alvin and the chipmunks 3 [I thought it was really boring].

Christmas Day, The night before we went to the Victoria Market to get some stuff for our Christmas lunch. Then on Christmas Day we had to wait until our mum and dad then opened our presents. I got everything I wanted, such as books, This thing were you make this face then you put this powder on it and I also got a bath bomb set just to name a few . I was extremely happy. For lunch we had seafood’s like prawns and scallops also we had quail and salads.  Overall it was AWESOME but unfortunately it was raining and hailing.

Another Highlight was when my family and I went to Phillip Island with our close friends (2 families). Mainly the whole time we were at the beach either boogie boarding or jumping and diving over and under the waves. We had loads of barbecues and watched a movie. I had a terrific time!

On the 26.1.12 [Australia Day] My family and I and some other friends had a picnic on the park right next to the Yarra river just outside of Hawthorn.  At the start we ate our lunch then went to this mini playground right next to us. Then cricket then we had got bored so we dug a hole and made a stew then somehow we thought of a idea to make fake dog poo. My friends and I all thought that was a great idea, so we mixed the stew with the dirt. We put then in all kinds of wacky places, on the tops of hills, near peoples drink, near peoples thongs. It was hilarious! Every now and again we got a bite to eat and played some cricket.

Since we had a pool at home at our new house{only for a few months}We have been in there.

Also dad and I went to the Tennis Australia but we didn’t go to Rod Laver but we still had a great time and I saw loads of boys and girls play. My mum and my sister were at home and later in the week my mum and dad went to Rod Laver Arena.

From  Amelia