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BTN- citizen ship changes


This weeks video was on how the government wants to make citizenship changes.

This is the video… click here


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Red = Understandings

Green =  Questions

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Julia Galliard, Keith Urban, Sophie Monk and the founders of AC/DC all came to Australia. They weren’t born in Australia, they decided to come to Australia and they also decided to become Australian citizens. They aren’t refugees because they didn’t escape from where they lived, they decided to come here by choice.

Anyone that was born here automatically became an Australian citizen without doing any tests.

Although the people I mentioned before had to do a test and fill in paperwork to become a citizen of Australia. Once you have registered and passed the test you can officially be an Australia citizen you get to be an “official Aussie” with the same rights and responsibilities as any regular Aussie.

The benefits of becoming a citizen is you get to vote, pay accurate taxes and get to live in Australia permanently.

Every year more than 100 000 people from 200 different nations get given this important piece of paper (kind of like a certificate) that tells you, you are an official Australian citizen they also have to enter this really important ceremony and swear an oath to be loyal to Australia.

What are specific nations that come regulary?

Our government says “It should be an honour that is only given to people that claim to up hold our country‘s laws and values”.  So that’s why the government wants to make a change to the process of becoming an Australian Citizen.

In 1997 John Howard then prime minister made a test, written in English and it is multiple choice including questions on our history, culture and values. Every 18 to 60 year old has to take the test they also have to be permanent resident for At least a year to take the test.

I wonder why John Howard decided to make a test?

The government has decided to make the test harder so Australia will be safer.

The criteria is

  • You have to have lived permanently for 4 years
  • They will have to undergo more tougher criminal background checks
  • Questions will be added to prove that you can speak English fluently
  • Agree with respecting woman
  • Agree with respecting kids rights
  • Limited times you can do the test if you fail

New citizens will prove they can fit into society. So they will have to work, send kids to school, join a club /committee and show how they can be a true Aussie.

Some say there is no point in doing a test because tests can’t show everyone’s values and when it is a tougher test with fluent English it could exclude others that are still learning English.

I understand why they need to change the test because it is important for Australia to be a safe country. Some people could come when they shouldn’t be, or in a gang.  

But this thought has to still have to go through parliament…

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100WC – slime


My goal: Was to make a procedure text on how to make slime.

Prompt:  the slime dripped through

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100WC- Ant


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BTN-cloud Atlas


This week I watched a video about cloud atlas…

This is the cloud atlas video… click here


Blue = Facts

Red = Understandings

Green =  Questions

Black  = More Information

Clouds are something you don’t take much notice of. Although sometimes you do take notice when it is raining or you’re spending some time figuring out a shape in the sky.

Although there are many more things that happen to clouds.

Clouds form when warm air rises and then slowly cools down.  The water then decreases and turns into icy particles, then the particles go onto dusty particles and that is why you can see fuzzy /fluffy looking masses in the sky.

Cloud are actually really handy and important in our universe and atmosphere. They help regulate our planets temperature and clouds also bring rain and snow. Meteorologists use them to help learn more about weather and climates around our universe.

That is why we have a cloud atlas that is about 140 years old and very handy for meteorologists. It has practically become a catalogue for cloud formations and cloud species. It has different clouds pictures, definitions and explanations from all around the world.

I understand that clouds have their own species just like animals. So every cloud is a different species and has its own scientific cloud name.

Check this link to find out more www.cloudatlas.com  and this link www.cloudappreciationsociety.com

For the first time in 10 years the cloud atlas has let new clouds be added. It was originally a hard copy on paper, although with the technology we have now they decided to put it online.

Why wouldn’t they let people put their ideas in the cloud atlas for 130 years?

(I am sure people got photos of cool clouds in between 140 years.)

There has been a new species just recently added called the volutus. It is a cloud that is known as the morning glory.

One iconic cloud is called the Asperitas that looks like a rough dark sea from the surface. This cloud has a Tasmanian connection. The person that photographed to identify this cloud is a Tasmanian Grandfather named Garry.

I understand how hard it would be to take an exact photograph of the cloud you are looking for because there are no “cloud experts” that will tell you when this cloud is coming, so you would have to judge it really well and accurately to find the cloud you are looking for.  

So keep your eye in the sky because you just might see a cloud around…

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100wc/ Poem

I saw this wall in a museum, it was different, unique and plain.

The wall was beige in colour and looked like it was washed by rain.

People were stuck in the wall, it was strange to see a wall like this one.

I wanted to help the people in the wall because they looked like they wanted to run.

This wall couldn’t have been hand made because it was too real and alive. It’s mystery that doesn’t look like fun.

I just walked past with my eyes on the wall, thinking about how those people got there at all.


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Hard   Beautiful   Brown   Worried   Camera


Greg floated off the Ep001 rocket ship.  Greg took a deep breath and kept walking.  He was surrounded by the most beautiful and biggest planets, Jupiter and Saturn.  Greg got out his camera and started taking pictures, they were splendid.  Greg was so excited to share his photos with his space pals at home.  Greg noticed a hard looking brown patch near Jupiter through his camera lens.  Greg was slightly worried about what this awkward patch was in the sky.  He was soon comforted when he remembered that it could be a new civilization with people or aliens living their…

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Interview Video- Anh Do


This week we watched an interview of Anh Do talking about whats in his book and what happens in his life.

click here for the link of the video I watched and did a reflection of (which is down below)  


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Red = Understandings

Green =  Questions

Black  = More Information



Anh Do is a Vietnamese Refugee who came to Australia.

Anh Do wrote a refugee book about his life and how he escaped from Vietnam also why he escaped from Vietnam. He also says in his book about how he got to Australia and the rest of his life.

Aged 2, Anh Do escaped from Vietnam with his family. He was at sea in his boat for 5 days. Until he hit Australia

Just Imagine you have flown to Europe or America far away on a plane and it takes about 18 hours so times that by five or going up and back up and back and up. In a little boat with not much people in stormy seas and you are about 2 and you have hardly any food or water you are also escaping from war so you can never come back. So I understand how harsh hard and heart breaking the journey would be.

They came across 2 pirate attacks one of the pirate attacks grabbed Anh Do’s brother and the pirates threatened to kill Khao Do (Anh Do’s brother) and whatever got to the pirates, I don’t know, although the pirates didn’t kill Khao Do.

Khao Do went on having a great life in Australia and became the junior Australian of the year in 2005.

 What was the pirate’s inspiration to let Anh Do’s little brother Khao Do free?

What happened in the 2nd pirate attack?

Anh Do was rescued by Germans after pirate attacks and storms.

They were relived, rescued and reassured that Germans came to rescue them. They threw Anh Do’s dad an axe and said if you want to get rescued break your boat that’s our policy your boat has to be sinking for us to rescue you. So that is what the dad did and the Germans then brought them to Australia which Anh Do’s family has called Australia (there home) for about 40 years.

Anh Do is a comedian a movie star and a best selling book author.

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Prompt:   … But how can something so tiny …


“Come quickly over here, I have spotted an animal that changes colour every time I move.” Jessica yelled

“Wow I will come have a look,” Liam said running over fast.

“That’s a chameleon little sis.”

“Oh, but how can something so tiny change colour when I move” she replied suddenly.

“It’s not when you move Jessica, it’s a clever animal, and the chameleon blends in with the background. It does it to protect itself from predators. So well done you spotted one that’s pretty rare.” Liam Explained

“Wow I feel special now,” Jessica whispered just to Liam.

“haaahaaa” Liam Laughed.

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BTN Federation explained (splash video)


Here is the video we had to watch for this weeks home work: click here to find the splash video that I did for homework 


Blue = Facts

Red = Understandings

Green =  Questions

Black  = More Information


Australia is a large, beautiful country with vast land and the majority of the Australian population speak English.

Although things could have been really different if history had taken a different path. For example in 1642 Aiden Tasman stumbled over Tasmania, if he stayed there for more time than he did, we would all be speaking Dutch.

How much would our life change if Aiden Tasman stayed? Would we be speaking Dutch and would that affect anything in our lives today?

Originally my country wasn’t officially called “Australia” until 1770, when Captain James cook claimed majority of Australia for Great Britain.

Australia at one point in time was one continent and it had 6 different countries which were colonies and Great Britain was in charge. The 6 colonies were like countries since they all had their own defence forces, their own trade policies and their own vehicle transportation.

The colonies started to think about joining together so they could have a larger and stronger defence force. Although they were still suspicions about how they would all work together.

I understand why the colonies weren’t ready to trust each other because they couldn’t agree on how the small or big populated were going to work together. They needed to trust each other to become a country with shared roles and with equal rights to be a good country. 

The colonies could have become their own individual countries like USA and Canada. For example parts of Asia had to fight a war to turn into separate countries like India and Pakistan. In Australia they agreed that the more populated countries would have the same number of senators. From there they decided to make a new country “Australia”, on July the 9th 1900 Great Britain agreed Australia be its own country, with its own rules and laws. On January 1st 1901 Federation happened, letting the colonies join together to become one country, a new nation and the commonwealth of Australia. The Northern Territory and Australian Capital Territory (ACT) the territories joined in later. 

Although Women still couldn’t vote until 1902 and aboriginals couldn’t vote until 1962, they weren’t even counted in Australians population until 1971.

I understand why things weren’t still the best, because they couldn’t be, because not everything is perfect. They just got together and they wanted to run a safe, happy and wealthy country which isn’t easy. So I am sure they got straight to work because now Australia is a safe, happy and wealthy country.      

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…so that is why I am always last…


“Hey you!”

“Ah me.”

“Yeah you, I need you to do your green team application.” Mr. Burken groaned.

“Alright” Grace replied.

Grace thought in her head why she was last all the time.

Grace was alone eating her lunch suddenly shadows emerged of the 3 school bullies. Followed by Veronica’s ear piecing voice,
“Let’s talk alone Gracie” Grace didn’t know what got to her although she went along with it.
Veronica told her,  “Mr. Burken is only making you last because you remind him of  his daughter that died 2 years ago.”  “Thanks Veronica I will talk about it with Mr. Burken tonight.” Grace said appreciatively.

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