Letter to parents about Australian Government


G.R: Hi mum and dad,

Here is what I know about government. Australia’s system of government is democracy, where everyone gets to vote. England’s Queen also has power over us, so we are a bit of monarchy as well. Decisions are made in Parliament house. There are two sections in parliament house: Senate and representative. Laws and decisions have to go through both houses before they are made. There are three types of government: Federal, state and local.

Here is what I want to know about government: Why are there two houses in parliament? What is the difference between them? Is there only one party that is in the government or more? Is there an election in every state? I don’t really get those last two questions, because there is only one election on TV, but Ant said that there is a party representing every state.

If you could help me with that, that would be great.


BTN- Voting changes




This BTN was about how the government is planning to get rid of group voting tickets. Right now people get to order their favourite senate candidates from one to the end, which can take a while. Most people don’t want to fill out all of them, so instead they just vote for their number one and let that candidate decide the rest. That’s known as a group voting ticket. Smaller parties often make preference deals, which is where one small party agrees to preference another small party, so they are more likely to get elected. When was this rule made? What is a senate? I reckon it’s cool how they came up with the group voting ticket system and how it works.





SRC speech


Hello fellow classmates. Today I will be talking to you about why I should be the SRC representative for our class. My name is Hamish and I have been at this school for 6 years. My sister Liv is in year 4, my brother Cohen is in grade 1 and my mum is secretary of the PA.

I believe I should be SRC because I am very organized. Most of the time I do my homework early and am always on top of things. I don’t miss many days of school and my school diary is neat. I manage my time well. I organize my week and I am almost never late for school.

I also think I should be SRC because I am good at communication and public speaking. I like debates and am pretty good at them. I do well in projects that require presenting to the class. One of my favourite hobbies right now is making youtube videos. I have a youtube channel (called The Taco Thief) and that involves speaking to lots of people. I have made over 40 videos about lots of different things. I play soccer outside of school and that involves communicating with your team. I often help kids in class when they are stuck on something and I am very clear and confident.

My final reason why I should be SRC is that I am a good leader. I am open to new learning opportunities, for example I have been to GATEWAYS multiple times. I am fair and okay if we lose. I show the school values and I am the vice captain of my house and captain of our gala sports team. Thank you for listening to my speech.

My goals for semester 1 2018


name:   Hamish Talko                                             .

Goals for semester 1


What I want to learn:


I want to learn how natural disasters are made and more about the government by the end of the semester.

I also want to read different and harder books.

Finally, I want to finish a book, type it up and sent it to a publisher.


List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:


  • Borrowing different books from the library
  • Not giving up on a book
  • Paying full attention in class
  • Doing research in my own time
  • Asking questions


How I learn and behave:


I want to not get distracted as much and concentrate more on my work.

I also want to make learning fun for myself and others.


List examples of things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:


  • Focus as much as I can
  • Make a joke every once in a while
  • Have a good sense of humour while learning at the same time

100 word challenge- Blockmen


Hello. I am mister blockman. I have a wife and a daughter. We came to earth from outer space but cannot let anyone see us. Anytime someone non-blockman comes past we have to pretend we are statues. Our mission is to observe the non-blockmans; the creatures who call themselves humans. After we have observed them enough we will decide whether or not to take over their planet, depending how good at fighting they are and what weapons they have. We will go back to our planet, planet of the blockpeople, and get reinforcements to then take over the planet ‘earth’.

Safer Internet Day


Today was safer internet day. We did a webinar about being kind and safe on the internet. Here ae some notes I took:

Safer internet day:

About being respectful.

Going online can be like being part of a sporting team;

It can be challenging, you can learn new things or skills.

You can feel left out or helpless.

If someone has something negative said about them reply to that post saying a nice comment about them.

Don’t tease or be mean online.

Don’t be racist.

Listen to opinions other than your own.


We had to make a pledge. Here is the pledge I made:

I pledge to help anyone who is having trouble on the internet and being cyberbullied.




Black trampolines and colourful mats

The rock climbing walls cast shadows on the floor

The quiet bounce of the trampolines is hardly heard over the shouts of kids

The soft material of the trampoline is like a giant pillow

How does this stretchy material hold my weight?

How was this fantastic place created?

I feel so free when I fly through the air

Though my stomach turns to jelly when I look down from the high obstacle course

I feel so free when I soar through the air. So free. So free.

Goals for Term 4


Work and study:

I want to learn more about coding and I want to create a game. I also want to get better at algebra and not be afraid to try new things.

Things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:

  • Practise at home
  • Have a play around on Scratch
  • Not be afraid to miss lessons
  • Go to districts (if I get into it)
  • Not be afraid to ask


Fun and friendship:

I want to play more than just one game at recess all the time and play with different people sometimes. I also want to be more confident when dribbling the ball in soccer.

Things I could do that would show I am trying to meet my goal:

  • Make more friends
  • Practise dribbling the ball
  • Experiment with different games


Next year I would like to get better at:


Next year I would like to learn more about physics and I would like to get better at public speaking and technology.