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Mayoral Visit

The Grade 3 and 4 students were very excited to welcome a special visitor on Wednesday morning: Mayor Mike Symon! Students have been learning all about the roles and responsibilities of the local council, and they had some insightful questions for the mayor when he visited. Mayor Symon was very generous with his time and patient in his responses, we thank him for a wonderful addition to our learning this term. 



House Athletics

Athletics Day was another fabulous day at Mullum Primary School! We participated in many different events including sprints, high jump and shot put… just to name a few. 


The students certainly showed off their understanding of TEAMWORK on the day, with the wonderful support they provided each other and the cooperation that was on display through the team events.


A HUGE thank you to all of our parent helpers and of course the wonderful Mrs Pumpa for organising the entire day. 


Oh and of course… Go Wonga for being our overall winning house ❤️🎈❤️🎈


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This week we welcomed 5 chickens. They are settling in very nicely and do seem to be getting used to all the children.



Solar Panels

Over the last two weeks ninety-six solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Learning Centre.  This system has been provided by the government through a Greening Schools Grant and will enable us to substantially reduce the school's impact on the environment.  We are working towards becoming a Resource Smart school, as we monitor and measure the use of resources like waste, water and electricity.  With our worm farms, composting systems, paper recycling, reducing waste, nude food lunches, water tanks for the vegetable gardens and now the solar panels, we are well on our way to leaving a smaller environmental footprint.



First 100 days

We were so excited last Friday to celebrate our Foundation students 100th day at school. Such a milestone was worthy of dressing up as their one hundred year old self, working with their buddies to count to one hundred in lots of different ways. 


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Throughout Term 3 all classes are working on the Character Strength - Teamwork.  Last Thursday all students worked in their Kooramook (Cross age) groups and participated in a range of team work activities, including cup stacking, hoola hoops, bean bag games, matchstick building.  The cross age activities occur on week 3, 6 and 9 each term and provide a wonderful opportunity for students across grade levels to work together. 




The Grade 2’s have been having fun learning how to the play the Ukulele this term.  We have been learning how to produce a good sound and also how to create some funky strumming rhythms as well. 



Performing Arts

A great start to Term 3 so far with our recent performance by the Grade 5/6 students who presented their Performing Arts Festival, held in the hall on Monday 25th July.  It was a very entertaining afternoon filled with class ensemble pieces played on the xylophones, ukuleles and percussion instruments.  We also listened to some very inspiring solo instrumental pieces from our instrumental students.




Grade 2 students are learning about systems this term. Later this term they will plan a system of transport to take them to a place in the world that’s on their wish list. They will have to use a variety of transportation, including hot air balloons and submarines if they so desire, to reach their destination. Disneyland is a popular choice among the students! They researched on iPads, looked at a world map and wrote a wish list.


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Pasta making

We are exploring pasta making over the next few weeks. We had so much fun making the dough and then using pasta makers to create delicious fettuccine. For some, using their hand to mix sticky eggs was a challenge to begin with, but everyone persisted. We added a burnt butter sage (from the garden) sauce. You can make pasta even if you don’t have a machine. Go online and do some searching – there are lots of hints and ideas.



In the Garden

Despite the cold weather there is plenty to do in the garden.

Shella and Tahlia planted a new potato crop. Other students weeded the indigenous garden, relabelled our beds, crushed and spread egg shells around the pak choi crop and planted more spring onions. One child stood back observing the garden and commented, “This looks so different than when we started at the beginning of the year.” His pride and pleasure was evident.



Bush Talk

Participants of our bush skills program had fun this week learning how to start a fire with flint and steel, experimenting with different materials in their tinder bundles, showing great perseverance in the process. We also continued to work on our baskets with flax that was collected from our school grounds. Each basket was beautiful and unique. 




The students potted up strawberry runners in repurposed milk bottles and created a vertical strawberry patch. We are looking forward to tasting fresh strawberries later in the year.




Grade 2 had fun investigating regular and irreguar 2D shapes on the geoboards using elastic bands.  they discovered they could make many different polygons.


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Hawks for All

Peter from Hawthorn Football Club - Hawks for All Blind AFL  ran an educational and engaging clinic on Blind AFL for grade 3-6 students yesterday. He openly shared with the students his own personal experience of being blind, explaining the difference between vision impaired and legally blind. Within the Blind AFL community, Peter helps students to understand the different classification of the players within sports, the different modifications that are put in place to support these players, as well as how the players use their other sense to support their performance.


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Division Cross Country

Gosh, what a cold, rainy, windy and muddy day to run a cross country race! On Tuesday 7 June we had a large Mullum representation run the Division Cross Country at Yarra Glen Race Course. The 9/10 year olds ran a 2km course and the 11/12/13 year olds ran a 3km course. Our team ran against students from the Maroondah and Manningham Districts and should be very proud of their achievements!  Parents transported and supervised our students so they experienced the wintry conditions first hand.  Brrr.


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After learning about what compost is and why we make it, everyone got busy gathering fallen autumn leaves to add Nitrogen to our pile. Our Spring garden will be healthier for our efforts.




The students have been practicing their lefts and rights and discussing other words of location, for example, under and over. They put their learning to the test when playing with the Bee-Bots and giving them directions to get to their partner.

The investigated the use of maps and the importance of them. They created their own map of the Zoo and worked with a partner to locate specific animals.

Using their knowledge of birds-eye view, the students created a treasure map of the classroom. With their partner, they hid something special and had to use clear directions to help their partner find the treasure!



Fluffy Scones

Grades 3 and 4 were honoured and delighted to cook 10 dozen scones for a retirement celebration for Mrs Carmichael. Everyone was so careful with their folding and kneading, resulting in fluffy, light scones.




In Science, the Level 2 students participated in an experiment which taught them to understand that gravity is a force that pulls objects down to Earth. Student investigated how far a toy car is pushed by a ball when you change the height of the ramp. The students enjoyed experimenting with different ramp inclines and measured the distance using popsticks.  


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Mural for Mullum

A new mural is planned for Mullum! Mullum was lucky to win a competition held by Smiling Minds and receive funds for this wonderful project! The colour scheme, a collection of colours chosen to help stimulate the senses, will represent our stunning Mount Dandenong Ranges backdrop. The students will contribute to the mural with a collection of 'palm stones' crafted in terracotta clay and marked with impressions, symbolising themselves. The mural will introduce the first chapter in the story behind our school symbol, Bunjil, The Eagle.



Bucket Drumming

This term we have introduced Bucket Drumming!  What a fun way to make some funky rhythms and learn about the basics of drumming.  We are lucky to have the amazing Laura Harris who demonstrated some fantastic skills and rhythms to our students last week. 


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Indigenous Plants

Grade 3 and 4 have been investigating food First Nation people would have eaten many years ago. They have planted indigenous plants from CRISP Nursery and researched how ingredients could be cooked today.

This photo is a Yam Daisy or a Murnong, a source of vitamins which can be eaten raw, dried or cooked.



Mother's Day Stall

To all the wonderful Mum's at Mullum, we wish you a lovely Mother's Day.

There was a lot of excitement at the Mother's Day Stall as children carefully chose gifts. Some people are going to be very spoilt this coming Sunday.

Thank you to the Volunteers who came together with such community spirit to make it such a huge success.


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On Monday 25 April our School Captains, Avery and Mattisse, represented Mullum Primary School at the Ringwood RSL ANZAC Dawn Service.  It was an early start but after a respectful service of Remembrance they headed to the Gunfire Breakfast and wrapped up the morning with a delicious breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausages. 


Smile Squad

For the next two weeks the government funded dentist program, Smile Squad, are onsite providing free dental services to families.  Our Science room has been transformed into a dental screening centre and the treatment van is on the netball courts ready to treat students.  Here is Samantha ready for her check up!



The students in Grade 1 and 2 have been learning the Italian vocabulary for people in the family. This week they explored the concept of masculine and feminine nouns by grouping the words into male (maschi) and female (femmine) and then looking for common features in the Italian spelling of the words, with a focus on word endings and definite articles. They then listed the words into feminine and masculine words.



Grade 2's had so much fun channeling their inner Jackson Pollock in the Art Room.


Exciting delivery!

Grade 5/6

An exciting few weeks in the senior school so far this term with the arrival of the Grade 6 jumpers and t-shirts! There was a frantic rush to the bathrooms as they all changed swiftly into their bright new shirts and despite the wonderful weather, there was a sea of black jumpers on display around the school for the rest of the week!


Kinder Teacher Visit

On Friday the Foundation students welcomed their Kinder teachers to Mullum Primary School! They were so excited to see their special visitors. The Foundation students took their Kinder teachers on a tour of our brand new school and showed them all their work around the classroom. It was wonderful to watch them sing their old songs together again and be reunited with a very special friend.



Our choir sung 'True Colours' at our assembly last week. It was one of their first performances for 2022. Their voices were beautiful and they were accompanied by our very talented music teacher, Mr Nunis. We can't wait for more performances!


Talk For Writing

The grade 2 students have been learning a new Talk Writing story, The Rainbow Fish. They learnt the story using a story map and actions. They have been focusing on the adjectives in the story, as well as the author's message - always share with your friends and loved ones!


Welcome Back!

We are so excited to be back at school in 2022! We had our first assembly where the Year 6 students presented our Foundation students with a tree. Our Foundations planted their tree with Mrs Beale near the front gate. They will care for their tree for their 7 years at Mullum, watching it grow as they do!


In the kitchen

With the arrival of our hens we have been learning how to use eggs in our cooking. Japanese Pancakes with aoli and salad, and Egg Drop Soup are simple to make and were enjoyed by the students.



How cute am I?

If you come and visit me in my chicken coop, you'll see that I like my new home.  I can run around the vegetable gardens, admire myself in a mirror and explore the shed.


Write a Book in a Day

Wednesday 24 August was the Write a Book In a Day for twelve of our Grade 5/6 students who worked for 12 hours to plan, write, edit and illustrate a complete book.  This was a fundraising activity for the Kids Cancer Project and our students raised over $2000 for the project, what a huge effort.  


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Book Swap

Tuesday morning our School Captains organised a Book Swap.  They collected books from students across the school and set up tables with the books.  Within minutes the books were swapped and students went away happy with their pickings.


Junkbot Faces

Junior students have explored colour mixing, Primary and Tertiary colours to create textural finishes for their Junkbot Faces. We looked at examples of rusty metal and mixed paint to emulate the texture and tones of rust. We talked about 'patina' and 'verdigris', which is the green finish found on sculptures (think Statue Of Liberty). The careful brushwork and paint finishes the students achieved, beautifully enhance the details of the bits and bobs they chose to create their Junkbot features.


La Tarantella

Lo sai che, (Did you know), that the dance is also known as “the dance of the spider”. The word ‘Tarantella’ is derived from the Italian word tarantola, meaning tarantula.

The bite of the tarantula was believed to be highly poisonous and led to a condition known as tarantismo, a type of trance.  They would dance with quick steps, moving their body and clapping their hands to move the venom out of their body. They also flapped their skirts and waved handkerchiefs or scarves to remove the spider.

Today it is often danced at Italian weddings and celebrations.


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