il nido

learning community blog

GATEways Challenge


Written by Indigo, Alex V, Emily and Angus

On the 11th of October 3 teams from B.E.P.S participated in ‘G.A.T.EWAYS THE CHALLENGE,’ at Ivanhoe grammar.  The teams were made up of 4 students from each of the 456 LC’S. We each had a half an hour practice session for each task in the morning. The tasks each had a team leader. For example our group

A cool crisis-Angus

A pirate’s plunder-Emily

The great solar space race-Indigo

Dissecting Frankenstein’s lab-Alex


You were given a score out of 50 for each activity giving the maximum score becoming 200. You were scored for teamwork, representation and overall getting the challenge done. For each task you had an overall working time of 28 minutes, often broke up into 4, 7-minute sections. At the end they announced the top three and gave all teams a certificate. In the end ST ANTHONYS filled 2nd and 3rd places but the BE.P.S team from Il Nido won with a total of 151 points.


The task ‘A cool crisis’ was about making a new circuit board because you were in the arctic and your existing circuit board was about to disintegrate and your Ecopod was about to shut down and the team will freeze to death. Each one of you would draw one of the quarters and you only had 7 minutes to draw your quarter. Then you would go to your team table and compare. After that you would fill out a materials list and after 7 minutes the storeroom would be open for 7 minutes. The twist was only one team member was allowed at a time and then you would have to build your replica circuit board.


The task ‘dissecting Frankenstein’s lab’ featured you being Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant and you turned up at the lab one day and find an experiment has gone wrong and some of the walls have been destroyed. You then had to work out word puzzles based on mythological creatures to restore one quarter of the labyrinth. Then we had to choose a mythical creature that would be suitable for a wedding on a ship, and then we read the information and found out that mermaids cause shipwrecks. To restore the third quarter of the labyrinth we had to write a narrative about what happened on the ship with the mermaid on board. To restore the fourth quarter of the labyrinth we had to create our own mythical creature. We got extra marks for creativity.


The Great Solar Space Race was by far the hardest task. We had to do 7 tasks. They involved lots of maths. We had a made up solar system where we had to use astronomical units also known as AU which = 150,000,000 kilometres. We use AU to see how far each planet was from another. You get 3 bonus points if you complete the 7 tasks first.


A pirate’s plunder was a bit less challenging than the others. We were given a bag of challenges that contained padlocks with keys. We had had to work out which one fitted each padlock. There was another padlock that there was a number combination for. There was a puzzle that had different coins on it. It was hard to build because the pieces were 2D. At the end you had to fill out the answer sheet that had lots of different questions about a pirate. The pirate was Edward Teach also known as Blackbeard.


We enjoyed getting this opportunity and would recommend it to other students if they had the chance to participate in Gateways. We learnt a lot and it was fun.



And from our Year 5/6 team…

Andrew – “There was all these teams and I felt special because I was chosen to go there.”

Ed – “Don’t be sad that it’s over, smile that it happened” 🙂

Oliver H – “GATEways was awesome.”

Keir had to leave just after we took the photo




Maths Talent Quest

Last term, as a learning community, we were inquiring into the wonders of the human body.  We identified lots of different ways we can see mathematics in our bodies, which we grouped in three big areas – our form (how we look), function (how we move), and focus (how our brain works).  These became our three Maths Talent Quest (MTQ) groups.

All three groups worked collaboratively on three terrific projects.  They were each submitted to the MTQ competition run by the Maths Association of Victoria.  If you haven’t already heard; Function and Focus both achieved Credit awards, and Form was awarded a High Distinction.

The ‘Form’ group was also selected as the Year 6 class entry from Victoria to go on to the next level of National judging (being multi-age, the rules stated we had to enter at the highest age of the students in our group).  We were the winner of our category!

Last week, Aki and Noah went along to the ceremony at La Trobe uni to accept the awards on behalf of the group.  We celebrated in our LC with a delicious cake made by one of our parents – thanks Petra!


Here are some of the snaps from the awards ceremony.


Wondering what our project was about?  Haven’t already heard all about it?

The ‘form’ group’s inquiry began with us measuring our bodies in different ways, in small groups, which then sparked an interest in genetics.  We built on this by creating surveys about different traits to research whether they’re inherited, collecting data from our peers.

We worked collaboratively as a group from week to week, working with different people each time according to our interest areas.

An excursion to the Melbourne Museum gave us an insight into what our early ancestors were like.  We were amazed by how much we’ve changed.

It was at this point that we started wondering about evolution… and the focus of our project was decided…. What would humans look like in 1,000 years?

Our aim was to use what we know about our human form; measuring ourselves, collecting data, and calculating averages, and use this data to calculate changes to the human body based on what we predicted about the future.

We then applied what we learned to make a scale model of our future human.

Pretty cool.


A few final words from the kids…

“It was really fun and I learned a lot.” (Noah)

“I enjoyed working in different groups with people I wouldn’t usually work with.” (Olive B)

“I learned so many new things in our MTQ group.  My small group worked out our average skin tone.” (Roman)

“It was fun getting up and accepting the trophy for everyone at the awards ceremony.” (Aki)

“We never thought we would make it this far!” (Saskia)

“We won!”  (Keir)

“We surveyed people to get information about eye colour and hair colour and measured how tall we are.” (Charlotte) “And we had to work out averages.” (Jemimah)

“It was fun.” (Bromley)

“Our topic seemed pretty simple at first, but then it became quite diverse.  We started thinking about life on Mars and it grew into all of this cool stuff.” (Oliver Rawson)

“All the work really paid off, we won Nationals.” (Lyla)

“I liked the sense of the achievement at the end when we were surrounded by our awards.” (Emily)

“I liked working with my friends.” (Cardamon)

“I had a good time doing it.” (Darcy)

“We all worked as a team.” (Olive K)

“We had a few ups and downs, we struggled figuring out some of our measurements, but we got there in the end.” (Milo M)

“It was awesome.” (Tabby)

“It was fun to collaborate with other people I wouldn’t normally work with” (Oliver Raleigh)

“It was good.” (Abbe)

“It was fun to investigate.” (Oliver H)

“So much fun.” (Nadia)



More camp pics!

Camp Sunnystones 2017

Scruffy the Goat, exciting and different, fun, fantastic, tents, survival (the game), tiring, self inflicted sleep deprivation, active, walking, kangaroos, bush, trees, muddy, rain, hot, sunshine, exercise, yummy food, friends, best camp ever….these are just some of the memories from our wonderful camp this week. As we know you have heard, we had a FANTASTIC and VERY SUCCESSFUL camp this year. BEPS teachers chose this new camp last year from a selection of about 5, and we are so pleased with our choice! It provides different experiences from the other two camps we go on as 456s. The outdoor activities were fun and adventurous, the cabins were spacious and clean (there were more than enough beds for everyone if the weather was too harsh to camp), we got to sleep like real campers in tents, and the camp staff were friendly and professional. We have lots of tired bodies at school and home today, and smiles galore 🙂

Thank you to those families who have contacted us and acknowledged the effort and dedication that goes into organising and running a successful camp. Please enjoy these photos – Julie, Bec and Fabienne


Colour, Symbol, Image

As part of our inquiry into ‘Melbourne Then & Now’, we have been learning about indigenous history and the significance of Coranderrk.   We shared our thoughts using a thinking routine called ‘Colour, Symbol, Image’.  Here are a few snapshots

Maths Walk

20170227_110009We had to figure out how many bricks there were on the People’s Path. I estimated my answer – Aki


It had way more maths than a normal day. The mapping was my favourite part – Toby


I liked the place with all the flowers, the maths was the Fibonacci pattern in the flowers – Leonhard


I really liked going to see and learn about the Fibonacci pattern, I found out that is has a pattern by adding and adding and it can go on forever – Lois


Exciting, mathematical and puzzling – Chris


I enjoyed seeing the Fibonacci sequence in the flowers – Flynn


I liked it when we went in to the conservatory and saw the flowers and the Fibonacci pattern – Jemimah


I liked working out the people’s path I finished adding it up when I got back to school using the strategy that Oliver, Chris and I worked out – Ed





What are we learning in il Nido?


Week 3 is almost over and our timetable is jam packed with individual and  collaborative learning.


This year I have done more maths menu tasks, I am finding it easier to concentrate – Stanley 


Oliver – I enjoy writing whatever I want to write 


Ned – I’m researching about gas lamps for inquiry. Hydrogen and oxygen makes water and when you 
put the water in to calcium oxide it can reach over 230 degrees


I’ve enjoyed researching Ned Kelly in inquiry – Dinny

Jack – I enjoyed making patterns and graphs with unifix in maths


Hanna - In inquiry I found out something about the history of where my family lives


Indigo - In inquiry I like how we are doing then and now because we are doing more history and getting to know other people. I also like having my own stuff now.


Chiron - I have enjoyed working on different genres of stories and getting more
 time to spend on writing


Saskia – I have learnt about Melbourne and Ned Kelly and the old Melbourne zoo. In the past the
 enclosures were not as suited to the animals as they are now.


Kyla – I’ve enjoyed doing research about the Olympics. I learnt there were only 372 women competing 
then but there were 2000 men so it wasn’t very fair


Fin – I enjoyed connecting the computers for the whole school


Kiki – I enjoyed doing research for the Olympics and I learnt that Ron Clarke lit the torch


Nadia – I’ve enjoyed inquiry. We’ve been researching about traffic lights and it’s really hard to find 
things about traffic lights in Melbourne


Olive B – I’ve enjoyed maths and learning about patterns and finding out what the pattern will be


Emily – I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s then and now


Lyla – I like maths where we’re learning about algebra and the Cartesian plane


il Nido 2017


What a great start to the year!

The students have all settled really quickly. It has been great to see their enthusiasm and to hear their positive highlights so far, hopefully you have heard some good feedback too.

Our LC has a fresh new look as well, as reflected in the photos. Our teaching team is rested and enthusiastic about a new year of learning and supporting all our students. Julie and Bec are still in il Nido and we welcome Fabienne to our team.



  • The LC is open to students at 8.45am to come up to put their bags away, to get ready for the day, catch up with students or teachers etc. However any time before 8.45am the teachers are in meetings.


Heads up:                                                                                   

Next Thursday, 9th Feb, from 3.30pm, is an LC open time for all families to come and see the LC (looks a bit different from last year) and meet the teachers. The 456 LCs will have an information session at 5:30pm. These information sessions are open for anyone to attend but will be geared primarily for those who are new to the school or new to the LC. The information presented will be uploaded onto the website for anyone who cannot make it on the night.

Then /Now

Students have been asked to find a picture of themselves when they were in prep or kinder. They are writing a ‘then/now’ piece of writing, which will be displayed in our room when completed. Teachers are also participating in this writing task.

Photos can be brought in or families can scan and print at home or they can be emailed to us 20170203_150844.jpg

This activity will lead into our inquiry, ‘Melbourne, then and now,’ covering the history, civics, and geography elements of our curriculum. It is anticipated that we will have a showcase of our learning for families early in term 2 before we move on to a science based inquiry.


Maths walk

Our maths inquiry will develop the understanding that the harmony of numbers and pattern exists in our natural world. Students will understand that wherever there is a visual pattern there is a matching number pattern, and vice versa.

To further explore these concepts, in week five, we plan to take the students to the maths walk in the Fitzroy Gardens, designed by MAV (Maths Association of Victoria) It would be great to have some parent helpers. We have four workshop groups so two groups will go together on a given day. We anticipate it will be a Tuesday and a Wednesday. The students will travel by tram so would use their own Myki card. More information about this soon.



Camp photos

Camp was great. Students had lots of fun.

Thanks to our photographer, Bec.

Other news: Yay! New headphones ordered and should arrive later this week. Again thanks to all who contributed to our Friday market. We had enough money to buy ten.

Create a free website or blog at

Up ↑