SMCM’s new digital library – TITLEWAVS

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Welcome to SMCM’s Audiobooks Library – Titlewavs

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Titlewavs is a digital library that allows you to listen to chapter books whilst from school or home. Simply click on a title you are interested in, plug in your headphones and enjoy a good story.

Name meaning of Titlewavs

The name Titlewavs contains the words ‘Title’ as in book Title and ‘Wavs’ as in a sound digital sound file format. As you are listening to these titles via a digital sound file, we thought it would be fitting to be named Titlewavs.

Let us know in the comments which titles you think should be added to Titlewavs.

NB: To access Titlewavs, students are to login to Google first using their school account.

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Scottish Penpals


After weeks of waiting our packages arrived all the way from Scotland! The Barley home group spent Friday morning excitedly opening letters from their pen pals. They read all about the lives of students on the other side of the world and promptly replied with lots of questions and the hopes of another letter soon.

So who are our Scottish friends you ask? This is what we have found out so far:

Their school is called St Leonard’s Primary School and it located in East Kilbride in Glasgow Scotland. The town of East Kilbride has an approximate  population of 80,000 people. It was a new town set up after World War 2 and this year they are celebrating their 70th birthday.  They will also  be celebrating St Andrews Day, who is the Patron Saint of Scotland, on the 30th of November.

We are so excited to have this opportunity to learn about another culture and making some new friends. Thank you to Kelly and Paul for connecting us!


What is your pen pal’s name?

What did you learn about the Scottish culture?


Collaboration in Action

The 11th of November will mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

The middles this week have been reading and exploring the Flanders Fields Poem by Dr John McCrae, 1915. In groups, we used the RIDER strategy to help us visualise the setting  and tried to make meaning of what the poem was about.  Each group worked on one stanza and created an image collaboratively to match. It was great to see everyone making suggestions and working together to create their images.

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  • What was your stanza about?
  • What connections did you make?
  • When exploring all three stanzas, what were the similarities?
  • Why do you think it is important to remember those you have suffered or died in wars?

Camp Narmbool

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Day Two

This morning we woken to the sounds of sheep bleating and birds chirping. With the luscious green scenery to admire, we ate our breakfast and got ourselves ready for another busy day. We spent the morning examining scats and skulls of a variety of animals found in Narmbool and learning all about the food chain.

We then re energised with some fruit and cookies and got ready for our final activity before we headed home. Martin Scuffins introduced us to his wonderful birds of prey and taught us all about conservation and the responsibility we have as humans to protect our wildlife and environment.

What an excellent way to end what had been an amazing camp experience for us all. Thank you to the wonderful staff at Narmbool Lodge for sharing your skill and knowledge.

  • What did you learn today?
  • What has camp taught you about yourself?



Today marked our initiation into camp Narmbool. Narmbool is a 2000 hectare property situated on the traditional lands of the Wathaurung people.  In line with caring for the land the focus of the property is teaching the community about sustainability and the importance of looking after our environment.

Barley and Canola spent the day dressed in gaiters exploring the beautiful homestead and surrounding land. We learned about macro invertebrates and sheep farming.  It has been a day full of fun, exploration and learning. Looking forward to a good night’s rest ready for another busy day tomorrow.

  • What was your favourite activity?
  • What did you learn today?


Learning Continues

What an exciting day it has been for Middle School. It was business as usual at Mackillop Views. We had a busy morning in our specialist classes and also made pancakes. It has been wonderful to see the ‘F’ in our FARM code throughout this term. We have become true leaders in showing our community just how flexible we really are. It doesn’t matter what space we are in, learning is always happening. Well done everyone!

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  • What was the best part of today?
  • What did you learn about Shrove Tuesday?



Our Changing Earth Incursion

Today the Middles investigated and explored how nature changes the Earth through  the natural processes of weathering and erosion. They also explored the ‘rock cycle’ and classified samples of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. They observed the effects of chemical weathering through a variety of experiments. What a wonderful way to get us thinking about our inquiry unit.


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  • What did you learn today about our changing Earth?
  • What new wonderings do you now have with this new knowledge?

3D Objects

Middle school students were kept busy this week during Maths sessions.  Using only  matchsticks and blu tak  students created 3D objects. 


  • What 3D object did you make?
  • What were the properties of your 3D object? 
  • Where in the environment is your 3D object found?