Today we went to the Old Treasury Building and Parliament House. The Old Treasury was designed by nineteen-year-old architect  JJ Clark.  It is a grand building showing the wealth that was in Victoria during the Gold Rush Years.  This is one of the rooms we saw.  We also went to Parliament House where the Laws that affect Victoria are made and are passed.  We learnt about the two houses- The Legislative Assembly and the Legislative Council.  

We had a great time and learnt a lot about our history!

We would love to hear your thoughts about the laws we have. Did you know that anyone can suggest that laws should be changed or introduced?  Is there a law that you think we as Victorians should have? We would love to hear your opinions. Please post here! 

Book Review, Vietnam Diary

Vietnam Diary by Mark Wilson.

This book is about two brothers called Leigh and Jason who are great friends and did everything together. They have different views on the Vietnam War. Leigh thinks it is a stupid idea and Jason, who gets called up to go and fight in the war. They send letters to each other throughout the war. They can’t wait to be together again and play cricket together.

Text to Self: We are currently experiencing war in the Middle East against IS.

Text to Text: Mark Wilson has written other war books like My Mothers Eyes and Angel Of Kokoda.

Text to World: In history, there have been heaps of wars throughout time.

Rating: It is a good book, I would recommend it to anyone over nine years old. I would rate it 4/5 stars.

By Chase and Callum


Our Family Story

We loved hearing and learning about our family’s history this term through our InquiRE unit. Students worked hard to research and present interesting and detailed projects about their family’s heritage and how and why they came to call Australia home. Well done 1/2!!

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This challenge is for all of the budding historians.  Last year we had a few entries in this competition.  Here it is again! 

Lastnational history challenge year Stephanie (Year 6 2016) was a finalist with her entry. Why don’t you have a go? 

The theme this year is Triumph or Tragedy in Democracy?  The National History Challenge is an exciting opportunity for primary students (Year F-6) to engage with history in a creative way. The use of imaginative formatting and presentation is highly encouraged. 

Do you have an opinion on the topic?  Why don’t you check it out on this website. 


Let me know if you want to enter the challenge. We will put in an application! 


Grade 3-4 presetation 9-10am_1 (1)The 3/4 level has had some interesting and notable visitors to the classrooms this week. Have you heard of these people; Mary Wade, Elizabeth Hayward, Phoebe Flarty, Captain James Cook, Captain Arthur Phillip, William Dampier, Dirk Hartog, William Buckley, Deborah Ellam, Bennelong? 

Some are convicts, some are navigators and explorers and one is even the first governor of New South Wales.  He had the task of setting up the new colony in 1788. 

Here they are! Can you figure out who is who?  Let us know if you recognise any of these notable people from our history? 




We communicated our learning to our parents, family members and our classmates.  

Museum Melbourne


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The Melbourne Museum is filled with many exciting and wonderful objects from the past. The 3/4 level had an exhausting but exhilarating day learning about the life of our First Australians as part of our history topic. Here are some words that we thought described the day!


In the Bunjilaka gallery we had a lesson and we used Ipad technology to record our learning. Have a listen to some of our work. 

Tell us what you think about the Museum and what we did? 



What does ANZAC Day mean to you? 


April 25 is a day of remembrance. 

ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

The Ode below is said at all ANZAC ceremonies?
‘They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.’ 

Let me know what ANZAC day means to you? Why should we remember all of the service men and women who have fought in wars in the name of Australia?

Our excursion!

Recently the 3/4 level went to the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne. We had a great day learning about the history of the building and it’s significance to our past. The children asked many questions and we were lucky enough to have a war veteran from Templestowe show us around!!image image image image

History Boxes

We are busy making up our history boxes to present to the class in a couple of weeks. The children have been collecting items from their Grandparents and parents era. Items include dial telephones, hand made miniature chairs and wonderful black and white photos.

Part 2: 1/2 History Excursion to Ripponlea

Last Friday the 1/2’s went to Ripponlea for the second part of their excursion where they were learning about the ‘olden days’. The children were immersed in many fun activities such as olden day house work, where they discovered how hard it used to be without dishwashers and washing machines. They also played olden games like quoits, skipping, croquet, skittles and drop-the-handkerchief With all of this wonderful new information, the 1/2 historians are now applying it to their InquiRE unit, ‘How has our Australia changed?’, and looking at when their parents and grandparents were young to see what similarities or differences they can uncover!

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Year 5/6 Visit to the Shrine!

On Monday, the Year 5/6 students visited ‘The Shrine of Remembrance’. It was a magical day, both in the weather and learning experiences. We were very lucky to have had excellent and thorough tour guides, who were able to teach us about the history of the Shrine. Well done to all the Year 5/6 students for exceptional behaviour, you represented St Charles perfectly!  IMG_1013IMG_1001 image1

1/2 History Excursion to Schramm’s Cottage

Last Friday, half of the 1/2 level visited Schramm’s Cottage to learn more about life in the past. At Schramm’s, children were able to immerse themselves in an old cottage and see what an ‘olden’ day kitchen looked like, observe and sit in an old tram car and view clothing from long ago. Stay tuned next week for part 2 of our blog, where you will see photos from Rippon Lea House!

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