Melbourne Writers Festival

Early in the morning a group of kids and teachers from Hawkesdale P12 College hopped on a bus and travelled to Melbourne for the annual Writers festival. But we weren’t just going to listen to authors.

Our school was a part of a online project called Global Story Telling. We were working with schools Malaysia, China and Bulgaria. Students from each school were asked to make a book trailer about a book of their choice. It was a 2 minute video and you could use any media that you wanted. After we had made our trailers they were put on the Global Story Telling wiki where students from the other school could go online and watch each students trailer.

This project didn’t finish there. After we had all finished our book trailer students from our Hawkesdale were given the option to go to the Melbourne Writers Festival. At the Writers festival a few selected trailers were going to be viewed on the big screen at Federation Square. I was lucky enough to have my book trailer selected.

We arrived at Melbourne’s Federation square and went and saw an author speak about being an author and his books. While the other students were visiting another author 9 of Hawkesdale’s students went to speak with a group of officals about speaking on stage at Federation square. I was luck enough to be one of those students who were speaking on stage and having their book trailer shown.

Before going up on stage I was feeling very nervous along with everyone else. This was a big thing and there were many people sitting through Federation square who would be able to see me standing there. After the MC introduced the project which we were a part of it was my time to introduce my book trailer. I did my book trailer on A Rose for the Anzac Boys, by Jackie French.

It was such a relief when I finished talking and I was very proud of what I had just done. While on stage we also had a live linkup with the students from Malaysia. When we were watching our trailers they were also watching them. We saw the book trailers in which the students in Malayasia made. Their book trailers had a lot to do with Malaysian culture. We were going to ask them a few questions but we were unable to.

After doing this project I’ve learnt about the Malaysian culture. I’ve also had to be very resilient since there were many difficulties and problems that arised when making the trailers. I enjoyed working with schools from different countries and learning about them and their cultures. After speaking on a big stage in front of many people I feel more confident when public speaking.

a rose for the anzac boys

Holidays over already!

Don’t you just enjoy the holidays! But they go way too fast for my likings! As the saying goes ‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’ I always dread the first day back, even though you get to meet all friends! Seriously, who wants to work after they’ve been on holidays.

On my holidays my cousins which I normally don’t see often came down for a couple days to stay with us. The live in the city so they find the country very interesting. The wildlife and scenery is very different. That’s what I love about the country. It’s so peaceful that you can always hear birds.

After they left we went to Melbourne to catch up with the rest of our cousins. It was really great to see them! They have sooooo MUCH energy! They could run for hours and still they haven’t raised a sweat.

another Holiay

Melbourne camp!!!

 Every year every grade a my school go on a camp from Grade 1 al the way to year  12

The Melbourne camp will take place on Wednesday August 27th to Friday August 29th. That means 2 nights and 3 days in Melbourne.


7.00am – bus leaves Hawkesdale College – we will have a stop in Inverleigh for toilet and snacks

11.00am – arrive Melbourne – Scienceworks

11.30am – Planetarium at Scienceworks

12.45 – Melbourne River Cruise into city

1.00pm – own lunch on board cruise

2.00pm – Immigration Musuem

4.00pm – check in Melbourne Discovery

5.00pm – IMAX

6.30pm – Dinner – Universal Pizza on Lygon st

8.00pm – Movie at Melbourne Discovery Theaterette (we take our own DVD)


8.00am – Breakfast Melbourne Discovery (cereal, 1 toast, drink)

9.00am –Travel on – presentation by met travel

10.00am – Scavenger Hunt

11.30am – MCG – general tour and national sports museum (3.5 hours)

1.00pm – Packed lunch (from Melbourne Discovery)

3.30pm – Shrine of Remembrance

5.30pm – Dinner – Trios Southgate Food court

7.00pm – Eureka Skydeck


8.15am – breakfast (pack up rooms and bring bags down to the foyer)

9.00am – Queen Victoria Market

11.30am – Old Melbourne Gaol

12.30pm – depart for home