Sea Turtle Skype

Last Wednesday, we had a Skype session with Alistair from Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation. Gnaraloo is located in Western Australia, on the coast to the north of Perth.

Alistair told us about the conservation efforts of the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation. They are trying to protect the landscape, flora and fauna of Gnaraloo and to educate others to do the same.

We learnt about the different types of sea turtles (there are 7), how to tell them apart and why they have their name. For example, The Green Sea Turtle is called that because of the colour it would make when it was turned into a soup! Other names, like the Leatherback, are named after the turtle’s appearance.

We talking about the dangers to sea turtles, such as pollution and fishing lines and we now know that we can help to protect the sea turtles by doing the following:

  • Always recycle and make sure our rubbish goes in the bin!
  • Don’t use lights on beaches
  • Don’t let our parents drive on beaches, as this could damage the nests the turtles have made
  • Spreading the word to our family and friends!


Thanks Alistair for an interesting Skype session!

What did you learn about sea turtles? Did any of the adaptations or dangers surprise you?

Mystery Skype

On Wednesday morning, students in 5/6G participated in a Mystery Skype. Mrs Hurley knew which class we were Skyping with but couldn’t tell us where they were.

Mystery Skyping is where two classes come together without knowing which school or where in the world the other class is. Each class takes turns to ask closed questions to narrow down the location of the other class. If you ask a question and receive a ‘No’ response, then it is the other class’ turn to ask a question.

Before we skyped, we talked about the general types of questions we could ask to narrow down the other class’ location. We decided the the best way to firstly narrow it down was to ask “Are you in the Southern hemisphere?”

There are different roles for everyone in the class so that we can all participate. We really enjoyed learning this way. We got to practise our skills in communication, geography, collaboration and ICT.

 Zoe & Alannah were great journalists for our class. They took photos and wrote a short blog entry:


On the 22/3/17 we did a mystery skype.

This our the jobs people did Photographer, google mapper, tweeter runners, answers, questioners, filters, greeter, and think tankers.

The school was called Mernda primary school.

The mystery skype started of with a funny start they started of mute.

They found us in less than 10 –15 minutes because someone turned around and showed our school name. In the end we found out that it was Chris’ from last year! He left our school and went to an other school in Mernda.

What was your favourite part of the Mystery Skype? What would you change? Which role would you take on next time?