Grade 5/6 G.A.T.E.Ways please read now!

Hey my awesome Grade 5/6 G.A.T.E.ways Team Challengers! Hope you are having a terrific break on this school holidays. Thought I would assist with a few queries I’m sure you are having with the ‘TRAVEL AGENT’ problem…particularly the missing items from resource 3…..

No worries! Read below, ponder and then get back to your holiday 🙂

I have looked into this further and yes, the question does outline prices that equal $2640 USD for 4 people to stay at a budget hotel, park their car, enter the park and obtain an express pass, eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yet…when we wish to compare the prices to stay at the other hotels we are missing vital resources for this. These hotels were the ‘Loews Portofino and the Hard Rock Hotel’.

  1. You could try to calculate their holiday and subtract the parking of the car (as being near the park they wouldn’t require a vehicle). Yet the question suggests that there are package deals to compare and we aren’t given these.
  2. I’m assuming that the Team at Gateways has missed a resource.
  3. I looked into my emails and considered their preparation checklist. I confidently feel that we have covered these items and have the skills to mathematically compare holiday deals, packages and advertising material based on the indepth discussions and team work we have completed at school in term three. Check out the image below..

Please email me at if you have any further questions.

2018 G.A.T.E.ways

The G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge is a team event to challenge, extend, excite and encourage primary students. The Challenge:

  • stresses teamwork
  • provides participants with opportunity for leadership
  • encourages team members to interact in an efficient and cohesive manner
  • is about problem-solving – recognising and negotiating obstacles and, as a team, finding solutions
  • practises skills necessary for competent performance
  • runs morning workshops on the day of the Challenge to prepare teams
  • gives satisfaction from activities as well as outcomes
  • emphasises having fun with learning

In Term 3, our Grade 3/4 and Grade 5/6 Pegasus Program at Apollo Parkway PS will focus on the G.A.T.E.WAYS Team Challenge. Twenty-four students will work with Miss Tomat each week to complete preparation challenges and reinforce skills in particular curriculum areas. Students will be grouped into teams of 4 earlier in the term so they can collaborate together, learn their team members talents, individual skills and interests and develop an understanding of the challenge they would like to lead their team in on the day.

Click here to be directed to the G.A.T.E.WAYS Challenge website.

When is the G.A.T.E.WAYS Team Challenge?

Term 4 – Week 1

Wednesday 10th October: Grade 3 and 4

Thursday 11th October: Grade 5 and 6

Winners on the day will secure a place in the National FINALS. 

Friday 7th December @ Box Hill High


Grade 1/2: A is for Animals

Source of this post’s information: Australian War Memorial

A is for Animals offers an A to Z of animals in war, from mascots and messengers to creepy-crawlies. Animals are put to many uses in war. Sometimes they have jobs to do: the horses, camels, mules, and donkeys used to transport soldiers and equipment, as well as carrier pigeons and tracker dog with their special talents. Often animals are used as mascots and pets, or as symbols on badges and flags. A is for animals also looks at those unwelcome animals, such as insects, rats, and wild creatures, that make life in the field even more difficult and dangerous.

Click on the link here to listen about the role of Animals during wartime.

Although the Grade 1/2 students are focusing on Australian History and Animals at War, the following link shows images of 15 animals who assisted the soldiers in other countries during WWI and WWII. Click here.

Grade 1/2: Carrier Pigeons

In our Grade 1 and 2 Pegasus group we have been exploring significant animals in Australia’s History and have started to identify how they helped to make a better world at a specific moment in time.

This week we are reading and researching to learn more about the role of carrier pigeons used to support the Australian Army during WWI and WWII. On Monday 8th May we shared this picture book,

This book was inspired by the true story of the Australian carrier pigeon D D43 Q879, who was awarded the Dickin Medal for ‘Conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty’. The medal was awarded in 1947.

The Dickin Medal is the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for bravery.

This primary source of information is not about Flapper, yet another carrier pigeon. Thought you would enjoy watching to be transported back to the 1940s.




ABC: Animals at War

Remember – bibliography & referencing!





National Museum Australia – Defining moments in Australia’s History

Special Categories for National History Challenge

Special Categories give you the opportunity to focus your research on one of the topics below. The special categories are sponsored by different organisations and institutions from across Australia. National winners of the NHC get to visit some of these organisations as part of the National prize – a trip to Australia’s National Capital, Canberra.

*Please remember that you still need to incorporate the theme “Making a Better World?” in your Special Category entry.

For more information about Special Categories and the entry requirements click on the links below copied directly from the NHC website.

Australian Wartime Experiences The Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Have a Voice in Our Democracy   The Museum of Australian Democracy
Sir Robert Menzies and today’s Australia The Menzies Foundation
Indigenous History The History Teachers’ Association of Australia
Women’s History The National Foundation for Australian Women
Using Primary Sources from the National Archives The National Archives of Australia
Asia and Australia   Asia Education Foundation
Museum Exhibit The National Museum of Australia
History of Sport  The History Teachers’ Association of Australia