Place Collages 5/6C
Heather Blakey has been conducting creative writing
sessions at Keon Park Primary School since 1997. She began by running
small extension sessions for students who showed a keen interest
in writing. These sessions were so successful that it was decided
to offer them to all Grade 5/6 children.
As a whole class activity, Heather provided support
and encouragement for all students to write. Even students who are
generally reluctant writers find her sessions inspirational. She
plants a seed of an idea and expects all children to get something
down on paper. The formal conventions of writing are not emphasised
during this stage and it is because of this approach that children
feel uninhibited enough to get their ideas on paper.
Heather expects teachers to be active writers
during the sessions. Teachers experience the process with the students
and it is a reminder of what students can feel during writing sessions.
Heather's writing sessions encourage teachers to experiment and
have the confidence to conduct similar activities.
Heather makes writing fun and ensures that it
is a successful experience for everyone.
Grade 5/6 Staff Keon Park Primary
to Becoming a Writer
Student Writing Lounge
Writing Passport Projects
Keon Primary School
Work of 2003
Tahlia Quan - Grade 5/6B
Erin - Grade 5/6B
How you can help
If you feel inspired to encourage almost five
hundred primary school students in Melbourne's northern suburbs
to develop their writing and creative thinking skills you can send
Mrs Heather Blakey
The Writing Passport Program
La Trobe Secondary College
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and will be included amongst Christmas parcels that will be distributed
to many students in need of positive support.
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The Opal of Immortality
The Opal of Immortality, which can
be found in the Cave of Immortality gives anyone who wears it seven
wishes and everlasting life. The only problem is that those who
have worn it have suffered. The Opal grants seven wishes. But be
careful because it can twist your wish.
The Opal of Immortality was created
by a terrible wizard who wanted ever lasting life and everything
he touched to turn to gold. The opal gave him his wish but also
turned the wizards food and family into gold whenever he touched
them. He threw the opal into a deep cave, now known as the Cave
of Immortality. A three eyed bat lives to guard the opal.
One day a young woman from a nearby
village came to the cave. She did not know what was in the cave.
As the woman wandered deeper into the cave she heard a low sound.
She decided to investigate. Suddenly she froze. There in front of
her, with its enormous wings spread out, slept a giant bat. The
young woman carefully stepped around the bat, careful not to stand
on its leathery wings. Behind the bat was a glass case with a necklace
resting on a cushion. The woman picked up the case and ran from
As she headed out a ghost of a once
handsome man appeared in front of her.
"Take it back." he groaned. "Look what happened to
Then the woman knew that she would
only be happy if she returned the opal and went away. So that is
exactly what she did.
Dina Yousif 5/6Q
The Sacred Sword of the World
If you can read the writing on the
magic sword you will have the power to run the world. The magic
sword was carved by the ancient Samuri nammed Sachamoto.
After the war Sachamoto carved this
sword and transferred his powers to it. That is how the writing
came on to the magic sword.
Sachamoto was said to live with the
sword and, before he died, he told his son, Sanchimoto to protect
the magic sword, but never to read the carvings on it. The last
thing Sachamoto did before he died was to turn his son into a very
This all happened in the sacred Japanese
forest and Sachamoto is now immortal. Sachamoto has never read the
Anthony Kovacevic 5/6Q