Behind the News Reflection

Apple Technology


3 Recalls:

There are probes in the ground. The probes take samples of the dirt in the orchard, and if the dirt is too dry or moist then the sample gets sent to the lab. They then test the sample to see which elements they need to put in the ground.

In the olden days everything was done by hand. The apples were picked by hand, there was no way of testing the dirt, sorting the apples or storing them without the new technology we have today.

If apples aren’t sent straight to market, they’re stored in controlled atmosphere rooms. It has less than 3% oxygen and the temperature is just above freezing. These rooms are the reason we have apples all year round, and not just in harvest season.

2 Insights:

Picking apples is a lot more complicated than I thought. Lots of time and money goes into the making, buying and installation of machinery all for the crunch of an apple.

When we were not so advanced in technology all the apples had to be picked by hand. It was very hard to keep all the apple trees in the orchard healthy, because if the trees weren’t healthy the apples wouldn’t be the best they could be, would they?

1 Question:

After watching this great video, which was packed with information, I am still left with one wondering; Why are the apples still picked by hand? They used millions of dollars on all the new technology, why don’t they make an apple picking machine?

5 Big Questions- Literature Circles

In class we do something called Literature Circles. It is where we have one book to read in a group of around seven and we all have different roles. They are Tally Master, Discussion Director, Connector, Passage Master, Captain/Contessa Comprehension and Word Watcher. The book my group read was Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah.

These are the 5 Big Questions that my group and I answered.

What makes this book good?

Some of the depth in some scenes could have been elaborated on. Apart from this it cannot really be changed because it is a true story.

What would make this a better book?

This is a good book because it has lots of depth and a different mix of emotions. It is also quite easy to connect to characters feelings

What is the most important thing the author wants you to know?

I think Adeline Yen Mah wanted us to know that not everyone is as lucky as we are. She also wanted us to know that even when all seems lost keep trying again and again.

Why did the writer write this book?

To give hope to all children who are despised and treated cruelly in their families.

What does the audience need to know to understand and enjoy this book?

The audience needs to know that this is a true story. If I had not known this when I was reading the book I would not have cried as many times as I did.

Handwriting analysis interview

For this interview my original investigations partner, India, was away so for this piece I worked with Christian.

Christian:Underlined: Interviewer

Lilli: Normal: Interview

Hello every one! I hope you have all been well, and welcome to another episode of Integrated Interviews! Today I will be interviewing Lilli, a handwriting analyser. So please give a warm welcome to Lilli!

Thankyou Christian.

Do you mind if I ask you a few questions about what you have been doing in your Forensic career?

No, I don’t mind at all. Just don’t bombard me with questions.

Ok, let’s get started.

How do you compare handwriting?

I use the 12 characteristics of handwriting. They are line quality, word and letter spacing, letter height width and size, pen lifts and separation, connecting strokes, beginning  and ending strokes, unusual letter formation, pen pressure or shading, letter, word and punctuation slant, baseline habits, flourishes and embellishments and diacritic placement such as placement of i dots and t crosses.

What is the most recognizable characteristics?

Probably the height, width and size of the letters and the baseline habits- which is where the word is positioned- on the line, above the line or below the line.

What is the most common mistake made when forging handwriting?

The pen pressure- which is how hard the pen is pressed on the surface- and the diacritic placement- which is the placement of i dots and t crosses.

Why are handwriting samples helpful?

They can help identify  a criminal, because handwriting is unique to every person.

Where can handwriting samples be found?

The most common samples come from victims, such as writing on a calendar or notes lying around a house. Criminals very rarely give samples.

What do you compare samples too?

To other criminal samples or forgery.

Are handwriting samples vital evidence?

No, because other forms of identification can be used.

Are criminal handwriting samples found often?

No, because they would have to be really really really silly to even write a threat.

Procedural Text

How to make tacos

(Vegetarian. No homemade sauce included


  • Taco shells
  • Choice of filling, eg: lettuce, tomato, carrot, cheese, ect.
  • Choice of sauce, eg: taco sauce (advised), sour cream, guacamole, ect.


  • Cutting board
  • Oven (microwave does not cook as well, but will do.)
  • Sharp knives/graters ect.
  • Baking tray


  1. Preheat the oven to medium heat.
  2. Remove the taco shells from the packaging and place on a baking tray.
  3. Once the oven is hot place the shells in there.
  4. (optional: if wanted, cook taco sauce now) Slice dice or grate desired fillings. Place in seriving dishes/ bowls.
  5. There is nothing to do until the taco shells are cooked.
  6. Serving time! To serve, place taco shells on a plate/ tray. Guests/ eaters can choose their desired fillings and place the fillings inside shells. ( provide utensils to do so: tongs, cutlery ect.) Provide sauces and toppings that may be drizzled at will.
  7. Eat and enjoy!

As stated, tacos are very easy to make and they take no time at all. They are great for last minute dinner parties and lunches. They can also be used with different fillings, with anything from chocolate to spaghetti. Kids also love them!

WARNING: Keep away from messy eaters! The most cautious bite may shatter the taco shell. THEY ARE EXTREMELY DELECATE!


Term 3 Project Reflection

The term three project was based around Australian scientific explorers I worked with Molly and we researched the biodiversity scan of the twelve apostles. This term was more about the creativity of the overall presentation. Molly and I presented our information in a Prezi, interview and video (from ABC, we didn’t make it ourselves.)

Three facts I found interesting and surprising:

The marine life that was found was just incredible. There were sharks of all types, starfish, stingrays, amazing colours of coral, fishes, and much more. No one in the organization (including staff and students from Deakin University, Parks Victoria, and Museum Victoria.)
I found it surprising that the cooperation actually looked back on what they could do better and improved on it. They bought new cameras, new sonar mapping equipment and a considerable amount of additional supplies.
I thought it was fascinating that to measure the depth of the ocean in the area the society was in, they projected sonar sound waves and recorded the distance the waves travelled. It was a very creative way of tracing information in my opinion.
Two understandings I now have:

I now understand more thoroughly that plans must be altered in order to reach the goal in question, whether the goal is presenting information or sourcing information.
I now know that not everyone is as involved in academics as me. Some people don’t work at the same pace as me, understand as much as me or enjoy learning as much as me.

One wondering I still have is:

Will these people continue with their research? If so, alone or together? I think they should continue together because the achieved a goal together that was unlikely to be successful if done alone.

What were the most important things I learnt?

I learnt more about teamwork this term. I learnt just to go with the flow and only interfere when necessary. (Especially when you are working with stubborn people, which luckily I wasn’t)
How did I learn it?
I learnt it by experience. Literally. Sometimes molly and I disagreed with each other, sometimes we were both going with the flow at the same time and not much was done, but other times it was heads down tails up and we were on fire.

What am I going to do with what I have learnt?

I will try and use this knowledge in future projects to come. I will try and use this knowledge to avoid arguments with team members, to improve the speed rate of our work and use our time more wisely that arguing whether to do this or that.

What are my thoughts and feelings about my project, the work I did, what I learnt and how it was working with my team?
I think that overall we did a really good job, but it was especially hard for me because Molly was away for 2 weeks. We didn’t get time to practise the actual performance, and what’s more is that I had to change the entire Prezi 4 days before the presentation.

The Red Rulers Race

Some time ago, in the 1940s, there lived Betty, Kathleen and Donna- the Red Rulers. They were called this because they were red red red- red clothes, red house, red trains they always took. They also- if you were alongside them, believers of environment and people saving – ruled the land they settled upon. They had just gotten off a boat from England 2 years ago, which was devastating for Princess Elizabeth, their friend.

Donna, Betty and Kathleen were adventurous girls of 18. They lived inEssondon, Melbourne and rode on red steam trains whenever they could, in the time of the Second World War.

Once all of the Red Rulers were of age, they set off to become detectives. And that they were. They had received several awards to Sir Stanley Seymour Argle, the Prime Minister and he had just died. Dead bodies-“Yes, war has moved through here!”-Blood spilt-“I’m on it, officer, we are!” This story is not of that nonsense. This is the story of how they saved their own lives, by the simple rule of caution.

It was not the Red Rulers who were the only ones interested in crime. There lived a man by the name of Frank. Mass murdered, death plotter- in others words, a raving lunatic. He was planning to create an agency to employ Kathleen, Betty and Donna-then to slip a potion into their morning juice-that is, if they accepted his offer to come on site, where they would stay over the course of the work days. The Red Rulers had not heard of this man before-something they hadn’t.

4 weeks later…

Betty Donna and Kathleen were soon running out of money. They could not afford the equipment they needed. The Red Rulers seeked employment.

Frank was over the moon that he had a chance to employ the red rulers.  How he found out that they were searching- even he has no idea. He must have his sources, but forgotten them.  He set about planning his idea, although he was stumped by the fact that he would have to give them money. They had to trust him-otherwise they wouldn’t come on site , where they would sleep and eat and drink. “Watch your backs Red Rascals!” He cackled.

In two weeks’ time, the red rulers were so desperate for cash, they settled on site at Frank’s Detectives-a bad name if you ask them. Within two days Frank was so eager, he began to brew his poison. It was an orangey, yellowy red, just, just noticeable in orange juice, a very popular juice in America in the 1940’s. The effect was instant confession, and after all of the interesting answers were given, a slow and painful death.

On the second of September 1940 Frank picked the Red Rulers up on a steam train along the Essendon North Melbourne railway. It had been 3 days since their jobs began and Franks hatred for them was so obvious the red  rulers were very cautious They checked their beds sniffed their drinks and just to be sure did not eat onsite but cooked and prepared their own food Frank slipped in the potion on the 5th of December. What a memorable day that was!

Frank did not know how careful the Red Rulers had been, and on the 6th it paid off. The juice had crust on the edge of the glass. Hydra chloric acid. An acid that kills. They fled Frank shot after them. Literally, with a gun, not his feet. The Red Rulers did the same. Their combined, aimed shots, not random shots, got his powerful potion, which was right above his head. How funny it was listening to him confessing who he secretly loved!

The End

Mathsmate T3 S6 problem 24

Predict: I predict this problem will involve a accessing prior knowledge of these problem solving sums.

Read: In the addition problem shown, the letters A,B and C stand for different digits. What number does ABC represent?

        A B C

    +     A B

   +         A


Clarify:  I have no sentences words or phrases to clarify.

Big Question: What does ABC equal?

Mathematicians Toolbox: Use Prior knowledge.

Solve: In problems like this before I have used work backwards. So, we start from the column with CBA, which has to equal something with a zero at the end. So what 3 numbers equal 10? the A has to be 7 because the answer is 800 and a is in the first column, and when we carry we want it to equal 8. so, next we figure out what b I and b has to be able to add up with one and seven to make ten in the next column. So b equals . 2 plus 7 equals 9 so c is 1. To make sure we are correct we do the sum again. 721 + 72 + 7 equals 800!

Summary: I did use my Mathematicians toolbox strategy as well as my prediction in this problem.

Memorable Montrose

I’m Lilli and I attend Moonee Ponds Primary school. We’ve just got back from holidays so I’m going to tell you about my trip to Montrose on the 10th of April.(We have NOT just got back from the holidays: I wrote this in April.)

I went with my neighbours Scarlett; 11, Georgia; 9, Nicholas; 6, and their Mum Jane. I woke up thoroughly psyched. I jumped up, got dressed, and packed as quickly as I could (which was difficult considering I’d only been awake for 10 seconds), breakfasted and ran outside because Jane just came. She asked mum if I could travel with Scarlett and Georgia in their car. I was so relived I wouldn’t have to drive with my insanely annoying brother, Owen. But saying so, Nick was worse. MUM SAID NO! I yelled “Mum, you’re a sheep.” I say very random things sometimes.  She said jokes though, so I grabbed my bag and ran next door to their car to find Scarlett and Georgia were just as excited as I was. They were already in the car. Jane hopped in and we set off. On the way we picked up Hannah, their younger cousin of 8. It seemed like such a short hour filled with making videos with my app Video Star, which allows effects while filming. Before we knew it we were at Montrose shopping centre, and Mum and Jane had gone to a video store and bakery.

When we set off again we were twisted and dizzy in five minutes. There are a lot of windy streets in Mt Dandenong.  We got through them and went up the steep (but not so steep compared to Karratha’s hills) hill that was their driveway. We were parked in front of their holiday house. It was old, white and worn. All the same, we jumped out and got ready for our great adventure!

Inside there was a deck, kitchen, living room, 3 bedrooms and a bathroom. Scarlett, Georgia, Hannah and I straightened the beds, couches and mattresses into a comfortable shape outside(well, inside, as it was an indoor deck. I know! An  indoor deck!) on the deck. Then we went out into their jungle-like, gigantic garden, full of hills, trees, secret passageways and secret hideouts. Suddenly, the boys came out! We hid quickly in a hideout. In this one it had 2 gates of bent flowers and a soft, grassy, bush-surrounded area. We sat and hid. It was the mums! “Come, it’s time for shopping!” So we set off for the main road.

When we arrived the kids stayed at a park while the mums went shopping. We stayed and played Harry Potter until the mums came back, and then we went to a lolly shop! I got Everlasting Gobstoppers, Georgia got Chewy ones, Scarlett: a giant lolly necklace and Hannah got fairy floss. Next we went to a toy shop that had Muppet puppets! It also had witches on swings, dangling from the roof. When you clapped they would cackle like crazy and swing on their swings.

When we got home Jane made us pizza and lettuce chips. Lettuce chips! Thy were good. Scarlett, Georgia, Hannah and I played chirades until we started eating. We got our pyjamas on and started watching Despicable Me. It was fun. We put beanbags on couches and played until the mums told us to stop.

We didn’t get to sleep until late that night. I had the best fun, it was a shape we had to leave. We were going to go to a chocolate factory on the way out but it was closed so we went to the park next door. It was difficult considering there was a rainstorm the night before. After all that, we left my gobstoppers in the fridge at the holiday house!

Have you been on a break like me?


Friends… once.

Once upon a time there were 4 friends. Their names were Jaksen, Lilli, Emily and Austin. One day, Lilli got told that they were moving to Melbourne. Emily and Jaksen were not that close, only through Lilli. Austin was Jaksen’s little brother. Lilli moving led to separation.

3 Years Later…

Lilli was now in her third and last year in Melbourne. She was on holiday in Perth. Her mum, Cristy, still kept in touch with Bek, Emily’s mum, and Nina, Jaksen and Austin’s mum. Cristy and Nina had planned a holiday in New Zealand where they and their families had a great time in 2013. In 2014, Emily and her family had moved back to Perth, which was Jaksen and Lilli’s most visited destination.

Lilli, now enjoying 2015, is moving back to Perth next year, where they will re-unite.

Jaksen, Lilli, Emily and Austin  had the most memorable times together.