space2b Mr Gocentas
Mawson Primary Intern Teacher

This page has been designed for both parents and students.  On this page you will find information about homework assignments, interesting facts about space and our solar system, upcoming events and excursions, useful links to other web pages on space, and 'space' games for the children to play.  So enjoy, and please, let me know if you would like anything elso to be added to this page.

Planet Facts
* MERCURY is the closest planet to the sun.
* MARS is often referred to as the 'red planet' because of its reddish colour.
* JUPITER is the largest planet in our solar system and is about 11 times as wide as Earth.
* PLUTO is the smallest planet in our solar system.
* SATURN is a planet easily recognised by its large number of rings.  It is so light, that if you had a bath tub big enough to hold it, Saturn would float.
* NEPTUNE is a bluish coloured planet due to the fact that its atmosphere contains the gas methane.
* URANUS is the third largest planet in our solar system and is made mostly of the gases hydrogen and helium, and some methane.
* VENUS is about the same size and mass as Earth, but because of its carbon dioxide atmosphere and the fact that its temperature is around 465 degrees C, there is no life on Venus.
* Apart from the sun, the nearest star to Earth is ALPHA CENTAUR.

Upcoming Events

"Reach for the Stars"

Don't forget, the Reach for the Stars night is on Tuesday, 15 May 2001.  This event is being organised by the Sensational Seals and will be hosted by the Canberra Astronomical Society.  The evening will include a slide show and a viewing of the night sky (complete with telescopes).  Entry is $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.  Coffee, Tea and Orange Juice will be available on the night and you are welcome to bring along your own snacks.

So come along and let's find out what else is in our solar system!

"Reach for the Stars - REPORT"

Thanks to all those who turned up to the Reach for the Stars evening.  Despite some patchy cloud cover throughout the night, the evening proved to be a great success.  Between 70-80 people turned up, both young and old, to see a fascinating slide show on the solar system by Mr John Morland from the Canberra Astronomical Society.  Fellow astronomers then joined Mr Morland outside, offering their time and telescopes for a night time viewing of the stars and planets.  Thanks again to everyone involved, especially the children from the Sensational Seals.  The strong family and community spirit at Mawson Primary is well and truly alive.

Mt Stromlo Excursion

Grade 2 and Grade 5/6M will be going on a combined class excursion to Mount Stromlo Observatory on Tuesday, 22 May 2001.  The cost of the excursion is $5.00 per student, which includes entry to the Observatory and bus fare.  The excursion has been organised as part of Grade 2's two week unit on space and the solar system.  In addition, grade 5/6M have been invited on the excursion as part of the school's buddy program.  So kids, strap on your seatbelts and lets get SPACEY!

"Mt Stromlo Excursion" - REPORT

On a cold and cloudy Tuesday, 22 May 2001, the Sensational Seals and their Grade 5/6 buddies headed out on a very interesting and informative excursion to Mount Stromlo Observatory.  Our host for the excursion, Mr Herman Werhner, proved to be a wealth of information.  We were treated to a slide show about the moon, a visit to the interactive displays in Astronomy Hall, a lecture on the 74 inch telescope, and a demonstration of how a rocket works.  By all accounts, the children really enjoyed their visit and appreciated the opportunity to experience the solar system in a fun and interactive environment.  Thanks has to go to Herman for his fantastic and informative explanations of space and the solar system, as well as Mrs Borton, Mrs Barrington-Smith and Ms McKay for their help and guidance.  A special thankyou must go to the children too, especially Grade 5/6M for the responsible leadership and support they offered to their younger buddies.  Well done to everyone involved.


Homework Question 1 (WEEK 3) - Find at least two facts about one planet in the solar system (due Friday, 18 May 2001).
Homework Question 2 (WEEK 4) - Choose one planet from our solar system and write an accrostic poem about that planet (due Friday, 25 May 2001).
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