Speaking to Persuade

We share our opinions to try and change other people’s thinking, so they will agree with us. Our opinions are more convincing when we have reasons or examples to support our ideas. Interesting speakers use a clear and expressive voice, and can add gestures, body language and facial expressions when they speak.

The pairs below were asked to demonstrate 1, 2, and 3 star speaking while giving opinions.

1 star

2 star

3 star



Parent Volunteers Supporting Our Students

Parents and community volunteers participated in a 3 hour training workshop, conducted by Lisa Boland from Learning Links. The program, Reading for Life, provides 1-1 reading tuition for selected students in years 2-4. The program is funded by Campsie RSL and would not operate without the valuable contribution made from our parents and community volunteers. The students and teachers at Belmore South are grateful for the commitment they have made to provide this worthwhile learning opportunity for our students.
Reading for Life

S3 Olive Write Letters of Encouragement to Despereaux

S3 Olive have been reading the book “The Tale Of Despereaux” by Kate DiCamillo. Despereaux, the mouse is a non-conformist and he finds himself in a predicament – he has fallen  in love with a human, Princess Pea. In doing so, Despereaux has broken the number one mouse rule of talking to humans. The entire mouse community and the Mouse Council have decided that he must be punished. As the ancient castle-mouse law decrees he is sent to the dungeon of darkness, the dungeon of rats.

S3 Olive wrote letters of advice and encouragement to Despereaux, from another character’s perspective.


Preparing a Speech?

S1 Amazon created a rubric – we did this by thinking about what a quality speech sounds like and looks like.

If you are in Kindergarten or Stage 1, you can use the examples in the rubric below to help you produce a “3-star speech”. Remember that the students featured in the rubric are acting as examples only.


  3 STARS  


  2 STARS  



Eye Contact



  • Looking at a variety of people
  • Might quickly look at palm cards

  • Some eye contact with people
  • Looking at palm cards a bit 

  • No eye contact with people
  • Looking at palm cards
  • Hiding face



 3 star (click to listen)

  • Well-paced
  • Control over volume
  • Clearly articulated
  • Words spoken accurately
  • Expressive speech
2 star (click to listen)

  • Usually well-paced (might
    be too fast or too slow
    at times)
  • Some use of a clear voice
  • Volume is appropriate
  • Expression not always used
1 star (click to listen)

  • Voice is too quiet or
    too loud
  • Unclear or difficult to
  • Mumbling
  • Mispronouncing words
  • Pacing is not consistent 

Body Language


photo 1

  • Use gestures to enhance speech
  • Stands still
  • Positive body language
    (confident/proud posture)
  • Stands still at times
  • Might have distracting
    movements that do not
    enhance speech (toe tapping,
    wiggling knees, shifting
    weight, wringing hands etc.)
photo 2

  • ‘Closed’ body language
  • Difficulty engaging with




  • Speech has been practised
  • Feedback has been given
  • Palm cards prepared
  • Full school uniform
  • Calm and confident
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  • Speech is written
  • Some practise
  • Need palm cards
  • Uniform not tidy


  • Speech has not been
  • Full school uniform not
    worn or untidy
  • Palm cards forgotten,
    or reading off palm
    cards only



  • Speech is too short
  • Speech is too long
  • Speech is too short
  • Speech is too long


2013 Bookfeast!

This year, four students from Years 1-6 were lucky to go the the Annual Bookfeast at Burwood RSL club with Miss Hackney.

We got the opportunity to meet over 30 authors and illustrators, get their signatures, and listen to guest speakers.

We shared a table with Cabramatta West Public School, and the author was Kate Forsyth. Kate was only there for two hours, but we asked all the questions we could while she was there! We also got to meet her sister Belinda Murrell who is the author of the ‘Lulu Bell’ series.

At the end of the bookfeast, we shared a special experience with Nick Falk (author of the ‘Saurus Street’ series) and his illustrator Tony Flowers. They drew each of us a personalised ‘Saurus Street’ illustration and beat us in a question contest.

At the end, when some of the authors had gone home, some students from other schools thought Miss Hackney was an author and even asked for her signature!!!

We love Bookfeast!!!




Nick Falk - guest author from England

Nick Falk – guest author from England

Peter Macinnis - science writer and museum educator

Peter Macinnis – science writer and museum educator

The queue for Margaret Wild's signature!

The queue for Margaret Wild’s signature!

Margaret Wild!!!

Margaret Wild!!!

Roslyn Motter - author of the 'Doofuz Dudes' series.

Roslyn Motter – author of the ‘Doofuz Dudes’ series.

Jesse Blackadder - an author who writes about the relationship between humans and animals.

Jesse Blackadder – an author who writes about the relationship between humans and animals.

Anna Fienberg!

Anna Fienberg!

Table 27!

Table 27!

Belinda Murrell - author of 'Lulu Bell' series.

Belinda Murrell – author of ‘Lulu Bell’ series.


Anyone else for an authors signature???

Anyone else for an authors signature???

Nick Falk and Tony Flowers making our personalised 'Saurus Street' illustrations!

Nick Falk and Tony Flowers making our personalised ‘Saurus Street’ illustrations!

Book Parade Fun!

In Week 7, our school had a book parade to celebrate Book Week. We dressed up as our favourite characters from amazing and interesting books! S1 Amazon wrote plans about what they were going to wear on the special day.

  •  J.A: I am going to dress up as a queen from the Princess and the Pea. I am going to wear a dress and a crown and a pair of flat shoes. I want to dress up as a queen because she is evil!
  • A.B: I am going to be a fairy. I will wear a fairy costume with awesome wings.
  • S.A: I am dressing up as Spiderman. He is from comic books and movies. I am dressing up as him because he is a hero that spins webs and saves people. Before he was Spiderman, he was bitten by a spider.




Poetry from the Cool Comet Class

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In the Comet class, we have been learning about different ways we can use writing to entertain our audience. Poetry is just one of many ways we can do that! We looked at the features of poetry, such as alliteration and similes. Here are some samples of some of the fun work we’ve been doing in class. We love using poetry to entertain our readers!

We wrote this poem as a class and it uses the rhyming feature of poetry. Hope you love it as much as we do!

Comet class is great, great, great
We never want to be late, late, late!

We are cool, cool, cool
Especially when we’re in the pool, pool, pool!

We love to sing, sing, sing
All the way from winter to spring, spring, spring!

We also love to play, play, play
Safe and respectful through the day, day, day!

City vs Country!

Sporting fans this is not a football game!

There are many reasons for living in both rural and urban environments.

First, there are more social networks in the city. For example there are more affordable internet connection options in the city. There is also better phone reception because there are phone towers surrounding the city. There are more sporting clubs such as football, soccer, martial arts, and bowling. There are also a variety of shops so we can buy anything we desire.

However, living in the country offers a closer community. Community members own the businesses and they purchase from each other to support each other. People all know each other in the country because it has a smaller population.

On the other hand, there are more employment opportunities in the city. For example there are more universities and TAFE for further education. There are more buildings for people to live in and more schools for children to attend. There are more jobs offered in factories for drinks, food, TV, and games. There are more jails in the cities, which creates security jobs for more people.

On the contrary, the country offers cleaner air. This is because there aren’t as many factories in rural areas. There are more trees to remove the carbon dioxide in the air and creating more oxygen.

Finally, the city has more opportunities for the community to embrace their future.

Joint construction by S3Ganges

‘The Interrupting Chicken’

Today during circle time, S1 Amazon read the story ‘The Interrupting Chicken’ by David Ezra Stein.

It is a story about a father chicken that is reading a story to his child – except the little chicken keeps interrupting the father’s stories by saying the ending.

After reading the story, we linked the message of the story to our school rules of ‘Be Respectful’ and ‘Be a Learner’.

We compared what the little interrupting chicken did in the story, to how we should listen at school.

We decided that to be a great listener, we should:

  • follow instructions
  • show respect to whoever is talking
  • be kind with our body language
  • do the 5Ls
  • ask questions to the speaker when it is our turn

You can watch the story below…