Tommy’s Massive Monday in Middlemount


Hi everybody and thanks 2p at  Kedron S.S for your comments and questions. Tommy has had a lovely couple days in Middlemount so far.

 Tommy had a massive day on Monday. First of all he got to go visit Mr Slater in his office and learnt all about our school.

Tommy learns all about Middlemount Community School

Tommy says that Mr Slater told him these very interesting facts;

1. Middlemount  Community School  has about 350 students from Prep to Year 12

2. When our school was built it was called Middlemount State School and was opened in 1981

3. In 1983, a secondary school department (for the big kids) opened for  students in years 8 to 10. Year 11 and 12 students travelled to Dysart (another mining town)  for school until 1985. Middlemount State High School opened its doors at the beginning of 1988.

4.The primary and secondary schools combined  in 2000 and became  Middlemount Community School (with Prep to Year 12)

5.  This year there are two Prep classes, two Year One classes, 3 composite 2/3 classes, one Year 4 class, one Year 5 class, and 3 composite 6/7 classes. 

Plus some highschool classes too- we see the highschoolers every day because we share the same tuckshop as them.

6. This year Middlemount Community School turned 30!  We are the same age as the town of Middlemount.  To celebrate at school  we had a big Bushdance  where every class performed a bushdance and the teachers did one too!  we had a LIVE band- it was so much fun!   

7. To celebrate the town’s birthday we had markets and a  Ball (lots of dancing for grown-ups)  Our music teacher Mrs Jensen wrote a song called “Happy Birthday Middlemount” which the Senior and Junior Choir sang at the markets.

8.  We have chickens, sheep and baby lambs at the school.

9. We LOVE to learn!

 When Tommy came back to class he got to see 1B reading. We are learning how to read using a program called Daily 5. We have been learning how to be independent readers and build our stamina.  Tommy was so impressed to see that the Year Ones were so quiet and reading the whole time.

Ella "Reading to Self" with Tommy



Michael and Charlotte "Reading to Someone" with Tommy

 That afternoon, Tommy went with both Year One classes and watched them have their final performance for the Christmas Concert!  The Year Ones  learnt a poem called “An Alphabet Christmas” that Miss Aitken wrote- it had some very funny lines in it!!!

Tommy’s favourite line was : ” U is for Undies- Dad’s don’t want these at Christmas!”

Tommy was so impressed with all the great work the Year Ones had done.  He even got to try out the stage- it’s pretty big!

Tommy tries out the Stage

 Tommy’s  massive day had only just begun though because he got asked to be the Special Guest at the Primary School Christmas Concert- He was so excited… Tommy promises to tell you all about the Concert soon- he is a little tired now and needs to rest before his big MINE visit!






Tommy arrives in Middlemount!

Last Friday,  Tommy arrived at Middlemount Community School.  The boys and girls in 1B were so excited to open his box and see him- especially as Miss Aitken had kept his arrival as a big surprise! Tommy was immediately introduced to Storybook Bear and they read the BFG together.

Reading the BFG together


At lunchtime some of the girls ate their lunch with Storybook Bear and Tommy and they took him to the playground and played on the slide. Tommy loved going down the slide!

Eating lunch with Tommy


Tommy and some girls on the slide

 Tommy is having a lovely time at Middlemount Community School-  he is going to learn all about Middlemount and  go visit a Coal Mine and get some photos with some big machinery!  Plus he is here in time for our School Christmas Concert!

Tommy says to say hello to all the schools he has visited so far… it’s been a big trip!


Tommy’s Time at Isabella State School

Hi everyone, as I write this I hope Tommy is on his way to his next destination. We had such a great couple of days with Tommy. The children in 2C loved him.

Thanks for the comments Kedron students, you both were very curious as to why I got cranky. It was because I wanted a map that showed all of our fantastic state but I couldn’t buy one at that petrol station. I was very resilient though.

Our front gate, welcome! We are a You Can Do It school.This is part of our wonderful sensory garden.The outside view of our fabulous new hall. Look closely and you'll see Tommy.Our vegetable garden!

From our oval, looking back at the school. That is our blue classroom.

As you can see the children planned an extensive list of destinations around our school.

Isabella SS is in Edmonton and we are a new school, 5 years old. The school has been built on a cleared cane paddock belonging to some cane farmers. Isabella was the name of the women who owned the land, her husband was Thomas. Our school is incredibly coloured, blue, orange, green, purple just to name a few. We started small, about 90 children but are now well over 600.

Our school is in Edmonton which is now a suburb of Cairns. Cairns is a beautiful place and our school is in a valley surrounded by mountains.

We loved sharing Tommy’s journey, thanks Kedron children!

Miss Louise

Tommy Arrives at Isabella SS in Cairns.

Hi Everyone I arrived safe and sound at Isabella, its been a busy few weeks.

Today I relaxed by sitting with lots of the children in 2C and helping them with their learning.

This afternoon Miss Louise showed the children the blog, they hadn’t seen my travels, she was a little worried that I may not make it here and didn’t want to disappoint her class. But all turned out well. They loved catching up on my journey and Miss Louise and Miss Gale put stickers on a map to show where I have been (except Bamaga because the map didnt get there! Miss Louise was quite cranky at the petrol station this morning!) It was nice to remember the friends I have made along the way too.

The children worked in pairs to come up with a list of places to take me tomorrow with the camera. It looks a great list, I am sure that Miss Louise will put those pictures up tomorrow.

I hope that my special friends at Kedron are enjoying my journey, what an adventure I am on.

Until tomorrow!


Tommy Training with the NPA SES and Rural Fire Brigade

Last weekend Tommy came with me to our combined SES and Fire training. We were learning how to rescue road crash victims using the Jaws of Life. Tommy had a turn at being rescued, as you will see with him inside the car and on the stretcher. He was not hurt at all, sometimes it is just good to have someone to practice with. He also helped chock the car to minimise movement when we were cutting it and he had a go at using the Jaws of Life. Enjoy the photos.