Wednesday, March 16, 2011

A Postcard From Geelong, Victoria, Australia!

Mrs. Yollis' class is part of the fun Post Card Project created by Mrs. Leaky and the Pirates of  Room 4.

By Hannah and Adia 
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

A few weeks ago, our class received a breathtaking postcard from our blogging buddies, 2KM and 2KJ  who live in Geelong, Australia. An amazing fact about Geelong is that it is the second largest city in Victoria. Geelong is the home of Victoria’s oldest newspaper, the Geelong Advertiser which started in 1840! It also became a city in 1910.

It was exciting to get a post card from them because they are special friends. In fact, we are Quad Blogging Buddies with them! 

We are wondering about the sculptures in the post card. Can anyone from 2KM and 2KJ tell us about them? They look like shark fins.

What is the population of Geelong?
Were there any other Geelong post cards available? 


  1. Dear Hannah, Adia and Mrs Yollis' class,

    Thank you so much for doing a post about our wonderful city, Geelong.

    As you know, we live in Leopold which is about 10 or 15 minutes drive from Geelong. It is a suburb of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula.

    It was hard to decide which postcard to send you because there are many fabulous Geelong postcards available. Many students in 2KM and 2KJ donated a postcard for our project.

    I'm glad you asked about the sculptures on the waterfront. I had a look on this website and found out that those shark fin sculptures are called "North" by Mark Stoner.

    I was surprised to read they were made in the year 2000. I thought it was only yesterday!

    North consists of seven cement objects resembling sails or fins. No two fins are the same and they vary from 2.2 to 3.5 metres high.

    I will let some other people from Geelong tell you more about our city!

    Best wishes,
    Mrs M☀rris

    PS - maybe one day we will send you a Geelong Advertiser newspaper!

  2. Dear Mrs Yollis, Hannah, Adia and class,

    What a lovely surprise to read your latest post...all about Geelong! The city centre of Geelong is about 15 minutes from Leopold.

    You are right, Geelong is Victoria's second largest city. The population of Geelong is around 175,000 people. Just so you know, Melbourne is the biggest city in our state, and it's the capital city of Victoria. Melbourne is only an hour away from Geelong, so it is very common for us to go to Melbourne on the weekends.

    I didn't grow up in Geelong, I moved here in 2000 to attend university. I came from a very small country town, so Geelong was a big change! But I liked it so much that I never left! :)

    Geelong's football team is known as the Geelong Cats. They are very popular! The official football season starts next weekend, so if you look at the Geelong Advertiser online, you'll be sure to see plenty of articles about the Cats!

    Your blogging buddy in Geelong,
    Miss Jordan

  3. Dear Mrs. Yollis and students,
    Isn't the Postcard Project fun! This is a wonderful post about Geelong, Victoria Australia! I like the visuals you included which help tell your story.
    Yesterday we received a postcard from the Shetland Islands in Scotland. One of our first graders was so excited, he said he wanted to go there someday!
    We hope you will visit our blog and see Tracy's video about the Crisis in Japan. She is hoping people will watch and then donate money to The Red Cross or other organizations set up to help.
    Happy Blogging!
    Mrs. Hembree and the Bulldog Readers

  4. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

    I agree that they look like shark fins.It is very interesting that the sculptures where made in 2000.

    Do you know why they were made?


  5. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,
    What a surprise to come across this post.Guess what? I am a teacher from Lara Lake, near Geelong, Victoria, Australia. It is certainly a small world. Blogging connects us in so many ways.
    From Mrs Lynch and MLY

  6. Dear Mrs. Morris,

    Thank you for leaving a comment to us!

    It was interesting to learn that the shark fin sculptures are called "North." It was also interesting that they were made in 2000! They looked so new that, just like you, I thought it was only yesterday!

    Now I understand how Hannah and I thought that the seven cement objects are shark fins! They were meant to be sails or fins! I have a question. Do the seven cement objects stand for the seven countries that there are in Australia?

    Thank you for sending an awesome postcard from Geelong! Soon, our class will be sure to send you back a postcard!

    Best wishes,

    (P.S. How do you make that cute sunshine in the middle of the name that you did?)

  7. Dear Adia,

    Thank you so much for writing back to me.

    That was a good question about what the seven statues stand for. There are 6 states and 2 territories in Australia so I don't think that is what they represent. Good thought though!

    Here is the code for the sunshine & #9728 ; (take the spaces out).

    Best wishes,
    Mrs M☀rris

    PS - we look forward to your postcard!

  8. @ Ms. Jordan,

    Thank you for leaving a wonderful comment. I appreciate all the information that you shared with us. I have heard of Melbourne but I did not know that it is only an hour from Geelong. It must be a fun city for you to go every weekend!

    I be sure to look up the Geelong cats and follow their season. Is your football like the American Football? Because I know that most of the world calls what we call soccer in the United States, football!

    Your blogging buddy,

  9. To Mrs Yollis,

    we are loveing our blogging afternoon. Thank you for Skyping
    with us.
    From Harry,Riley and Athony in 2KJ.

  10. Hi Mrs Yollis,
    We thought we would leave a comment since you spoke to us about blogging today.
    We have had a wonderful time learning about blogging and Charlotte is quite the expert!
    Charlotte loves skyping with you and is a bit sad that daylight saving has ended so they can't blog with you anymore, but she loves to look at the blog and see what you have all been doing.
    Best wishes,
    Charlotte and Martine (Charlotte's mum)


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