Arnotts … original or not?

Arnott’s have changed their Shapes back to the originals. Arnott’s Shapes varieties have been favourites in Aussie households for decades and changing them was a risky move; One that copped a lot of backlash.

The new flavours were introduced because they are claimed to be ‘healthier’ than the old. Do we really care how healthy something is? Most people do not. It’s all about the flavour, and Arnott’s new Shapes, as healthy as they may be, tasted like ‘crap’.

Arnott’s labelled their remake ‘new and improved’ and ‘now with more flavour’. That appealed to the public, I thought maybe they had added more of the original flavour to the Shapes. That wasn’t the case, it was like Arnott’s had used sarcasm, the Shapes were a complete let down.

They had to design a new box for the new Shapes and although it makes sense to keep their colours the same, why did they choose darker colours? Light, bright colours are more appealing and are generally seen as something good. Did Arnott’s know these Shapes were going to be a flop? The colours could suggest they did.

These could be viewed as tactful moves by Arnott’s. Create new Shapes that are terrible compared to the originals, get the public talking about it, demanding they bring the old ones back. Arnott’s respond be bringing them back, and sales of original shapes are at an all time because people have been without them for a while, and want to stock up in case it happens again. Smart move Arnott’s, smart move!


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  • blog written by Tamika following a discussion based on the this article.

Standing Orders

Obesity is the leading cause of ill health in children. Olympians and experts believe if students reduce their amount of sedentary behaviour at school by standing up whilst doing their work that it will help reduce the risk of them becoming obese and developing any other chronic conditions.

Standing Orders” writer Hore, education reporter, has used a lot of different expert opinions. One from Olympian Jane Flemming, AMA president Dr Muchael Gannon, The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, Deakin University and the Mount Albert principal Jason Walker. A majority of this article is based on expert opinions and suggestions on how schools can change the amount of sedentary behaviour whilst at school.

Hore used a variety of different techniques through out the article such as emotive language in the title “Standing Orders” this is trying to make people feel as if they need to make a change because it is an “order”, it is also a pun because “Standing Orders” is also a legal term. “Olympians push for students to get on their feet in class” is an appeal to students, parents and teachers to read the article. “Obesity is a public crisis” is an over-exaggeration and is trying to make readers feel that obesity is a bigger issue than it actually is.

The article is made to make you feel that students are sitting down too much and they should try and change this, but Jason Walker said from Mount Albert Primary School where they are trialling this theory the students know how they learn best so they have the right to choose.

The picture in this article kind of defeats the purpose of the article because they are wearing active wear, so it’s showing that the students are already fairly active and healthy students. Other than that the photo has a gender balance and every student is learning in a different way so it is supporting the principals argument of students know how they learn best.

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Blog written by Isi

Driving Age in Victoria

Today in class we read a few articles regarding the issue of Victoria being the only state in Australia where the probationary driving age is 18. The general issue that was discussed throughout the articles is that 17 year olds are disadvantaged in employment, education or training due to not being able to drive. For all four articles we discussed the tone, contentions, audience and also how each article starts.

The article, There’s little to gain and much to lose from lowering the minimum driving age, has the main contention that the probationary driving age in Victoria shouldn’t be lowered as 17 year old Victorians and 17 year olds from other states where the probationary age is lower have similar unemployment rates. The other three articles all had the contention that 17 year olds would benefit from the driving age being lowered, such as creating employment opportunities.

The article from The Conservation, There’s little to gain and much to lose from lowering the minimum driving age, had a formal tone throughout the article as it had graphs and many stats, this article was against lowering the age for driving and had a very informative tone with many reasons why the age shouldn’t be lowered with evidence to support the article. The other three articles support the age for Victoria being lowered with a conversational and informative tone, these articles were also supported by statistics.

The article from The Conversation was supported by expert opinions which aims to further develop the understanding of the audience. The other articles were supported by emotive language, inclusive language and also statistics which all build a strong argument supporting the driving age to be lowered.

In Conclusion, all four articles had strong arguments regarding the driving age. Personally I support the driving age in being lowered.

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Blog post written by Angelika.

Two years later and another frozen berry contamination outbreak?

Yep, that’s right, two years later and another outbreak of frozen berries potentially containing hepatitis A. For those of you who don’t know what hepatitis A is… it’s a virus/infection that causes liver disease and inflammation of the liver.

An article, written by 9News’ health correspondent to raise awareness for frozen berries, specifically the Creative Gourmet brand. They want for those with Creative Gourmet berries to take their berries back. Berries bought in IGA, Food works, Foodland, Spar and Supabarn with a batch code of PP150118 were asked to be taken back as you could be at risk of potentially getting Hepatitis A. A Victorian, who was ‘struck’ with Hepatitis A was what promoted the recall. Although, this Victorian case was not the only one in Australia. This case happened to be one of four cases nationally, in the year 2017.

As the article states, the contaminated berries were imported from Chile and China to be packed in the Victorian town Bairnsdale. So, at least the people in Bairnsdale are doing something right, woohoo!

So, future notice… Look out for the frozen berries you buy… otherwise you could end up with Hepatitis A…

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This blog post was written by Maddy.

Picky eaters or poor excuses?

Who has time to sit around a table and eat with your family these days? Family meals are way too stressful on parents, right? The Herald Sun released an article last week discussing how ‘Family dinners stress parents out due to work schedules, picky eaters and busy children’. Author, Susie O’Brien tries to alleviate the guilt from parents by telling them to ‘abandon the goal of harmonious nightly family dinners’ in the first sentence.

The suggested ‘breakfasts’ or ‘lunches’ as an alternative can be just as unachievable, if not more, than dinners. Many people these days start their commute too early or simply do not eat breakfast. In reality, how are lunches more achievable? Lunch breaks are generally too short and children have school and nine times out of ten, these breaks will not match up.

The ‘weekend lunch’ also makes an appearance in these suggested alternatives. Many children have sports and other commitments such as part time jobs, and as they get older, more social events occur on weekends. It isn’t just the children that have busy schedules on weekends, with parents having to chaperone and do overtime work.

How hard is it to get your teenager(s) to prepare a meal once or twice a week? Even if it was merely preparing it for you to come home and assist cooking? Many children are more than capable of helping from a young age and it teaches them valuable life skills for their future.

Setting aside time to spend with your family should be a major priority in your schedule. From a child’s perspective, eating a meal as a family is beneficial and enjoyable. Recounting their day and learning people skills and how to engage with people, taking a break from technology, are all major benefits of eating as a family. The idea should not be ‘abandoned’, just readjusted.


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This opinion piece was written by Chloe.

Would the real refugees please stand up?


What are refugees in search of when they come to Australia? The AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal) let 6 Iranian refugees who lied about their asylum stay in Australia. They were caught holidaying in their homeland, after lying about their visa applications, claiming that they were in fear for their life if they returned to their home country. The “Persian Mugs” shouldn’t have been able to stay in Australia because they lied, and they went to their home country when they were not allowed to. These six refugees give other refugees around the world a bad name, and they shouldn’t be allowed in Australia.

The six refugees that lied about their visas, made the rest of the refugees around the world sound like they are bad people. It’s certain refugees like these six that give the rest of the refugees a bad a bad name. The majority of refugees are people that have had a hard life, and are looking for a new start in Australia or elsewhere. Refugees aren’t bad people, but when some refugees lie about leaving their home country, it gives the rest of the refugees a bad name.

The AAT allowed these six refugees to stay in Australia, even though they lied about visas. Immigration minister Peter Dutton wanted these six refugees deported back to Iran, but the AAT allowed them to stay in Australia. In all honesty these six particular refugees should’ve been deported back to their home country by the AAT after breaking the law in the manner they did. The AAT needs to be tougher on these six refugees because they broke the law, they are giving the other refugees around the world a bad name and Australia needs to show some authority.

These six refugees lied about being in fear of their life in their home country and lied about it on their visas. In certain cases like this, refugees should be sent back to their home country if they lie about the information and the reason why they need a visa. The AAT need to be tougher on these six refugees, not only because they broke the law, but because a message needed to be sent around the world that you can’t break visa laws in Australia, lie about being in fear for your life, and give the rest of the refugees around the world a bad name.

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This opinion piece was written by Jack in response to a discussion on this article: 

A new era begins …

It’s that time of the year again where my VCE students look at the Language Analysis outcome.

This year the study design has changed so I have given my students a choice. We still follow our original plan of “coffee and cake” (although hot chocolate seems more popular these days) and we discuss the techniques the authors use to build the arguments in the articles. However the choice is now to either write a reflection of the discussion or write their own persuasive piece on the issue. Either way we are learning about how authors build arguments and discussing current media issues.


Harambe the gorilla’s death a tragedy for everybody

  • written by Bailey

In class today we talked about Harambe the gorilla’s death and how it must have impacted on the zoo keeper and how he has felt after he shot the gorilla.

We also talked about why did the zoo keeper have to shoot the gorilla and why the crowd had to make the situation more intense and then make the gorilla more fired up. Then they could not control the male gorilla, but on the other hand they could have just shot the gorilla with a tranquilizer. Instead they had to kill an endangered species and there are not many left out in wild. But I get why they shot the gorilla before entering the enclosure to save the boy so that the boy did not get hurt anymore and also so that the zoo keepers did not get hurt as well. But he was only trying to do what he would do when confronted with an intruder in his enclosure. But he should have just gone inside and then he would still be alive and there would not be one less gorilla.

Also we talked about how could the child get into the enclosure, and why the parents took their eyes off that child, and what their reaction was when they found out that their child was in there with the gorilla, and the barriers at the zoo should have been really good to keep the child out, and then the gorilla would have survived and not been shot, and then it would have gone back to normal for the zoo.

What price $10 dresses and T-shirts now?

  • written by sports01

Today in our English class we discussed double standards, how third world countries are expected to work really long hours. Would we work for 12-14 hours? Do we expect others to? This is what we had trouble understanding.

We talked about how many double standards there are, mainly how we aren’t expected to work long laborious hours, but we expect others to, so we can have our cheaper brand clothing. Some people are forced to work in bad conditions that none of us would, partly because we don’t want to and partly because of different rules for different company’s and the rules and regulations that are required in Australia. We talked about the wastefulness of Western world as a general consensus. Some people are very conservative and reuse things as much as possible, others can be very wasteful and just throw things out without a second thought about it.

We talked about how we get limited budgets and we can’t always afford to buy Australian made items. Another point we talked about dying towns and how shopping out of town regularly can affect the towns income and that’s how you get the ‘dead towns’. We talked about how in some cases if we don’t know how terrible working conditions we don’t care. So if it doesn’t affect us or someone close to us why would we care? The real problem is that it is hurting someone and someone’s family and friends. How would you feel if that was your family or your best friend?

So what can we do to prevent these kinds of things from happening? Try and shop Australian made as often as possible. Now it’s up to you to decide what you think about these working conditions, and if we are doing the right thing by importing these items? How responsible are we for these incidents?

‘Shocked’ United Nations slams Australia on child abuse, calls for compensation

  • written by ava86

This week’s article was about the abuse towards youth in the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in the Northern Territory. Isn’t the point of Juvi’s to punish and educate, not torture?

The thing that came up most in our discussion was, why? Why do they do this? Yes, they have done something wrong but is torturing the answer? Juvenile centres need to help the teenagers, educate them on what’s right and what’s wrong and what they can do if they have the need to commit a crime. As well as educating them, they have the right to punish them because they have done something seriously wrong but they need to watch the way they punish. The Don Dale youth detention has been caught torturing teenagers as young as 10, with tear gas and restricting them from any movement and making them struggle to breath! Our class agreed that this was not fair at all! The children there are traumatised!

Another thing that came up in our class was how SHOULD we deal teens that commit crimes? Should we punish them so hard that they will live with fear or should we educate them and punish them to a certain level or should we totally think of a different way all together?

We are used of hearing bad things like this on the news that is occurring in other countries and our class was shocked to hear that this issue was occurring in Australia!

A topic that also came up in our discussion was the way they were approaching this situation. The Australian police have said they will do numerous inspections within the Don Dale Youth Detention to make sure it is safe but to me that doesn’t seem like enough. This has to of happened for a reason so what makes us think that it will never happen again in other detentions like Don Dale.

So we are asking you! What are your thoughts on this? What would you do to fix this? And lastly, would you want to send your child to Don Dale if they have done something seriously wrong, after what you have now heard?