Quilling in 3/4

The 3/4 classes have been learning a new skill in art called quilling. They have become familiar with using a quilling tool and long strips of paper. The paper gets wound around the tool to create coils.

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Everyone has come up with their own design to use the coils and they all look amazing! 

Melbourne Cup!!!!!!

THIS TUESDAY IS MELBOURNE CUP DAY
ALL THE HORSES WILL BE RACING TO WIN THE TROPHY!

HERE ARE SOME FUN FACTS ABOUT THE MELBOURNE CUP…

1.The Melbourne Cup was first held on a Tuesday and from then on it has always been celebrated on the first Tuesday of November.

2. “Fashions on the Field,” was first held in 1962.

3. Bart Cummings won his first Melbourne Cup when he was 23 years old!

Talking about Spelling

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Preps have been learning about SYLLABLES. Being aware of syllables in words helps young learners to ‘tune in’ to the structure of words. Lots of practice that involves listening and speaking first is important to support reading and writing.

Syllables are sometimes described as the beat in words, claps or chin-drops.

Mindfulness Lesson

In 1/2J we have broken into small groups to organise and run a 15 minute ‘Mindfulness Lesson’. Our first group presented today. Our focus was mindfulness colouring in. The children enjoyed listening to the music and colour in animals. The group chose animals because we are going to the zoo on Friday. Great job Caleb, Maiah, Kalita and Lily. 

 

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Keeping ourselves well :)

In 5/6H we have been talking about worries that can come up, particularly during this time of year with starting to think about the year ending and what will come next (high school for our wonderful grade 6s and the big step into grade 6 for our grade 5s).

We looked at some very powerful videos and talked about the things that can make us feel worried or anxious.

Please find below, a list of helpful tips to keep your mind and body strong and healthy as well as some helpful phone Apps for meditation, mindfulness and improved sleep.

Remember that some important things that help to keep us healthy are:
– sleeping well 
– regular exercise
– a balanced diet
– regular contact and interaction with family and friends
– talking about our problems/worries with a trusted adult
– doing meditation and mindfulness
– making time for activities that we enjoy
Helpful phone Apps for meditation, mindfulness and improved sleep
– ‘Relax Melodies’
– ‘Smiling Mind’
– ‘Dormio’
– Sleep Better’

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HOLLYWOOD DAY!!!

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It was a show stopping Friday last week!! Thank you to the SRC and Miss Greenlaw for organising a fun-filled and purposeful day! We hope the money raised helps to purchase gifts for those in need this Christmas. Well done to all for getting involved, including the teachers who took on a very ‘Greased Lightning’ approach!

Confirmation

On Sunday 23rd October the Year 6 students were filled with the Holy Spirit at their confirmation. Each confirmation candidate chose a saint as a person they admire for how they lived their life and would like to be like. After our Confirmation workshop some students were inspired to select a saint that they believe show similar qualities to them.  Each student created a poster on their chosen saint. 

Choir’s Big Gig :)!

Our beautiful choir have done so many great things this year, including performing in the Freedom Choir Festival and performing regularly for BUPA aged care residents. Now we are ready for our most important gig…..singing at Confirmation this Sunday! We were lucky enough to have the opportunity to do a rehearsal in the Church this Wednesday and now feel even more ready :). Thank you to all of those in choir who are able to make this event, you have shown huge commitment! Here are some of our lovely singers rehearsing. 

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Confirmation Retreat Day

On Wednesday the 19th of October, all of our grade 6s who will be making their Confirmation this Sunday attended the Confirmation Retreat Day with St Kevin’s. We were lucky enough to be able to use the beautiful new Church and connected buildings for the day and were fortunate enough to have beautiful weather so that we could do some activities outside :). All students are to be commended on their wonderful and reflective behaviour and their positive engagement in all activities. Thank you very much to Miss Bugno and Mr Thomas for organising a fantastic day. We look forward to supporting you all on your special day this Sunday.

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Do kangaroos live in trees? Do koalas eat worms? Do echidnas have scales?

This term the preps are busy learning amazing facts about Australian native animals. We are becoming real experts on mammals and marsupials.  Next week, we will learn about monotremes.

Here are some of our favourite facts about kangaroos and koalas:

  • Kangaroos can’t move backwards but they can swim.
  • Kangaroos can go for months without water. They are herbivores who eat grass and leaves.
  • Joeys are born on to their mother’s tail. They climb up her belly in to her pouch. They are the size of a jelly bean.
  • Koala babies are also called joeys. They drink milk from their mother’s pouch. When they are older, they eat their mother’s poo!
  • The female koala has an upside down pouch. 
  • Koalas have a thumb on their front paw to help them grip the tree.
  • Male koalas fight other males who try to climb their tree.

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Using real life experiences to teach fractions

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The 3/4 SC class had a real life maths problems to solve.  How would you share two apples amongst three friends? 

To model this new learning, we brought the apples into class and set the scene.  We had to think about how to equally portion the pieces, what to do so that all three friends get the same amount of equal pieces.  By cutting each of the apples in half, we immediately saw that each friend would get at least 1/2 an apple each. But what to do with the rest? 

Here are some photos of us modelling the process.  What would you do NOW? Let us know and then we tell you how we solved this problem. 

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Have you read the latest Leigh Hobbs book “Mr Chicken arriva a Roma”? It’s a  bilingual story about Mr Chicken visiting  il Colosseo, la Bocca della Verità, la Fontana di Trevi, il Vaticano  and other Roman attractions on his vespa.

Ava (Prep M) and Sienna (1/2C) brought it to school recently to share and we also have a copy in the library. Look out for it. It’s fantastico!

3/4KC Programming Spheros!

Last week, 3/4’s learnt how to program their ‘Spheros’ to race against others in the class.

Students had to make their ‘Sphero’ travel from a line across the room, 5 meters, and then return to their starting position.  

With loads of ‘trial and error’ of tweaking the commands, discussion with a partner, it was finally time for the race!  

Watch the video to see how they performed!!!

 

 

Blessing of Our New Church

Yesterday our new church was officially opened and blessed. I would like to thank all our teachers, students and parents – both past and present who attended. The theme of the mass was, it’s only a building without community! Let us all make a commitment to show gratitude for the gifts we have been given by the Holy Spirit and look for ways we can share those with others. 

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Emotions

This week we have been learning about different emotions in prep.  We have talked about how a persons face and body can give you clues on how they are feeling.

Here we have Kai, Juliet, Max, Giselle, Amberley and Zac showing the emotions surprised, proud, shy, angry, confused and happy.

Can you match the emotion with the prep? Comment below if you think you know!

Garden of Manners

Please visit our Garden of Manners on the Values board in the hall. Thank you to our Values Captains (Emi and Zac) for this display.

It was wonderful to see Prep M visiting the Garden and discussing how important manners are.

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Confirmation Workshop

On Monday the 10th October our confirmation candidates, along with their parents/carers, attended a fabulous workshop evening held at St Kevin’s Parish. The presenter Paul Spence did a wonderful job of relating to the children and sharing his story of how his confirmation continues to motivate and shape him as a person.

It was a great opportunity for the candidates to bond with family members with some very special moments experienced by all!

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ICT Reminder!

Welcome back everyone! I hope you had a good first week back!

Here are a few reminders: 

TROLLEYS: When putting laptops back into trolleys please remember to not squash them. Each partition holds 4 Macbooks or 3 Chromebooks. Please put them in with the power input facing upwards.

BOOKING THE iPADS/MACS/CHROMES: Teachers, if you need the iPads/Macs/Chromes for something, please book them so that they are yours for the period. I know how annoying it can be when someone else takes them when needed.

AFTER FINISHED WITH iPADS/MACS/CHROMES: When you are finished with an iPad, Macbook or Chromebook put it back in the trolley. Don’t leave it anywhere else unless you need it for the next period.

MACS/CHROMES: Please hold them with two hands. There is more chance of breaking one if you hold devices with one hand.

Also… you can only hold two or three at a time.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone follow these expectations.

I would also like to announce that the 5/6’s are getting iPod Touches! I’m honestly looking forward to it.

Thanks for reading this and I’m looking forward to the last term of this year. Until next time!

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