What is Shrove Tuesday?

THE YEAR 3/4s have been learning about Shrove Tuesday.

Here is what we learnt

Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent is the time when we think of others, pray more and some people give up something that they like. Hundreds of years ago people would not eat luxuries during Lent. In those days eggs, milk and sugar were luxuries . As eggs, milk and sugar can go off the people decided to use them all up before Lent began. They mixed all the ingredients together and added flour and made the first pancake!

Ask your parents what they used to do during Lent. What do you do?

Take the quick quiz.

What is Shrove Tuesday?

When does Lent start?

What are the ingredients in pancakes?

What is your favourite topping on a pancake?


Shrove Tuesday

Today we celebrated Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the day before the start of Lent. On Shrove Tuesday, people feast before fasting for the 40 days of Lent. Today we were so lucky to be able to have some delicious pancakes cooked by some wonderful parents! 

In 1/2IC we learnt a Pancake Poem and we came up with actions for each line.

How did you celebrate Shrove Tuesday? 

Only One You by 3/4s

The 3/4 classes have been introduced to a story called Only One You by Linda Kranz to start the year in Visual Arts.

There are many positive messages throughout, with ideas to help us make the world a better place, such as:

  • Be Kind
  • Treasure Your Family & Friends
  • Be Enthusiastic
  • Use Your Imagination

The 3/4 students designed a fish like those in the story and decorated a message to add to a display in the corridor.

How do you help to make the world a better place?

Shapes, Shapes, 2D Shapes!

In the 1/2 Level, we have been learning about 2D Shapes. We created MONSTERS using a variety of these shapes – circles, squares, triangles, ovals and rectangles!


We also made some 2D shapes with talking marks, telling all about the features each shapes has, like its name, number of sides, number of corners and a fact about that shape! We hope you enjoy reading and learning all about them!!!




Puberty Education

Today was the final session with Kate Wilde. 


Kate focused on:

  • The changes that occur in our bodies as we grow
  • Respectful relationships. 

In one activity (pictured) the students used playdough to show what changes occur in the body when it reaches puberty. 

Every Year 5/6 student received a sheet with further resources they can explore with their parents on the topics explored in these sessions.


It  has been overwhelming how many amazing applications there has been for E.I.T. I would like to thank all the children who applied to be a part of E.I.T

I would like to congratulate the following children who will be the 2017 E.I.T!

Mila Z. Max H. Kalita J. Maiah F. Raf M. Evie G. Anthony C. Allegra K.
Adelle S. Mia G. Elyssia A. Reyhan B. Alessia L. James F. Greta S. Sarina T.

Swimming Carnival

On Thursday the 23rd of February, some lucky children from grade 3-6 will be participating in District Swimming. A couple of weeks ago, Children that were interested in doing trials had a chance to give competitive swimming a go. For those that didn’t make it, you were still Awesome! 

Congratulations to the lucky swimmers who will be making St Charles proud. Good Luck!!!!!!

Learning Styles

How do you best learn?

Today in 3/4CA we completed a “Learning Styles Inventory” to discover the different ways that we can learn in a variety of situations. The goal was to find out if your preferred method of learning is VISUAL (by watching), AUDITORY (by speaking and listening) or KINESTHETIC (by moving or doing). 

Interestingly the majority of our class were “Visual Learners.”

You could try completing the online test yourself, it’s easy- just go to Learning Styles Inventory.  

When you have discovered your preferred style, please comment below and tell us how you best learn!!

  Image thanks to  “organised-student.tumblr.com”

Parents in School


It has been a very busy first month back and I thank parents for supporting all our extra curricula activities. The following is a snapshot of parent/ school events:

Prep parents tea and tissue, beginning of year mass, Andrew Chinn concert, Prep welcome mass., swimming trials, parent/ teacher conferences, Prep faith night, parent helper training, 3/4BM class mass and puberty education night. 


Prep Faith Night

Last night the preps had their Faith Night. We were lucky enough to have Helen as our speaker who gave the preps the opportunity to draw a God moment. All the drawings were beautiful and this activity showcased our preps understanding of God. Thank you to Helen for your knowledge and to the parents who came to this evening. 

Here are some photos of the night. 

What is Bullying?

We have been working hard in our student action teams researching Bullying. already, we have learnt so much.

Here are some of the things we have learned:

  • 1 out of 4 kids are bullied- Julian
  • 200 million kids around the world are bullied- Julian
  • Cyberbullying is done with technology- Matteo
  • physical and verbal abuse is very common in Australia- Chloe
  • frenemies are bullies that pretend to be your friend- Alessia L

Here are some websites that you could use to find out more about bullying.




www.bullyingno way.gov.au



Good Luck. if you have some ideas on bullying please let us know.

Year 5/6 SC presents the First Assembly for 2017

It was a privilege to have hosted the first school class assembly today. Below is what we presented to the school community. Congratulations to all of the students in 5/6SC for writing your own scripts and presenting the information with confidence. The 2017 school leaders presented their first awards and what a job – well done! You all spoke clearly and with enthusiasm.  

We would love to hear what you have to say about our assembly! 

Thanks to Fabian who worked on the Google Slide, at home, throughout the week.

Leave a comment below and tell us what you are looking forward to in 2017?


Brace yourselves…Homework begins in 3/4 this week!! This term, Homework will consist of nightly reading and learning of your times tables. Don’t forget to record your reading and have Mum or Dad sign your student diary! Homework is due each Friday.

Bullystoppers: I AM JACK

In 3/4 this term, we are learning more about the term ‘bully’ and the different behaviours associated with bullying. Through the guidance of Kate Wilde and the story ‘I am Jack’ by Susanne Gervay, student action teams are currently researching and preparing a presentation for the end of term Bullystoppers evening. We are also eagerly awaiting a visit from Susanne Gervay on March 17th as part of National Day Against Bullying. Take some time to ask a 3/4 student their thoughts about this book and programme, we would love to share our insights with you!


Puberty Education

Today, Kate Wilde delivered an informative workshop on the joys and perils of puberty to our Year 5/6 students. Boys and girls were addressed separately about the physical, emotional and social changes that are experienced during this time.

Did you know?…..

Girls have both oestrogen AND testosterone. Boys only have testosterone. Girls generally start puberty between 8 and 13 years. Boys start, on average, around 10 years of age.

Kate will facilitate a parent workshop next Thursday night, at 6.30 pm, and will workshop with the children again next Friday morning.


E.I.T applications close on Monday!

If you want to be apart of the team, don’t forget to give Miss Lockyer your application about why the environment is important to you and what you want to do, to make St Charles a more environmentally friendly school.