This week we were very excited because Mr Thomas came in to teach us! We had a big number line on the floor and we had to work out how many more steps he had to take to get his hot chocolate!

Mr Thomas asked us to use our number lines to work out how many more bee stamps we needed to get a reward! We found out that Lily A needs 11 more stamps, Adam I needs 13 and Demi L needs 10 more!



This week, the preps explored the value of Caring. During Circletime, we reflected upon people who care for us and the ways in which we care for others. We shared Mrs Maher’s favourite story, ‘Rose Meets Mr Wintergarten’, and discovered that caring for someone can result in amazing changes.

Science with a zing!!

In Science in 1/2, we have been looking at how everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways (ACSSU211) and that different materials can be combined including by mixing for a particular purpose (ACSSU031). 1/2B used the method below to make their very own lemonade this week, however, we’re not quite sure it’s supermarket ready just yet!!

Making Lemonade
What you’ll need- Lemon, drinking glass, water, baking soda, sugar, straw, teaspoon
Method- Squeeze as much of the juice from the lemon as you can into the glass. Pour in an equal amount of water as lemon juice. Stir in the teaspoon of baking soda. Give the mixture a taste and add in some sugar if you think it needs to be sweeter.

The bubbles that form when you add the baking soda to the lemon mixture are carbon dioxide (CO2); the same bubbles you’ll find in proper fizzy drinks. Of course they add a few other flavoured sweeteners but if you’re wondering how the carbon dioxide bubbles formed, it was because you created a chemical reaction when you added the lemon (an acid) to the baking soda (a base).

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Scientists at work!

This week 5/6I have been change detectives! We have observed chemical reactions by mixing, observing, investigating and using scientific knowledge to explain our thinking. Keeping with our Environmental Tree-Planting Day, our leaf art involved learning about photosynthesis and how environmental changes can impact on leaves.

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Italian news

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During the month of July in Australia it is salsicce and salami time for many Italians. Families get together to chop, mince and mix their ingredients to make sausages, salami, prosciutto and capocollo for their families to eat during the year. Here are some photos from Signora Di Muzio’s family sausage day.

Che buono!

Some more P.E. tips

Here are some more tips to keep you being sporty:

TIP 3: Foster everyday sport activity at home and be an effective support provider. Limit screen time at home. Provide a positive encouragement for sporting activity and get involved.

TIP 4: Insist on the right sport format and equipment. Sporting Schools provides a great choice of appropriate sport formats for primary school children that are lots of fun. Buy the right sized equipment.

TIP 5: Sample and have fun! Resist the temptation for your child to specialise in one sport too early. Sampling a large range of sports, at least until the age of 15, is likely to assist the development of a full range of sporting skills, coordination and control. It also minimises the risks of overuse injuries and allows kids to work out which sports they like most.

Sporting Schools launched today

We are happy to announce that we have applied for funding to promote two sports in our school for term 3 and 4. In Term 3 the 5/6 students will be taking part in a netball program and in term 4 the 3/4 students will be taking part in a tennis program. There are plenty of tips to encourage us to be sporty As part of the launch, Sporting Schools also offered up tips for parents to help them nurture their child’s sporting development:

TIP 1: Foster a full range of fundamental movement skills. This includes kicking or hitting a ball, running, jumping, climbing and basic aquatic skills.

TIP 2: Promote play by setting up diverse and stimulating environments at home. Use a variety of areas around the home, like the backyard or even the hallway, to play. Provide a variety of sports equipment. Encourage ambidexterity (use of limbs on both sides of the body).

Change Detectives – Chemical Science – 5/6

The 5/6 students have engaged in a ‘Mess Scene’ investigation to find out what they already know about changes that occur to materials in their everyday lives.They observed and recorded information about some common changes to materials and shared and discussed their observations. They questioned why certain changes occur and whether or not they are easily reversible.It sparked the students’ interest, stimulated their curiosity, raised questions for inquiry and elicited their existing beliefs about the topic.




The 3/4 Level had a great day last Friday when Michelle came for an Incursion. She is a scientist from Monash University and also a mum at the school.  The students had a great morning conducting experiments with Dry Ice, Flowers, Detergent and Sugar. Everyone had a collaborative hands on learning experience! We are very lucky to have Michelle!

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What Happens When We…?

This term in InquiRE 1/2s are learning to be scientists and asking the question ‘What Happens When We…?’ Our first experiment was mixing coke and mentos together and before we watched it we predicted what we thought might happen when we mixed a liquid and a solid. We were amazed to see the results, a cool ‘explosion’, which we now know is a gas. Can’t wait to put on our lab coats again 🙂

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