What’s on at Junior School
Week 8, Monday June 13th
Monday June 13th – Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday June 15th – Year 3 & 4 Students visit to the RW Gibson Centre, Senior School – Year 10 Drama Performance (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Wednesday June 15th – JS Music Evening 1: 5.30pm RW Gibson Centre – Senior School
Wednesday June 15th – JS Music Evening 2: 6.45pm RW Gibson Centre – Senior School
Rainy Day Investigations
This week in Investigations, the children in 1B enjoyed a variety of activities aligning with our Literacy, Integrated Studies and Numeracy topics.
The students enjoyed learning more about the habitats of camels, tigers, frogs and polar bears by creating dioramas using scrap and natural materials. There were some interesting questions being discussed around the table, such as, ‘What will the polar bear drink if all the water is frozen?’ and ‘A frog lives in both water and on dry land, so does that mean the diorama is two habitats in one?’.
How Persuasive can our Year 4s be?
The Year 4 students have been investigating their ability to persuade others. Over the last few weeks, the students have written persuasive pieces titled; why are trees important? Should there be public holidays for children? Why should we have the three Australian flags at the front of our school? The final persuasive piece challenged the students to produce an advertisement where they used persuasive arguments to explain why their product is needed.
Firstly, the students used CANVA on their devices to design an advertising poster. The posters included a picture, title, sentence and slogan. Next, they used a persuasive writing planner to organise their arguments and then wrote a script. Finally, they filmed their advertisement.
What We’re Loving in Library
Last week we were excited to share many of these books with our students as we honoured Reconciliation Week in Australia. The following books are recent releases that we have added to our collection in the past few months. The students responded well to these fabulous books as we read, reflected and learnt more through these stories.
Colours can mean different things to different people. Apart from visual appeal, colours can have special meanings for groups, cultures and even nations. Particularly these last few weeks, as we acknowledge Reconciliation Week; acknowledging and paying respect to the past, present and future Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation. In this moment of Reconciliation Week, students were able to make meaningful connections with their art learning. Discussions about traditional materials / colours used for Aboriginal art and how these are sourced from The Land. Astounding discussions arose about ochre and iron clay pigments, how they are used traditionally to produce colours such as white, yellow, red, black, and charcoal. Smokey greys, sage greens, and saltbush mauves, also add to the wonderful native colour palette.
Year 4 Music
Last week for Reconciliation Week, the Year 4 students listened to the story of Parrwang the magpie. In this Wadawurrung story, Parrwang ‘lifts the sky’ by removing the cover of darkness over the land. This brings light to the Wadawurrung people and the first sunrise is accompanied by Parrwang and all the magpies singing to welcome the day.
Year 3 Swimming Program
Year 3 students had their final swimming session this week. It has been a pleasure teaching and observing students develop their swimming ability by increasing their confidence and skills around water. They participated in some fun games and had an opportunity to show their swimming strokes and participate in a bomb competition for house points.
The students were also able to view the Robo Cup competition where students in Years 7 to 9 studying Systems Engineering from Middle School, competed against other schools from around the state, building and showcasing robots in various fields.
Year 4 Sport Indigenous Games
After a wash out in Week 6, Year 4 students were able to participate in some traditional Indigenous games on Wednesday. Students participated in games such as Gorri, Kalq, Paliwan and Koolchee. These games were played in various parts of Australia using natural materials from that area. During the session, these natural materials were replaced by more modern sporting equipment, but the students enjoyed their games experience and learnt about the natural materials that were used by Indigenous communities hundreds of years ago. It was a very enjoyable session of sport.
Canteen Arrangements Next Week
The Canteen will be open on Friday June 17 (the last day of Term 2) as usual at recess and lunchtime.
Thank you to all volunteers who have helped this term. Your assistance is valued by all Canteen staff and students!
Thank you also to Ashley Walters and his team for rebuilding the original online canteen system to work in our unusual school structure, which required it to function across three separate campuses.
If you still require assistance to set up or use the online ordering system or have any queries about it, please email Nick at email@example.com and he will assist.
Have a safe and happy holiday break!
National Collection of Data on Students With Disabilities
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). With data collected on the first Friday in August (this year, on the 5th), the NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD Guidelines (2021).
Please see the attached NCCD Fact Sheet for more information.
The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm.
Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.
Book online at: The Foundation Golf Tournament
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Life will throw you curve balls. That's part of the journey - especially since COVID.
So, if you experience moments of feeling out of control, don't judge yourself. It doesn't mean that you are failing.
Grab that wheel and pull over if you have to.
And know that you're doing an awesome job. 👍👏
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