From the Head of Campus
Dear Parents and Families,
It has been a bittersweet return to Term 4 this week welcoming our Prep, Year 1 and 2 students back onsite but still having to wait for the return of our students in Years 3 and 4. We are excited to have our students in these year levels begin to return next week, and in short bursts we will all be together. At this time nearly two years into this COVID journey I am not sure about you, but I feel that the cracks of pain, frustration and fear caused by everything COVID have never been more apparent. There is almost a sense of brokenness!
When pondering how this can be healed, when wondering how do we move forward we can turn to Jesus where we see the example of someone who sees past the brokenness to the hearts of those around Him. Jesus chose to love rather than being intimidated by the elements of fear, anger, persecution around him. Perhaps we too can be a part of healing the brokenness by devoting ourselves to genuinely loving people and caring for them to heal their brokenness.
Romans 15:1-5 says: 15 1-2 Those of us who are strong and able in the faith need to step in and lend a hand to those who falter, and not just do what is most convenient for us. Strength is for service, not status. Each one of us needs to look after the good of the people around us, asking ourselves, “How can I help?”
3-6 That’s exactly what Jesus did. He didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles but waded right in and helped out. “I took on the troubles of the troubled,” is the way Scripture puts it. Even if it was written in Scripture long ago, you can be sure it’s written for us. God wants the combination of his steady, constant calling and warm, personal counsel in Scripture to come to characterise us, keeping us alert for whatever he will do next. May our dependably steady and warmly personal God help us to get along with each other as well as Jesus gets along with us all. Then we’ll be a choir—not just our voices, but our very lives singing in harmony.
When we see those that are broken and weighed heavily by the pressures that COVID has thrust upon us, let us follow the example of Jesus and love them. In Psalm 34:18 it says, “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” May you discover the unconditional love your heavenly Father has toward those broken and crushed today and be active in sharing this with others.
What’s Happening At Junior School?
Week 2 – Monday October 11th
Tuesday October 12th – 13th – We welcome Year 3 and 4 students to onsite learning at Junior School
Wednesday October 13th – Bush Prep, Prep B,G,R (details to be confirmed via Edsmart Broadcast)
Friday October 15th – Junior School Virtual Assembly, 2G Class Item
Week 3 – Monday October 18th
Tuesday October 19th -20th – Year 3 and 4 students to attend onsite learning at Junior School
Friday October 22nd – Junior School Virtual Assembly, 1R Class Item
Week 4 – Monday October 25th
Tuesday October 26th – Year 3 and 4 students return to onsite learning at Junior School
An Area Challenge in Year 3
Whilst still in lockdown, Year 3 students were armed with the challenge of using grid paper (graph or squared paper) to design a zoo, with animal enclosures to meet set area requirements. On the surface, this might appear to be just a little bit of fun, but the purpose of such a practical activity is far greater than simply having students design something visually attractive.
Students have been studying area in Maths since their early years in Prep – 2. It usually begins with an investigation into the comparison of the size of picture books, where informal units such as square counters are used to cover the surface of book covers. At this early stage, students learn that a fair comparison can only be conducted with units of equal size. They also discover that squares are a great shape to use because they fit together nicely.
Later on, students find that square metres are perfect units for calculating the area of the carpet in a classroom or the asphalt of the basketball court, and students are set the challenge of creating square metres out of newspaper or other materials.
Our Year 3 Zoo Design Challenge was just the next step towards discovering a formula for calculating the area of square and rectangles, which will be introduced in Years 4 and 5. As students work with arrays (which are used in their studies of multiplication) to create the enclosures for the animals, they begin to see how multiplication, rather than counting individual square units, is a useful tool for calculating area. Indeed, some students, by using the Building Learning Power muscles of noticing details, asking questions, and making connections, (often guided by ‘just right’ questions from a teacher), have already made the leap in their learning where they understand why a formula of A= L x W to determine the area of rectangles might be helpful.
Anyone can learn a formula by heart, but it is an entirely different thing to understand why a formula can be applied – which is what authentic learning is all about.
Our Wonderful World – Year 1 Take a Close Look at the Weather!
Year 1R have done a fabulous job settling back into school life this week. We are excited to be beginning ‘Our Wonderful World’ unit in Integrated Studies. We are looking forward to exploring all the wonderful and wild things about weather, how it occurs, and how it impacts us.
At the end of last term, we were very fortunate to have the Fizzics Education incursion. It was very informative in explaining some key ideas around earth, space and the sun. We also learnt about different phases of the moon and were then able to recreate these phases using Oreos. Yum!
This week, students were given the opportunity to dress themselves fit for any type of weather. They then participated in dramatic play and made judgements about weather in different situations. For example, what will you need to bring if it starts raining? Should we pack a hat in case the sun comes out in the afternoon? This activity opened lots of rich discussion around being SunSmart and how our clothes can protect us against lots of different weather types.
As our knowledge of weather grows, we are excited to move from being Junior School students, to Junior School weather reporters! Stay tuned folks!
A Quacking Good Time in Prep!!
The Preps have begun Term 4 with plenty of excitement and enthusiasm. The children have enjoyed being back at school amongst friends and sharing all the details of their holidays. Everyone seems to have remembered the routines of our daily time table and have enjoyed catching up with specialist teachers too!
At the start of each week the Preps always look forward to the reveal of the new word of the week. The word of the week is part of the Spelling program that develops their understanding around letters, words and sounds. We teach this in class in a variety of ways throughout the week such as rhyme, word families, reading books and sequencing sentences.
This week our word of the week is ‘duck’ introducing the children to the ‘ck’ digraph. One of the books we have read about ducks is the classic Dr. Suess “I wish that I had duck feet”. We made our own duck feet and wrote about what we would like to do if we really did have duck feet! Here’s a few of the thoughts from Prep G.
- If I had duck feet I would play in the rain because I would like to get wet. – Elijah
- If I had duck feet I would jump in muddy puddles because I like to get wet and it would be good. – Arthur
- If I had duck feet I would go in some water and then I would get out of the water and make wet footprints because my feet are wet. – Finley
- If I had duck feet I would kick water on the flowers because then I would be able to water the plants. – Emilia
- If I had duck feet I would go in the swimming pool. – Kayleb
- If I had duck feet I would go to the beach but I would not go in the water. – Hugh
- If I had duck feet I would go in the water because I could swim. – Emily
Please see attached information on sports uniform for this term.