What’s Happening at Surf Coast?
Is an up to date list of planned activities at Surf Coast Campus that you can use for planning purposes. Please be aware that these dates are set early in the term and occasionally items may need to be cancelled or dates/times altered. This itinerary is altered each week to reflect any changes – please check this list of events EVERY WEEK carefully when you read the weekly VINE newsletter.
TERM 1 2023
Tuesday 7th Mar Geelong Goal and Wool Museum – Year 5 – 9am till 3pm
Thursday 9th Mar Meet and Greet Sessions (10mins) 2.30pm – 7pm– all staff and families – online bookings close on Friday 3rd March at 4pm.
Friday 10th Mar BLP Clubs – All Students
Preppies and Buddies Beach Afternoon
On Tuesday of this week, there was much excitement in the air as the Surf Coast Preps and their Year 4 and 5 buddies ventured down to Cosy Corner for an afternoon at the beach.
A sandcastle building task was set for those who wanted to take part. The teachers had set a challenge to award the sandcastle that was the sturdiest, the most creative and the tallest!
With buckets and spades at the ready, the Preps and their buddies got to work straight away. There was much discussion, planning and teamwork that went into all of the creations.
There were many wonderful elements that were added onto the sandcastles. Some incorporated rocks, shells and seaweed, and many of the designs had moats, dome shaped roofs, tunnels and pathways leading out to sea.
It was such a fabulous afternoon filled with curious creativity, collaboration and fun.
What is a Computer?
During Digital Technologies this term, students have actively pondered the questions ‘What is a computer?’ and ‘How does it work?’
Prep students have started their journey with keyboard familiarisation, discovering the letter, number and symbol keys on the keyboard, while locating the letter keys in their name. We have even made our own paper computers for imaginary play to support learning and naming the parts of a computer.
Year 1 students are building on their digital learning while investigating how to stay safe when online. We are exploring the difference between our public and personal information and what is safe and unsafe to share.
Features of Shapes
Throughout math this term, we have been looking at so many different and cool concepts. One of our favourites in Year 1, is looking at different shapes and the features that make them. We have been looking at 2D shapes and their special features such as edges, corners and faces. This week we blindfolded the students and asked them to pick a random shape out of the bag. They had to feel for their features and describe what they have picked. We loved being creative and trying something new to explore shapes in Year 1 😊
Bible Presentation and World Day of Prayer
Today was a wonderful time of celebration for our Year Two and Year Five students. Our Year Two students accepted the gift of a Storybook Bible, and our Year Five students received a College Bible. The children proudly accepted their new Bibles before their families and friends. They will use their new Bibles during Devotions and Christian Ed lessons. As well as celebrating our Bible presentation we also celebrated the World Day of Prayer. During this time students prayed beautiful prayers in different languages. The students have been learning that praying for each other helps you start to pay attention to how the other person is feeling. We begin to see each other through God’s eyes as we hear the needs that are weighing heaviest on each other’s hearts.
Designing with Natural Materials
Year 2s have completed some amazing designing and building in their Integrated Studies unit, ‘Materials and Their Purpose’. They designed a utensil or kitchen tool to be made from natural materials and gathered the resources needed. They thought about the purpose of the utensil and which material would best fill the purpose. After analysing the properties and uses of different materials, they decided on the best way to make their tool. Some needed to change their designs to suit the materials.
After instructions on how to make strong joins with glue and dried grasses, the students made their kitchen tools out of natural materials such as bark, wood, sticks, reeds and leaves.
Year 3s Wade Into Willy Wonka’s Whimsical World!
The Year 3 students have been exploring the whimsical and marvellous world of Willy Wonka during our regular readings of ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. They have enjoyed searching for descriptions of the main characters and using the clues in the text to draw their own representation of their favourite character. Their drawings highlight the wonderful insight they have developed of the various character traits, as well as the descriptive imagery woven throughout the pages of our class novel.
A highlight for the Year 3 students this term will be our excursion to the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie where they will delight in their own Willy Wonka experience. We are encouraging the Year 3 students to come dressed as a character from ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. We’re sure, with the creativity already displayed by the students, that we will be seeing some enchanting and eye-catching costumes on the day!
Year 4s – Busy Bees in Term 1!
The past few weeks have been a fun and challenging time for the students of Year 4T as we settle into our new routines. As the newly appointed student leaders of the Junior School the Year 4s have already had a number of opportunities to serve their fellow students. Most recently, Year 4 served pancakes to the whole student body for Shrove Tuesday leading into the season of Lent.
Immediately after the Leader’s Investiture Service last week the students served donuts to the whole school as part of the message shared with the students from our guest speaker, Mia Kafieris. Many thanks to the parents and friends who were able to join us for this very special assembly.
As part of our current Integrated Studies Science unit we have been looking at how living things depend upon each other and the environment to survive. We have been working in our school gardens several times over the past weeks and we would invite you to visit our garden with your child whenever you are visiting the campus. Our excursion to Bunnings was a much-needed shopping trip to buy some supplies for the next stages of gardening.
Year 5 District Sport Summer Carnival
Yesterday our Year 5 students enjoyed participating in our first District Sport Summer Carnival.
Students were provided with the opportunity to take part in a nominated sport and worked on developing their skills and game sense while playing against students from other schools in our District. Schools involved included CCG Highton, CCG Surf Coast, The Geelong College, Montpellier PS, Grovedale West PS and Kardinia International College.
The Geelong College grounds were a picture of colour and movement with students taking part in Tee ball, Cricket, Tennis, Volleystars, Swimming, Tennis and Dodgeball.
Our Surf Coast students are to be congratulated on their sporting efforts, attitude and involvement in a wonderful day, building relationships within our sporting district.
Future District sporting opportunities will be on offer to our Year 5 students next term when we play our District schools in the winter sporting fixture.
What a Week!!!
It has been a week full of activity in Year 5. We have joined our Prep buddies on the beach in Torquay, we have welcomed students from our Sister School from Lombok in Indonesia and we have taken part in our first Middle School Summer Carnival for Sport. It has been jam-packed with laughs and fun. The learning that has been able to take place out of the classroom has been amazing.
Surf Coast Netballers – Years 2 and 3
On Tuesdays at 3:45pm parent Kath Rau conducts an introduction to netball training session.
Sessions are conducted on our campus netball court on the upper level.
We are hoping to form a Surf Coast team to enter an afterschool competition in Torquay, possibly in Term 2.
If your daughter or son in Years 2 or 3 is interested in starting netball and would like to join in the training sessions, please email Mrs Richardson – [email protected]
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
It’s easy to rush through a cup of tea or coffee and forget to stop and appreciate the moment.
Take time out now to simply appreciate being able to breathe in fresh air. Take a long slow breath and feel it rejuvenate every cell.
Make that your intention and watch your body smile from the inside 👍❤️
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