Welcome back everyone for fourth term; the last few months of primary school for all of the students from 6D. This term we have Bike Ed, Life Ed, Jogathon, swimming assessment, transition activities, graduation and end of year celebration at Gumbuya World. No time to get bored! There are still a few approval notes that we are waiting for; please get them back asap. Bike Ed starts next Wednesday. We are running it a bit different this year. Instead of spreading it over five weeks, we are having one full day of learning and practising skills, followed one week later with a road/path ride. We figured that this would be easier on families who have trouble getting the bikes to school.
In Maths we have been working on ‘Algebra’ and are moving on to ‘Time’, particularly focusing on reading timetables. Information report writing is our focus in Literacy along with improving spelling, punctuation and grammar. In Inquiry and Science we are learning about natural disasters.
Congratulations to all of the award winners in Art, particularly Sophia for winning the Lions Club Peace Poster competition.
Glorious spring sunshine engulfed all of the colourful stalls at the Year 6 Market last Friday, providing perfect conditions for what turned out to be a hugely successful day. After months of hard work, it was fantastic to see all of the students enjoy the fruits of their labour. The market provided amazing real-life learning experiences for the students with virtually all aspects of the curriculum addressed in some way throughout the planning, preparation and running of their stalls. Congratulations to the students, and a huge thank you to the parents, sponsors and staff for all of their support in making the market such a success.
Last week we had the Book and Movie Dress Up Day. The students from 6D enjoyed the parade and their costumes were fantastic. The gold coin donations raised money for Indigenous Literacy. Well done to students at the District Athletics. They proudly showed off their ribbons back in the classroom.
After writing some excellent letters to the local Shire Councillors detailing concerns about local issues, we were fortunate to be visited by Bev Colomb and Rosie Clark, both Briars Ward councillors. The response from the council has been fantastic, not just with their visit but they also responded either in writing, by phone or by Email to all of the student’s letters.
The Year 6 Market is on Friday and the students have really worked hard at ensuring that their stall is a success. Below are a few examples of their advertisements.
Year 6 Market Day is approaching fast and the students have been working hard in their teams in preparation to make their stalls a success. Sponsorship items are starting to roll in and we are all truly grateful for the generosity of the local businesses and community.
The students have enjoyed completing engaging hands-on activities in Science as they learn about the effects of chemical change. In Maths we have been investigating transformations which covers the translation, reflection and rotation of a shape. We also looked at symmetry and plotting points on Cartesian planes.
In Science, the students were challenged with the task of experimenting how you can make 10 ml of water evaporate as fast as possible. After making their hypothesis, the groups tested their predictions using various items including a frying pan, hairdryer, sandwich toaster and the sun. They discovered the quickest method to change the water into steam was in the sandwich toaster with the lid down.
Market preparations are starting to ramp up with the students working hard on securing sponsors and producing advertisements. There is still lots of work to do and time is ticking fast, so all of the students will need to stay focused and make the most the available time.
The Dromana Secondary College transition visits are going well with one more to go. The students have really benefited from experiencing a taste of what they will encounter next year as Year 7 students.
Act eSafe encourages students to develop lifelong online safety practices. The animation covers the essentials of online safety as well as safe and ethical use of technology. It is a great clip to watch together as a family and there are some good tips for both parents and children.
Act eSafe aligns with the Australian Curriculum, including Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability—applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT, Personal and Social Capability and Health and Physical Education key learning area. This video has been produced by the Office of the eSafety Commissioner which has fantastic resources on internet safety for parents.
Simply click on the Padlet, add your group name and politely request what your group need to make the market a success. An example (The Corn Bros) has been done for you.
The Year 6 students enjoyed the opportunity to create a vast array of structures using planks during this week’s Maths incursion. This was followed up by the Family Maths Night where families could visit each year level and have fun exploring and engaging in all the different Maths activities on offer.
Year 6 Sport has been very competitive over the past few weeks with classes competing against each other in a range of challenging activities.
Don’t forget that the students need to be at school by 8.45 this Wednesday for our next Dromana Secondary College transition visit.