What a huge week to finish off seven years of primary school for the students of 6D. After a late night with graduation and a big day at Luna Park, lots of tired students struggled to the finish line. Graduation was a fantastic evening; the gym looked amazing thanks to all of the hard work from Amy Chinnick and her dedicated team. The colourful neon decorations set the scene for the real stars to shine; the students. As a teacher I was so proud of the confidence displayed by all of the students and how well they represented themselves and their families. The parents and families must have been so proud too. After being associated with this cohort for the past two years it was great to see how far they have come in that very short amount of time.
Congratulations to all of the award winners; it was a hard task selecting the recipients with so many students deserving an award. For those who won; be proud, it is reward for all of your hard work and for those who missed out, remember, your life will not be defined by awards won in primary school! You can certainly still achieve whatever you want.
At Luna Park, the students enjoyed the freedom to roam the safe, confined grounds while representing the school in a responsible and respectful manner. It wasn’t only the students who had fun; the teachers sneaked onto a few rides as well.
Well the time has come to say good bye and good luck to all 24 of the 6D students. You are all well and truly ready for secondary school and all of the new opportunities, challenges and experiences that you will encounter. I have been so lucky to have had the opportunity to, hopefully, have had a positive influence on these student’s lives and in some small way set them on the path to becoming responsible citizens. Thank you, to all of the parents and families as well, for being so supportive in your children’s education.
Have a great Christmas and a fantastic New Year. Thank you everyone, Darrel Hartwig.
Just two weeks to go now in Year 6 for the students in 6D. The year has really flown by. They have all grown enormously, both physically and academically during the past 12 months, and are well and truly ready to move on to secondary school.
We have been busy practicing for graduation with everything coming together really well. It will be a fantastic evening.
For all the parents who have helped out in the classroom, with any extra-curricular activities or with any of the whole school activities, we appreciate your assistance and would like you to come to the special morning tea this Thursday at 11.00 pm in the Staff Centre to thank you for your efforts.
Here is a snapshot of what has been happening recently in class.
Our focus in Literacy this term has been on poetry, and to put the student’s skills to the test and have some fun, we held the first round of our ‘poetry slam’ on Thursday. Not sure what a ‘poetry slam’ is? Here is one brief definition:
“Simply put, a poetry slam is the competitive art of performance poetry. It puts dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they’re saying and how they’re saying it. A poetry slam is an event in which poets perform their work and are judged by members of the audience.”
Individually or in teams, the students had 20 minutes to write any type of poem on any topic of their choice. They then competed against another team and the winner was determined by their peers. Driven by competition; the content of the poetry was amazing. Everyone did a fantastic job in both writing and presenting.
On Friday’s Pupil Free Day, the staff were treated to an extremely informative, engaging and beneficial professional development session by Michael Ymer, which focused on providing engaging and differentiated number fluency activities. It will be great to use these new activities to begin our Maths lessons with.
Please take the time to have a play of some of the amazing games that our Year 6 students have been coding using Scratch and Code.org. There will be more games added as they are completed!
This week, for the last time, the students were entertained and educated by Harold in the Life Ed van. Following the session where the students discussed many issues involving making informed choices about drugs, smoking and alcohol, it was a very emotional scene as the students waved goodbye to the popular giraffe. Completing the associated work book is one of the requirements for homework this week.
Bike Ed has been going well. It is good to refresh the student’s memories about bicycle safety and being responsible when riding in the community. Thank you to parents who have helped out with the sessions. After this week Bike Ed has a few weeks break to allow for the Curriculum Day (Friday, November 10th) and Japanese Day (Friday, November, 17th)
The filming now is all complete and Bruce is frantically editing all of the footage from the nine senior classes in preparation for the movie’s world wide premiere at Rosebud Cinema on Tuesday, November 28th followed up by sessions on Wednesday the 29th. We have seen the ‘rushes’ (unedited footage) from our filming day and with Bruce’s magic, it will look fantastic.
Sensei Nickeas has planned an action filled Japanese day with lots of fun and learning. Soon the students will learn whether they are representing ‘Shiro’ (the white team) or ‘Aka’ (the red team).
Graduation preparation is well under way with Miss Bell and Mr Beirne spending lots of time collaborating with the students to plan their contribution to the evenings entertainment and formalities. A group of parents are also busy planning and organising the ‘neon/glow’ themed decorations that will convert the gym into an amazing setting for the big occasion.
In Maths Groups, we are revisiting multiplication and division to ensure the students have good knowledge and understanding of these functions before they head off to secondary school.
Poetry, reading and spelling are our current focuses in Literacy. The students have found the poetry very engaging and stimulating for their creativity.
The Natural Disasters project has just started in Inquiry and will be the last big project that these students do in primary school. In small groups they will be required to present their research information based on a natural disaster from Europe or North America.
Enjoy the video:
A big congratulations to all of the students for their excellent efforts and showing enormous resilience and persistence through the seemingly endless takes in doing their filming today. Thanks to Bruce for his patience and to all of the parents and staff in making today a success. Can’t wait to see it at the Rosebud Cinema.
Life Education is visiting our school from next Monday 23rd of October.
As part of this visit a complimentary Parent Information Session is offered. The duration of the session is approximately 30 minutes and is held in the Mobile Learning Centre (MLC) on Monday 23rd October at 9am.
This gives parents an opportunity to gain an understanding of what the students will experience during the session.
Nude Food Day, supported by Nude Food Movers and in partnership with Nutrition Australia, creates a globally recognised day in which we can all come together and show our support towards healthy eating and waste reduction.
On Friday the 20th of October we are encouraging all students to bring fresh, healthy, rubbish free lunches to our school in support of Nude Food Day.
Nude Food Day is a chance for our students to realise what they can do for their health and the health of the planet. An event like this can give all of us at Mount Martha Primary School a taste of the benefits, ease and fun involved in packing a healthy, wrapper free lunch!
From Harry, Connor, Coco and Kya (Year 6 Nude Food Leadership Group)
Don’t forget that Bike Ed starts this Friday, so please ensure that all bikes are in safe working order, and all helmets are approved and in good condition. (see the ‘Important Dates’ information in this blog for the dates of the remaining four sessions).
Our Film Day is next Tuesday so please ensure that anything that is needed to complete costumes is sorted out over the weekend.
There has been so much happening over the past few weeks in 6D with the Summer Lightning Premiership, Year 6 Market, Footy Parade, sandwich making using a peer’s procedural text and the students using mindfulness to help clear their minds and refocus on the task at hand.
Fourth Term is looking just as busy with the film, Bike-Ed, Life-Ed and Graduation. So everyone have a safe and relaxing break and refresh the batteries for a big last term of primary school.
Enjoy the video