The Term That Was…

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom, Collaboration, Inquiry, Learning, Literacy, Numeracy, School Event, Special Event, Sport, Twitter | Posted on September 30, 2015

We are currently on school holidays after finishing Term Three on 18th September. We packed a fair bit into our ten week term. In addition to learning about procedures (more here), reports, finding the main idea and supporting details of a text, comparing texts, skimming, scanning, summarising, fractions, decimals, location, data and natural disasters we also had some special events, including:

A First Aid course

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– A Hoop Time Basketball tournament

 

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– Working with Miss Newton and Mr Sinclair (our pre service teachers)

– An Athletics Day (sorry, no photos – we forgot to take the camera!)

– Winning a T-Ball grand final

– Cooking

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– eSmart Week and a cyber safety workshop with Susan McLean

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– Developed growth mindsets and completed a ‘Seven Day Growth Mindset Challenge’.

– Dressed up as a favourite character from a favourite book to celebrate Book Week.

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– Continued our #globalpal Twitter project with Mrs Monaghan in England, Mrs Yollis in America and Ms Shannon in Darwin.

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– Went to Allambee Camp

 

– Some of us also went to Tasmania to visit Mrs Smith and our friends in 5/6CS. We also learnt about Australia’s convict history. Click HERE to read Mrs Smith’s blog post about our visit.

 

– Said ‘Goodbye’ to Mrs Laffan (our principal) with a special Mrs Laffan dress up day, flash mob dance and assembly.

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No wonder we were all very tired at the end of term – we were busy little bees!

Our last term for the school year begins on Monday 5th October.  It is sure to be another busy and exciting term. Check out the ‘Curriculum’ tab in the ‘Parents’ section at the top of the screen to see what we will be learning about. There will also be ‘Where’s William?’ Day on Friday 10th October, a Genius Hour Day, Grade 6 Graduation, Christmas Carols and Awards Night, a Christmas Skype with Mrs Monaghan and some High School Days. We will also be welcoming Mrs Egan, our new principal for Term Four.

 

What did you enjoy most in Term Three? Why?

 

What are you looking forward to doing in Term Four? Why?

How to Save a Life

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning, Special Event | Posted on July 27, 2015

Today we met Annie from St John First Aid. St John Ambulance Victoria deliver free first aid training to schools and our whole school participated in a session today.

 

 

Annie taught us the basics of first aid and how we might be able to help save a life one day.

 

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Danger – It is important to check for danger. Are you safe? Is everyone else safe? If it is safe to do so, approach the patient.

Response – Ask the patient “Can you hear me?” If you don’t get any response, move a little closer (as long as it is still safe) and squeeze the person’s shoulders.

Send for Help – Phone 000 or ask someone else to phone

Airway – Check that the airway is clear. We practised our ‘pistol grip’ to tilt our heads back slightly.

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We practised our ‘pistol grip’ to open our airways

 

Breathing – Check if the person is breathing. If they are breathing, place them in the recovery position.

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Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) – If the person is NOT breathing, start CPR.  If you don’t know the person and you don’t have a face shield, it is okay to just do the compressions.

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Measure so that you place your hands in the correct spot

Measure so that you place your hands in the correct spot.

Lean over the person, make sure your arms are straight and press one third of the chest depth down.

Lean over the person, make sure your arms are straight and press one third of the chest down.

 

Defibrillation – If you have one, send someone to get the defibrillator. Follow the instructions on it.
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What first aid skills do you have?

Have you ever done a first aid course? Tell us about it!

 

Bounce Back and Be Happy!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning | Posted on June 2, 2015

Resilient people are happier people. Everyone has days where they feel a little low but resilient people know that these times won’t last for ever. They cope with challenges and don’t let things get them down for long. They ‘Bounce Back’.

We defined “resiliency” as being able to…

 

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We watched Bradley Trevor Grieve’s ‘The Blue Day Book for Kids’ which is full of wonderful ways to feel good. Different people have different ways of cheering themselves up. Take a look and see if your best tip for bouncing back is included.

 

 

Here are some of the ways we ‘Bounce Back’ from ‘Blue Days’…

 

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How do you show resilience?

 

 

Grow Your Mind!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Learning | Posted on April 30, 2015

At the start of the year, our principal, Mrs Laffan, told Mrs Placek and Miss Crowther about a lady in America called Dr. Carol Dweck. Carol is a professor of psychology and works at Stanford University in America. She researches intelligence, motivation and how people think and learn. She talks about a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.

In an interview in 2012, Carol said:

“In a fixed mindset students believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are just fixed traits. They have a certain amount and that’s that, and then their goal becomes to look smart all the time and never look dumb. In a growth mindset students understand that their talents and abilities can be developed through effort, good teaching and persistence. They don’t necessarily think everyone’s the same or anyone can be Einstein, but they believe everyone can get smarter if they work at it.”

The video clip below proves that failing is actually a good thing. Like Carol says, if you have a growth mindset you will believe that if you work hard you can learn new things. At first things might be difficult. However, the next time you do them they will be slightly easier and then even easier the next time.
 

 

There are lots of ‘famous failures’ in the world.  Did you know that…

* Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job for having ‘no imagination’ or ‘original ideas’

* A very famous band called The Beatles were rejected by a recording studio and told they had no future in music

* JK Rowling’s first Harry Potter book was rejected by 12 publishers

 

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When have you worked hard to learn something new?

 

What do you think of Dr. Carol Dweck’s ideas on how people learn?

 

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