Graduation, Games, Gifts & Good Times

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour, School Event, Special Event | Posted on December 16, 2015

This week is our last week of school for the term…and the whole year. It is a busy week with something special happening nearly every day.

Tuesday

Our Grade 6 students celebrated completing their primary school education with a special dinner and graduation ceremony.

Earlier in the year, Tayla-Jade made a photo booth in Genius Hour and we put it to good use on the night!

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The Grade 6s have changed quite a bit over the past seven years…

 

 

Every Grade 6 student gave a speech about their primary school years, presented their families with a ‘Memory Book’, received a graduation certificate and yearbook. There were also speeches from past students (thanks Brock, Chelsea and Eve!), Mrs Egan, Mrs Placek, Miss Crowther and our school captains.

We relived the year with a ‘highlights’ reel…
 

 

Wednesday

Today we played our board games with Miss Joy and our friends in 1/2J. We had a great time creating our games earlier in the week with Mrs Egan and today we enjoyed teaching our younger friends how to play them. We think they enjoyed it too!

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Today was also the day we opened our Kris Kringle (KK) presents and had our class party.

 

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We were very grateful for such a lovely collection of KK gifts

 

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The calm before the storm!

 

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What could possibly be in such a large box?

 

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Gumballs, that’s what!

 

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We were able to put Edward’s Genius Hour creation to good use! The lolly dispenser was very popular!

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We still have lots to look forward to as well!

Thursday

Christmas Concert & Awards night followed by a Carols Skype with Mrs Monaghan and A Room with a View.

Friday

Last day of term. Hello Christmas holidays!

 

What have you enjoyed most about the last week of school?

 

What are you looking forward to in the next few days?

Should Swimming Lessons be Compulsory in all Schools?

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Literacy, School Event | Posted on November 11, 2015

This is the first week of our three week swimming program.  During the program we will participate in nine, forty five minute lessons.

Earlier in the week we watched two clips from Behind the News, or BTN to its regular viewers.

 

 

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When we watched the BTN clips we paid particular attention to the modal verbs used. Modal verbs tell us how likely something is to happen. For example, ‘could’, ‘should’, ‘would’ and ‘might’ are all model verbs. Modal verbs influence the reader and authors choose particular verbs deliberately. We will be experimenting with our choice of modal verbs in our own persuasive texts this week.

Both clips include reasons for and against making swimming lessons compulsory in schools. We organised the reasons in a table. This will form part of our plan for our own text.

 

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There is no right or wrong answer to our question of ‘Should swimming lessons be compulsory in all schools?’ People have different opinions and reasons. We would love to know what you think…

Should swimming lessons be compulsory in all schools?

Why? Why not?

A Night to Remember!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in School Event | Posted on October 24, 2015

The car park was full on Friday after school and cars lined the street. Word had spread… Upper Plenty Primary School was holding a family fun night. There was something for everyone, including:

* A market

* An art show

* A book launch

* The opening of our new outdoor classroom

* A jumping castle

* A ‘Happy Birthday’ sing-a-long for Ezmond, our school dragon who turned one

The market had a variety of stalls and activities. There were stalls run by professional market people and each class had a stall too.

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5/6 Team was in charge of the cake stall.

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There was even a special cake in Ezmond’s honour!

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We would like to thank everyone who made cakes and slices for us. We received many compliments about your cooking and sold out!

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The central learning space was transformed into an art exhibition.

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The night also celebrated Ezmond’s first birthday. The whole school sang Ezmond ‘Happy Birthday’ before ‘The Adventures of Ezmond’ was officially launched. The Adventures of Ezmond is a picture storybook. Each student in the school wrote a narrative about Ezmond during our narrative writing focus and created an illustration in art to go with the text. We now have a picture storybook with over 170 stories and everyone is a published author!

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Many people were able to visit our newly finished outdoor classroom and garden.

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Just when we thought the night couldn’t get any better, there was even a jumping castle!

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We would like to thank Mrs Lewis and her team of helpers who spent many months and hundreds of hours working on the outdoor garden, The Adventures of Ezmond and setting up the art exhibition. We would also like to thank Upper Plenty’s Family and Friends group who organised the market and invited each class to have a stall.

What did you enjoy most about the family fete and market night?

 

How should Ezmond celebrate his next birthday?

 

‘The Shack’ Shock

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in School Event | Posted on October 22, 2015

In the early hours of this morning, ‘The Shack’ next to our school burnt down. It celebrated its 100th birthday last year and if the walls could talk, they would have been able to tell stories about dances, concerts, weddings and wakes over the last century.

Photo from Google images

Photo from Google images

Photo taken by Alison H

Photo taken by Alison H

 

Until today, students at Upper Plenty P.S walked past ‘The Shack’ on their way  from the car park to the school grounds. After school the playground next to The Shack was a popular place to play.

This morning we worked in teams to research more about The Shack’s history. Before we started our research all we really knew was that it had been there for a long time. We discovered:

-It was built in 1914

-It used to be called ‘The Upper Plenty Hall’

-Sometimes it was called ‘The Mechanics Hall’

-After the original Upper Plenty school house burnt down in a bushfire, The Shack became a temporary classroom from 1919 to 1920

-Many dances and concerts have been held in the hall

-School concerts were held in the hall in the 1920s

– It was a very important part of the Upper Plenty community

-There was an exhibition on display showing how Upper Plenty has changed over time

-The committee received a Victorian Community History Award commendation only last week

 

We became journalists for the day and created a news bulletin about today’s events.

 

Thank you to the fire fighters who put the fire out and the police who looked after the scene today.

 

What do you think Upper Plenty would have been like 100 years ago?

 

Where’s William? Part B

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Guest Post, School Event, Special Event | Posted on October 8, 2015

* Guest Post by Cam & Dylan *

This post is going to be about where William Tyrell is at the moment. William, aged three at the time, went missing on Friday 12th September, 2014 at 10:30am from his nana’s backyard in Kendall, NSW. He was wearing a Spiderman costume at the time.

The police and William’s family believe that he may still be alive. They have launched a massive campaign to raise awareness for William’s disappearance in the hope someone will come forward with information so that William can be found. If anyone has any information about William, they should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Merchandise is being sold from the Where’s William Foundation to help to raise money. They sell caps, t-shirts, ribbons and much more. Our school is running a fundraiser tomorrow for the ‘Where’s William?’ fundraiser.

 

Photo from Where's William? website

Photo from Where’s William? website

 

What fundraisers have you been involved with?

Where’s William?

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Guest Post, School Event, Special Event | Posted on October 8, 2015

Guest Post by Ebony & Olivia

Young William Tyrrell disappeared from his Nana’s home on the NSW Mid-North coast at around 10:30am on Friday 12th September 2014. He was 3 years old at the time and wearing a Spider-Man costume.

 

Photo from Where's William? website

Photo from Where’s William? website

 

William’s family and friends are heartbroken not knowing what has happened to their little boy. If you know anything that might help the police to find William please don’t keep it a secret. Ring Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Even the smallest piece of information that someone may think is insignificant could help police find William and bring him home.

Everyone in William’s family loves him and cares about him and are desperate to find him and bring him home. There is a special fundraising campaign that people all around Australia can donate to. Our school is doing a fundraiser on Friday for William. We will be dressing in red and blue or Spiderman costumes. It will be a gold coin donation to dress up and all money raised will go to the ‘Where’s William?’ foundation.

 

Photo from Where's William? website

Photo from Where’s William? website

Click Here if you want to find out more about William. We used information from this website to help us write our post.

 

Have you been involved in any fundraisers?

 If you have, what are they?

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?

Crack the Code with Maths!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Numeracy, School Event | Posted on May 21, 2015

This week is Education Week in Victoria, Australia. It is a week dedicated to sharing and showcasing the wonderful things that happen in schools all around the state. Each year Education Week has a focus and this year’s focus is maths.

This year’s challenge was to ‘get involved, intrigued and inspired by maths’ and that is exactly what everyone at Upper Plenty Primary School did!

Monday was Maths Day. The whole school was divided into small groups with students from Foundation all the way to Grade Six. Each group participated in four rotations with four different teachers. The students in 5/6 Team had a list of group members and made sure everyone made it safely to their next destination.

All the activities were maths based. Activities ranged from ‘What’s the Time Mr Wolf?’ to ‘Tangram Pictures’. It was great fun completing different activities with different teachers and different students.

 

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After lunch we split into two groups; a Foundation to Grade Two group and a Grade Three to Grade Six group, for a maths relay. It went like this:

1. Form a team of six students (there had to be students from different year levels in each team)

2. First person in the team runs to a student leader in the middle of the oval/basketball court to collect a card with a maths question on

3. Run back to team

4. Solve the problem as a team

5. New runner races back to the student leader and gives them the team’s answer. If the answer is correct, the team gets a new question

6. Continue until time is up

At the end of the relay all teams received an envelope with their correctly answered questions. Teams added up their scores and celebrated their correct answers.

 

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Teams racing to the student leaders for the next question.

 

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Solving the problem as a team

 

Below is a copy of the Grade 3 – 6 questions in case you want to play at home!

 

What do you like most about maths?

 

What maths have you done today? (It doesn’t have to be at school!)

 

 

 

The Eagle Has Landed!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Collaboration, School Event, Special Event, Twitter | Posted on April 5, 2015

‘The eagle has landed’ is a pretty famous saying and one that we borrowed on the last day of term. An astronaut named Neil Armstrong originally said it in July 1969 when a lunar module he was in called Eagle landed on the moon.

Regular blog followers will know that our first global project for the year is #globalpal with Mrs Monaghan, Ms Shannon and Mrs Yollis. Last week, Liberty landed at Upper Plenty.

Josephine, our UPPS Global Pal is spending the next few weeks with Ms Shannon in the Northern Territory. We are looking after Liberty who is originally from California, USA but has spent the last few weeks with Mrs Monaghan in Middleham, UK.

Liberty arrived just in time for our school holidays – he flew in with the last post before the end of term. When the parcel was delivered to our classroom we used the clues on the envelope to predict the contents. You can tell a lot from the stamps and stickers on a parcel!

 

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Major Clue: The parcel contained a soft toy and Mrs Monaghan had packed it.

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We also discovered that it cost five pounds and five pence to send the parcel.

 

At first we guessed it was Jolly George, Mrs Monaghan and Middleham’s global pal. However, then we realised that we had been reading blog posts about Liberty spending time in England so we changed our prediction.

 

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We gave Liberty a very quick tour of Upper Plenty and introduced him to Ezmond, our school dragon. Yes, you read that correctly – we have a dragon at school!

 

 

Liberty also joined in with Earth Hour. He was in charge of switching off the lights. He told us that the light switches in Australia are different to the ones he saw in England.  For 60 minutes, no one at Upper Plenty used any power. There were no lights, no computers, no announcements…nothing!

Earth Hour is really held on the last Saturday in March. However, as we would not be at school then, we held ours a little earlier. Earth Hour is a lights off event that started in Sydney in 2007. In 2014, 162 countries and territories participated. Click HERE to read more about Earth Hour.

 

 

Liberty is taking it easy over the school holidays. Stay tuned for more adventures once school starts on April 13th.

What should we show Liberty during his stay at UPPS?

 

Did you participate in Earth Hour? Tell us about it!

 

Have you participated in a global project? What was it?

 

March is Family Blogging Month!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Literacy, School Event | Posted on March 4, 2015

March is Family Blogging Month at Upper Plenty P.S!

 
 
We originally found out about this great idea from Mrs Yollis in America and really enjoyed it when we did it back in 2012. This time, it is even more exciting because our whole school is joining in!

Every time a student’s family member or friend leaves a comment on the blog, the family earns a point. You can earn a point for new comments every day. If the same person leaves more than one comment on the same day it only counts as one point.

Commenting is easy! Just scroll down to the end of this post and click on

 

Continue Reading

 

Scroll down and write your comment in the box.

 

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When you are ready, type in the anti spam word and click submit. Your comment won’t appear instantly because it has to be approved. You can also click the ‘Reply’ button to reply to a comment that has already been left.

 

If you’re not sure what to write in your comment, Mrs Yollis has some advice.

 


 
 

Below is a table showing how many families have been busy commenting on our blog so far. Click on it to make it easier to read.

 

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We love reading and replying to your comments and look forward to hearing from you soon!

 

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What would you like us to add to our blog?

 

 

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