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?

‘Genius Hour’ Day

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom, Genius Hour, Special Event | Posted on December 1, 2015

Yesterday we put a spin on the traditional ‘Genius Hour’ model we have previously used. Instead of spending one hour a week over ten weeks working on a project, we spent one whole day.

You can read about our previous Genius Hour projects HERE, HERE and HERE.

We decided to change the time frame for our last Genius Hour of the year. Some of us have completed three projects and we have all completed one round following the traditional one hour a week time frame. Changing to one whole day meant we had to think and plan differently. It presented new challenges and new opportunities.

Our plans were submitted ten days before ‘Genius Hour Day’ for approval. We had to think carefully about what we could achieve in five hours. It was tricky making sure our project wouldn’t be finished in one hour and didn’t need more than five hours. We used our experiences from previous projects to guide our thinking. We knew the day was nearly here when equipment and tools started appearing in our classroom last Friday.

You can view our Genius Hour journey in the video below.

Genius Hour has taught us a lot about thinking ahead, organisation, problem solving and a number of skills specific to our individual projects such as working with wood, art and craft, embroidery and using technology. We have also discovered that it is very important to have a Plan B and to think creatively to solve problems. It is amazing what can be achieved with a little bit of imagination, creativity, persistence and lateral thinking.

 

Plan A

 

Do you prefer a whole day to work on a project or ten separate hours? Why?

 

What has Genius Hour taught you?

 

If you could do any Genius Hour project, what would it be?

We’ve Got Kittens!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Special Event | Posted on November 4, 2015

We’ve always wanted a class pet and the closest we have come is having a ‘school’ cat. Now we not only have a cat but four kittens as well!

Earlier in the year, Sybil arrived. It took a little while to earn her trust and she wasn’t that keen on kids. Only people who arrived at school early when it was quiet met her before she raced off and hid under our classroom for the day. Our global pal Snappy had a happy ‘snap’ with her whilst she ate breakfast.

 

Snappy and Sybil

Snappy and Sybil

 

Sybil went off to the vets to be scanned for a microchip. Unfortunately she did not have one so it was off to the pound for eight days. No owner could be found and Sybil was adopted by Miss Crowther.

 

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Sybil

 

Just when we thought we were cat free, another cat was spotted in the yard. It looked a lot like Sybil and to begin with, people thought that it was the same cat! Mrs Lewis nicknamed the new cat Stevie – short for Stephanie or Stephan. Today we discovered that Stevie is definitely short for Stephanie!

On Monday Stevie and her large tummy arrived for breakfast. We suspected she was full of kittens.

 

Stevie pre kittens

Stevie pre kittens

 

Today she appeared looking much thinner and extremely hungry. She also only wanted to eat in one spot. Surprisingly she was extra friendly and didn’t run away when everyone arrived at school.

The mystery of where the kittens were hiding was solved at recess. Stevie’s kittens were waiting patiently for their mum under a blackberry bush. It wasn’t a very safe place – they would get wet and cold when the evening’s predicted storm arrived and they would make a delicious snack for Fantastic Mr Fox.

A plan was hatched to first catch Stevie (as she was going to be the hardest) and then move her kittens to be with her. It was a team effort and we probably won’t ever have another recess like it! Games were abandoned as we embarked on our mission.

Stevie and her kittens were soon scooped up (more easily than we imagined) and spent the rest of the day in Mrs Lewis’ quiet office getting to know each other. We all wanted to visit, but had to leave her in peace and make do with photos.

 

Stevie and her kittens

Stevie and her kittens

 

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It’s too early to know if the kittens are boys or girls. Stevie and her kittens will be heading off to the vets for a check up and then a foster home until the kittens are big enough to be rehomed. Stevie will also be looking for a home.  The RSPCA have some tips for adopting cats.

 

Stevie

Did you know…

*Over the past 10 years the RSPCA have adopted out or reunited with their owners 222,916 cats/kittens.

* 1 in 4 Australian households are home to cats. (Source: Animal Australia)

* One homeless cat can have up to 41 kittens a year. (Click Here for the source)

* The average pet cat will live for 12 to 15 years.

* On average, cats spend two thirds of their day sleeping. That means, if a cat is nine years old, it has only been awake for three years!

* A group of cats is called a ‘clowder’.

* There is an expression ‘Having kittens’. It means that you are freaking out or panicking about something.

 

Do you have a cat? What is it like?

 

What interesting facts can you share about cats?

 

If you were Stevie, what would you say about the day’s events?

 

Have you ever ‘Had kittens’ over something?

 

High School Day

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Special Event | Posted on October 28, 2015

There are less than 35 school days left before our Grade 5s become Grade 6s and our Grade 6s become Year 7s.

As part of our Transition Program, we have two High School Days. These days are designed to mirror a traditional day at high school. We invite teachers from our local high schools, follow a timetable, move around the school to different classes and complete Year 7 work.

This is the timetable we followed:

 

We had to take our folder, pencil case, diary and healthy snack with us to each class as we couldn’t go to our locker tubs or bags between lessons.

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Mr Langdon taught science. We found out that you copy notes from the board in some lessons. These notes help you learn and can also be used as study notes before unit tests or exams. Mr Langdon also shared his number one tip for high school; Be Organised!

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Mr Devine taught maths. We played an addition game to warm our brains up and then worked with fractions.

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Mrs Gurney taught English. At high school reading and writing is not separated into two subjects like it is at primary school. In our English lesson we copied the goals from the board. We learnt about using similes to describe ‘flanimals’.

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Mrs Egan taught geography. We used an atlas to have a virtual race around the world. Knowing how to use resources is going to be very important at high school.

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Sir Prize (friends with Miss Tery) taught humanities. We learned about rainforests using information from a text book. We read the information together and then answered questions. Our answers had to be in full sentences and clearly numbered.

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We would like to thank Mr Langdon, Mr Devine, Mrs Gurney and Mrs Egan for being our high school teachers. We were able to ask questions about high school and learn how high school lessons usually run. High School Day has helped us understand more about what it is like to be in Year 7.

What did you learn about High School from High School Day?

 

What is your number 1 tip for doing well in Year 7?

 

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?

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!

 

Year 7s for a Day!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Special Event | Posted on June 21, 2015

Last week we headed off to Wallan Secondary College for a ‘Taster Day’. The day was so named because it was designed to give us all a ‘taste’ of Secondary School life as we pretended to be Year 7s for a day.

After meeting some real Year 7s, we had a quick tour of the school before our first lesson which was followed by lunch and another lesson. Throughout the day we participated in Indonesian and food technology or music and woodwork.

 

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Photo courtesy of Mrs Gurney, WSC

 

Taster 3

Photo courtesy of Mrs Gurney, WSC

 

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Taster 1

 

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We enjoyed meeting different teachers, trying new subjects and catching up with our 2014 Grade 6 friends who are now in Year 7.

At the very end of the day we were lucky enough to have a Question and Answer session with a group of Year 7 students.

Thank you to Ms Lasslett, Mrs Gurney and Mr Ellis for inviting us and organising a great day of learning and fun.

What did you like most about the Taster Day?

 

If you already go (or have already been) to Secondary School, what are/were your favourite subjects? Why?

 

Genius Hour

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Genius Hour, Special Event | Posted on June 3, 2015

Over the last ten weeks we have been working on our Genius Hour projects.

The rules of Genius Hour are simple:
1. Learn at least one new skill
2. Create something to share and present at our exhibition

We started our projects with a plan. We had to sketch a design or write about what we were planning on making. This involved research about the best materials and procedure we would need to follow. When our plan was approved we began the construction phase of Genius Hour. This phase was different for everyone as we had a large variety of projects.

The video below shows parts of our Genius Hour journey.

 

 

In addition to learning new skills from creating our actual project, we all learnt about time management, persistence, organisation and lateral thinking. Even things that we thought were going to be easy, ended up being harder than we thought.

Today we celebrated our learning and achievements with family and friends at our Genius Hour Exhibition.

 

 

Our visiting Global Pal, Jolly George, was a special guest.

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Jolly George enjoyed playing with Campbell’s ‘Drinkinator 3000’

 

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Jolly George sharpened his dragon claws on Daniel’s cat scratching post

 

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Jolly George tried his hand at some magic

 

Jolly George made a new friend - Hugo the goat.

Jolly George made a new friend – Hugo the goat

 

What do you like best about Genius Hour?

 

What do you think is the most important thing Genius Hour teaches people?

 

If you could do a Genius Hour project, what would you choose? Why?

 

How would you make Genius Hour even better?

 

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