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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Ezmond

 

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

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Garden 3

 

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?

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?

 

Last Weeks of Term

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Classroom, Holidays, School Event, Special Event | Posted on December 19, 2014

This was our last week of Term Four and our last week for the 2014 school year. We finished the year with a bang with a number of exciting events.

Funfields

This year we had a class bank account to help us learn about managing money and economics. Throughout the year we ran events to earn money for our account.

Some of the events we organised were:

* Two market stalls (one at school and one locally). Click HERE, HERE and HERE to read more about our markets.

* ANZAC Day cookies

* A Trivia Night for kids

* Pyjama Day for the whole school

* Kiosk at our school production

* Guess the lollies in the jar competition

* Two raffles (basketball and iTunes voucher)

At the start of the year we set ourselves the goal of earning $1000. We were thrilled to exceed our target and ended up depositing $1365 into our account.  Our money was always going towards an end of year excursion and when we knew we had enough, we voted on where we would like to go. We decided on Funfields. Our money paid for our admission and the bus. It was a great way to celebrate the end of the year with our friends and family.

 

Toboggan Ride

Toboggan Ride

 

More toboggan fun

More toboggan fun

 

Anyone for golf?

Anyone for golf?

 

A quick game of golf

A quick game of golf

 

The Pirate Ship

The Pirate Ship

 

Dodgem Cars

Dodgem Cars

 

Two of the three water slides

Two of the three water slides

 

Graduation

Earlier this week, we held our Grade Six Graduation. It was a very enjoyable night. Our Grade Sixes presented their families with a ‘Memory Book’ filled with photos, work and written reflections of each year spent at primary school. Upper Plenty presented our Grade Sixes with a framed certificate, graduation gift and a yearbook.

 

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The Graduating Class of 2014

The Graduating Class of 2014

 

You can see some of the clips we presented on the evening below.

 

 


We wish our Grade Six Graduates all the very best as they move to new schools and Year 7.

 

Class Party & Kris Kringle (K.K)

Our class party and K.K was great fun. At the start of December we each drew a name out of a box. We then had to buy a present for this person and place it under the Christmas tree – without them knowing! On Wednesday we opened our presents and guessed the identity of our K.K.

 

Waiting to open our KK presents

Waiting to open our KK presents

 

Thank you K.K!

Thank you K.K!

 

With our K.K presents

With our K.K presents

 

Let the party begin!

Let the party begin!

 

Cubbies made an appearance at the party

Cubbies made an appearance at the party

 

Party in a cubby!

Party in a cubby!

 

Christmas Carols & Awards Night

Last night we held our annual Christmas Carols and Awards Night. Each class sang a Christmas song and awards were handed out for academic merit (includes effort, achievement, behaviour), sports achievement, citizenship, art and two special awards in memory of past students.  Congratulations to all our performers and award winners.

Here’s a little Christmas song we sang today especially for all our blogging friends…

 

 

 We are now on holidays until the end of January. See you all in 2015.

Merry Christmas everyone!

 

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