From the Principal

Assessing Writing

From Term 2 we will begin to make use of the new Brightpath assessment tool for writing. This tool which is the result of almost 10 years research at the University of Western Australia and will provide (i) an informed basis for developing teaching programs targeting the needs of individual students, as well as (ii) longitudinal data that maps out student achievement in the all important area of writing.

Swimming Lessons

Swimming lessons appear to have gone smoothly with the children either becoming familiar with moving in the water, or for the older student improving their stroke technique. Crucial to becoming a strong swimmer is learning how to breath in the water. Relaxed and confident breathing is everything when it comes to being able to swim well. Much time in the lower classes is spent teaching the children how to breath. Blowing bubbles under the water and then taking a relaxed and well timed breath to the side before blowing bubbles again is the secret to mastering a stroke such as freestyle.

Harmony Day Assembly & Morning Tea

Once again the parade and morning tea was a special time of our community coming together and celebrating our cultural diversity and common humanity. Students were dressed in a wonderful array of costumes which they clearly enjoyed wearing. The morning tea table was a rich spread of different foods. Thank you to all for making the morning such a special time.

During the assembly I made reference to young Chinese migrants who found themselves in Victoria in the early 1850’s in search of gold. Their lives were not easy, but they left a legacy significant in terms of human endeavour and cultural identity. A museum that I visited in Victoria over the holiday break, Gum San,  celebrates the culture and lives of these people.

John Matthews
Principal
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Upcoming Events

  • Friday 31 March Assembly - Years 4-6 class (9am)
  • Tuesay 4 April PP/1 Incursion- Water Corporation (9.30-10am)
  • Wednesday 5 April Yr 2-6 Excursion - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (12-3pm)
  • Friday 7 April Term 1 Concludes

K–1 Class

Over the past two weeks the Pre-Primary and Year 1 students have enjoyed the opportunity to go swimming each day. We have enjoyed great weather until Tuesday this week when winter appeared suddenly with wind and rain.

While the Pre-Primary and Year 1 students have been swimming I have had the opportunity to work with the Kindergarten students at school. The key idea behind learning in Kindergarten is ‘Play-based’ learning. This is the philosophy of children learning naturally through the exploration of their environment. The role of the teacher in ‘Play-based’ education is to adapt the environment to provide the learning opportunities to develop each child socially and emotionally as well as in early literacy and numeracy skills. One of the privileges that I have as a teacher is to observe and participate in the learning of the Kindergarten students.

One of the highlights of Term 1 each year is the opportunity to celebrate Harmony Day as a school. This year was another powerful reminder of the diversity that we have in Australia and in our school. The theme for Harmony Week 2017 is ‘Everyone Belongs’. I want to thank the parents for taking the time to find ‘special’ clothes and provide food for the morning tea. Belonging to a community means we all have a role to play and we must play our part with care and respect. The story read at the Harmony Day assembly titled “The Good Samaritan” (Luke 10v 25-37) demonstrates how we need to care for everyone, even those seemingly different from ourselves.

The term is almost over and with two weeks to go we will be starting the end of term assessments and starting to focus on Easter.

Ms Sandra Oelofse
K-1 Teacher
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Year 2-3 Class

During the first half of this term, the Year 2 and 3 students developed their understanding of mathematical concepts relating to addition and place value. We discussed the use of a range of strategies to and how we can use them effectively to enhance efficiency. As a teacher, I have observed that rote learning comes easy to most students but the confidence and skill to apply knowledge when it comes to problem solving can be far more challenging. With this in mind, the children engaged in several problem solving activities based on the topics of addition and place value. These tasks required the students to understand the mathematical language, examine the context of the problem and select an appropriate strategy to find a solution.

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The highlight of the series of problem solving activities was the task ‘What could the question be?’. At first, a vast majority of the children found the concept quite challenging. However after a few rounds of trial and error, I was most pleased to see the mathematical thinking that drove the questions produced by the children. In addition to fostering problem solving and reasoning skills, these activities also reinforced attitudes and behaviour that promote a ‘growth mindset’ where the children learnt to embrace challenges with a ‘can-do’ attitude, learn from mistakes and be persistent in their efforts. Next term I look forward to introducing the children to maintaining their own ‘Maths Journals’ where they will have the opportunity to reflect about the mathematics they learn and record/monitor their problem-solving processes.

On another note, our class enjoyed introducing ourselves and spending some time with Mrs Burrage during her visit to our school last week. Last but not least, although I was away from school on the day, it was lovely to hear how the children enjoyed the Harmony Day assembly and the yummy morning tea that followed.

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Mrs Akila Senanayake
Year 2-3 Teacher
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Year 4-6 Class

For the past two weeks, we have been focusing on persuasive writing. Needless to say, the children displayed immense passion and have provided interesting arguments and valid points on topics like ‘Why We Should/Shouldn’t Do Homework’ and ‘Cars or Bicycles to School’. On a side note, Read-with-Someone and Read-to-Self continue to run with students taking their books at the pool whilst waiting for swimming lessons to start. This has ensured that no precious reading time has been lost.

In regards to Maths, we continue to tackle the various multiplication strategies and have been introduced to the topic - Time. The Year 4 students are working on converting between different time measures. The Year 5 and 6 students are learning how to read schedules and solve problems to do with time, including the conversion between 12 hours and 24 hours.

As we briefly touched on the subject of cars emitting carbon dioxide being harmful to the environment, we used the same idea in our Art lessons to create an abstract art piece that reflected the dullness of urban life. The fumes from buildings and cars are represented by the irregular shapes, which are also intentionally vibrant in colours to draw our attention to the issues of air pollution.

We thoroughly enjoyed our Food and Technology lesson munching on egg and bacon sandwiches. All the hard work planning for the ingredients, equipment and costs paid off!

Ms Demetria Yong
Year 4-6 Teacher
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Calendar

Week 9

  • Tuesday 28 March: Chinese Language Club 3.15-3.45pm (Bus departure 3.45pm)
  • Wednesday 29 March: Choir & Drama Club 3.15-3.45pm (Bus departure 3.45pm)
  • Thursday 30 March: Sport Training 3.15-4.15pm (Bus departure 4.20pm)
  • Friday 31 March: Assembly - Years 4-6 class (9am)

Week 10

  • Tuesday 4 April: PP/1 Incursion- Water Corporation (9.30-10am)
    • Chinese Language Club 3.15-3.45pm
  • Wednesday 5 April: Yr 2-6 Excursion - Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (12-3pm)
    • Choir & Drama Club 3.15-3.45pm
  • Thursday 6 April: Sport Training 3.15-4.15pm (Bus departure 4.20pm)
  • Friday 7 April: Term 1 Concludes
    • Newsletter Issued (T2W10)