Term 4 is now moving along smoothly. This week has seen a class based focus, and already some classes are beginning the process of publishing work that they have written this term.
Yesterday we hosted Mrs McGrath from the Schools Services team in Canberra. She worked with staff in the area of child protection.
Today we hosted Mr Pymont from the finance team in Canberra – it was a fantastic opportunity to share with him about the various projects that we have undertaken during this year.
Tomorrow, I will travel to Canberra for this term’s principal’s meeting and I will also be participating in the Director’s Day of Friday.
Tomorrow our K/1/2 children will be travelling to Bathurst with Mrs Heath and Mrs King for their Aladdin Excursion – I know that they are really looking forward to a great day out!
Our P & F have made a substantial contribution to the cost of this excursion, with the reimbursement to be made to K/1/2 family school fees for Term 4. These adjustments will be made in the coming weeks.
Discussion around the review of our behaviour management has continued with a particular focus on being safe. If things go wrong, was it safe? Is a great question to ask – if the answer is no, then the solution is simple, do not do it.
On most occasions, the answer is straight forward, with the problem being resolved in a very short period of time.
For some of us, the challenge lies in recognising that some actions are not safe, especially at school.
One thing of note at present are the exaggerated reactions to simple/small queries. Unfortunately, the overreactions that are happening are causing small reminders to take much longer to work through.
I encourage the children to listen actively to questions – this may well take a lot of the angst out of most challenging situations.
Arriving to school early – please be aware that we have had a number of instances in recent times where children have been arriving to school very early (in some instances before 8am). Please note that children are not supervised until 8:45am. If arriving to school between 8:30 - 8:45am, all students should be seated outside the Yr. 5/6 classroom. This is not a time for playing or running around the school grounds.
Small schools relay team – good luck to our small schools relay team – William, Hugh, Cooper and Hamish. The team will compete at the NSW PSSA Athletics Carnival in Sydney next Thursday.
At present the cool mornings, windy days and dusty afternoons are causing some problems with hay fever etc. Thank you to those families who are being proactive in reducing the side effects of hay fever and other ailments that present at this time of the year.
Please be aware that there have been some instances of School Sores/Impetigo. Be aware that children should not be at school until treatment has begun. Sores should be covered with watertight dressings.
Kinder Transition - Orientation mornings for our 2020, Kinder students will begin next week. If you are aware of any parents who would like their child to participate in our transition program, please invite them to make contact with us at school. Everyone is welcome to join our Transition program.
Armistice Day – Remembrance service will be held on Monday November 11 commencing at 10:45am. Everyone is welcome to join us at the service at the Cenotaph.
Scholastic Book Club – the book club order forms have been distributed. All purchased now need to be made online using Scholastic’s LOOP ordering system. Instructions are on the order forms. If you need assistance setting up an online account, please ask. Book Club orders need to be completed by Friday, 1 November 2019.
Triple P parenting course - The Online Course shown below could be an effective way of gaining some tips to help shape positive behaviours. This course can be completed in the privacy of your own home.
This term’s fundraising is centred on collecting food items for community-based Christmas hampers. Each week there will be a new category for the donations. This week we have been collecting boxes of breakfast cereal. Next week we will be collecting condiments and sauces such as pasta sauce (for all the pasta we have collected!), jams, tomato and barbecue sauce, salad dressings etc. Below is a list of the other items we will be collecting on a week-by-week basis, but we are open to receiving them at any time!
For all items, please check that expiry dates extend into 2020. Thanks!
Week 5 – biscuits (in boxes or packets, sweet or savoury)
Week 6- drinks (juice in boxes or plastic, tea, coffee, Milo etc.)
Week 7 – treat foods for Christmas (chips, lollies, Christmas biscuits or puddings, long life custard, cranberry sauce, chocolates, Christmas crackers etc.)
At the end of Week 8, all of the items that we have collected will be delivered to the community groups that will be preparing the Christmas hampers.
Current tally of food collected
Tinned food - 65
Pasta and rice – 28
Boxes of cereal -12
Clearly, we are big at heart even though we are small in number. Keep up the great work everyone!
This week we had our Mission Mass for 2019. Students from all classes were involved in the mass. K/1 presented images and objects for the prayer
focus, 2/3/4 presented the prayers of the faithful and Year 5/6 students were the narrators as well as presenting the readings. Father Praveen was very happy that his first mass with us was our Mission Mass. He was impressed with the student involvement. He is looking forward to his next visit. He plans to have a chat with the students after mass and then play some basketball with them during the recess break. Apparently, he is quite a good basketball player!
In Religious Education this term students are discussing ideas about God’s relationship with the Jewish people as described in some Old Testaments stories. They express their ideas about God’s presence and action in daily life experiences by selecting and using information, ideas and events in texts including key stories from the Torah; images of God used by the human authors of Old Testament scriptures; and prayers attributed to the saints. Students will develop their understanding of God's Word in Scripture as they use the Bible's referencing system to locate books, people, places and things in the Bible and engage with a variety of books, videos and text types about the Old Testament and New Testament. Students will also choose a ‘hero’ or saint and complete a research activity.
Our super hero ideas.
We are creating a class poster of all the books in the Bible.
Science – Physical World
Students explore different ways in which heat is produced, e.g. by electricity, burning (chemical) and friction (motion). They observe the effects of heat moving from one object to another, e.g. the feeling when hands are placed in warm or cold water. They describe how people use scientific knowledge in their work and everyday life to control the movement of heat from one object to another, e.g. a potholder, insulated bags or thermos.
Through this unit, students will; investigate the effect of forces on the behaviour of objects, e.g. dropping, bouncing or rolling objects observe the way the force of gravity pulls objects towards the Earth, e.g. dropping objects from different heights observe everyday situations where the direct contact force (friction) affects the movement of objects on different surfaces,
Collaborative thinking about how we feel when we are hot, cold or just right.
Creative Art – Drama
This term we are continuing our study into Claude Monet. Students have collected a number of images and are writing their script for a green screen production of a virtual trip to France, which will give students the opportunity to showcase their acting talents.
PDH – eSafety
The activities included in this unit are designed for students using devices at school and at home. Students will develop skills in using device and app security settings to prevent unwanted contact and protect their information. Students are also reminded of the appropriate use of technology in the classroom. We have also discussed appropriate web sites to use for research; students have been made aware of websites that have the following in their names, .org, .gov, .edu.
These abbreviations should safe and reliable searching.
K/1 visited the Preschool on Wednesday afternoon to share some of their publications with the Star room children. Each publication has its own unique flavour and the children are quite rightly, very proud of their efforts and the finished product.
They also read books from our Library to the pre-schoolers.
Everyone enjoyed sharing their skills with the children from the Star Room.
Year 2/3/4 have been revising mathematical language of number work. Students had to match words with phrases and use mathematical resources to make and demonstrate the meaning. Students have also revised addition and subtraction with trading.
Year 5/6 began this week with some revision of place value when working with both whole numbers and decimals. One activity was to match the numerical decimal with the matching words, for example 2.7 matches with 27 tenths. Students also had to match the place value name to a blank grid starting at millions and going down to thousandths.
Kindergarten and year 1 students are finishing up their unit on sharing and equal groups. We read the story called The Doorbell Rang, this is about two siblings sharing a plate of cookies, then the doorbell rings and 2 more friends arrive so the cookies have to be shared again. The doorbell continues to ring with more and more people arriving so eventually everyone only gets one cookie each. Students were given some people and cookies cut outs to re-enact the story and share the cookies. Students recorded the sharing in their maths books.