Class 3 Camp

The Class 3 Camp was at Hosanna Farm Stay.
There were lots of animals at Hosanna. There were cows, chickens, a horse, guinea pigs, rabbits, wild boars, a dogs, goats, and we saw two goats being born.

I slept in a very comfortable cabin with four girls and I did a fun activity which was a treasure hunt. The second best activity was holding two twelve hour old goats and milk a cow, and we got to feed a calf and the chickens and guinea pigs.

We went on a walk to see the glow worms. We walked up 14 steps then after half an hour (we walked very fast) we suddenly stopped and kids said there was a wild dog sleeping in the middle of the train tracks. I thought it was true because we had to turn off our lights but it was only the cave, and the cave was full of glow worms.

My highlight was seeing two baby goats being born, they started as a big browny red whiteish bubble, then they popped. The second baby tried to stand up when its legs were still inside the mum’s tummy. It looked like Jesus was getting born because all the other animals gathered around.

Bayla Class 3

Class 4 Play

Last week, Class 4 was very proud to finally perform their play ‘The Fate of Baldur’ to their parents and fellow classes. They have been working very hard for the last month learning lines, choreographing movements, composing and learning the music, designing costumes and props and bringing it all together to create a theatrical masterpiece! Anyone who was lucky enough to see their performance will agree they did indeed do a wonderful job. Class 4 seemed to think so too, as they came off the stage from their final performance crying with glee, ‘Yeah! We nailed it!!’

Bethanie

Class 5 Olympics

Class 6 Basketball

Congratulations to the Year 6 Basketball team “The Thunderbirds” for their well deserved Grand Final win for the Primary School girls 2017 Winter season.

The girls have trained hard for several seasons now and progressed steadily to become the top team. The girls represent the sport and their school with great teamwork, sportsmanship and positivity.
They played strongly for a convincing victory over the Black Queens. All players are to be congratulated for their fantastic effort. Special congratulations to Eva Shaw for receiving the coaches encouragement award and to Noni Wright for the MVP award (most valuable player) awarded by the Referees for performance on the day.

“Go Thunderbirds!”

Coaches Lindy and Kasper

Class Six Physics Projects

Class Six has had a year of learning about science with main lessons on; Acoustics, Light, Electrostatics, Magnetism and Heat. As a project to help extend their learning the children were asked to make a working model that portrayed a physics property. The children worked in collaboration with their parents to choose from a variety of plans, collect the materials required and assemble their project, trouble shooting any problems along the way. Finally they brought in their finished working model to share with a school audience. The projects are varied and fabulous and show the hard work and effort of the children. Included projects; morse code, an electromagnetic crane, hot air balloons, hydraulic lifts, circuit game quiz, even a bluetooth speaker!

If you’re curious and wish to see more, the students will be sharing their work at the Spring Fair from 12 – 1:15pm in Class Six.

Naina, Class Teacher

Primary School Book Week

Class 4 news

Class 4 students have been busy learning to crochet some cosy colorful mittens.

Class 6 Camp

THE BIG SWING

The Giant Swing was one of the best activities possible. You were pulled by a team of human huskies up and up into the sky. When you were ready, you let go of the rope and you dropped, dropped, then flung upwards into the air until you swung to a stop.

By Amit

WHAT WAS CHALLENGING

I think we would all agree when I say that the hiking was the hardest part, but everyone enjoyed it anyway. Also challenging was starting the fire and maintaining it with enough wood. When we tried to sleep, it took awhile as it was cold and some felt lonely. I think everyone was scared by the activities a little. I think everyone would agree when I say that the abseiling was the most challenging of all the activities because of the trust required to walk off a cliff with nothing stopping you from falling except a little rope.

By Raman

THE BIG SWING

On Wednesday evening when the sun was setting over the horizon half of our class prepared themselves for their ride on the Giant Swing.
As the full moon rose up into the sky, our first flier began her ascent. Strapped in by two harnesses attaching her to the swing, our class pull her into the air.
Three quarters of the way up, Desiree commanded the huskies (classmates) to stop. The instructor told the husky team pulling her to brace, then she let the rope go and plummeted into nothingness.
The ropes caught Desiree and the momentum swung her out over the cliff as the moon rose higher and higher into the evening sky.
Desiree smiled as the wind whipped her hair around her face, turning her cheeks a rosy red.

By Desiree and Brianna

WHAT WE LEARNT ABOUT OURSELVES

I think that we all learnt something about ourselves on camp. I learnt that I’m stronger than I think and I can get over my fears. My friend Kiana learnt that she needs to listen to the safety instructions the first time! Gabe learnt how to abseil and Naina confirmed that she has the best class in the world and that she loves us all a lot.

By Eva

WHAT I LEARNT ABOUT MYSELF

I learnt that I am stronger than I think and I need to stop being vague when we are learning about safety. I also learnt that I uncontrollably sleep talk, even when I try not to! And, I cannot cook porridge!

By Kiana

CAMP KOKODA REVIEW

During our stay at Camp Kokoda we did the following activities; flying fox, canoeing, giant swing, abseiling and the sugar glider. My favourite activity was the giant swing. The class was put into five groups to help decide who was cooking, for example group one would cook and group two would clean up and the next meal group three cooked and group four cleaned up. I didn’t like walking between each campsite with our heavy backpacks. If I could rate my stay at Camp Kokoda I would give it a 8 1/2 out of 10.

By Roman

CAMP

In the morning we woke up very early and lit our fire with left over coals from the night before. Later we would go and watch the stunningly majestic sunrise over the horizon while another group made breakfast. After breakfast we would pack our backpacks, clean the camp site and pack down our tents before walking back to base camp. There we would adjust what we had in our pack depending on how hard the hike was to come. Once we packed our bags we would have lunch and walk to the next camp. Upon arrival we pitched our tents and would do an activity. Our first activity was the flying fox; we were harnessed to a wire and were thrown off a platform in a tree – then we flew along the wire till we reached the tree on the other side . Our second activity was the big swing. We were pulled by nine people, huskies, and they pulled you into the air as high as you liked. Once up there you let go of a rope and fell towards the ground swinging and flying above a cliff before swinging back. The third activity we did was abseiling where we walked harnessed down a cliff.

By Gabe, Jack and Arlo

CAMP CHALLENGES

On camp we did lots of fun things including lots of challenging subjects; such as hiking up steep hills, carrying heavy backpacks and doing some very challenging activities. Each day we would hike up different hills to get to a different campsite where we set up our tents, cooked food and did activities. We hiked with backpacks in which we carried spare clothing, utensils, sleeping bags and mats. On our camp we also did some very challenged ourselves by abseiling, swinging on a giant swing and the flying fox, but we all loved them!

By Tobsha

SYDNEY

I could not go on camp, instead I went to Sydney. On the first day my nan picked us up from the airport and took us to Mr Wentworth’s house. He was one of the men that found a way through the Blue Mountains. Mr Wentworth was not respected at that time as his wife’s family were all convicts and because the Wentworth’s had their first children before they were married. On the second day we stayed at home. On the third day we went back into Sydney and went to Government House for a tour. We realised that the house had lots of treasures and that the government still lived upstairs, but they had renovated it and it was now a luxury apartment. At 6pm Vivid started. My favourite two light shows were the Aboriginal dancing and the arts of dancing colours and shapes.

By Tallulah

Class 4 Camp

Midginbil Hill – By Yonatan, Kaden, Rory, Bella and Ayla
We went on camp to Midginbil Hill last week. Our guides were Thomas and John. Thomas was really funny and John was smart and helpful. The cooks were Craig and Emma. The helpers were Peter, Jason and Mikey. We did pioneering, canoeing, archery, By The Creek, problem solving, eco walk, night walk, initiative games and Indiana Jones bridge. Some people fed the chickens and saw the owner of Midgnbil Hill’s dog.

Canoeing – By Nina
When class 4 went on camp at Midginbill Hill we did lots of activities. One of them was canoeing. In canoeing we had groups of 2 or 3 and each group shared their own canoe. While we canoed, we played ‘Sponge Tiggy’ and a few times we rafted up (which means when you join the canoes together to make a raft). It was lots of fun.

Archery – By Wil and Zane
We did archery with re-curve bows The targets had 5 colours – white, black, blue, red and yellow. Thomas, our guide, tied a balloon to the middle of the yellow bullseye. The aim was to try and shoot it. Bethanie shot the balloon on her first try. Lots of people thought it would be easy but it turned out to be quite hard.

By The Creek – By Marlon and River
We (Class 4) went on a camp to Midginbil Hill. We did lots of fun activities!! On of them was called ‘By The Creek’, where we went exploring in and around the creek. We started off with sieves and tubs. We used the sieves to catch sensitive water bugs, very sensitive water bugs, tolerant bugs and very tolerant bugs! Sensitive water bugs can only survive in clean non-polluted water. Tolerant water bugs can live in both habitats. We also found red, brown, orange and purple ochre. We found flat rocks, wet the surface and rubbed the ochre on to paint each other’s faces. We found crystals as well as the ochre and bugs. We found quarz, agate, jade, jasper, smoky quartz, rose quarz and obsidian!! WE HAD A GREAT TIME!!! (Highly recommended!)

Pioneering – By Bella and Ayla
We went on camp to Midginbill Hil! First of all we went over a creek then up a hill, down a little hill and then we got to a mud shack. Our guides were Thomas and John. John and Thomas talked about how others before us had made lots and lots of mud bricks. Some people got water and others hacked mud and made mud balls and got REALLY MUDDY!!! Then we went back up to the mud hut and mushed all the mud balls together to make a brick.

Cl 3 & 6 Buddy time

Classes Six and Three caught up this week for some buddy time together. They shared Main lesson work and read to each other as well as spending time in the library talking about their favourite books. It was a relaxed and fun occasion and so lovely to see how interested and caring the children were towards each other.
We finished with an outside game filled with light hearted silliness and laughs. It was a simple and wonderful afternoon of connection and wellbeing.

Matt

 

Lucus Proudfoot visit to Cl 6

Class Six had the pleasure of visiting author Lucus Proudfoot from Byron Writers Festival in our classroom this week. Lucas promoted fluid creativity via his songs, stories and fabulous humour. He generously shared about his family history and Aboriginal culture and spoke about how these have affected him as an author.

The children then went for a walk outside and were asked to write down three things they love or have a connection to and one random thing, from there they created a story. Eg, moon, stars, sun and a yellow pea or caterpillar, garden, tomato and headphones. Perhaps you’d like to give it a go?

Kindy Autumn Festival

Kindergarten Harvest Blessing

The silver rain, the shining sun
The fields where Scarlett poppies run
And all the ripples in the wheat
Are in the bread that we do eat

So when we sit at every meal
And say our grace, we always feel
That we are eating rain and sun
And fields where Scarlett poppies run…

Excursion to Dorroughby Education Centre

Classes 3 and 6 took a trip back in time on their visit to Dorroughby Education Centre. The staff there shared their knowledge of the Big Scrub rainforest of this region and the useful plants that can be found in it, such as the ‘Red Gold’ that was harvested in the 1800’s. We looked at an old crosscut saw and saw photos of the Cedar getters – it was a hard life back then.
One of the highlights of the day was an experience of life in an 1800’s schoolhouse. The children lined up and presented their hands for inspection by their ‘teacher’ then marched into the schoolhouse to practice copperplate writing on slates. They recited some proverbs, dressed up in old fashioned clothing, stitched a sampler, and practiced adding pounds, shilling and pence. Our teacher, ‘Ma’am’ was very strict but fortunately no one got the cane on the day.
In the afternoon Class 6 learned about the formation of rocks and minerals whilst Class Three made damper scones and helped to churn butter. There was enough for everyone to have afternoon tea followed by a few old fashioned relay games altogether.
It was a a beautiful sunny day and the children thoroughly enjoyed chatting and playing with their buddies and classmates.

Cl 3 & 4 visit to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

On Tuesday this week, class 3 and 4 braved those heavy rain clouds and ventured off to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Thanks to our Currumbin Wildlife Ambassador, Ned in Class 3, we were invited to visit the sanctuary for free. We started the day up at the Discovery Den for an educational talk. Here we got to meet, learn about and pat ‘Wattle’ the elegant stick insect, ‘Turtle’ the Echidna and a VERY big beautiful python!
From there we ventured on to the Free Flight Bird Show where we encountered some magnificent birds such as the barking owl, the black kite and the wedge-tailed eagle. As our adventure continued, we met lots of very cute koalas, kangaroos, reptiles and some hungry crocodiles!
We all arrived back safe and sound, much drier than we’d expected to and with LOTS of wondrous animal tales to tell. A big thank you to our lovely parent helpers Nadine and Cindy for coming along.

Class 5 News!

We celebrated the end of our Ancient Indian Main Lesson with an Indian Feast day and what a feast it was!

The amphitheatre was turned into a sacred Indian space which set the mood for a puja ritual, (led by Fiona Walsh), which was powerful/beautiful/sacred and the children participated with equal reverence, respect and stillness.

The delicious Indian dishes were then served by the parents on banana leaves and we all eagerly awaited the last person being served, before a blessing of the food, and then the moment of eating our meal(with our fingers) had arrived. A little messy it may have been, however, eating food with your hands feeds not only the body but also the mind and the spirit.

The main meal was followed by Indian sweets and an Ayurvedic tea made by Aly, to help digest the delicious meal. A wonderful, gastronomic experience was had by all!!

In the afternoon we had the Bollywood sisters perform and they brought a different energy, lightness and joy . Before too long all the children were performing the moves and they even managed to get we adults on stage and there we were-‘Bollywooding’ together!

It was a fantastic day for all and a perfect way to enrich the lessons over the last three weeks!

A big thank you to all the parents who contributed to make this day the success that it was!

Namaste

Ben Mackenzie