Thank you to the P & F and School Community for providing a wonderful new playground for the Primary School.
This term we started with a main lesson called “Secrets of the Sacred Scripts”. Instead of a main lesson book we wrote in a scroll. We made paper out of recycled paper. It was so fun. We also made crochet pillows which took me a while but it was fun and I got there. We also did Pen Pal letters: one to Squamish and one to Vancouver Island. I am so excited about the reply! And something so exciting happened.. We got our FOUNTAIN PENS!! Our latest main lesson is called “Fantastical Fractions”. We only just started but we have still got some pages down. We are back to main lesson books and it is so fun. I love fractions. Soon we will do swimming lessons and soon we will make a small book out of recycled paper we made and make bread boards. I CAN’T WAIT. This term is AWESOME. We had buddies last term but only twice. Hopefully we can do more this term. We also have been doing these amazing drawings. I’ve finished mine!!! And we wouldn’t have done any of that without THE AMAZING ,THE ONE AND ONLY, TEERA AND BETHANIE.
Isabella Class 4
This term we have been doing so much fun stuff. We started with a main lesson called Secrets of the Sacred Scripts. It was a writing main lesson. We wrote to pen-pals and studied ancient writing and had so much fun! At the same time when we were doing our main lesson we were also doing a craft project: making pillows. We made two granny squares then sewed them together. After we finished our main lesson we got our FOUNTAIN PENS!!! We made handmade paper and we are going to make little books with the paper. We are also going to make chopping boards and a raffia hat which we plait then sew it into the shape of a hat. We also did these amazing mountain and sea drawings. I’m really looking forward to the rest of this term. We wouldn’t be able to do any of these amazing activities if it weren’t for BETHANIE AND TEERA.
Ayla Class 4
Class Six immersed themselves in history by role playing a ragged bunch of waifs and orphans in our 1850’s style school. The class learnt about the harsh discipline of Victorian schools, the class system of the time and how genders were treated differently. The children were visited by the infamous travelling quack doctor, Dr Thackery, and subject to some of his more unusual treatments. Rachel Knight appeared as one of her ancestors and took the children on a journey of discovery through Australian archives. To finish the day we re-discovered the fun of traditional games playing hop scotch, marbles and jump rope.
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
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!!’
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.
Coaches Lindy and Kasper
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
Class 4 students have been busy learning to crochet some cosy colorful mittens.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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.
Term Times 8:30 ~ 3:30
Holidays 10:00 ~ 3:00
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