Class 6 Look to the Stars!

Class 6 have had their gaze up in the night sky over the past couple of weeks as part of our Astronomy main lesson. To further our celestial explorations, we went on an excursion to Brisbane to visit the Planetarium where we very much enjoyed the dome show. We then visited the museum to see the exhibition ‘NASA: A Human Adventure’. It was fascinating to learn so much about humanity’s journey further into space, and to see some objects that had actually been to space and back. Class 6 spent most of last week sharing their fabulous and well-researched Astronomy projects with the class. This happened to coincide with the 50th year anniversary since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first human beings to set foot on the moon on 20 June in 1969.
And to top it off, Class 6 did a marvellous job presenting some of the southern hemisphere Winter sky constellations at our Winter Festival on Friday.
‘One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind!’

Kindergarten News

King Winter has arrived, visiting the lands and the towns. In Kindergarten we have been making warm lemon tea to share as we begin our days together. Thank you to our family farmers who provide us with the lemons each day.

Class 6 News

Here are some poems and prose composed by some Class students, as part of our recent exploration of the Wonder and Wisdom of Words.

Arctic
by Tonali Davies
The Arctic is like a cold enchantress,
An old woman at the end of the earth.
She sits silent, watching, forever watching.
She watches the bears, white on the snow.
She watches the seals as they come and they go.
She watches, waits the whole year round.
The northern lights are her crown
And her feet, deep deep down.
Below the sea, ice shrinks and grows
And in her heart of ice she knows,
That she will wait for a thousand years.
In the ice locked are her tears.

Creative stimulus writing
by Marlon
The sea was rough and the Golden Bell was tossed around like a toy in a bath. The day the storm exhausted itself calm as calm. There was a soft breeze and the ship rocked gently back and forth. All the crew were exhausted after what they had been through the night before. But little did they know, under the ocean something stirred. The storm had woken it from a long sleep and now it was awake. And hungry.

Similes
by Quin
The moon is like a lonely diamond in the sky.
The wind is like a mother hushing her child.
A sunflower is like the sun.
A dandelion is like a small mammal curled up on a stem.
A pine tree is like a tall man reaching out his arms.
A field of tulips is like the ground after a battle.
A flower bed is like a school for flowers.
The creak of trees is like a newly born baby’s cry.

We Give Thanks
by Ayla
We give thanks to all the animals,
Big and small,
Short and tall,
The fluffy and scruffy,
The spiky and soft,
The cute, the scary
They’re all the same
They have a purpose
Since the day they came.

A Letter from the Earth
by Coco
Dear people,
I just wanted to remind you to always tread lightly and think deeply. Just like you have a sponge when you have a shower to clean yourself, you feel like a sponge when you swim in my ocean. When you climb in my trees and bushes it’s like a comb running through my hair. When you place your bare feet on the ground it’s like a massage that goes on forever. I hope it will stay this way where you people are forever preening and making me a queen.
From the Earth, your source of life.

Moon Light
by Coco
The moon is an orb strung high in the sky
Surrounded by velvet as black as the night.
The velvet is studded with diamonds so bright
They twinkle and sparkle like jewels in the night.
The planets are lonely and really quite far.
They’re actually thoughts lost up in the stars.
If you look on rare nights the moon is a ruby
Engulfed in velvet, black and blue.

CLASS 6 PORTRAITS

 

Spaghetti Circus performs for Classes 3-6

Congratulations to Class 5 student Aoife who is in pink.

Kindergarten Harvest Festival 2019

Class 2 News

Last term Class Two went on a calendar journey exploring the fauna and flora of our surrounding area. Some of the things we learned were that there are six Bundjalung seasons, not our traditional four. We also learned that everything in nature is telling us something. For example, did you know that when the silky oak is flowering that the turtles are good eating? Or that chains of furry caterpillars up on the plains indicate that the mullet are running on the coast? We all enjoyed feeling more connected to what is around us, and I particularly enjoyed hearing the knowledge the children already knew.

Naina
Class Two teacher

Class 3 News

Class 3 have been learning Hebrew and we enjoyed celebrating Chag Purim at the end of Term 1. We had a wonderful day dressed in royal costumes, baking traditional Oznei Haman cookies, hearing the Chag Purim story in Hebrew, dancing and singing together. We also had a very royal library lesson! A big thank you to Galit and Simi for helping us to celebrate this Jewish festival.

Anna

Class 5 India day

Kindy News

I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that

In Kindergarten the children have been busily building a scarecrow to look over our beautiful new gardens.
Everyone is welcome to pop on down and say ‘hi’ to our new friend!

News from Class 6

There have been many wonderful things happening in Class 6 this term! We concluded our fascinating Ancient Rome main lesson by spending a whole day building Ancient Roman clay heads with Denis. As part of our current Geology main lesson, we went on an excursion last week from the mountains to the sea. We visited the Pinnacle Lookout (where we had a perfect surrounding view of the Tweed Caldera and Wollumbin) and then on to see the basalt columns at Fingal Heads Giant Causeway, caused by the slow cooling and cracking of basalt lava flows from the Tweed shield volcano. Thank you to our parent helpers who joined us for the journey!

Class 6 students have also been very busy creating very beautiful self-designed cross stitch patterns.

And so the richness and fun of class 6 continues!

Bethanie and Teera

Class 1 Maths

There are many aspects to early mathematics teaching that do not involve working with numbers. The class has yet to have their Introduction To Numbers Main Lesson but we have begun mathematics practise sessions by exploring, classifying and sorting. These activities enable students to begin thinking mathematically by looking for common attributes that objects may have which is the beginning of geometry and making patterns. As an introduction to this the students heard about Gordon the Green Gnome who loved collecting and sorting things that he found (just quietly I feel he has a case of OCD) but one day a possum broke into his house and mixed up all his collections so I enlisted the help of the students to reorganise his collections which the children thoroughly enjoyed. After this we will begin exploring patterns in music and objects.

James

Class 2 news

Class Two began the year with an English Main Lesson; The Celtic Dragon Myth, a story about Duncan a fisherman and his children from the west country defeating giants (each one bigger than the last of course), a three headed dragon, and one very tricky mermaid. Currently, we are learning about maths patterns using wool to discover hidden shapes (did you know the 6x’s table has a star within it?) before drawing the patterns in our books, this will continue with 2D shapes practised on individual wooden boards made by the children. I’m so impressed with how hard the children work and how quickly they learn, it’s a delight to witness. I’m really looking forward to bringing the last Main Lesson of the term looking at the cyclical seasons of animals and flora that we share our beautiful Big Backyard with.

Naina,
Class Two Teacher

Class 1 news

Last week Class 1 was treated to a visit by Class 7 as part of the Class 7 Wish, Wonder and Surprise Main Lesson. It was a great pleasure to have my old students connect with my new students who worked one on one to construct kites and read stories. Both groups of children were excited to meet each other and greatly benefited from the occasion particularly those without siblings. All the children are keen to meet again and as it was a rainy day we have had to postpone our kite flying and all look forward to the next windy day!

James

 

Class 1 news

Class 1 began their Class Teacher journey on Wednesday after a moving ceremony where I received each of the children from their Kindy teachers and assistants.
They are settling into their new classroom and the rhythm of primary school beautifully. This term is filled with lots of new and exciting experiences for the children and it is surprising to discover that even receiving a stick crayon to write with is exciting! The class also had their first Class 1 Eurythmy lesson which was beautiful! Susan and her accompanying pianist provided a magical movement session for the class which the children thoroughly enjoy.

The children are beginning to consolidate as a group with lots of creative play both inside and outside the classroom as well as social group games. The first main lesson has the children focussing on orientating themselves to their desks, books and writing implements. It feels like such an exciting opportunity to ensure that the children do this well so that they are set up with positive attitudes and habits for the rest of their primary education and I am thrilled to be the teacher doing this.

James