At the moment in the 5/6 Level we are beginning to prepare for our 5/6 Camp that will take place early next term at the Alexandra Adventure Resort.
This week the year 5 students began thinking about who we would like to be in a dorm with for whilst at camp. Over the coming weeks we will find out more and more about what will take place at camp and many of us are already counting down the days before camp starts.
Here is a video about what the Alexandra Adventure Camp is like ….
In year five we have been learning about persuasive writing. Some of the topics that students in our class have been writing about include deforestation, pollution and smoking. We have been trying do develop how we structure our arguments so that each paragraph does not just begin with firstly, secondly, finally, etc.
Our group wrote about smoking and why it is not good for our health.
On Friday 21st February some students from years 3 to 6 were selected to represent HT & St. Mary’s at Kilsyth Centenary Pool to compete in the District Swimming competition.
This event was the culmination of many weeks of hard work where the students have been going to swimming training every Tuesday morning at 7.30 am at Knox Leisureworks.
The competition was really intense with lots of students getting very nervous before their races. Many of the students did well and it was amazing how well everyone did despite feeling so nervous.
After all the freestyle, breastroke, backstroke and butterfly events we participated in relay events which our school did really well at. Some of the swimmers were lucky enough to make it through to Divisional Competition which will take place on Wednesday 4th of March.
Well done to Tyrone who was rewarded for all of his hard work by earning the Age Group Champion for 12 year old boys.
Overall HT & St. Mary’s came first for the 10th time in a row with 105 points!
Congrats to everyone who represented HT at the District Swimming.
Today (Friday 21st February) the Year 6 and Prep students along with their families got together for ‘Buddy’ breakfast in the Community Space. We all ate lots of sausages and fruit and drank juice as the buddy families got to know each other better. One of the highlights of the morning was when the Year 6 students gave their Prep buddy a special purple ‘Buddy’ bear. This is a special initiative that has been taking place at HT and St. Mary’s for over 20 years as part of the fantastic work done by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation.
Overall Buddy breakfast was a very fun day and everyone really enjoyed it.
In Year 6 we are learning about keeping a writer’s notebook.
What is a writer’s notebook (you might ask)? A writer’s notebook is not a diary or a journal but a way to express ourselves. It is a place where you can jot down what you feel or draw what is on your mind or just a place to write how your day went. We use our writers’ notebook mainly during Literacy but you can use it whenever you want . Many of us enjoy writers’ notebook time because it feels less like learning time.
Stella and I went around to ask some of the students about their thoughts of using writers’ notebook and this is what they shared ……
“I love to draw pictures in my writer’s notebook and it is good to come back to these later on.” Dakotah
“I love to jot down things that are important to me and it helps me come up with stories for my writing.” Dominica
Here is a couple of pictures from our writers’ notebook time.
Last Friday (7 February) the Year 6 students were presented with their leadership roles for 2020. This was part of the process that began last year where students wrote a letter to Mr. Downie informing of their leadership qualities as well as applying for leadership roles. The leadership roles included Friendship leaders; Liturgy leaders; Environment leaders; Art leaders; Learning leaders; Digitech leaders; and Health, Sport & PE leaders. All the Year 6’s were ecstatic and some were surprised by the leadership roles. We are thankful for the time that Mr.Downie and staff took in deciding our leadership roles for 2020. We also were lucky enough to get our new year 6 jackets at Assembly which was also a nice surprise.
Here are a few pictures of our new Year 6 leadership teams.
Yesterday, six students from years five and six were chosen to build a tower crane model. This model consists of three lego kits and over forty steps to complete. It stood roughly 0.6 meters tall and took an hour and a half to construct. We were lucky enough to have some special Lego Engineer teachers come in to work with us whilst we built this model which we were very thankful of because it was quite difficult to build.
Overall it was an enjoyable challenge working with people that are from different year levels.
Here are some pictures and videos of our models including a time lapse of the building process.
On the 25th of November the Year 5’s participated in a Leadership Day to prepare to be a leader for 2020. The first part of the day was a leadership speech by Mr Downie where we learnt about some of the “greatest leaders in history” including Jesus. After recess we worked on our leadership letters where we wrote about which leadership roles we would like to be next year. The Year 5’s were lucky enough to have burgers for lunch. In the afternoon we did some leadership activities and finished off a great day with eating icy poles before we left school.
Overall, the Year 5’s are really looking forward to being the leaders of the school in 2020.
*One thing that we learnt about was that next year our school will be opening up the time capsule that was buried 25 years ago.
On Thursday the 28th of November Ashley, Lara and Blake.D held a 4 square competition to raise money for the kids in the School of the Air. Ash wanted to do the fundraiser for the school of the air because there are lots of kids that are a part of the school but they don’t get to go to a physical school and experience all the fun things we get to do. Ash and Lara were the first people to do a fundraiser for the school of the air. The competition ended up raising $87 in total which is a lot of money that can be used to help buy new learning resources for these kids.
The final winners were Bradley 1st place, Macca 2nd place and Tej 3rd place. Spencer earned the MVP (Most Valuable Player during the competition and Cara got an award for Team player.
Well done to Ashley, Lara and Blake D for all of your hard work with organising this competition (even organising some trophies).
As we are reaching the end of the school year so too are we reaching the end of our school Lego Engineers program for 2019. The students from years 3 to 6 have participated in this program to develop their skills and thinking based around the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The students have a built a variety of different models from catapults to self flipping cars and moonwalking robots. Their skills and knowledge has developed massively in the two years I have been teaching this program and I thank all the students for their enthusiasm during Lego sessions throughout the year.
Over the last few weeks all classes from Years 3 to 6 have participated in a final Lego presentation session where they got to rebuild one of the Lego models taught throughout this year. In addition, each group created a presentation using the Explain Everything app where they showed how their model worked including explaining the forces used to help make the model function efficiently. The students from the prep to year 3 classes were lucky enough to view these presentations and they gave the groups a mark based on the following rubric.
Overall, the presentations were very positive and demonstrated how much the students had learned. Here are a few pictures of these presentations …….
On Wednesday 20th November a team of 14 students represented Holy Trinity in an Italian poetry/drama competition at St John the Baptist Primary School in Ferntree Gully. The students had to learn an Italian poem off by heart and present it to an audience using correct pronunciation, expression and drama skills. The students were all fantastic and I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them! The student with the highest score for HT was Isabella Bonato and the encouragement award was presented to Chloe Hall. Overall the team placed 3rd. A brilliant effort!
Recently at Holy Trinity the Environmental leaders have been work on weeding and replanting our veggie garden! Soon we will be able to harvest our lovely range of veggies and herbs. We will hopefully be cooking a wonderful dish in time for carols. Keep your eyes on the blog for more garden updates in the coming weeks!
In Inquiry this term the students in 5 Blue have been learning about budgeting and keeping a greater control of our money. At the beginning of the topic everyone in our class had to pull out a job from a list in a hat. On our first week everyone started off with $2000 dollars.
Each week we get to choose a chance card from a hat with some events being good where you getting extra money whilst other events mean that you need to pay money back (a bit like the game of Monopoly). After you get your chance card you have to write down what happened for the week in your book. We are also keeping a table of our expenses such as for mortgage, electricity, water and transportin Google Sheets (like the picture below).
We are looking forward to our next payday so that we have enough money for all of our bills.
Overall, I am finding this unit fun because it is getting you ready for when you are an adult and need to earn money for real.
On Tuesday the 12th of November the Year 6 students went to Knox Leisureworks to achieve their year 6 water safety certificate. Some of the skills that we needed to do to achieve this certificate included a 25m freestyle, 25m of another stroke and 5 minutes of treading water in clothes.
Mrs Harrison was proud of our efforts with swimming at primary school because so many of our student achieved the certificate.
Overall it was a fun day especially the water polo.
Every Friday students from Years 2 and 3 participate in HT’s Minecraft Club run by the DigiTech Leaders. We have been learning about the basics with using their Educational Minecraft accounts such as collecting resources, building and mining. Today all the students joined in the same world created by the DigiTech leaders and they searched for different resources. Everyone is having fun playing minecraft and we will continue playing it next term. We encourage the students to develop their skills further during the holidays when they use their accounts at home.
Here are a few photos of today’s session …….
Digitech Sessions (The Ozobots have landed at HT!!!)
Over the last few weeks the students in Digitech have been learning to code using our Ozobots. An Ozobot in a small robot the responds to different colours – mainly red, green, blue and black. When you draw these codes together in different sequences it can make the Ozobot move in different ways. Some of our favourite moves so far have been the Nitro boost (fast speed), tornado (spin around) and backwalk (go backwards) and pause 3 seconds.
Our latest task requires the students to make the Ozobot do a series of moves including right and left turns, change speeds and do a ‘cool’ move such as the backwalk. Another task required the students to complete a bowling challenge where the Ozobot needed to knock over some bowling pins. These challenges certainly got our brains going.
Here are the students in action during our Ozobot sessions ….
In lego lessons this term the students in years 4, 5 and 6 have been learning how to build lots of different models such as a moonwalking robot, a battle tank and a remote control car that can be coded with your Chromebook.
In these lessons we practise working together with in a group, following instructions carefully on a sheet and learning about some of the different forces used to make these models work.
Overall, Lego lessons are really fun and they teach you lots about some of the different machines we use in our lives.
Currently in 6 Blue we have been learning about different countries from around the world. We have been doing this so we can get a better understanding of different cultures as well as what their climate, landscapes and food is like. For my project I chose Germany because that was where my Pop was born. In addition we had a choice to pick any other country and I chose Germany because even though I knew a bit I really wanted to find out more.
Here is a few pictures of our draft and published copy of our writing.
Every Tuesday recess and Wednesday lunch the Jump Rope For Heart Demo team have been practising for Jump Off Day. Our Jump Off day took place on Thursday 22nd August. Jump Rope for Heart is an opportunity for the students in our school to become active and healthy because students our age should be doing at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day. The students in the school demo team are confident skippers in the 5/6 level.
Throughout this term the students have been are practising different routines including our intro, partner or single rope activities, and also long rope activities. Some of the tricks we have been practising include are double unders, criss cross, and pretzel. A double under is when you jump, then you let the rope go under you twice, then you land.
Here is a few pictures of our Demo team in action ……