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Month: September 2016

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair Basketball

This term in PE our year 5/6 students have been celebrating the Olympic Games. They have participated in Team Handball, Rugby, Basketball and Mini Olympic Games activities. More recently our focus has shifted to the Paralympic Games. Students have researched Paralympic sports  and participated in Goalball, Boccia, Seated volleyball and table tennis. Today we had Garry from DSR (disability sport and recreation) visit HT and he explained to us the challenges people in wheelchairs face. After a very informative discussion the students and staff at lunchtime played wheelchair basketball/ handball. It was was a fun activity which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

At the end of the session however we were all grateful to be able to get up out of our chairs and walk away having had a very good work out for our arms and lots of fun, others are not so lucky.

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Springtime in the art room

Springtime in the art room

In the the art room, Spring has sprung!

The Grade One  and Twos used drawing and paper skills to make beautiful Japanese inspired Cherry Trees.

The Preps used the new water colour paints to paint a wonderful wise owl that they had drawn. These look amazing and we are so lucky to have a fabulously practical brand new drying rack for all of our paintings.🎁🎨

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Bucket fillers in 1/2 R

Bucket fillers in 1/2 R

In 1/2 R this week we have been learning how to be a bucket filler.
We read “Have You Filled a Bucket Today?” And discussed how we fill each other’s buckets by saying and doing kind things to each other. We also learnt about bucket dippers. Are you a bucket filler or a bucket dipper?
Parents are invited to fill their child’s bucket with a little positive message.

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5/6 Genius Hour

5/6 Genius Hour

The year 5/6’s this term have been investigating innovation in our world. Students have been exploring, researching, and creating work pieces that detail how innovation surrounds our world. Some of the topics include animations in movies, how SMART phones have evolved, how school technology has evolved and how martial arts have changed over time. Next week is D-Day, students will be presenting their findings to the whole level. Stay tuned to see the results next week!

Father’s Day Breakfast & Blokes and Books

Father’s Day Breakfast & Blokes and Books

Last Friday, the students, dads/special friends and teachers enjoyed a magnificent Father’s Day breakfast. It was great to see so many attending and enjoying a social chat with others over breaky. Congratulations to all those who won a raffle prize, especially to Benjo Panlilio who won the hamper organised by the PA committee. We hope that all dads and special friends had a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday!

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To finish off the Literacy, Numeracy and Book Week  many dads/special friends and children enjoyed reading together at the “Blokes and Books” session. It was great to see families enjoying time together reading. Thanks to all who attended to make the day such a success.

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Character descriptions

Character descriptions

In 3/4 J we wrote character descriptions based on the book characters we dressed up as on dress up day. These were the illustrations we drew …..

20160902-160523.jpg  Mia dressed up as a panda.

20160902-160547.jpg   Ashton dressed up as Darth Vader.

20160902-160601.jpg  Jayden dressed up as a minion.

20160902-160623.jpg  Zach dressed up as Harry Potter.

What do you think of our drawings?

Fun in the art room

Fun in the art room

News from the Art Room

For the Olympic Games in Rio the Grade5/6 and Grade3/4 students made posters that were used to decorate the athletes rooms in Rio. The posters were bright and colourful and had messages of encouragement for the athletes. Go Aussies!!

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Prep Fun

Prep Fun

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Preps have been reading “Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas” this week. We have been doing various activities about the book including a piece of Art work.

We made the background using tissue paper, then we decorated Brian the piranha by rubbing pastels. We then gave him a tail and a fin.

Library during Literacy Week

Library during Literacy Week

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The Grade 1 and 2 students were asked to bring their favourite books to library to share with each other during Literacy week. The students recommended books to each other to learn about new authors and book titles.   – Jacinta Haynes

Literacy and Numeracy Week & Book Week

Literacy and Numeracy Week & Book Week

This morning we had our dress up parade as a part of Literacy and Numeracy & Book Week celebrations.  It was great to see students, parents, teachers and toddlers join in on the fun. Students costumes looked amazing! Thanks to all parents who assisted their child in preparing for this day. Maths and reading are a part of children’s daily lives and it was a great opportunity for our students to embrace these in a fun and enjoyable way! We look forward to doing this again next year.

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AFL UMPIRE VISIT

AFL UMPIRE VISIT

On Wednesday 31st August the Year 3-6 students were fortunate to be visited by a guest speaker. Matt Stevic is an AFL umpire and he kindly spoke to the students about his job. All of the students found the information he shared to be very interesting. They were also given the opportunity to ask questions.

Matt spoke about his journey from playing sports as a child to becoming an AFL umpire. Although he played football as boy, at the age of sixteen he stopped playing and focussed on umpiring. He also loved playing basketball when he was younger.

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When asked if he had another job aside from umpiring Matt said that he used to be a teacher of Year 7-10 students and he now works in finance. Matt shared lots of details about his umpiring job. He was fortunate enough to umpire AFL Grand Finals in 2012, 2014 and 2015! To get to this elite level he had to progress through the ranks, starting with local footy, followed by regional. He then worked at VFL level and currently umpires AFL

Matt gave the students an insight into why playing sport with a positive attitude is vital. He encouraged the students to try a range of sports to build their confidence and skills. He spoke about the importance of hard work and perseverance to achieve their best in any endeavour that they are passionate about because if they love what they do it makes it a pleasure, not a chore!

As an umpire he trains each week by participating in a range of activities (running, swimming, gym work and bike riding). The umpires train for most of the year. When speaking to the students about their approach to sport he highlighted the value of sportsmanship regardless of the result or individual performance of team members. The focus is enjoyment and being a supportive team member who avoids negativity. Being an effective team member who achieves their goals and dreams does not involve negativity. Sport is hard and disappointment is part of the experience which can be used as motivation. When motivated, skills practice and team encouragement builds team spirit.

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We are grateful to Matt for his insights and advice and wish him well as the footy finals draw closer!