Our New Veggie Gardens

Our New Veggie Gardens

Recently, our Environment leaders have been working with Miss Hiscox on our school’s veggie gardens. We drew maps of where we would like plant different fruits, veggies and flowers and then discussed what was the most suitable options. On Wednesday 18th of September we got together with some students from the Prep and grade three level to weed, prepare the soil and plant our new garden.

Here are a few pictures of us at work …..

Digitech Sessions (The Ozobots have landed at HT!!!)

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 ….

Special Italian/Performing Arts Prep afternoon

Special Italian/Performing Arts Prep afternoon

On Monday 16th September the Preps shared some of their learning with family and friends. It was a fun afternoon with lots of Italian singing, dancing and and making thumb puppets. It was a great opportunity for the students to showcase some of the things they have been learning in Italian. Viva L’Italiano!!

 

Art Show Preview Video 2019

Art Show Preview Video 2019

After our very successful art show night on Tuesday night here is the video that was put together by Signora Formichelli and some of our 5/6 students who not only performed in the video but put together the different components of the video. Enjoy!!!

Lego Lessons

Lego Lessons

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.

Here are some of our students in action …..

Prep Learning

Prep Learning

It is amazing how our Prep students have been at HT and St. Mary’s for nearly the whole year. Recently, I was lucky enough to visit them to see how they were going.

In Prep Yellow they have been learning about “friends of ten” facts. Some told me about how fun and easy it was to learn about these facts in Maths. Others told me that even though these facts were a little hard that they had improved a lot in their numbers since learning about friends of ten facts.

In Prep Blue the students were learning were also learning about ten facts that connected on a rainbow  8+2 =10. The students really enjoyed completing these colourful maths activities such as cutting out the worms and colouring in the rainbow. All the preps have grown so much that they are are nearly ready for year one.

For all those kinder kids out there that will be coming to HT and St. Mary’s in the coming years I would like to let you know to try not to be scared because we have lots of teachers and students that can help you out as you learn. The first day may be scary but you will make friends and when you know it you will be swinging on the monkey bars, running on the oval, putting on your thinking cap and so much more. Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s is a place where you can shine bright like a star.

Times Tables in Year 4

Times Tables in Year 4

In Year 4 this term we have been learning our times tables. One really fun way of helping us remember these facts is with with our class’s Tilly’s Tables Cards. What you do is you pick out a random card from the box and then you think of a rhyming word for the question eg.11 x 9 =99 so a rhyming word for this is “mighty whine.”  The rhyming words are really helpful because if you don’t know the times tables answer you can look at the rhyming words to work out the answer. On some of the cards there are jokes that can be pretty funny as well ….. (sometimes!).

Overall, the Year 4’s are really enjoying learning our tables with these cards and also love playing the games on them.

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Almost show time ……

Almost show time ……

The excitement in the art room is building as the show looms nearer.

Two wonderful collaborative works are the beautiful interactive wings and the thumbprint turtle stool. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the work done so far towards these pieces.

Each student decorated a feather and these have been joined together to create two wings. Students will be able to stand between the wings and take a photo.

 

Today the art leaders coordinated each student in the school adding their thumbprint onto a piece of material we will use to create a cushion for the amazing Turtle stool Mr. Downey and Zander Downey built. Can’t wait to put it all together.

See you on Tuesday night  at the Art Show 😁

 

Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope For Heart

Jump Rope for Heart was held recently where some students from years 5 and 6s put on a performance for the rest of the school demonstrating their skills with different types of skipping. During the performance there were group, solo and partner routines. The year 5/6s worked hard including using their play times perfect their routines. It turned out really well and the standard was really high.

The students from Prep to Year 6 have also been practising their jump rope skills during PE sessions as well as during recess and lunch throughout term 3. During our jump rope day the students divided up into their house colours and participated in a range of different skipping activities. The students really enjoyed the day and demonstrated how much they have improved with their skipping skills.

We thank Mrs. Harrison for all of her hard work with teaching us as well as coordinating the activities during our Jump Rope for Heart day.

Congratulations to all the participants for all of your hard work.

Father’s Day Celebration

Father’s Day Celebration

On Friday the 30th of August Holy Trinity and St. Mary’s celebrated Fathers Day. We began the day with our annual Father’s Day breakfast. It was great that all the dads to chat with their mates and the kids got to hang out with their dads (and play a bit as well).

Most dads got to eat a couple of sausages and had a cup coffee or tea. The kids also enjoyed the sausages and the juice. During the breakfast lots of families purchased tickets for the raffle with the master prize being a Google Mini.

After the breakfast many dads got to read with their children around the school during our Books and Blokes session.

We are also very lucky to have lots of great mums (including my mum) to organise lots of gifts for our Father’s Day stall. The children came into the stall with lots of money and excitement as they got to buy gifts for their wonderful dads.

Overall, the Father’s Day Celebrations were amazing!

JAMHOT Music Concert

JAMHOT Music Concert

On Friday the 23rd of August we were lucky enough to see all the students in the Jamhot Music program perform a concert for the whole school in the Community Hall. We had lots of students perform ranging from the Preps all the way through to the Year 6’s. Some of the songs that they performed included Rise, Happier, We Will Rock You and even a Metallica song.

Overall, it was really fun with all the lighting and the students did a really good job in their performance particularly since this would have been the first time that many of the students would have performed in front of so many people.

Well done everyone!

Countries Around The World

Countries Around The World

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.

  

Book Week Fun

Book Week Fun

Yesterday morning, 2 Yellow was lucky enough to get a visit from 5 Blue for some brainfood and bookweek reading!

” It was so much fun- can we do it every week?- Tyler G

” I really liked reading with my year 5 buddy, she was so nice!” Siana S

” That was a nice surprise from the teachers”-  Sean C

Literacy and Numeracy Week

Literacy and Numeracy Week

This week we have been celebrating Literacy and Numeracy week. On Friday everyone was encouraged to dress up as their favourite book character or something to do with maths (number, equation, shape, etc) and we had a parade on the basketball court with the whole school. Some of the most popular costumes were superheroes, Harry Potter characters, Cat in the Hat and Where´s Wally. Here are a few pictures of the parade …..

HT’s Jump Rope For Heart Demo Team

HT’s Jump Rope For Heart Demo Team

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 ……

 

Congratulations from the Art Room

Congratulations from the Art Room

Congratulations to all the students who entered the Art Show poster competition. The posters were amazing and it was so difficult to pick the best ones. All the staff voted on the posters and the following students posters will be used to advertise the art show.

Caitlyn Gunther and Chloe Hall  Grade 6

This poster has been made A1 and will be framed and on display in the School foyer.

 

Simone Luk Grade 6

This poster will be used as the Invitation to the Art Show opening and wine and cheese.

The following posters will be used for flyers to advertise the show

Zander Downie Grade 6

Chloe McLean Grade 6

Eve McLean Grade 4

Nathan Pinto Grade 3

Congratulations to these amazing artists.

Special music ensemble groups!

Special music ensemble groups!

In Italian/Performing Arts the grade 5/6 students have been learning to play the ukulele. Some of the students have been invited to participate in a special ukulele ensemble group. Over the coming weeks they will be working with Isabella Formichelli – she is an instrumental music teacher, singer song writer and musician – and learning a new song to play on the ukulele for a performance. The students were so excited to start the workshops and are looking forward to performing for an audience!

Check out some photos of their first workshop:

Schools Tree Day

Schools Tree Day

The last Friday in July each year is known as Schools Tree Day. This is a day for schools to focus on their local environment and for children to learn about the values of looking after the plants and trees around them.

Our Friendship Group activities in Week 4, focussed on trees and what they do for us and for the animals in our local surrounds, and at assembly, Nick Wakeling joined us to present a box of native plants to our school.

Every year, Nick very generously donates a box of native plants to us, as part of Schools Tree Day. Many of the plants around our school were donated by Nick in previous years. Nick is very particular about selecting plants that are endemic to our area, meaning that they are not found in many other places in Australia.

Thank you Nick for your generosity and ongoing support of our school community.

Cyber Safety In Digitech

Cyber Safety In Digitech

Currently, in Digitech the students in grades 3 to 6 are learning about cyber safety. Cyber safety is making sure that ourselves, other people that we interact with and the devices and accounts we use remain safe whilst online. During this unit we are learning about topics including keeping our personal details secure, being aware of scams and phishing attempts and showing respect for others even when others might show disrespect themselves.

During our cyber safety topic the 3/4 classes are applying their skills whilst playing Google Interland. This is an online program developed by Google which helps students to understand some of different elements of cyber safety whilst moving through the different lands of Interland (a make believe online world). Some of the topics covered in this unit include making sure you share with others online with care, keeping a secure password and being aware of fake websites, scams and phishing attempts.

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The 5/6 students are developing their skills whilst playing a cyber safety game called Lost summer. They are learning about different topics such as respect, resilience and empathy. We are really enjoying completing the different missions with our partners as well as learning about the different skills we need to be cyber safe when we are online.

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