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Prep Digitech Classes

Prep Digitech Classes

This term in Digitech the Prep students have been working hard developing their keyboarding skills using the BBC typing program. The Preps have been learning about using all of their fingers when typing, keeping a straight back by making sure our chair is pushed in and looking at the screen. Here is a few of our Preps in action during our typing sessions in Digitech this term.

In addition, the Preps have been developing their skills with using a mouse whilst using the Pivot animator program. This program involves moving a stick figure around using your mouse. Through creating a series of movement frames the students are able to create a video animation which we all enjoy watching together.  In our latest project the Prep were required to get the stick figure climb across the monkey bars. The students have a lot of fun using this program but also learn that to be successful with using the program you need to take your time and be patient.

Here is a picture of what one our Prep students was able to create …..

Overall, we are very proud with how much the Preps have progressed with their ability to navigate around the computer in the first half of this year and we have lots more exciting plans for our Digitech learning next term.

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‘So Much Excitement’ in the Prep Classes

‘So Much Excitement’ in the Prep Classes

Throughout the beginning of the school year the prep students have been learning about an assortment of different topics. These include Creation (Religion), counting to 20 (Maths), writing about animals (Inquiry) and the students are really enjoying participating in reading groups (particularly completing reading eggs). One really cool activity that the Prep students do to help them with their spelling is doing craft with some of the spelling words.

The highlight though with the is all the clever songs that the Preps learn to help them with their learning.  They seemed to have memorised the days of the week with a cool song and in the middle of a lesson everyone burst into song singing  ……

‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…!’

It seems like so much fun in the Prep classes and it is amazing how much the Preps have learnt in such a short time at HT.

Here are some of the bright displays in our Prep classrooms ……

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Buddy Breakfast 2022!

Buddy Breakfast 2022!

On Thursday 7th of April 2022, HT & St. Mary’s celebrated our long awaited Buddy Breakfast. Buddy Breakfast is an annual tradition where the students in the Prep and Year 6 levels come together along with their families to have a bite to eat along with getting to know each other. This year our ‘breakfast’ included sausages, fruit and juice. One of the most special parts of our Buddy Breakfast is when the year 6 students present their Prep buddy with a special ‘Buddy Bear’. The purple buddy bear is an initiative from the Alannah & Madeline Foundation helps to let every student know how special they are in our HT / St. Mary’s community. Many year 6 students still have their purple ‘Buddy Bear’ which is a symbol of how special the prep / year 6 buddy relationship is.  It was a great morning that was topped off with some beautiful sunny weather.

Here are some photos from the amazing morning ……

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House Cross Country 2022

House Cross Country 2022

On Friday 18th of March all students from Prep to Year 6 participated in our annual House Cross Country event at Egan Lee Reserve.

This year we had a number of firsts including the students in Prep to Year 2 having an opportunity to participate in the event for the first time and the event taking place in term one (it usually happens in term two).

Mr. D had measured out a one kilometre circuit for everyone to follow which began on the training soccer fields and followed a track around the back of the main soccer field before returning back to the starting line again. Each class has been preparing for our cross country during their PE sessions this term.

Our Prep to Year 2 students completed one lap of this circuit (1km) whilst the 3/4 students completed two laps and the 5/6 students completed 3 laps.

Our District Cross Country team is chosen from the students who compete in our cross country and usually include students from Years 4, 5 and 6.

Thank you Mr D for organizing amazing fun day and thank you to our wonderful parent helpers and staff for assisting with the running event. Everyone overall did amazing and it was great to see everyone doing their best to keep active.

Here are the results of the students who came first in their Years 3 to 6.

Year 3’s: Jackson & Avery

Year 4’s: Luke & June

Year 5’s: Eden & Darcy

Year 6’s: Ella D & Nathan

Here are some photos from the day ……

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Prep P day

Prep P day

Last Monday (March 7) the preps celebrated P day. P day is where all the preps get to talk and learn about the letter P. In the morning the preps came to school dressed in all sorts of costumes starting with the letter p. Some students wore pjs whilst others dressed up as pirates, princesses and the police. They had a big parade to show off their amazing costumes and  made crafts starting with P such as a pig. The preps were lucky enough to watch The penguins of Madagascar and Mr Popper’s Penguins.

Overall, P day was not just a fun day but a PERFECT day enjoyed by all.

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Prep Learning

Prep Learning

This term has been a very exciting one for our Prep students as they settle into school. They have learnt lots of new topics including understanding their letters and sounds in words, and counting and understanding all about numbers to 10.

The Preps have also enjoyed learning about data and graphs in Maths, learning the sign of the cross and school prayer in RE and learning some Auslan with Miss Lucy.

Even though the Preps have learnt so much new in class sometimes the biggest learning for them is on the playground with their friends with support of their wonderful year six buddies.

Overall, the Preps have settled into school really nicely and have enjoyed their first term at HT.

Here is our wonderful Preps in action ……

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Buddy Breakfast

Buddy Breakfast

Last week, the year 6’s welcomed the preps and their parents to the school community with a delicious buddy breakfast. Lots of people got to enjoy a yummy sausage in bread and the adults got some tasty coffee.

Buddy Breakfast is a great opportunity for everyone to welcome the preps and parents to our school community.

Here are all the Year 6’s and Preps with their buddies, friends and family.

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Prep Photography in Digitech

Prep Photography in Digitech

This term in Digitech the students have been working hard learning about taking different types of photos. Some of the different photos that they took included a full body photo, head and shoulders, background, action, selfie and group shot. They then put these into a Google Doc and uses some of the features in this program to create a poster.

Everyone (students, parents and even the Digitech teacher) learnt a lot  of new skills during this unit and I am very thankful to everyone for their wonderful support.

Here are a selection of a few of Prep Blue’s posters …….

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Love Hearts in the Remote Artroom

Love Hearts in the Remote Artroom

 Grade Prep students were introduced to American Artist Romero Britto’s bright and colourful Artworks.

They used a Ruler, textas, pencils or pastels to  create some beautiful Heart Art.

So proud of these little artists.

Click on the link to view some of the finished artworks.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VZD2oDl1yZCjMTS0Yx40Mt5oiL1im2el4hzgkDF9gZo/edit?usp=sharing

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Google Meet Timetable

Google Meet Timetable

Welcome back everyone to term 3 and to remote learning 2.0. I hope everyone had an enjoyable school holiday break and are refreshed for another great term of learning.

Below is the Google Meet Timetable for classes (including Specialist Google Meets). As you will notice the times for class Google Meets should be the same each day.

There is also a specialist Google Meet time for each class during the week where you will to some learning with the Specialist teachers at the allocated time. It is important to remember that no matter what specialist lesson you have it will always be the same code, You will also stay on your Google Meet throughout the session and your specialist teachers will swap over half way through the session. Most class teachers will explain how to access their specialist Google Meet but here is a quick summary …..

6 Yellow & 6 Blue enter the code …… year6
5 Yellow & 5 Blue enter the code …… year5
4 Yellow & 4 Blue enter the code …… year4
3 Yellow & 3 Blue enter the code …… year3
2 Yellow & 2 Blue enter the code …… year2
1 Yellow & 1 Blue enter the code …… year1
Prep Blue enter the code ……  prepb
Prep Yellow enter the code ……  prepy
Below is video explaining how to access Google Meets – both class and specialist meets.
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Learning in Prep Yellow!

Learning in Prep Yellow!

This term the students in Prep have been learning lots of new skills both during home learning and since they have been back at school.

Some of the areas that the Preps have been learning about since returning to school include …..

Literacy – writing recounts. The Preps were using bubbles when they were writing recounts and it looked like a lot of fun. They have also been learning how to write their work on dotted lines.        Here are some pictures of the Preps hard at work …..

In Maths, Prep Yellow have been learning how to order numbers both from smallest to largest and largest to smallest. One of the activities they did for Maths included looking through LEGO catalogs and ordering the items from the ones they wanted the most through to the one they wanted the least.

Here are some pictures of this activity …..

Overall, I think the Preps have had a great job with their learning and have earned a nice long break over the school holidays.

We look forward to hearing about what the Preps will learn about next term.

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PREP PLANNER (TERM 2 WEEK 4)

PREP PLANNER (TERM 2 WEEK 4)

Hi Prep families.

Here is the learning that the Prep Level is planning to explore over the coming week. The teachers will continue to make regular updates to your child’s Class Dojo page so please look here for your first port of call. We will also continue to update our school blog with school announcements so please regularly come back to visit this site.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Prep teachers at lhumphris@htws.catholic.edu.au (Prep Yellow) OR srooney@htws.catholic.edu.au (Prep Blue).

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Google Meet Timetable & Demo Video (using the app)

Google Meet Timetable & Demo Video (using the app)

Hi everyone,

Here is this week’s Google Meet timetable for whole class sessions.

In addition to whole class Google Meets some students may have smaller group sessions as well and may be asked to use the Google Meet app to enter their session. If you are asked to enter a special code or meeting name you may need to check in your emails for what the code is. This video may assist you with how to use the Google Meet app to do this ……

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PREP PLANNER (TERM 2 WEEK 3)

PREP PLANNER (TERM 2 WEEK 3)

Hi Prep families.

Here is the learning that the Prep Level is planning to explore over the coming week. The teachers will continue to make regular updates to your child’s Class Dojo page so please look here for your first port of call. We will also continue to update our school blog with school announcements so please regularly come back to visit this site.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Prep teachers at lhumphris@htws.catholic.edu.au (Prep Yellow) OR srooney@htws.catholic.edu.au (Prep Blue).

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Prep Planner (Term 2 Week 2)

Prep Planner (Term 2 Week 2)

Hi Prep families.

Welcome to the new world of learning from home!

Here is the learning that the Prep Level is planning to explore over the coming week. The teachers will continue to make regular updates to your child’s Class Dojo page so please look here for your first port of call. We will also continue to update our school blog with school announcements so please regularly come back to visit this site.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Prep teachers at lhumphris@htws.catholic.edu.au (Prep Yellow) OR srooney@htws.catholic.edu.au (Prep Blue).

Please feel free to leave a comment on any posts made on our school blog that follow our online protocol of keeping all comments positive and keeping student’s personal identities off the Internet as much as possible.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Google Meet Timetable

Google Meet Timetable

Hi everyone. With the first week of our home learning almost completed here is our Google Meet timetable for everyone to refer to for Week 2. Google Meet is our videoing platform for students to connect with their teachers and classmates.

Try to remember the following guidelines each time you participate in a Google Meet session …..

  1. Suitable clothing.
  2. Suitable backdrop. Open learning space (not in your bedroom) and ‘interruption free’ during the session.
  3. Be on time. Open up the Google Meet link and have everything ready 10 minutes beforehand.
  4. Microphone on mute. Turn this on red unless you are speaking.
  5. Keep our Digitech Rules eg. think before you post (or speak).

Please note that whilst we try to keep to these times as much as possible that our Google Meet timetable is subject to change. Any changes to the timetable will automatically update on this page once you have refreshed the blog page. This timetable can always be accessed via the Student Portal (just look under the Announcement section of this webpage).

Photos of our first day of Learning from Home

Photos of our first day of Learning from Home

Hi everyone,

One day down without hopefully too many meltdowns or technical issues. Thankfully, we all survived and we lived to share the story. Thanks to all the families who shared their photos from during the day. If only we could have a similar document for how the parents looked at the end of the day. …..

Feel free to keep sending your photos in to me at smullavey@htws.catholic.edu.au and I will update this document as they come through.

Cheers and keep up the great work!

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Home Learning is ‘up and running’

Home Learning is ‘up and running’

Hi everyone,

Welcome to term 2 – a completely new way of learning from outside the four walls of the school classroom. Today is a ‘settling in’ day like most of us would normally do for a new term. Our parents (who are also our first teachers) may need some guidance during the day as many of them have not been to primary school since the dinosaurs roamed the Earth (well maybe not that long).

Today, here is a simple activity for all parents to try to do sometime during today’s day of learning. I would like parents to take a picture of their child/ren completing some of their learning. It may be of them working at a desk, practising some meditation skills, watching a video that their teacher has shared with them or having a brain break doing one of Mrs. Harrison’s fantastic PE exercises.

I then would like parents to send this photo to their class teacher as a quick way of touching base with them. Class teachers may not necessarily reply to these emails as they will be teaching throughout the day but it is a nice way to show them that your child is engaged in our home learning program. I would love to put some of these photos onto the school blog as well so if you give permission for me to post a photo of your child/ren please CC me in on the email to the class teacher. My email address is smullavey@htws.catholic.edu.au

Please also note that the Prep to Year 2 online program will begin after the students have made their way through the pack that was provided at the end of last term.

Below is a list of all teaching staff’s email addresses for your reference.

Cheers and have a great day with your beautiful families.