Well done to everyone for working hard this term. We hope you all have a very relaxing and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing you refreshed and ready to work hard next term. School resumes on Monday 16th July. You have until Friday 20th July to finish your Literature Circles book, which is at the end of the first week of Term 3.
We have been working hard at school to think about our own mathematical investigations for the Maths Talent Quest (MTQ). We have a rubric to follow which outlines the expectations for each section. We have brainstormed ideas for topics and have narrowed it down to one that particularly interests us. We have also thought about mini questions and all the maths we can explore with our given topic. Some of us have chosen to work by ourselves, whilst others have chosen to work with a partner. Our next step is to think about what we need to find out and in what order we need to do things. Our work is expected to be done during class time, but for some of us, we will need to collect some data from home. For example, some of us are looking at how much water we use, so parents may be asked to share a water bill with us, or we may collect some water in a bucket while we are having a shower. All of our tables and surveys will be organised here at school. Our investigations tie into our Sustainability topic for term 2. We plan to have an expo of all of our projects upon completion.
This week, the students in Grades 5 & 6 were treated to a free roadshow, ‘Victoria’s Journey of Remembrance’. The show included storytelling, live theatre performances, video and interactive content. A cast of veterans and actors combined history with the lived experiences and emotions of modern military service. The show was produced by Cultural Infusion on behalf of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. Cultural Infusion specialises in productions, projects and programs that act as a bridge to inter-cultural understanding. Some of our writing about this event will feature in the school newsletter this week. Please enjoy reading them.
This morning we had a representative from Doncaster Secondary College visit the school to talk to all of the Grade 5 and 6 students. The session involved hearing about some of the programs offered by Doncaster SC as well as general information about moving to secondary school. Your child will be bringing home a flyer to notify you of Doncaster SC's Open Night on Tuesday 24th April at 6.00pm, should you be interested in learning more about the programs offered.
A reminder to wear RED clothing to school on Monday as part of our whole school Chinese New Year celebrations. We will be visiting the hall for a special Chinese music incursion and we will also be involved in making some Chinese craft.
We have had a little talk at school about deodorant. After recess and lunch play when everyone comes back inside hot and sweaty after running around, our classrooms can be a bit smelly! We have asked the students to have a talk with you about when you think it is right for them to start using a bit of deodorant in the interests of their classmates and teachers. This will obviously be at different times for each student over the Grade 5 and 6 years, but it would be appreciated to be aware of it.
Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday 9th February is a curriculum day and no students should come to school. The staff are engaging in professional development regarding a new spelling program we will be implementing.
All homework Health, Sleep and Exercise diaries are due on Monday, along with your Home Reading log. We will be using this information in class, so it is imperative that it is brought to school on MONDAY. Please ensure your Homework book is signed by a parent or guardian. A new homework task will be given to the students on Monday at school. This will be a small game to play at home with relation to our Maths, along with your regular 120 mins of Home Reading for the week.
We have had an enthusiastic and positive group of students return to school for their Grade 5 year. It has been terrific to hear of their holiday adventures and their eagerness to be involved in many of the exciting things we have planned for our year together.
As per the Compass note, we have asked all students to bring along a photo of their family to be displayed in the room for us to get to know them more. This is part of creating a positive classroom with a reminder to them of some of the most important people in their lives. The photos will be displayed and then returned to you at a later date. If you prefer us to take a photocopy, that is fine too.
Acceptable Use Agreement for iPads
Each year before we allow students to bring their iPads to school, each grade works through the Acceptable Use Agreement in class. This is to ensure all kids are on the same page about what the rules mean, why we have them and the importance of conforming to them. Both the students and the teachers will be signing the forms at school, following our discussions and then they will bring the forms home to talk about with mum and dad as another way of reiterating the importance of safe and acceptable use. Your child will bring 2 sheets of paper home for signing after your discussion. iPads can come to school when the signed forms are returned to school.
Now that the students are in Grade 5, they will be participating in a weekly inter-school sport competition with local schools. Students have been allocated to either cricket, bat tennis, rounders or softball, based on preferences. This week we have had our first training session. Inter-school sport will be in the first two sessions each THURSDAY for Term 1. Please keep your eye on Compass for Jared Kitney's permission notices and information. Once we have the fixture, we will post it on this site so you may check teams and venues each week.
Please visit the 'Homework' tab to see the homework guidelines and tasks each week. We encourage each student to take responsibility for this to help them to become good self-managers.
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