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A jammed packed Term 4

We are 6 weeks into the final term of 2017 and the children are working hard in all ares of the curriculum. We commenced the term with a fun dinosaur incursion to link into our Science and Inquiry units. The children are loving their exploration of all things prehistoric and are preparing to create wonderful dinosaur dioramas. Have you seen our dinosaur word board in the corridor?

Our visit to the Life Ed Van was a terrific hands on opportunity to learn about healthy eating and discuss sensible choices around sugar, medication and sun protection. Through short film clips, cartoons and giraffe puppet, Harold, the children had an educational and interactive experience in the caravan that they will fondly remember.

We look forward to the rest of the term as we head towards Christmas. As the weather heats up, please ensure that your child brings their hat and water bottle to school every day.




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Video of our concert performance

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Tonight’s Concert

Thank you to everyone for your cooperation and assistance in having your children organised with their costumes and back at school refreshed and in time for tonight’s performance. They had rehearsed enthusiastically all day and should be proud of their performance, and also of their exemplary behaviour backstage as each class took turns in the spotlight.
Here is a pic of the morning dress rehearsal and of the view from the wings tonight.



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Year 6 Market Fun

The Year 6 students worked incredibly hard to bring a fantastic market to our school today. The gym and was alive with exciting food and activity stalls allowing everybody to participate with much enthusiasm. No doubt it took months in the planning and every student looks forward to their turn in Year 6 to host this annual event. The market gives younger students the chance to roam with their friends, handling their own money and making their own choices in a safe environment. This independence adds to the excitement of the day as evident in the following photos.


A reminder about our next big event – The Junior School Concert. Please remember to send your child’s t.shirt (red or white) to school next Monday in readiness for our dress rehearsal next Wednesday.
Thank you!

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Book Week Dress Up Day

Thank you for all of the effort you have put in to ensuring that your child was able to fully participate in today’s Book Week activity of our character parade. Our class followed up the parade with explaining to their classmates why they chose their character, and writing about their character. We also made an important contribution to fundraising for Indigenous literacy support programs.
The Year One troll teachers also had fun!

It was also pleasing to see that some of our bookworms enjoy reading so much that they continued the pursuit during the parade!


Help needed with Concert Costumes

We are looking for a volunteer (or two) with a sewing machine who would be able to attach the elastic ‘braces’ to our fire fighter costumes. The yellow trousers are already made and Leanne Rault has purchased the red elastic, so the pieces just need to be securely attached. Please drop in or contact Janine or Kris if you are able to help.
Also, if you are aware that your child will not be available on concert night, Wednesday 20 September, please let us know as soon as possible.
Thank you.

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Science challenge

The students of 1B certainly enjoy a challenge. In science today we were looking at how we can manipulate certain materials. First we estimated how many times we would be able to fold sheets of A3 and A4 paper. We recorded these estimates then attempted the folding; A3 as a team and A4 individually. The results were surprising to most, and took much effort. Ask your child about it, then have a go together at home.
Finally, we watched a brief clip on You Tube of the ‘Mythbusters’ team attempting to fold a sheet of paper eleven times. Once we examined the mathematics involved in our challenge, we realised why it had been so difficult.

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A Jam-Packed, Fun-Filled start to Term 3!

Term 3 has got off to a great start after a well earned rest over the holidays.

In Week 1, we commenced our intensive swimming program on the Thursday and Friday. A new routine for everyone, so thank you for remembering to pack those swimmers! The children loved catching the bus and having fun in the water with their classmates, as these pictures show.

Our Science Inquiry for this term is ‘Bend it, Stretch it’ and as the name suggests, there will be a lot of hands-on activities to challenge the children. This week we explored the possibility of changing the shape of an object without altering its weight, colour or what it is made of. We discovered that this can be achieved by scrunching, folding, stretching, creasing, rolling, bending, cutting and twisting.

How can you alter an A5 piece of paper to fit over your head?

The children continue to enjoy our cooperative learning routines that have them working in structured teams and pairs. With this come regular ‘brain break’ activities including quick bursts of movement, dancing, chanting and singing to refresh the body and brain. ( google ‘Go Noodle’ for examples!)

And finally, well done to everyone for a fine effort during the Jogathon. Despite rain in the morning, 1B jogged in sunshine. (…and yet it was still cool enough to enjoy working up a sweat!) Remember to return your Jogathon money asap and thank you to all sponsors.


An important message about reading!

Dear Parents,

Over the past year we have been working very hard to use current research and best practice to evaluate and develop our own Word Study and Spelling program. It has been very exciting and beneficial for staff and students. This is still an on-going process, and we hope to continue to learn and grow together. Our next focus area is Reading and we would like to begin by involving our parents, teachers and students in the review process. Below is a Parent Survey about reading. Please take a few minutes to complete it as the information we gather will be very beneficial when shaping our future programs.




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Swimming lessons commence this Thursday

Welcome back to another busy term.

If you would like to assist on any of our six upcoming swimming lessons, and have a current Working With Children Certificate lodged with the office, please catch Janine or Kris at school, send along a note or respond via this blog. We require one parent on the bus and supervising the change rooms on each Thursday and Friday of the next three weeks. The 1B bus will depart school at 11.15 AM and return about 12.45PM.

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