- 30 May 2017
After a hectic schedule of School Sunday and Aged Care visit, 55 Year 4 students along with their teachers, support staff, and parent helpers headed off for 3 days of fun and activities at Maranatha Camp, Yandina. They climbed Jacob’s ladder, conquered the mid-ropes course, competed at rocket ball, tried their aiming skills in archery, pulled together in group initiative activities, bushwalked to the dam, tackled the tower of tremble, toasted marshmallows while singing around the campfire and competed in the Amazing Race. Students showed tremendous enthusiasm, resilience, and confidence in these activities. All arrived home safely on Friday, tired yet excited for the opportunities that their parents had allowed them to experience by attending camp. Thanks to all those involved in making it happen.
- 23 May 2017
A big congratulations to all of our Year 5 students for their fantastic levels of aptitude, eagerness and maturity during the recent nationwide NAPLAN testing. They approached the three days with extremely positive attitudes and as teachers we couldn’t have been more proud of them. Well done to you all. Now that a sense of normality has returned to the Year 5 program, we are focussing on fundraising for our upcoming camp early in Term 3. Cupcakes are on sale each Tuesday at morning tea for $1 until the 6th June with our second disco coming up on Friday 9th June. We would like to thank our wonderful group of parents within Year 5 that so generously donate their time and effort in our fundraising events.
- 16 May 2017
Year 6’s Longreach Explorer Safari 2017 was an amazing “Taste and See” of what Western Queensland has to offer. It was a trip that showed country Queensland’s commitment to remembering our Colonial history and its commitment to modern day scientific enquiry. We saw the colours of planet Jupiter, star clusters and moon craters at Charleville Cosmos Centre Observatory through their very strong telescopes. At Longreach we walked through a Qantas plane and saw, first hand, the birthplace of our great National Air Carrier. We heard about how students are educated through the School of the Air from its Principal, and were also entertained at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame Show by a stockman who showed us the important relationship between a stockman and his horses and dogs. Near Winton we toured the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum and saw millions of years old dinosaur fossils laid out on shelving waiting for scientists to clean, examine and classify them. We saw people delicately cleaning these amazing fossils with high tech machines. A stage coach ride was a highlight at Longreach, being pulled by 5 horses through Longreach streets then onto a dirt track where horses galloped at a fast pace, giving us the experience of the not-so-comfortable 19th and early 20th century travel.
- 09 May 2017
Across the school in Term 2 all classes are working on かぞえて (counting). The Preps have begun to say and recognise kanji to 10, and the learning builds each year, all the way through to Year 5 and 6s writing kanji to 千 (1000) and using a variety of counters. The students have been enjoying the songs, games and activities that are assisting in their learning of numbers. This week in Japanese, students will be learning about Kodomo no hi こどものひ (Children’s Day). Kodomo no hi is a celebration in Japan on the 5th of May where families celebrate children and hang carp kites in the hope that their children grow up to be strong and healthy. In Japanese club, students have been creating a display by painting their ownこいんぼり (carp kites). Some classes have been creating origami かぶと(samurai helmets) which are traditionally displayed at this time of the year, and senior classes have been writing cards to our sister school in Japan to celebrate the festival.
- 02 May 2017
We have been learning so much in Music! From understanding opposites (high/low, fast/slow) in Prep to thinking critically and writing music reviews in Year 6. The Year 3s are discovering how music can tell a story by listening to Prokofiev’s composition and Disney’s story Peter and the Wolf. Through this, the students have begun understanding how characters can be portrayed through different instruments. The students have been very creative by drawing pictures of what they can hear.
- 28 March 2017
Becoming a successful Reader An important part of becoming a successful and independent reader is being able to choose “good fit” books. During our borrowing time, we have been working on choosing good fit books and building our reading stamina. Students have been following the ‘I PICK’ method from The Daily 5. I look the book over – cover, blurb and a page or two on the inside. Purpose: Why might I want to read it? To learn, for fun Interest: Does it interest me? Comprehension: Do I understand what I am reading? Know the words: Do I know most of the words? *For our beginning readers we focus on choosing picture books as the illustrations are as important as the text, and both work together to tell the story.
- 21 March 2017
Our technological Year 4 group this term have been sinking their teeth into coding. Utilising the Ozobots kindly provided by P&F fundraising, the students have been developing creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. We have investigated where line following robots are used in the real world (robot waiters!) and are now learning to recreate these ideas on a smaller scale. In Term 2, students will be more challenged in their coding skills when we are given the opportunity to borrow Sphero robots from the CSER Digital Technologies Team at University of Adelaide. Mrs Narelle Palmer, RISE.