Monday December 10 – Week 9 Term 4

Hi Bloggers! Welcome to Week 9 – Term 4!

Can you believe this is our very last week together in 2IB and 2TD for 2018?! Time really does fly by when you are having fun and busy learning!

This Thursday is our last day of school with a normal 3:00pm finish time. We are having a shared lunch to celebrate our time together. We ask that boys bring a small plate of savoury foodand girls bring a small plate of sweet food.



Here in Year 2IB and 2TD we have many different cultures who celebrate Christmas differently! This morning we explored this…

How do you celebrate Christmas?

  • Nevada – My family and I celebrate Christmas by waking up really early then we open presents. After that me and my family have a big breakfast then at night time we have a big family dinner.
  • Kristina – I do lots of Christmas shopping with my cousins.
  • Ash – I go see fireworks on the beach!
  • Lucas told us about how he celebrates Christmas early with his family. He got presents yesterday! Then on Christmas he gets to sleep in!
  • Rehat – In India we always put up Christmas lights on our house and we got a walk to see them. We always make our special foods for friends and the special foods are very delicious. We get a big large cake. In Australia I get in my cat with my family and we go to Lobethal Lights. There’s one house that takes up to 9 weeks to do!
  • Nathaniel – On Christmas our family, we open our presents and then after that we set up our table that we did last year. We get all the food read y and I help my mum and my dad get the food ready and we cook stuff on the BBQ and open the roller door so our cousins and stuff can come in and play with us. We have Christmas ham.
  • TCross. – In my country there’s not really a specific rule that we follow to do on Christmas Day. We wake up around 6 or 7 to get things prepared for Christmas Day. After I wake up I look at the Christmas tree and I really feel like I want to open the presents. I wait for my whole family to come. I like to see their expressions on their face when they open them. I have a sweet breakfast of pudding.Sometimes the whole family doesn’t eat altogether. After that I usually watch a Christmas movie while I am waiting then we open some of the Christmas presents. Since it is on a Tuesday this year, all my family members will come over to celebrate. We eat a Christmas dinner!


  • AnnWe can count how many ays until Jesus is born 
  • Deakyn – God chose Noah because he helped
  • Akemjot – God chose Noah because Noah listens to him
  • Libby – God made the world and the creation so everything in it is God’s creation
  • Mia – Noah did it to save them!


  • Nathaniel – In investigations I painted my decoration.  I used creativity learning power.
  • Ruby – I used creativity because I made a little animal and home for it
  • Lucas – In investigations I made the house with Alex, Kurt, Raf and Noah.
  • Kristina – In investigations I was painting my Christmas decoration. I used creativity
  • Sonnie – I made a house with Alex, Noah, Raf and Kurt. I used creativity
  • Bella – In investigations I made a Christmas dog with Ann, Jasmin and Chelsea and it had candy cane ears and a Santa hat!
  • Kurt – In investigations me and my friends were making a big house with bedrooms and a toilet I used team work.


After lunch the early tears met in the Hall to share their Carol performances with one another 🙂

FRIYAY December 7 – Week 8 Term 4

Hi Bloggers!

Welcome to the last Friday for 2018! Next week we finish school on Thursday and Friday is a Pupil Free Day! We have celebrated so many special things on a Friday this year like; Book Week, Mothers Day, Saint Patrick’s Day, Catholic Ed Day, Sports Day, Outdoor Education Day, Mission Day, Shared Lunches!
Thank you for your constant support.


Nhu shared her news about her baby brother being born on Tuesday…his name is Jaiden! very cute.

Jake shared some pictures about making some paper chains he is making in preparation for Christmas. It showed a video about how to make them and how long the chain got. Very creative Jake, lots of determination and hard work!


We read some of the scripture in the Bible – ‘the birth of Jesus Christ’ (Luke 2.1-7).

We also looked at a youtube clip and compared similarities and differences between the two stories.

Children then reflected on the Christmas story in their own way.

  • Jed, Sonnie and Dion used the blocks to re-create the nativity sceen
  • Jake drew and wrote about the Christmas story
  • Rhoda made a fantastic 3D picture of Jesus in the manger
  • Rehat, Keren, Kiziah and Mary acted out the Christmas story
  • Cierra and Nevada made an imovie about it.


We went over to the hall for our final big practice on the stage with the music teachers – getting excited now!!



The children had time to continue their investigations.


A time to be calm, cool off, relax and focus on our breathing. We were all feeling pretty hot and bothered today, so this was perfect 🙂


we look forward to seeing you all tonight at the Christmas Carols.

Sausage sizzle starts from 5.45pm

entertainment begins at 6.30pm

Meet teachers at 7pm outside the OSHC room (near the tinsel) parents to collect children straight after we are on stage.

Christmas raffle draw and Father Christmas visit 7.15pm

8.00pm the evening concludes.

See you there 🙂

Tuesday December 4 – EXCURSION!

Today we visited Uniting Care Aged Care Facility and Grange Beach. Together we sung our Christmas Carols, made biscuits and even showcased our amazing origami skills to the residents. It such a beautiful, heart-warming morning where our Character Strengths shone. At the beach we had the opportunity to engage in all different activities including; sandcastle building, cricket, footy, shell hunting, sketching and even a small beach comb.


  • Kurt – My speck of gold was making a paper plane with paper and a chatter box.
  • Ashvarn – My speck of gold was giving some things to the girl and Akemjot. We made a lot of things like planets, Sukhman and me made a plane for her and Akemjot made a plane and a chatter box.
  • Nhu – My speck of gold was showing the older ladies how to make things and think back to their childhood.
  • Jaiden – We made a paper plane a cookie
  • Sukhman – My speck of gold was playing cricket and Akemjot and Jed at the beach
  • Jed – My speck of gold was playing cricket
  • Kim – My speck of gold was making a fish and a Christmas tree and giving it out
  • TCross – My speck of gold was being with my friends and sharing my creations with the older people and finding creatures in the sea
  • Jasmine – My favourite part was when I found a funny creature and fell asleep on the bus
  • Daniel – My speck of gold was when we built a big hole
  • Dion – I loved kicking the football
  • Deakyn – I liked when we found water and kept on digging
  • Maddox – Me and Andy helped dig the water out

What Character Strengths did you use today?

  • Ash – Mine was kindness because I give her a lot of things
  • Mia – Mine was sense making because me and Mary were getting sand and making like a mermaid tail
  • Sonnie – Mine was love. Because I was giving a lot of people airplanes and things and chatterboxes
  • Neisha – I think leadership because when I was doing the sand castles with Chelsea
  • Akemjot – Creativity and kindness because I created something and gave it to someone else
  • Rehat – Mine was kindness because I made a biscuit for all the ladies with Rhoda
  • Nate – Mine was creativity because I was making people airplanes and stuff
  • Aidan – Mine is zest because I was excited to do the Rudolph cookies!
  • TCross and Nhu – Teamwork because we found the pipi’s or cockles



Monday 3rd December 2018 – Week 8 Term 4

Welcome to Week 8!

Only 23 sleeps until Christmas!


We explored the structure of a Christmas card including the front cover and the structure of the text inside the card. We brainstormed some ideas for our cards and then wrote a draft and good copy of our cards. Children chose someone special in their life to write to.


For the next two weeks of school we are going to be reading from the book – Jesse Tree. On the weekend we began Advent in the Church.

  • Aidan – They lit a purple candle

Today we read the first part of the story to find out what the Jesse Tree actually is.

What is a Jesse Tree?

  • Ann – It is kind of like a family tree
  • Neisha – It tells us about Jesus
  • Rehat – It started a long time ago

Each day a different symbol is put onto the tree to symbolise different things that happened on the lead up until Jesus’ birth. During investigations some students helped create our own class Jesse Tree.


This afternoon we popped on some Christmas Carols and created our very own special salt-dough decorations. We chose our own designs and used different tools to form them. On Wednesday we get to bake and paint them!

Don’t forget! Tomorrow is our excursion  to Grange Beach and Westminster Aged Care Facility. We are getting picked up from school at 9:30am and will return approximately 2:00pm. In a small carry bag please remember to bring recess, fruit, lunch and water.  With a sunny forecast of 26 degrees, you MUST have a hat and drink bottle!  Get a big rest tonight, tomorrow looks to be an amazing fun filled day!

Friday November 30 – Week 7 Term 4

Hi Bloggers!
Welcome to Friday November 30. This is our second to last Friday for the Term!

Next Tuesday is our excursion to the Aged Care Facility and Grange Beach. Thank you to those who have returned their permission forms and to those ever so helpful parents who have volunteered to help us. Please return the form Monday if you haven’t! 🙂


  • Daniel – My favourite part was when Noah’s brother jumped out the box
  • Andy – I liked the assembly the Christmas part
  • Nathaniel – I liked the Santa song
  • Jake – In the assembly I liked when we did the songs like the Santa guess
  • Kristina – My favourite bit was when they were dancing
  • Aidan – My favourite part was the dances with the reindeers
  • Mai-Anh – My favourite part of assembly was the song


We sang the song ‘Silent Night’.

What is the song ‘Silent Night’ about?

Jake: The song is about Jesus being born and God being our creator.

Mia: It was about his birth when he born.

Rehat: It was about when he was born and it was a Holy night.

Why was the night Jesus born Holy?

Mia: It means kind of like a family.

We looked up the definition of ‘holy’.

Nhu: Something special

Rehat: it’s like peace.

Tcross: A peace that God is always in our heart.

Special prayers:

Mia: Dear God, thank you for my family and brother. Amen.

Kiziah: Thank you for my family and friends.

Holly: Dear God, thank you for Christmas so we can celebrate Christmas with our family and celebrate when Jesus was born and we can have a fun day. Amen.

Mary: Dear God, thank you for my dad and mum because they take care of me. Amen.

Akemjot: Dear God, thank you for my baby brother because we both have fun together.

Tcross: Dear God, thank you for Christmas as it’s a miracle time that we spend with our family and friends as we celebrate the birth of Jesus and it is a time to receive and give. Amen.

Ruby: Dear God, thank you for my family. Amen.


  • Lucas – I liked when the crushed the red
  • Raf – My favourite was when the hippo crushed the tree
  • Ash – When he made the tree better
  • Kristina – I loved the book because he was making a Christmas tree with donuts and carrots

What are some ways that you get ready for Christmas in your family?

Holly: I make Christmas cookies and Christmas cupcakes and I put up my tree and decorate my house sometimes.

Cierra: We decorate our Christmas tree and my dad puts Christmas carols on.

Nevada: On Christmas we have breakfast and dinner with my family and sometimes on Christmas Eve we have dinner and if we are up late enough we see Santa’s sleigh.

Kiziah: We sing Christmas carols.

Jake: My mum puts on the Christmas lights on the Christmas tree and we put up stockings.

Ruby: I get an Advent calendar and I make a gingerbread house with my family.

Nhu: Last year my dad put some streamers and we made it into a star shape and we put candy canes on the tree and we have a feast with my family friends.

Mary: Before we open our presents my mum plays the piano and the rest of my family sing the Christmas song and then we open the presents after.

Mia: On Christmas we go to my Grandma’s house and have lunch together and we open presents together.

Rhoda: I celebrate Christmas with my family and have lunch with them.

Today was our last library borrowing session for the year! If you have any books at home please bring them to be returned next week 🙂


Today, we each designed our own symbol, something that represented who we are, to paint on the school ‘river’ pathway. A group of us then painted our symbols. We will continue to do this over the next week. You will find our symbols on the river, near the gate, at the entrance of our wonderful school!






Thursday November 29 – Week 7 Term 4

Hi Bloggers!

Welcome to Thursday November 29! Today is our End of Year Mass Celebration.


This morning we gathered as a school to celebrate the year that was. Father Shibu led us in a beautiful mass which also showcased the graduating class of 2018.

  • Libby – My favourite was when they showed the photo of my singing for the music assembly
  • Sampann – I like the End of Year Mass, the reflections were good.
  • Mia – They were all going to high school
  • Eva – I liked seeing my sister on stage
  • Dion – I like the part that you did when I went up. It was a stable
  • Jake – I hope the 6/7 like their stay at our school. Amen.
  • Cierra – I liked my sister on stage!
  • Ann -My favourite part was seeing my class on the photos
  • Joseph – My favourite part was when I saw my cousin leaving
  • Kristina – My favourite bit was when I saw my family singing for her graduation
  • Jas – My favourite bit was when I saw the picture of when the people were doing the pictures from the music assembly
  • Ash – I liked when I saw when they went to the beach


Our investigations today were centred around all the larding that we have been undertaking. Place, Christmas, Symmetry, Pollution, Space, Writer’s Workshop were our inspirations….

We even decorated our class Christmas tree!


Building upon our introduction to Symmetry yesterday we had the opportunity to engage with 3 different provocations.

  • Using our laptops to complete various Symmetry challenges
  • Christmas Symmetry pictures
  • Taking pictures of ourselves and trying to make our faces symmetrical!

Friday 23rd November – Week 6 Term 4

Good morning and welcome to FRIYAY!


We went over to the hall to watch the whole school assembly the theme was ‘you can change the world’


We came back and wrote about the assembly.

Lots of us loved the dancing and artwork!


Today we read another beautiful Christmas story focused on the gift of giving during Christmas time. We discussed the importance of showing kindness rather than just giving presents.


Our prayer today was led by Eva and Nevada and the theme of the prayer was ‘Thanksgiving”.

We shared some Prayers:

  • Rehat: I am thankful for our book club name and group
  • Akemjot: Dear God, thank you for my baby brother he cheers me up, amen
  • Aiden:Dear God, thank you for making the trees Amen
  • Alex: Dear God, thank you for my friends Amen
  • Tcross: Dear God I am so grateful for my friends, i like that we have a book club, we would never have a book club if we didnt have each other, Amen
  • Jake: Dear God, Thank you for food, drinks and a happy life Amen


We continued our personal inquiry projects, this is our last day. We are sharing them with each other next week.


We caught up with our buddies and practiced!!


We focused on our breathing and keeping our bodies still.


We continued our transitional language. The children worked in groups to draw pictures using this language…example below.

Then they went on with prodigy.





Wednesday 21st November – Week 6 Term 4

Good morning and welcome to this wonderful Wednesday!


2IB went and visited the 6/7 classrooms as they were showcasing their personal inquiries. This ties in perfectly with our own inquires and lots of us were looking for innovative ways to present our own inquiries!

  • Raf – The rings are made out of rock and gas in Saturn
  • Joseph – Blatame is the biggest lizard!
  • Ash – I learnt that the sun was around 4.7billion years ago
  • Sampann – I learned that if you mix bad medicine with water it can hurt you


  • Maddox – I played basketball
  • Bella – We are playing basketball and we had to dribble the ball on the dots
  • Raf – We were doing the scoops throwing them in the air
  • Noah – We had to throw the rubber things and make sure it hits the spots


In the center to practice!! It went well we hope you can all make it tomorrow…all welcome!


2IB visited the MUDLA today. We were on the look out or any new additions and changes to explore next week…


The students worked on the 2nd part of their projects. making models, using mine craft, painting and play dough.

Thanks for a great day, don’t forget tomorrow is our Mass and Grandparents morning tea!!

Thursday 15th November – Week 5 term 4

Good morning and welcome to Thursday!


Children were posed a question ‘why is it important to spend time outdoors?’

  • Mary: get fresh air, its good for your brain
  • Ashvarn: go outdoors to be fit and healthy
  • Nevada: you need to get sunlight in your day
  • Libby: you get Vitamin D from the sun
  • Jed: you can get fit outside
  • Mia: it makes you stronger
  • Akemjot: when you play outside it can let your energy out ready for something else

The children then answered this question, their own opinion, by recording in their literacy books.


What is the moral of the story?

  • Bella – They are trying to teach us to be kind to other people
  • Nate – To be nice to other people so if they are cold give them a blanket
  • Jasmine – To share
  • Neisha – It was teaching us to have a good Christmas and help other people
  • Magot – Dont just think about

Our Character Strength for the week is humility. How was the bird being humble?

  • Raf – By not keeping all pf them
  • Jed – Not being greedy and selfish
  • Ash – Be kind to other people and take care of other people

We got our Premiers Reading Challenge medals for our amazing efforts in reading this year! We showed a growth mindset towards reading new and challenging books all year. Very well deserved!


We had some time to continue our personal research. We also added a second component to our inquiries. Some of us chose to create our topic in Minecraft, some in posters and some recording videos!


We looked at ‘keys’ on maps. What is this?

  • Sampan: a key shows the colours and what things are

The children chose their own ‘outlines’ and created their own ‘key’.


  • Deakyn shared his Minecraft character with a detailed key
  • Holly and Natalie shared their 4 books about sweets they have written together!


Thank you for a great day get ready for Outdoor Eduation Day tomorrow with a big sleep! Please wear your PE uniform and bring a hat 🙂

Wednesday November 14 – Week 5 Term 4

Hi Bloggers! Welcome to Wednesday November 14!


  • Kim – I did the scooping and target game
  • Mai-Anh – I played the same games as Kim


In groups, children took it in turns to read a page from the text. They also discussed the meaning of the text. Mrs T worked with several groups, developing their comprehension skills.


This morning 2iB had a look at silent letter words.  We put our detective hats on and investigated words that have silent letters!


Rhoda and Ashvarn read a prayer about keeping ourselves healthy with sports.

Kristina: Thank you God for sports so we can have exercise. Amen.

Nathaniel: Dear God thank you for all the schools and students. Amen.

Llana: Dear God, thank you for the sports and activities. Amen.

Libby: Thank you God for the creators of sports so we can play outside instead of playing laptops or iPads. Amen.

Mia: Dear God, thank you for hula hoops and balls so we can not be bored without them. Amen.

Akemjot: Dear God, thank you for sports because without sports we wouldn’t have fun with our friends. Amen.

Magot: Dear God, I hope the weather is good so we can go outside. Amen.

Cierra: Thank you God for the people who can swim so they can help the people that can’t. Amen.

Sampann: Thank you for sports so we can have fun. Amen.


Children continued to work on their own personal inquiry projects. There engagement in this self directed learning and investigating has been wonderful and they are learning many new things.


Space and the solar system has been a great topic of interest this week as has been the process of making slime! A group of children are also working on creating ‘Adelaide’ including roads, an airport and a toy shop.


We continued on with the provocation of finding our house in relation to Holy Family Catholic School.


Thank you for a lovely day Year 2! Tomorrow we will visit the library because of Outdoor Education Day on Friday. Please remember to bring your black bags!