Thank you to Kaisha, who read our daily information from the August calendar, and to Krish, who read aloud our learning timetable.
Shared Reading/Literacy Activity
Today we revisited the Dreaming story of the Rainbow Serpent. Some of the children were brave enough to read a page of the story – thank you to our wonderful readers: Javeiria,Matthew, Krish, Tyson, Kanye, Yatin and Dion.
The children were then asked to retell the story using their 100 languages. Some children chose to make the story using lego; some children make iMovies; some children chose to make story cubes; some children made Flipcharts; some children make comic strip retellings; some children chose to represent the story in art; some children used whiteboards. There were some super retellings in some very creative ways. Well done, everyone!
Jayden making the serpent from lego …
…. and here she is weaving her way across the land.
Felix used lego to make the rainbow serpent
Ruby is making a story cube
Ruby made the serpent from coloured blutack – here the serpent is coming out from under the earth
Ruby: Here she is making tracks and mountains on the land
Here the animals
Ruby’s story cube
Sophia used a whiteboard
Sonarita drew the Rainbow Serpent
Thaison and Tyson
Linda and Hannah are using ICT
Matthew and friends made an iMovie to retell the story
Thierry, Josh, Dion and Johnny are collaborating on an iMovie
Kanye, Deng and Kevin are decorating a serpent they made from cardboard tubes
Caroline and Naomi made an iMovie
Saara and Sophia
Portia’s story cube
Portia: The rainbow serpent is coming out of the ground. There’s nothing here.
Portia: She makes the mountains. She makes where the rivers and lakes go.
Portia: She tickles the frogs to make water come out of their bellies
Portia: Then all the animals and plants appear
Vanessa, Adau and Kaisha collaborated on a ‘show retelling’
They worked hard at their backgrounds
Vanessa, Kaisha and Adau: In the beginning there was the land, the sky and the sun.
Vanessa, Kaisha and Adau: The serpent tickled the frogs and they made water come out of their mouths to make rivers and lakes.
Vanessa, Kaisha and Adau: The animals and plants grow.
Tyson: This is the Rainbow Serpent moving around.
Tyson: After that she was tired and slept.
Tyson: The serpent thinks … mmm, the frogs could help if they came out from under the earth.
Tyson: Here the serpent is telling the frog to make water come out of its fat belly.
Tyson: Look, the frog’s getting smaller and smaller as the water comes out of its belly.
Tyson: See the koalas are here now there’s water and plants. They’re stuffing themselves with gum leaves.
Many of the students are now choosing to make little focus areas during meditation, using candles, stones and other artefacts from the prayer table area.
Tristan used the gold Buddha and some candles
Monika and Thuy made symmetrical displays with candles and stones
Amelia, Linda and Sarah are collaborating to create a focus area
Vanessa and Olivia made a focus area ….
… and meditated peacefully by focusing on it
Yatin and Felix are using their display to meditate
Adau lay down to meditate with two candles, one in each hand:
Ahead of Mass on Thursday, in which we will be celebrating the life of Australia’s first saint, Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Miss Nguyen read a short passage to the students about Mary’s life and charitable works. The students then watched a short video made by children which told the story of Mary’s life:
Miss Nguyen then asked the students to come up with words and phrases that describe Mary. Examples included: loving, caring, hope, brave, leader, holy, loves God, friendly to everyone and helpful. She then asked the students to sketch a picture of Mary and include some of these words around the image. Students made a start at this task and will complete it tomorrow. These pictures show ‘work in progress’: