Shared Lunch Friday

Hi everyone,

Just reminding all families we are having a ‘Shared Lunch’ this Friday to celebrate the Chinese and Vietnamese New Year! Boys are asked to please bring in a savory plate and girls to bring in a dessert plate. Students are encouraged to wear red clothing to help celebrate this special date on the calendar.

Thank you 🙂

Ash Wednesday

Hi all,

Today we celebrated the blessed day which is Ash Wednesday, and started our morning off recapping our learning from yesterday.

“It is the start of Lent” – Shashant

“It is the lead up to Easter “– Nicky-Rose

“People give things up” – Jevan

As a learning community we then discussed the importance of following in Jesus’ footsteps and the types of choices we can make during Lent. Students suggested promises such as:

“I will help people “– HongPhuc

“I pray to God to help people” – Alex.M

“Be kind and share “– Jevan

“I promise to help people in need “- Alix

“Help each other “– James.M

Students then created their own footsteps, and wrote their promises during Lent 🙂

Students then explored their investigations, challenging their learning in every aspect and working on their Growth Mindset. Students engaged in activities such as Hama bead creations, bingo, hairdressers, box construction, Lego construction and creating their own Lanterns to celebrate the Chinese/Vietnamese New Year!

A Speck of Gold that both Mrs Ciccarello and I took away from our investigation time this morning was the open to change from the students. The strength and courage to give every aspect of their learning a go even if it was challenging. Sharing was evident throughout with all students  including each other  and to question and manipulate as they were  immersed in the learning.

Have a look below! 🙂

After Recess we had our whole school Ash Wednesday Mass, celebrated with Fr Shibu. Fr Shibu highlighted to the children the importance during Lent of fasting, praying and sharing. Through this time it is a special time to spend with family and friends.

All students received a Cross on their forehead after lunch, commemorating Ash Wednesday celebrations, acknowledging that from the Ashes placed upon our forehead, we are free of Sins, and move on to positive choices during Lent.



Shrove Tuesday

Hi all,

Today we celebrated Shrove Tuesday and added to our discussion yesterday about identifying the true meaning as to why we celebrate Shrove Tuesday with eating Pancakes. Students discussed many reasons for this such as the importance of sharing with others in need and caring for others.

The long build up to Easter is called Lent. The day before Lent begins is called Shrove Tuesday. ‘Shrove’ means being forgiven for wrong-doings. Another name for Shrove Tuesday is Pancake Day. Long ago this was a day for feasting and having a good time. People went to church to confess the bad things they had done and would be forgiven before the start of Lent. As rich foods such as eggs were forbidden during Lent, one way of using them up would be to make pancakes.

Students then had the chance to decorate and indulge in their own pancakes, spreading either butter, strawberry jam or maple syrup on their pancake.

Have a look at their cookery skills below! 🙂

Fish Farm Inquiry

Yesterday the students started their own inquiry in relation to the Fish Farm. The students were exploring and questioning certain aspects of the Fish Farm, aquaponics and marine life they would like to know more about! Students were immersed in researching their questions and extending their knowledge in this area! Take a look!

Student inquiry questions:

What can some fish live in salt water, and some in fresh water? – Phillip

Why do some fish attack each other? – James J

Do fish sleep with their eyes open? – Seanna

All photography was undertaken by the students!

Below shows a quick video of how all students explore and engage with each learning area within our Fish Farm area!! A Speck of Gold I have to share is how proud I was to see how far our community of learners have come in two weeks and how sharing, support and collaboration was observed throughout our session, and the strong relationships that have been formed 🙂

Growth Mindset

Today in 3MS & 2SB, we explored Positive Education through the area of Growth and Fixed Mindsets! The students discussed initially their ideas and understanding of these two mindsets, and then explored them further as a community of learners.

As a team, the students then constructed their own definitions of what they understood each mindset to look like:

Fixed Mindset: “Being negative, and not trying to do better in your learning”

Growth Mindset: “Being positive, trying your best, ‘I can’t do it yet, but I am going to try and grow my brain'”

After exploring the video above, students then created their own scenarios for turning a Fixed Mindset into a Growth Mindset, by transforming into actors and actresses, showing the wonders of their 100 languages throughout.

Our Fish Farm Adventure

Hi all,

This afternoon we had the opportunity to visit Mr McCarthy in the fish farm and explore all the amazing projects and creatures we have in our school. Mr McCarthy discussed with us the importance of the Nitrogen Cycle, we got to meet Max the Turtle, and had the chance to feed different species of fish!

After our visit, we had the opportunity to reflect on our time in the Fish Farm, and create our own inquiry based learning and questions.

Have a look at our fun filled learning below! 🙂

All our pictures and videos were taken by our talented students in our class!

Positive Choices

In 3MS and 2SB we have ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’ for each other always, and discussed about making Positive Choices for our learning and safety. This is the language we will be using with each other in our learning environment. This allows students to take ownership and make their own personal choices.

This is the process:

Example –

Person 1: What are you doing?

Person 2: Will answer.

Person 1: Can you make a positive choice for your learning?

Person 2: I will make a positive choice.

Students reflected on the process of making positive choices and role played scenarios with one another.

What are Positive Choices?

Ann-Marie – A positive choice is when you do good stuff to people and you help them and remind them of making positive choices

Lolla – A positive choice is when you don’t be silly

Anna – You can ask a person if they are making a positive choice if they are not making one

Seanna – A positive choice is when someones making a bad choice and you can remind them to make a positive choice

Darcy – A positive choice is when you help people

Aurora – If you make a positive choice, you’re being good, and can guide others to also make a positive choice


As learners, we decided, we would like to use positive choices in our classroom to create a safe and happy learning environment.