Our Journey around Australia is complete!

This term we have been travelling around Australia. We started in New South Wales and today we completed our journey in South Australia.

Over the course of the term  we brainstormed what we know about  each state. The students then  asked  questions as a class we could research.

We are now using these skills to do our own mini Inquiries, asking the questions and locating the answers. The students are then presenting their learning using 100 languages!

Some students have chosen to work in pairs others on their own.

I hope you’ve enjoyed our journey with us. We’ve had lots of fun!

This is what we know about South Australia.

 

Watch this space tomorrow for the student Inquiries.

 

 

Friday 9th November

Hi everyone.  Here’s to a busy term that is also a very short term. Today the assembly was hosted by 3MP and 5CM, who took us on a colourful and energetic journey of Diwali.

We watched some beautiful Indian dancing performed by Holy Family children dressed in national costume.

It was a delightful assembly which we all enjoyed.

We also investigated Remembrance Day which is celebrated on 11/11.  It will be on Sunday and the children wanted to

organise their own inquiries of World War One.  The children discovered the meaning of the “red poppies” that are worn on this day. The children also investigated what the veterans do on this day, beginning with the morning service. .

 

In the afternoon, the children became immersed in making puppets for the story of the Three Billy Goats’ Gruff and retelling of the story in their own way.  They worked in groups of 4 and 5 and worked co-operatively all afternoon.

We also celebrated Meitraeyi’s birthday which is tomorrow and she will be 9 years.  Have a lovely time from all of us in 2SB and 3MS.

We also want to say “GET WELL SOON SAM!” Sam dislocated his arm  at school and is recovering well after an operation.  Keep smiling Mate!

Wishing everyone a beautiful and happy weekend. Enjoy every minute because it seems to be going pretty fast!

Diwali

Hi I’m Manseerat  and I celebrate Diwali by having light’s around my house and we get to have a type of  Cracker’s ,you put on a metal stick and it starts to glow by a little bit of fire and then it glow’s like a candle.We have sweets and yummy food.We pray to God and some times we go to our temple and we pray.

Hi I am Abhinav I celebrate Diwali on Tuesday and Diwali means praying and being nice to someone and being kind and your behaviour has be good.

Below are some of the creations the students designed to celebrate the Diwali festival 🙂

Curiosity is the fuel for discovery, inquiry and learning!

Hi everyone,

This morning the students were immersed in our morning play-based investigation time, demonstrating their ongoing learning powers of collaboration, curiosity, creativity, sense making, mindful agency and hope and optimism. Students challenged their higher order thinking by manipulating experiments, building structures, becoming owners of a cafe, creating through mine craft and strategizing through a range of activities that incorporated team work.

After recess our Australian inquiry continued after a little absence due to our assembly preparations. Today the students investigated the Northern Territory. Have a look at their prior knowledge and inquiry questions below 🙂

Students then went off exploring their learning, sharing ideas and making sense of prior knowledge and new knowledge found.

After investigating their inquiries, students partnered up with a peer in the classroom to challenge each others learning by creating mini games to see what they found out about the Northern Territory.

Diwali Festival

Hi I’m Shashant and I celebrate Diwali because one day one random mother saved a king so the king gave her one wish. So since the kings son was going to become the king she said that her wish will be to send the kings son and his wife to go to the jungle for 14 years and to make her son king.Thats when the kings son and his wife met all the powerful Gods so they lived with the Gods so tomorrow they will return from the jungle.

 

All the student used their 100 languages in their own inquiry about Diwali.

Firstly they posed their own question and researched the information presenting their learning.

Some students chose to create an i-movie, photo booth and others used activ- inspire.

Students are still completing their videos and we will blog them tomorrow.

In the meanwhile enjoy our learning!

Please remember to send a hat with your child everyday.

We have sunscreen if necessary

Lets keep our children sun safe!

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning” – Mr Rogers

Hi everyone,

Welcome back to another week of amazing learning in the 3MS & 2SB learning community.

This morning the children entered the classroom to engage in our weekly play-based investigation time where they showcased an abundance of energy, challenging their critical and creative thinking through exploring the use of their 100 languages. Witnessing the large amount of collaboration through our learning time was amazing and and early speck of gold to our week! 🙂

Take a look below 🙂

After recess the students had the chance to explore MUDLA and inquire about the different species that are homed within the building, replicating the sort of environment that is found along the Murray River. Students questioned why the blue tongue lizard was sleeping, why the hopping mice were hiding, the reason for the smell in the MUDLA area and why the water was running the way it was. Many students are eager to continue inquiring about the MUDLA and investigating the aquatic creatures that call it home. All photos taken by our resident classroom photography, Emily 🙂

Mr White on Friday at assembly gave the students a provocation, informing them of a new Library and multi classroom area that is currently being designed to be built here at Holy Family. He has set students a challenge to design what they think this new area should look like, knowing it is going to be built as a ‘sustainable building,’ meaning all its power will be coming from renewable sources.

Students are using their 100 languages to design their creations! Have a look at the collaboration and creativity of our  future architects 🙂

Year 3 Sleepover

Hi everyone,

What an amazing time spent with all Year 3 students Friday night at their first, Sleepover! The children we immersed in the activities on display from Tri-Skills, and enjoyed a lovely dinner, movie together before camping out in the school Hall for the evening! Everyone involved had so much fun! Can’t wait to do it all again next time!

Here are some snaps from the evening, head over to 3MP and 3JH’s blog for more amazing photos! 🙂

“Saints and Souls” – Alex R

Hi everyone,

Today the students in 3MS and 2SB have spent time celebrating and exploring ‘All Souls Day’ which is celebrated each year on November the 2nd.

Students discussed what the word ‘Souls’ means to them:

‘Souls means our life’ – Alex R

‘In our bodies’ – Shashant

‘Your memories’ – Phillip

‘Someones spirit’ – Hong-Phuc

‘When someone died’ – Helen

Students then created their own prayers to the souls who have left us, as we pray to keep them safe 🙂

After students completed their ‘All Souls Day’ prayers, students used their growing inquiry skills to investigate their own Saints and lead how they wish to present their existing and new knowledge together 🙂 Students used their 100 languages and growth mindsets to challenge how they wanted to present their information. Some students decided to create flipcharts, most students decided to test their directing skills and create iMovies to present their findings 🙂

Have a look at the students amazing creations below 🙂

3MS Sleepover Reminder

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

To celebrate the last term together and a great year of learning, we are going to be having a ‘sleepover’ at school on Friday 2nd November 2018 (Week 3/Term 4).

Students will go home from school on Friday at 3 pm, shower, have a snack and return back to school at 5:00 pm in comfortable clothing suitable for physical activity.  The evening will be spent sharing a meal, participating in organised entertainment, watching a PG movie (see consent below) and then sleeping in the Hall.

Upon waking on Saturday morning, students will pack their belongings, get changed out of pyjamas, have breakfast and be collected between at 8am, 8:30am latest.

Students will need to bring to the sleepover;

  • Something to sleep on, e.g. an already blown-up mattress, camp bed or yoga mat;
  • Some bedding or sleeping bag and pillow;
  • PJ’s, teddy, slippers or thongs;
  • Toiletries (toothbrush/toothpaste/hairbrush/hair ties).
  • Reusable plastic plate, bowl and spoon to use and take home.
  • Refillable drink bottle

We are asking that students do not bring any personal devices.