Hoop Gliders

This morning the children engaged in an investigation involving hoop gliders. They were provided with the resources they would need to construct their own glider and some simple instructions.

We then discussed variables and what might be important when adjusting variables. Some children chose to change the straw (we had a variety of straws with different diameters) some chose to change the thickness of the paper strips, others the length of the strips, others changed how far apart the strips were from each other.

It was wonderful to see the engagement of the students during this activity. Making predictions, testing their flying machines, making changes and recording reflections.


Fateh: I don’t think it will fly at all as it doesn’t have any wings.

Xavier: Look how fast it spins through the air

Aditi: My first one didn’t need altering it was good from the start as it flew over 2 metres.

Bolek: Mine went over 8m and it only stopped because it hit the wall of the classroom !



Testing the gliders


Keeping Safe

The children have also been using their 100 languages to share their learning and understanding about safe and unsafe behaviours. Listening to their bodies signs that a situation or location may be unsafe, and how unsafe behaviours affect them and the people around them. We will continue to explore these concepts into next term and encourage you to talk with your child about personal and internet safety to support their learning at school.

We even watched a little clip of Mr Bean and his ‘unsafe’ behaviour to look for his body language when he was feeling scared and worried !


In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Murray

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We have been responding to a provocation from Mrs Martin to come up with a concept that addresses the litter problem in our school.

The children have been busy designing their recycling system as well as writing to Mr White with their proposals.


History and 100 Languages

We have also continued our inquiry into Captain Cook and the Endeavour. It never ceases to amaze us how engaged the student’s are with new learning when they choose what it is they are interested in as we explore different topics. By sharing a story about a goat sailing around the world we have students now seeking out books in the library, diagrams of ships, information about explorers, stories about convicts and much much more. I

Students have been encouraged to use their ‘100 languages’ to share new learning and understanding. Everything from mock TV interviews to models of ships.


Have a great weekend everyone, just a week to go!

Mr Murray and Mrs Hawkes

Who is Jesus

Today the students were given the provocation “Who is Jesus?” 

Shritsi: Jesus is a loving man

Aditi: Jesus is someone who looks after us and is a God to us.

Shylah: A friend

Mia: Part of my family

Maddie: Jesus is the son of God, he was resurrected

Fayzan: A nice guy that cares about everyone

Somnang: Jesus is the son of God, he is the human version of God and a loving human, he wears a white gown. He has a beard.

Anshika: He is God’s son

Sebastian: Jesus is God

Terry: Jesus is our creator

Aaron: Jesus is a man that helps people

Hiep: Jesus is a man that lives in our hearts

Daniel: a kind person that helps people and forgives them

Damien: A person who gave his life to everyone

Shriya: Jesus is someone who helps people and looks after them

Blaze: He is a nice person who helped everyone

Akur: A nice caring person

Jineet: Jesus is a person who was born to help people then he sacrificed his life for the world

Bolek: Jesus is probably our one and only saviour

Vincent: Jesus is my ultimate caregiver even though I have others

Yafet: Jesus is God’s son that made the two first people alive

Amin: Jesus is God

Emily: Jesus is a person that made us and made the world

Shannae: Jesus is like a Dad

Aleah: Jesus is a spirit to me

Emily: Jesus is Joseph and Mary’s son

Mary: He is the son of God and he can do everything

Liam: Jesus is a person with magic powers

Tina: Im not sure

Stephanie: Someone that helped people

Nikki: Someone that is nice

Tiffany: Jesus is a person that cares for people and looks after them

Nhi: Jesus is a person who puts himself last

Grace: He is a very nice and kind person

Clark: He is a kind and loving person

Celine: I think Jesus is everyone

Thao: A loving person who cares for people

Angelina: Jesus is someone who feeds people that are poor

Caitlin: Jesus is my family

Nathan: Jesus is teachers

Marco: Jesus is a saviour

Finn: Jesus is my family and people that are nice to me

Xavier: Jesus is my mum


Captain Cook Inquiry: 

This week we have begun some inquiry into Captain Cook and his voyage on The Endeavour. This learning was driven by our interest in the whole class text: The Goat That Sailed The World. It has been great to see students so interested in the details of the journey and what life was like for explorers aboard the vessel.


Today’s numeracy activity was challenging but fun. Everyone worked consistently to find their best possible solution to the challenge.

It was wonderful to see so many students referring to the frog’s position using Row and Leaf references.

In Kindness

Mr Murray and Mrs Hawkes


A little reminder – Laptops


Hi Parents,

we are just wanting your help to remind the children to charge their laptops each evening so that when they arrive to class it is fully charged.

We are finding many students are needing to charge their laptops in our first few lessons which is problematic given we only have 2 chargers between over 50 students. These chargers are only in place for urgent charging where circumstances have prevented students from charing at home.

Unfortunately many of the games that students play on the laptops before school, playtime and during OSHC drain the battery significantly so we are reminding students that they need to manage their screen time accordingly.

We thank you for assistance with this.

In kindness,

Mr Murray and Mrs Hawkes

Week 8

Apologies for no blogging last week ! We had some glitches and lost several posts when we tried to publish them.


The children have been working extremely hard for over a week now creating their own dreamtime stories. After listening, watching and reading a range of dreamtime stories the children are creating their own stories. It has been wonderful to see them incorporating traditional elements of indigenous culture within their stories and including values and moral messages within their story. Watch this space for some work samples soon !


As a class we shared the book Holes by Louis Sachar. The children were really engaged with this text and used it as a provocation during Literacy and Mathematics. Here is some of the fabulous problem solving we shared.

We have also been experimenting with some multiplication activities focusing on groups and how many in each group. You may like to ask your child about the dice arrays game. It’s one you can play with at home all you need is 2 dice!

A very exciting event last week was the introduction of 2 baby yabbies. We have our own small aquarium in the classroom and are acting as a yabbie nursery. We will raise the yabbies until they grow to large to stay in the small tank where they will graduate to a bigger tank. Feel free to pop in and check out the yabbies, we are still deciding on how we might choose names for the new arrivals !

Today the children explored their circles of control. This activity was based on decision making and choices. It was working with children on what they can control in their decision making and the factors that are outside of their control.

Here is a completed example however look out for some of the circles created by the children as we continue to work with the children on how they can use this to assist them with decision making.


We are looking forward to another busy week of learning and fun!


In kindness,

Mr Murray and Mrs Hawkes



Thank you, thank you !

We would  just like to thank all parents for their generosity in supplying food for our shared lunch today. It was a lovely way to farewell Miss Hassan as she departs to continue her studies. She has been an important part of our class community for the last four weeks and we will miss her very much. Thank you for everything Miss Hassan.

Thank you to Miss McCarthy for working with us since Wednesday in Mr Murray’s absence. We look forward to welcoming Mr Murray back on Tuesday.

We wish everyone a safe and happy long weekend!


In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes

Guest Speaker Dom Barry

As part of our HASS studies this term we have been exploring the concept of sacred places with a particular focus on those places considered sacred in Indigenous Communities.

This morning we were fortunate enough to have a guest speaker Dom Barry talking to our class sharing his story of growing up in the APY lands in Fregon.

He explained the unique nature of his sacred homeland including some of the significant customs and spiritual rituals that are performed within his culture.

We have been learning about dreamtime stories connected to sacred places so it was wonderful to hear Dom’s recount of the story of the snake and the python and the battle that Uluru represents.

The student’s found it fascinating that in Dom’s culture there were no celebrations such as birthdays, Christmas, etc. In fact may Aboriginal Australians like Dom’s grandmother actually didn’t know how old she was. They were relieved to find out there were celebrations when boys were initiated into manhood and the birth of a child was also celebrated and rejoiced in the community.

The students  demonstrated their curiosity about both the culture and customs. They enjoyed sharing the research they have done so far and enjoyed adding to their understanding by listening to Dom’s story. Dom is a talented sportsman and had just begun his AFL career when he decided to return home to Fregon to reconnect with his community and culture. He is now studying teaching in Adelaide.

We would like to sincerely thank him for sharing his personal story with our class and thank you to Miss Hassan for organising this special opportunity for us.

In Kindness,

Mrs Hawkes and Miss Hassan