Week 5

Zooooom…………goes Week 5!


Thanks to the parents who have donated jelly and icing sugar. The children have had great fun making our sherbet for Mission Day. Many had never tried Sherbet so it was made even more exciting with a taste test at the end.

Now we just need to decide on a price. Today the children made their signage and advertisements for the Sherbet and the fresh orange juice that we will be selling. We would still love any donations of oranges even if it is just one or two from the fruit bowl. 


STEM challenge:


The children have all begun a Science and Technology task this week where they have chosen a structure to build and a chosen element to power a part of their structure. These designs range from solar power pizza oven to working light houses. Today the children looked more closely at battery circuits. The concept behind them and the impact of interrupting a battery circuit. Their challenge today was to draw a diagram of how a circuit with the following parts would look and then they had the chance to test if that would be a working circuit.  

Some interesting results with many students reflecting.

” Oh…hang on the globe is not connected to the circuit it’s a dead end”

“How do I get the battery to go to the globe and the switch”

“I can do it with just the globe staying on but where will the switch go?”

” I’m going to get my own set of this and make a door buzzer like we saw on the video”

Many children are still to test their circuit tomorrow.

Construction has also started on their structure construction too !




Today we shared a modelled writing session on persuasive text writing. Our co constructed writing was based on the topic ‘Zoos should be scrapped’. The learning intention was to write include general topic sentences prior to stating an opinion when writing a persuasive text. Together we decided on how the children would know if they had been successful in this task and revisited the success criteria during our reflection. The children were then encouraged to ‘mark’ their own work but highlighting in red and green so that when they next revisit the task they can use their own feedback to assist with their success.


The children chose their own topics to write their persuasive texts. Some of the topics included

‘Slime should be available to play with at school’

‘Year 4’s should go on camp’

‘Kids should be able to play Roblox at school’

‘Roblox is better than Minecraft’

‘All kids should be given an ipad’




The children continued their work today on Doggone Problem.

They are exploring the following  provocation

The children have reached several conclusions from our session reflections. These included

  • big breeds of dogs eat a lot more than small breeds….Bailey’s breed eats 4x more than Melvina’s
  • some breeds of  dogs have a longer life expectancy than others
  • dog food comes in a range of sizes, anything from 500gms to 18kgs.
  • most feeding guidelines recommend how many cups a dog needs but not how many gms
  • it is easier to calculate how much a dog eats in 1 year than try to work out its whole life at once
  • dog food is expensive !

Many children are getting into the nitty gritty calculations now and it has been fantastic to watch them using  problem solving strategies. Diagrams, pictures, solving simpler problems (how long will a bag last v’s how many gms of food in one year).

We look forward to seeing all of the solutions…..maybe not the pet food bills though.



Mission Day tokens will be on sale on Friday morning in the classroom.

Friday is a casual day for a gold coin donation.

Special lunch orders – Vegetarian Pasta as ordered by 18th May. Otherwise canteen closed for lunch orders.

In kindness

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder


Friday Week 4

Hello Friday!

Assembly Reflections:

Today’s assembly focused on Sorry Day which is identified as the 26th May.

Here are some reflections from the children after hearing the stories of Indigenous Australians affected by events of the past.

Ryan: We are saying sorry because the Indigenous people had their homes and babies taken away

Bailey: The white people took the Indigenous peoples children away because they didn’t think they were taking enough care of them.

Somnang: I felt mad that that happened to them.

Melvina: It’s sad that it happened.

Axel: I felt bad for the Indigenous people.

Dominic: They said sorry

Destiny: in the end they gave back their land, well at least some of it.

Chitra: The govt made a rule that no one could hurt them

Axel: they promised not to take their babies anymore

Vince: They said they wont take their land away anymore.


Buddies: Today we met with our Year 1 buddies. Our focus today was on building relationships, collaborating and sharing.

Here are some quotes from the children

Jakob: Me and my buddy are making an aeroplane and then we are going to decorate it

Marli: I wrote a little bit about each of my buddies and now we are doing a play!

Georgiana: we are helping our buddies to record a tv show on our computers

Axel: We are doing an escape, Me and my buddy built duplo worlds with dinosaurs

Melvina: im helping my buddy with the duplo, its goung to be a zoo

Grace: Im teaching my buddy about origami

Aaaliyah: we are working on making a Ninja star

Destiny: we looked up how to make a Ninja Star

Ai/becky: we are building a tower with our buddy. I think we’ll call it the lighthouse

David/Iverson: it’s a thingy… made of the straws and connectors

Reyven: im not sure what we are doing with the lego, he tells me and I do it!

Sarah: we are making a wildlife world


Mission Day Plans

4BH and 4AE are planning several things for our Mission Day Stall next Friday.

The first is to sell freshly pressed orange juice. We are picking the oranges from the orchard outside of our classroom however we would also love any donations of oranges that families would like to make.



Our second idea is to sell bags of sherbet. We would love any donations of jelly crystals, icing sugar and citric acid that families would like to make.

Parents are also welcome to attend our Mission Day Mass at 11am.


Have a great weekend

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder


Congratulations – Refugee Art Competition

Congratulations to one of our students who had their art work selected to be exhibited as a finalist in the Refugee Week Art Competition. Her work will be on display at The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre’s Kerry Packer Gallery at The University of South Australia. Exhibition dates are 18th June-10th July.

An amazing achievement to be chosen out of hundreds of entries from schools across South Australia. We are very proud of her. Well done !

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder


Week 4 Tuesday

Hi Everyone,

A busy day for everyone today.

Morning Reading: It was great to see so many children discussing the books they were reading this morning. We were reading everything from picture books to comics to novels from a series. Many children became interested in the My Australian Girl stories after we shared Meet Grace as a whole class. We are slowly making our way through A Friend for Grace which explores life on the convict boat.

We encourage students to keep some of their borrowed library books in their trays so that they can use them for reading during the week. Having said that there are PLENTY of books in our bookshelves that students are welcome to borrow.


Some of the learning we shared in Literacy this morning included  the guided reading group who were making use of an information text about the body. In particular we focused on the lungs and why we can’t just take lots of breaths in the morning and store the oxygen for the day so we don’t need to bother breathing again. Lots of new vocabulary was explored including words like Oxygen, Glucose, Trachea, Wind Pipe, Bronchi and membrane.

Other children were responding to the statement that Oranges are good for you. We are planning to sell fresh orange juice as part of our mission day stall. Some of the questions we explored were that if in fact oranges are good for you why shouldn’t we drink juice too often? Is there one part of the orange that is healthier ? What is it about oranges that make them so good for us.

Using correct punctuation was the focus for another group who had to apply their skills to correct some sentences that had mistakes in them.



Such a busy and buzzing numeracy session today. If you had moved around the room you would have seen children finding patterns and rules in number as they investigated what happened to the number of seats if you joined up tables in a long line. The persistence shown by the children during this task was incredible.

Others were figuring out how many   Zios and Zepts from the planet Vu had invaded us when all we could see was their legs. Strategies such as multiplication and division, number families, multiples, skip counting, number sentences all on display.

The children who chose the High Rollers task used tally marks as they skip counted by fives to find totals. Im pretty sure some of them were reading the dice numbers before the dice even landed! Their challenge was to share the data in a pictogram at the end.

And lastly some children chose the deca tree. Here is the task they tackled.


The children worked on this task over two days. So many mathematical strategies on display. Including breaking it down into a smaller problem (finding how many leaves on one trunk). Drawing a diagram or picture, underlining key parts of the question, try and check methods. Student collaboration and discussion during this task was really high and some tables had quite the buzz going with what they were going to try next and how close they were to a solution.


Catherine House Visit

Today the children were visited by a guest speaker from Catherine House. Lucy shared with us her role at Catherine House Charity which provides accomodation and services for women suffering from homelessness. Part of our fundraising profits from Mission Day will be donated to this worthwhile charity.


Health: Today the children responded to a short clip they watched yesterday. Whilst it was a humorous clip featuring Mr Bean the children were encouraged to focus on what Mr Bean’s body language told them about how he was feeling at different points in the clip. It was a fantastic way to share how our bodies might react to different feelings as well as hearing different ways to describe feelings in different situations. We are continuing to look at our bodies response to feeling unsafe or at risk and the importance of recognising those signs.

Science: Today Mr Elder introduced an inquiry project to the class. The children are encouraged to explore an element of Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths that they would like to learn more about. They are recording their individual learning goals and choosing a project to help them meet their learning goal. Stay tuned for more on this.


After School Sports

This afternoon students who were interested took a note offering them the opportunity to participate in a free after school sports program. For year 4’s the sport will be hockey. If your child is interested please send back the note ASAP as the last session filled up very quickly.


In kindness

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder


Birthday Magic

The classes practiced their problem solving and addition skills when they attempted Tuesday’s numeracy task. Using five small number cards, students now can easily  “guess,” what date your birthday falls on. Each child made their own set of cards, so have them show you what they can do.

Catholic Church Symbols – Finding Out More

All students have been busy this week researching Catholic Church symbols. Their task has been to investigate five different symbols and present their findings in a presentation of their choice.

With Pentecost Sunday being on this week it has been an ideal time to find out more about these symbols. The main symbols of Pentecost are, Wind, Fire, Water and the Dove.

Class Liturgy – Thursday at 9.00am

Class 4E will be holding a short liturgy this Thursday morning at 9.00am. The theme of this Liturgy will be the celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit. Students will be given an opportunity to mention times when they have shown bravery when defending something very important to them. All parents and friends are welcome to attend.

For all the mums….

We hope you had a lovely Mother’s Day.


Coconut and Lemon Foot Scrub

The scrub is all natural containing sugar, coconut oil and lemon essential oil.

Using a small amount rub the scrub over feet, hands or body. After approx 1 min rinse off in warm water. Massage in any remaining oil for moisture.



Mrs Hawkes

Fish Farm News

There are always plenty of tasks that need doing in the Fish Farm and always plenty of willing helpers.

Today students from our classes helped with fish feeding, water quality testing, aquarium cleaning and garden maintenance and new planting.

Thank you to Deng B and Deng M for their great photos.