Week 4

Welcome to week 4. An exciting week that concludes with our assembly performance on Friday. It would be great to see you all there.


Assembly preparation: We will spend a lot of time this week preparing for our assembly. We are working on creating, rehearsing, editing and reflecting to bring our best to the performance .

Literacy: This week we have commenced new activities for Literacy Rotations. Students will work over six sessions on guided reading with the teacher, word work, grammar tasks, writing prompts, and visual literacy.

This weeks writing stimulus is sure to provoke some entertaining stories:

Numeracy: This week we are focusing on the use of place value to assist with written addition and subtraction strategies. We will offer a range of materials to assist as well as revision and consolidation and application  activities for students.

Notices: 4BH and 4AE will have their class mass next week. We will confirm date and time asap.


In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder


Friday Week 4

The end of a busy busy week.

It was fantastic to end the week with Chinese New Year Celebrations.

Congratulations to 5HN and 5DP on a wonderful assembly.

Angelina: I liked the start when they used someones original music.

Alessandra: I liked all the dances and how they showed their creativity.

Domenic: I liked how the dragon came out and it was jumping really high.

Asher: I liked the dragon and the dance.

Deng M: I liked all the dancing and the dragon, I’ve never seen one like that before.

Aaliyah: I liked the dancing and how they did the dragon.


We spend most of the rest of our day preparing for our assembly. We are looking forward to sharing this with you next week.

Thankyou: Thankyou to all the parents who supplied delicious food for our shared lunch today. It was wonderful to see all of the children sharing a meal together, discussing the different foods and trying new things. Thanks also to Grace’s mum and Vince’s mum who came in and helped us to set up and serve.


Have a great weekend


In kindness,

Mr Elder and Mrs Hawkes



Wednesday Week 3

Reading : This morning we started our day with reading. We are encouraging students for follow through with texts and aim to finish a text rather than start a new one each day. With reading at home, library time and morning reading at home they should find they are able to complete books over 1-2 weeks.


Literacy Groups: This morning Mr Coad came in and worked with us for literacy groups. We are nearing the end of this rotation and we will start new activities next Tuesday.


Ash Wednesday Mass: After recess we attended whole school mass in the hall. It was a time to reflect on our Lentern promises. Fr Shibu shared 3 main themes in his Homily Fasting, Praying and Sharing. We will continue to explore these themes in the class room and we learn and reflect on the significance of each of these to the liturgical season.


Assembly Preparation: This afternoon we continued to focus on our work for assembly. We collated interview questions for Mr McCarthy and then a group of students visited the fish farm as roving reporters on a mission to find out more. We timed this visit well and were able to join in with feeding the fish for their afternoon tea. It was a sensory experience for sure with many of the students keen to wash their hands afterwards !


Notices: The blog should now be working for parents wanting to subscribe.

Reminder about wearing red and shared lunch Friday.

We still have over half of the Blog permission forms and Student information forms outstanding. This limits the material that can be shared on the blog (hence so few actual photos of students). Please return asap.

Cookie Dough orders to the office directly or via class boxes please.

In Kindess,

Mr Elder and Mrs Hawkes

Tuesday Week 3

Another busy day….


We are working hard behind the scenes as we put together our assembly for week 4 !

So much planning and student input is involved as we work hard to make our learning visible to parents and other students.

Dance: Today we began rehearsing our dance for assembly. We look forward to sharing our edited version. If students would like to practice or you can’t make it on the day and want to share the lyrics with your child here is the link


Shrove Tuesday:

The children shared in pikelets with lemon or jam this morning to celebrate Shrove Tuesday. We will share mass together tomorrow in recognition of Ash Wednesday. Mass is at 1130, parents welcome.


Numeracy: Today we used our counting on strategies to investigate the amount of gravel required for each of the garden beds we helped to fill yesterday. It involved reading from a table and then choosing a subtraction or counting strategy to compare the different sized beds.

Our focus at the  moment is the jump strategy as we jump forward in tens from the smallest to the larger number.


Literacy: We continued our literacy rotation activities today. These included guided reading, creative writing, phonics activities, word work and grammar tasks. Following this we continued on with our story writing with a focus on character information that can be inferred by the reader.

Some examples we shared included :

Tom was scared. 


Tom walked into the room and hid behind the door. His heart was racing and he  was shaking as he thought about what might happen. 


Visual Arts : At the end of the day the children chose a visual arts activity based on the fish farm provocation. Mediums to choose from included clay sculpture, water colour, crayon, paper craft, and collage. A sneak peak as we don’t want to spoil our assembly surprises……

REMINDER: Just a reminder that on Friday we will be celebrating Chinese New Year by wearing RED and sharing lunch. Children are asked to bring a plate of savoury food to share. Food needs to be ready to serve and utensils provided if required. Hot food can be delivered at 1215.


Week 3 Monday



Fish Farm Visit

This morning we had an exciting visit to the fish farm and spent time helping Mr McCarthy prepare the new garden beds for planting. This involved each student helping to shovel firstly gravel and then dirt into the brand new raised garden beds that will be situated outside of the shed.

The students were excited to assist and there was much discussion about what would be planted in them and how their position (direct sun etc) would affect what we planted.

There was also discussion about how these plants may be fed by the nitrate rich water from the fish tanks.

Back in class students have been using their 100 languages to share their understanding of the nitrogen cycle and the water cycle in the fish farm. Some amazing learning and understanding has been shared so far and we look forward to sharing it with you at our assembly in Week 4.






Shrove Tuesday 

Tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday and will be followed by our Ash Wednesday mass on Wednesday at 1130. Today students inquired about the significance of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday to the Catholic Identity of our school. They will continue this inquiry over the next few days.

Tomorrow the children will recognise Shrove Tuesday with pancakes and jam as a treat before recess.




Tales of  Fourth Grade Nothing:

As a class we have been sharing this text as the students listen to the book being read aloud to them. Children are never too old to be read to and it is a great way to model fluency and expression . We encourage you to read to your child, listen to them read as well as encourage quiet independent reading. Each being an invaluable tool for building literacy skills. Students have the opportunity to borrow from the library each week and can choose from a range of fiction and non fiction texts. We begin our mornings with reading and it is often during this time that we may read along with the children and give them the opportunity to share the book they are reading with us.


Swimming Carnival :

A last minute reminder that if your child is wanting to participate in the Swimming carnival that the trials begin tomorrow morning 7:45am  at the Parafield Gardens Swimming Centre. Children need to be dropped off and collected by an adult.


In kindness,

Mr Elder and Mrs Hawkes





Mmmmm Cookies !






Hi Parents,

Last week your child will have received the information regarding the Spring Fair Billy G Cookie fundraising drive.

Please note:

Orders will need to be completed by Friday 16 March 2018 with collection on 11 April 2018.

Orders can be made via the school or online.

Those orders made online still need the order form returned to the school for processing.

Please let your class teacher know if you require a replacement order form or did not receive the first form


Thank you for your support.   Happy baking! 



Chinese New Year Shared Lunch


On Friday 16th February, we will be celebrating Chinese New Year. It is a chance for us to celebrate our cultural diversity and on this day students are asked to

  • Wear red neat casual clothing or cultural clothing
  • Bring food for a shared cultural lunch in the classroom starting at approx 1215
  • Participate in a whole school assembly at 9am in the hall. Parents welcome.

Please see the note home for more information.

In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder

Friday Week 2


This morning we watched the 5PP and 5CM assembly. Here are some of our reflections

Savio:  They were telling the teachers off for not teaching they way they should

Fiona: They weren’t letting the kids use their learning powers

John: They used collaboration when they did the dance

Vince: The dance used their creativity learning power

Grace: I think they needed their creativity and curiosity learning power for slime

Jashandeep: the dance was great

Jakob: the dance was my favourite

Vince: I liked the music and the songs they used

Ryan: I liked it when they made slime

Sarah: My favourite bit was the dance

Angelina: my favourite was the slime and the dance

Bailey:  I liked that they included friendship

Brodie: I liked when they handcuffed people.


Great job 5PP and CM!


Visiting the fish farm :

After recess we had our second visit to the fishfarm. We went specifically to investigate the Nitrogen cycle at work. We learnt aboutthe sump pump and how it pumped clean water into the fish tanks and also pumped water out. We looked at the special rocks in the garden beds that allowed water to pass through, its called Scoria.

Some of us were interested in the siphon vacuum so when we came back to class we tried to find out a bit more. Stay tuned to see what we have learnt about the cycle so far.


Numeracy: This week we have been focusing on jumping to the nearest tens number when we are doing mental addition. To help with our mental strategy we have been revising friends of ten and aiming to increase the speed at which we can jump to the tens number.

Here are some online activities that have helped with this revision. You may like to practice at home.





We hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend.

See you next week!


Mr Elder and Mrs Hawkes