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.

Week 2….

Apologies for the lack of posting so far this term…it’s already Week 2 and we are already so busy.

A quick reminder about the Mother’s Day Stall tomorrow where students can bring between 1 and $5 to purchase a small gift for their mums.


Numeracy: This term in Numeracy we are continuing to focus on number skills. We are concentrating on multiplication facts and also the relationship between addition and subtraction.

The children have worked hard for two weeks to try and master the times tables for their chosen number. Each student had a different goal including their accuracy and speed. They have been using a range of strategies to assist them including online games, written practice, audio resources and songs. It was amazing to see the results today when many of the children successfully recorded their chosen number facts in less than 1 minute.  Children are encouraged to persist with their learning goals working over a two week period before checking their progress.


Using the website to challenge their accuracy and speed.


The children have been using a fantastic website called The Voyage to explore life onboard a convict ship. The site requires them to chose their vessel, captain, crew and several of their convicts before mapping their journey to Australia. There has been amazing discussion around some of the problems they faced on their voyage including, rat infestations, illness, storms, lack of food etc. The children had to come up with solutions to problems, diagnose and treat illnesses and prepare the ship for inclement weather in order to successfully navigate their boat to Australia. So far very few voyages have made it all the way but many children have reflected on what their downfall was and what they will do differently next time (it seems a pit stop in Cape Town is a necessity !).


Literacy: we are continuing with our literacy rotation groups this semester with students working in a small reading group with the teacher each week. It is fantastic to see each child growing in their reading confidence and their increasing use of sophisticated reading strategies.

Health: This term we are focusing on the Keeping Safe curriculum. We are beginning with exploring children’s right to be safe. Their personal safety and their own responsibilities with keeping safe. These are some of the ideas the children came up with in our first session



Mission Day: As a school we have begun our preparations for Mission Day. Please remember to return or make orders on the QKR app for the special mission day lunch by 18th May.

On the 18th May children are invited to wear casual clothing in return for donating a can of food. The cans will then be donated to Fred’s Van, a charity that supports disadvantaged members of the Adelaide community.

Have a fantastic weekend.


In kindness,

Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder