Our social and emotional wellbeing is just as, if not more, important than our physical health.  This afternoon we spent some time reflecting on what it means to be HAPPY! We looked at examples of scripture in which Jesus was happy and how he expressed happiness to others.

John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

Darcy – ‘It means you can’t just say things you have to show it too.’

Arthi – ‘You can show people you love them by actually doing things.’

We then had to investigate what happiness and wellbeing meant to us, and what REALLY makes us happy! We also began work on a happiness guide. We will use and reference these when we feel escalated, sad, emotional, negative, angry etc.

Justin responded by creating his own happiness animation!!


Australian Federation

This afternoon we began our inquiry on Australian Federation.

Our overarching inquiry question this afternoon was;

‘What is the Australian Federation?’ 

It was left open for students to explore. We had different helpful websites on hand and also some books to choose from. The way information was presented was totally up to the students.  This way our own individual and preferred learning style is highlighted! Some chose to use the internet to research, some used diagrams and others worked together in exploring some information books.

At the end of the session we shared and added to our learning 🙂 

Patrick: Australia used to be known as a continent and their were 6 continent. One person decided to push Australia to be a country not a continent.

Paul: When the states became one

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Literacy Rotations Week 4!

This week we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption as a school together. Our Comprehension Task reflects the life of Mary and who she was.

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Visual Literacy for this week also focusses on mothers. In the clip we see a mother surprise their children with a gift! Our responses to this task are creative and open ended!

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There is also an alternative activity for Reading Response and Guided Reading is in smaller groups with the teacher as always.

Library- The red tree by Shaun Tan

‘sometimes life gets you down’……. Today we read and explored ‘The Red tree’ by Shaun Tan. We discussed how the illustrations might be what the little girl thinks and feels about her day, her life….

Keerat: “The drawings are what she is feeling”.

Aaliyah B:She feels alone and isolated like in the picture where she is in a bottle like noone is listening to her”

Cameron: “It is an accurate representation of school. Inevitable means something that will certainly happen”.


Our buddy assembly was a success!

The assembly aimed to show the audience just how important the relationship between buddies is and all the incredible things we can teach one another. The SCRABBLE board theme worked a treat in explaining this important connection.

Here are some of our reflections! The rest are on our individual blogs – check it out!!

Miss Carey and Miss Battifuoco are SO PROUD!

Wonderful Wednesday August 2!

Good morning bloggers! Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday August 2!

Mr. De Palma is away sick today so we openly welcome Miss Borello into our room – two Miss B’s in the one space!

This morning we came in and started our day with a literacy warmup! We have all signed up to Words with Friends Online. Students learn new words as they play in a safe environment with their classmates, and teachers! According to WWF Edu, after playing just six games of Words WIth Friends EDU, students show significant gains in their use of Academic Words.

“We learnt the word ‘QI’ it means Chinese Medicine!”

“Dink is a new word. Like another word for tap.”

“ZA is when you shorten a word it’s American.”

In today’s Guided Reading group we learnt about Mother Teresa of Calcutta as we explored a book written about her.

Justin – “She was from Calcutta and helped the poor.”

Jonas – “She helped people with Medical things.”

As a group we reflected, if we were to start a charity who would we help and why?

Jonas – The reason why I should help the orphan is because people who are at the orphan is does not have a family, they probably DID but then maybe past away so they stayed at an orphan. The reason why I did it is because since they don’t have a family, I would try to help them by doing something really generous and lovely, maybe they have some kind of sickness so I would take them to a hospital and give them what the doctors do.

Nam – Mother Theresa showed compassion for the sick and homeless people in India by showing them that she cares for all of them. She showed that she would do anything for them when she left the church with almost nothing and still continued to cares and teach young children in India. She led a whole group of helpers to open up hospitals to replace overcrowded ones and made vans into clinics. She was very brave and willing to help and teach sick, poor and homeless when she traveled to India, even though that meant never seeing her family again. She had so many helpers that she started a new nun group. It was called the Missionaries of Charity. These actions show how kind and generous Mother Teresa really is.
Lara – If I were to start a charity of my own, I would try to help the disabled and the homeless because some disabilities such as autism, blindness and deaf can not only be hard to survive but also it can be hard to communicate and find things. If you were born blind, you can have troubles figuring out which is which and who is who. If you are born deaf, you can’t really hear things such when people are trying to talk to you, you won’t hear anything. There are many more disabilities but there are too many I couldn’t possibly name them all. I would help the homeless because they could easily get sick. If you have no shelter, it’s a little hard to survive especially if the country has a lot of torrential rain and a lot of snow. Homeless people can easily get sick and the saddest thing was that when I went to Vietnam at the start of the year last year, I saw so much homeless people asking for a donation (I ended up spending most of my money on some donations). I would also help many more people. If I could help every homeless person, then I would!!! I would try and fix all sorts of problems and fix every injury!!! (I can’t really name any problems but I’ll still try to fix as much problems).
Numeracy Warm Up – Beat the teacher place value

We practiced our place value skills today in our numeracy warmup! We had to try and beat Miss Battifuoco by making the highest possible number that was rolled. To her shock but pleasure some of us were able to beat her!!

It was awesome to see the students using their critical and creative thinking skills when deciding where to place each individual number that was rolled. Steve shared with us that “the smaller numbers should always go at the end if you want to make a big one.”

We then continued on with our investigation of perimeter and area by creating and measuring our own shapes;
This afternoon 5/6IB practiced their assembly with R/1EC whilst 5/6DE had a Spanish lesson.

IB Buddy Assembly

Over the next fortnight 5/6IB, together with their buddy class R/1EC are busily preparing for our buddy assembly to be held next Friday in the hall.

Our students are able to socially construct knowledge with the younger children and it is a wonderful experience to watch them learning and co-constructing together. Children are able to share their skills and expertise as well as develop responsibility, compassion and patience.

Each student in both classes has an important role to play in our assembly whether it be a speaking role, acting on stage, sharing a special talent etc. etc.

Take a look at our progress 🙂