National Sorry Day 2020! 26th May Week 5 Term 2




We began our day with a grammar focused warm-up! We were given a passage of writing and asked to find all the mistakes, missing grammar parts. At the end of our independent learning time we shared our findings!


We focused on re-reading and reading aloud with a partner this morning. We enjoyed this in the beautiful morning sunshine in the Piazza!


Today in Writer’s Notebook, we explored the importance of using our reading strategy of rereading, to help us make sense of information in order to work on skills and strategies to put it in our own words.

We explored the following website –

Provocation: In your own words, what do you think National Sorry day is?


We engaged with various provocations and a class quiz surrounding our 4x tables!


Thank you to Sue and Susan in the canteen who today provided a very special shared dining experience for us to enjoy.


Today we read the story Sorry Day.

What do we know about Sorry Day already?

  • Riya – It acknowledges a day of devastation, because the British settlers thought they were first on the land, tried to kick the Aboriginal people out

What is happening during the story? 

  • Hong-Phuc – They’re telling the Aboriginal children to hide because the British people are coming
  • Alex R – They are getting ready to show what happened when they did say sorry
  • Fayzan – Kevin Rudd was the leader to say sorry
  • Jai – They’re telling the kids to go play hide and seek because the government is coming. They saw a man coming and they told the kids straight away to go and hide
  • Yafet – They told the kids to go back and play hide and seek because they’re confused
  • Riya – I would have butterflies in my stomach
  • Deng – You would feel anxious because you wouldn’t know where they are
  • Billy – Your heart would beat faster

Thank you for a wonderful day celebrating National Sorry Day and dining hall together. 

Monday May 25 – Week 5 Term 2

Hi Bloggers!

Week 5… here we go! 

This week we will focus on the Character Strength of Perseverance as we Celebrate National Sorry Day. 

National Sorry Day in Australia


What is Perseverance? 

  • Fayzan – On the last one, even though they were getting up into the air, they still tried to push down
  • Arrow – When they were giving up on finding his son in the first clip
  • Terese –  Nemo’s dad didn’t want to lose him and he said to all the fish to help
  • Kai – Where you do not stop and you keep going

What are you going to show Perseverance with during this week?

  • Yafet – I am going to show perseverance today in the laps, if I stop I will keep going
  • Riya – I am going to show perseverance today by improving my stamina in reading
  • Jai – If I run out of breath I am still going to keep running
  • Stefan – I am going to show perseverance today because I am going to play with my friends basketball, I will tell them that we can keep doing this
  • Devon – I am going to show perseverance today by trying to beat my laps
  • Ayrton – I am going to show perseverance today to get a A and keep swimming!
  • Eva – I am going to show perseverance today with my stamina running
  • Ruby – When I am doing my work I won’t give up
  • Grace – Not give up
  • James M – Helping others when they are stuck
  • Paxton – Do not stop and keep running
  • Kai – I am going to run 12 laps
  • Rachael – I am going to work hard



Thank you to Kai and Aaron who led our prayer today. Their focus was fairness. 


Today we were introduced to our first Word Study investigation. Last week we completed a narrative as we used all the different focuses of our workshops for the week. As the teachers read these narratives, they helped find focus words that students may not understand or need support with spelling. Today we found our focus words, investigated what they meant and using the words in context. 


Today we read through chapter 30 and 31. We focussed on the reading strategy of inferencing. Before and during reading the chapters, we read short sentences from the chapters and used our predicting, detective skills to make detailed inferences.

  • Jai – The boat was sinking and the water was filling up
  • Riya – It said in one part of the sentence that the water got up to Jamal’s hip and Bibi’s chest
  • Kayla R – They were scooping the water out


Miss Farina read the story Dugong Magic to us today. 

What do we think the story might be about?

  • Hong-Phuc – A dugong is basically a sea cow
  • Billy – Might be about a voodoo

What was different to what we thought?

  • Ruby – The dugong got caught
  • Billy – There was no voodoo
  • Tristan – Sort of life magic
  • Ayrton – I think the dugong is a legend
  • Stefan – I think this book is telling us don’t leave rubbish or capture things in a net


Thank you to Becky, Rachel, Eva, Kai and Cam who led our fitness session to end the day! 

Thank you for a great day – see you tomorrow! 🙂

Speck of Gold FriYAY! 22 May Term2 Week 4

Speck of Gold FriYAY!

This week our amazing learning community have given their time to spend helping our younger year 2 buddies with their reading during their ‘Come Read With Me’ time! As a 5/6 community, we have been developing our reading skills of rereading, reading aloud and the art of making an inference. Our children have shown an incredible amount of leadership, support and love of learning as they share their reading experiences with the younger children.

We cannot wait for our partnership to continue for the remainder of the term!

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe weekend!

Thursday May 21 – Week 4 Term 2

Welcome to Thursday May 21!


This morning we began our partnership with 2RG and 2FA where our wonderful Year 5/6 students will be supporting Year 2 children with their reading on Thursday and Friday mornings for the remainder of the term. During this time children will support in developing and fostering positive reading strategies for the younger children, and in turn, develop their own reading skills using reading strategies such as rereading, read aloud and how to make an inference.

As our 5/6 group will be split into 3 groups, the groups who are not supporting the year 2’s will develop their reading stamina and read independently with their teachers.

  • Jeffery – We helped them sound out some words, congratulate them some times
  • Alex M – We read the Bible and Guiness World Record. They were excited because I was showing them the book
  • Kayla – I helped them sound out some words


This morning Miss Farina planned an awesome getting to know you activity for us! We got to share a special fact about ourselves to help her get to know each of us. A basket was passed around the circle where children chose a random colour and had to respond with the question attached to that colour.


Thank you to Samuel and Paxton who lead our prayer for today.


Reader’s Notebook today wad focused on the strategy of ‘Making an inference.’ What do we think it might be?

  • Riya – Predicting
  • Rachel – Thinking about what happens next
  • Kai – Changing your tone

  • Grace – Things from your prior knowledge
  • Riya – Thinking of what is happening and what may happen next

Together we read the first page of Chapter 30 – What can we infer? *Think, pair, share

  • Aaron – The government might come
  • Jamie – Maybe the government might not let them go, I know this because of what happened before
  • Alex R – They might be smuggling deadly weapons

After we explored together as a class how to make an inference, children independently read and engaged in making inferences within their own reading and texts.


We began with a group game and tried to beat our class record of saying our 3x tables aloud! Our trusty time keeper Riya told us that our first attempt was 2 minutes and 3 seconds. We managed to beat this my over a minute with some practice! Our highest score we got was 28.59 seconds. Practice makes permanent! 🙂



Our Writer’s Notebook focus of topic sentences proved very helpful this afternoon. With the help of an amazing book from our library, we delved deeper into the causes of the Natural Disasters we chose.

Have a lovely Thursday afternoon and evening! 

Wonderful Wednesday May 20 – Week 4 Term 2

Wonderful (although wintery) Wednesday May 20!


This morning we continued on with our Shark Tank Inquiries! Today’s focus was our Marketing Plans! Together we dissected another short clip from the TV program in order to support our own collaborative marketing plans.


Thank you to Alex Mai and Alex Reed who shared their prayer based on Forgiveness today. They shared the story of The Unforgiving Servant followed by a Youtube version.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[a]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[b] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[c] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.” 


Today our Fitness lesson was presented to us by Alix, Olivia, James M and Alex M. We all shared together a variation of ‘Red Rover’ called ‘Marco Rover.’ The game was walking purpose only, as the two students in the middle would be blind folded and have the objective of trying to touch others.


Sizzling starts was our Writer’s Notebook focus today as children explored that narratives do not need to start with the traditional, Once upon a time…

Children explored writing a narrative using all aspects of their writing we have explored over this term such as adjectives, nouns, action verbs, pronouns and speech.


Children explored with Mrs Harrison the art of Mandala’s with a twist. Children had to initially draw a circle on their page using a compass. For many children it was the first time they have used this mathematical tool, but used their perseverance, growth mindset and creativity to navigate their way through establishing a circle for the base of their Mandala.

Trusty Tuesday March 19 – Week 4 Term 2

Trusty Tuesday… Here we go!


Today in reader’s notebook, the children explored their reading with a partner outside in the Piazza. Children initially read their text individually, before rereading their text to a partner to read aloud and practice key reading strategies such as fluency and comprehension.

What is rereading?

  • Kayla S – For us to make understanding
  • Riya – You can cross a part you don’t understand
  • Kayla – You can get distracted

Provocation: 10 minutes of independent reading in the court yard and then re-reading aloud what we have read to a partner! 

What was evident for you reading independently, too reading out loud?

  • Kayla R – It helps you stop with punctuation points
  • Rachael – You can be more expressive when you read aloud


Introducing… topic sentences!   Today we read through a non-fiction book called ‘Tsunami’. We spoke about times we would use this book and its purpose.

  • Paxton – You would find this book in the library where the animal books are
  • Hong-Phuc – You find it in the non-fiction section

Non-Fiction: Where books are factual and provide information of events.

We explored as a class how a non-fiction book is set out in order to help us finding information. We looked to the strategies such as bold headings, which allow us to find information easily, rather than reading the entirety of the book as we would if we were reading a fiction book.

  • Tristan – Topic sentence means the topic you’re talking about

Topic Sentence: A topic sentence introduces you to what that section of the text is about.


When was the last time you used honesty?

  • Riya – I was walking with my dad and I found $20 on the floor and my dad told me to put it in the right direction
  • Yafet – On Friday I found $6 on the floor and handed it to the office
  • Kayla S – Me and my mum were about to have ice cream and I brought some ice-cream to his room and were honest that he was going to miss out


Factors – Numbers we can multiple together to get another number.

Multiples – The multiple is the number calculated from the sum.

3 x 3 = 6


HASS – Australia’s Constitution

In part 4 of Australia Becomes a Nation, we focused on the Constitution of Australia. How it was formed, and what it exactly explains.

Children discussed the constitution to be a rule book for following rules that people have created together. We focused on our own learning community goals and see if we could amend them to better our community.

We spoke about how a referendum question then allows people to vote for what they believe in and what they think is right. The question children were asked is…

Children were given an orange slip and voted Yes or No! Votes will be tallied live Friday morning to see what the majority thought on this rule and if it will/will not change our classroom constitution.


Today was the first fitness session that the children lead after working collaboratively to create fitness provocations for the classroom. Thank you to Tori, Hong-Phuc, Charlie and Alex R for leading a successful fitness session.

Wishing everyone a glorious evening! Bye for now…

Magnificent Monday May 18 – Week 4 Term 2

Week 4 – Here we go!

We hope you all had the chance to get outside and soak up the vitamin D over the weekend! This week we welcome Miss Farina to our classroom who is completing her 5 week teaching placement at our school. We feel very luck and excited to welcome her into our learning community 🙂


This morning children continued their healthy habits of an active heart rate by pushing themselves to continue their stamina running. Children enjoyed the beautiful sunshine as they chatted in the sunshine.


In prayer today we explored the Character Strength of Honesty. Children viewed the scripture reading below and then reflected on where honesty was used or if it was not, why?

  • Hong-Phuc – Peter did not keep his promise and he broke it
  • Kayla S – Peter lied to the guards
  • Riya – Peter was dishonest when he told Jesus he wouldn’t break the promise but he did
  • Yafet – Peter broke the word of the Lord
  • James M – Jesus asked Peter not to resort to violence
  • Ruby – Peter disobeyed Jesus
  • Deng – Peter lied 3 times to the guards that he was not with Jesus even though he was
  • Rachael – In the last supper Jesus said someone would disobey him and that was Peter
  • Alex M – Jesus told Peter to not lie but then Peter lied to the guards


In readers notebook today, we focused on developing a key and important strategy in our reading developing of Rereading. Rereading allows us to go back and explore a text, or part of a text we have already read, to gain a deeper understanding of what is being portrayed within the text, to deepen our comprehension skills and strategies.

As a class we explored a couple of pages of our text ‘Teacup,’ where it was modeled how by rereading the text, opens up your skills to comprehend the text deeper.

Rereading Strategy focuses on developing children’s vocabulary, phonological awareness, comprehension and confidence.


Children explored continuing their learning around tense through the writing of a piece of work that would stay true to either past, present or future tense. The children worked independently through this time and created amazing pieces of writing as they worked on improving their writing stamina for 20-25 minutes.



Wishing everyone a wonderful and safe evening! I apologies for the lack of photo’s present on today’s blog, unfortunately it is not allowing me to import any images. I hope to rectify this issue for tomorrow’s post. Thank you for being patient. God Bless

FriYAY Friday! 15th May Week 3 Term 2

Welcome bloggers to FriYAY Friday 15th of May 2020!

What a week it has been in our learning environment where we have seen the children exploring so many new ways of learning, through our theme of Kindness!


This morning we went outside to have a look at the newly constructed LED sign out the front of our school. It is here where different aspects of Holy Family are going to displayed 24/7. The posters we designed were featured this morning – how cool!!!


This morning we continued our HASS learning extending on with Australia Federating. Children used their inquiry skills to analyze two arguments that were composed during the time of Australian moving to federation. In pairs children used teamwork to inquire, which argument was stronger using evidence. For or Against Australia becoming federated?



Our classroom is a learning community of strong passionate leaders that engage in taking ownership and leadership for their learning. In Religion today, the children in pairs started to develop their own lesson plans for leading our Prayer times each week. Children used a range of resources from Bible scriptures, Video clips to focus on a Character Strength that will be the theme of their Prayer time.


As a class we have been focusing on becoming fluent with our times tables to help us in the areas of Fractions, Prime and Composite numbers.


Children continued working through finishing of activities and learning throughout the week!

We hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

Trusty Thursday – May 14 Week 3

Welcome to Trusty Thursday!


As a class we discussed the importance of fitness and moving our bodies! 

  • Tori, Charlie, Hong-Phuc, Alex R – Capture the ball!
  • Alex M, Alix, James M and Olivia – Marco-rover!
  • Anthony, Aaron, Nikka, Kayla, Emily – Rob the Jewel
  • Becky, Rachel, Eva, Kai, Cam – Jail Break with a hint of hardness
  • Nhi, Bonnie, Alan – Freeze tag
  • Lolla, Terese, Devon and Arrow – Dodge Ball Red Rover
  • Ayrton, Jeffery, Isaiah and Phillip – Gang Up
  • Grace, Georgiana, Stefan, Sam – Tennis
  • Deng, Billy, Ruby, Riya – Kickrover
  • Tristan, Fayzan, Jamie, James– Dodge ball
  •   – Red rover dodge ball

Jeffery’s Group

Kayla Simes’ Group


Today we explored Prayer through Meditation. Miss Battifuoco read softly, guided Gospel reading from the Bible and allowed children to explore, engage and spend time with Jesus as she asked for eyes close and a time to reflect and be present with God and Jesus!

READER’S NOTEBOOK – Boy Overboard 

Students read through chapters 27 and 28 and were posed various provocations about verbs and adverbs and hunted for them in the chapters. 


We explored our class picture book text of the week, Lucas and Jack. The text explores many transitions of tenses and opened up our provocation for our Writer’s Notebook today! Kayla R confidently re-read the story with Miss Battifuoco to the class.

  • Present Tense: Refers to things that are happening now
  • Past Tense: Refers to things that have already taken place
  • Future Tense: Discusses things that will happen later but have not occurred yet

Key elements were looked at from the text

  • Eva – Lucas and Jack are the main characters
  • Alan – The story was set in a nursing home
  • Alex R – The problem was that Lucas did not want to wait for his Mum
  • Devon – The story ends with Lucas playing cards with Pop and Jack
  • Aryton – His attitude changes because he went from boring to fun

Children then discussed as a group ways in which we can alter our sentences in order to cater them for past, present and future! 🙂


Why are natural disasters called this?

  • Kai – It happens naturally from the Earth!

Today we were introduced into our new science inquiry! Provocation: Create an inquiry about a Natural Disaster of your choice. The way you present your inquiry is your choice. Together we discussed the marking rubric and what would make a successful inquiry. 

  • Kai – Avalanche
  • Aymen – Tsunami
  • Aaron – Tsunami
  • James J – Tsunami
  • Anthony – Tsunami
  • James M – Flood
  • Alex R – Wildfire
  • Cam- Tornado
  • Sam – Tsunami
  • Phillip – Volcano
  • Olivia – Volcano
  • Rachel – Cyclone
  • Grace – Tornado
  • Bonnie – Hurricane
  • Georgiana – Volcano
  • Becky – Earthquake
  • Emily – Wild fire
  • Alix – Wildfire
  • Kayla – Earthquakes
  • Nhi – Avalanche

What a great day filled with agency and passion! See you tomorrow! 

Wonderful Wednesday May 13 – Week 3 Term 2

Hi all! Welcome to Wonderful Wednesday May 13!


Our inquiry focus times have taken the focus of inventions and inventing. This morning we were introduced to the TV Show Shark Tank.

  • Riya – She had examples and details, confident
  • Ruby Knew what to say
  • Deng – She made it persuasive

Over the course of the term we are going to create our own Shark Tank right here in the classroom. In pairs we will come up with our own idea, pitch, marketing strategy, example of the idea and be prepared to pitch our ideas to the sharks! 


  • Ruby – Jesus used Kindness
  • Alex – Sharing
  • Rachael – Disciples were telling them to go away, Jesus told them no, I want to feed them
  • Hong-Phuc – Jesus had compassion for the crowd
  • James M – Jesus used leadership because he found a way to create food for 5000 people

What is the teaching of the story?

  • Billy – You can make something out of nothing
  • Riya – He show kindness and did not want anyone to starve
  • Billy – Humility
  • Ruby – Share
  • Miss B – Sharing can spread kindness


Extending our knowledge around Verbs and Adverbs was our focus today! We did this through a class game of charades in which we had to guess the action being performed! Our drama and mime skills were fantastic. 

Provocation: In your own writer’s notebook design a page that shows all the verbs you like to do. Add in some adverbs to describe them. Make sure to label.


Together we read the story Lucas and Jack again. Our focus today was all about Pronouns and Verbs. Yesterday we encountered some pronouns and thought it was important to refresh our minds.

  • Kayla – A pronoun takes the place of the noun

Together we edited a paragraph that needed some serious help with changing pronouns! 

ART with Mrs Harrison

Stay tuned to see our final products!

Thank you for an engaging and empowering day! See you tomorrow!