2020 has been a difficult year in so many ways. We have suffered with uncertainty, anxiety, isolation and challenges with our financial situation, health or relationships. One thing that can hold us together and help us get through is kindness. Although we can’t change our situation, we can choose to respond to others (and ourselves) with kindness. And when we’re kind, everything goes better. We help others, we help ourselves and we encourage others to be kinder too.
With wellbeing our focus – today we would like you to work on 3 things.
- A special prayer which is attached to the post on teams
- A biography of a person of your own choice. The planning page is on Teams only IF you would like to complete that otherwise please use today and tomorrow to create your own biography of a person of your own choice on Microsoft Word. This task is for today and tomorrow so don’t rush!
- Reading 2 Chapters of See You in the Cosmos and reflection questions
Most importantly here is a movement / fitness activity you can complete today with your family! – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5if4cjO5nxo
Just remember you are emailing work to me when you have finished J If you complete all these provocations please use your time to spend quality time with family and doing things that make you happy
Our expressions of learning..
Our Special Prayers…
Stay safe, stay well, stay home 🙂
We are just getting in contact with you following the closure of our school as of Tuesday November 17.
Firstly, we want to pass on our thoughts and prayers for you and your families in this challenging time. We know it can be very nerve-racking and stressful as we deal with the unknown but we urge you to take it easy and look after yourselves and your families. That is our priority for now.
We want to reassure those whose children were at school on Monday that we did our very best with washing our hands many times during the day and then sanitising in between. Social distancing was a priority also.
At this stage as far as learning is concerned, wellbeing is our priority. Families are having to make considerable changes and accommodations and we want you and your children to be feeling safe and well.
As of Thursday November 19 our school is enacting our School Learning Continuity Plan. This is to ensure we are keeping in regular contact with families and children as well as providing different learning activities for those who are wishing to engage. Our classes specific plan will echo the same pathway as the end of Term 1, with our processes of checking in via email, sharing learning via blogs and Microsoft Teams. Our aim is for learning to continue in the most suitable ways we can accommodate.
We aim not to overwhelm, but maintain and continue positive learning experiences for our children. Wellbeing is going to be the focus of our learning ensuring tasks are provided for family connection with mindfulness, prayer, fitness, gratitude journaling, nutrition and breaks all very important. Our morning will begin at 9:00am with teachers posting a check in post and outline for the day on Microsoft Teams and on the blog for parents to see. Students will let their teacher know that they are ‘in class’ by checking in or responding to the activity on Microsoft Teams. Students are asked to email completed activities to their teacher at the end of the day.
Please don’t hesitate to get in contact at any time with either of us and we will do our best to answer any questions or concerns you might have as quickly as possible.
Our emails are as follows:
Keep safe. Keep well.
Miss Battifuoco and Mr Stramare.
We were very lucky to celebrate Sports Day on Monday.
We saw some fantastic encouragement, teamwork and skills.
Our classes participated in the agility course, highjump, Tug-o-War, shot put, high jump, 100m sprint and 100m sprint.
Here are some photos of the children enjoying the fun-filled day.
Although quite a different set up to our usual Sports Day, it was a success. Here are the results:
Well done to all the children on their participation and especially captains from our class double – Yafet, Deng, Billy, Aymen and Kayla!
Welcome to Tuesday November 10 !
Our learning surrounding Biography texts took form of a great class discussion as we read through the biography of J.K. Rowling. Together we looked at the different language features present in the text and why specific focuses were chosen. This is in preparation for us to craft our own biographies this week!
Reflecting on this years theme of NAIDOC Week; ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. What does this mean to you?
- Alex Reed – The aboriginal people will always be the first people on the land. Always will be might mean that this will always be their land
- Ayrton – They are talking about the land even though bad stuff may have happened it will always be the Aborigianl land
- Aymen – Even though we are here, we need to remember they were here first
- Grace – The white settlers took over the land from the Aboriginal people
- Fayzan – The Kauran people are the ones from Adelaide
Provocation – Explore and research a native indigenous group found somewhere in Australia. Gather information from the questions we have looked at together. With a partner, develop an interview where one of you is the presenter asking the questions, and one is the guest answering the questions of the indigenous clan you have researched.
Thank you to Jai and Ayrton who led us in a beautiful prayer surrounding —- today.
- Ruby – Telling the truth
- Kayla S – You have to be honest no matter what
- Riya – You have to be true to yourself
- Kayla S – If you be honest when someone drops their money you might get something good in life
- Riya – What goes around comes around
Angles, angles, angles! We are getting super confident in classifying and measuring them! We began our lesson with a Kahoot touching on the different sizes of angles and how to appropriately classify.
In Flanders Fields…
- Jeffery – It was the poem that inspired the red poppy’s on Remembrance Day
- Jai – I think King George wrote it
- Alex M – I think it as a guy called James at the war
Together we used our imagination and skills of imagery to really dissect the poem.
Provocation – Create a poem of your choice, surrounding the theme of remembrance day. You may do further research if you wish.
You may present your poem however using your 100 languages.
Welcome to Week 5!
This week as a school we recognise and celebrate two cultural celebrations. NAIDOC Week is celebrated from the 8th – 15th of November and Diwali Festival is celebrated on November 14th.
The theme for NAIDOC Week 2020 is ‘Always Was, Always Will Be’. Recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.
Diwali is a five day Hindu festival known as the ‘festival of lights’. It is celebrated during October or November and is one of the most popular festivals in India. During this festival, people worship Ganesha, the elephant-headed God, and Lakshmi, the goddess of light, wisdom and fortune. People celebrate by lighting small oil lamps and candles to represent good winning over evil. Firecrackers are also let off to ward off evil spirits.
This week we will celebrate both festivals in class!
READING WITH R/1KJ and R/1
We began our day by supporting our younger buddies with their reading this morning. This is a great opportunity for us to share our own reading strategy knowledge!
Thank you to Olivia and Kayla Rosie who led us in a prayer surrounding the Character Strength of Gratitude today.
How do you show you’re grateful? What did the song mean to you?
- Yafet – If you get something you wont just go on about it
Today our focus shifted towards a very important day occurring this Wednesday – Remembrance Day. We viewed 2 seperate BTN videos and completed comprehension questions.
Our story today was called Kookaburra. Thank you to Billy, Deng and Yafet for reading it to us!
- Alex M – I think its about a kookaburra that is adventurous
- Ayrton – Maybe the kookaburra wants to be funnier
- Stefan – A kookaburra that makes donkey noises
- Jai – A kookaburra flying around the world
- Yafet – A kookaburra trying to fit in with others
Riya and Athou led us in an original fitness game today! We got outside just before the heat really set in!
Stay cool! Have a lovely evening!
Welcome to Tremendous Thursday November 5!
We began our morning with some stamina reading. Our goal was to read for 20 minutes, independently and with passion!
We reflected on Chapter 11 from See you in the Cosmos.
- Isaiah – We were introduced to Ken
- Nikka – Ken is a YouTuber
- Eva – Alex bought his supplies from Ken
- Hong-Phuc – He helped him register for the competition
- Yafet – Ken leant Alex with his laptop so he could check his emails
- Samuel – Alex went into ancestry.com and found information
- Riya – It could possibly be his father because they had the same date of birth
- Alex R – Alex probably didn’t realise this but his mother may have said his father was dead but he’s not
- Yafet – He questioned if he was married someone else
- Jamie – He might have a twin
- Lia – Alex’s mother could have been his fathers fling and maybe he had another love
- Deng – Alex has woken up and it is the day to launch his rocket
How is Alex feeling about rocket launch day?
- James – He feels excited!
- Cam – Nervous
- Riya – Tired because it said he hasn’t slept all night
- Lia – Maybe overwhelmed
- Tyrese – Possibly scared
This morning we continued our numeracy angles investigation but this time we incorporated our names! Our provocation was to use a ruler, pencil and protractor to write down our names and find the angles within. We then measured these angles and reflected on what we found.
We spent time today working on our persuasive texts and having year 6’s are preparing for Sports Day speeches tomorrow!
Given the recent interest in volleyball within our year 5/6 students the PE team has decided to organise a coach delivered program. This will run in addition to PE lessons for 4 weeks starting today.
Have a lovely evening! See you tomorrow!
Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow we have our dining hall. This means children do not need too bring lunch, but we do ask that children bring a reusable plate, fork and knife.
Also tomorrow, children will be involved in a volleyball clinic; which means they are allowed to be wearing sports uniform.
Welcome to Week 4!
MAGIC MONDAY November 2!
Good luck to students representing Holy Family today at the Athletics Carnival!
We began our day with elevating our heart rates in a new and exciting fashion gearing up for our positive emotions to flow!
We then spent some time outside moving our bodies in the early morning sun getting some vitamin D before it heats up!
Thank you to Riya and Alan led us in a prayer surrounding curiosity. They asked wonderful questions about curiosity and how Jesus was curious.
Collaboratively we reflected on the scripture used in masses over the weekend.
Matthew 5:1-12 – The Sermon on the Mount
5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
We discussed our Saints inquiry and how this connected to the scripture. Our provocation was to create a Character Strength profile of someone we admired and link this to a famous Saint.
Thank you to Jai and Ayrton who shared our story this week.
The boys showed wonderful expression, fluency and made sure we could all see the pictures!
iBOOKS AND PASSION PROJECTS
This afternoon our year 6’s continued working on their iBooks while the year 5’s focused on the research investigation aspect of their passion projects!