Tuesday, Week 4

Good afternoon everyone,

We would like to extend a welcome invitation to family and friends to come and celebrate Whole School Mass tomorrow, which 5HN and DP will be hosting. If you can make it we would love to see you at 11:20 am in the Hall.

This morning, some year 3 students came to our class to show us their posters for a fundraising event for Guillan-Barre Syndrome. They will be selling cupcakes for $1, and cookies for 50c. Make sure to bring in some loose change to buy some delicious treats tomorrow at recess time!


With a change of events, we went to Mass Practice before working on our numeracy Fraction Workshops.

We worked on our Fraction Workshops (due this Friday). We worked on our Fraction Golf, which we did with our partners. Some of us worked on our ‘Fraction Avenue’, where we have to make a street of houses with particular features; this task can be done in Minecraft. HN also did this after lunch.

Before recess, 5HN left their laptops at the Spanish room. When 5DP worked on their numeracy, 5HN went to Spanish. In Spanish we worked on our FIFA World Cup mascots for any country.

For our next lesson, HN went to Music whilst DP started their first Guided Reading lesson of the week. They switched books with HN; DP reading what HN read and HN reading what DP read last week. Because we had a relief teacher for music, we played a game of Musical Statues and then a game called ‘Hey, Mister, who am I?’.

After lunch, DP went to music and HN continued on with Numeracy. We finished the session with Ava F and Anyuat sharing their Minecraft streets, showing us how they had followed the task criteria carefully, as well as how to take effective screen shots of the finished avenue, ready for marking.

Then we had a class pack-up and listened to Mr Clark, 5DP’s relief teacher, talk about his family. He told us about his two sons, his wife and grandchildren. He also talked about how he liked teaching because he saw schools as bright places. He talked about his son who lives with him and his other son, Ryan, who lives in America and plays basketball, just like Mr White’s son Isaac.

Once Mr Clark finished his stories, we had free fitness to end the day.

Hope to see everyone at our Mass tomorrow! Have a great night.

Monday, Week 4

Good afternoon everyone,

We would like to extend a welcome invitation to family and friends to come and celebrate Whole School Mass this Wednesday with us, which 5HN and DP will be hosting. If you can make it we would love to see you at 11:20 am in the Hall.

This morning went a little differently to the timetable above, with Mass singing practice being moved to before recess. Students spent the first session in class working on the Fractions Workshops that were introduced last week.

We then went to Mass singing practice.

After recess we were joined again by Martin Pascoe and Matthew Jolly for our History Inquiry. He and Mrs Higgs worked with a small group of students in the Staff Room on recapping the learning that took place on our excursion. After showing the students where all of the photos and videos from the day had been saved for them on the network, they began to think about what angle they wanted their documentary to take. To help clarify thinking, students, Mrs H, Martin and Matthew brainstormed the changes that have occurred in Australia since 1788.

We also talked about some features that they might want to include in their film-making and aspects to   consider.

From this discussion, students then began to look at what aspects of the excursion footage they may want to include in their documentary, as well as plan and decide on a specific angle that they want to present, based on our broad inquiry.

Whilst this was happening, a large group of students remained in class with Miss Roberts to work on finishing the Prior Knowledge Task that was due last Friday. This work was important to complete as it shows where students are already at with their thinking and provides teachers and Martin with baseline data and evidence of learning, when compared with the post assessment that will be completed after this unit of work is complete.

This group then spent some discussion time with Martin, based on the same lines of what occurred in the Staff Room. They came up with the following brainstorm:

After lunch , 5HN attended Spanish and then the Library. 5DP went to the Library and then came back with Miss Roberts to begin reading their new Guided Reading text.

Have a great night everyone.

Wednesday, Week 3

Good afternoon families,

Another busy day was had in 5HN and DP and we are all looking forward to our excursion on Friday.

HASS – History focussed on the students accessing the abundant knowledge they already have surrounding the history of Australia, from pre-colonialisation, to the current day. We presented them with the question below, and worked with the group to delve deeper into what it meant, using a timeline to visualise pre and post 1788.

Students were then free to record their thoughts and knowledge in any way they wanted to, with SimpleMind and FreeMind mind mapping, T-Charts, headings and dot points being popular choices. Once the task began, students realised that they knew so much about the way that the Indigenous people lived off of the land and how they worked together in communities and could also easily state how the environment and the cultural landscape had changed since the arrival of the First Fleet. They will have another opportunity to work on and complete this task tomorrow.

After having our second Maths Mini session, students headed across to the Hall to share in the Saint Mary of the Cross Mass.

In the afternoon we allocated the speaking parts for our Mass next week, which is based on the Assumption of Mary. The following students will be either speaking or processing next Wednesday at 11:20 am for our second Whole School Mass:


Responsorial Psalm

Penitential Rite

First Reading

Prayers of the Faithful

Gospel procession

Lorraine C

For Art the students spent some time researching the artists whose works they will view on Friday. They were given some guiding prompts to help them organise their thinking. They will continue with this research tomorrow.

Parents please note the following learning tasks that are due for the students this week:

Monday, Week 3

Good afternoon everyone,

Please remember that we have our Art Gallery and Museum Excursion this Friday. Fingers crossed for fine weather…

We began the day with some Quiet 15, where students either continued to read their Guided Reading text or work on the tasks associated with GR. After going through the events of the day, we then headed over to the Hall to complete the third week of our Sockey competition. The games were fierce but fair and we now have the results that have accumulated over the last 3 weeks to share with you.

We began our new Class Novel this morning also, which has a special connection with one of our students. The author, Adam Cece is an Adelaide man, who happens to be a friend of the Gallina family and kindly donated the novel to our School Library. The students were excited by this and enjoyed the first 10 pages, getting to know the 3 main characters; Tobias Treachery, Kipp Kindle and Cymphany Chan, who are all primary school-aged friends that attend the local school in Huggabie Falls.

Between recess and lunch we were extremely lucky to welcome Martin Pascoe into our classroom. Martin is a documentary maker and an Indigenous educator, who will be working alongside us over the next 10 weeks.

After introducing himself to the students, Martin showed us one of the documentaries he has made called ‘Symbol of Strength’.

Below are the notes that were taken during our session and the students’ responses to some of the questions that were posed:


The Documentary
Martin produced a documentary called ‘Symbol of Strength’, which was filmed in Adelaide, on Kaurna land. It has been shown all around the world, to many different nations. It explains the significance of the Aboriginal Flag and how it was designed and made in Adelaide in 1971, as well as the importance of the flag to Indigenous people.

Types of camera shots he used:
Piece to camera- talking directly to the camera
Cut aways – when you show signs or symbols of places in the background. They show or help to tell your journey/story.

  • King William Road
  • Aboriginal and Australian flags
  • Haighs Corner
  • Central Markets

Back shot
Front shot
Vox Pops – asking random people on the street a question to gather opinions
Slo-motion –  shots of the flags blowing in the breeze
Voice overs – footage is shot and then voice recording can be completed afterwards, once a script has been written

What did you observe from watching the video without sound?

I saw a lot of the scenery of the city. I notice the two flag poles a lot too. – Jay

He (Martin) went past the Art Gallery and the Museum – Dylan

He was trying to show people of different nations all coming together and how diverse Adelaide is.
– Grace

I showed the Australian flag and the Aboriginal flags apart initially and then I shot them together. I wanted to show them both flying together to show that we are united and that we shouldn’t be seen as one apart from the other. – Martin Pascoe

He looked very happy when he was walking around the city. – David

What did you observe from watching the video with the sound?

 A lot of Aboriginal people are encouraged by their flag, which they didn’t have when the settlers came.
– Dylan

An Aboriginal lady said that “It felt like home” when she looked at the Aboriginal Flag. – Lorraine L

“It’s the single most unifying and uniting symbol belonging to the Aboriginal people.” – Martin, speaking about the significance of the Aboriginal Flag.


Martin explained the meaning of the flag:

Yellow – the sun, protector and giver of life

Red – earth

Black – the people

Martin’s Summary
‘When I first approached the SBS I said I would like to make a piece on the Aboriginal Flag. I didn’t want to make it obvious and I wanted people to know that it was born and created in Adelaide, in Victoria Square.

I chose the title ‘Symbol of Strength’ because I want people to feel positive about the Aboriginal Flag. A flag can represent a whole group of people but really it is us as a society and group pf people that make up a nation. Having both flags in the heart of our city is so important and does not occur anywhere else in Australia. This is my opinion but others may have a different view.’

This was such an informative beginning to the time we will be spending with Martin and and we look forward to utilising his expertise and knowledge when it comes to creating our own films, pursuing HASS lines of Inquiry and developing our photography skills.

To finish the day, both classes went to the Library and read the third CBCA shortlisted book:

Image result for florette book

It contained a great message about ecology and how one person can make a difference by choosing to ‘green up’ an urban landscape by growing potted plants. The illustrations were divine and certainly captivating for the class – our favourite book so far!

Have a great night everyone!


Wednesday, Week 2


Hi everyone,

Thank you to those students who have already returned their Art Gallery/Museum Excursion note. Please keep sending them in. 🙂
We are also grateful for the support of Lily, Jineet, Grace and Cameron’s parents, who have kindly volunteered to come along and support us on the day. If you have a current Police Check and have completed a Volunteer Induction and would like to come along, it’s not too late – the more the merrier!

A pinch and a punch for the first day of the month! We filled out the calendar for the new month and there is a lot to look forward to.

First up, students were presented with an Inquiry, based on the text ‘The Rabbits’, and using their own understanding historical understanding of the colonisation of Australia.

This task really challenged most of the class, as it required them to re-read the text to look for statements that John Marsden used to signify the hardship that the Indigenous Australians and the environment endured as a result of the arrival of the First Fleet. Using inferencing skills and going deeper into the meaning behind the text to describe the problems and make connections with one event and its consequences is new learning for our class and really put their critical thinking skills to the test.

Below are some ideas that were modelled to the group, to help get them started. This analysis will be continued on Friday.

Guided Reading saw the teachers listen to our 3rd group of students read individually, being the ‘Competent Comprehenders’. The name of each of our groups come from the reading traits that we are working to instil in each our students, and are focus areas for discussion during 1:1 reading time.


In Maths Mini in 5HN, students engaged with new learning, with the number tasks that each group worked through outlined below. Many students wanted to carry on with this learning at home, which was great to see.



Multiplying by 1 digit


Multiplying by 2 digits


Solving algebraic equations where there is an unknown quantity

In the afternoon session, we continued on our journey into photography by looking at ways to get students’ work viewed and appreciated by an audience.

Class Brainstorm:

Introducing the idea of running and ‘Class Company’:

Mindmap brainstorm – What jobs will we need to run our company?

Follow up task:

Such a busy and mind-bending day! We hope you have a great night everyone.

Monday, Week 2

Good morning all, we hope you had a restful weekend. 🙂

Please see the attached link for access to the latest School newsletter:


We kick-started the day with Numeracy and the students continued to work on their Measurement challenges. All students should have progressed to their second Workshop task by now, as both of these pieces of work will be due on Friday.

Fitness was our ‘Socki’ game, which is a hybrid of soccer and hockey. After splitting the classes into 8 teams last week, games resumed across our two courts. Teams that hadn’t played each other last week had the opportunity today and scores were once again kept and tallied.  Next week will be our last round before the ‘Play Offs’ begin.

Let the fun begin!

After a hot and sweaty time in the Hall, students came back and ate fruit, whilst listening to the complete version of ‘The Rabbits’. This time they heard the words of John Marsden and used them to make sense of the entire story. They then set about responding to a series of questions based on the text, using their inferencing skills. We won’t publish responses yet, as students will have more time this week to complete all questions.

In Library today, both classes read the second of the Children’s Book Council Award shortlisted books. It was called ‘A Walk in the Bush’ by Gwyn Perkins. 5HN preferred ‘The Great Rabbit Chase’ over this weeks’ text, as the illustrations were far more detailed and the storyline more engaging.

Please look out for 3 notes that have been sent home tonight:

  1. 5HN and DP Excursion consent form.
  2. School Photo payment form
  3. Made in the Image of God (MITIOG) communication

If you are able to assist us on our excursion to the Art Gallery of SA and the Museum on Friday, 10th of August (Week 3), please let us know in person or via email. A current Police and Catholic Education Check will be required.

Thanks everyone and see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, Week 1

This morning in Literacy we began our Author Study. Students had 10 minutes to access Shaun Tan’s website and record 10 facts  about this Australian author and illustrator.

A mind map of the information found was created:

We then introduced the first of Shaun’s texts that we are going to study, which was a collaboration with another famous Australian author, John Marsden. Titled ‘The Rabbits’ and containing Shaun’s illustrations and paintings, students viewed the images only as a whole and then were split into groups of 3 to analyse a specific page.

As they were working, students reflected on the meaning behind the text as a whole. Here are some of their thoughts:

I think the whole story is about the Aboriginal story of the white people trying to take over the land. They built cities, destroyed the land and tried to take over. – Cameron

The rabbits are the British and the numbats are the Aboriginal people. – Dylan

There are flags everywhere and the flag represents the British flag. – Anyuat

The story reminds me of the First Fleet and the conflict between the white people and the Aboriginal people. – Bill

This task is like the Drag and the Gremlin task we did with Mr Hummel. He read us the words and We had to imagine and draw the pictures. This time we have seen the pictures but need to imagine the words. – Omid

Numbats are a real animal and they are from Australia. Rabbits are European and they have big musket guns, whilst the numbats have spears and white lines on their backs. This is representing the English settlers and the Aboriginal people. – Jay

Maybe the rabbits are refugees and that’s why they came by boat. The numbats didn’t want them there so that’s why they started a war. – Ryan

The British came and made a colony. The numbats represent the Aboriginal people. – Skye


Maths Mini in HN took place whilst DP were at Sport with Miss Roberts. The focus was on vertical addition and subtraction, as well as place value. Students worked on differentiated tasks that are based on their individual needs and included worded problems and number sentences to solve.

After lunch we introduced Guided Reading for the term.

Once the rubric had been introduced, students received their text and enjoyed spending some time reading it. Many students decided to take notes as they went, which will help them with their book responses, which they will begin in our next session.

We have narrowed our focus today to centre upon the art of Photography. We discussed how photographs have the ability to capture a moment/emotion/expression in time like no other medium and how we are all ‘photographers’ to a certain extent, with our ability and readiness to snap shots using our phones.
To start us on our thinking about photography, we discussed the photo below of Mrs Higgs’ son, Will. Students brought their own understanding to the photo and could easily tell a story using it, based on their shared experiences. The image was worth 1000 words.

After this, students then went about analysing 3 more of Mrs Higgs’ photos, responding to the question prompts provided.
We finished the day with a chat about how our personal photos and albums are not so much works of art, rather a chronological story of our lives that bring back memories of the past. We wouldn’t find examples like this in an art gallery but seeing photos as a story-telling medium will help students to consider the story they want to tell or a feeling they’d like to invoke when they look through the lens and press the ‘capture’ button, on whatever piece of technology that might be…

Monday, Week 1

Hi everyone and welcome to Term 3! We hope you had a lovely holiday break.

We are looking forward to a great term ahead and have some interesting, challenging and engaging learning planned. This term, one of our major foci will be on Photography and all of the learning associated with the art of capturing images. Science, Numeracy, The Arts and Technologies will be integrated and we are hoping to start our own photography company, where the students can share their learning and creative talents with you, the parents. Stay tuned for more info as the term unfolds…

We began our Numeracy this term by reflecting on our measurement understanding and the various units of measure we use in our daily lives. Students completed a warm up and then were able to choose which Workshop they wanted to leap into.

Our two Workshops focussed on aspects of Volume and Capacity, as well as 3D shapes.



Fitness was a new game called ‘Socki’, which is a hybrid of soccer and hockey. The classes were split into 8 teams, and games were played across two courts simultaneously. Games were 3 minutes in duration and each colour team played each other once, ending up in 6 games played on each court in total. Next week we will swap who plays who, but teams will remain the same. After 3 weeks of rotating, there will be a ‘Play Off’ week, based on the scores accumulated over the weeks prior.

In Library today we read the first of the short-listed Book Week books. 5HN enjoyed chatting about their pet rabbit experiences and Mrs Higgs told a story about her ‘Bun Bun’, who ended up getting his leg amputated after an unfortunate accident with a car. 🙁

Wednesday, Week 10

The students came into class today to find BIG changes had occurred to the classroom environment. Mr Pearce and Mrs Higgs were busy this morning moving furniture around and creating new learning spaces and areas for students to work. The feedback from the group was very positive and both teachers and students are excited about the change up.

After some quiet reading time, students came together as a group to work on Numeracy.
As a warm up, they were asked to fill in the missing parts to the table below, based on the 1D, 2D and 3D lines and shapes they created in yesterday’s session.

Ava R found a way to make a rectangular prism with 8 x 1000cm3 cubes.

After a group discussion and modelling the various arrays that could be made with 8 10x10cm squares, students worked with 16 flip tiles to represent how much surface area these 100cm2 shapes would take up. They tabled their information and took photos and screen shots of the various rectangles and squares that could be made and then repeated the task but using wooden cubes instead. Each cube represented the 10x10x10cm cubes that were made yesterday.

After recess, 5HN continued to work on their area and volume task whilst 5DP went to Sport. 5HN then had their turn with Miss Roberts and enjoyed playing a game called ‘End Zone’. This was a modified netball game where a lot of the rules for the game applied.

After lunch, students had their second to last opportunity to work on their advertising task. We then completed a classroom pack up and finished the day by listening to Mrs Higgs read more of our text, ‘The Unlikely Story of Bennelong and Phillip’.

Students learnt about how the arrival of the European settlers brought ‘small pox’ to Australia, wiping out over half of the Eora tribe, as well as how Captain Arthur Phillip and Bennelong came to respect one another and form an unlikely friendship, even though their relationship was littered with trials and tribulations along the way. Will the pair remain friends throughout the rest of the book? We will have to keep reading to find out…

Monday, Week 10

Welcome to the last week of Term 2! We hope you had a lovely weekend.

We played our last round robin of Speed Ball in Fitness today, finishing with a play off to see which teams would finish 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

The results were:


All teams are to be commended on their teamwork, effort and determination. Fair sportsmanship was also on display, which has been a big focus throughout the first half of the year.

After all the physical exertion, students returned to class to complete their Numeracy investigation. ‘The Block’ Challenge was certainly a task that involved a great deal of problems solving and use of the four operations, and today, most students had the chance to reflect on their findings. They looked back at the area or each room/house and wrote which space was the largest, and then found the difference between the two. They used mental computation to calculate the perimeter and found out how many metres of wall paper each room/house would require. They then found the difference in metres between these two numbers.
Some students reached the extension stage, and completed the following:

After recess, students got into their Literacy groups to work on finalising their HFCS advertising task. GarageBand backing tracks took shape and iMovies were refined and edited to make concise commercials. Some groups went back to make a stronger plan about where they wanted to head for the last few lessons, in order to fully complete the task by the end of this week.

Both classes finished the day with a visit to the Library, where we read the story ‘A Forest’.

Have a great night everyone!