Wednesday, Week 9

Hi everyone,

We are looking forward to the Moon Lantern Assembly on Friday and celebrating this cultural event with a Shared Lunch afterwards.


Once again we are asking for your kind support in providing your child with a plate of food to share on the day and encourage it to be a savoury option. If you would prefer to send a sweet dish please feel free to do so.
In the interests of the environment and reducing waste, we are also encouraging students to bring their own plate, knife, spoon and fork from home, rather than use disposable plastics. These items will be rinsed by your child and sent home at the end of the day. Please name items if possible.

This morning we began our Made in the Image of God ‘Being Sexual’ unit. Girls from 5HN, DP, PP and CM worked with Mrs Higgs and Mrs Pinneri, whilst Mr Murray and Mr Pearce worked with the boys. The outline of what will be covered over the next two double lessons/weeks is written below and today we began with a focus on puberty. In the interests of those students who are not participating, we will leave the details of the session out, but encourage you to talk with your child about their learning in this area at home.

After recess, both classes continued to work on their Literacy comprehension task based on Shaun Tan’s text called ‘The Lost Thing’. The questions that have been devised get progressively more complex, leading the students from finding literal information to using more inferential and evaluative thinking to generate their responses.

Once complete, students then could choose a creative writing prompt to explore from the list above.

In the last session of the day, students separated into their ‘Job Role Groups’ involved in our ‘Photo Plus’ Photography Company. (Details of this session will be posted tomorrow).

Each group was given a brief as to the first tasks that they needed to work on, with the ‘Bloggers’ working to document the learning in their own way. This team will be creating their own page linked to the home page of this site in which they will publish the weekly goings on within the company. Be sure to check it out tomorrow when it will hopefully be published…

Monday, Week 9

Good morning all,

This morning we started a new class novel, Georgia’s Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl while Mr. Pearce set up our Speed Ball competition (Fitness). We then commenced week two of the competition. Once again the students worked really hard, encouraged each other and demonstrated some fantastic skill.

After recess Martin joined us to continue working on our HASS documentaries. We spoke about interviews and how the questions are very important. They need to be open ended and easy to answer. We spoke about the difference between planned interviews and Vox Pops. It is the planned interviews that can have more preparation and go into more depth. We also spoke about how the interviews need to support our overall aim in the documentary.

After lunch we split for Spanish and Library. HN met with their buddies today to continue working on their assembly. DP started our next literacy task, another author study, the new book “The lost thing” written by Shaun Tan. Students had a range of comprehension questions that relate to the book and then some creative writing prompts that will all be collected before the Term 3 holidays.

Thursday, Week 8

Good morning all,

After going through the events of the day, students spent the first session of the morning working on their Numeracy Investigation.

We posed the question: How fast can you ran 100m in?

In groups of 4, students recorded how fast they could run 100m. Students recorded their results and will calculate their average time. Students will then graph their groups results and compare their running times against Usain Bolt’s Rio 2016 results.

After recess students began Independent Learning Time.

Students had the option of continuing work on their Company badge, Spring Fair Poster or started to construct their Moon Lantern.

After lunch students continued ILT.

Moon Lantern Festival

Chinese and Vietnamese families traditionally celebrated the new moon as part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The Moon Lantern Festival celebrates the gathering of friends and family after the crops are harvested. The celebration is to give thanks for the harvest and pray for family and good fortune. Some cultures will celebrate with a lion dance, carry brightly coloured lanterns or eat moon-cakes.

In celebration of the Moon Lantern students began planning and designing lanterns for this cultural festival.

It was great to see the children working so well and designing fantastic lanterns.

Catholic Schools Music Festival

All the very best to the girls involved in tonight’s Catholic Schools Music Festival tonight.

 Just a reminder that children can wear Casual clothes tomorrow, Friday 14th September. Please bring in a sealed packet of lollies to support the Spring Fair.

Also the disco is tomorrow night. The year 5 session starts at 7:15 and finishes at 8:30. Parents are welcome to wait in the parent cafe where coffee will be available. Payments can be made through the QKR app.

Wednesday, Week 8

Hi everyone,

This morning in Numeracy the students recapped their learning from yesterday, where they investigated the the Men’s 100 metre sprint times at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. This task allowed students to read,  sort, order and compare times recorded in decimal form, building on their understanding of place value, as well as data analysis, tabling and graphing.

After ordering the sprinters from 1st-24th across the 3 qualifying finals,

students then placed the top 8 runners into their appropriate racing lane for the final of the event and compared their times with Usain Bolt’s world record:

We then watched the final and discussed ways to go about completing the third part to the task:

Once complete, students then spent time designing and making a badge that they can wear during Company Time. This badge was to include their name and job role, as well as their managerial position, if applicable.

They were also presented with a brief from the Spring Fair Committee to design a flyer for this year’s fair.

Design Brief:

We are looking for some creative students to design an A4 flyer for the Spring Fair.
The flyer will appear on the blogs, Facebook and other social media.

We would like the flyer to emphasise that:

  • Nova will be broadcasting at the fair from 11am.
  • There will also be a guest appearance by Michael Keelan.

We would need the flyer by no later than Friday Week 8.

They were given a basic and temporary flyer as an example of the information that they could choose to include:

Students will continue to design their posters throughout the rest of the week, along with creating a Moon Lantern for this years Moon Lantern Festival, which is being celebrated as a school next Friday. Stay tuned for more information.

Finally, we wish all students involved in the Catholic School’s Music Festival all the best for a great performance tomorrow night. We are sure that you will do our school and yourselves proud!


Monday, Week 8

Good morning all,

We hope that you all had a fantastic weekend. We started Monday morning with a new fitness competition. This aligns with the PE curriculum as the students are learning to play handball. The games were fast paced, enjoyable and the students were really showcasing their skills. These are the teams and results from Week 1 of competition.

After recess we welcomed back Martin. We continued to work on our HASS documentaries. Most students were starting to film, narrate and edit their iMovies. We have set the due to for Term 4 Week 1 (Friday). This will allow students to finalise some editing over the holidays if they wish and then view most of them on Monday Week 2 which is Martins last day with us. We look forward to seeing what the students produce.

After lunch the classes split for Spanish and Library. DP started to work on a mini project that is linked with HFCS’s global project. They started to create a mini movie that showcases who they are as an individual. These movies will be shared with two schools in America as we form a buddy system online.

*Students will be receiving a consent form today for a program called FlipGrid. Could these please be signed and returned ASAP.

Friday, Week 7

Good morning all,

After assembly this morning, students continued to work on and finish their numeracy inquiry. Students were required to look at the times from the 100m Olympic freestyle semi finals. They then placed the swimmers in order from 1-16 using their knowledge of time and decimals. We then checked our answers by watching the race to see if the students placed them correctly.

After numeracy we split to work with our buddies. We started to plan for our assemblies in Week 2 (HN) and Week 3 (DP).  DP focused on some coding skills and animation skills using a variety of programs and mentoring their younger buddies. HN focused on photography with their buddies.

After lunch we focused on completing our logos and then voting on the one we would like to use for our company. Each individual group decided on which logo they wished to put forward. These are the 9 nominations.

After a secret ballot it was narrowed to a couple of finalists. 3 tied with 4 votes for third spot. Two tied for 2nd spot with 5 votes and their was a unanimous decision for first with 21 votes. Congratulations to everyone for creating some fantastic logos.

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.

Wednesday, Week 7

Hi everyone,

Please continue to return your Camp forms and MTIOG notes ASAP. We will be starting our unit on ‘Being Sexual’ in the next couple of weeks and it is essential for permission to be given for your child to participate. Thank you to those families who have done so already. 🙂

Please note the tasks that are due this Friday:

The main focus of the day was for students to work towards developing a logo and name for our photography company.

Yesterday afternoon, students received an email that notified them about which job position that they had successfully gained. These positions are outlined below:

In these job groups, students worked firstly to develop a catchy name. They had 25 minutes to do this and present their best name to the class for voting.

This is what they came up with:

We then voted on the best name for our company and ‘Photo Plus – Stories of Us’ was the winner with 24 votes, with ‘PhotoVentures – Adventures through photography’ coming second with 17 votes.

Students then followed the design process below to help develop ideas for our company logo, working both independently and collaboratively at various times.

They were provided with a range of online links that explained the importance of considering their use of colours and fonts and used this understanding to come up with some highly creative designs.

Idea development:

Have a great night everyone!


Monday, Week 7

Good morning all,

This morning we started a new task. Students worked on a gratitude journal. Our lives are so busy and we can easily forget all of the things we are so lucky to have. Today students had a chance to sit down and reflect on the things they were grateful for. On their One Note i put together a range of open ended prompts to get the students thinking. These journals can be so powerful, focusing on the things we are grateful for can lower stress. Here are some examples of some students who wished to share.

After recess we continued to focus on our documentaries in HASS. We provided the students with some more examples of documentaries and some research they may wish to include.

Students then worked on their documentary with the support from Martin Pascoe. Most students have conducted their research and created a storyboard. They are now starting to film and collate different parts together into one iMovie.

After lunch the classes split for Spanish and Library. After DP finished library they work in class on their guided reading.

Friday, Week 6

Students were very busy this morning working through the following list:

Here is some of the completed ‘Fraction Flags’ work.

Over the weekend, Mr Pearce and Mrs Higgs will be taking a close look at the Job Applications that were submitted. With what we have read so far, we have been impressed with the quality of the work and look forward to using these pieces to form the working groups for our Photography Company.

At 11:50 am, we ventured to the Father’s Day Stall, which was hosted and organised by our lovely Parent volunteers.

After Mr Pearce returned to class from his morning in Leadership, we began to explore our next photography art session. Landscape photography was introduced and Mr Pearce showed the students some Photoshop techniques for enhancing the natural elements and bringing out the intended beauty within a shot.

Students then set about photographing a landscape within the school environment with the aim being to make the everyday or ordinary appear extraordinary. They were asked to look at scenes, spaces and environments that the walk past everyday and capture the beauty within them by photographing it from a different angle or perspective.

We will keep you posted on the finished images once they have been rendered in Photoshop next week.

We hope that all the dad’s have a very happy Father’s Day on Sunday and get very spoilt!

Catch you all next week. 🙂

Wednesday, Week 6

Good morning everyone,

We had a TRT in today because Mrs Higgs isnt feeling the best, we hope she feels better soon.

Students started the day by continuing their job applications. As part of our photography company we have a number of roles to ensure the company can run successfully. Students wrote an application for two jobs of their choice, all of the options allowed students to focus on their own unique skills and what they can bring to the company. Job titles were:

Accountant, Advertising and Marketing, Blogger, Brand Manager, Data Collector, Documentary Film Maker, Journalist and Website Developer. Students also had the chance to apply for a managerial position in each field.

Students responded to a range of job advertisements, focusing on formal letter writing and learning some base skills in writing cover letters. They could transfer the skills learnt in persuasive writing and use examples of their school work to show specific skills.

In the middle of the day the classes split for Spanish and Sport. This gave individual classes a chance to focus on their guided reading and some Maths Mini.

After lunch we introduced decimals in numeracy. We outlined how important it was to understand, tenths and hundredths as this plays a major role in our monetary system and sports. We watched some sporting videos of how major events can be decided by tenths, hundredths and sometimes one thousandth of a second. Students then completed a couple of workshops that focused on decimals on a number line and manipulating numbers to tenths and hundredths of a second. Students will continue to work on this tomorrow.