Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence

This afternoon as a learning community we explored our Character Strength; Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence! The children had a yarn about what they thought the term may mean, we then went out to explore the beauty around our school.

“I recognize, emotionally experience, and appreciate the beauty around me and the skill of others.”

Oliver – I saw something beautiful that is the centre because you can learn new things and hear lots go things, to be smarter and kind and learning music and Spanish.

Zac – When there’s room in the nature in the environment, and the environment gets to live and the humans get to live, and it is very rude to kill the environment. It’s Gods creation.

Mikayla – I love the flowers, and I love the Fish Farm and the oval.

Alexa – Everyone loves the earth and the world and the trees and the flowers. If there is no flowers the bees cannot help create things and you cant kill Gods creation because everyone loves it.

Dyhani – I love the plants.

Declan – I saw lots of things that were beautiful, beautiful flowers and trees with fruit on them. The fish were pretty as well.

Eva – My appreciation of beauty would be the fish tank because the people who made the fish tank must of taken a long time and its good that they were able to make the fish tank.

Alana – Playing with my friends shows appreciation of beauty to me.

Bibi – My favourite part was looking at the nice trees and flowers.

Shane – I saw fish, I wondered who made them.

Prayer

Chloe – Dear God, Thank you for our friends an d thank you for school. Thank you for the shops. Amen

Character Strengths

Charlize – Perseverance. Playing with my friends.

Elnathan – Honesty. Being honest to my friends.

Felipe – Zest. Going to Grevillia Park

Chloe – Zest. Play with friends.

Alana – Love. Love for my family.

Eva – Kindness. Being nice to my friends.

Oliver – Honesty. Helping others.

Specks of Gold

Charlize – My speck of gold was playing with my friends.

Elnathan – My speck of gold was playing soccer.

Felipe – My speck of gold was playing with Khyle.

Chloe – My speck of gold was playing with Jason.

 

 

 

Little Athletics

Today we had a visit from Little Athletics Australia where they introduced the program to the children before being able to have a go at some of the activities they had set up for the children. The children used their growth mindset, as they navigated through obstacles and showcased their growing gross motor skills. Skills involved throwing, running, jumping and the use of the character strength of teamwork.

Moon Lantern Festival Tomorrow

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The Moon Lantern Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

At Holy Family we will be celebrating the Moon Lantern Festival tomorrow:

Friday 13 September

Students are invited to wear traditional or cultural clothing.

The 3JM and 2RG assembly will take place after recess at 11.00am and it will highlight cultural aspects of Moon Lantern Festival. Activities will include a lion dance, singing and sharing of cultural information. The winners of the Lantern Making Competition will also be announced at the assembly.

After assembly, students and families are invited back to their classrooms for a shared lunch. Students are encouraged to bring a plate of food that represents their culture.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Active 15

This morning the children participated in their daily active fitness. The children tested their stamina with running, balancing and jumping as they used their growth mindsets to build their gross motor skills and further develop their fitness stamina which will help with attentiveness within our learning community.

Literacy Investigations

Children explored the ‘oo’ blend this morning with a range of provocations that promoted collaboration, resilience, perseverance and building positive relationships. Provocations ranged from connect four, to creating a zoo on the laptop, cooking food in the home corner, to creating a moon, used their creativity to make a boot for their foot and lucky last manipulated froot loops to create ‘oo’ words.

Library

Today in library we read the picture book, Allergic Alpaca. The picture book took us on a fantastic adventure through the alphabet where the Alpaca stumbled through the alphabet whilst trying to avoid being touched by apples as she was allergic to them. In the end Alpaca how to find her way back to letter ‘A’ which was her home, and was aided by a Whale, as he took the apple tree to the letter ‘W’ for safe keeping.

How can you change the world?

Inspired by today’s beautiful weather, this afternoon the children explored God’s Beautiful Creations and ways in which we can change the world to help create a sustainable future for everyone to be apart of.

Alexia – We can change the world and make it better, by working together, and working hard and make it better.

Mikayla – We can change it by using our Character Strengths.

Max – We can change the world by using our 100 languages.

Elnathan – We can change it by helping keep our water clean so the animals don’t die.

Oliver – We need tree’s to help us breathe and live.

Prayer

Alexa – Dear God, thank you for everyone who are our friends and thank you for making them happy. Amen

Mikayla – Dear God, thank you for our friends and family and school and BFF’s and teachers. Amen

Milica – Dear God, thank you for the world. Amen

Specks of Gold

Felipe – My speck of gold is everyone in school.

Alexa – My speck of gold was playing with my friends.

Mikayla -My speck of gold was playing with my BFF’s.

Milica – My speck of gold was playing with Arjan.

Character Strengths

Felipe – Zest.

Alexa – Love.

Mikayla – Honesty.

Milica – Bravery.

Blossom by Blossom the Spring Begins – Charles Swinbourne

Welcome back to another week of fun filled learning!

This morning the children entered the classroom, full of energy, engaged and raring to challenge their learning through their play based investigations. The children showcased this through the flow of their learning as discussions with each other were rich and full of learning!

We then said good morning before heading out to do our Active 10 morning fitness session which Mr Bartold has rebranded Mr Stramare’s boot camp! The aim is to get the children’s heart rate up in a quick active environment that encourages lot’s of teamwork!

Literacy Investigations

After recess children engaged in their literacy investigations, looking into the ‘oo’ sound blend! Children worked together in creating words they already knew that had the ‘oo’ blend, before working together to create sound trains for particular ‘oo’ words such as school, smoothie and book.

Grevillia Reserve Nature Play

What a beautiful Spring day it was today, and the children were able to explore this outside in Grevillia Park where they explored the world around them, the world in which God has created and used many of their character strengths and learning powers to create new and deeper meaning to their learning.

Gross Motor Skills

After lunch the children continued to develop their gross motor skills, this time in the area of throwing which was started on Friday afternoon. Making most of the beautiful sunshine we headed into the Piazza to showcase our growing skills, whilst enjoying the beautiful weather 🙂

Come Read With Me

We then swapped our Come Read With Me session to this afternoon where the children found it nice and relaxing to enjoy reading a book with their peers.

Prayer

Kobe – Dear God, thank you God for giving us this world to live in and thank you for giving us a house to keep alive and giving us water to stay alive, and food and our family and friends. Amen

Mikayla – Dear God, thank you for our friends, our family and our school. Amen

Harper – Dear God, thank you for letting me play on the playground with my friends. Amen

Nahom – Dear God, thank you for the whole Kuarna and all the people and respecting teachers, to learn more, about clocks, cars and teachers and when you grow up you get to learn more. Amen

Specks of Gold

Kobe – My speck of gold wsa playing with my friends.

Mikayla – My speck of gold playing with my friends.

Harper – My speck of gold playing with Declan.

Nahom – My speck of gold was playing with Zac and footy.

Character Strengths

Kobe – Perseverance. Playing soccer against older boys.

Harper – Love. Being kind to Charlee.

Nahom – Zest. Playing at the playground.

Moon Lantern Festival

Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The Moon Lantern Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated when the moon is at its fullest and brightest.

At Holy Family we will be celebrating the Moon Lantern Festival on:

Friday 13 September

Students are invited to wear traditional or cultural clothing.

The 3JM and 2RG assembly will take place after recess at 11.00am and it will highlight cultural aspects of Moon Lantern Festival. Activities will include a lion dance, singing and sharing of cultural information. The winners of the Lantern Making Competition will also be announced at the assembly.

After assembly, students and families are invited back to their classrooms for a shared lunch. Students are encouraged to bring a plate of food that represents their culture.

Friday Frivolity

Hi all,

Today we were treated to a super assembly with a theme of happiness. This provided us with the provocation of what makes us happy. Below are some of our fabulous responses.

Elnathan – playing soccer with my friends

Alexia – being with my family

Nhial – playing soccer

Nyok – playing with my friends

Charlize – my family

Alana – playing with my friends

Zac – everything in the world

Nahom A – going to the toilet when I need to

Shane – the world

Kobe – my friends that play soccer with me

Bodhi – going to the city to see my family

Dhyani – playing with my sister

Declan – going to the Adelaide Show and playing games

Bibi – picking up rubbish in the yard

Max – playing with Khyle

Khyle – playing with Max

Adum – playing at the playground with all my friends

Jayson – playing with my friends

Mitchell – playing with friends

Nelson – playing with my friends

Harper – seeing my cousins

Mikayla – being with my family

Emily – my family

 

After recess the village was in full swing and boy was it good to see. The learning taking place was phenomenal. Students engaged in provocations that sparked curiosity, creativity and collaboration. We were treated to a puppet show, a ballet concert and iMovie premieres! students created a seating plan for the audience and devised a ticketing system that was welcoming of all. Students used laptops to find guided drawing tutorials where many great character were created. Some students used perseverance to solve some difficult puzzles and as always the home corner was a hit for many as another Village cafe was formed. Others used the time to refine their letter formations as they chose to write about the CLARA learning powers and character strengths. The block corner, Lego and play dough were also very popular areas of exploration throughout investigations.

 

After lunch we headed to the Centre to participate in our weekly Gross Motor Skills circuit. Today our focus was on throwing and catching. Students displayed a growth mindset as they were challenged with various activities using our Adelaide Strikers balls.

 

The day was concluded with prayer, where today’s assistants shared the following reflections:

Prayer

Nahom A – Dear God, thank you for the whole world and thank you for superheroes and all the children and the teachers who help us to learn.

Charlee – Dear God, thank you for giving us this world.

Specks of Gold

Charlee – playing Marco Polo at the playground

Khyle – Max and I played with the hula hoop

Nahom A – playing with my cousins in Mrs Gianakakkis’ class

Character Strengths

Nahom – zest when I watched the fish today

Khyle – zest by doing the hoops

Charlee – Bravery

Thursday Thrills

Hi everyone,

 

Another exciting day of learning at R/1EQ & MS headquarters.

We got active from the start of the day with the students participating in a cricket clinic hosted by accredited coaches from SACA (South Australian Cricket Association). Students practiced a range of skills while having lots of fun, who knows…maybe the next Travis Head or Ellyse Perry has just been unearthed. There has been a really big emphasis on student engagement in physical activity and sports this year (today’s clinic at school, coincided with 56 students from years 3-6 representing the school at a touch football carnival!) We are very appreciative of our wonderful P.E teachers Mrs Cooymans and Mr Pearce who work hard behind the scenes to make all of these wonderful clinics and carnivals available to students at Holy Family. Stay tuned for our next sporting clinic hosted by Little Athletics in coming weeks.

After recess students participated in their literacy investigations. the village was open for business and we were joined by our friends at R/1GC. An extremely engaged cohort of students busily worked throughout the session before it was time to stop for lunch.

 

Wednesday

Greetings All,

Today we flipped our regular schedule on it head. Sometimes a change is as good as a holiday, that was certainly the case today as lots of fun, engagement and learning took place.

Play investigations kick started our day and the village was in full swing. Hooray!

Before Recess we had a special visitor greet us in the school hall. Deb came to speak to us about how to care for and interact with pets. She even brought her pal Lola along for a pat at the end of the presentation.

After recess we visited the library to borrow some new books and listen to this weeks shared text. Ella and the Ocean.

In the afternoon we participated in a guided meditation for mindfulness where students went on a journey to the Wish Tree.

Then class prayer took place where today our assistants shared the following:

Prayer

Declan – thank you god for all the playgrounds and thank you for letting me play with friends everyday.
Catharen – dear god I pray for all my friends
Chloe – dear god thank you for giving us friends to play with.

Speck of gold

Declan – I played whisper whisper with Shane and others.

Character strengths

Jayson – Honesty
Declan – Kindness
Catharen – Kindness
Chloe – Kindness

We reflected on our learning today during investigations, using our learning journals to document what we did throughout the day.

..and to finish off our flipped day we participated in Come Read With Me.