Monday Week 4 Term 3

Shared Reading 

Our shared reading book for the week is Who Sank the Boat by Pamela Allen.

A funny story which prompts the students to think about who out of the characters is likely to sink the boat.

School Photos 

Our photos were nice and early in the day. The students were all looking extra dashing today. We can’t wait to see them in a few weeks.

Literacy Investigations 

There was a change in timetable with school photos so we postponed our literacy investigations until tomorrow. But here is a look into what the students will be engaged in tomorrow.

The activities included the students to:

  • Choose an object and use their imaginations to have a go at writing a creative piece of writing
  • Read a reader within a group with assistance to develop reading and comprehension skills/strategies and to engage with a reading response based on the text
  • Use animal toys to retell and role play ‘Who sank the boat.’ This activity helps to develop comprehension of the story and oral skills
  • Use the shared reading text as a provocation into objects that float and sink. Students will engage in a mini experiment, make predications and observe, record and reflect on the results


Our letter blend focus this week is the long and short ‘oo’ sound.

Assembly Practise

RI NS’ buddy assembly is THIS FRIDAY, 16th August, 9am in the hall.

We have an animal theme focus for our assembly. The students have made masks to wear on the day. They are welcome to wear their sports uniform or all black or brown on this day.

Today we got to practise on stage and did an initial run through of our assembly.


We continued discussing signs and symbols used to communicate a message or a place. We revisited different Aboriginal symbols that we have seen in artworks and in caves and rocks.

The learning then progressed on to using map coordinates to locate particular places on a map.


Whole school singing practise 

The whole school gathered together to practise the songs ready for the Assumption Mass this THURSDAY, 11:30 in the Hall.

You are all welcome to come and join in our mass.

Friday Week 3 Term 3

Welcome to Friday and R1MP and 5/6NDs Buddy Assembly.

Reminder: All students in R1Mp need to wear their full winter uniform this Monday, 12th August for Photo Day.  Thank you. 


Today we performed in front of the school and presented our wonderful learning of R1MP and 5/6ND.

Come Read With Me

Play Investigations

Maths Mini

We had fun with numbers this afternoon and played Snakes and Ladders and Bingo.


Mrs Crisp and the children talked about our plants growth and then we discussed changes.  There was raw spaghetti and cooked spaghetti to observe, feel and describe.

Thursday Week 3 Term 3

Welcome to Mary MacKillop’s feast day.  Today we will celebrate the day by participating in a range of activities throughout the day.

MacKillop House activités with 2PN

Some children made imovies, painted portraits of Mary MacKillop or helped to create a mosaic of Mary MacKillop.

Come Read With Me

Mary MacKillop Mass with the school, celebrated by Father Sam.

Shared Dining for lunch with Mary MacKillop House

We enjoyed a yummy lunch today consisting of wraps or vegetarian pasties and a dessert choice of lamingtons or cookies.

Wednesday Week 3 Term 3

Welcome to a wonderful Wednesday.

Shared Reading 

The students enjoyed listening to Michael Rosen read the story. He was very passionate and animated which the students loved. We watched the video twice. The first time the students were able to enjoy the story telling and the second time, we focussed on the beginning, middle and end of the story.

The video has been linked on Tuesdays Blog post.


Literacy Investigations 

Assembly Preparation 

R/1NS met with our buddies to practise our dance and to practise the script. Students who have reading parts will be bringing home their part by the end of this week. Please assist them in learning their part.

Mrs. Papillo’s class have been practising on stage ready for their big assembly this Friday. We are all excited to see their presentation.


The students were involved with two different activities. Bingo to reinforce number identification and the second was snakes and ladders to strengthen counting skills along with number awareness.

R1MP:School Photos this Monday 12th August

Dear Parents,

This coming Monday is school photo day and your child will be required to wear their winter school uniform, not Sport uniform as we usually do on a Monday.  Therefore, girls will be required to come dressed in their pinafore, shirt, tie, jumper and boys dressed in their long winter pants, shirt, tie and jumper.

If you need another order form there are spares in the front office.  Family photo order forms an also be sourced from the front office.  Family photos will be taken at 8:30am on Monday morning.

Thank you for your cooperation.  If you have any queries please ask the teachers or the lovely ladies in the office.



Tuesday Week 3 Term 3

Welcome to another busy Tuesday.  R1MP continue to prepare for the up coming assembly and we kindly ask you to bring in an old toy or two for the assembly props on Friday.

Shared Reading  We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This morning Miss Lucinda read the story to the children.  The children were invited to join in with the repetitive parts of the story.

“We can’t go over it, we can’t go under it, we’ve got to go through it!”

Literacy Investigations

Guided Reading

We love reading together and here we are having a great time reading and learning about books.

Rhyming Game 

This group had fun playing a rhyming game by matching their cards.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Reflection

All stories have a beginning, middle and end.  The students talked about the story in their group and then reflected on the three important parts of the story.

Rocket Writing

The children chose an object from the box to describe, label or write a story about.

Assembly Rehearsal R1MP

Here we are on stage with our buddies doing an awesome job at rehearsal today.



Monday Week 3 Term 3

Welcome to a beautiful winter’s day!

Have a look at our day.  

Shared Reading 

Mrs. Evans read the story: We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury to the children. They loved the repetitive fun nature of the story.

Literacy Investigations 

Miss Lucinda took us through our literacy investigations. The different activities included:

  • creating a story map of the shared reading text: We’re going on a bear hunt (beginning, middle, end)
  • students reinforced their understanding of rhymes but engaging in a game to identify the matching word
  • concepts of print was explored in the guided reading group where students extracted specific information from the text
  • Revision/introduction of the A sound was explored


Our letter blend focus for this week are ‘ie’ and ‘ng.


Assembly Preparation

We met with our buddies today to prepare for our assembly. The students enjoy this time and are getting excited for the day. Our 5/6 buddies have been great, taking the students out to film, helping them create the props and showing and helping them learn the dances.


The students worked in small groups to observe and analyse different environments and compared them to their surrounding neighbourhood. Have a look at the discussion about the similarities and differences.

We used google map street view to look at our school neighbourhood. The students were amazed with the technology at our fingertips.


“Joey lives on a farm with his mum, his grandad, and his best friend – Riley, a working dog. Joey and Riley are inseparable, sharing adventures all day long.

But times are tough, and Joey and his mum have to move to town so that she can find work. Joey misses Riley desperately, relying on his grandad’s letters to stay connected to his best mate. Until the day Grandad writes with sad news: Riley has gone missing in a big storm. Joey is devastated – but things might not be as they seem …

Mandy Foot’s naturalistic illustrations beautifully capture Australian rural life.”



Singing Practise 

The whole school gathered to practise the songs for our school mass this Thursday.

You are all welcomed to come and join our school Mass to celebrate St. Mary of the Cross.

11:30am in the Hall

Friday Week 2 Term 3

Welcome to Friday:

Welcome to Friday with Miss Lucinda and  Mrs Evans.

Shared Reading

This morning we shared the story Too Many Toys.

Rachel said “The story is about a boy who had too much toys. The mum and the boy had a fight about the toys.  Mum wanted to put the toys in the bin.”

Mary MacKillop House Assembly

Mr Slater led our assembly this morning.  Here are some photos of Milania and Ethan reading prayer.

Come Read With Me

Play Investigations


Warm up-

Changes that have occurred today:

We have a new student.

I was hungry and now I’m full.

The time has changed.

The weather has changed – it was sunny and now it is cloudy.

Then we went for a nature walk around the school and looked for changes.

Then Mrs Crisp gave all the children an ice block each.  There were many cold hands after that!

Partner activities and fitness

Thursday Week 2 Term 3

Welcome to another chilly Thursday here at HFCS.  Here’s our learning for the day:


Shared Reading – Mr McGee Goes to Sea

Looking for rhyming words is so much fun.  We continued today, found lots and came up with some of our own rhyming words.

Literacy Investigations

Reading, writing, spelling and playing games together is what we did this morning!

Come Read With Me


Buddy Time and preparing for our assembly.

We have been busy working on our ideas this week and preparing some amazing things for our assembly in week 3.  It has been wonderful to see the older children teaching and demonstrating their skills to the children of R1MP.

HASS and Geography

R1MP continued to draw the things they saw on the way to school.  Take a look at their fantastic drawings and labelling.

Drama with Mrs Crisp

The children played a welcome and hello game.  Then we divided into  four groups and played games that practised eye contact and welcoming behaviours which also included shaking hands and knowing the name of each child in the group.

Wednesday Week 2 Term 3

Welcome to Wednesday. An exciting day with lots of learning and preparations for our assembly.

Shared Reading

As we read our text for the week, we highlighted nouns (person, place, thing) that we could see in the book.

Literacy Investigations 

Assembly Preparation 

We met with our buddies and were in the zone preparing backdrops, props, filming and practising particular parts for our assembly.


R/1MP AND 5/6DE’s buddy assembly is next Friday, 9th August 9:00 in the hall

R/1NS and 5/6NP’s buddy assembly is Friday week 4, 16th August 9:00 in the hall.

Mini Maths 

Dice Wars – Mrs. Papillo taught students how to play the game dice wars. Students reinforced their subitsising, tallying and addition skills. Additionally their understanding of least, most, more than, less than was developed.

Subitising – some students engaged in building and practising the skill of subitising which is the ability to identify the number of objects in a group without the need to count them.