Terrific Tuesday!

This morning the Village participated in Come Read with Me, it is fantastic to see all the students developing their reading skills. Students choose to read with a teacher, a friend, or special family member.

We then started our day going over the days of the week, what month we are in and then the season it is. We noticed all the trees outside are changing colour as are starting to fall from the tress because it is AUTUMN!

R1 EN and R1 MC explored Rainbow facts sharing if they knew different ways to make 10, the students then participated in numeracy play.

R1 MS and R1 EQ participated in for a shape hunt around the school, connecting to where they could see shapes in their everyday lives. They then recorded their learning in their learning journal, conferencing with their teachers.

The Village then participated in numeracy play developing their number knowledge and having a go at practising their numeracy skills.

The children loved exploring different numbers games, some of the students were playing number bingo, Snakes and Ladders, adding bugs, Go fish, making 10 games and number towers.

After Recess the village participated in free play, the aim for the students here were for them to lead their own learning and be independent learners as they explored and played. Classes moved in and out of The Village as r/1 EN and MC had library and R/1 EQ and MS had Spanish.

“Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold.” -Joseph Chilton Pearce

 “Play is the exultation of the possible.” -Martin Buber

“Play keeps us vital and alive. It gives us an enthusiasm for life that is irreplaceable. Without it, life just doesn’t taste good” -Lucia Capocchione

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” -George Bernard Shaw

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning.” -Diane Ackerman

We then ventured out to Grevillea Park taking our play and learning outside.

At the end of the day we introduced our new sound “M” tomorrow we are looking forward to exploring the sound more through play and provocations. We are working on our stamina which is something we educators learnt at Berry Street.

We are working to create a culture of academic persistence by nurturing resilience, emotional intelligence and a growth mindset. The students increase their stamina and work towards their perseverance.

“M is for Mudla,” – Annabelle. A great example of how our students are connecting their learning to the world around them.

Term 2: We’re Ready for You!

Welcome back to another term full of learning in The Village. We hope everyone enjoyed their break and were able to spend some time with family over Easter. We have not missed a beat in The Village today, diving straight back into a busy day of investigations. We all started our day with Come Read with Me, a great social time for the children to catch up about their holidays and share their books with friends. Thank you to the parents and friends who are able to join us for Come Read with Me throughout the week, we love having you with us!

R/1EQ & R/1MS started their day with investigations, allowing the children to choose their own adventure. The children were busy with restaurants and hospitals in the home corner and book nook. We also had amazing teamwork with the Lego as children worked on houses, shops and cars. Outside, Bibi, Dhyani, Charlee and Harper created a base where they made their own slime and potions. Nhial worked on a building, which Alexander, Nahom and ‘S’ flew their paper planes through. We had lots of creativity and collaboration as the children engaged with box construction, making hammers, binoculars, boats, dinosaur tranquilliser guns and some things that the children were not yet able to name.


R/1EN & R/1MC enjoyed come read with me, spent time recognising character strengths in their welcome circle, fitness on the playground and exploring numeracy concepts.

After recess, The Village re-joined to continue investigations.

R/1EQ & R/1MS packed up early before lunch and spent some time exploring in Log Park. We also visited the fish pond to check on the goldfish and tadpoles. The children loved checking on the fish and sharing their knowledge with one another. We even had some of the boys naming the fish.


We spent the afternoon reflecting on our holidays. The children were able to choose to reflect in their Learning Journal or writing book. We supported the children with a sentence starter: In the holidays…


R/1EQ & R/1MS finished their day with student-led prayer:

Thank you, God for giving us this world to live in and giving us a house, so we can sleep and get good rest and get energy. Thank you for the brothers we have and the sisters we have and mum and dad and grandma’s and grandpa’s – Kobe

Thank you, God for letting us have lots of toys to play with and a lot of people in this school and our teachers and our family – Mikayla

Dear God, I like how the teachers are here and we share and then we get some mums and dads – Nyok

Dear God, thank you for this school and the teachers and to get a bit of rest and get to sleep and grow – Alexander

Cold or Flu?

Dear Parents,

In Australia, seasonal influenza of varying severity occurs every year, usually between May and September.  Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is an infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza A or B (or rarely C) viruses. It is highly infectious.

Influenza is a notifiable condition – in South Australia the law requires doctors and laboratories to report some infections or diseases to SA Health. These infections or diseases are commonly referred to as ‘notifiable conditions’.

If your child has influenza, they should stay at home while they are sick.

Please see your local General Practitioner for further information.

Thank you 🙂

Fabulously Fun Friday

This morning, the children were treated to a great assembly by 2RG & 2JH. The children shared their curiosity and creativity, incorporating their learning from their classroom and weekly music lessons. It was a great reminder of how we can use our learning powers each day. After assembly, we stayed for GoNoodle. R/1 children were able to dance on stage, which was very exciting!

After recess, the children continued their Easter investigations from Thursday. We saw some great creativity as the children continued to add details to their Easter baskets, create Easter bunnies and cards. Children also chose to build and battle with Beyblades and play in the courtyard.

Just before lunch, the moment we had all been waiting for occurred – an Easter hunt in Log Park. The children were super excited to find the eggs they had made earlier in the week, exchanging them in class for a chocolate egg.

We wish you all a very Happy Easter and happy holidays and we will see you back next term, for another exciting term. God bless, The Village teachers.

“Easter tells us that life is to be interpreted, not simply in terms of things, but in terms of ideals” – Charles M. Crowe

This morning the children began their day by making Easter eggs, ready for an Easter hunt in Grevillea Park tomorrow. In R/1EQ, the children engaged with The Beginners Bible Easter story as they created their eggs.

The children thought about different Easter eggs they have seen in the shops, adding colours and patterns as they worked.

After recess, children continued with Easter-themed investigations, making cards, baskets, masks, finger puppets and more eggs.


After lunch, we went to the hall to watch the year 5/6 classes present their modern-day take on The Trial of Jesus and The Stations of the Cross.


We will continue to learn about Easter tomorrow.

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

This morning, The Village started their day with literacy investigations – a great way to first introduce a new sound – ‘Rr’ and then get the children involved in consolidating their learning, but engaging in investigations based on words that begin with the sound. These investigations include, drawing, writing, making, colouring, building, designing and constructing, and lots and lots of oral language. We started by brainstorming some words that begin with ‘r’ or ‘wr’. The children then chose their own adventure, moving across the four classrooms to find activities that suited their understanding and interests.

Children were able to create rabbit masks, write ‘r’ words, design their own robot and rocket (both through drawing and construction), design their own roads and race tracks, make a fishing rod to catch and write ‘r’ words, design and build with rocks (words, letters and objects), paint and draw rainbowsrecord ‘r’ words found in books, and make books for writer’s workshop. We saw such high levels of engagement as the children moved across the activities and used their own understandings to engage in a way that helped them to make sense of the new sound, linking it to their interests. It was such a wonderful way to begin our Wednesday.


After recess, the children continued their investigations, with the addition of the Spheres, Ozobots and Easter card making. R/1EQ & R/1MS also visited the library, where the shared reading text was Say Something by Peter H Reynolds. This beautiful story explored the different ways children can share their voice, and even use their 100 languages to make a difference, both on a local scale and a more global scale.

The blurb reads:

There are so many words to SAY SOMETHING.
So tell the world – who you are, what you are thinking. What you are dreaming. What you believe. And how you’ll make it better.

In this empowering new picture book, beloved author Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a difference. Each of us, each and every day, have the chance to say something: with our actions, our words, and our voices. Perfect for kid activists everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are… what you are thinking… and what you believe.

We reflected on the message from the story:

It was kind, it doesn’t matter which voice – Zac
Share and be nice and take care of other people – Bodhi
You need to be nice and be kind and when somebody is angry, you will say ‘why are you angry’ and you need to be happy and not be cross – Declan
You be kind and respect others – Arjan
You be kind and share together and be friendly and you help each other – Nyok
Be nice and kind. If someone is pushing someone, say stop – Nahom
Be grateful, be kind, share to one another and be kind to one another – Alexander
You be friendly every day and you play every day and be very happy and no more being unkind – Oliver
Be kind to one another, don’t hurt one another, love one another, care for one another, like one another. If you don’t care for one another, you will get hurt. You need to share to all of your friends and family. Give food to the poor and the people who don’t eat your kind of food, you give them something else to eat and care for the people who are poor and do not hit one another, or they will get angry and sad and they will cry and then tell the teacher and then the person who hurt them will say sorry, and then they will be friends again. Be kind to people, even if they are not in your family and pray every night and morning, so we can have a nice day – Elnathan
You share the world and be kind to one another and we share toys, don’t fight to one another, we love them whenever they hurt themselves and we don’t spit water at people. We be responsible and we share goodness – Charlee
When the person gets pushed down, you go to help them and everybody is nice and respects elders – Arjan
If you angry you can use your voice to tell someone – Eva
When somebody gets hurt we can help them by bringing them to the teacher – Annabelle
Don’t be afraid to be creative – Kobe
Animals should be nice to one another as well – Alexia
When someone falls help them – Kyle
Help people – Hayley
We have to help people when they are hurt – Irin
Be kind to other people not just my friends – Max
When you get hurt make sure you help them – Emily
Don’t be afraid to put your hand up – Nelson
Always speak up – Charlize
Always speak from the heart – Mikayla
You can say something is so many way – Darina

After lunch, we went to the hall to watch the year 3/4 classes Holy Week presentation about The Last Supper and The Trial of Jesus (thank you Charlize for the photos).

We finished the day with some time at Log Park (thank you Elnathan for the photos) and prayer in our classes.

Thank you, God for letting us all have friends and letting us share toys with everyone in your home. If you want to play with them, you say yes – Mikayla
Dear God, thank you for all of the things we have at school and letting us have fun and play every day and giving us food – Adum

We finished up with some of our songs:

Tuesdays week 11

This term we have been looking at number, so this morning before we went into numeracy play we asked the students what are numbers? What have we been  learning the term about term?

You can make 10 by 1 plus 9 make 10, Dimitra.

I have learnt to count to 100, Viraj.

5 and 5 make 10, Yasha.

0 and 10 make 10, Kiet.

100 and 1 make 10, Sahib.

1 and 9 make 10, 20 plus 20 makes 40, Cooper.

5 plus 5 makes 10, Nickolas.

6 plus 4 make 10, Zahra.

100 plus 100 equals 200, Jacob.

1 plus 1 makes 10, Leo.

2 plus 2 equals 4, Arabella.

We can count animals legs to make 10 and 20, Zahra.

The students then worked to solve some problem solving Easter egg problems and went into numeracy play.

After Recess R1 MS and R1 EQ has Spanish and R1 EN and R1 MC went to the library.

The Village participated in free play leading their own learning and investigations.

All of the students were so engaged flourishing as they explored.

After lunch we had our presentation for Palm Sunday what a great job we did with the other receptions, welcoming everyone in and singing our Palm Sunday song.


MONDAY week 11

We have had a very busy day in the Village today the students engaged in a variety of different provocations and play inquires.

Students agency was at its highest as the students lead their own play and learning, using many different languages and learning powers.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all” – Aristotle

Throughout the day the children attended music, Spanish and PE, meaning that we had a lot of time out of the class. When in class, we explored a range of themes, including ecology, investigations and writer’s workshop. After sports day chants in the afternoon, the children chose to engage in mindful activities, such as mindful colouring, relaxation, reading and writing.

Children followed up on the talk by d’Arcy Lunn from Teaspoons Of Change by thinking about how they can change:

I can change by…

picking up rubbish – Jacob
making sure I turn the tap off – Viraj
planting plants and helping them grow by caring for them – Dim
riding my bike instead of going my car – Cooper
not hurting animals homes and habitats – Ishpreet
not wasting water and paper – Chase
not leaving the tap on – Isabella
turning off the power – Nickolas
using the pure tap instead of bottled water – Awan
helping people in the world – Angie
connecting with people and picking up rubbish – Nhial
don’t put rubbish in the sea – Adum
by making more plants and love one another and care to one another and share to one another and don’t be rude to one another because then we will fight and you don’t want to fight because it’s not good to fight and you are never allowed to fight because then you will get in trouble and get hurt and you will bleed and give nature food and don’t put rubbish in the sea and give people food if they don’t have food and care for them if they don’t have food and give them food and always love your parents and listen to your parents and your teacher and you must listen at school and you should always listen to your teachers or you will get in trouble – Elnathan
do sports and picking up rubbish and we help people because they don’t have anywhere – Nahom
helping people and being nice. I can play with people and if they are hurt, you help them and take them to the teacher – Arjan
I like playing with people and making some flowers with them and being friends with them and do good choices and we get some food and some water and you go to school and wash the dishes and play with my friends – Nyok
sharing stuff to people and help people and be kind and care about them and respect the people – Alexander
you have to be kind and then you have to put rubbish in the bin and be very sharing stuff. We have to help people and you can’t say bye when you’re crying, you have to be happy and say goodbye to your friends – Oliver
I can change by growing taller and stronger – Khyle
I can change by helping other people, not letting there be rubbish in the world and picking up rubbish, picking it up off the environment by taking care of it – Kobe
…by finding some of your friends to walk together to make new life – Eva
looking after our animals, and when you see someone litter you can tell them to put it in the bin – Charlize
To help our environment you need to put the rubbish in the world, and if you don’t the world will be affected and everyone will get sick – Alexa
When we put rubbish in the bin, it helps the environment so the ducks and fish don’t die – Enrique
You have to take care of the environment otherwise it will be so dirty, and we don’t like it being a dirty world – Kobe
Helping others will help our world – Khyle

Children were given the choice to record in their learning journal or writing books:

Children engaged in a range of investigations throughout the day. There has been a continued interest in using design skills to create Beyblades, ready for battle. The children choose each piece of their Beyblade carefully, continuing to work on them in order to make them stronger after each battle.

Children have also used their design skills when creating cubbies and forts outside. Children use teamwork to build on a shared vision. Creativity was also on show when Alexander and Elnathan created a ‘sled’ to build their muscles, and when Bibi and Dhyani used chalk to create coloured water.

The Ozobots and Sphero’s have also been in use, as children create tracks and code for their robots to follow along. The children have an increased


We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow at 12pm for Sports Day!

“Hh as in Holy Family” – Kobe

Hi everyone,

This morning we started our day with ‘Come Read with Me’, where students continue to show their growing confidence in exploring literature of their interests, and love the opportunity to share this with their parents, teachers and other students in our learning community!

After ‘Come Read with Me’, the students used their 100 languages to explore the letter/sound ‘Hh’. Students had a wiggle to a ‘Hh’ song and then lead their learning in challenging their critical and creative thinking around this new letter/sound.

Students were immersed in the provocations on hand, as they manipulated them to cater for their interest and learning needs. Students created hand hot air balloons, became hairdressers, built some magnificent houses that would feature in interior design magazines, practiced writing the letter Hh, created Hh words, showcased all the amazing things at Holy Family, played hospitals, became detectives in finding Hh words in their reading and many many more!

The engagement level of the students was amazing as they showcased teamwork, persistence, resilience as well as inc operating an abundance of fun to their learning, which is always the main objective!

After Recess, the Village made our way over to the hall to watch a presentation from d’Arcy Lunn from Teaspoons Of Change. During the presentation, d’Arcy spoke about the UNICEF sustainable development goals and how we can use them to start changing the world for tomorrow. There are 17 of them in total! 🙂 d’Arcy spoke about how we might be able to implement these goals with our own school setting/environment and ways we can achieve these goals as a community.

Are you a global citizen?

Students conversed in an Ethiopian handshake and greeted each to talk about the question of, are you a global citizen?

Student responses

– Commiteed to making a difference

– Being a good person

A global citizen is about what it means to me! My actions and how they have a positive impact on the world 🙂 Those small changes, and how big of an affect they can have on a changing world.

Quick tips

1. To listen and to learn

2. Good people, good ideas, doing good things

3. Be a bridge

  • One side of the bridge people doing good things, and connect that to people wanting to do good things

“Be the change you CAN’T see in the world”

After lunch students used their creativity to recreate palms leaves for our Holy Week celebrations next week where students will be reenacting Palm Sunday, and showcase this will our other R/1 classes 🙂

Quick reminder that Sports Day is this Friday, we are looking for any parent volunteer helpers who are able to assist The Village on the day 🙂 Thank you!