The Preps spent their last reading time with their Year 12 buddies today. today the Preps presented each Year 12 student with a thank you card and little stress ball as a way of wishing them all the best for exams.
It was a sad moment for many. The Year 12’s and Preps have formed some beautiful friendships during the year. Tomorrow they will share lunch together as a final farewell before the Year 12s have some serious studying to do!
Lately, the Grade 3/4 class have been learning about the effects of too much screen time which can lead to game addiction. This week, students made a pledge to monitor their screen time using the 3-2-1 rule. This rule is based on the recommendations of the American Academy of Paediatrics who suggest children over 6 years old limit screen time to around 10 hours per week.
On Friday afternoon a group of Year 12 students began rehearsing for a special music recording project that they will be undertaking in Melbourne next term (more details to come in future newsletters). Our Prep students were very lucky to sit in on a three-minute snapshot of the first rehearsal, featuring two of the Year 12 students who will be participating in this project. The Prep students loved dancing to Nick K playing the drums and Tom B on the electric guitar. Stay tuned for more exciting news from this band.
We have been having a wow of a time in our Grade 3/4 Digital Technologies classes. Students have been code breaking using binary and created a bracelet to represent the first letter of their name.
Some students have amazed me by memorising some of the representations, saying ‘on, off, off, on…’ etc. How amazing is that?!
Next up, we are learning about what the digital world is and how to be a good digital citizen.
In our Digital Technologies class this week (in 14th March), students learned about what kind of information computers can understand. Students were able to explain the on/off nature of the information using torch light. We later decoded a message using a representation of binary, before making a bracelet with the first letter of our name I binary. Stay tuned for our final piece – a beaded bracelet
Do you recognise any of these Australian state floral emblems? the Year 3/4 Humanities class have been leraning about the different floral emblems of each state and territory. To show what we learned and test others, we made models of the flowers. They look fantastic!
This week we will continue to challenge students by learning about what kinds of plants grow in particular climates.
Over the last two weeks, the Year 4s have been reading, writing and following procedures to learn about procedural texts. Today, we followed a procedure to see what happens when oil is added to water. We discovered that the oil sits on the top of the water and that “oil and water don’t mix”! We then discussed the effects an oil spill can have on the environment.
Next, we all followed Casey’s detailed procedure and made our own chatterboxes! We learnt that we have to use our words carefully so that people know what exactly to do. It was tricky but fun.
Here are some pics of Paper Mache with the Grade 3/4s yesterday (the 2/3s are doing it too).
The kids had a ball getting messy and starting their own animal totems using paper cups as the base for their designs. Looking forward to seeing them all painted later on!
Over the past few weeks, the P-4s have been learning about Water Safety as part of our Swimming Program. The Year 3/4s worked in pairs to create Water Safety posters, which included a scenario about children not being safe around water, and then the water safety rules they should have followed. We have learnt lots of ways to be safe around water, such as ‘always check the depth’ and ‘always swim with an adult’! – Sarah Windridge
Mrs Lister started the morning by going through our newest student’s booklists. We wish all of our new preps the very best for their first year of school!