Excursion to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre

Hello parents!

Next Wednesday (13/09/17) Room 18 and 19 have their excursion to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre. We will leave school at 9.30am and arrive back to school at 2.30pm. Students will need to bring their recess, lunch and water bottle in a small bag.

We would really appreciate volunteers for this excursion, so that we can meet the DECD requirements for adult:student ratios. If you are able to join us for the experience, please let me know as soon as possible!

Many thanks,
Erin

Swimming and Science

We survived our week of swimming! The level of organisation shown by Star 19 was impressive, and as far as I’m aware, we managed to get through the week without even losing a sock!  We had great feedback from the staff at the pool who emphasised how polite and respectful our students had been through the week, and one of our bus drivers made a point of telling me twice through the day how great they were. I’m sure you’ll be humbled to know that your children are a pleasure to work with!

The main focus of swimming lessons were water safety and survival, and the children seemed to respond really well to the information. I heard that in previous years there have been pool discos and parties, but as it doesn’t fit with the theme of “water safety”, today all the groups combined to simulate a rip. It was very splashy!

Rip it up!

Despite having such a topsy turvy week, we still managed to get some great learning done. We have spent a lot of the term planning and writing an investigative report for science, and this week we were able to conduct the experiment. Everyone had a role within their team, which helped the experiment to run smoothly. Ask your child about their experiment, and make sure you encourage them to use expert language! They are beginning to talk like real scientists.

Heat experiment

A pile of papers (4 pages) about the Narnu Camp will be coming home tonight. Although the camp is in term 4, we feel that it’s important for families to have plenty of notice so that they can get everything organised. I’ve heard really positive things about Narnu, and it’s a great opportunity for some hands on experiences, as well as strengthening relationships. If you have a current DCSI clearance, and can spare the time, we will soon be taking names of parents who can join us as volunteers for the camp.

A reminder that because we are a sun smart school, it’s now time for hats to be worn each play time. Dust them off, and pack them into the bags!

Enjoy the weekend! I hope all the fathers have a very special day with their families.

Erin

Book week group photos

What a great book week!

On Wednesday we escaped to the Middle East, Pakistan and Outback Australia with Roseanne Hawke. She introduced us to some of her characters, and talked about how she uses her experiences and research to create characters and stories.

We were joined by Holly Nunan on Thursday morning, who was very engaging and inspiring. Our session with her was full of positive messages about the power and importance of believing and trusting in yourself, which tied in really well with our whole-school focus on growth mindsets. She read her book “What is an idea?”, and took the time to answer many questions.

Later that afternoon we watched a “Super Duper” performance, which followed the story of a boy whose superpower was to bring books to life. It featured characters from the shortlisted books, as well as a few of their own creations. It was great to see so many kids get involved with the dancing and offers to help out on stage.

Wow, was I impressed to see the effort and thought put into so many book week costumes! I really had no idea what I was in for, but I was blown away at the parade by everyone involved.
At the end of the day I tried to get a whole class selfie, but we couldn’t manage it, so instead we have two group pictures!

I hope you all had plenty of positive feedback about the week. I know I certainly enjoyed my first CLG book week!

Swimming week 6

Good morning!

Star 19 have their swimming sessions next week: Monday to Friday, from 9.30am to 10.30am.

The bus will leave school at 9.00am, so we need to have the roll marked and be waiting outside by this time. It’s important that everyone is punctual and organised each morning.

Being organised means:

  • Wearing swimwear under school uniform
  • Goggles packed
  • Towel packed
  • Medication and action plans given to Miss Chambers
  • Change of underwear packed
  • Plastic bag for wet items packed

The bus will leave Westminster to return to CLG at 11.00am, which means we won’t be eating until almost 11.30am. Please make sure your child has a big, wholesome breakfast (we want to avoid any cases of the hangries!).

Parents are welcome to attend the sessions to watch their child. There is a sign up sheet outside of Room 19. Please read the information carefully before signing.

Miss Chambers

Book Week 18-25 August

Hi everyone,

Today is the official launch of Book Week 2017!

Attached is a poster to let you know of the events that will be taking place at CLG for book week.

Star 19 will have two meet the author experiences; we will be attending a session with South Australian author Roseanne Hawke on Wednesday morning, and we are very fortunate to have Holly Nunan, author and motivational speaker, offer to visit our class on Thursday morning!

I hope everyone is getting their costume ideas sorted for the parade next Friday (also on my “to do” list this weekend).

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School photos

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that scissors need to be kept out of reach because we have school photos tomorrow at 10.00am, and family photos on Wednesday at 11.20am. We don’t want wonky fringes or bald patches!

If you would like to order photos, please ensure your child has their own envelope with them tomorrow.

Thanks,

Erin

Room 19 update

Hi everyone,

We’re getting back into our routines here in Star 19, and settling in well after the holidays!

Attached to this blog is a copy of the term overview. Please have a read through and let me know if there are any points you would like to discuss.

Some of you may have noticed or heard that I was out of the classroom Thursday and Friday of week 1. I will also be away from the class this coming Tuesday (week 3). I am taking part in a pilot project developed with DECD, UniSA and Adelaide Uni, which is focusing on supporting teachers to address the language demands in literacy, through a science unit.  Their argument is that children do not understand the science if they cannot use appropriate scientific language, so I will be trialling an approach which will hopefully have our class talking like expert scientists by the end of the term.

Swimming notes have gone out to families. Please ensure you return both the medical note, and consent form to the school. Payments are made to the front office, however I can pass these on if you cannot find the time to make it to the office.

The lap-a-thon was a huge success last Friday. I saw many children putting in all their effort, and I am so impressed at the stamina and endurance of the runners! Thank you to the parents, carers, family members and friends who were involved with the sponsorship. When the learning space is finished we’ll have to have an appreciation bake-a-thon for you all.

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Indigenous Australian Culture Day

Rooms 17, 18 and 19 have been busy in HASS! After looking at the events and people we celebrate here at CLG we noticed that there are some people missing. We asked the children to present a plan for a new celebration for us to organise and trial in week 10. We had suggestions about a day to celebrate parents, teachers, the environment, the government and animals. The most convincing team, with the winning number of votes, was the group who suggested a day to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture.

So it is set! Next Wednesday, the classes will combine to celebrate Indigenous Australian culture (and such perfect timing for NAIDOC week!). Attached are some informative posters to explain why we’re celebrating and what we will be doing. The children have taken ownership over the planning, and have shown strong skills in teamwork, setting realistic goals and great time management.

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Indigenous Austrailia Culture Day by Emma and Maddie-2i5tr67

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Enjoy your weekend, and see you in week 10!

What’s going on in Star 19

Well, it sure is nice to have a long weekend after such a busy week!

On Monday we had SciWorld visit with their stardome. We were given a demonstration of how the earth and moon orbit the sun, which really helped to correct some misunderstandings about how night and day happen. After crawling into the stardome we sat in darkness and did some star gazing. We saw some of the constellations and were told some of the different stories about them. Some of the biggest stars were pointed out to us and finding out that one of the stars might go super nova in our lifetime generated a lot of questions. I think the presenter did quite a good job of settling any concerns the children had.

From the sun to Neptune

We once again got stuck into our 60 second challenge for Design and Technology. There have been lots of great conversations about speed, height, the properties of materials and how they all impact the success of each project. The resilience everyone shows though each lesson leaves me stunned. The determination of the groups is incredible, and I can see improvements in how teams are collaborating with respect, an open mind and patience.

9 seconds of success – Alicia, MacKenzie & Owen

Take 3, action! Ella, Annie & Maddie

In maths we have been looking at units of time. Everyone had a choice of an investigation: Create a resource to teach others about the relationship between units of time; What’s one thing you can do for a second, how many times should you be able to do it in a minute? How can you prove it?; Why might some people say there are 4 weeks in a month? How can you prove if it’s true?

Have a look at this amazing resource created by Kit and Ella!

Time cube

Some groups have been timing themselves jumping, blinking and saying “me” in order to prove how many times it can be done in one minute (our classroom must look like a pretty strange place sometimes). Other groups have been looking at calendars and making calculations of days and weeks in months. The rest of the presentations will be done this week. I’m looking forward to seeing the outcomes of their investigations!

On Wednesdays we have our HASS lessons, where we work collaboratively with Simone and rooms 17 and 18. We have been focusing on celebrations and commemorations on the personal, local and global levels. After creating a timeline of personal events and doing some research about a celebration from another culture, we are bringing it back to CLG and focusing on what it is that we as a community value. Stay tuned for where this may take us…

We have had some visits from two students from UniSA who are in their first year of their education degree. This week they will be in our class for the whole day on Wednesday and Friday. We are very lucky to have them helping and learning with us and the children are certainly enjoying it!

Just a little reminder that tomorrow is a pupil free day. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again on Wednesday! Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Miss Chambers

Term overview

Hello!

I am finally updating you on Star 19’s overview from the term: TERM 2 OVERVIEW-1nlp2l8

Now that NAPLAN is well and truly over, we are getting stuck into our learning. Hopefully you have had a bit of feedback already about some of the exciting things coming up, which connect with our learning:

  • Sciworld incursion (science)
  • Celebration expo (HASS)
  • Non-stop 60 second challenge (maths and design and technology)

Thank you to those that have already paid for the incursion, and to anyone who has allowed their child to bring in some resources for design and technology.

An insight into the beginnings of the 60 second challenge

We also have two new students in our class this term. It has been so lovely to see how welcoming and accepting everyone has been. I hope they are feeling comfortable and settled!

All the best for the rest of the week ahead.

 

Miss Chambers