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CEP Digital Media Festival

Thank you to everyone who came along to our CEP Digital Media Festival last week. The event was a great success, with a turnout of over 2,500 community members. Our fundraising stall – popcorn and slushies – raised close to $1000, which goes back towards supporting our creative and performing arts programs. 

Our film, The Other Side of the Door, written and created by our students, was enthusiastically received and has helped further cement the festival as a highlight on participating schools’ creative and performing arts calendar.
 
Watch our 2017 film, The Other Side of the Door…

Colour My World!

Our Colour Run is next Friday! Do your final round of fundraising & prepare yourself for an awesome day! We’d love to see as many parents at the event as possible, so please come along and support the kids after all their hard work.

Term 4 overview

Welcome to Term 4! It’s already been a busy and exciting few weeks, with lots more to come. Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in. Remember to visit the OC Events page, as I will be updating it throughout the term when dates and information become available.

CEP Outdoor Digital Media Festival

This annual event showcases short films from all 17 schools in our local cluster. Tickets are on sale before school for this great event, held on Thursday 9th November at Wallsend campus. There’s lots of entertainment, food, drink and a performance from our aerobics team. Don’t miss the premiere of our entry ‘The Other Side of the Door’. This year’s winning film wins a drone! Make sure you visit our fundraising stall where we will be selling popcorn and slushies.

Thinkfest

Students have begun working on their Thinkfest projects for this term. Thinkfest is an OC event where students work in groups on a problem from a key learning area. For each problem, students have to write and perform a skit, create a backdrop, design a key prop, maintain a visual process diary and film a short trailer.

In Week 7, New Lambton South PS is hosting this year’s Thinkfest event, with OCs from around the region attending. A note will be sent home later this term once the details are finalised.

Mini EV Solar Cart Festival

Our new solar cart kits have just arrived and students will begin designing and constructing their carts this week. The race day will again be held at Cameron Park Raceway on Wednesday 29th November. A note for this excursion will be sent home soon. Parents and families are very welcome to attend.

Homework

Homework for students began last week (Week 2). Included in our homework menu this term, students will have the option to work on their Thinkfest project for additional points.  This term’s speaking and listening task is free choice and has also been sent home (due in Week 6).

Mastery Core Value

This term students have the opportunity to earn mastery ribbons for all 3 core values – Respect, Responsibility and Quality. Our Hall of Fame assembly will be on Monday Week 9. Students who have achieved Hall of Fame in all 3 core values this year will also be invited to a special end of year reward day.

Reading

This term students will be concluding their Literature Circle for Bridge to Terabithia, Flora & Ulysses, Once and Parvana. We will then move on to our whole-class novel, Mao’s Last Dancer (Young Reader’s Edition).

We will hopefully get to share some more Reader’s Theatre podcasts.

As we’re approaching the end of the year, it’s a great time for students to think about completing their OC Reading Challenge.

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s Premier’s Reading Challenge. Our certificates will be arriving soon and I will present these at our weekly assembly.

OC Book Club

A note will be sent home this week about our end of year book- a fun adventure story by Matthew Reilly called Troll Mountain.

Well done to everyone who read our last novel, A Wrinkle in Time.

Writing

This term we’ve begun a new writing challenge (#OCWC), with a mixture of visual and vocabulary prompts. NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month – kicks off in November. Students have the opportunity to set a word count goal and write their very own original novel. Can’t wait to see all the exciting ideas!

Mathematics

One of our major projects this term is to create a poster for the Statistical Society of Australia National Poster competition. We started this project last term and students have  been busy working in groups, writing surveys and collecting data. Once the research and data collection is complete, students will create a poster to present their findings and hopefully prove their hypothesis.

Well done to everyone for their fantastic efforts in the APSMO Maths Games and Olympiads last term. Our final results have been sent in and we should be receiving our awards and trophies soon!

Other content we will be looking at later this term includes area, chance, patterns and algebra and time.

Geography

Miss Hibbert will be teaching our Geography unit this term – A Diverse and Connected World: Anthropology.

Science

This term our unit is The Structure and Function of Cities. During this unit students will explore different types of built environments, the systems that allow our society to function and the effect humans are having on the environment.

Colour Run

We’re having a whole-school fun run on Friday 17th November. Parents and families are very welcome to join in the fun at Islington Park. Well done to those who have already set up their sponsorship page and started raising money. There’s lots of great prizes available and the proceeds will go back to our school.

Events

There are lots of events and excursions taking place this term!

We have an incursion in Week 6 this term from the World of Maths roadshow. Notes went home today and the cost is $6 per student.

Mrs Bowman is organising an excursion for Stage 3 to go and see the film adaptation of one of our favourite novels – Wonder. This excursion will take place on Thursday 23rd November. Notes will be sent home soon.

Year 5 students will be participating in our student leadership program later this term in preparation for the selection of our 2018 student leaders. Parents and families are invited to watch their leadership speeches on Thursday 30th November.

Our class will be hosting our weekly assembly in Week 6 as well as sharing some work. All welcome to attend!

Our annual Carols evening will take place on Thursday 7th December.

Presentation Day will be held at the Grainery on Tuesday 12th December.

Our Year 5/6 students will receive their invitations in the coming weeks for the Year 6 Farewell, which will also be held at the Grainery on Thursday 14th  December. (Year 6 – please bring in your kindy photo so we can scan it for our farewell presentation)

 

Finally, well done to all the students who have had a fabulous start to the term and for their excellent effort and commitment to all the projects we’ve got taking place.

Dr Karl visit

Yesterday the OC were fortunate enough to be invited to attend a Skype session with the amazing science guru Dr Karl Kruszelnicki! We had a great time asking lots of interesting questions and learning about all things science. A huge thank you to Mrs Elsley and 1E for inviting us to take part. 

Year 5/6 Fair!

Congratulations to Years 5 and 6 for their amazing efforts in running our annual Year 5/6 Fair! We had a variety of stalls including face painting, hair and beauty, Splat the Rat, Gladiators, drinks, ice cream, jumping castle, video games, Foga (fun yoga), Ninja Obstacle Course, pizza, cake stall, lolly bags, guessing competition and more! A huge thank you to all families for your generous donations and support of this event. #bestfairever