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Term 3 Overview

Welcome to Term 3! Quite possibly the busiest term of the year! 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.

 

Homework

Homework for students began this week (Week 2). Included in our homework menu this term, students will have the option to work on past papers for the Newcastle Permanent maths competition which is coming up in a few weeks. This term’s speaking and listening task has also been sent home and is due in Week 6.

Class Needs

It’s that time of year when many students need to replenish materials and equipment. Please encourage your child to bring the required equipment each day, particularly glue sticks, USB, headphones and pens. We are also running low on tissues if you would like to donate a box.

Mastery Core Value

This term we are focusing on the core value of Quality. Students who achieve 5 mastery ribbons will be inducted into our Hall of Fame during our special assembly on Monday Week 10.

Reading

This term students will be conducting a guided novel study of Esty’s Gold by Mary Arrigan. This historical fiction novel supports our history topic and is about a young Irish girl and her family who survive the potato famine and make their way to Australia to find gold.

Students have also begun Literature Circles. As a result of their fantastic effort at the end of last term reading The Princess Bride, students earned the opportunity to select their own novels and groups to collaborate with. Our Literature Circle texts are Bridge to Terabithia, Flora & Ulysses, Once and Parvana. 4 very different but equally amazing stories.

We will be continuing to use our School Magazines to record our Reader’s Theatre podcasts – for your listening pleasure. This is also a fabulous opportunity for students to develop their reading fluency, voice skills and expression (plus the occasional accent!)

OC Book Club

A note will be sent home this week about our August book. It’s a surprise, but I’ll give you a clue – it’s a classic. I’m sure it’s a childhood favourite for lots of mums and dads and it is soon to be made into a movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey. Any ideas?

Well done to everyone who read (or is still reading) last month’s novel, Frogkisser by Garth Nix. We will meet to discuss this next week (I just have to finish it!!). I can’t wait to see what you all think.

Writing

This term our major focus is on informative texts. Students will be learning about a variety of devices used to create effective informative texts.

Students are also about to begin working on an imaginative piece of writing for this year’s NESA Write On competition. Our best entry will be submitted to represent our school for Stage 3.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in groups, covering a different strand each week. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Angles, Fractions & Decimals, Volume & Capacity, Mass, Patterns & Algebra, Chance, Length, Area and Data. Students will continue their participation the in annual Maths Olympiad and Maths Games– 3 to go! So far, students have been doing a terrific job solving these challenging problems. Students also have the opportunity to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options.

The ICAS Maths competition is coming up in Week 5 and the Australian Maths competition is on this Thursday for students who have paid. All students in Year 5 and 6 will take part in the Newcastle Permanent Maths competition in Week 6.

Well done to our students who took part in the Maths Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA) at the end of last term. They did a great job working cooperatively in a small group, developing their problem solving skills to complete a range of difficult scenarios. Our results have been submitted and students will receive their awards later this term.

Throughout this term we will also have Dr Elena Prieto come in to work with us on the Statistical Society of Australia National Poster competition which is a project-based learning opportunity where students create an informative poster based on the collection and interpretation of data that addresses a practical research question. Can’t wait to see what they come up with!

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Well done to the students who are taking part in this year’s challenge and who have been entering their books online. There’s not long to go – all reading logs need to be completed by Friday 25/8/17 (end of Week 6) for validation. Keep reading!!

Premier’s Spelling Bee

One of my favourite events – the Premier’s Spelling Bee – will be taking place next week! Information has been sent home for students who wish to participate. Parents and carers are very welcome to come along and watch the Spelling Bee! Students have been using the PSB senior list for the spelling focus these last 2 weeks in preparation for the event. The lists can also be accessed online.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

In weeks 6 and 7 we will be having parent/teacher interviews to discuss student progress and development. These interviews will also allow the opportunity to review student’s learning goals and future focus. The online booking system will again be used and information regarding this will be sent home in Week 4.

Excursions

In Week 8 this term is our Stage 3 excursion to the Great Aussie Bush Camp at Tea Gardens. Thank you to all the families who have finalised payments or have been making regular instalments. If you require assistance or have any questions, please let me know. A medical form will be sent home closer to the date for parents to complete.

The OC will also be taking part in the Science and Engineering Discovery Day in Week 8 Friday. This is one of the OC’s favourite events of the term – and yes, Week 8 is going to be exhausting! Permission notes and information will be sent home later this term.

History

This term students have commenced learning about the topic Australian Colonies.  Students have the opportunity to explore the influence of the discovery of gold on Australian identity, environment and heritage. The unit focuses on significant events, actions and people as well as lifestyles and perspectives of the people and groups living at that time.

Science

Miss Hibbert will be teaching our science unit this term: States and Properties of Matter.  Students will be able to investigate how changes in the state of everyday materials relate to the addition and removal of heat and classify the changes as reversible or irreversible.

Techno Buddies

Last term our class worked with 3AD for the Writing Buddies program. This term we will be focusing on technology where students will have the opportunity to share their technological skills with our younger students and create projects using our class iPads.

Interrelate

Notes were sent home on Monday with Year 6 students for the Interrelate program, Moving Into the Teen Years. The program will begin in Week 6 and cost $37 per student. It’s a very worthwhile program and despite some student reluctance/embarrassment I’m sure they’ll find it very informative and valuable.

SRC

Our Student Representative Council are organising a range of fundraisers this term including Jeans 4 Genes Day, Daffodil Day and a school disco.

Book Week

Our Book Week celebrations kick off in Week 9. Start thinking about your costume for this year’s theme Escape to Everywhere! Be sure to visit Mrs Derricott’s Book Fair in our library which will officially open on Saturday 9th September. There are so many fabulous novels on the Children’s Book Council of Australia list this year for young readers and young adult, it’s a great time to buy some new books or donate one to our school. Visit the website at CBCA

Cluster Choir

Our senior choir have been busily rehearsing and learning new songs for this year’s Cluster Choir event. The performance evening, which takes place at Callaghan College Waratah Campus on Thursday 7th September, showcases the many choirs from our local schools and this year’s theme is Tribute, featuring classics from late greats David Bowie, George Michael, Chris Cornell, Prince and many more.

CEP Outdoor Festival

Our school will be taking part in the Callaghan Education Pathways (CEP) Outdoor Media Festival in Term 4. This event is always enjoyable and successful with all 18 schools in our cluster participating. Part of the festival involves a short film screening and the OC have the task of creating a script and storyboard for our film. The best one will be turned into a “professional” film. We will begin working on this project later in the term. Information about the CEP Outdoor Festival will be sent out towards the end of this term.

Events

We are celebrating Education Week – Grandparents Day next Thursday 3rd August beginning at 9.30am under the COLA. We will be showcasing creative and performing arts programs with performances from our choir, dance groups, school band, aerobics team and public speakers. Following our assembly you’re invited to visit our student Art Gallery set up in the lower hall and community room. A huge thank you to Jane Lander who has been working with students on a variety of art projects in the Art Cave and is setting up our student gallery.

We will be receiving a visit from our Mathematicians in Schools partner, Dr Jarad, later this term as part of National Science Week. Mrs Bowman is also organising some fun activities to help us celebrate this event.

Students who made it into our Zone Athletics team will represent our school in track and field events on Monday and Tuesday of Week 4. Good luck!

In Week 10 this term, students will be organising our Year 5/6 Fair which is a fun celebration day for all students and our major fundraising initiative for our Year 6 Farewell and school gift. Information about our Fair will be sent home soon.

Congratulations also to the many students who have been selected to participate in the Hunter GATs Camp and Creative Arts Camp this term. I’m sure they’ll have a brilliant experience.

Finally, I’d like to welcome Madeline Rae to our class this term. Madeline is from the University of Newcastle and is completing her teaching internship with our class. Well done to all the students who have had a wonderful start to the term and for their excellent effort and behaviour for Mr Newling while I’ve been relieving principal this week for Mr Selwood. Happy term 3!

Term 2 Overview

Term 2 is certainly well under way! Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and events students will be involved in this term.

Reading

This term students have begun studying our class novel Skellig by David Almond. We will also be starting our Literature Circles this term, guided to begin with. Towards the end of the term, students will have the opportunity to choose a text set for their Literature Group to read and study.

Our OC Book Club begins this month! We are reading the text Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks and will meet at the end of May to have our discussion.

During the holidays I purchased a whole range of new novels for our OC Class Library. It has been wonderful to see so many students borrowing and enjoying these and sharing their recommendations with others. Please encourage your child to choose a book to bring home if they haven’t done so already.

Writing

This term students will be learning about a variety of concepts and devices to enhance their writing skills and will use these to produce imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Part of this process involves students sharing their work with peers for critiquing and publishing finished pieces of writing on their individual blogs.

Last term our students demonstrated great skill and flair for writing imaginative texts. This term our focus will move towards producing persuasive texts. I will continue to showcase quality examples on the blog.

Students are currently working on a writing project based on the theme Lost. I look forward to some great stories!

We have also organised some Stage 3 combined writing sessions for this term where students will get to work with other students and teachers to develop their skills and knowledge.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in group rotations. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Fractions and Decimals, Volume and Capacity, Patterns and Algebra, Chance and Data, Whole Number and Time.

During this term and next, the OC will be participating the in annual APSMO Maths Olympiad and Maths Games program. The entry fee is $15 per student. Students are able to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options. The Olympiads are quite challenging, but a great way for students to develop their problem solving skills.

Students invited to take part in the AMT Challenge will begin working on their problems later this term when notes/payment have been returned.

Excursions

The first event for OC students was the Interschool Chess Challenge held earlier this week – we came 1st! Thank you to all the parents who helped out with transport.

We also have an excursion planned for Week 7 to the Civic Theatre to see a performance of Roald Dahl’s The Witches. I’ll be sending a note home next week.

Homework

Homework for students began last week (Week 2). Again, homework consists of a choice menu, where you can negotiate with your child what activities to complete at home. There is a speaking and listening task for all students to complete – due Week 5. The top 3 speakers will be invited to compete in our Speak Off in Week 6. Parents/carers are invited to attend this event.

SSAI National Primary & Secondary Poster Competition

We are very fortunate to have Dr Elena Prieto joining us from the University of Newcastle to introduce and assist students with this mathematical endeavour. This project-based learning activity involves teams of 2 to 5 students creating an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical research question.

Geography

This term students will be covering the topic Factors that Shape Places – Urban Spaces and Agriculture with Miss Hibbert on Tuesdays. Students have the opportunity to investigate how people change the natural environment in Australia and other places around the world. They will also explore how the environment influences the human characteristics of places and examine ways people influence the characteristics of places, including the management of spaces. 

Science

Students will explore the science of the solar system and space and have the opportunity to develop their understanding of the 8 planets and other celestial objects in the solar system and beyond. We also have a visit from Skyworks Planetarium in Week 6 which will tie in perfectly with this unit. 

Sport

Congratulations to our PSSA Knockout Soccer, Netball and Cricket teams who all made it through the first round. Keep an eye out for notes coming home with dates for future games. We also have a PSSA Soccer and Netball team representing our school each Friday and rugby skills for students remaining at school. We are currently arranging table tennis for Fridays as well!

Writing Buddies

Last term our class worked with 3AD for our Reading Buddies program. This term we will be doing Writing Buddies and I am looking forward to seeing them share their amazing writing skills with our younger students.

Events

The UNSW ICAS competitions begin this term starting with Digital Technologies in Week 5, Science in Week 6 and Writing and Spelling in Week 8. 

Our whole school Athletics Carnival is coming up in Week 8 on Thursday 15th June. Notes about this event will be sent home soon.

Our Hall of Fame assembly will take place on Tuesday afternoon in Week 10.

The OC will be hosting our Monday assembly in Week 9, 19th June at 11.40am. We’d love it if you could come along and join us. 

Our SRC will be organising a Disco to take place in Week 6 – Wednesday 31st May. Special guest DJ Mix-a-lot will be back! Tickets on sale soon.

We will be celebrating NAIDOC Day in the last week of this term with a special day of activities on the Monday and cultural events throughout the week.

Permission notes and information has been sent home about our Term 3 major excursion to the Great Aussie Bush Camp. Payments can be made at the office or online. 

Finally, well done to the students who have had a terrific start to the term. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 4 Events

It has certainly been a big start to term 4 with our Canberra excursion last week and students working hard on their stop motion film projects and Thinkfest.

P&C Circus Fete

The fete is on this Friday beginning at 3pm. Thanks to our wonderful parents organising our showbag stall. Please let Ali (Ember’s mum) know if you would like to help out on the day.

Homework

Homework for students began this week (Week 3). Included in our homework menu this term, students will have the option to earn points for Thinkfest, Stop Motion films and NaNoWriMo writing month. This term’s speaking and listening task has also been sent home and it’s free choice – due in Week 8.

Class Needs

Please encourage your child to bring the required equipment each day, in particular – glue stick, USB, headphones, BYOD and pens.

Mastery Core Value

This term we are consolidating our understanding of all core values – respect, responsibility and quality. Students who achieve 5 mastery ribbons will be inducted into our Hall of Fame during our special assembly in Week 9. Students who achieve Hall of Fame for all core values will receive our special core value badge and be invited to our end of year reward day.

Reading

This term students will be studying the extraordinary novel A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. Students will be learning about the concepts of metaphor, symbolism, tone and foreshadowing.

Writing

This term we will consolidate our skills in imaginative, persuasive and informative writing. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this November.

CEP Outdoor Digital Media Festival

Our school will be taking part in the Callaghan Education Pathways (CEP) Outdoor Digital Media Festival in Week 6 on Thursday 17th November. Part of the festival involves a short film screening and students have been busily working on stop motion animations. When completed we will all vote on the best film to represent our school at the festival. Information about the CEP Outdoor Festival will be sent out next week and tickets will be available to purchase before school at the silver seats.

Reports

At the end of this term, students will receive their Semester 2 reports.

Thinkfest

Students have already begun work 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 and maintain a visual process diary.

In Week 6, New Lambton South PS is hosting this year’s Thinkfest event, with OCs from around the region attending. A note will be sent home this week.

Events

This term has already been quite busy and it looks like it’s going to continue!

Many of the students in the OC are part of our Senoir Choir and will be visiting our local Mercy Services to perform with Miss Hibbert. 

We have our leadership program coming up for Year 5 students in readiness for 2017 Student Leadership.  Later this term, we will welcome our new 2017 OC students with an orientation session and transition visits. Our Year 6 students will have high school orientation visits coming up which will be an exciting time for them. At the end of the term we have presentation day and our Year 6 Farewell. 

Finally, congratulations to all the students who have had a brilliant start to the term. There’s lots of events and projects taking place and it’s wonderful to see the hard work and dedication students demonstrate to produce their personal best.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 3 Events

With Term 3 well and truly underway, below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in throughout the term. Remember to visit the OC Events page as I will be updating it regularly throughout the term when dates and information become available.

This term we are very lucky to have Flossy Hamiltons from UoN completing her internship in our class. Miss Hamiltons has already begun working with students, teaching a variety of lessons and is doing a great job getting involved in OC life. 

Education Week – Grandparent’s Day

Next week is Education Week and we will be celebrating on Wednesday 3rd August between 11:40am-1.55pm. We’d love you to come along as our Y5/6 students will be leading STEM activities in our K-4 classes throughout the middle session. We are also having a shared lunch from 1pm – remember to order your sausage sizzle! 

Homework

Homework for students began this week (Week 2). Included in our homework menu this term, students will have the option to work on past papers for the Newcastle Permanent maths competition which is coming up in a few weeks. This term’s speaking and listening task has also been sent home and is due in Week 6.

Class Needs

It’s that time of year when many students need to replenish materials and equipment. Please encourage your child to bring the required equipment each day, in particular – glue stick, USB, headphones, BYOD and pens. We are also running low on tissues.

Mastery Core Value

This term we are focusing on the core value of quality. Students who achieve 5 mastery ribbons will be inducted into our Hall of Fame during our special assembly in Week 10.

Reading

This term students will be studying the class novel Animal Farm by George Orwelll which ties in well with our History topic of Government. Students will also be learning about the concepts of allegory and satire. 

 

Writing

This term our major focus is on informative texts. Students will be learning about a variety of devices used to create effective informative texts.

Students are currently working on an imaginative piece of writing for this year’s Board of Studies Write On competition. Our best entry will be submitted to represent our school for Stage 3.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in groups, covering a different strand each week. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Fractions & Decimals, Volume & Capacity, Mass, Patterns & Algebra, Chance, Length, Area and Data. Students will continue their participation the in annual Maths Olympiad and Maths Games– 3 to go! So far, students have been doing a terrific job solving these challenging problems. Students also have the opportunity to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options.

The ICAS Maths competition is coming up in Week 5 and the Australian Maths competition this week for students who have paid. All students in Year 5 and 6 will take part in the Newcastle Permanent Maths competition in Week 6.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Well done to the students who are taking part in this year’s challenge and who have been entering their books online. There’s not long to go – all reading logs need to be completed by 19/8/16 (end of Week 5) for validation. Keep reading!!

Premier’s Spelling Bee

One of my favourite events – the Premier’s Spelling Bee – will be taking place this term in Week 5. Information will be sent home soon for students who wish to participate. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to come and watch the Spelling Bee.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

At the end of this term we will again hold parent/teacher interviews to discuss student progress and development. These interviews will also allow the opportunity to review student’s Individual Educational Plans (IEP). The online booking system will again be used and information regarding this will be sent home in a few weeks.

Excursions

Our first excursion is next week – Thursday 4th August, where we will be heading out to Cameron Park Raceway to participate in the Mini EV Solar Cart practice day event in preparation for Race Day on Saturday 13th August. 

We are also participating in Life Education on Thursday 11th August. The cost of this excursion is $10 and notes have been sent home. 

The OC will also be taking part in the Science and Engineering Discovery Day in Week 8. Permission notes will be sent home later this term.

Our top 5 Chess players (Connor, Akira, Jamie, Noah and Oscar) have been invited to compete in the semi-finals at Coal Point PS in Week 4. Good luck!

Our excursion to Aladdin the Musical will take place in Week 9 on Wednesday 14th September for those students who booked a seat. 

History

This term students will take part in the unit Australian as a Nation: Federal Government.  Students will have the opportunity to learn about federation, types of government, voting, women’s suffrage and indigenous culture. This also ties in with our Canberra excursion taking place early Term 4. 

Techno Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E for the Writing Buddies program. This term we will be focusing on technology where students will have the opportunity to share their technological skills with our younger students and create and use projects using our class iPads, devices and computers.

CEP Outdoor Festival

Our school will be taking part in the Callaghan Education Pathways (CEP) Outdoor Media Festival in Term 4. This event was very successful last year with many schools in our cluster participating. Part of the festival involves a short film screening and the OC have the task of making a film for our school. We will begin working on our filming project this term. Information about the CEP Outdoor Festival will be sent out towards the end of this term.

Events

This term has already been quite busy with lots of events taking place. 

Many of the students in the OC are part of our Cluster Choir and have been busy rehearsing for their event later this term. 

We are also organising a whole school Mini-Olympics event in Week 6 this term which is going to be lots of fun. More information regarding that will be sent home in the coming weeks. 

There are a variety of sporting events including Zone Athletics, T20 Cricket and a Touch Footy Gala day coming up this term for students to participate in. 

Book Week will take place in Week 8 this term with our annual parade on Tuesday 6th September. This year’s theme is about Australian Stories and I encourage all students to get involved and dress up.

Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in the Interrelate: Moving Into the Teen Years program this term. Notes will be sent home next week. 

In Week 10 this term, students will be organising our Year 5/6 Fair which is a fun celebration day for all students and our major fundraising initiative for our Year 6 Farewell and school gift.

Finally, congratulations to all the students who have had a wonderful start to the term. There’s lots of things going on each and everyday and it’s so great to see the effort and initiative individual students show, getting involved in a number of different aspects of school life.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 2 Overview

Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in during term 2.

Reading

This term students have begun reading our class novel The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded by Jackie French.  We will also be starting our Literature Circles this term, guided to begin with. Towards the end of the term, students will have the opportunity to choose a text set for their Literature Group to read.

Writing

Each day students participate in D.R.A.W – daily reading and writing. Students will be learning about a variety of concepts and devices to enhance their writing skills and will use these to produce imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Part of this process involves students sharing their work with peers for critiquing and publishing finished pieces of writing on their individual blogs.

Last term our students demonstrated great skill and flair for writing imaginative texts. This term our focus will move towards producing persuasive texts. I will be publishing some student work samples on our blog.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in groups. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Mass, Patterns & Algebra, Chance, 3D Space, Multiplication & Division, Time and Angles.

During this term and next, the OC will be participating the in annual Maths Olympiad and Maths Games. The entry fee is $15 per student. Students are able to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options. The Olympiads are quite challenging, but a great way for students to develop their problem solving skills.

Students selected to take part in the AMT Challenge will begin working on their problems in the coming weeks.

Excursions

The first event for OC students is our excursion this week to the Civic Theatre to see The Peasant Prince. The cost is $22 per student and notes were sent home last week.

We have the Interschool Chess Challenge coming up on Friday 13th May. Thank you to all the parents who have indicated that they can help out with transport.

Our Year 5 students have the opportunity to attend a sports gala day coming up in week 4 at Callaghan College Waratah Campus. Notes will be sent home soon. We are also offering students in Y3-6 the opportunity to participate in an excursion to see Aladdin the Musical next term. Notes went out first day back – but be quick we only have 10 seats left!

Homework

Homework for students begins this week (Week 2). Again, homework consists of a choice menu, where you can negotiate with your child what activities to complete at home. There is a speaking and listening task for all students to complete – due Week 4. The top 3 speakers will be invited to compete in our Speak Off in Week 5. Parents/carers are invited to attend this event.

Geography

This term students will be learning about the Geography unit Climate Change. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the impact of climate change on the global environment and the causes and effects of this threat.

Science

Students will continue science with Miss Hibbert on a Friday. This term we are covering the topic Extreme Weather Phenomena where students will learn about a range of weather and natural disasters.

Aerobics

Congratulations to our school Aerobic team – featuring Elsie, Sia, Sophia and Mila from the OC! The girls competed in the Spring Challenge at HSPA last term and won! They will now compete in the preliminary finals next weekend. Well done to the girls, who have been practising non-stop for the last 10 weeks with Miss Drew and Mrs Elley.

NAPLAN

The national assessment program for Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy will be taking place in Week 3 of this term for our Year 5 students. Students will look at some past papers leading up to this to help familiarise themselves with the assessment format. Good luck Y5!

Writing Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E for our Reading Buddies program. This term we will be doing Writing Buddies and I am looking forward to seeing them share their amazing writing skills with our younger students.

Events

The UNSW ICAS competitions begin this term starting with Digital Technologies in Week 4, Science in Week 6 and Writing and Spelling in Week 8. Entries for Writing, Spelling, English and Maths are still open if you haven’t yet entered.

Many of our students are taking part in Choralfest with Miss Hibbert or Softball with Mr Slade this week. Good luck to our talented singers/softballers!

In Week 7, students will enjoy a Questacon Science Show. The cost is $5 per student. Notes will be sent home soon. We also have another visiting performance coming up in Week 9 from Brainstorm Productions. The cost for this is also $5 per students.

The Musica Viva in Schools program will be taking place in Week 5. Thanks to our P&C who fund this program for all students K-6.

Our Year 5 students will be participating in the Aim High Careers Through Reading program this term thanks to the University of Newcastle.

Our Hall of Fame assembly will take place on Monday afternoon in  Weeks 10. All welcome to come along!

Our SRC will be organising a Disco to take place in Week 5. Special guest DJ Mix-a-lot will be back! Tickets on sale soon.

Permission notes and information will also be coming home soon about our Term 4 major excursion to Canberra.

Finally, well done to the students who have had a fantastic start to the term. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 3 Overview

With Term 3 well and truly underway, below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in throughout the term. Remember to visit the OC Events page as I will be updating it regularly throughout the term when dates and information become available.

Sapphires Fundraising

We are so proud of Elsie, Sophia and Sia (our Sapphires) who will be representing our school at the Australian Championships later this term. A huge thank you to everyone who has shown their support by getting involved in our Friday fundraising festivities. So far we’ve had a cake stall and out of uniform day. Next week is a lunchtime disco and pizza day is Week 4. Be sure to get your pizza orders in by Tuesday 4th August as no late orders will be accepted.

Homework

Homework for students began this week (Week 2). Included in our homework menu this term, students will have the option to work on past papers for the Newcastle Permanent maths competition which is coming up in a few weeks. This term’s speaking and listening task has also been sent home and is due in Week 6.

Class Needs

It’s that time of year when many students need to replenish materials and equipment. Please encourage your child to bring the required equipment each day, in particular – glue stick, USB, headphones and pens. We are also running low on tissues.

Mastery Core Value

This term we are focusing on the core value of quality. Students who achieve 5 mastery ribbons will be inducted into our Hall of Fame during our special assembly in Week 10.

Reading

This term students will be studying the class novel Esty’s Gold by Mary Arrigan. This historical fiction novel supports our history topic and is about a young Irish girl and her family who survive the potato famine and make their way to Australia to find gold.

OC Book Club

A note will be sent home next week about our August book. We have been recommended Troll Mountain written by Matthew Reilly. Well done to everyone who read last month’s favourite, Fairy Tales for Wilde Girls.

Writing

This term our major focus is on informative texts. Students will be learning about a variety of devices used to create effective informative texts.

Students are currently working on an imaginative piece of writing for this year’s Board of Studies Write On competition. Our best entry will be submitted to represent our school for Stage 3.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in groups, covering a different strand each week. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Fractions & Decimals, Volume & Capacity, Mass, Patterns & Algebra, Chance, Length, Area and Data. Students will continue their participation the in annual Maths Olympiad and Maths Games– 3 to go! So far, students have been doing a terrific job solving these challenging problems. Students also have the opportunity to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options.

The ICAS Maths competition is coming up in Week 5 and the Australian Maths competition next week for students who have paid. All students in Year 5 and 6 will take part in the Newcastle Permanent Maths competition in Week 7.

Premiers Reading Challenge

Well done to the students who are taking part in this year’s challenge and who have been entering their books online. There’s not long to go – all reading logs need to be completed by 21/8/15 (end of Week 6) for validation. Keep reading!!

Premiers Spelling Bee

One of my favourite events – the Premiers Spelling Bee – will be taking place this term in Week 6. Information will be sent home soon for students who wish to participate. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to come and watch the Spelling Bee.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

At the end of this term we will again hold parent/teacher interviews to discuss student progress and development. These interviews will also allow the opportunity to review student’s Individual Educational Plans (IEP). The online booking system will again be used and information regarding this will be sent home closer to the end of term.

Excursions

In Week 9 this term is our Stage 3 excursion to the Great Aussie Bush Camp. Thank you to all the families who have finalised payments or have been making regular instalments. If you require assistance or have any questions, please let me know.

The OC will also be taking part in the Science and Engineering Discovery Day in Week 9. Permission notes will be sent home later this term.

Our top 5 Chess players (Jack, Dan, Cala, Adrian and Zane) have been invited to compete in the semi-finals at Coal Point PS in Week 5. Good luck!

HSIE/History

This term students will take part in the unit Australian Colonies: Gold.  Students will have the opportunity to explore the influence of the discovery of gold on Australian identity, environment and heritage. The unit focuses on significant events, actions and people as well as lifestyles and perspectives of the people and groups living at that time.

Techno Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E for the Writing Buddies program. This term we will be focusing on technology where students will have the opportunity to share their technological skills with our younger students and create and use projects using our class iPads.

CEP Outdoor Festival

Our school will be taking part in the Callaghan Education Pathways (CEP) Outdoor Media Festival in Term 4. This event was very successful last year with many schools in our cluster participating. Part of the festival involves a short film screening and the OC have the task of making a film for our school. We will begin working on our filming project this term. Information about the CEP Outdoor Festival will be sent out towards the end of this term.

Events

This term has already been quite busy with lots of events taking place. Many of our Yr 5 students are working on scripts and storyboards for this year’s Water Catchers competition. Some of our Yr 6 students will be taking part in the NBN Junior Journos program in Week 4. We have another group of Yr 6s devising a story for the video category of the Newcastle Herald writing competition.

We are celebrating Education Week – Grandparents Day this Thursday 30th July beginning at 9.30am. We will be showcasing creative and performing arts programs with performances from our choir, dance groups, school band and public speakers. Following our assembly you’re invited to visit our student Art Gallery set up in the lower hall. A huge thank you to Jane Lander who has been working with students on their art project in the Art Cave and is setting up our student gallery.

We will be receiving a visit from our Mathematicians in Schools partner, Dr Jarad, in Week 6 as part of National Science Week.

In Week 10 this term, students will be organising our Year 5/6 Fair which is a fun celebration day for all students and our major fundraising initiative for our Year 6 Farewell and school gift.

Finally, congratulations to all the students who have had a wonderful start to the term. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 2 Overview

 

Term 2 is certainly well under way! Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in this term.

Reading

This term students have begun studying the interactive multimodal text Inanimate Alice. In the coming weeks we will begin work on our class novel Skellig by David Almond.  We will also be starting our Literature Circles this term, guided to begin with. Towards the end of the term, students will have the opportunity to choose a text set for their Literature Group to read.

Our OC Book Club text this term is Endgame by James Frey.

Writing

Each day students participate in D.R.A.W – daily reading and writing. Students will be learning about a variety of concepts and devices to enhance their writing skills and will use these to produce imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Part of this process involves students sharing their work with peers for critiquing and publishing finished pieces of writing on their individual blogs.

Last term our students demonstrated great skill and flair for writing imaginative texts. This term our focus will move towards producing persuasive texts. I will continue to showcase quality examples on the blog.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in group rotations. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Fractions and Decimals, Volume and Capacity, Patterns and Algebra, Chance and Data, Whole Number and Time.

During this term and next, the OC will be participating the in annual Maths Olympiad. The entry fee is $6 per student. Students are able to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options. The Olympiads are quite challenging, but a great way for students to develop their problem solving skills.

Students selected to take part in the AMT Challenge will begin working on their problems this week.

Excursions

The first event for OC students was the Interschool Chess Challenge held last Friday – we came 3rd! Thank you to all the parents who helped out with transport.

We also have our visit to the Civic Theatre this Wednesday for the Combined Schools ANZAC service. The cost is $2.50 to cover the bus.

I am also hoping to organise an excursion to the museum at the end of this term to compliment our HSIE unit. I will send details home once this is finalised.

Homework

Homework for students began last week (Week 2). Again, homework consists of a choice menu, where you can negotiate with your child what activities to complete at home. There is a speaking and listening task for all students to complete – due Week 4. The top 3 speakers will be invited to compete in our Speak Off in Week 5. Parents/carers are invited to attend this event.

Newcastle Herald writing competition

Students have begun generating story ideas and writing for this year’s entry. Thank you to Jarvis’ mum, Jenny, who has kindly offered to help us out with this competition. Our entry – The Tighes Hill Tribune – will be published on the 16th June.

HSIE/History

This term students will be covering the topic Enigmas – Mysteries of History. Students will have the opportunity to investigate a variety of historical and scientific enigmas from around the world including Stone Henge, Ancient Egypt and the Bermuda Triangle.

Aerobics

Congratulations to our school Aerobic team – featuring Elsie, Sia and Sophia! The girls competed in Sydney this weekend and won! They will now compete in the State finals. Well done to the girls, who have been practising non-stop for the last 10 weeks.

NAPLAN

The national assessment program for Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy will be taking place in Week 4 of this term for our Year 5 students. Students will look at some past papers leading up to this to help familiarise themselves with the assessment format.

Writing Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E for our Reading Buddies program. This term we will be doing Writing Buddies and I am looking forward to seeing them share their amazing writing skills with our younger students.

Events

The UNSW ICAS competitions begin this term starting with Digital Technologies in Week 5, Science in Week 7 and Writing and Spelling in Week 9. Entries for Writing, Spelling, English and Maths are still open if you haven’t yet entered.

Our whole school Athletics Carnival is coming up in Week 5 on Wednesday 20th May. Notes about this event will be sent home soon.

In Week 4, our Stage 3 students will enjoy a Science Show presented by Nathan Burke, as part of our T2 unit Change Detectives.

Our Hall of Fame assemblies will take place on Monday afternoon in  Weeks 6 and 10.

Our SRC will be organising a Disco to take place in Week 6 – Wednesday 27th May. Special guest DJ Mix-a-lot will be back! Tickets on sale soon.

A note was also sent home last week about BYOD. Students may now bring in their devices every day.

Permission notes and information was sent out last week about our Term 3 major excursion to the Great Aussie Bush Camp. Payments can be made at the office or online. *For those considering a nomination for the Creative Arts Camp, please be aware it takes place during the same week as our school camp.

Finally, well done to the students who have had a terrific start to the term. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 4 Overview

Welcome back for Term 4! Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in this term. Remember to visit the OC Events page as I will be updating it regularly throughout the term when dates and information become available.

Water Catchers Filming

Congratulations to Nelson and Louis, who had their script chosen to be made into a film. Our filming day is tomorrow from 1-5pm. We are 1 of 9 finalists for this competition. When all films have been made, the public can vote, with the best winning $10,000 towards an environmental project. Fingers crossed!

Homework

Homework for students will begin this week (Week 2). Homework consists of a choice menu, where you can negotiate with your child what activities to complete at home. Please ensure homework is handed in on a Friday.

Class Needs

At the moment we are very low on tissues and glue sticks. Please encourage your child to bring the required equipment each day, in particular – glue stick, USB, headphones, pens.  

Student Welfare

This term our focus will be on the core value of Responsibility. Well done to the students who have already achieved a Mastery ribbon for Week 1. Students who achieve 5 Mastery ribbons throughout the term will be recognised in our Hall of Fame assemblies and also get to attend a morning tea with Mr Selwood at the end of the term.

Reading

This term students will be studying the class novel The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke in their Literature Circles.

Well done and thank you to all the students who brought in a book that they read during the holidays for discussion first day back. It was great to see so many passionate readers share their thoughts and reviews.

OC Book Club

A note was sent home last term about our October Book Club. This is voluntary for students who love to read and discuss books. This month’s novel is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. We will meet in Week 4 for our discussion. If you have any questions or would like further information, please let me know.

Writing

Each morning students begin with D.R.A.W – daily reading and writing. Students will be learning about a variety of concepts and devices to enhance their writing skills and will use these to produce imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Part of this process involves students sharing their work with peers for critiquing and publishing finished pieces of writing on their individual blogs. This term our  main focus will be on devices. I will continue to showcase quality examples on the blog.

November is NaNoWriMo which stands for National Novel Writing Month. All students will participate in NaNoWriMo as part of our daily writing program.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of other writing competitions. I will also share student entries on our blog.

Congratulations again to Oliver and Sarah who have been named as finalists in the Sydney Youth Writing Competition!

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in groups, covering a different strand each week. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Position, 2D Space, 3D Space, Subtraction, Division, Area, Length, Chance, Data, Patterns & Algebra and Time. 

Results and achievement awards from the ICAS Maths, Olympiad and Newcastle Permanent Maths competition will also be available later in the term. I will present these at our Monday assemblies, when they become available.

Reports

At the end of this term, students will receive their Semester 2 reports.

Thinkfest

Students have already begun work 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 and maintain a visual process diary.

In Week 9, Maryland PS is hosting this year’s Thinkfest event, with all OCs from the region attending. A note will be sent home closer to the event.

Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E and 2B for our Maths Buddies program. This term we will be back to working with just 1E, where each week we will have a different focus.

CEP Outdoor Festival

Our school is taking part in the Callaghan Education Pathways (CEP) Outdoor Media Festival on Thursday 6th November. This is shaping up to be a fun event with lots of schools getting involved. Part of the festival involves a short film screening and students from the OC helped make a film in the school holidays with me and Mrs Bowman. Our choir will also be performing at the festival and there will be lots of other pre-show entertainment on offer. An information flyer will be sent home next week and tickets for this event will be on sale from Week 3.

Events

Term 4 is always one of the busiest with end of year events. As well as Thinkfest and the CEP Festival we have the P&C Halloween Fete coming up in Week 4 – Friday 31st October. Thanks to the parents who have returned their volunteer forms.

In Week 5, our Stage 3 girls will have an opportunity to take part in a RoboGals workshop. In Week 10, we will have our Presentation Day and Year 6 Farewell. Later this term, we will welcome our new 2015 OC students with an orientation session and transition visits. Our Year 6 students will have high school orientation visits coming up which will be an exciting time for them.

Finally, well done to all the students who have had a terrific start to the term. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 3 Overview

Welcome back for Term 3! Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in this term. Remember to visit the OC Events page as I will be updating it regularly throughout the term when dates and information become available.

Camp Quality Fun Day

Notes have been sent home for this term’s SRC fundraiser for Camp Quality – taking place in Week 4 on 6th August. Students may come dressed out of uniform for a gold coin donation. There will be a comedy talent show for students wishing to audition and a pizza lunch.

Homework

Homework for students will begin next week (Week 2). Homework consists of a choice menu, where you can negotiate with your child what activities to complete at home. Please ensure homework is handed in on a Friday.

Class Needs

It’s that time of year when many students need to replenish materials and equipment. Please encourage your child to bring the required equipment each, in particular – glue stick, USB, headphones, pens. We are also running low on tissues.  

Student Welfare

This term we have introduced a new whole school welfare policy and have already begun implementing this with students. Our focus is about positive behaviour for learning incorporating our whole school core values of respect, responsibility and quality. The focus for Term 3 is respect and Term 4 will be responsibility. As part of our classroom behaviour system, students have the opportunity to be recognised for positive behaviour with the aim to reach the ‘Mastery’ level. Students who demonstrate Mastery during the week will receive a Mastery ribbon for our core value on a Friday. This new system replaces the Star Card program. Students who achieve 5 Mastery ribbons within the term will be recognised at our new Hall of Fame assembly (this will replace Principal’s Personal Best) and be invited to attend a special morning tea with Mr Selwood at the end of the term. All Hall of Fame recipients will have their photo taken and displayed on our new Hall of Fame wall (currently under construction) in the lower hall.

Reading

This term students will be studying the class novel Animal Farm by George Orwell. We have begun learning about the roles in a  Literature Circle and students will participate in discussion groups as the term progresses. 

Well done and thank you to all the students who brought in a book that they read during the holidays for discussion first day back. It was great to see so many passionate readers share their thoughts and reviews.

OC Book Club

A note was sent home today about our new OC Book Club. This is voluntary for students who love to read and discuss books. Our first novel is The Giver by Lois Lowry. Our first Book Club will meet in Week 7. If you have any questions or would like further information, please let me know.

Writing

Each morning students begin with D.R.A.W – daily reading and writing. Students will be learning about a variety of concepts and devices to enhance their writing skills and will use these to produce imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Part of this process involves students sharing their work with peers for critiquing and publishing finished pieces of writing on their individual blogs. This term our  main focus will be producing informative texts. I will continue to showcase quality examples on the blog.

Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of writing competitions. I will also share student entries on our blog.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in groups, covering a different strand each week. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Fractions & Decimals, Angles, Volume & Capacity, Mass, Patterns & Algebra, Chance, Length, Area and Data. Students will continue their participation the in annual Maths Olympiad – 3 to go! So far, students have been doing a terrific job solving these challenging problems. Students also have the opportunity to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options.

The ICAS Maths competition is coming up in Week 5 and the Australian Maths competition in Week 4 for students who have paid. All students in Year 5 and 6 will take part in the Newcastle Permanent Maths competition in Week 7.

Premiers Reading Challenge

Well done to the students who are taking part in this year’s challenge and who have been entering their books online. There’s not long to go – all reading logs need to be completed by 22/8/14 (end of Week 6) for validation. Keep reading!!

Premiers Spelling Bee

One of my favourite events – the Premiers Spelling Bee – will be taking place this term in Week 5. Information will be sent home soon for students who wish the participate. Parents and carers will also have the opportunity to come and watch the Spelling Bee.

Parent/Teacher Interviews

At the end of this term we will again hold parent/teacher interviews to discuss student progress and development. These interviews will also allow the opportunity to review student’s Individual Educational Plans (IEP). The online booking system will again be used and information regarding this will be sent home closer to the end of term.

Excursions

At the end of this term is our Stage 3 excursion to Canberra. Thank you to all the families who have finalised payments or been making regular instalments. If you require assistance or have any questions, please let me know.

The OC will also be taking part in the Science and Engineering Discovery Day in Week 9. Permission notes will be sent home later this term.

Arrangements are currently being made for the Interschool Chess Challenge, which our students qualified for last term. As soon as a date and venue are confirmed, I will let families know.

HSIE/History

This term students will continue their study of Australian history by focusing on Democracy and Federal Government, in preparation for our 3 day excursion to Canberra.  Students will have the opportunity to investigate the people and processes involved in legislative, executive and judicial functions of Federal government. This unit of work also focuses on the responsibilities of
different levels of government and how parliaments work.

Maths Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E and 2B for our Writing Buddies program. This term we will be focusing on Maths where students will have the opportunity to share their problem solving skills with our younger students and create and develop mathematical learning games.

CEP Outdoor Festival

Our school will be taking part in the Callaghan Education Pathways (CEP) Outdoor Media Festival in Term 4. This is shaping up to be a fun event with lots of schools getting involved. Part of the festival involves a short film screening and the OC have to fun task of making a film for our school. We will begin working on our filming project this term. Information about the CEP Outdoor Festival will be sent towards the end of this term.

Events

This term is already looking to be very busy with lots of exciting events taking place. The Zone Athletics carnival will be held over 2 days in Weeks 2 and 3 for our qualifying representatives. We will have several Year 6 students attend the Hunter GATs camp in Week 2 – have a great time. Congratulations to the students who were selected to attend the Creative and Performing Arts camp this term. Good luck to Dan and Sarah, who will represent our school in the Public Speaking competition next week. There are also two more Aim High programs happening for nominated Year 5 students this term – visual arts and maths. The English ICAS competition will take place in Week 3.

We will be receiving a visit from our Scientists in Schools partner, Dr Graeme, next week (weather permitting) to race our solar carts. Fingers crossed that we may finally get a sunny day. In Week 4 we will also have a class visit from our Mathematicians in Schools partner, Dr Jarad.

In Week 9 this term, students will be organising our Year 6 Fair which is a fun celebration day for all students and our major fundraising initiative for our Year 6 Farewell and school gift.

Finally, congratulations to all the students who have had a wonderful start to the term. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.

Term 2 Overview

Term 2 is certainly well under way! Below is an overview of some of the opportunities and learning programs students will be involved in this term.

Reading

This term students are studying the class novel The Donkey Who Carried the Wounded by Jackie French.  We will also be starting our Literature Circles this term, guided to begin with. Towards the end of the term, students will have the opportunity to choose a text set for their Literature Group to read. Some of these novels include: Flour Babies, Z for Zachariah, The Silver Chair and Kensuke’s Kingdom.

All of our new novels for our class library have arrived and I have been encouraging students to borrow these for home reading. Please feel free to pop in before or after school to have a look and get a book.

Library

Students participate in weekly library lessons with Miss Beker on a Thursday. This term they will be continuing the novel Trash by Andy Mulligan, the story of a young boy in the Philippines who lives as a waste picker. Miss Beker will also be continuing whole class public speaking and debating programs for students in preparation for competitions later this term.

Writing

Each morning students begin with D.R.A.W – daily reading and writing. Students will be learning about a variety of concepts and devices to enhance their writing skills and will use these to produce imaginative, informative and persuasive texts. Part of this process involves students sharing their work with peers for critiquing and publishing finished pieces of writing on their individual blogs.

Last term our students demonstrated great skill and flair for writing imaginative texts. This term our focus will move towards producing persuasive texts. I will continue to showcase quality examples on the blog.

Mathematics

During our maths sessions, students will work in group rotations. The maths content we will be covering this term includes: Volume and Capacity, Patterns and Algebra, Chance and Data, Whole Number, Fractions and Decimals, Multiplication and Division and Mass.

During this term and next, the OC will be participating the in annual Maths Olympiad. The entry fee is $6 per student. Students are able to access past Olympiad papers as part of the homework options. The Olympiads are quite challenging and a great way for students to develop their problem solving skills.

We will also be taking part in a Smart Start workshop, funded by the Commonwealth Bank in Week 4. This program is aimed at developing financial literacy.

Excursions

The first event for OC students is the Interschool Chess Challenge on Friday of Week 3. Thank you to all the parents who have indicated they are able to provide transport.

Our Year 6 students will be taking part in an Engineering competition organised by Engineers Australia. This will involve designing and constructing a Straw Tower. Students will then present these for testing in Week 4. I will send out a note about this early next week.

Homework

Homework for students began this week (Week 2). Again, homework consists of a choice menu, where you can negotiate with your child what activities to complete at home. In addition to the ‘maths mentals’ option, there is now also a ‘maths mentals extension’ option for those wishing for more of a challenge. Please ensure homework is handed in on a Friday.

Newcastle Herald writing competition

Students worked on this competition last term and our entry was submitted in the school holidays. The ‘Tighes Hill Tribune’ will be published on Thursday 15th May (earlier than originally expected) so be sure to get a copy.

HSIE/History

This term students will be covering the topic Australia as a Nation. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the key figures and events that led to Australia’s Federation, including British and American influences on Australia’s system of law and government.

As part of this topic, students have received a Speaking and Listening task to prepare at home and present during Week 4 this term. The task is to research a famous Australian and their contributions to creating our great nation. The best speakers from our class will take part in a Stage 3 ‘Speak Off’ assembly in Week 5 and be considered for the Multicultural public speaking competition later this term.

Music

Miss Beker takes the OC for our music component. Last term students enjoyed learning the ‘Cups’ song and will continue to enhance their rhythmic skills this term with some drumming.

Star Struck

Many of our students are taking part in Star Struck this term. Week 7 will be huge – with rehearsal, dress rehearsal and the performances taking place on the 13th and 14th June. Well done, Star Struck girls, for your hard work and commitment. Can’t wait to see the show!

NAPLAN

The national assessment program for Reading, Writing, Language Conventions and Numeracy will be taking place in Week 3 of this term for our Year 5 students. Students have worked on some past papers this past fortnight to help familiarise themselves with the assessment format.

Writing Buddies

Last term our class worked with 1E for our Reading Buddies program. This term we will be doing Writing Buddies with 1E and 2B (poor 2B missed out last term due to our school now having an odd number of classes!) so students in the OC will have 2 cute little buddies to work with. I am looking forward to seeing them share their amazing writing skills with our younger students.

Events

The UNSW ICAS competitions begin this term starting with Computer Skills in Week 4, Science in Week 6 and Writing and Spelling in Week 8.

Our Year 5 students received information this week about the Callaghan Technology Campus Aim High program. If your child is interested in participating, please ensure your completed form is returned to school by Friday.

Be sure to watch It’s Academic in Week 7, as the episodes that we took part in last year are going to be televised.

Our whole school Athletics Carnival is coming up in Week 5 on Tuesday 27th May. Notes about this event will be sent home soon.

 

Finally, well done to the students who have had a terrific start to the term. There’s only 9 weeks this term, which I’m sure will go fast considering all the events and programs taking place. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding OC learning programs or events.