Archive | May 2016

Speak Off!

Congratulations to Olivia and Ember, who were the winners of our Stage 3 Speak Off yesterday. It was a very tough competition with so many wonderful speakers. Well done also to Vincent and Sia, who represented our class and did a terrific job. Olivia and Ember will now represent our school at a variety of public speaking competitions later this year with Mrs Derricott. 

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Disco Fever!

Well done to everyone who came along to our disco last night. We had a great time as you can see in the photos below. Thank you to Miss Drew for organising this event and to DJ Mix-a-lot for flying in from England to party with us!

Musica Viva!

Today we were treated to a wonderful live musical performance from Makakuhan from Musica Viva. Thank you to Miss Hibbert who has been preparing students for this visit by teaching our classes about Indonesian music and language.Thanks also to our P&C who generously fund this program for all students to participate. 

Year 5 Sports Gala

Well done to all of our year 5 students who attended a sports gala day yesterday at Callaghan College Waratah Technology Campus. Students got the opportunity to meet other year 5 students from several of our cluster schools and enjoyed taking part in a variety of activities including crossfit, tennis, basketball, volleyball and relays. Check out our photos below…

A Worthy Cause…
A special shout out to Patrick who took on a rather hairy challenge this week. Pat wanted to raise money and awareness for the Leukemia Foundation by participating in the World’s Greatest Shave. So far he has raised over $870 towards this wonderful organisation by bravely surrendering his once luscious locks on Tuesday night. It takes a special kind of person who is willing to donate not only their time, but part of themselves, for such a worthy cause. Well done, Pat. We are extremely proud of you! If you would like to donate, contact Pat himself for more details.


Interschool Chess Challenge

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Congratulations to our year 5/6 students who accompanied me at the Interschool Chess Challenge at HSPA today. We had a very successful day of competition, placing 1st in the primary division. Well done to Connor, who was the overall winner of the competition, Jamie who placed 2nd and Akira who placed 5th. All students performed exceptionally well, demonstrated excellent sportsmanship and terrific behaviour. Our school has now earned a position in the semi-finals coming up in term 3. A big thank you to all the wonderful parents who helped make this event possible by providing transport. Have a look at our super chess stars below!

Science – Extreme Weather Phenomena!

This term in Science we are learning about Extreme Weather Phenomena, studying volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, droughts, floods, cyclones, tornadoes, and bushfires. In each lesson, we will be looking at the causes, effects, and mitigation strategies for each type of extreme weather phenomena. This ties in with our Speaking and Listening task due next week, where students have been asked to write a speech about a type of extreme weather phenomena. So far we have learnt about volcanoes. While volcanoes are not caused by weather, they can change the atmosphere and are an uncommon occurrence that can alter local environments. They are incredibly fascinating! Here is a clip from Dr Binocs and his explanation of volcanoes:

Students also learnt about one of the most famous (or infamous) volcanoes of all time, Mount Vesuvius, which was responsible for the destruction of Pompeii almost 2000 years ago.Here is an animation that we watched in class that shows what the conditions were like on the day that Mount Vesuvius destroyed Pompeii.

For those of you at home who enjoy experiments and would like to create a friendly mini-volcano, head over to Scope and recreate their DIY (Do It Yourself) volcano experiment.     Volcano Experiment


This term for sport we are doing basketball with the super tall Russell. We had a great time and are improving our catching, dribbling and passing skills.

Crazy Hair day!

Thank you to everyone who supported our SRC Crazy Hair Day on Friday. There were certainly some very interesting and creative hairstyles! We raised over $370 for our charity – Stewart House, which is fantastic. Enjoy the photos below.