Archive | April 2018

Storybird Sharing

Students in 5W, 5/6A OC, and 6B have been working on an imaginative writing task this term. Using the Storybird website, students have created beautiful narratives with Storybird artworks to share with younger readers in their buddy classes and the library. Today, we had a sharing session where students read each other’s books, which was perfect for pyjama day! Keep an eye out on our class blogs over the next few days to read digital copies of the narratives.


What’s happening in Week 11!

Monday 9th April

*Hall of Fame assembly 2pm – including performances from Harmony Day

Tuesday 10th April

*Scripture & Ethics 

*Hall of Fame morning tea

*Combined Schools ANZAC Service at the Civic Theatre

Wednesday 11th April

*Camp Quality PJ Day – come dressed in your pjs for a gold coin donation

*Children’s University check-in session

*Stage 3 Storytime – sharing of picture book project

Thursday 12th April


Friday 13th April

*School ANZAC assembly 12noon

*Last day of term 1 – have a wonderful holiday!

Reminders: No homework this week

Notes due: Combined Schools ANZAC service, Code Club EOI


Newcastle Writer’s Festival

The OC had a fantastic time on Friday attending the Newcastle Writer’s Festival. We enjoyed a session with author, Tristan Bancks, who spoke about his inspiration and writing process. In the afternoon we took part in writing workshops. Year 5 worked with local writer, Jess Black and Year 6 worked with Paul Russell. We also enjoyed visiting the amazing book shop! Thanks for a great day OC and thanks to Mrs Derricott for coming along with us. 

The Fall

Well done to all the students who read The Fall by Tristan Bancks in preparation for our excursion to the Writer’s Festival tomorrow. We held our Book Club today and it was great to hear so many great ideas and opinions about the plot, characters and the ending. Just a reminder that students can bring money tomorrow if they wish to purchase books from the Festival or they may bring copies of Tristan’s books to be signed. 

Our next book for the month of April is The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky, which has also been selected for the CBCA 2018 Shortlist. I look forward to hearing what students think about it next term. Happy reading!

Children’s University – April Challenge

April Online Challenge – Camouflage occurs when objects are disguised so they cannot be seen easily. In their natural environment, animals have developed colours that enable them to blend into their environment, for example, a tiger’s stripes. This is mostly so they cannot be seen by other animals that might prey on and eat them. Humans also utilise camouflage to their advantage. For example, our ANZACs wear uniforms designed to help them blend in to their surroundings so that they cannot be spotted by the enemy. 

Your challenge for this month is to choose an environment from around the world (it could be snow, a desert, the rainforest or your school) and then design an outfit which you could wear to camouflage yourself. You can choose to draw, cut and paste pictures or even create and wear the outfit yourself! Be sure to share the outfit and the environment on the CUA Facebook page! Take evidence such as photos or drawings to Ms Armstrong & Mrs Schonberger – time allocated for the challenge will be at our discretion.

What’s happening in Week 10!

Monday 2nd April

*Easter Monday -enjoy the long weekend!

Tuesday 3rd April

*Scripture & Ethics 

*Tathra Bushfire appeal: Out of uniform for a gold coin donation

Thursday 5th April


Friday 6th April

*OC Writer’s Festival excursion

*Yr 6 GRIP Leadership notes due

*ICAS English, Maths, Science, Writing & Spelling due

Reminders: Parent/teacher interviews this week

Notes due: Writer’s Festival, Canberra EOI, GRIP Leadership, Combined Schools ANZAC service.