Preparing for 2014 – Transition

This year’s Grade 4 children have started their final independent task for this year. They are drafting and planning a brochure that is titled “What I want my Grade 5 teacher to know about me.” This topic seems to have really got many of them thinking about moving across into the Grade 5 /6 learning studio. Good luck everyone! We are sure there will be some very creative, highly individual brochures created.

This week the Grade 2 and Grade 3 children joined together to have lunch in the learning common. This is the first stage of our transition program to assist the Grade 2 children’s transition from the Early years into the Middle Years of schooling.

The children ate lunch, chatted and mingled with each other. It was relaxed and informal allowing children to stay back and chat with teachers and or with students after they had eaten.

During the next couple of weeks the children will again be brought together as a group and explore  a range of activities. These activities will include inclusion activities taken from Tribes, an information session run by this years Grade three students, a literacy, numeracy, ICT and art session that will also provide opportunities for children to familiarise themselves with the new classrooms, new classmates and new teachers.

Well.. ready…set, then…. Let’s GO!

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Making Santa and reindeer paper chains with a special appreciation message for our 2014 Grade 3 students.

What a fabulous, co-operative group of students. We are so looking forward to the beginning of our new school year!

What are you looking forward to at school this year?

“We’re so excited, and we just can’t hide it…”

Well, today was the beginning of something very exciting…the beginning of our Environmental project!

That’s right, this is when all of the environmental learning that we have done during second semester will come together and be celebrated in the form of pavement art. 

Jen and Jane (our artistic designers and mums to Belle and Robbie) worked with small groups questioning, talking, listening and drafting our ideas into a design brief.

Here is a sneek peek of creative minds at work!

Step 1- Planning for success

 

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Remembrance Day

Today is Remembrance Day

On the eleventh month, on the eleventh day and at the eleventh hour…

We will remember them!

What does Remembrance day mean to you?

What have you learnt about this special day?

http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3880227.htm

Eddie, a female Eclectus Parrot comes to visit!

This morning Hayley arrived at school with a new addition to her family. Yes, you guessed it- a beautiful 8 month old Eclectus Parrot named Eddie.

Eddie was saved and looked after by one of Hayley’s friends who is a vet. She has been hand reared and so, is unable to be returned to her natural habitat in the wild.

This very lucky bird has now taken up residence in Hayely’s home and will be protected from the natural forces that face animals in the wild.

A special thank-you to Janet who posted a comment on our blog and helped us to correctly identify the species of parrot! 🙂

What is your favourite Australian bird and why?

Do you know what to do if you find an injured animal?

http://www.wildlifevictoria.org.au

http://aviculturalsocietynsw.org/_articles/king-parrots1999.htm

http://aviculturalsocietynsw.org/_articles/eclectus1999.htm.

Time to unleash our dreams!

As we enter another new week of learning, the excitement is beginning to really start bubbling!

We are currently working on and hope to complete:

  • Our final copies of our letters to local newspapers containing our environmental messages. We are hoping to have our messages published to a broader community including Queenscliff, Point Lonsdale, Ocean Grove and Geelong.
  • Editing our movies and having them uploaded to our class blog so that you can see for yourself the dreams and passion we have to help improve the environment and the world in which we live!