September 18

Digital Technologies Term 3

This term, the Year 3/4 students have been exploring the concept of ‘iteration’ or ‘looping’ (also known as ‘repetition’). This is when a computer follows a piece of code over and over again until certain criteria are met.

The students have used this same concept in the form of telling a repetitive story about the school robots, while using Google Slides. Each student contributed one slide to their group project about a robot of their choice. They had to make sure their story had an element of repetition or iteration included.

Our robots have now been on many adventures throughout the computer lab! It has been wonderful to see the students’ confidence when using the robots and also when they have been adding extra details to their Google Slides.

Here is an example from each class.

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3/4C (Group 3)

3/4M (Group 1)

3/4J (Group 6)

 

September 9

Athletics

At the St. Anne’s Athletics day, many of our talented 3-4 students made it through to compete in the district athletics carnival.  Many ribbons were won and a number of our students have made it through to the next round, well done! Overall St. Anne’s won by one point.  Great effort to all of the students who competed on the day.

September 9

Hooptime

On a chilly Thursday morning, the 3-4 students arrived at 8.20am (20 minutes early) excited and ready for Hooptime.  Many of the year 3 boys and girls are nervous for their very first Hooptime, unable to sit still and constantly checking their watches to see how long until their first game.  The bus was pumping with the sound of singing, ‘Baby shark, da da da da, baby shark da da da da da’, while the teachers couldn’t wait to get off.

Walking into the stadium, 43 teams of kids were running everywhere.  Complete mayhem. 9.30 am and the first games were alive and the stadium erupted with cheers.  For some of the kids transitioning from football mode to basketball mode was difficult with a few kids clotheslining and hip and shouldering some of the other players. Luckily there were no injuries and no rejections. There were plenty of tricks being performed on the court from all of the future stars kids.  Jack Ottens was practicing bouncing the ball through his legs before bringing the ball up the court, Santiago Paulini was doing the Macarena to distract his opponents, Oscar Della Gatta was finger dropping each time he scored some points and Al Stephens was dodging and weaving through his opponents by performing his signature twisting moves. All the coaches of the Future Stars teams were super impressed with how skilled their players were.  

The St. Anne’s Rookies were carving up the court passing and running with the ball and having a laugh.  Matthew Haste was defending brilliantly, stealing the ball off his opponent and throwing baskets over his head.  James McGowan was making sure his teammates were getting plenty of the ball and having shots. Rookies came out overall winners at the end of the day, a fantastic performance.

On Court One, the All Star Boys were warming up for their final game.  Logan was practicing his moves with his mouth open thinking he was Steph Curry, Patrick Duffy was trying rejections on Nate Farrell and Ned Smith was telling Zane Stephens jokes on the sidelines.  Their coach Paul Stephens was frantically getting his strategies ready to give his team the chance for one last win.

On freezing Court Five, the All Star Girls team were fighting for a win.  Having drawn the first game and lost the second game, the girls were desperate for a win.  Coach Paul Guardiani cracked open the lollies and the game plan he put together to get the girls psyched up for the game.  The girls may have gotten a little too psyched up and eaten too many lollies as the referee had said he had never had to do as many jump balls as he did in their game.  Emer Heffernan and Milla Haas were wrestling for the ball while Ivy and Kaylee were gliding down the court for a lay up. The girls had performed very well over the day with only the basket being their real enemy.  

Late in the day, the injuries started to take its toll on some of the teams.  Liam Walsh went off with a sore shoulder from a rough bump, Keegan Arifovic got a blood nose and Archie Northwood was checking in with  Mr Edmonds about his sore arm. Luckily all players were able to return to the court for their teams. Luckily nurse Jury was on the scene and applied the ice packs like a pro.

At the beginning of the final games of the day, Mr Mac rallied his troops to give one last pep talk. He delivered his final speech and game plan inspired from watching a series of YouTube clips and how to blogs. The goal was to score a point.  Having played two games and not scoring any points, Future Stars 8 were fired up to shoot some points. Isaac De Donato shoots and accidentally gets Eylah Papas on the cheek causing her to walk to the bench in distress. After attending to Eylah, Mr Mac turns around to continue coaching his team, looking up at the scoreboard he realises his team had scored two points. Looking over at Mrs Livingstone for confirmation of the points, a fit of laughter erupted from the sidelines as Mr Edmonds, Ms Jury and Mrs Livingstone are in a laughing fit due to Mr Mac missing the only points his team scored in the day!  

Congratulations to Coaches Mel and  Melinda Torner, and Nicola Fry who got both their teams through to the next round. Thank you to all the parents who came out to watch, coach and score for our games.  Without your help, Hooptime wouldn’t be such a big day for the students at St. Anne’s.

 

August 12

Eucharist

Congratulations to all the Year 4 students who celebrated their Holy Eucharist over the past week! It is a great achievement in your journey to becoming a Catholic. Well done!

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August 12

2018 School Concert

On Wednesday night the students performed in front of over 1000 proud family members. The 3-4 students dances and sand to Happy, All-Star and Can’t stop this feeling.  The teachers had no idea we had so many great dancers in the level.  We might have to organise a dance competition at the end of the year! Well done 3-4’s on a spectacular performance!

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July 30

Eucharist Workshop Evening

The Year 4’s have started their journey to celebrate the Eucharist.  The 50 students who will be receiving the Eucharist this year came to St. Anne’s to participate in a workshop evening with their parents to initiate the beginning of their eucharistic journey.  Songs were sung, stories were shared and a special bond between the children and their parents were formed.  We would like to wish all the students who will be receiving the Eucharist the best of luck as this is a very special occasion in your lives.

Eucharist Mass:
Sunday 5th August 10.30am @ St. Anne’s
Sunday 12th August 10.30am @ St. Anne’s
Sunday 12th August 5 pm @ St. Gerards

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July 30

St. Anne’s Feast Day

On Thursday 26th July, the student’s grandparents joined us for our special St. Anne’s Feast Day.  The hall was packed with hundreds of grandparents during our mass and assembly.  There were fits of laughter as the grandparents enjoyed watching the students perform in front of them during our school assembly.  At lunch, many grandparents were talking about how much of a special day it is to them, and how they cannot wait to come back and do it all over again next year.

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July 19

Term 3 Overview

Important Dates:

  1. Tuesday 17th July – Eucharist Workshop
  2. Thursday 26th July – St. Anne’s Feast Day
  3. Friday 27th July – Eucharist Reflection Day
  4. Wednesday 8th August – School Concert
  5. Monday 20th and Tuesday 21st August – School Closed
  6. Thursday 23rd August – School Athletics Day
  7. Thursday 30th August – Hooptime
  8. Friday 21st September – Last Day of Term

Eucharist

First Eucharist Workshop – Tuesday 17th July

School Concert

The school concert is held on Wednesday 8th August.  Students are to wear black and white with a touch of colour the matches their classroom colour below.

3/4C – Green

3/4M – Rainbow Colours

3/4J – Yellow

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask your classroom teacher.

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students will be learning about growth mindset and the importance of having a positive mindset when completing activities. Students will also learn about conflict resolution and strategies on how to deal with difficult situations.

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

Multiplication – Skip counting, displaying multiples of a number and practice of multiplication tables.

Division – Grouping, division patterns and division facts

Decimals – Recognising place value to tenths and hundredths.

Measurement – Metric units, Temperature, Capacity and Mass.

Fractions – compare fractions of a half, quarter and thirds.

Angles – Greater than, less than or equal to

 

Literacy

In Writing, students explore the different elements within a poetry text. They will learn about the different types of poetry such as Acrostic, Haiku, Limerick, and Diamante. They will explore the different elements of writing texts such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language and text purpose. Students will learn how to write an explanation text and learn how to present confidently in front of an audience.  
Reading activities will include exposing the students to a wide range of texts, including digital texts. Students will work at their own level on comprehending these texts in order to build their skills and knowledge. The Literacy program will also include personalised spelling. Each week students have the opportunity to exchange books to read each week and maintain a regular reading habit.

 

Inquiry

This term students will learn about different eras in history.  They will explore what it was like to live in different eras, key events that occurred, key figures during that time and present their learnings to an audience.

 

Education in Faith

They explore the concept of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist through the four modes, i.e., the priest, the Assembly, the Word and, above all, in his Body and Blood. Through the exploration of the two-part structure of the Mass, the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist they develop a knowledge of the key actions, words and symbols and the associated accounts in Scripture.

 

Italian

During Term 3, the students will continue to be exposed to the functional classroom language of scusa, per favore/per piacere, ascolta, ripeti, avanti, seduti, ai banchi, in circolo, in piedi, posso avere, usare, andare, ho bisogno di…, aiuta and come si dice in Italian. They will also continue to revise greetings, colours, numbers, days of the week and months of the year.

The students will learn to use posso with other verbs including comprare, vedere, sentire, camminare and many others. They will work in pairs on their own poster or book illustrating the many uses of ‘posso’ and present this to the class.

 

Physical Education

During Term 3, the focus in Physical Education lessons will be  Athletics. Throughout this unit, students will participate in technique development sessions which cover throwing events (Shot put and Discus), jumping events (Long jump, Triple jump and High jump) and Track events, hurdles, sprints, relays and middle distance.

Modified equipment is initially used in many of these disciplines to ensure students are learning the appropriate skills in a safe and supported environment. Students will then have the opportunity to showcase their learning by participating in a range of Track and Field events at the St Anne’s Athletics Trials held on Thursday 23rd August.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will learn about how flowcharts and computer algorithms use ‘branching’ (making decisions based on certain criteria) and ‘looping or iteration’ (repetition) to carry out programs. The students will investigate other areas of life where this occurs, such as repetitive music or children’s storybooks. They will also use the iPads and robots to re-create an interactive version of a children’s story, to demonstrate an understanding of these ideas.

 

Performing Arts

This term the Year 3/4 students will continue to prepare for the School Concert by rehearsing their choreography. The emphasis is primarily on teamwork, safety and having fun together as they prepare for a public performance.

For the remainder of the term, the  Performing Arts focus is Drama. Students will participate in, and be exposed to a variety of activities including role-playing, improvisation and mime. They will apply expressive skills such as movement, voice, language and gesture appropriate for different situations and scenarios. Students will be taught to respond to their own and others work through self-reflection and feedback as they are developing skills, techniques and processes for expressing emotions and ideas. An important goal for this term’s work is to build confidence in the students, have them participate fully and have fun as they learn new dramatic skills.

 

Homework

St. Anne’s offers homework as a part of the school’s educational program.

  • Homework is optional at St Anne’s and at the discretion of the parents
  • Students on intervention programs, may be required to complete additional tasks, however, this will be communicated and agreed with the parents of these students.
  • Parents will be advised of homework opportunities at the beginning of the school year
  • All students are encouraged to spend time reading each evening
  • Homework is offered at all levels with the emphasis on the practice of skills in Literacy and Mathematics
  • Years 3-6 students will use school diaries. Diaries provide a means of regular communication between parents and the school and may include details about homework

 

Homework will:

  • include daily independent reading which is required to be recorded in school diaries
  • Include practicing of appropriate number skills
  • include an extension of and connection to class work and projects (including Specialist Teacher’s homework when appropriate).

 

Homework at this level will be approximately one and a half hours per week and will not be set during holidays or during the final week of each term.

 

Note:

In Years 3 – 6, homework will usually be set on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Homework goes out on Tuesday and is due back in on Monday.  

 

Additional Information

Students will need to wear their sports uniform on Tuesday and Thursday for Physical Education and Sport.

 

Please come and see us, give us a call or email us if you have any queries or worries:

gcarrick@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

amcalister@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

gabriellej@saparkorchards.catholic.edu.au

 

Regards,

Adrian, Grace and Gabrielle

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June 15

Term 2

This term the 3-4 students and teachers have been so busy that we have forgotten to share some of the wonderful activities and learning we have done!

Melbourne Victory

Before Melbourne Victory won the A-League Grand Final, they came to St. Anne’s to teach us some soccer skills. The students had a great time learning how to dribble the ball down the field and score goals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Country

All of the students in 3-4 had the opportunity to run in Cross Country.  We are so proud of our students for putting in 100% to finish the race.  There were a few casualties but it was great to see the amount of support and assistance the students showed towards one another clearly demonstrated the strong friendships they hold. Congratulations to Milla Haas and Logan Ross who won both their Cross Country events are now through to District Finals.

Cooking Incursion

The students had the opportunity to work with The Travelling Kitchen and learn how to cook some delicious food.  The students chopped and cooked up their very own dumplings, which they got to sample and take home with them.  Thankfully there were no fingers chopped off. Thank you to all the parents who came and helped out! We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classroom Learning

In 3-4, there is so much to learn! We have been busy learning about measurement, multiplication, narratives, parable stories and how to reduce food wastage and lots lots more! We have created a wonderful year level recipe which we sold to the families in our school community.  We raised over $900! It was a great effort by all of the students in 3-4.

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May 8

Melbourne Victory

This term, Melbourne Victory has been visiting the students during their PE class to teach them new soccer skills. The kids have been loving having them play games and kick the soccer ball around during their lesson.

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