September 14

Tinkering Incursion

This term the 3-4 students have been learning about simple machines for Inquiry. The students got the opportunity to get their hands dirty and pull apart some simple machinery, create electrical circuits and build moving cars as part of their Tinkering Incursion.  All the students loved getting stuck into the activities and found them extremely fun and engaging.

Here are some of the students’ responses:

“We got to pull stuff apart and see how they worked” Soren Augustin

“It was amazing to see what was inside TV’s, speakers and printers and learn about how they work” Logan Ross

“We used crocodile clips to connect circuits which made lights turn on, fans move and produce sound from a speaker” Zane Stephens

“Mel from Supreme Incursions made all the activities really great fun and interesting” Paige Mayorkinos

“When I pulled apart the printer, I found the ink cartridge. My hands got covered in ink when I tried to pull it out” Fletcher Cameron

“I really enjoyed pulling apart the guitar from the game Guitar Hero.  The screws very tricky and I needed to use a special tool to remove them” Jordan Allan

“It was a fantastic incursion, we got to use screw drivers and special wiring tools to pull the items apart. We still struggled to remove some of the covers off the printer and Foxtel box” Alessia Smith

 

The 3-4 students now look forward to using what they learnt at the incursion to complete their Inquiry assessment task next week. With their group, they are to try making a tennis ball travel from one side of the hall to the other using as many simple machines as they can.  Good luck 3-4’s.

 

From

 

The 3-4 Teachers

August 29

Visit from two very special authors

Over the past week, St. Anne’s has had two well-known authors come and visit the students in grades 3 – 6.  Jack Heath and Morris Gleitzman are two authors that the students of St. Anne’s know very well.  The students have read many of their fantastic books and got to find out some interesting information into how they create their stories.  Morris Gleitzman gave insight into how he creates all of his unusual characters while Jack Heath gave an insight into how to come up with some fantastic ideas as well as how to turn a basic idea into something very special.

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August 23

Hooptime

On a cold, wet, wintery morning the students in 3/4 we waking up at the crack of dawn with excitement for Hooptime.  An 8.30 am start was planned with the first wave of kids walking through the door at ten past eight, ready to go. Leaving on time was imperative as the All Star Boys had their first match at 9.30 am, which they were reminding the teachers every five minutes. This made the teachers want the buses to arrive a lot quicker.

Arriving at the stadium, the All Star Boys dumped their bags and ran to their basketball court eager to warm up and get into it. The teams started to gather with their coaches, strategies were discussed and the games began. All star boys and girls started off with close matches while the rookies waited eagerly for 30 minutes, eyeing off their opponents. Santiago Polini was getting his team fired up with ninja moves while Ned and Alessia Smith were giving each other a bit of sibling rivalry sting eye as their match against each other was coming up soon.

In the Rookie teams, Hunter Craig scored four points for his winning team and celebrated with a moving back slide across the court. Cameron Cahill was screaming with excitement as his team was undefeated for the day.  Albie De Rooden was shooting from all areas of the court, helping his team to victory. Matthew Haste was pulling out all of his shifty tricks trying to fool his opponent.

The six Future Stars teams had mixed emotions throughout the day. Win, loss, win, loss, they ploughed forwarded to secure a victory for each team.  It was a tough draw for the Future Stars as there were three St. Anne’s teams in each draw. Did this stop them from being aggressive and wanting to win the games? No, they were going at it even harder. Hamish Noonan grabs the ball, runs down the wing, shoots and scores for his team. Running back down the court he gives the index finger salute to the sky.  Future Stars three played a defensive structure to help secure a win, Naia Jones was soldiering on through the games and the big Smith vs Smith game was about to start.  While interviewing Ned Smith’s team coach Sue Smith, she claims she will be showing no mercy. After the game, she wished she was coaching Alessia’s team as Ned was getting frustrated with his mums coaching strategy. Soren Augustin was performing magical pirouettes as he shoots, making his opponent bamboozled with which direction he was going to go.  

All Star Boys and Girls had a mixed draw, winning two games comfortably and two games within a point. Xavier Raso’s legs felt like they were going to drop off, Logan Ross had sweat dripping from his forehead and Austin Foxwell was playing like he was in the NBA, running around players and shooting from all angles. Winning all their games they made it to the final.  Lucas and Jack were talking tactics while their coach, Paul Stevens was trying to gain their attention.  Goal after the goal it was neck and neck.  11 – 10 to St. Anne’s with 1 minute of the clock. Everyone’s hearts were pounding with excitement. Lucas Nicholls scoring 2 points with a fist pump to the chest edged them closer to victory. Only one score divided the two teams. Tom Saro grabs the rebound, passes off to Austin Foxwell who shoots and scores two points for his team with 10 seconds remaining on the clock. The All Star Boys won the final and are going to regionals. Players were running in from all directions, high fives, hugs and screams of joy filled court 1.

All Star Girls were playing well as a team throughout the tournament.  The passing was quick and Annie Harrison was unstoppable down the wing.  Shots were being made left, right and centre by Amber Cannon and Ella Harrison.  Eva Guardiani had 5 cheeky steals for the day and Sienna Pisotek kept on fighting her opponents for the ball.  All Star Girls winning their last game of the draw 23 – 0 as they go into the finals.  It was time for the final of the tournament, the girls were nervous and were playing at the same time as the All Star Boys final.  Parents were going back and forth between the two courts, not knowing which court to watch as both games were within a couple of points. First six minutes of the game had gone and there were three points dividing the two teams. The ref calls a foul on St. Anne’s giving Bayswater North two shots to take the lead. The first shot missed.  Amber Cannon was standing on the side biting her nails as she waits nervously.  The second shot goes in and the scores were level.  5 seconds remaining with scores tied up 13 – 13.  Annie Harrison grabs the ball and starts charging down the court. The ref blows his whistle and calls a foul, Annie has been given two shots with 3 seconds left.  Standing on the line with her legs shaking, she takes two bounces, shoots and misses.  Her team pats her on the head and wishes her good luck on the second shot.  Annie takes two bounces, looks up at the ring, shoots and the ball goes in. St. Anne’s takes the lead.  Screams fill the stadium as the All Star Girls take the lead.  3, 2, 1 the buzzer sounds the girls scream with excitement.  The All Star Girls are through to regionals.

A huge thank you to all the parents who took the time to come out and coach, score and be a spectator for the day. The students in 3-4 appreciate your support. Good luck to the teams who have gone through to regionals.

 

From the 3-4 team.

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July 27

Grandparents & Special Friend’s Day

Yesterday the children were super excited to have their grandparent or special friend to come and visit them at school.  The students showed them work, played games and enjoyed eating lunch with them in their classrooms. After morning tea, the grandparents and special friend’s were treated to a special assembly presented by the students at St. Anne’s.

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July 21

Eucharist Workshop

Some of the Year 4 students gathered on Wednesday night for the Eucharist Workshop. Facilitator Mary Ryan took the students on a journey through Galilee before finding a resting spot to have a picnic with their parents.  The students shared bread and fish with their parents during the picnic while talking about some moments when Jesus was present in their life.

Good luck to all the students who are celebrating the Eucharist at St. Anne’s Parish and St. Gerard’s Parish.

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July 19

Term 3 Overview

Important Dates:

  1. Wednesday 19th July – First Eucharist Workshop
  2. Thursday 27th July – St Anne’s Feast Day
  3. Friday 4th August – Eucharist Reflection Day
  4. Thursday 17th August – Hooptime
  5. Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd August – School Closure
  6. Friday 25th August – School Athletics Carnival
  7. Monday 28th August – Open Art Gallery
  8. Friday 22nd September – Last Day of Term 3

 

Eucharist

Reflection day Friday 4th August

Eucharist Sunday 6th and 13th of August

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students will be learning about growth mindset and the importance of having a positive mindset when completing activities.  They will also learn about different roles within a team and how to work as part of a team to complete activities.  

 

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 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

In term 2, students will be learning about creativity, design and technology. They will be given opportunities to create different objects, write an analysis of their designs and present in front of the class.

 

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 in Italian, the students will be learning to talk about different emotions in Italian.  They will also be discussing how to be happy and get along in the classroom and playing games in Italian which require cooperation, respect, listening skills and the ability to communicate.

 

Physical Education

During Term 3 our focus in Physical Education classes is 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. 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 participate in a range of track and field events at our school Athletics trials.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be using the school Lego WeDo 2.0 kits to revise and extend their coding knowledge. They will work together to build simple robots which respond to user input in various ways. They will also learn to recognise and describe alternative solutions to the same problem, through trial-and-error and testing out their own ideas.

 

Performing Arts

This term the focus is primarily Dance.

The students will be investigating the elements of dance i.e. body, energy, space and time.

They shall explore moving to different stimuli i.e. music, sounds, and emotions. The students will learn about the importance of warm up and cool down techniques, they will imitate some dance sequences and create some dance moves to a short musical piece. They will participate in a partner or small group performance demonstrating their skill and creativity for their classmates, who will then provide constructive feedback for encouragement and improvement. There will also be an emphasis on self- management and cooperative skills for effective teamwork during planning and performance.

 

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 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 Monday and Tuesday for sport and PE.

 

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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July 12

Digital Technologies – Term 2 2017

This term, we have been making ‘QR Code Who-Am-I Cubes’.

Each side of the cube has a different QR code printed on it. When the QR code is scanned, it gives a small (cybersafe) clue about who created it. Once finished, the game is to mix them up, choose one at random, scan each side and try to guess which of our classmates created it.

Here is an example of a QR code cube template – can you scan the codes and guess whose it is?

This project has tested our independent problem-solving because we have needed to find a range of different links, turn them into QR codes using QRStuff.com, and check each one works correctly.

We have also had to record our voices for one of the QR codes, so we have had to check the sound quality and upload this file to our Google Drives.

 

 

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April 20

TERM 2 OVERVIEW

Important Dates:

  1. Thursday 20th April 3/4 J Class Mass
  2. Tuesday 25th April ANZAC Day
  3. Thursday 4th May 3/4 C Class Mass
  4. Friday 5th May 3/4 C Reflection
  5. Tuesday to Thursday 9th – 11th May NAPLAN
  6. Thursday 11th May Mother’s Day Stall
  7. Friday 12th May Mother’s Day Breakfast
  8. Monday 12th June Queen’s Birthday
  9. Tuesday 13th June School Closure Day
  10. Friday 16th June 3/4M Show and Tell
  11. Friday 23rd June Reports go home
  12. Monday 26th June Parent Teacher Interview
  13. Friday 30th June Final Day of Term 2

 

Eucharist

Reflection day Friday 4th August

Eucharist Sunday 6th and 13th of August

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Students will be learning about how to work together in groups by allocating designated roles and contributing effectively.  They will learn how persistence and adaptability can help them deal with difficult and challenging situations.

 

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

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

Division – Grouping, division patterns and division facts

Money – Counting coins and notes, purchasing and adding and subtracting money amounts.

Measurement – Formal and informal measurement units, perimeter and area of a shape.

Fractions – compare fractions of half, quarter and thirds.

 

Literacy

In Writing, students will explore the different elements within a narrative text such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language. Student’s will learn about persuasive language, structure and develop an argument to persuade the reader.
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 (a component of their weekly homework). Each week students have the opportunity to exchange books to read each week and maintain a regular reading habit.

Inquiry

In term 2, students will be learning about what makes Australia a culture diverse country. Students will explore the different cultures and religions that make up a multicultural nation.

Education in Faith

Students will be learning about the ways we are globally connected; explored Jesus’ commitment to service and justice; investigate leadership lessons from Scripture; and demonstrate ways of acting justly.

Italian

During Term Two in Italian the students will continue to learn greetings, numbers, colours, days of the week and months of the year.

They will participate in everyday classroom activities by asking permission, requesting help, asking how to say or write something and giving praise in Italian. They will also read short, simple texts in Italian.

They will describe and apply strategies that can be used in situations that make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe by creating short, simple role plays for the class.

 

Physical Education

In Physical Education, students will participate in activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular exercise can have on health and wellbeing. Activities will include the

12 minute run/walk and training runs to help prepare for the St Anne’s Cross Country run held in May.

Following Cross Country, the students will participate in Jump rope for Heart.This is a fun, physical activity program where students will develop locomotive skills, learn new skipping skills and be physically active The final weeks of Jump rope For Heart will include students composing  and performing specialised movement skills and skipping sequences.  

Finally, the students will focus on the skill of Kicking. They will practise and refine kicking in a variety of movement skills and game situations.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be learning how visual codes (such as barcodes and QR codes) actually work and how they can be used to store large amounts of data. They will be learning about different types of data files and how the sizes of the files can vary depending on its format. They will also be creating their own QR codes to store cybersafe information about their personal interests.

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be learning how visual codes (such as barcodes and QR codes) actually work and how they can be used to store large amounts of data. They will be learning about different types of data files and how the sizes of the files can vary depending on its format. They will also be creating their own QR codes to store cybersafe information about their personal interests.

 

Performing Arts

This term students will use voice, movement and instruments to explore pitch, rhythm dynamics and tempo. They will explore music from different cultures, times and locations and discuss the features of the music they listen to using music terminology.

 

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 practising of appropriate number skills
  • include 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 the Tuesday and is due back in on Monday.  

 

Additional Information

Student will need to wear their sports uniform on Monday and Tuesday for sport and PE.

 

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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