November 1

Hooptime Finals

 

On Tuesday, the All Star Girls and All Star Boys teams competed in the Hooptime Finals.  Both teams had a perfect start winning the first three games and scoring an average of 20 points. Both coaches Paul Guardiani (Girls) and Paul Stevens (boys) were firing up their teams with plenty of positive reinforcement on the sidelines.  Both teams played exceptionally well over the day and were very close to going through to the next round, especially the girls team who had lost two games by one point and drew the third. Keep practicing and good luck for next year!

 

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October 26

Italian Day 2017

Ciao! Mercoledì gli studenti di S. Anna hanno festeggiato la loro Giornata Italiana. La giornata è iniziata con una sfilata italiana, dove tutti gli studenti hanno avuto modo di mostrare i loro stupefatti costumi. Tutti i ragazzi hanno apprezzato parlare italiano, cantando canzoni italiane, gare di relè, spettacolo magico e pizza e gelati.

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October 26

Hip Hop Dancing in 3-4

On Monday the 3-4 students participated in a short hip-hop dance incursion. Pieta taught the students a full dance routine in 30 minutes. Every student in 3-4 loved the incursion and danced their way back into the classroom after it finished.

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October 11

Term 4 Overview

Important Dates:

Wednesday 25th October – Italian Day

Tuesday 31st October – Regional Hooptime finals

Wednesday 1st November – Orienteering Incursion

Thursday 2nd November – All Souls Mass

Tuesday 7th November – Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Wednesday 8th November – Twilight Sport

Thursday 9th November – 3/4J Mass

Friday 10th November – 3/4J Reflection

Friday 24th November – 3/4C Show and Tell

Friday 15th December – 3/4M Reflection

Tuesday 19th December – Last Day of School Year

 

Curriculum Overview

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This term, students will be learning about the effects bullying can have on students and strategies to cope with these behaviours.  They will be given opportunities to mix with other students in the level to become more comfortable working with students from different classes in preparation for transition into grade 4 and 5.

 

Numeracy

The concepts covered this term are:

Decimals – Recognising place value to tenths and hundredths.

Geometry – Symmetry (flip, rotate & transformation)

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

Division – Grouping, division patterns and division facts

Mapping – Location, distance and navigation

Money – Adding and subtracting amounts.  Using decimal place value.

Time – Telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. Time zones around the world.

Data – Gather data and display in a graph

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

 

Literacy

In Writing, students will be learning how to write a science report.  They will learn how to write structure the report properly with an aim, materials, procedure and results.  Students will also explore the different elements of writing texts such as, structure, characters and using descriptive language and text purpose.

In 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 texts students will be exposed to include fiction and nonfiction texts as well as informational texts related to our Inquiry unit.

 

Inquiry

This term, students will be learning about the elements of change between a solid, liquid and gas. They will explore the science behind the effects temperature can have on objects.  The students will be given the opportunity to conduct different experiments, record their findings in a science journal and present their findings to the class.

 

Education in Faith

This term, students will learn about the connection between God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  They will learn about the hierarchy of Jesus time and reflect upon what it was like living during this time. Students will read and reflect upon scripture related to the Christmas Story.  

 

Italian

During Term 4 in Italian, the students will be looking at and discussing safety messages in the media, relating particularly to sun safety, online safety and road safety. They will focus on what not to do, using negative forms. They will, in groups, present these messages in Italian to the class.

The students will also learn about Italian Christmas traditions and continue to learn months of the year in Italian.

Performing Arts

This term the focus of the Performing Arts Program in Music. The students participate in learning activities that will further develop their knowledge of musical genres and expand their musical vocabulary. They will listen to samples of music and learn to identify specific features of musical genres of their choice and share their understandings with each other. They will develop their aural skills as they learn new songs and Christmas Carols in preparation for their public performance at our Park Orchards Community Christmas Carols in December.

Physical Education

During Term 4 the students will perform the fundamental motor skill of the two-handed strike. They will practise striking a ball off a tee and striking a pitched ball. Students will then use these skills in modified games such as Teeball, Softball, Baseball or Cricket. A minor focus during these games will be fielding and positioning as a team, encouraging others and positive talk amongst team members.

Students will also prepare for the upcoming Twilight Sports evening.

 

Digital Technologies

This term, the Year 3/4 students will be using the Scratch application to complete a series of guided programming activities. They will learn coding concepts which involve combining graphics, text and sound to create simple interactive animations and games.

 

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 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 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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September 21

Inquiry Build Day

Yesterday the 3-4’s had their Inquiry build day. The students got into their teams to discuss their designs and were given one hour to build, 30 minutes to test and then present to the level.  All the students did a fantastic job with their designs. Congratulations to Hamish Noon, Keegan Arifovic, Amber Cannon, Ella Anderson, Cruz Arifovic, Matthew Haste and Gabriel Italiano-Amodio who used 8 simple machines and covered a total distance of 5 meters across the hall.

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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

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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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