We find ourselves at the end of Term 2 already. Although we faced a minor challenge with another lockdown, the staff, students and parents did an amazing job shifting their focus back to remote learning. We were able to run many more events than this time last year such as Aerobics and Cross Country. Our Foundation students enjoyed breakfast at school and we had Kinder Visits for children starting in 2022. In Term 3 the Grade 4, 5 and 6 children have camps scheduled and the Foundation students will celebrate 100 days at school. The children have enjoyed their inquiry topics this term and the work they have produced has been of a very high standard.
School Concert 2021 - ‘Parkdale and the Genie’
The countdown is on……..The children have been practising their concert dance and will record their song on Thursday. The cast are in full rehearsal mode and the parents are finalising costumes. The concert is on Thursday 29th July at The Palais Theatre in St Kilda. Further information will be provided very shortly in regards to ticket sales.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Parent teacher interviews were held on Monday and Tuesday afternoon and evening. It was great to see so many parents take the opportunity to meet (via WebEx) with their child’s teacher and discuss their first Semester’s progress and achievements.
We hope all families have an enjoyable and relaxing break and we look forward to seeing everyone in Term 3, Monday 12th July.
End of Term: Early Dismissal Friday 25th June at 2:30pm. Due to current restrictions there will not be an assembly and students will be dismissed from their classrooms.
Recently, you will have received an end of Semester Report for your child and had the opportunity to hold a parent-teacher conference with their teacher. The mid-year is a key point to reflect on how your child is tracking in relation to the Victorian Curriculum. Our Semester Reports are aimed to celebrate the achievements that your child has made and to also inform some future learning aspects to improve their skills, application or behaviour within the classroom. Our students conduct assessment tasks on an ongoing basis and this along with the skills they have demonstrated within the classroom create the basis of their report. Our teachers use a range of assessments as well as year level and cross year level moderation to inform their teacher judgments.
We are guided by the DET in relation to the overall format of Semester Reports inclusive of some required elements and point scales. We have made adjustments to the structure of the written comments to include dialogue on a Personal level, English Achievement, Mathematics Achievement, Inquiry Topics and Future Learning points.
DET requirements state that two written reports be made available each year for every child. So written Semester Reports are completed in June and also December. As an added extra, in 2019, we initiated Progress Reports at the end of Term 1 for Grade 1 – 6 and Term 3 for the whole school, to provide an extra communication point and check in on how your child was travelling in the areas of Reading, Writing, Mathematics, as well as their Effort and Behaviour.
Communication and working together with the best interests of your child in mind are vitally important. Our staff also provide access via their email address as another avenue for contact. Relationships are a vital part of education and this encompasses, students, teachers and parents. As our school motto states, ‘Together We Achieve’.
Have a great and safe two week break whether you manage to get away or enjoy some time at home and I look forward to seeing you back in Term 3.
What a crazy Term!! The Foundation students have done an exceptional job of coping with change and we are sure they are all looking forward to a hard earnt break!
This week we have been busy making special houses for our Rock Friends and talking about what they need and want in their homes. We have also learnt the letter Zz, the last letter in our alphabet! To celebrate completing letters A-Z we will be having a special Alphabet dress up day on the Wednesday the 22nd of June.
Over the holidays, we are sending home some holiday homework ‘suggestions’, to revise our learning this term. If you have a little spare time, it would be fabulous if you could revise this with your child. The teachers strongly recommend keeping up the reading practise in the break including practising the sound pack with your child, as this builds fluency and automaticity with reading.
Also a reminder that we have an early finish on Friday at 2:30pm.
We hope everyone enjoys their holidays and come back well rested and refreshed, ready for Term 3! We know it has been a particularly challenging Term, but we can’t thank you enough for your support, particularly over our remote learning period.
It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of the first semester in Grade 1! We are very proud of how our children handled the short burst of remote learning and a smooth return to school for the last couple of weeks!
It was also lovely to meet with many of the parents this week for Parent Teacher interviews.
In the last couple of weeks we have been busy practising for the concert which is coming up soon early in Term 3. It would be great if you could help your child to practise over the holidays to build their confidence, the song is on Seesaw.
We have also been focusing on finishing our Writing topic of procedures, as well as our Maths topic of Data and Graphs.
We hope all our Grade 1 families have a lovely, safe break and we look forward to Term 3 with you all!
As we come to a close of a busy, yet amazing term, we are very proud of our Grade 2’s and all their excellent efforts and achievements.
For our daily reading and cafe goals we have been looking at the way similes enter our vocabulary and how we can use them in our writing. Which follows on to our writing focus of the last couple of weeks which has been poetry. The students have been coming up with some amazing colour and haiku poems.
We are wrapping up our Maths topic of Fractions and looking forward to another learning filled term after the break.
During the break don’t forget to keep your mind active by playing Maths games, reading and any writing activities. We hope that you have an amazing and relaxing break and we cannot wait to start Term 3!
Grade 2 Team
Once again the term has flown by. The Grade 3 teachers are extremely proud of our cohort of students and everything they have achieved this semester. We hope our students and their families have a safe and relaxing holiday.
Reading: Over the last two weeks, the students have explored how to make accurate predictions and inferences using clues from the text as well as their own prior knowledge.
Writing: After learning about the text structure and language features in remote learning, the students commenced their inquiry project. During our digital technologies lessons, the students researched their chosen famous Indigenous person and summarised the facts and information into their own words. With this information, the students individually constructed an information report and chose the way to present their final copy. In our writing revolution and grammar sessions, we explored how to combine simple sentences using conjunctions including ‘because’, ‘but’, ‘so’, ‘and’.
Mathematics: In our number math groups we have been learning about fractions over the last few weeks. The students have practised dividing a whole into equal parts, naming groups using fractions, finding equivalent fractions and fractions of a group. To finish the term, we have completed a post-test to see the students’ growth. In our applied class groups, we are investigating time. This concept will continue into Term 3. Encouraging your child to practise identifying the time on an analogue clock at home is a way to work on reading time.
Wellbeing: Our students have participated in a team-building game called ‘Robots’ to build resilience and build their emotional literacy and communication skills as a part of our ‘Play is the Way’ program.
In Grade 4 the students have had a fantastic finish to the term. It has been so wonderful to have the students back after a short stint of home learning. All Grades transitioned back into the classroom very well and made the most of the past two weeks.
Writing: After completing information reports, the students have been improving their vocabularies and practising their use of simple, compound and complex sentences. Finally, we used our knowledge of adverbs, adjectives and syllables to create tanka and colour poems.
Maths: After a busy term learning multiplication and division skills, we have been spending some time reviewing all four operations. During Applied Maths, students have been learning how to identify acute, obtuse, right and straight angles, as well as using a protractor to measure angles.
School concert: Song recordings and dance rehearsals have been going smoothly at school. Be sure students continue to practise over the holidays.
We hope everyone has a well deserved break and enjoys some rest and relaxation!
Grade 4 Team
Students have been working on a book review based on their class text ‘A Long Walk to Water’ over the past two weeks. This included designing a front cover, brief synopsis, rating, review and character analysis.
Students completed a Post Test for their Maths (Number) topics on Division Concepts and Strategies (Grade 5) and Percentages (Grade 6) last week. This week students have been revising a variety of concepts, in both number and applied sessions, identified as areas for improvement from class work and testing throughout the semester.
This week students have completed their ‘Why is it so?’ projects requiring them to write a scientific method and orally present an experiment to the class. Children have been working on this task over a number of weeks in both science and the classroom. We were all impressed by the general quality and standard of the presentations.
A reminder to keep practising the singing and dancing of your class song over the holidays in preparation for our concert in Week 3 next term.
We wish all our Grade 5/6 students and families a safe, happy Term 2 holidays.
|Foundation||Respect: For being a respectful, kind and helpful student who always listens attentively to others and is a class role model.||Lucinda W|
|1||Responsibility: For always making the most of every learning opportunity.||Taylor J|
|2||For consistently demonstrating all of our Super Six values this term.||Madison D|
|3||Respect: For always showing respect to her teachers and peers and making strong choices that support her learning.||Ada W|
|4||Excellence: For pursuing her personal best in all subjects by working with determination, focus and a growth mindset.||Kacy H|
|5||Respect: For always being highly respectful of all her classmates and teachers and her daily kind acts she performs.||Shivani K|
|6||Cooperation: - For always demonstrating a mature attitude and working cooperatively with her class members and teachers.||India S|
Camp Australia – Guiding Children’s Growth
We are proud to partner with Camp Australia to provide our Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) program.
Camp Australia programs are centered on child enrichment, while ensuring a reliable, engaging and hassle-free OSHC service at our school. Their engaged educators foster a safe, inclusive environment where children can relax, have fun and grow.
Your OSHC – OSHC that inspires
At Your OSHC by Camp Australia, every before school, after school and pupil free day program is tailored to the likes and interests of each child in service. Camp Australia’s educators design enriching experiences to inspire your children’s confidence, independence and imagination. In any one week, they could be participating in science experiments, active play, creative expression and more - they believe in learning through experience so that each child can grow.
Rocketeers – Extraordinary Holiday Adventures
Rocketeers by Camp Australia is a space for children to escape the ordinary and experience the extraordinary during their school holidays. Every school holiday break is a new mission for children to embark upon. With carefully designed programs, directed by the children and informed by family feedback, no two days are the same with Rocketeers. Experiences planned could include games, arts & crafts, sport, excursions, cooking, coding and more.