Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 13

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 13
Term 3
Weeks 8 & 9

What has been happening in the Middle School?

As we rapidly approach the end of the term, the students have been reflecting on all of the wonderful learning opportunities they have taken part in during term 3. From camp to swimming, our Australian history unit to the District athletics, our students have made the most of every chance given to them.

Linking these events to the Play is the Way concepts, the Middle School students have explored bravery, pursuing your personal best, treating others how you would like to be treated and having reasons for the things you say and do. This term has seen the students learn valuable life skills and develop their ability to work as a team!  

Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING: 
determine what are the most important parts of what we read.

WRITING: 
understand that an information report is used to present information on a person, place, animal or thing.

MATHS:
conduct chance experiments and identify and describe possible outcomes

SPELLING: 
Week 8
Grade 3: The digraph /u/ making the sound “w” as in quilt
Grade 4: The digraph /ci/ making the sound “sh” as in special

Week 9
Grade 3: The graph /se/ making the sound “z” as in cheese.
Grade 4: Focus: The graph /r/ as in rain. The digraph /rr/ making as in c. The digraph /wr/ as in wrist.

UNIT OF STUDY (History): 
Explain how and why life changed in the past, and identify aspects of the past that remained the same.

PLAY IS THE WAY: 
Pursue your personal best, no matter who you are working with.

Term 3 Calendar Dates

Monday 18th September: Student Free Day (Curriculum Day)
Wednesday 20th September: Footy Day
Friday 22nd September: Last Day of Term 3

Making News
Term 4 - Design & Technology
In term 4, the Middle School students will be completing a unit on Design and Technology. Their task will be to create a boat out of recycled materials, which is where we need your help!
Over the next 3 weeks, could you please collect and bring into school some clean recycled materials such as:
  1. plastic food containers (cups, yogurt containers, bottles etc.)
  2. string
  3. plastic bottle caps
  4. corks etc.
  5. unused straws
ITEMS NOT ACCEPTED: Toilet Rolls
Thank you

Swimming Program

Student Reflections

In swimming we have been doing freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. I am still having a little trouble with freestyle because when we were doing it I didn’t want to do it because I thought people would make fun of me but I had to be brave.
Lucy M, Middle MB

Swimming was awesome. We did backstroke, freestyle, dolphin, frog kick and front kick. I was pretty brave when I did something really hard that other people couldn’t do. I have been trying my best to do all my kicks right. But I am still working on it. I have been treating others how I would like to be treated. I tried to show that I am sensible in swimming but I don’t know what they think.
Cy, Middle M


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Middle School Newsletter 2017: Volume 12

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 12
Term 3 
Weeks 6 & 7

What has been happening in the Middle School?


WOW! What an amazing camp experience it was for the Middle School. During the three days we learnt and experienced a lot of new things. New friendships were made and current friendships were strengthened. You can read a few of the recounts from your children in this newsletter. From a school perspective, we were very proud of how all of the students showed Teamwork, Integrity and Respect while on camp and challenged themselves to try new things.


The next two weeks will be filled with the swimming program at Don Tatnell Leisure Centre on the corner of Warren Road and Brisbane Terrace.


Our swimming times, if you were interested in coming to watch are:
-Middle Hardie: 9:30am
-Middle McCallum/Beer: 10:00am
-Middle Wilton: 10:30am
-Middle McDonald: 11:00am


Learning and Teaching
We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING: 
make accurate predictions from what we read based on clues in the text.

WRITING: 
understand that an information report is used to present information on a person, place, animal or thing.

MATHS:
conduct chance experiments and identify and describe possible outcomes


SPELLING: 
Grade 3: The digraph /ti/ making the sound “sh” as in station


Grade 4: The digraph /ui/ making the sound “oo” as in fruit and the digraph /ew/ making the sound “oo” as in screw


UNIT OF STUDY (History): 
Explain how and why life changed in the past, and identify aspects of the past that remained the same.


PLAY IS THE WAY: 
Pursue your personal best, no matter who you are working with.


Term 2 Calendar Dates


Monday 4th September: District Athletics
Friday 15th September: Teachers v Grade 6 All Star Basketball (12:15- 1:30)
Friday 15th September: School Disco Night
Monday 18th September: Student Free Day (Curriculum Day)
Wednesday 20th September: Footy Day
Friday 22nd September: Last Day of Term 3


Making News

Middle School Camp Reflections


I thought that camp was AWESOME!!! I loved the food and all of the activities. The activities were Hut Building, Archery, Giant Swing, Orienteering, Photo Trail and Ropes Course. It was so much fun, I didn’t want to get on the bus and go home.
Isabella - Middle MB


Camp was amazing!!! There was so much to do and the activities were great. After the bus ride we moved our bags into our cabins, everyone was filled with excitement. The food was delicious, my favourite meal was spaghetti! We went to the lighthouse on Thursday. It was really cool, did you know that Round the Twist was filmed there? My favourite part of camp was the Giant Swing. I went to the top and had lots of fun swinging for a long time.

Giaan - Middle MB























Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Middle School Newsletter 2017: Volume 11

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 11
Term 3 
Weeks 4 & 5

What has been happening in the Middle School?

Nesquik…...delicious! What a fun morning we had creating and following procedures to make some scrumptious flavoured milk. The Middle School students first watched Mrs Mac attempt the tough task of making this delicious drink. As they watched the cooking display, they took notes on the ingredients, equipment and procedure before tackling the challenge of writing their own procedure and following it.

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Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING: 
make accurate predictions from what we read based on clues in the text.

WRITING: 
understand and use the structure of a procedural text.

MATHS:
use scales, legends and directions to interpret and create different maps.

SPELLING: 
Grade 3: The graph /g/ making the sound “j” as in giant and the graph /s/ making the sound “zh” as in treasure.

Grade 4: The graph /y/ making the sound “y” as in yawn and the digraph /or/ making the sound “eh” as in doctor.

UNIT OF STUDY (History): 
Explain how and why life changed in the past, and identify aspects of the past that remained the same.

PLAY IS THE WAY: 
Pursue your personal best, no matter who you are working with.

Term 2 Calendar Dates

Friday 18th August - National Science Week - STEM Activity
Monday 21st to Friday 25th August: Book Week
Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th August: Middle School Camp to Angahook
Monday 28th August to Friday 8th September: P-4 Swimming
Tuesday 29th August: Father’s Day Stall
Monday 4th September: District Athletics
Monday 18th September: Student Free Day (Curriculum Day)
Wednesday 20th September: Footy Day
Friday 22nd September: Last Day of Term 3




Current Notices

Camp

The excitement around the Middle School is building, and this time next week we will be at Camp Angahook having an absolutely fantastic time. Please make sure you camp payments are finalised with the office before we go. Unfortunately, if payments are not finalised, we cannot take children to camp with us.

Science Week

Our classroom will come alive with science for National Science Week. We will join over 300 Australian schools on Friday 18th August in welcoming Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) professionals into our classrooms – both virtually and physically – to promote the importance of STEM to Australia’s future.

The STEM in Schools event, run by CSIRO, forms part of National Science Week and will see our school come alive with science as the students participate in a virtual classroom discussion with scientists working in the international space industry, and undertake classroom activities.

Research indicates that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge. With participation and engagement of STEM subjects in Australia declining, it is now more important than ever to engage students about the importance of science, technology, engineering and maths.

STEM in Schools events is taking place in more than 300 schools around Australia, with STEM professionals and members of parliament visiting schools across Australia to conduct activities and share their passion for STEM.

The initiative is designed to inspire students about the possibilities of pursuing a future STEM careers and to increase interest and engagement in STEM subjects.

In addition to all students in the Middle School participating in the STEM Open Classroom and Science Week activity, Mentone Park will also run a Satellite Club activity on this day.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Middle School Newsletter 2017: Volume 10

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 10
Term 3 
Weeks 2 & 3

What has been happening in the Middle School?


Welcome back everyone. The Middle School team hope you all had a restful break and have come back to school ready for another busy and fun filled term. The two major events for the Middle School this term are our camp to Anglesea (23-25 August) and the swimming program (28 August - 8 September).
Our teaching and learning is already well underway with Australian History being our Inquiry focus this term. Students will focus on how life has changed over time and recognise significant events that have caused these changes.


Learning and Teaching


We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING: 
connect different texts to our own lives and other texts that we have read  and the world that we live in

WRITING: 
understand and use the structure of a procedural text. We have also completed our first Big Write for the term.

MATHS:
To use efficient mental and written strategies to solve multiplication problems


SPELLING: 
Grade 3:The graph /a/ making the sound “a” as in baby and the graph /g/ making the sound “j” as in giant


Grade 4: Words ending in the consonant suffix -ness, The graph /y/ making the sound “y” as in yawn and The graph /i/ making the sound “i” as in onion


UNIT OF STUDY (History) 
Explain how and why life changed in the past, and identify aspects of the past that remained the same.


PLAY IS THE WAY: 
Pursue your personal best, no matter who you are working with.

Term 2 Calendar Dates


Friday 4th August: Camp Notices Due
Tuesday 8th of August: Parent/Teacher Interviews
Sunday 13th August: Working Bee
Monday 14th August: Swimming Notices Due
Monday 21st to Friday 25th August: Book Week
Wednesday 23rd to Friday 25th August: Middle School Camp to Angahook
Monday 28th August to Friday 8th September: P-4 Swimming
Tuesday 29th August: Father’s Day Stall
Monday 4th September: District Athletics
Wednesday 20th September: Footy Day
Friday 22nd September: Last Day of Term 3


Current Notices

Middle School Camp


Camp is fast approaching. Could all medical and dietary forms please be returned to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday 4th August so that planning can be finalised. Also, make sure all payments have be finalised with the office by this date too.

bCyberwise - Online Safety

Most children are unaware of the digital footprint they leave every time they post online and the harmful effects it can have on themselves, or on others. Similar to regular discussions we have with the students encouraging them when interacting face to face, the same applies online.
Always T.H.I.N.K.
T- is it TRUE?
H- is it HELPFUL?
I- is it INSPIRING?
N- is it NECESSARY?
K- is it KIND?

To read more about the program your child participated in please visit this link: bCyberwise

Or download the bCyberwise Monster Family App: Monster Family App

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Middle School Newsletter 2017: Volume 9

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 9
Term 2 
Weeks 9-10

What has been happening in the Middle School?

Wow! Another term done and dusted! While we have been super busy, we still can't believe that we are half way through the year. This term has seen a focus on expanding our science knowledge and skills, with our chemical and physical science units. We hosted a whole school open night and our learning was supported by two separate invisits. Our clever and brave Year 3s spent three days in early May demonstrating their knowledge as part of the NAPLAN assessments and the remainder of the term has featured a range of assessment and reflection tasks for our upcoming student reports. Our Middle School team has continued to evolve and we look forward to working closely together again next term! From camp in August to the swimming program and a focus on history, it's sure to be another fun filled term of learning!



Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING: 
use clues in the text to help make informed guesses about what unknown words could mean.

WRITING: 
reflect on our semester of learning and understand the structure of an explanation piece of writing.

MATHS:
measure order and compare different objects using familar metric units.

SPELLING: 

Year 3: The digraph |oy| making the sound “oy” as in toy.

Year 4: The digraph |ie| make the sound E as in chief.

UNIT OF STUDY: 

understand that forces can be exerted by one object or another through direct contact or from a distance.


PLAY IS THE WAY: 
pursuing your personal best no matter who you are working with.


Term 2 Calendar Dates


Thursday 29th June: Student reports go home to families
Friday 30th June: Last Day of Term 2
Monday 18th July: First Day of Term 3


Current Notices

Middle School Camp

Camp is coming up during Term 3. Could all expression of interest forms please be sent back to your classroom teacher ASAP, as well as deposits paid via Qkr.
More information for camp will be sent out in Term 3.

bCyberwise - Online Safety

Most children are unaware of the digital footprint they leave every time they post online and the harmful effects it can have on themselves, or on others. Similar to regular discussions we have with the students encouraging them when interacting face to face, the same applies online.

Always T.H.I.N.K.
T- is it TRUE?
H- is it HELPFUL?
I- is it INSPIRING?
N- is it NECESSARY?
K- is it KIND?

To read more about the program your child participated in please visit this link: bCyberwise

Or download the bCyberwise Monster Family App: Monster Family App

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Middle School Newsletter 2017: Volume 8

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 8
Term 2 
Weeks 7-8

What has been happening in the Middle School?

This week we were lucky enough to have a visitor from 'Fizzics Education' conduct experiments with the 3/4 students. They explored their understandings of physics and how different objects move. This invisit supports our current Science unit, 'Magnetic Moves'.

We say farewell to Miss Maddie Oates and would like to thank her for all her hard work and dedication. We wish her the best of luck with everything and look forward to seeing her around in the future.

We would also like to welcome Mrs Nikki McCallum to the 3/4 area. Mrs McCallum will make a valuable addition to the middle school team and we look forward to having her join us for the remainder of the year.

Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING:
 question different texts before, during and after reading them as well as combine new information with prior knowledge to formulate new understandings (synthesising).


WRITING/V.C.O.P.: understand the structure of an explanation piece of writing and use our scientific research to create our own explanation pieces.

MATHS: measure, order and compare objects using familiar metric units.

SPELLING: 
Year 3: The digraph /se/ making the sound "s" as in horse.

Year 4: The consonant suffix -ly.

UNIT OF STUDY: Understand that forces can be exerted by one object or another through direct contact or from a distance.


PLAY IS THE WAY: Be Brave - Participate to Progress


Term 2 Calendar Dates

Monday 12th June: Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
Thursday 29th June: Student reports go home to families
Friday 30th June: Last Day of Term 2

Current Notices

Next week, the grade sixes will be raising money for the Red Nose Day Appeal by selling a range of different products. All funds raised will go towards supporting the families of sick kids.

bCyberwise - Online Safety

Most children are unaware of the digital footprint they leave every time they post online and the harmful effects it can have on themselves, or on others. Similar to regular discussions we have with the students encouraging them when interacting face to face, the same applies online.
Always T.H.I.N.K.
T- is it TRUE?
H- is it HELPFUL?
I- is it INSPIRING?
N- is it NECESSARY?
K- is it KIND?

To read more about the program your child participated in please visit this link: bCyberwise
Or download the bCyberwise Monster Family App: Monster Family App



Making News

We have just started our new topic in Science. Here are some pictures of our recent visit from Fizzics Education.