Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 15


Middle School Newsletter: Volume 15



Term 4

Weeks 4 & 5


What's happening in the Middle School?

 
Poems, poems, poems.....Mrs Mac thought she'd have a go at writing some poems too. Let her know what you think!!!



Haikus for Writing
Amazing from the kids
Fun to write and read


There once was a group of kids called Middle,
Who liked to solve all kinds of riddles.
They worked them out
And gave a shout
Then got up and sang 'Hey Diddle Diddle'





 
  Remember to check for new events in the Calendar Dates section below.
 
Learning and Teaching
 
We Are Learning To (WALT)....

READING: 
make inferences by using our schema and the clues in the text that we read



WRITING: 
explore poetry and use the structure of a Haiku and Limerick to publish our very own


MATHS:
solve division problems using our knowledge of different strategies

 
 
SPELLING: 
Week 4
Grade 3: Plurals- words ending in y add ies
Grade 4: Prefix 'dis' as in disorganised

 
Week 5
Spelling Assessment

 
UNIT OF STUDY (Design and Technology): 

We have finished our designs, collected the required materials and begun making the boats!! You might like to ask your child how much their boat is going to cost. Stay tuned for the date for our 'Boat Launch' celebration.

 
PLAY IS THE WAY: 
Takes great strength to be sensible.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LITERACY: 
Emotional triggers and how we react to the triggers.






Term 4 Calendar Dates

Monday 27th November: Excursion to Taskworks. See QKR for payment and please return orange permission form asap
Thursday 16/11, 23/11, 30/11, 7/12, 14/12: STOMP dance program.

Friday 1st December: Whole School Walk-A-Thon. More details soon
Friday 8th December: Whole School House Athletics - all day

Friday 15th December: Carols Night

Friday 22nd December: Last Day of Term 4- Jingle Bells!!!!!!!!




In the Spotlight......Our very own Poets!
 
We've been busy writing Haikus and Limericks.
Come in and see all our wonderful poems displayed around the Middle School.





Have a great week,

 
Nikki, Jess, Matt and Nick
 

 

 

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 14


Middle School Newsletter: Volume 14

Term 4

Weeks 1, 2 & 3


What's happening in the Middle School?
 
Come on and sing along....."It's the final countdown!"
Term 4 is a long one....11 weeks full of fun and festivities to cap off a brilliant year! We have some exciting happenings so be sure to check the Calendar Dates section below.

 
The teachers are especially looking forward to seeing what the students achieve in our new inquiry unit called What Floats Your Boat? We are sure you have heard lots about this and like us, can't wait to see the final product! In only a few sessions, the students have already shown how eager they are to explore this new topic which is so pleasing. Just what we like to see....enthusiasm, self motivation and team work!

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

READING: 
ask questions related to the text at different stages of reading
make inferences by using our schema and the clues in the text that we read

WRITING: 
understand the structure of a recount and use this to write about an event from the school holidays
explore poetry and use the structure of a Haiku to publish our very own

MATHS:
tell the time to the minute and investigate different units of time
solve division problems using our knowledge of different strategies

 
 
SPELLING: 
Week 1
Grade 3: The digraph /aw/ making the sound “or” as in saw
Grade 4: The graph /n/ as in net, the digraph /nn/ as in dinner, the digraph /kn/ as in knee

 
Week 2
Grade 3: The trigraph /our/ as in colour.
Grade 4: The graph /m/ as in mouse, the digraph /mm/ as in hammer, the digraph /mb/ as in lamb
 

Week 3
Grade 3: The graph /e/ making the sound “eh” as in garden.
Grade 4: The quadgraph /eigh/ as in eight, the split digraph /a-e/ as in tape

 

 
UNIT OF STUDY (Design and Technology): 
Exploring materials that float and brainstorming ideas in groups to create a boat that will float and hold a weight. Look how much fun we had exploring materials!!
 
 

 
PLAY IS THE WAY: 
Pursue your personal best, no matter who you are working with.
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL LITERACY: 
Emotional triggers and how we react to the triggers.



 

Term 4 Calendar Dates

Friday 27th October: Play is the Way Open Day- 11.30-1.30
Friday 3rd November: Whole School Photo
Tuesday 7th November: Melbourne Cup Day - No School - Giddy Up!
Monday 27th November: Excursion to Taskworks. See QKR for payment and please return orange permission form asap
Thursday 16/11, 23/11, 30/11, 7/12, 14/12: STOMP dance program.

Friday 1st December: Whole School Walk-A-Thon. More details soon
Friday 8th December: Whole School House Athletics - all day
Friday 15th December: Carols Night
Friday 22nd December: Last Day of Term 4- Jingle Bells!!!!!!!!



Making News
Term 4 - Design & Technology
Stay tuned for information regarding our 'Boat Launching Day'. A great opportunity for family and friends to see what the students have achieved in this unit.
Have a great week,

 
Nikki, Jess, Matt and Nick
 

 

 

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