Vigorous Vocabulary

Today the grade 5’s looked at words related to The Kelly Gang for their vocabulary session. In pairs they picked words off the whiteboard and wrote definitions on the back of them. After sharing them as a class, we then classified the words as either a person, place or a specific term relating to our topic. This was a great way to expand the vocabulary and knowledge of our students.







Rockstar Fluency

Grade 5 practised their fluency by experimenting with voice pace and volume. They completed a reading of ‘Ned Kelly and the Green Sash’ in style! How was it different speaking in the microphone to just reading aloud normally?





Berwick College Information

Just a reminder that tomorrow night, Tuesday April 28 at 7pm is the Grade 6 Parent Information Evening in Berwick’s Performing Arts Centre and we encourage all interested parents to attend. Specific Dance and Basketball Academy sessions will follow at 8pm approximately, where parents will gain information on the benefits of their programs and their application and try-out process.

2016 High Achievers testing is on this Saturday May 2 in the Senior School Centre at Berwick College. No further applications can be accepted and all applicants have received a confirmation email with information. They have requested a 9.30am arrival for a 10am start and expect the tests to be finished around 12.15pm. There are tours on during testing that parents can call 8768 1000 and sign up for.

They also have a range of tours coming up in the coming weeks, during class time, which we encourage interested families to attend. These are run by Assistant Principals and families need to call 8768 1000 to attend.
Upcoming dates:
Tuesday 28th April at 9.30am
Thursday 30th April at 9.30am
Saturday 2nd May at 10.00am – 1.00pm
Thursday 7th May at 9.30am
Thursday 13th August at 9.30am
Thursday 10th September at 9.30am
Thursday 22nd October at 9.30am
Thursday 26th November at 9.30am


I hope everyone had a nice day of reflection yesterday for ANZAC Day. Hopefully with the work we’ve been doing in class you all have a greater understanding of the history of ANZAC Day and why it is so important to our country. I went to my local Dawn Service yesterday morning and thought it was a great experience to be a part of. Did anyone else go to their Dawn Service or do anything special for ANZAC Day?

Last week we had 4 of our school leaders attend an ANZAC memorial service in Beaconsfield. Here is what they thought of the experience:

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On the 19th of April, I went to the ANZAC Service in Beaconsfield with Diesel, Georgia and Olivia. We marched in the parade and laid pictures of some ANZACS around the memorial. We also laid a wreath. It was a good experience to represent our school as leaders.

By Jordan Sanders

On the Sunday before ANZAC Day, Olivia, Jordan, Diesel and myself went to an ANZAC memorial service in Beaconsfield. I thought it was an excellent experience because we got to represent our school in front of a lot of people. It was quite a sad event and some of the ways the soldiers died were horrible. The laying of the photos of the soldiers and the wreaths was sad but I was very proud to be a part of it all. The firing of the guns was extremely loud but we had to be respectful of covering our ears. This ervice has really made me think about ANZAC Day and I would love to go to more services and ceremonies in the future.

By Georgia Kruger

At the memorial we laid down wreaths, put down pictures, paid our respect and sang the national anthem. Although it was upsetting, I was proud that they put their lives before others rather than staying back in Australia.

By Diesel McEwan

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On the Sunday before ANZAC Day, the 4 captains, Georgia, Jordan, Diesel and myself went to an ANZAC Day Memorial. Us captains marched from the Beacy CFA to the memorial outside of the Kinder and not far from our school. We started by singing God Save the Queen. I tried hard to sing but didn’t really know the words. Later we stood in a line listening to stories of the fallen soldiers and we laid pictures of them. The firing of the guns were loud and we had to block our ears but did it in the most respectful way. They finished off by singing Advance Australia Fair. I think this was a great opportunity for people to come and remember the one’s who gave us this free life.

By Olivia Irvine


Investigations Homework Question

Here is this week’s question:

Graeme Clark was the Australian doctor who created and invented the Cochlear implant. In 1982 he made improvements to create the first Bionic ear. This was a creation of ingenuity and perseverance which gave new meaning to research for Australia. He was persistent and never gave up on what he believed he could achieve. How would you feel and what do you think it would be like to hear for the first time?

Find two other Australians that have made revolutionary changes to the way we live. They might be an inventor of something we use, or a doctor who has created something we need to survive. For example Doctor Fiona Wood – Plastic Surgeon and ‘Spray-on Skin’ Pioneer. She may have been born in Yorkshire but has lived here for many years and calls Australia her home.

Present your homework as an information report. Be sure to include images of the person / people and their invention or creation.

6’s Slinky Sequences

As part of our Literacy rotations, 6J had a learning focus of understanding sequence. We talked about when and where we use sequencing in real life situations.

We discussed that understanding the sequence of events is very important when baking a cake, when following directions or when creating a narrative story.

All the students worked in groups with cards that had been jumbled up from the story ‘the three little pigs”. There was a lot of rich conversation between groups discussing the reasoning behind places the cards in a certain order. Many different opinions were shared and the leaders led the discussion well. It was great to see the enthusiasm shown by the students and the reflection from the leaders was brilliant.

Thanks for a great lesson!






Book Fair Arriving Tomorrow

Dear Families,

Lamont Book fair arrives at our school tomorrow (Wednesday 22nd April) and will be open for our students and parents tomorrow between 3:30 – 4:30pm and will be located in the Level 2 Gallery.

We will open for late night shopping on Thursday from 3:30 – 6:00pm and again on Friday between 3:30 – 4:40pm.

We hope you can visit and support our book fair.

Thank you