Week 2, Term 4 2023
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Term 4 is off to a fantastic start and it has been a pleasure to see your children settle back into school so smoothly. This is always an action-packed time of the school year so please check the Term Calendar sent on Schoolstream last week.
Over the past two weeks, Sally Hayward from the RAA has come out to our school to run Road Safety clinics for all classes. This has allowed our students to develop their understanding of both road rules and road safety, and is a wonderful service that the RAA provide for schools.
Students in Years 3-6 have been busy in trials for the SACPSSA Athletics Squad. This carnival is taking place on Wednesday November 8 (Week 4) and information for those selected will come out on School Stream early next week. This promises to be a great opportunity for the students who represent our school, and we wish them all the very best for the day.
This Friday, we have our Staff Formation Day. This day provides our staff an opportunity to gather together and undergo professional development. This year, our Staff Formation Day is focused around understanding our school’s Dominican charism and how we bring this to life for our students – as well as doing some work with understanding our strengths as professionals and how we can work together most effectively in our teaching teams. We look forward to bringing this learning back to school and using it to improve learning outcomes for all students.
Early last term a number of our students from years 2-6 participated in ICAS asessments. English, Science and Mathematics assessments were offered and our results have just arrived. Congratulations to all our participating students, but particularly to the following students who received credits, merits or distinctions!
Rhitvik – English
Abyss – Mathematics
Imogen - English
Saatvik – English
Ryan R – English
Prathiv – Mathematics
Students receiving 2 or more awards
Lizzy – Credit in Mathematics and English
Aaroha – Merit Mathematics and Credit in English
Genevieve – Merit in Science and Credit in English
Aditya – Merit in Science, Credit in English and a Distinction in Mathematics!
And finally, planning is well underway for 2025, when we can expect a further increase in enrolments and more capital development planning to manage the future growth of our amazing community.
Michelle, Ray and Matt
Another busy term has begun and there are lots of exciting things planned for the Reception children. The children have been getting busy with the building of our new outdoor learning space. Things are beginning to take shape now the pathway has been installed. The children were involved in week one with the preparation of the garden beds. They had lots of fun shovelling the earth into trays and buckets and removing the excess to the back car park. This week we had a visit from Green Adelaide to help the children understand the best types of plants for our area. We found out which plants would attract certain insects, which would grow well in the sun and shade and the names of various shrubs.
This project has been very child directed with their ideas and vision for the space being used to inform the planning and building of the area. We are very excited to watch it take shape and become a working area incorporated into our everyday learning.
Our child protection curriculum this term is focused on “keeping safe”. As part of our learning we have had a visit from the RAA to discuss road safety and we have other exciting incursions planned. Including a visit from the police and the MSF, who are bringing a fire truck for us to explore. As part of our learning we have discussed trusted adults and have been learning our address and a parent phone number in case we ever get lost.
Science Experiments in 4/5L – Making and testing an Avalanche
To finish our Natural disasters unit year 4/5 Lagana designed and conducted an Avalanche experiment. The aim of the experiment was to create an avalanche using a chopping board and materials such as sand, sugar, flour, baking soda, washing powder. The challenge was to create a layer of snow and simulate an avalanche down the mountain (chopping board).
My avalanche was a great success we had fun making it to and Iwas working with Ayanna nothing did not work. My prediction was right as every tree on our mountain was destroyed nothing was left standing. What surprised me was that when we glued the trees to the board they came off when the snow came down the mountain. The fun part was making the snow with Ayanna, we made a mess and we laughed while making the snow, it was lots of fun.
In my Science experiment, I used Shaving Cream, Baking Soda, Paper and Cardboard. My Science experiment went unexpectedly well because the fake snow and paper I made worked and the snow was able to eliminate the trees like I predicted in my Science book. My Prediction was correct and the snow completely destroyed the trees. The fun thing about my project was making the fake snow as it was fun to mix the Shaving Cream and Baking Soda as it felt extremely satisfying and appealing.
The snow went down the slope how we expected to happen. what surprised me that it actually worked and it looked really satisfying when it started sliding down the slope and becoming an avalanche. The fun part of the experiment was making fake snow and looking at peoples avalanches.
I thought the chopping board would do great but Martin got a greater board and since it was flatter I decided it would be better. I first imagined it being smoother that it being kind of choppy. Before we made the final product, I thought we would just pour sugar on the cutting board and watch it fall, but we had to do layers, so I just dumped sand on it and smoothed it out as best as I could. My prediction was wrong. The foam worked as a prop, but we didn't really use the chopping board except for a landing pad for the sugar/avalanche. I was surprised about how much the sugar and the sand mixed together. It was kind of fun to see the sugar dump and to see the board lift as everything collapsed.
The avalanche experiment worked well. What surprised me was it cracked and crumbled like a cookie before the sand and sugar went sliding down the chopping board. I thought we would only use sugar but the sand helped us to create the avalanche. I had a lot of fun with Maren.
The making snow part worked but the part where we created the actual avalanche did not. My prediction was wrong because I thought that it would go fast but it went pretty slow and stopped mid way so it didn't go all the way down. Nothing really surprised because it didn't really work so I was kind of surprised. The fun thing about the experiment was that I got to make the snow again but all by myself with no help.
Student Free Day - Staff Formation
9.15am Whole School Mass - Year 4/5L (All Saints)
Transition for 2024 Reception Students
Vocal Instrumental Evening - 5.30pm
SACPSSA Athletics Carnival
Reception 2024 Transition
MFS Incursion Reception Classes
2.15pm Assembly 4/5B & Rec A
AFL Max Excursion Year 4/5's
Guitar & Drum Instrumental Evening - 5.30pm
Transition for 2024 Reception Students
Police Incursion Reception Students
Piano Instrumental Evening - 5.30pm
Journey to Emmaus Day 2 - Yr 6's
Year 6's leave for Canberra
9.15am Advent Liturgy 1H
Year 6's return from Canberra
Cabra Orientation Day - Yr 6's
2.15pm Assembly 1H & 4/5L
Sacred Heart College Orientation Day Yr 6's
9.15am Advent Liturgy Rec A
Ensembles Instrumental Evening 5.30pm
Tonsley Choir Visit 11.30am
Nursing Home Choir Visit 1.30pm
Most schools in the City of Mitcham have a ‘no stopping area’ or an area with designated restrictions during school hours.
When you stop in these areas (even briefly to drop someone off or pick them up), you can cause blind spots for other drivers and create hazards for children.
You also need to avoid stopping anywhere that you could obstruct an entrance or a crossing, as this interferes with the flow of traffic.