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14
February
2020

We all make mistakes

We all make mistakes, even the teacher!  I have told the children in 2C this week that our greatest learning comes when we are actually challenged, making mistakes and facing them in order to move to the next level of learning.  In educational terms, this is where we 'modify our thinking or schema to a more accurate understanding'.  We celebrate healthy challenges in our classroom!  This is balanced with the acknowledgement of both the process of learning and every effort made along the way.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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14
February
2020

Why do we need a government?

In 6T this week, we considered three questions in our History lessons:

What is the role of government?
Why do we need a government?
What is government?

We explored our thoughts using the visible thinking routine "Chalk Talk".  There were some great thought-provoking questions and detailed answers.  Using thinking routines makes the children's thinking 'rich'.  It encourages a development of learners' attitudes toward thinking and learning and poses opportunities for different viewpoints and discussion.  For more information please visit http://www.visiblethinkinggpz.org/

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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07
February
2020

Debating 'how to' for 6th Class

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World class debater Seamus Dove shared his passion and enthusiasm for debating with 6th class this week, giving an excellent insight into how debates are prepared and the role of each member of the team.

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07
February
2020

Thinking about Multiculturalism

 

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Both 2nd classes, 2M and 2C, explored the concept of ‘multicultural’ as part of our History unit this week.  They created role plays to solve the following dilemmas/problems:

  1. A friend is in a wheelchair and is sitting in the playground alone. What can we do?
  2. Someone wants to pray at the beginning of recess. What do we do?
  3. Someone is celebrating Holi and we do not understand what this is. What can we do?
  4. We see two friends having an argument. What can we do to help?
  5. We see a Lower First child in an out of bounds area. What can we do?
  6. An adult is visiting the school and cannot speak English. How can we help?
The children were very creative and inclusive in the resolutions to the problems.  They acted out the solution with very little need of support.

Mrs McDermott and Mrs Connell
Teachers

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15
November
2019

Our iconic bridge, learning all about it

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This term Upper 1st have enjoyed studying the history of Sydney Harbour Bridge. The children have loved all aspects the bridge history from the design phase, its significance in the Sydney landscape and how it has been interpreted as an historical artefact. Some families have walked the bridge and sent some very interesting photos, such as  Upper 1st student Jasper C,  finding his place on this magnificent piece of infrastructure (care of his Dad's photoshop skills).

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15
November
2019

Persuasive advertising, learning all about it

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In English, Year 4 have been looking at persuasive texts. Over the past few weeks they have looked at advertisements and how companies persuade us to buy their products. This week the children have created an advertising campaign for “Rambashi’s Jungle Grill” from our novel “The Firework Maker’s Daughter” by Philip Pullman. The children worked in pairs to create a billboard poster using the text as a reference and adding their own advertising ideas. They then wrote a script which they used to record an animated advertisement on the iPads. The children worked well together, managing their time between developing a script and finishing their billboard poster. The finished campaigns are full of imagination and creativity.

Mrs Bolaitamana and Miss Iacono
Teachers

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08
November
2019

Sanskrit mission accomplished

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Congratulations to these 6th class girls: Anna W, Georgia P, Cassie G and Sophie R, looking relaxed and relieved here after sitting a tough International Sanskrit exam yesterday.

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27
September
2019

Gold rush games made for sharing

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As part of our unit on The History of Australian Colonies, 5th Class were asked to design and make a board game based on The Goldrush Period.
The game had to satisfy certain criteria which included players collecting and winning items, historical facts and a set of typed rules.
There was great fun today in class as we all shared and played games with 2nd class. What a fantastic project!

Niree Nadjarian and Allison Tomicki, Teachers

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24
September
2019

Update from Upper 1st

This week Upper 1st (Year 1) has enjoyed writing their own persuasive texts. Each child has chosen their own topic which they felt passionate about. They then each formed a point of view and supported that view with reasons or arguments. Finally, they created a ‘conclusion’, which formed their last paragraph of writing. Their writing has been available to view in the classroom all week.

In Maths Upper 1st has explored the language of ‘position’ and revised ‘time’ – hour, half hour and a quarter past the hour. In Science they created column graphs to show the information they had gathered about Nude Food Day. On Monday they presented their data to the school at Assembly. Upper 1st class Nude Food wrap results were –
Tuesday – 13 non-recyclable wraps; Thursday – reduced to 5 non-recyclable wraps. Upper 1st discovered the whole school total count of plastic on both days and the difference between the totals: 147 less pieces of plastic on Nude Food Day!
Also this week a parent took the class for a special craft activity making miniature ‘Angry Birds’. This supported the children’s learning of how to follow a procedure and develop fine motor skills for little fingers.

Lea-Ann Connell
Teacher

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19
September
2019

Premier's Reading Challenge: bumper year for John Colet

The PRC is officially finished!

I am so proud of all our students this year. The first year all of primary entered their own records online here at school and most of infants were able to complete the challenge at home with some assistance too. (I graciously thank all those parents who kindly stepped in to help at home when it was a bit tricky at school)

I’m pleased to announce that this year, 203 students (out of 229 enrolled) completed the challenge!!! (compared with 166 in 2018 and 98 in 2017) What a huge result!

Thanks again for your support of the PRC. A great initiative that encourages children and families to continue to enjoy sharing quality literature together, even after children are reading independently.

Thank you also for the wonderful response to our Book Swap for Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We raised $426.50 through the gold coin donation sales of your donated second-hand books.

Amy Slaven
Librarian

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13
September
2019

This week in 6th class

Year 6's week began with a brilliant incursion about the moon, celebrating the 50 year anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission when man took his first steps on the moon.  The experiments were very bold involving fire and rainbow explosions.  It was an exciting hour!

Year 6 children were introduced to a new Science assignment where they can choose between designing a sustainable watering system for plants or a water trough for animals.  They will present their ideas on a poster.

The children have demonstrated their usual resilience working through any confusion about their Geography project and for the most part are now enthusiastically producing some excellent work. Their inquiry question 'How do places, people and cultures differ?' requires the children to produce a gap-year itinerary for a student wishing to explore the diversity of Asia. They have been researching their allotted countries this week, and collecting a variety of geographical data to help decide where to send the gap student, what she should visit and when. They will then focus on a chosen city, and later choose another region of Asia.

The children are loving their Shakespeare rehearsals and we are nearing the end of the plays with Miss Emanuel - once the plays are blocked we refine and practise. 6K students are having lots of fun with their play as we have a number of natural born comedians in the class, and the costumes are stunning. 

Today we began our new English unit and listened to Malala’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech.  It’s a 26 minute speech to which the children easily listened.  Almost the whole class was very inspired by her words and one of the boys stated that it gave him a whole different perspective on education as he’d suddenly realised that it was something to be valued!  A wonderful moment in the classroom.

And finally this week our French language students have been practising talking about pets and animals.

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- 6th class teachers

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06
September
2019

Keeping safe online

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4th and 5th Class took part in the virtual classroom today run by the e-safety commissioner.
We listened to a talk which centred around cyber safety and we were able to contribute via the live chat box.
There were lots of other schools taking part all over Australia.
There was plenty of opportunity to discuss scenarios and we learnt about what to do if we felt unsafe on line.
 
“It is important not to speak to people you don’t know online. The virtual classroom helped to show us what we should do if someone tried to contact us. It was very interesting.” (Lucia 5T)
 
“I thought the virtual classroom was entertaining because the topic is very interesting and important. Life is not all perfect online and there are scammers and hackers who try to take your money and your personal information. You have to be very careful” (Levi 5T)

Allison Tomicki
Teacher

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06
September
2019

Topping off a year of books!

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Some of our Year 6 students, selected because they are especially keen on creative writing and reading, visited the ‘Hogwarts-esque’ ICMS venue this week, for the Children’s Book Council of Australia student event.

The amazing day was for students from 20 different schools from around the Northern Beaches. Our girls were seated for lunch with Australian author Kate Forsyth, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with 20 other authors and illustrators. 
 
They were treated to a keynote address from author Tim Harris who spoke about his writing inspirations and they participated in an illustration workshop lead by Matt Cosgrove. 
 
The girls declared it was the best event they had been to all year!

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04
September
2019

Learning about Facts and Opinions

In Upper 1st (Year 1) recently, the children continued to discuss the difference between ‘Fact and Opinion’ in preparation to write their own ‘Persuasive / Exposition’ texts. In Science, they looked at how water is precious in our homes and viewed several ‘artefacts’ in History, which are now on display.  And in Philosophy, they shared their understanding about ‘Not Stealing’ objects or more subtle things such as taking another’s turn or share of something. The children and teachers discussed scriptural references across cultures for this concept.

Categories: Writing & Speaking, Science & Maths

30
August
2019

Upper 1st investigations

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Upper 1st (Year 1) have been engaged in exploring the length of objects using informal units.  They have been measuring objects around the classroom with things like paddle pop sticks, and considering 'what things are about the same length as a little finger'.

In History they have been researching family artifacts.  Above right is Audrey with a picture of her Belgian Grandfather’s medals.

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