Inquiry Expo Next Week!!

The 5/6 students are busy preparing for their expo next week. They have learnt so much about their country and can’t wait to share their knowledge with you. We hope you all can make it!

Here are the details:

Date: Wednesday 28th of July

Time: 2:30-3:30

Location: School Hall

The Aquinas Community Long Walk

On Tuesday the 23rd of May the grade 6 students represented St Anne’s at the Aquinas Long Walk. Tom Murphy and Olivia Della Gatta started the event off by welcoming over 3000 people to Aquinas. The students walked in solidarity with over 40 other schools and special guests Michael Long and Nova Peris. It was an amazing experience for students and teachers.

Camp

On Wednesday the 15th of February the senior students ventured to Candlebark Farm for three days of crazy fun. There were so many different activities for the students to enjoy. The Super Swooper was definitely a favourite and really challenged the students to step out of their comfort zone. Camp was a great experience for all and I’m sure you’ll agree that all the students had a wonderful time.

Author Visit: Tristan Bancks

On Monday the 8th of August the seniors were lucky enough to have an author visit with Tristan Bancks. In class we have been reading his novel ‘Two Wolves’ and it was a great opportunity to ask him questions about the text.  He shared some fantastic insight into writing novels and where his inspirations come from. He was very entertaining and gave tips about how to keep your appendix.

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Here are some activities you can do at home to assist your child’s learning.

Reading

  • Read aloud regularly so that he/ she can practise his/ her fluency and expression.
  • Summarising a paragraph- After reading, ask your child to summarise a paragraph orally
  • Main idea of each paragraph- After reading a paragraph, ask your child what it was mainly about
  • Paraphrasing– Ask your child to read a sentence and then say it in another way
  • Making connections– How is that the same as your experience? Does that remind you of another book, movie, TV show, etc.
  • Read the newspaper together. What else do you know about this topic?
  • Ask your child to have a really clear “movie in his/her head” as they read so that they can use clues from the text to work out the meaning
  • Continue to encourage your child to read a variety of texts and engage in conversation to challenge his/ her understanding and opinions. Some great questions to ask are:

-How has the author portrayed_____?

-Why does that character look/ act like that?

-How does the author feel about this issue?

-How has a character changed throughout the story?

-What does the story/ setting/ characters remind you of?

-Who is this book written for?

-What is the main idea of this story?

-Is there something that the author wants us to think about?

-What do you think the author believes?  

-How do you know?  

-What parts of the text or book tell you about the author’s opinion?

-Can you think of another story that gives us the same message or idea?

-What does the author think and why?

-Describe what you think the author’s childhood might have been like.

-Where do you think the author grew up?

-What do you think the author wants you to understand?

-What are the personal beliefs of the author?

-What three values do you think the author lives by?

-Can you identify the bias of the author?

-What persuasive devices does the author use?

-Which character do you like and why?

-Which character changes the most during the text? How do you know?

Writing

  • Discuss current issues where your child has to form an opinion and justify his/ her ideas
  • Encourage your child to spontaneously tell stories to younger siblings in order to help him/ her develop both oral language skills and sequenced narrative ideas.
  • Play games, such as Scrabble, Boggle or Upwords to develop Spelling strategies
  • Write or email letters to relatives and friends
  • Write up the shopping list each week
  • Encourage your child to stretch out words to hear all sounds in order before writing a difficult word

 

Mathematics.

 

  • Make a shopping list with your child before going shopping.
  • Follow a street directory or app and discuss the direction.
  • Estimate the weight and then use the scales to weigh fruit and vegetables.
  • Give your child little problems to solve. For example, we are having eight people for a barbeque.  How many sausages for each person?  What will we do if they come in packets of eight?
  • Play games such as Boggle, Rumm-yo and Yahtzee.
  • Visit the website http://www.bom.gov.au/weather/vic/ or look at the weather maps in the newspaper. Talk about the difference between minimum and maximum temperature, look at the seven day forecast.
  • Planning a holiday- use this event to discuss the time that our family will need to leave home to be at the airport on time to board the plane, considering traffic, parking and other details. Involve your child in discussions about how to prepare the schedule for each day, to cost of events.
  • Studyladder

Path to Oz

On Monday the 6th of June, the Senior students will be running a market to raise money for Ozanam House. Ozanam House is a charity which helps give food and shelter to homeless men. The market will run from 2:30-4:30pm in the St Anne’s hall.  

At the Path to Oz there will be…

  • Delicious food
  • Fun exciting stalls
  • Prizes to be won
  • And much more!

You will have so much fun and don’t forget to bring some money to support Ozanam House. A few fun exciting stalls are : Lucky Dip, Claw Machine, Pop-dip, Red Apple and the Sweet Retreat! We can’t wait to see you all there.

All food purchased, needs to be eaten at home.