Throughout the term, students were able to refine and expand on a range of skills as well as discuss performance criteria and set goals to improve their performance in athletics events such as hurdles, high jump, shotput, discus, long jump, triple jump, sprints and circular relay. Students participated in the St Anne’s Athletics Carnival held at Proclamation Park. Some students represented the school at the recent Ringwood District Athletics Carnival.
The Senior Level students were challenged to build a Bridge that could hold at least 500 grams and have a span of 50 cm. Their materials were 100 icy pole sticks and a roll of masking tape. The Bridge was not allowed to be a Beam Bridge. Each group researched various types of Bridges and then sketched their design- Front view, Side view and Birds eye view. They were given the opportunity to test their bridges and make adjustments where necessary, before presenting to the Senior Level students and teachers.
The year 5/6 Students are becoming creative with their stick figure Animations.
Although the program Pivot has been around for a while, it still needs the imagination of the children to create a backdrop in paint and import it into the program Pivot. Each piece of movement is then programmed frame by frame to put together a mini story if you like. Here is a sample that was done this term.
To celebrate Book Week the Year 5/6 students were lucky enough to have a visit from an author. Andrew McDonald explained to the students the steps he follows when he writes and shared what inspires him to write. It was great for the level to hear from an author and have the opportunity to ask questions.
Last week, the senior level students became Woodwork Warriors. Following instructions and using the supplied materials, the students were able to construct a wooden toy which many students happily presented to their buddies. The classrooms were buzzing as the students were happily engaged in their projects. It certainly was a winner.
Last week, our Soccer team competed in the semi-finals against Good Shepherd Primary School, and won, one goal to zero. It was tremendous to see the team work, encouragement and support all team members showed towards each other, and the good sportsmanship displayed towards their opponents. We congratulate them for their effort and look forward to the next level of competition.
On Thursday 16th July, the Senior level students participated in an activity that encouraged them to use their spatial abilities to make buildings using Kaplo blocks that could balance and be used in a variety of ways. The students enjoyed constructing tall structures, buildings and other objects. They particularly enjoyed it when their structures collapsed unexpectedly!!!!!
During Term 2 the Years 5 and 6 students have researched the history of Italian migration to Australia. The focus has been on the contribution made by Italian migrants to Australia and the Australian way of life. The students discussed factors which led people to migrate, possible hardships faced by the early migrants and some of their achievements.
The children then worked groups to research a famous Australian of Italian heritage of their choice. They considered the person’s achievements as well as their contribution to Australia. They presented their findings to the class as an oral report.
As part of our Inquiry unit this term, the senior level students attended the Immigration Museum in Melbourne on Wednesday 10th June. They were given the opportunities to explore and experience the different immigration patterns to Australia as well as sharing stories of individual immigrants.
As a follow up, the students have been working towards sharing an immigration story that is reflected in a suitcase of personal belongings. Some students have chosen to focus on family members. These will be displayed in the Senior classrooms on Wednesday 24 th June. Please feel free to have a wander through the rooms during Parent teacher interviews.
Last week the Year 5/6 students participated in the Jump Rope For Heart ‘Jump Off Day’. Students skipped their way through the Physical Education Lesson demonstrating the skills of ball skipping with a partner, double dutch and long rope skipping. They enjoyed trying new challenges such as double under, wrap around and the pretzel. The students are taking the skills they have learnt to the next level by inventing their own tricks.