Thursday, 22 November 2018

Senior Newsletter - Term 4, Weeks 1-7

 Senior Report - Term 4, Weeks 1-7

Here in the Senior School we have had a fantastic first half of Term 4 filled with many exciting things going on. Read to find out what fun and exciting things have been keeping the year 5 and 6 students and staff busy this term.

Science Works Excursion                                                                              In the first week of term we went to Science Works. I loved science works because of the planetarium. In the planetarium we learnt about different star constellations and where our 8 planets and Pluto sit. We were told facts about these planets and what ones we can and can't see. We also got to look at all the other areas in Science Works two and there was a sport area as well that the year level liked as well.
By Alex

District Rugby
In week 2 we participated in a rugby tournament. 
Boys: The first game we lost by 1 try. The scores were 3-2 in the other teams favour although we did put up a good match. In the second game the score was 2-3 in their favour but again we did improve from the last game offence and defence. In the third game the scores were 1-2 but we should of got a try we didn't get. The last game we didn't win however we had fun going into it and most of our team didn't have experience with rugby. Some of our scorers were Billy with two trys and Euan with 7. 
By Charlie

Girls: In the first game it was 6-0 and we won. The next game was 12-0 and we won again which made us feel very happy because we had a chance to make it to state. The third game was 5-0. The last game was the finals and we lost by 1 try unfortunately. Everyone played really good and played as a team to try and get as many trys as we could. We even had a saying "Don't attack the girl, get the tag"
By Jasmine and Alannah

Project Rockit Incursion
A few weeks ago the guys from Project Rockit taught us about cyberbullying and how it can spread very very easily. First they told us about themselves. Then we did an activity where Emma had to act out an octopus riding a skateboard chopping up veggies and every person that came in after had to describe what it was from the last person. This taught us that messages can change and spread really quickly and how this can hurt people. Some hot tips they told us to stay safe online were don't give other people your personal information such as iphone passcodes and snapchats, if you see stuff happening you don't have to be a bystander you can step in and say something nice to support others and to try and be part of the solution, not the problem. Overall it was really really fun and entertaining.
By Andjelka and Angie

Bike Education
This term in Bike Ed we have learned all the different safety rules about riding your bike such as pedal power position, headchecks, use your arms to tell your direction to drivers and always stay to your left on a roundabout. We have been learning how to ride on the road, we have been filming ads for bike safety about what to do and what not to do as well as making directions to one place to another place avoiding busy roads using Google Maps. I enjoyed learning learning all the different safety rules and how to ride on the road. 
By Morgan

Maths Olympiad 2018
Throughout this year, 14 dedicated Year 3-6 students have voluntarily given up their lunchtimes and time at home each week to represent our school in the 2018 Maths Olympiad. The Maths Olympiad is a challenging competition for high achieving maths students. It allows individuals to ‘put their talent to the test’ and compete against other students from across Australia and New Zealand.
These students have worked hard to develop their maths problem solving skills in this challenging competition. The students are:
Senior School
Anton Z
Oscar C
Kate O
Edward L
Victoria C
Anna H
John T
Holly J
Matt G
Hongkai Z

Congratulations to these students for their dedication and efforts throughout the year. Special mention goes to Kirby who finished within the top 50% of all students, John and Anna who finished in the top 40%, Edward who finished in the top 25% and Victoria who was our highest achieving student who finished in the top 20%. Well done!

Important Dates
Friday 30th November - Bike Education Assessment Day
Friday 7th December - House Sports Day
Tuesday 11th December - Christmas Carols Evening
Thursday 13th December - Year 6 Big Day Out @ Luna Park
Tuesday 18th December - Year 6 Graduation Night
Friday 21st December - Last day of Term 4!

If your child is absent from school, you must notify the school via flexibuzz of this in the morning. If not, you will now be sent this message from your child's teacher via flexibuzz:

Dear Parents/Guardians.
Your child has been marked as absent from school today. Can you please contact the office to notify us of the reason for this absence.
Kind Regards,
Mentone Park Primary School/Your Child's Teacher

What have you been learning for Reading so far this term?
For Reading we have been learning how to do literature responses and we finished off Boy Overboard. I learned how to do the TEEL structure which stands for topic, example, evidence and link. I used the TEEL structure to make my literature response better - Kate

What has been your Reading highlight so far this term?
My highlight was doing the book reviews and literature responses to Boy Overboard. I liked it because we got to state our own opinion about it and say if we liked it or not, as well as what we would change - Olivia P

What have you been learning for Writing so far this term?
I really enjoyed creating our own newspapers that featured multiple text types. I liked the newspapers because we could include everything in it such as literacy, maths and inquiry into it. My favourite piece for the newspaper so far is my narrative about my teachers being animals - Harper

What has been your Writing highlight so far this term?
My highlight has been writing narratives to make picture story books for the junior school because I got to express my feelings on the page and use all my ideas. My story was pandas who become friends - Evie

What have you been learning for Maths so far this term?
I have learning about money and budgets. I learnt about how a lot of things are very expensive to buy. I've enjoyed making my shopping list and finding the cheapest price and I found good discounts such as $2 off - Oscar

What has been your Maths highlight so far this term?
My highlight is definitely division and trying to understand more about division. An activity I enjoyed was working on my booklet with my timetables goals which was good because this helped me to get better at my high timetable sums - Jake B

What have you been learning for Inquiry so far this term?
We have been learning about what different countries live with. I learnt that we are lucky compared to other places in the world. I'm doing my geography project on Sweden and it's interesting how cold it gets there - Angus

What has been your Inquiry highlight so far this term?
My highlight has been learning about different countries and all their differences even their toothbrushes. I'm doing my geography project on Mexico. I've learnt about all the people in Mexico and how their are rich and poor people. There is even a family in Mexico that only earn $35 dollars a month - Tikki

Science Works

District Rugby