Thursday, 9 May 2019

Senior School Term 2 Week 3, 2019


  What's happening in the Senior School? 

Term 2 Week 3 2019

Welcome to Term 2! We hope everyone was able to relax over the break and prepare themselves for another busy and fun filled term. Although our first few weeks have been interrupted by public holidays, we have still managed to fit in some excellent learning opportunities both within the classroom and beyond the school grounds. In addition to our usual studies we are exploring chemical and physical science, competing in our chosen Winter sports (when the weather permits) and refining our research and presentation skills. Please read on to find out about some of the exciting things that have happened so far or are coming up...


In Reading we are learning to...identify & understand persuasive devices in texts (knowing how words work)

IWriting we are learning to...review the correct use of capital letters, full stops & assessing our own and others persuasive texts

In Maths we are learning to...review mathematical number concepts  & demonstrate knowledge and understanding of volume and capacity

In Spelling we are learning words... Gr 5-ti as in station  Gr 6-ism suffix

In Inquiry we are learning about...different chemical changes and how change is created



Friday 10th May - I/S Sport Away
Sunday 12th May - Somers Camp Returns
Monday 13th May - 17th May - Walk Safely to School Week
Tuesday 14th May - NAPLAN begins for Grade 5 (timetable in reminders)
Thursday 16th May - Kingston Junior Mayor (Captains & Vice)
Friday 17th May - I/S Sport Home 
Friday 17th May - A Day In May (Supporting Kids With Cancer Fundraiser)
Monday 20th May - Curriculum Day (student free) & District Cross Country
Wednesday 22nd May - John Monash Junior Scientists
Friday 24th May - I/S Sport Home

                     
NAPLAN - Grade 5
Next week is the beginning of NAPLAN for our Grade 3 & 5 students, and for the first year it will be conducted primarily online. As it is online, two weeks have been allocated to complete the tasks and we have designated the Senior School building as our testing area. The table below briefly outlines the allocated times and dates for you to keep in mind when planning your week.
Time/Day
Monday 13th
Tuesday 14th
Wednesday 15th
Thursday 16th
Friday 17th
9-11am

Gr 3 Writing
(40 min)
Gr 3 Reading
(45 min)
Gr 3 Language Conventions
(45 min)

11:30-1pm

Gr 5 Writing
(40 min)
Gr 5 Reading
(50 min)
Gr 5 Language Conventions
(45 min)

Time/Day
Monday 20th
Tuesday 21st
Wednesday 22nd
Thursday 23rd
Friday 24th
9-11am
Curriculum Day
(No School)
Gr 3 Numeracy
(45 min)
NAPLAN Catch up session


11:30-1pm
Gr 5 Numeracy
(50 min)




We understand the pressure some students, and even parents can feel about this National Assessment Program so we would like to take this opportunity to try and put your minds at ease.
Each test is merely a ‘snapshot’ of your child’s academic abilities on that single day. It does not take into account whether they had a good night’s sleep the night prior, or have been suffering from a cold. It does not provide any insight into what type of wonderful characteristics your child possesses or what makes them an incredible individual. While learning is paramount here at Mentone Park Primary, what we also value is T.I.E.R – Teamwork, Integrity, Excellence & Respect, something that cannot be measured by a standardised test.
Whether or not they are aware, students have had lots of preparation in the lead up to next week and should be encouraged to view it as a different learning experience. We will strive to keep a calm and supporting environment here at school and encourage the same at home.
In preparing for each testing day, we recommend the following tips:
  • -          A good night’s sleep the night prior                                
  • -          Substantial breakfast, fruit break, snack and water
  • -          Physical activity to release stress (eg. yoga to calm or walk the dog)
  • -          Play games to revise skills (log on to Mathletics or Reading Eggs)
  • -          Read aloud with an adult and discuss the text

If your child is experiencing anxiety around NAPLAN, the site below provides extra understanding around anxiety and the best ways to support them. https://healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org.au/age-6-12/mental-health-conditions-in-children/anxiety
Although it may seem daunting, we want to emphasise that nerves are normal and we believe all of our students are fully capable of giving it their best go, whatever the outcome.

Secondary School Preference Form - Grade 6
Please could we have all Secondary School Preference Forms returned by Wednesday 15th May. They need to be submitted to each individual school by Friday the 17th, therefore we ask that they are returned as soon as possible to ensure a quicker process. Also keep in mind that certain schools offer enhancement programs and have cut off dates for their submission.

Notice Board & Communication
Along with the newsletter, Flexibuzz and student diaries, the display board in the center of the Senior School Atrium will also be a point of regularly updated communication. Here you'll find:
- important dates throughout the term
- a weekly outline of our timetable
- learning focus (WALT)
- reminders
- spare copies of notices/handouts etc.
- spotlight on a particular student, grade or event
If you haven't done so already, please update your class box on FlexiBuzz to ensure you are receiving the latest communications.

Code of Cooperation
Together as a level the Senior students established a Code of Cooperation. It will be regularly reviewed to ensure students are upholding the expectations they have set for themselves. 

Uniform
In addition to the above Code of Cooperation, Senior all students are role models and leaders for the lower year levels. As we regularly represent Mentone Park across the school and out in the community, students are expected to have proper and neat uniform. The Senior Sports tops are only to be worn on Friday's. We appreciate all assistance in ensuring we are setting the best example. An attachment regarding clothing for Inter School Sport has been sent out separately on FlexiBuzz.

Homework
Homework will be a variety of tasks including: maths, reading, SMART spelling, current affairs and wellbeing. All tasks need to be completed as we are encouraging good habits leading into Secondary School. It will be handed out on a Monday and is due the following Friday. The expectation is that students manage their time during the week so that they have their weekends free to relax and spend with family. 

Head lice
Any case of head lice is to be reported to the office. To assist in preventing the spread of head lice, all students with hair that can be tied up are required to do so.

Absences
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

METRO TRAINS Poster Design Competition 
 
To enter the competition, download the entry form HERE
  

On the 24th of April, we had our first session of the Junior Science Program at John Monash Science School. We met all the JMSS students in year 10 who were running the program and rotated around 3 activities. The highlight of the day was seeing how a metal called nitinol sprang back to its original form after it had been twisted and put in boiling water. On Wednesday we had another session at John Monash Science School. First we made paper planes and learnt about drag, thrust, lift and weight. We also did an egg drop challenge using $1000 JMSS dollars. We spent our money on items to make a parachute for the egg to try and land safely. No ones egg survived the challenge, but it was a lot of fun making them!
- By Layla & Kirby who are attending JMSS Junior Scientists along with Isobel & Sergej

On Thursday the 9th of May, the Green Gang taught the grade 1 & 2 students about our marine life. Our first activity was about getting to know our marine animals such as sea stars, seals and crabs. The students learnt about 2 different sea stars and seals, the Northern Pacific, the 11 Armed Sea Star, the Australian Brown Fur Seal & the Long Nose Fur Seal. Our second activity was about beach combing where we had the students sit around a blue mat that had some beach items on it. A volunteer chose an item off the beach and showed everyone while we asked questions about each item. The grade 1 & 2 students enjoyed learning new facts and we enjoyed teaching them!
- By The Green Gang (Giaan, Maya, Amy, Layla & Lucy)

How I made bigger things happen...
"Are you sure you want to do this?" Mum asked staring me hard in the eyes. 
"Yes Mum, I'm sure." Mum reached out and smoothed my hair. "Ready for the big day Charlie?", "yep" I replied. "We better get moving then".
My stomach lurched when the shavers shop came into view.
"You ready Charlie?"
"Just a bit nervous" I replied. 
I started to play with my hair and a lady came up to me. Mum whispered something to her and the lady nodded. Mum smiled and Dad patted me on the back.
"Follow me Charlie," the lady instructed. I reluctantly let go of Mum's hand and gave her a hug. "We'll be right here when you come out" she said as she kissed my forehead. Dad smiled and whispered "bye honey".
"Sit on this chair and make yourself comfortable Charlie!"
I clutched the bench. I was about to make a difference.
"Ready?" the lady asked, raising the razor.
I took one last look at my long blond hair. "I'm ready. Goodbye hair" I whispered. 
I was proud of myself. I was about to do The World's Greatest Shave!
- By Sienna G for the Officeworks Writing Challenge



Volume & Capacity in Maths


Experiments in S.T.E.M

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Senior School Term 1 Week 9 & 10 2019


  What's happening in the Senior School? 

Term 1 Week 9 & 10 2019

Blink and you'll miss it! That's exactly how Term 1 has felt in the Senior School with our high paced learning and stream of extra curricula activities. But what a wonderful beginning we have had with so many opportunities provided to our incredible bunch of students. 
Next term the fun and learning continues! But for now please sit back, relax and enjoy (after some formalities - Important Dates, Reminders) some excellent Spotlight write ups from across the Senior School of events, highlights and key learning experiences from the last couple of weeks...



In Reading we are learning to...question our texts by asking thin and thick questions; before, during and after we read
IWriting we are learning to...structure persuasive arguments with strong reasoning and examples
In Maths we are learning to...use multiplication and division strategies to problem solve
In Spelling we are learning words...Gr 5-digraph ‘ph ’ as in dolphin   Gr 6-prefix semi-as in ‘partially’
In Inquiry we are learning...about the developmental changes experienced during puberty



Friday 29th March - I/S Sport Gala Day Away
Monday 1st April - School Photo Day
Wednesday 3rd April - Open Night at Cheltenham Secondary
Thursday 4th April - SEA Health & Human Development - Living & Growing Session 3
Friday 5th April - Last Day of Term 1
Monday 22nd April - Easter Monday (No School)
Tuesday 23rd April - First Day Term 2
Thursday 25th April - ANZAC Day (No School)
Tuesday 30th April - Open Night at Mentone Girls Secondary College
Friday 3rd May - I/S Sport Away
Monday 6th May - Somers Camp Depart
Tuesday 7th May - Open Night at Parkdale Secondary
Friday 10th May - I/S Sport Away
Tuesday 14th May - NAPLAN begins for Grade 5 (timetable and information to follow)
Thursday 16th May - Kingston Junior Mayor (Captains & Vice)
Friday 17th May - I/S Sport Home


                           
Notice Board & Communication
Along with the newsletter, Flexibuzz and student diaries, the display board in the center of the Senior School Atrium will also be a point of regularly updated communication. Here you'll find:
- important dates throughout the term
- a weekly outline of our timetable
- learning focus (WALT)
- reminders
- spare copies of notices/handouts etc.
- spotlight on a particular student, grade or event
If you haven't done so already, please update your class box on FlexiBuzz to ensure you are receiving the latest communications.

Code of Cooperation
Together as a level the Senior students established a Code of Cooperation. It will be regularly reviewed to ensure students are upholding the expectations they have set for themselves. 

Uniform
In addition to the above Code of Cooperation, Senior all students are role models and leaders for the lower year levels. As we regularly represent Mentone Park across the school and out in the community, students are expected to have proper and neat uniform. The Senior Sports tops are only to be worn on Friday's. We appreciate all assistance in ensuring we are setting the best example.

Homework
Homework will be a variety of tasks including: maths, reading, SMART spelling, current affairs and wellbeing. All tasks need to be completed as we are encouraging good habits leading into Secondary School. It will be handed out on a Monday and is due the following Friday. The expectation is that students manage their time during the week so that they have their weekends free to relax and spend with family. 

Head lice
Any case of head lice is to be reported to the office. To assist in preventing the spread of head lice, all students with hair that can be tied up are required to do so.

Absences
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

  



National Day Against Bullying is a day where everyone is equal and we try to put an end to bullying. For some kids bullying is a common thing to them and it can make them hate going school, hate their life or never want to go out. This is why we need to prevent bullying from ever happening. During this day, the grade 5’s watched a video about putting bullying into 4 categories (physical, verbal, social & not bullying). After we watched the video we had to go off with paper and put examples into the 4 categories. We then wrote out the alphabet and listed as many emotions as we could for each letter. The grade 6’s went with their Buddies and watched The Allen Adventure. After the clip they made a paper chain with important messages from the clip.

-          Molly 5/6A


Bullying – the definition means to seek harm or to intimidate someone in a DISGUSTING way or CONSTANTLY annoy someone to an extreme level. Being bullied is a very hard way to live your life, especially when those bullies push you to do bad things to yourself or others. Those bullies think it’s funny to be JERKS and they could be jealous of you or have their own insecurities. I think it is important that people who see people getting bullied should stand up for them. I’m not saying they should get in the argument or the conversation, but they can make them stop by telling someone. I downloaded the NDAB app and built my avatar. I thought it was great as you can watch different scenarios and it taught you what to do and how to deal with them.
-          Harper 5/6A

 

Harmony Day is a really respectful day. Everyone should belong and live in harmony with their neighbours, friends and family no matter what they look like, where they come from or the kind of things they like. Thursday the 21st of March is the day we respect different cultures like indigenous Australians, Torres Strait Islanders and other cultures from all over the world. On Harmony Day we did multi-age activities and ate food from different cultures. We also sang songs about Harmony like this: ‘change will come for better or for worse, and so we add another verse, sing it loud and sing it strong!’
-          Rickii 5/6A



On Wednesday the 20th of March, all the leaders from 5 different schools participated in a leadership program at Westall Community Hub. During the program we were grouped with leaders from different cultures and backgrounds to learn about leadership. Before we started the groups a detective came and talked to us about his role as a leader and he told us that we can be a leader by helping and listening to others. He also informed us that in order to be a better leader, being out of your comfort zone forces you to step up.
In each group we got taught different ways of communicating and how people can take things differently. An example is when you text someone, which we do a lot nowadays but they cannot see your face. You may think you are sending a harmless joke, but the other person may think its offensive. What I took with me out of the program was communication and how important it is.
-          Jasmine 5/6A


For Human Development (Sex Ed.) a woman named Sarah came and talked about puberty, reproduction and conception. To break the ice we got a piece of paper and it had questions on it (eg. Someone who goes for the same footy team) but as you moved on they became more sex and private part related (eg. Someone who knows more than 5 slang words for genitals). Although the questions were different we still had a lot of fun searching for people to correctly answer. Next we saw diagrams of male and female privates which made some people uncomfortable or giggle every time they were mentioned. We still have another interesting and informative session to go, we just hope that some kids don’t still think that babies are delivered by storks (hehe).
-          Carla & Layla 5/6A

 

On Friday the 22nd of March, Heidi Wolfenden visited 5/6B to show us her book and the process of making a picture story book. She showed us how she got inspiration from other children’s books and joining a children’s author group called Quiby to create her book, ‘What should you do if a python puts on your pj’s?’ Her inspiration also came from past experiences and her lovely children. It took her 5 years of hard work to make her book and we are very grateful that she gave her time to show us the very important steps of making a book.
-          Bam & Bodhi 5/6B


On Friday we had Gala Day. It is an exciting time at the end of term when you verse different schools depending on your sport. My sport was cricket and because we had a good amount of players, we were separated into boys and girls teams. You verse your own gender and get as many runs as you can. The feeling is great when you win, but that doesn’t mean you’re a bad sport for celebrating. I have experienced both and always been happy. My first Gala Day was amazing because we won 3 out of 4 games. When we got there I was surprised at how many schools had come and I knew it was going to be tough but that didn’t hold me back. We lost our first game but that just meant we could learn from our mistakes. We worked harder to get better and as a team we did! Unfortunately we didn’t win the Gala Day but we were still happy for the other teams. I can’t wait until the next Gala!
-          Alana 5/6A


In Maths we have been learning how to use multiplication and division facts to problem solve and completing 3 minute times table challenges. Every day we race the clock to solve 50 multiplication problems. We correct them and if they are all correct, we move up to the next level. In Writing we have been focusing on persuasive writing. We have been learning the proper structure of writing a strong paragraph by using OREO. O is for Opinion, R is for Reason, E is for Example or Evidence and the last O is for stating your Opinion again. In Reading we having been questioning fiction and non fiction texts by asking thin and thick questions, whilst also rotating around Reading Eggs, Guided Reading & Language Conventions activities.
-          Isabella 5/6C

HAVE A HAPPY & SAFE EASTER!

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Senior School Term 1 Week 7 2019


  What's happening in the Senior School? 

Term 1 Week 7 2019

Despite the extra day off, our shorter school week has been just as busy! Some used the day as an opportunity to holiday or get out and about, whereas others used it to relax and simply do nothing. Whatever you chose to do, we hope everyone enjoyed an extra day of rest this past Monday for the long weekend.
Last week some of our Senior Students proudly represented Mentone Park at District Swimming in Noble Park. Unfortunately after all their hard efforts, we did not have anyone progress to Division. We did however show excellent sportsmanship and we couldn't ask for anymore! Well done!
Across the Senior School we have been getting into the swing of our new rotations (STEM, Library & Language) which the students have all been keenly participating in. Additionally, arguments (of the good kind) have been taking place as students passionately persuade us and each other on chosen topics. In maths a new daily challenge has students eager to refine their multiplication skills and in reading we are connecting past and current events with our text. 
Tomorrow we look forward to participating in National Day Against Bullying to spread the message about standing together and are eager to continue our ongoing discussion on the importance of resilience. Every single person has a right to happiness and positive self worth. No one should try to take that from you! 


NDAB and Harmony Day will feature in our next newsletter, as will student reports on our first SEA Living & Growing session.


In Reading we are learning to...make connections between a text and events that are currently occurring or have occurred in the world
In Writing we are learning to...structure persuasive texts and include strong statements of opinion
In Maths we are learning to...recognise how multiplication and division facts can be used to problem solve
In Spelling we are learning words...Gr 5  ‘gh’ & ‘g’ as in gherkin & gate Gr 6- Gender specific nouns
In Inquiry we are learning to...'Take a Stand Together' against bullying by creating our own definition of the word and exploring the effects it can have on a persons wellbeing



Friday 15th March - I/S Sport Rotations Away
Friday 15th March - National Day Against Bullying
Monday 18th March - SEA Health & Human Development - Living & Growing Session 1
Wednesday 20th March - Student Leadership Day at Westall
Thursday 21st March - Harmony Day
Friday 22nd March - I/S Sport at MPPS (5/6C to provide apples and oranges)
Thursday 28th March - SEA Health & Human Development - Living & Growing Session 2
Friday 29th March - I/S Sport Gala Day Away
Thursday 4th April - SEA Health & Human Development - Living & Growing Session 3
Friday 5th April - Last Day of Term 1


SEA Living & Growing Sessions
Soon our Senior students will be participating in 3 x 90 minute sessions over three consecutive weeks to support them in making healthy decisions as they grow older. The dates are listed above in 'Important Dates'.
Topics covered will include:
  • conception, pregnancy and birth
  • names and functions of reproductive parts
  • physical, social and emotional changes of puberty
  • managing friendships
  • respect for self and others
  • responsible use of technology and social media
  • key messages on ‘body safety’
These topics are all in line with the Victorian Curriculum and further information regarding the provider can be found at: https://sexeducationaustralia.com.au/primary/ A note has also been sent home with your child.


Harmony Day
Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. Nothing brings people together quite like food! Join us this Harmony Day (Thursday 21st March) by bringing a plate of food from your cultural background or a country you have recently visited to share with your class. Please be mindful of allergies and include a list of ingredients with the plate.
Students may add a touch of orange to their uniform to show their support! The colour orange signifies communication, meaningful conversations, freedom of ideas and the encouragement of mutual respect.
Our 5 and 6 students will be supporting the junior year levels throughout multiage group activities in the morning.

Notice Board & Communication
Along with the newsletter, Flexibuzz and student diaries, the display board in the center of the Senior School Atrium will also be a point of regularly updated communication. Here you'll find:
- important dates throughout the term
- a weekly outline of our timetable
- learning focus (WALT)
- reminders
- spare copies of notices/handouts etc.
- spotlight on a particular student, grade or event
If you haven't done so already, please update your class box on FlexiBuzz to ensure you are receiving the latest communications.

Code of Cooperation
Together as a level the Senior students established a Code of Cooperation. It will be regularly reviewed to ensure students are upholding the expectations they have set for themselves. 

Uniform
In addition to the above Code of Cooperation, Senior all students are role models and leaders for the lower year levels. As we regularly represent Mentone Park across the school and out in the community, students are expected to have proper and neat uniform. The Senior Sports tops are only to be worn on Friday's. We appreciate all assistance in ensuring we are setting the best example.

Homework
Homework will be a variety of tasks including: maths, reading, SMART spelling, current affairs and wellbeing. All tasks need to be completed as we are encouraging good habits leading into Secondary School. It will be handed out on a Monday and is due the following Friday. The expectation is that students manage their time during the week so that they have their weekends free to relax and spend with family. 

Head lice
Any case of head lice is to be reported to the office. To assist in preventing the spread of head lice, all students with hair that can be tied up are required to do so.

Absences
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's been happening according to the students of 5/6C:

Specialist - In PE we have been learning how to play baseball and have been lucky enough to have Jo from Baseball Victoria to teach us. For Art, we have been given the opportunity to enter a competition for 3 people's artwork to be shown at the Mentone Officeworks opening. The winner will receive a $100 gift card to spend at Officeworks!

Maths - We've been doing multiplication and have begun a challenger series to warm up each day. You are given 3 minutes to complete multiplication facts and once you have mastered a level you can progress to the next. We have also explored the faces, edges and vertices of 3D shapes by creating our own 3D cities.

Writing - In writing we have been learning how to set a persuasive piece with strong arguments. We have been drawing up tables to help us organise our arguments and we have been working on good persuasive sizzling starts.

Reading - We have been making connections between our books and events that happen in the world around us. Throughout the week we participate in 4 rotations. Spelling/Language Fitness, Reading Eggspress, Guided Reading with the teacher and an independent Text to World task based on our own books.

Rotations - For STEM we have been using Scratch to code characters to move and talk. In library we arranged ourselves according to the Dewey Decimal System after watching a silly rap and in LOTE we watched Roman Mysteries set in AD. 79.

Interschool Sport - So far we have had 2 home games against St. John Vianney and Parktone. We've tried our best and were lucky enough to win some games.