All the students in grade 5/6 have just spent today doing something that we don’t normally get to do at school – ROCK CLIMBING!!! Some of us were a bit nervous before we started because we don’t like heights very much. There were so many different walls that we could climb so there was something there to suit everybody.
A very big thankyou to all the adults who came with us to help us belay. This meant that they held the ropes underneath the person who was climbing to keep them self.
We had so much fun and everyone did a terrific job of encouraging others to keep going!
Today at Assembly we were able to say our farewells to Father Chris before he heads to Sydney later this week. We will all miss Father Chris a HUGE amount and wish him well. First Miss Poropat and Mrs Hessey wrote a song for Father Chris and we sang it to him.
Then the school captains presented Father Chris with a present. It was a stole with all our finger prints on it.
Lastly we sang The Adelaide Crows song and held up the Hawthorn Grand Finals Cups. Thanks Mr Lyford for sharing them with us.
A very big congratulations and thank you to Emily and Calista who organised for guest speakers from Guide Dogs Australia to come out to school to speak to the grade56 children. It was the result of last term’s work in Inquiry but also fitted really well with Inquiry this term because we focussed on another marginalised group, the disabled. Colleen shared her experiences of being blind and talked about how much her guide dog Freeman had helped improve her life. John discussed his role as a guide dog trainer.
In Inquiry this term, our focus is on marginalised groups in our society and how we can make a difference, in some way, to these people.
Through two guest speakers, Micaela from the Refugee and Asylum Seeker resource Centre and Lucinda from Salvation Army, we discovered many things. All people in Australia have the right to be safe and secure. Unfortunately however, this is not the case for lots of people such as refugees and asylum seekers and the homeless.
Did you know:
it is illegal to come to Australia without a visa and passport but it is NOT illegal if you come seeking refuge
23,000 people flee their countries every day throughout the world. Australia takes about 13,700 of these people per year.
Many people leave their homes because they are in danger due to race, religion, nationality, social group or political opinion
over 700 people in the city of Whitehorse are homeless every night
there are many causes of homelessness
homelessness means not having long term accommodation that is safe and secure
you do not have to be sleeping on the streets to be considered homeless
In writing throughout the year, we have written many different procedures. We decided that the best way to see if a procedure is well written is to actually follow the steps and see the results! Everyone worked with a partner or in a small group to “test” out each others’ procedures. Once the procedures were complete, we gave feedback to our partners to highlight the parts that were easy to follow and those that needed clarifying. It was so much fun and the results were terrific!
Over the last four weeks in sport, we have been lucky enough to participate in cricket clinics run by the SEDA kids. All the grade 56 students worked in small groups and rotated through different activities, designed to help improve our cricket skills. It was lots of fun.
A couple of weeks ago Annette Johnson nominated me for the challenge so today Joan, my mother-in-law came to talk to the year 5/6 children about MND and it’s affects on people in our community. My father-in-law died of it about 3 years ago so it is a charity close to my heart. Some of the other teachers also volunteered to take the challenge with me so thanks to Mrs Redford, Mr Kirwan, Mr Kavangh, Mr Micallef, Miss Laby and Mr Newel. Luckily it turned out to be a lovely afternoon so the whole school could watch.