Book Week

This week is Book Week!

We have been exploring our favourite books and voting for the winners in the Book of the Year competition.

Today, we dressed up as our favourite book characters. Our whole school gathered in the gym this morning and had a parade to show off our costumes.

Check out our photos of our costumes below. Don’t we look fabulous?

Who is your favourite book character and why? Can you recommend a book for others to read?

STOMP

Over the last 5 weeks of Term 2, we participated in a dance program called STOMP. The program is part of our P.E. and Performing Arts curriculum.

Each week, we were taught a different dance in only 50 minutes! In the final session, we learnt a seven minute long dance that was a mash-up of many different songs.

Here is a small clip of our final dance for you to enjoy:

What was your favourite dance to learn? Do you have a favourite dance move?

Courage for Callum

On Thursday, our school was taken over by superheroes!

The whole school came dressed as their favourite superhero for a special reason. We were raising money for one of our students in grade Prep who has neuroblastoma – a nasty form of childhood cancer.

Callum is in our Prep Buddy class so we tried to get behind the cause.

The school also took donations for Callum and his family to help make their life easier. There was face painting on the day and even Mrs Hurley dressed up! (We’re still not sure who Sailor Moon is but we believe her when she tells us she was a very convincing Sailor Moon…) We also had a special sausage sizzle lunch.

We had a great day and hope that our efforts will help make Callum and his family’s life a little easier.

What was your favourite part about our Superhero Dress Up Day?

Australian Immigration Incursion

On Tuesday, we had an incursion at school to help us learn more about Australian immigration. We looked at significant events in history that lead to groups of people migrating to Australia – for example, during the Gold Rush, many people from China came to Australia and after the Vietnam War, Australia took in many Vietnamese refugees.

We ordered these events – from as early as the first settlers and convicts to modern immigration – to make a human timeline.

Then we broke into groups to complete 4 different tasks. For one task, we reconstructed graphs showing migrant populations in different cities and other immigration statistics.

We also put together jigsaw puzzles to find out about which countries take in the most refugees.

We played “Famous Australian Migrants” Bingo and tested each other on the citizenship test. Most of us would have failed the test and not been allowed to live in Australia.

What was your favourite part of the incursion? What’s one thing that you learnt?

Immigration Questions

Lately, we have been looking at how immigration has shaped Australia and its culture. We had to create questions for people in our lives who had come to Australia to find out about their journey.

Here are some of the questions we asked. We would love it if you yourself have come to Australia and could answer these questions too!

  1. Where is your home country?
  2. What was the main reason that you left your country?
  3. What was the hardest thing about leaving your country? Did you leave anyone behind?
  4. What was it like in your home country? What is different about living in Australia?
  5. Was it hard to assimilate into Australia culture?
  6. Did you speak another language in your home country? Was it difficult to learn English?
  7. Did you live in another country before settling in Australia?

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions!