NEWS FROM YEARS 5/6 ROOM 10

This term, Room 10 have been working on a group Maths project. All of the groups had a 5-hectare piece of land for a zoo design. They had to fit stores, kiosks, animal enclosures and other buildings in the area. Some students found it easy while the others found it quite challenging. We also had to design a poster so it would be appealing to the eye with colours, pictures and drawings. We had to work in groups of up to four and all of us were committed and worked really well together. All the students seemed to enjoy the activity and all the posters turned out amazing! We are looking forward to presenting our Zoo designs next week.

Later on in that term, Room 10 participated in an incursion from Renata and Charmaine. We were told all about how the Indigenous Australians were treated throughout history. They did a blanket activity which taught us how many aboriginals died and what happened over time. All of Room 10 listened carefully and learned at least one thing about Aboriginal Culture and their history. Another exciting event was the Crepe Reward Day in French. As you can see they were a big hit! Thank you to Mrs Marinucci. Room 10 have been great this term!

NEWS FROM YEAR 6 ROOM 9

Students have had an exciting start to Term 4. Just after the school holidays students enjoyed dancing and catching up at the school Disco night. A very big thanks goes to our P&C who did all the organising. The DJ rocked and the photo-booth captured some great memories to keep for the years to come.

Not long after, Year 6 students from Rooms 9 & 10 joined together and left for our 3-day school Camp at Ern Halliday. As always, it was very well run. Students took on the ‘challenge by choice’ activities with bravery, teamwork and quite a few laughs. Activities included pump track mountain biking, archery, caving, flying fox, crate climb and lost pilot. After adding to that a games night, a movie night, some free time basketball and volleyball it was a very busy three days.

This week students have begun acting lessons with Helen O’Grady instructors to get prepared for our end of year celebration act. The class has started strong and the act is already looking great after one lesson.

In class we continue with our programs and start preparing for our end of year Graduation. Room 9 will be busy, busy, busy until the last day of school!

NEWS FROM YEARS 5 & 6 IN ROOM 14

Cracking Coding – The black shape moved closer to the corner. What was this mysterious figure? Why it was Dash!! The robot with three wheels and a head, under the command of the coding blocks on the iPad. In tech we have been doing coding on www.code.org. Dash is a step up from code.org as it allows us to apply code in real time and watch it in action as Dash runs our code sequence. We have  started using Dash this term and challenges have included getting our robot to go round cups and to push cups into a square, using coding blocks on the IPad to control Dash. It has been really helpful for preparing us if we want to be coders in the future.

Sparking Science – In Room 14 the Year Sixes have been learning about simple and parallel circuits for our Science Unit. Now we are able to conquer many ways of making circuits with copper tape, aluminium foil wires and even our own bodies. The Year Fives have been studying concepts about Light. For a fun task we made shadow puppets and tried them out in a shadow theatre. We had to make the puppet on black paper and make a skit. They were all funny and fun to make.

By Adam, Charlie, Cooper and Alex

Eagles Cup – In Term 1 the senior classes started training for Eagles Cup (which is an interschool sport competition including Soccer, Football and Netball). The schools that are participating include Dianella Heights Primary, Kyilla Primary, Sutherland Dianella and Westminster Primary. The first round matches against Sutherland Dianella were cancelled due to bad weather conditions. This week we will be hosting and playing against Dianella Heights Primary School. Soccer will be played at Woodville Reserve, Football will be played at Charles Veryard Reserve and our two Netball teams will play on our school oval.

If you are free come see us play! Go N.P.P.S.!

By Tully, Kalan ,Rosie and Zoe

Don’t Keep History a Mystery – As we studied the history of Reconciliation Week this past fortnight we reflected on this year’s theme- Don’t keep history a Mystery. Our main learning focus was to learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge and help us grow as a nation. This has also been a overall focus of our studies in our Term 1 and 2 HASS History units of work- Colonization of Australia and Federation, Levels of Government in Australia and the role of Government.

Reconciliation Week goes from May 27th to June 3rd. It is important to reflect and learn about past government policies and laws related to the limited rights and recognition of traditional ways of life of Australian Aboriginal peoples.

It’s good for kids to learn about the history of Australia and initiatives like “Closing the Gap”. I think it’s good for kids to learn about this stuff because it will only build a stronger more together nation.

By Harper, Aaki, Catherine and Giuseppe

MAD MATH – During the past fortnight in Mathematics, the Year 5’s have been learning about financial planning and budgets and the Year 6s have been focusing on financial plans and working out percentages related to money such as discounts and sale price increases and decreases. Some of the other concepts we have been learning about are the correct order of operations to be used when solving mixed operations and variables equations- BODMAS. BODMAS helps with remembering the order of operations; brackets, others (indices and integers), division, multiplication, addition, subtraction. We have also been reviewing our weekly learning playing a fun game called jeopardy; it is an online game that you play on the smartboard. Jeopardy is challenging and fun and can also be very frustrating.

https://jeopardylabs.com/play/year-6-maths-jeopardy

By Benji, Grace, Georgia & Pero

Room 11 Makerspace Project-Transforming soon – In Room 14 we have been working on transforming Room 11 into a stunning Makerspace. The Makerspace is somewhere where you can come in find materials and make something creative or complete STEM/engineering projects. We are hoping to have sewing and cooking project areas along with areas to use tools and plan.

Tasks in our Makerspace project have included making ads to promote the makerspace using Microsoft Publisher and taking detailed and specific measurements for all of the interior building structures including the walls and windows which we then converted using scale/ratio

Also all of the class had to design a logo for the Makerspace. We had to choose our own catchy name and artistic design, when completed our teacher will choose the best logo to go on Room 11’s door.

The class went to look in the store room on the oval to see if there is any good furniture that would go into the Room 11 makerspace.

Our class hopes to see the makerspace in action soon!

By Tyson, Sofia, Haadi, Lucas

YEARS 5 & 6 ROOM 14 UPDATE

In Room 14 this Term we have been investigating technology and using new programs such as IXL Math and English to widen our knowledge in multiple areas of Math. We have also been having lots of fun learning how to code with a program called code.org. We can choose various games to code and create our own video games.

The new laptops are an incredible resource to have in our classroom, helping with history research and projects.

It was an amazing experience to have the actual 65 year old Rugby League World Cup right next to us in room 4. It was a beautiful 18 kilogram trophy that had had seen its fair share of tournaments. This is it’s last year to be awarded before it is retired to a museum and a new trophy is made.

This term has been full of amazing experiences. We have had a brilliant time. We look forward to more exciting times next term.

Olivia and Tom, Room 14 Year 5/6

BACKCARE INCURSION

Last Friday 24 March, four students from Curtin University talked to us about our backs and how important it is to take care of them. They taught us that exercise is good for your back and that you shouldn’t sit down for long periods of time. This can lead to chronic back pain. They also told us that it is OK to carry school bags that are not too heavy and that we should have correct posture if we want to avoid chronic back pain.

Written by Maya D

 

Eagles Cup Results

Our Eagles Cup teams have had a fantastic start to the series, representing our school to the highest standard with excellent sportsmanship, and great skill and effort in all codes.

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2015 Perth Primary Speakers’ Award Winner

Congratulations to Beth M who is the very deserving winner of the 2015 Perth Primary Speakers’ Award. This competition was created by our local MLA Eleni Evangel last year. It is a speaking competition between all of the Primary schools in the Perth Electorate, including; Aranmore, Highgate, Kyilla, Mt Hawthorn, North Perth Primary, Sacred Heart and Trinity.  Each school selected their best student to represent their school.  Beth spoke confidently and with genuine warmth towards her childhood years and experiences. With her engaging eye contact and her ever shining smile she undoubtedly convinced the audience that childhood is the best time of life when she addressed the topic, ‘I Don’t Want To Grow Up’.

Oceanside Cluster League Tag Carnival

Our Year 5 & 6 students were invited by the Oceanside Cluster to compete in a League Tag Lightning Carnival. Our students competed against eight teams from five northern suburb schools, including Beaumaris, Connolly, Quinns Rock, Mindarie and Kinross Primary Schools.

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Student Councillors Visit Parliament House

Today the Year 6 Student Councillors visited Parliament House. They were invited guests of Eleni Evangel MLA, Member for Perth.

The students were given a private tour of Parliament House before sitting down with Ms Evangel for a three course meal. After lunch the students were able to sit in the Public Gallery for the first 30 minutes of Question Time.

It was an exciting and informative day for the students involved, who felt very privileged. A big thank you to Eleni Evangel for her hospitality and generosity.