This week’s student reporters are Gabby C and Kathryn
It was week 5 on Thursday the boxes mysteriously started littering our Year 6 rooms. They were definitely a hazard, distraction and query to us all. While all of us pondered throughout the day and night over these mysterious boxes it was only the day after that we came together as a Year Six team and tried to find out the culprit and their intentions.
As we looked further into this mystery on Friday, one of our solutions to this perplexing problem pointed directly to the other teachers. Fortunately, Mrs O and Mrs V walked down our way and stopped our 6T classroom and claimed that the boxes were their doing.
They claimed that the boxes couldn’t be put anywhere else. Mrs O and Mrs V gave us strict rules:
- The boxes couldn’t be moved
- They couldn’t be touched
- They couldn’t be taken
- They couldn’t be used
In the end, many of us had speculated over the weekend and these rumours only came true when Mrs T told us that it was a setup and was to help us in the UOI about the Great Barrier Reef. This made us think of the connections between our problem and the bigger problem of waste dumping in the GBR. We came up with many theories as to the connections between this and us. It was all a great experience being detectives and politicians to decipher the future of these costume boxes.
This week’s student reporter is Grace W
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We didn’t realise it was a special day. Until assembly started. We all filed into the gymnasium and sat down. The teachers told us that it was a very special assembly. But then we realised it wasn’t just the Junior School, it was the Senior School too! Then it occurred to us, it was the school’s 106th birthday! We all watched as the School Captains gave their speeches and laughed at Mrs V’s (very enthusiastic) birthday song. The “Through the Years” slideshow rolled, and we all giggled at the funny hairstyles the teachers had back in the 80’s. Then we watched the teachers cut the cake. Too bad there wasn’t enough for everyone to have a piece, but then the teachers brought out the cupcakes! It was wonderful celebrating the school’s 106th birthday because after all…
Who doesn’t like cake?
6MW had an exciting treat this afternoon, we went to visit Kindi. We spent half an hour with them. Firstly we listened to them all read their home readers. Then we shared picture books with them and read to them. It was a hot afternoon but we all enjoyed sitting outside to share our books together.
Student reporters are Bella W and Alex B
Our camp trip started with a bang with trying to find our way to Cockatoo Island which is in the middle of the Harbour. The teachers divided us into three groups so it was easier for us to get to Cockatoo Island. Our team was the first to leave school to catch the train to Wynyard. As our train was departing the second team arrived, they just missed the train so that meant we were 15 minutes in front of everybody. From Wynyard we caught the train to Circular Quay then we nearly got on to the wrong ferry to Cockatoo island as the other team hopped on it so we followed just them. When we realized it was the wrong ferry, our group hopped off and went on the ferry that went straight to Cockatoo Island.
All the groups eventually arrived, we all had lunch, got our bags off the dock, found out our tents and made some kites. Unfortunately we could not fly our kites outside as it was pouring with rain. We all really enjoyed making our dinner as it was a different experience for all of us. All of year 6 eventually got to sleep in the tent with a bit (or maybe a lot) of chatting.
Year 6 packed up their tents and bags so we could be on the move again. We had our breakfast and took some morning tea for along the way and started our journey to Chowder Bay. Our two ferry trips followed by a 4.5km walk was very hot but we all made it to the end. Year 6 was lucky to have a barbecue when we got there. We found out our cabins and our group was putting on our swimmers for rafting which was a lot of fun. We all went back to our cabins and we had a magic show which was exciting. Year 6 then had dinner, watched the sunset over the water and then we all collapsed into bed.
As the sun rose on the third morning we were woken up by our leaders and told to change into our swimmers and meet for breakfast in the dining room. We all ate and talked for a while, once we were finished breakfast the leaders and teachers split us into our groups and our team had the privilege of snorkeling. The wet-suits kept most of us warm in the cold water while others were a bit cold. There were so many fish and plants to see in so little time. Our group was lucky to see a little seahorse. It was small and brown but very cute, we all had turns taking a look.
Our next activity was The Chowder Bay Challenge we had to complete as many of the tasks as we could manage in the time that we had. The tasks were difficult but not impossible. Our favourite two tasks were making a rap about our time at camp they were all very good, the second one was picking up ten pieces of rubbish and we had to pick one of them to write a story about it and its journey to Chowder Bay. The Challenge was so much fun, we all loved the tasks.
Overall everybody in Year 6 had a wonderful time at camp rafting, snorkeling, walking, talking but most of all keeping up our teachers at night!
It’s 4:30 and I can hear the excited voices of girls in rafts chanting ‘and row, and row,and row’. Further over the snorkelers are still exploring the underwater wonders of Chowder Bay. One group has already headed up past Ripples to our lovely accommodation at Land’s Edge. They have completed the Chowder Bay Challenge and are the first to head to the showers. There are three activities and each group will complete each one by the time we head for home tomorrow.
There is still more in store tonight, with dinner and the evening’s activity. There will be many tired girls as heads hit the pillows tonight (we hope!).
After meeting our guides at school we were split into three groups. Each group then planned our route to Cockatoo Island, using train and ferry timetables. We arrived in time for a delicious lunch of cheese, ham and salad wraps. After that we found our bags and set up our tents. Unfortunately the rain then arrived so we moved into one of the amazing warehouse spaces here on the island.
Our afternoon was spent making and flying kites, playing games and enjoying ourselves out of the rain. In the evening we cooked our own dinner of pasta, vegetables and meat sauce. By now the rain had abated and so we enjoyed a walk across the island, viewing the city skyline and some stars.
Bedtime was at 9.30 but as always sleep was elusive for many. With tents being unzipped, little bodies squirming and whispered chit chat late into the night for some tents.
Now it is day two, the sun is shining, breakfast has been eaten. And the teacher’s thoughts are turning to, just when does that coffee shop open!
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Year 6 are learning all about circles this week. 6MW spent time this morning learning a few of the labels we use for circles. Some of the terms were new to us, so we had to make sure we had our brains switched on. Can you label a circle? Do you know what the relationship is between a circles radius and it’s diameter?
This weeks’ student reporters are Katie and Jemma
“Ok everyone, do you have your goggles, towel, drink bottle and lunch?” Get ready for the Swimming Carnival! This week in sport, we’ve been practising swimming our hardest and doing our best! Of course preparing for our swimming carnival! Lots of us achieved our P.B! We also enjoyed throwing and running during softball too.
Year 6 did a lot of creative and beautiful art work this week. One of the classes made a very imaginative 3D picture of their hand. It was hard work, but it was definitely worth it! The other class painted a picture with circles, stripes and ovals around a shadow of themselves in the middle of doing the twist! Great work!
On Thursday our grade watched a documentary about the Great Barrier Reef – the largest living structure in the world. It was incredible to see all the beautiful fish and coral that decorate the reef! Did you know that there are about 400 species of coral in the Great Barrier Reef!
Year 6 had an action packed week and enjoyed every minute! For a few snapshots of our week click on the video below.
Week 3 Blog
This week’s student reporter is Hope
When we jumped into the pool no one knew what to expect. We thought it was going to be an extra swimming lesson or an experiment but Mrs T and Mrs W soon told us what was happening. When they asked us the first question we all looked at our teachers with puzzled faces. They asked us to see what we could do in the water. We tried breathing underwater and having a conversation under water. The next question was if we could make noise under water. Well all fifty four of us decided to scream under water! Luckily we were underwater otherwise we would break glass. The second last question was if we could eat under water. Everyone enjoyed that experiment since we got to have two jelly beans. Our last question was if we could move quickly underwater and everyone started to dart off underwater swerving and turning. That was a fun experiment.