How can we speak effectively?
We have been discussing change and what this means to us. We have thought about the changes that 2017 might mean for us. We have considered these changes and whether the consequences are good or bad. We have had a lot of fun creating quick 30 seconds speeches about this because in English we have been focusing on public speaking. We have tried to create speeches that engage our audience.
By Ella and Annika
Last night, on Thursday evening we had the JS showcase. The Junior School had been preparing for this production all term and all the hard work definitely paid off! There was dancing, singing and other musical productions throughout the concert. There was a wide variety of items. Year six were dancing to the songs ‘Chariots of Fire’(6MW) and ‘We are Sailing’(6S). Year five also did two dances and year four had more musical items.
Over the period of last night, two showcases were held. There was a, kindergarten to year three concert and year four to year six production. This was accompanied by an open classroom display. The girls had the chance to show their parents all the hard work they had been accomplishing during the school term.
As well as some very exceptional dances and performances, x The production ranged from beginners to our more advanced groups. Many girls were in multiple performances during the day and also their class dances.
Overall, both the concerts were very enjoyable to watch and to perform in. Around the end of the last concert, many staff and teachers were congratulated and given flowers.
But for Year 6 this was a special time because it was their last ever Junior School production. This was their last Junior School Everyone enjoyed the year four to year six concert and we think it was a bit of fun for everyone!
Lauren, Lara and Chianyun
The courtyard was a hive of industry today during the Year 6 stalls. K-6 had a great time exploring the different stalls: craft, pet rocks, hit the farmer, playdough, stress balls, bath bombs, cupcakes and more.
Well done to The Voice for taking action on this initiative.
Now onto planning where the vegie patch might go!
This week we had an amazing talk by Dana from Girlpower. She came all the way from Canada to teach us about friendships and how to manage them.
Key things we took away were:
No friendship is perfect.
Every friendship is different
Trust and respect are important in a friendship
Friendships change and that’s OK.
We also learnt about the friend-o-meter and how to judge whether our friendships are healthy for us, how to squash “ANTS” (automatic negative thoughts) and how to put out friendship fires. If we are shy and hesitant about joining friends for lunch, we learnt to “stop waiting for an invitation. Be strong. We deserve better.”
Most importantly, we learnt to “be a ninja” and stand up for ourselves when others are “mean on purpose!”
Search for urstrong.com to find the Girlpower website. It has lots of useful ideas.
For the past few weeks, Year 6 have been conceptually exploring our understanding of power. We have learned how governments can use their power for both good and bad. We have compared and contrasted our government with others around the world and concluded that Australia is a fair and just country.
This afternoon 6MW are concluding our unit of inquiry with some self devised drama skits. We have enjoyed viewing a mock parliamentary session involving Tony Abbott and his ministers. Another court session showed us all, just how not to run a government. We also had Nazi soldiers rounding up a Jewish family in the time of Anne Frank. As well as an American presidential debate between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. It was an enjoyable way of demonstrating our understanding of power, after a busy and hard working five weeks.
This morning we had the pleasure of hearing two famous authors speak. Maurice Gleitzman spoke of how friendship was the underlying theme he bases his books on.
We learnt that Jackie French writes her books based on personal experiences she has, especially with her pet wombats!
Day three dawned bright and sunny again. After another delicious breakfast we packed up and were away.
Our day started at Questacon for two hours of scientific fun and more than a little shopping!
After lunch we drove to The War Memorial for their excellent education program. At 2:00 we were back on the bus ready for the trip home.
As I write this we have completed the speediest Maccas stop ever and are heading homeward. Mama Mia is playing on the DVD player and the girls are singing along.
It’s been a busy three days but the girls have been fantastic representatives of our school. See you around 6:00.
Luckily we had all had a good nights sleep. As day two saw us up and enjoying a hot cooked breakfast by 7:00. Soon we were on the bus and off for a busy day to the following places.
The Electoral Centre – Where we learn d all our our rights and responsibilities as further voters.
Old Parliament House – where we explored the old but,ding learning about the history or Australian politics.
New Parliament House – where we toured both chambers and roll played a parliamentary debate.
The War Memorial – Where we laid a wreath and listened to The Last Post.
The Australian Institute of Sport – Where we explored Sportex and toured the facilities.
Finally it was home for bed. Phew!
It was a wet and windy morning, as Year 6 set off for Canberra. The bus trip to our first stop was swift and we enjoyed morning tea at Sutton Forest where already the weather was looking kinder. By the time we arrived in Canberra the sun was shining brightly, although the wind was still chilly.
Our first stop was the Canberra Exhibition where we learned all about the formation of the city of Canberra. From there we drove to The National Museum of Australia. We split into groups and explored the interactive displays. Then it was onto The National Gallery where we had a guided tour. The group I was with enjoyed viewing a number of old and new art works, with an excellent guide.
After arriving at our motel we all unpacked and then enjoyed a delicious dinner of spaghetti bolognaise and chicken and noodle stir fry. Before heading out again for a visit to Telstra tower.
While up the tower we ran around outside until the cold night air drove us inside. After that we explored a display about the history of telephones. Then It was home for bed.