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Curriculum Coordinator and Year 4 teacher
Dare to…

Dare to…

What will the 2016 theme be? This was the question on every girl’s lips as they walked through the school gates. We lined up in the breezeway, curious to find out the new theme, until Mrs V came with the answer: Dare to… Have you ever dared to do something? Well, this year in our school we are learning to dare to do new things and…

Discover Amazing Realities Everyday.

We started off the new year by going into a brand new classroom with a brand new class and brand new teachers. One of the very first things we did was write poems on, of course, the topic of dare to. They were all different and beautiful, one of the many creations we have already started. Throughout the year we will continue to learn, have fun, and expand on this topic of Dare to…


By Lara, Gabi & Annick

Welcome back

Welcome back

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Well it’s a new school year in Australia. Our lovely summer holidays are over. The teachers have already been back at school for several days and the students will arrive tomorrow morning, ready for an action packed year of learning.

But there are surprises in store for year6rc. What could it be? I wonder if you can guess?

Google Expedition

Google Expedition

What are we doing today? We are very lucky as we have Google Expedition visiting our school today. We are only the sixth school in Australia to trial these new incursion. Right now we are exploring the Galápagos Islands in beautiful 3D colour.

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Peer Support

Peer Support

Every second Friday afternoon during Term 2 and 3 small groups of girls from Kindergarten to Year 6 have gathered in different classrooms, for a Peer Support group meeting. Two Year 6 girls have ably led each of these Peer Support teams, as they have engaged in a variety of activities.

This year our focus for Peer Support sessions has been resilience. Using the language ‘I have, I am, I can’ students have explored how our families, friends and the wider community can support us in every aspect of our lives.

This week was our final Peer Support session and each session was totally designed by our amazing Year 6 leaders. It was wonderful to watch the groups interact with each other in such diverse activities as building bridges out of Lego and making cupcakes from homemade play dough. I saw one group folding and throwing paper planes. While others were creating paper flowers, bunnies, paper plate puppets and sock puppets.

Our year 6 leaders should all feel proud of the leadership skills they have shown during this year’s Peer Support sessions. Congratulations girls you have all shown such great leadership skills.IMG_2499 IMG_2501 IMG_2509

Canberra Day 3

Canberra Day 3

It’s 9:05am and we are up and out for our third day of fun and learning in Canberra. After a good night’s sleep and a yummy breakfast 55 girls are in the movie theatre at the National Film and Sound archives learning about Australia’s film heritage. Later this morning we will head to The War Memorial for their excellent school’s program before our drive home.

Our previous days have been packed with activities designed to help us learn and have fun. If you’re a parent reading this the following might be conversation starters.

What facilities did you see at the Australian Institute of Sport?
What can you remember about the soldier’s story during The Last Post?
Who role played The Speaker at Parliament House?
Which house did we sit in at Old Parliament House?
What art works made an impression on you at The National Gallery?
What science experiment did you enjoy the most at Questacon?
What building did you create with Lego at The Canberra Exhibition?
Did you really see Phar Laps heart?
How high was Telstra Tower?

Of course we will all have different favourites, from Questacon to New Parliament House all of which should, provide many conversation starters.

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Canberra Maths

Canberra Maths

We are off to Canberra later this week but before we go on our three day excursion we have calculations to complete.

How far is it from Sydney to Canberra?
How long will our trip take?
How much time will we spend on different activities?
How mush will our food cost there?
How much time will we spend on the bus in total?

 

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Father daughter maths activities

Father daughter maths activities

After our annual Father daughter breakfast today, we opened our classrooms and welcomed all our fathers in, for a mathematical activity designed to make us all think and problem solve.

How many different designs could we create using only four unifix cubes? And having created them could we replicate our ideas using isometric paper?

Dads and daughters grappled with this problem together and enjoyed a collaborative time solving this puzzle. It certainly made a change from a day at the office for most fathers!

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Discovering Confident Artworks

Discovering Confident Artworks

By Olivia and Darcey 6MW

 Colour. Lines. Confidence. Texture. Vibrance. Creativity.

 This term, year six has been studying the beautiful and bold artwork of Mr .R. Dunlavey. We have gained so much skill and understanding of what it means to be a “risk taker” and be bold with our artworks. This entire unit was supposed to take us out of our comfort zone, and required us to have an open mindset towards making mistakes in our drawings, and accepting them!

 This was a challenge for almost every girl, as almost every unit we do in art is based around sketching and trying to represent the real image with rubbers and perfection. Many girls actually described this experience as “freeing” and “calming”, as they weren’t to worry about making mistakes, but embrace them instead. All of year six found this a very interesting experience, and in the end, had a very positive result.

 Our wonderful art teacher, Mrs B, actually wrote to Mr Dunlavey via email, asking him about what he materials he uses to create and bring his artworks to life. We were fortunate enough to receive a kind reply from Mr Dunlavey, saying that he uses mixed media, some of which include:

  • Sharpies
  • Oil pastels
  • Crayons
  • Water colours 

One of the primary aspects of our artworks was to incorporate “mixed media” to embrace the texture, colour, and contrast of our lines, patterns, and backgrounds. Our project was to look inside ourselves, and to use keywords that describe us, in hope that they would shine through our cities. Some of these words that we used to describe ourselves were: bohemian, gentle, bubbly, young, cheerful, mysterious, friendly, bold, colourful, creative, etc. We wanted to use the mixed media to make our city look as unique and individual as possible.

Our artworks turned out to be really beautiful and fascinating to see the individual traits shining through the buildings and landscapes. Overall, this was a really fun and refreshing experience to not have to sketch, but to have some confidence in ourselves. Many girls had to search for self control to leave their rubbers and sketching habits behind, and look for confidence within themselves.

After we had completed our artworks, we had many questions for Mr Dunlavey… Our art teacher suggested that she might be able to get in contact with the admired artist. Some of these questions included…

Where do you get your inspiration from?

  • Are there any artists that you don’t like?
  • Where did your passion for art come from?

Mr Dunlavey was generous enough to agree to skyping us to answer our questions! We were overjoyed with excitement, and couldn’t wait to hear more about this inspiring artist. By the time our skype chat was about to take place, we were all nervous, curious, and buzzing with excitement. We couldn’t wait to chat with Mr Dunlavey!

In our skype call, we met the esteemed illustrator, and discussed our artworks during this special time with him. He gave us valuable advice and information about the mixed media he used, praising our artworks and answered our questions. He encouraged us to draw boldly, having a courageous and creative hand. We took this advice for future artworks and knowledge. It was greatly appreciated.

A few weeks after skyping, Mr Dunlavey kindly sent us a package in the mail, all the way from America with some free goodies for each girl, and our Junior School Library.

We were all delighted and so grateful to Mr D for supplying us with these beautiful gifts. We would like to say on behalf of year six, that we are so grateful, Mr Dunlavey for your gifts, emails and skype calls. We have never had the chance to do so before in art, and it meant so much to us, and it is something that we will remember in years to come.

You can view our beautiful artworks on display outside Year6.

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A ferry ride on the way to camp

A ferry ride on the way to camp

This is a description on the ferry ride that we took to get to camp

BEEP!!! Our Opal cards squealed as we press them against the ticket booth. The gates groan open, and we flounced through.

We sat on the benches, taking up quite a few, waiting for our ride, chatting and sharing our excitement.

The river-cat veered in towards the side of the wharf. An attendant on-board the boat, tossed out a thick, looped rope, and it fell smack bang over the bollard, hauling the boat into the side of the wharf.

We were all sitting on the plush chairs inside, waiting. We could hear the other group outside, standing on the deck, shouting with glee as the water sprayed up in their faces. We asked if we could go out the front of the boat, and our group leader sent us out in groups of 4 or 5. We went outside to the front of the boat, and found ourselves a spot on the port (left) side of the boat.

We stuck or heads out the side, laughing with delight at the wind whipped through our hair, and the water sprayed up onto our faces. With the Harbour Bridge ahead, and the enchanting seaside houses on either side of us, we were having loads of fun.

All to soon, it was time to get off.

BEEP!!! Our Opal cards squealed as we went on our way, to our next adventure.

We hope you enjoyed this short description of one part of our fun experience from camp.

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Mathematical names

Mathematical names

Recently in maths we have been learning about enlarging and reducing sizes. We demonstrated this by writing our names on cubed paper and measured the different sides. We then coloured in our names. Soon after we decided whether we were going to enlarge our name or reduce it. I decided to make by name two times bigger. The measurements we recorded earlier of the sides made this step very easy. I doubled the sides which enabled me to create a letter twice as big as the original. I did this this with the remaining letters. Lastly, we glued both sizes of our names onto cardboard and gave our posters a name!

By Katie

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