Newsletter - 14-10-22
Highlight of the Week
Our 3 school values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience play a significant role in the positive school culture that underpins our school community. After speaking at Assembly last week about what our school values mean to me and how I would like to see them displayed in our community, I decided to set myself a goal for Term 4 of identifying and acknowledging a highlight of the week in regard to displays of our school values.
This week I would like to acknowledge the exemplary way our Learning Community Two students conducted themselves at the excursion to Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. We spoke prior to the day about representing our school with pride while we are out in the community and being considerate of shared spaces with other members of the public. In speaking with our parent volunteers and staff members in attendance at the excursion I was so proud to hear that our students had applied our school values with distinction.
I would like to thank all students, staff and parents involved in making the excursion such a success. We look forward to planning more opportunities for our students to get out and about and complement their classroom learning with activities like this.
Family Focus Groups
The first two Family Focus sessions took place this week and I would like to thank everyone that was able to attend. It was a great opportunity for me to meet more members of our community and to engage in deep and constructive conversation about our school. It is clear we have a passionate community that wants to work closely with the school to achieve the best learning experiences and outcomes for all students. I found the insights extremely valuable and look forward to sharing some of these with the community after our next session.
If you would like to attend one of the next sessions but have not had a chance to sign up you can still add your name using the link below:
Tuesday 18 October:
2:30 - 3:15pm or 5:30 - 6:15pm
Please enter your details in this Sign Up Form or contact the school office to indicate your preferred session.
Learning Community 1
This week in our room we have been learning about different types of writing. We revised how to write information about an animal, how to spell this week's 100 Most Commonly Used Words, how to write a recount and how to write a narrative. In Reading this week we have been learning how to find specific information from Non Fiction and Fiction texts by looking for key words and in Maths this week we have continued our work with patterns, countings by 2s, 5s and 10s. We were also very lucky to be visited by Davina Veenstra; a past student of Bunyip Primary School who read her book, Henry The Bunyip before it goes to the publisher. She shared the process of writing and illustrating her children's book. We can't wait to have a copy of her book in our library.
Pre Guy Student Of The Week
Congratulations to Aaliyah who was voted this week's Student Of The Week. Students said Aaliyah is a great role model showing responsibility, respect and resilience all of the time. We are so proud of you Aaliyah. Well done.
Mrs Jane Guy
1/2 Smith & Stark
Week 2 in Grade 1/2 has been miserable, weatherwise, but at least our learning has been exciting!
We sent home a flyer for the Grade 1/2 sleepover for the 4th of November. Please fill out the slip detailing your child's attendance as well as dietary requirements, and return the form back to school.
This week in Reading, we have delved deeper into the concept of Compare and Contrast. We have explored this through comparing and contrasting pictures, as well as characters in our good-fit books.
In Writing we learnt about letter writing, focusing on the purpose of letter writing and the structure of a good letter. We found a pen-pal in the opposite Grade 1/2 class, and wrote a letter to them, asking various questions and excitedly awaited a response.
We also continued to look at and experiment with punctuation.
In Maths, we dabbled in 2D shapes as we created a shape-dinosaur. We revisited Tens and Hundreds charts, introducing a Thousands chart as we looked at Place Value, and practiced our addition skills.
Well done to our student achievers this week: Elise, Ollie, and Angelo. What a fabulous week they have had!
Mrs Kelly Smith, Miss Nicole Stark, Ms Liz Wahl, Mrs Melissa McCoy, Ms Kris Preston.
Grade 3 Beilby
This week we have welcomed back Zac from his family holiday and heard about the adventures from students who went to Bathurst. We have designed and entered the Bunyip Tales front cover competition and we continue to learn about our Indigenous heritage, learning languages. Boonwurrung is classified as a critically endangered language, with only around 200 speakers remaining. However, there is hope for the language’s revival, as there are initiatives underway to teach the language to new generations. We are excited to learn and discover together and embrace Australia’s First Nations People.
In Reading, we have continued to look at non-fiction texts and their features. We have also picked up our Guided Reading Focus Groups and are working towards synthesising and summarising texts. It’s great to see the fluid groupings of students work so collaboratively and successfully together. The discussion around reading is so beneficial to every part of learning. I would also like to remind parents about our reward time on a Friday. This is granted to students who bring their diaries to school with nights read throughout the week. I have been a bit forgiving (a bit soft!) with letting kids off the hook who may have forgotten their dairies. However, as of this week, I’m getting tough again! I will remind students on Thursday and they are responsible for putting their diaries in their bags!
In Writing, we are revisiting Procedural Texts and Information Reports. Students love to write an Information Report on a topic of their choice. We are thinking we’d like to invite parents into our classroom to see and hear the presentations they have put together. I will keep you updated with a time and we are very flexible and can work around you.
In Maths, we are covering angles and perimeter and area. We have also started practising our times tables on a daily basis and hope to improve the recall of these quickly. The challenge to get to the top of the leader board is on! It’s called Blast-off and is a lot of fun. Students can of course practise their times tables at home daily, this will be hugely beneficial to them moving up the leader board!
Congratulations to Rhett who is our achiever this week. Rhett is always respectful, always polite and is well respected by his peers. Rhett comes to school to learn with a smile and accepts any challenge I put in front of him. Rhett deserves this award in every aspect and we congratulate him on being an exemplary role model. Well done Rhett.
Mrs Jess Beilby.
Learning Community 2
It's been an amazing week in LC2. We started our week with a wonderful excursion to the Cranbourne Botanical Gardens. Students were able to explore the gardens and engage in the First Nations People program where they learnt about Country and Culture. The weather was absolutely perfect for the day. Also, a big THANK YOU to the wonderful parents that helped out. We really appreciate your support!
This week in Reading we started to unpack personal qualities that feature in biographies, and providing evidence to support our thinking. In Writing, we used scaffolds such as word mats to help us expand information about a particular person. In Maths, students did revision of addition and subtraction, with some students being extended to BODMAS.
This week we also started LC2 Sport. Students were placed into mixed groupings and played Volleyball, T-Ball, Ultimate Frisby and Bat Tennis. They will rotate through these sports over the coming weeks.
Mrs Sarah Munday, Miss Maxine Howard, Mrs Glenys Howard, Mr Anthony Craig, Mrs Leanne McKane, Miss Brooke Jansz.
Learning Community 3
Gardening & Cooking Club
This week in Gardening Cooking Club we checked our newly planted salad plants. We fed them and then put compost from all the waste donated from classrooms before adding another layer of straw. We can't wait until these plants are big enough to use in our recipes. Mrs Jane Guy
Parents & Friends
We will be having a Parents & Friends meeting on Friday 28th October 2022 at 9.10am in Room 4. If you are available please feel free to come along and have a coffee and a chat. (Small children welcome)