This year, all our Year 5 & 6 students will be participating in the Student blogging challenge. This is a series of 10 weekly challenges intended to provide a diverse range of experiences for our students. The added benefit is that we are joining students and teachers from around the world and will be interacting by way of comments with many other students from USA, Canada, UK, UAE, Hong Kong, Russia and more. Our Student Blogs are all conveniently available from this site
Experimenting with Personification: look at what we wrote!
Everyone knows what a person is, but do you know what personification is? Personification is when you assign the qualities of a person to something that isn't human or, in some cases, to something that isn't even alive. There are many reasons for using personification. It can be used as a method of describing something so that others can understand. It can be used to emphasize a point. It is a commonly favoured literary tool, and you may in fact use personification without even knowing it. Today we learnt about personification. We looked at some examples and shared our favourites with the class. We then were able to create our own personification- here are some examples from the class. (Katherine and Mia)
Mia: Happiness shone in my heart! Katherine: Joy swept through my body until it came rushing out my eyes. Daniel: The waffle jumped out of the toaster. Corinne: I held bravery's hand through the cave. Tessa: As I leapt out the door, I heard the wind calling to me, "Freedom, freedom!"
Jonathan: Death was closing in on me! Nicholas: Bad luck wouldn't leave me alone! Will J: When I woke up, joy sprang through my window. Akon: Bravery followed me as I was fighting for my life! Isabella: Hunger controlled my stomach when I was in class.
Ava: The moon winked at me through the clouds. Madison: The rainbow lifted me from my sadness. Cooper: Bravery told me to stand up. Will C: Joy hit me in a flash when I found out I had won. Jacob: Freedom gave me the chance to live.
Connor: Joy struck me as quickly as a flash of light. Tia: Hunger is nobody's friend. Jamie: Freedom patted me on the shoulder and set me on my journey. Madeline: Fear towered over me! Joe: Bravery was by my side the whole way.
Ivan: Loneliness consumed me as I sat in my cell. Tom: The tower leered at me nastily. Natalia: Moonlight danced on the water. Gemma: When I listen to the song called, "Happy," happiness shines down upon me.
Social Justice is an issue that is important to us and everyone around the world. Today we had a conference provided by Caritas Australia. Megan taught us about equality, generosity, raising consciousness and many other things. We were fortunate to play many games that were tied in with justice. Finally, we had time to plan justice initiatives for our own school.
And so another year begins...we are all shiny and "uncrumpled," ready for a brand new start. This year our scripture theme is,"Companions on the Journey." We will be exploring its depth throughout the year.
So for some "Hopes and Dreams in 2014!"
-that this year our class achieves a lot by learning together
-that I can follow the Gospel message and learn more about others
-that we all come together as one
-that I have many opportunities to get to know others well
-to get to know everyone in a way that makes our classroom feel like home
-that this year we can really push ourselves to experience and learn many different things
-to be highly focused in our learning
Please add some ideas that will inspire us further!
Fred Williams Art -
The inspiring red dry landscapes of Australia are all rolled into one artistic masterpiece in Fred Williams, "My Garden."
We put our ideas on the paper, interpreting his style and ideas as we went. Australia is so different to England and Europe, as he found out on his way back to Australia after travelling to Europe -and which led him to become a contemporary artist.The colours here are so vibrant and strong compared to the soft blues and grays that he was used to.
We used orange and red paint as a backdrop and, once that was dry, we printed with cardboard or painted on trees and shrubs with black and white paint. Overall this art was very interesting and fun. It didn’t really matter if you accidently splattered paint or put a huge blot on your work because it was easily covered up. We were all inspired greatly and the end result was amazing!
Date of birth
January 23, 1927. Place of birth
Richmond. Date of death
April 22, 1982
Place of Death
Today, we celebrated Safe and Happy Day. During Circle Time, which we do in our cross age groups, we engaged in reflections that tuned us in to our own and other's feelings. We also brought a gold coin for the "Save the Children's Fund," an organisation that is committed to creating a world where every child has a safe and happy childhood.
Ivan : You can hear the crowd applauding as they whoop and cheer for you! You can blink in the lights as they shine in your face and make you feel like true superstar. The idea of travelling Australia was a great idea and really showed the culture and beauty of our land. Akon: After visiting beautiful Victoria and South Australia,the family headed to Western Australia, meeting some boot scootin boys and girls, while listening to some country music...oh, and the Flame Trees, the beautiful classic, touching the audience's heart. Rylee: Finishing off with flame trees was beautiful...singing the song loudly, but smoothly...the atmosphere was filled with emotion. Joe: I was feeling nervous backstage as the narrators spoke their opening lines. I peeked through the curtains to hear, "So sit back, put on your seat belt and enjoy the pleasures of our wonderful students and our Great Southern land." Then I knew it was time.... Conor: Have you ever felt that feeling...when you're about to go on stage...about to show everyone in that audience...what you're worth...what you've got and how awesome you are? You've got one chance, not two, and the only person who can make it work is you! Simon: "Senior MY and their amazing act are coming!" I imagine my family saying as I step onto the stage!I walk on to the stage and hear the music....I loved it!
As we work on our sustainability unit, it is a perfect time to consider God's call to be stewards of creation. After watching David Attenborough's beautiful images accompany, Louis Armstrong's, "What a Wonderful World," we discussed the gift of wonder and awe and selected our own favourite images of creation.
Reflecting about a great project: Yesterday the Seniors performed our plays and presented our media about what we have learnt this year in Positive Education. Not only was it super fun, but it helped us to revise our learning. It was a very memorable day for us and the rest of the school. We shared learning about goal-setting, bullying and cyber bullying and being resilient in our daily lives. We hope we can do this again.
We were learning about decimals, how to multiply and divide them. We created videos to show others how to perform these operations. Before filming, we needed to revise the maths, write scripts, prepare our props and rehearse. It took lots of teamwork and really made us think about the maths and how to clearly explain the process. We noticed some mistakes when re-viewing the movies...does this matter?
REACTIONS TO LEARNING THIS WAY!
Akon: It was a really hands-on way of learning - different and creative. Amber: We were able to critique the movies and to see for ourselves where we made mistakes. Simon: Because it was a fun thing to do, I think I will remember it better. Tristian: It was a creative way to learn, a different way of sharing our maths. Norhan: There were two purposes to this - having fun and learning Maths as well.
Lizzy: Watching the movies again was useful for revision. Rylee: It was an easy way to learn from our mistakes...better than lots of teacher talk.