Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Visit from St Vincent de Paul

At assembly we had a very special visit from Paul and Margaret, both of whom work for the St Vincent de Paul Society or Vinnies as they are popularly known. They came to talk to us about the children whose education we sponsored, when we raised money on St Patrick's Day. For this they gave us a certificate and some feedback about their work. We felt happy because we were able to make the lives of other kids much better. 

Altogether we sponsored nine students BUT the seniors also had a positive education project and we had to do an action to help the others and Gemma raised money for St Vinnies. In total Gemma, Tessa and Jamie raised $66.75, to give to St Vinnies. If we raised $70 we could sponsor a child to go to school so Tessa, Jamie and Gemma are giving money for a young person to go to school.

Posted by Corinne, Kathryn and Gemma.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FOOTY AND LEADERSHIP

Footy Day at school so time to use some of the AFL's online material to stimulate some discussion about LEADERSHIP! Here's what we came up with.


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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

The Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan

TEXT RESPONSE

Jonathan: Rules of Summer has left a lot to the imagination. It is a book that allows you to change or modify the story in your own way. 

Tom : Rules of Summer is a picture book for all ages. A three year old might look at the pictures and get the idea of two boys having lots of adventures together but, there is far greater depth. Shaun Tan has left us to our own imagination...to write our own story.....the illustrations enhance the story ...being an abstract story, you need to pay attention to the pictures which are beautifully created.

Daniel: This book is cleverly written and mysterious. I have some questions! What was the eye for? Where is the story set? How long is the summer? Are the two brothers happy?

Madeline: The words tell one story, but the pictures tell another. The older brother's rules apply to the younger brother, but the younger brother's interpretations are quite different. The start of the story is bright and cheerful and then becomes dark and gloomy. Then the colour regains its liveliness. The colour sends your mind racing.

Corinne: Although the plot might not be seen as a normal story line, I believe the colours and textures throughout the pages were enough to display a change of thought or mood.

Nicholas: This book initially confused me, but after hearing Shaun Tan speak, (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHYRc7F0pwQ) the book made sense as to how we could use our imagination to make the two boys whoever we want. I liked how the illustrations are made to make us think and how exaggerated they were. For example, when the rule told the boy not to take the last olive, it showed evil hawks as the guests.

Katherine: The story is about two boys, one older and one younger, following the rules of summer but, of course, your imagination can take you anywhere from hawks in suits to giant red rabbits.

Joe: This story sways your emotions through the use of illustrations and colour. The plot is simple but, it shouts aout exaggeration and humour.

Teacher reflection: I loved the students'  high level of engagement with this story. Much time was spent discussing its mood, purpose and the literary and artistic devices employed.  Viewing Shaun Tan's discussion about his book enhanced their understanding. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Sun is Shining, the Wind is Blowing, So Why Still Burn Coal? (Natalia's wise question.)

The Middle Matters experts have their say..
Can the Government reduce our use of coal in the future? Many people are saying that this mission won't be easy, but if the government stops thinking about money, it would make it a lot easier.

There are alternatives to burning fossil fuels. Wind turbines and solar panels have been harnessing energy and could potentially be the way of the future.... Madeline

Renewable energy is possibly the end to all of our electricity problems - it's easier, safer to manage, it's unlimited and it's good for the environment...except for one major downfall - the price! Renewable energy is more expensive than coal and not everyone can afford that....Tom

Though the technology for renewable energy is expensive, some people believe this is the way to go because it doesn't pollute the air and is completely renewable....Ivan

Many years ago, the government wanted  20% of our energy to be green by 2020. Now, energy prices  have increased, the plan is being reviewed and may decrease or be forgotten in time.

Green energy is the future, but what exactly is green energy? Green energy is energy made from nature - renewable and sustainable. We can collect energy from water, waves, wind and sun....Jonathan




Friday, June 20, 2014

SOCCER FUN

Girls' Report:

Corinne: Today was really fun and a thrilling experience for us. The girls lost a game, drew one and won five. We were very happy with how we played and everyone from the team stepped up and played a little better. Overall I think everyone has improved from today and we have a awesome day to remember!!

Boys' Report:

Tom and Dan: The soccer round robin was great fun. We were undefeated before we lost in the final against Holy Family 2-0. It wasn't an ideal outcome but we had plenty of fun all the same. We all played well and are extremely happy that we even made it to the final.  Thanks to Ms V for all her support.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

100 Word Challenge - Brazil!


TOM'S WORDS   http://100wc.net/

I can't believe that we made these seats! They were the very last ones so we're very lucky to see the World Cup Final, England versus the Netherlands. I've got my food...now for the whistle...there it goes! It's a great start. Things are looking good for England. "Ooooh," goes the crowd, Gerrard's been fouled and he's earned a free kick right in front of goal. He lines up, takes stock of the situation and goes for it. The ball is followed by every eye in the crowd and, "Yes, it's a goal!" But, I guess that's what happens when you're in Brazil, watching the greatest game of all!

Monday, June 2, 2014

TO VACCINATE OR NOT TO VACCINATE

After watching this media clip,we
have some opinions about vaccination and whether or not it is a good thing!

Madison asks," In the future, would you give your child a vaccination? I certainly would because what if one day, all of a sudden, your child contracts whooping cough? What did you do? Did you not give your child a vaccination?...it is one quick jab and the pain is gone!

Ivan believes: Vaccinations are very important for keeping away diseases but, some believe they can cause side effects. Is this really true? Although vaccinations may cause side effects such as a fever for a day, they are very minor and shouldn't be anything to worry about.

Madeline comments:  Having vaccinations could possibly save your life, though many believe otherwise. Many believe vaccinations have side effects such as disabilities or even death. None of this is true. Vaccinations actually prevent diseases and help create a healthy immune system.

Will C notes: A lot of people don't believe in immunisation beacuse they think it's not natural for the body.However, vaccinations are known to help many people around the world...scientist have proven the bad effects aren't true.


Friday, May 30, 2014

CROSS COUNTRY CARNIVAL

Congratulations on wonderful running all round, St Lukes! You were worthy winners of the Division Cross Country Event!

 







Today it's CINQUAIN

A cinquain is a poem derived from the Haiku and the Tanka forms of poetry. It consists of 5 lines.

Line 1: Title
Line 2: Two adjectives
Line 3: Three verbs
Line 4: A statement or feeling
Line 5: Synonym (similar word)         By Jamie

Fire
Strong, Fierce
Baking, Blazing, Sizzling
It destroys many lives 
Flames.



Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PARISH HEALING MASS

Today we went to church for a special healing Mass. It was a moving experience, after Mass, to talk to the parishioners who had received the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.
As well as chatting to them we served them lunch. The Middles provided an amazing choir which the parishioners always really love and appreciate!

Corinne and Georgia.









Thursday, May 22, 2014

CONCRETE POEMS-taught by Georgia

Concrete poetry—sometimes also called ‘shape poetry’—is poetry whose visual appearance matches the topic of the poem. The words form shapes which illustrate the poem’s subject as a picture, as well as through their literal meaning.









Teacher  Response:Thanks, Georgia. Being the artistic one, I knew this form of poetry would suit you. I love the idea of the flight of the bee. You illustrate exactly what a concrete poem is meant to be. The concrete poems produced by your classmates show they were engaged with the idea. 

I couldn't resist sharing some of the favourite concrete poems I found online!



Today's Poetry Form - QUATRAIN



After Will and Madeline's lessons:

Corinne wrote: ABBA
His big, heavy hooves fell deep in the snow
Shaking away his frosty white hair
His bones ache yet he doesn't care
A long journey worth to see the northern lights glow.

Jamie wrote: AABB
As the leaves start falling down
It's part of the circle of life that's going round and round!
As the cool breeze starts coming on
I can't hear the birds singing their song.

Ivan Chan wrote: AABB
Swaggering along
Singing this song
Eating my chips
Lickin' my lips!

Jonathan wrote: AABB
 Going on a mission
To do some fishin'
Caught one fish
Going on my dish!

Akon wrote:AABB
At the bay
Wanting to stay
Mum said to go
But I said, "No!"

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

TANKA POEMS

Today I presented the Tanka poem to the class and I thought it went pretty well. I think I explained everything clearly and I think everyone understood. Below you will see my Tanka and those of other students who were inspired by my teaching.

From Corinne:
A shattered window
To send shivers down my spine
Through a creaky door
Is.there any more to come?
These questions I dare to ask.

From Tessa:
Darkness up above
Bright moon with surrounding stars
Bats screeching in trees
Possums running round all night,
Sunrise, possums and bats hide.

Katherine:
The sun shines right down
with rays of heat and sunshine
Rain soon comes around
Wind twirls and whirls through the trees
Weather unpredictable

Friday, May 16, 2014

LANTERN POETRY




Gemma and Daniel were our poetry inspirers today with their poetry form, the "Lantern Poem." Below are the poems they inspired others to write.

Isabella wrote:
Rain
Through
the green trees
In the winter
Breeze
Mia wrote:
Bee
Buzzes
Happily
Through the summer
Trees
Natalia wrote:
Fly
Buzzes
Having fun
Swiftly swooping
Splat
Tia wrote:
Rose
Growing
Beautiful
Very Sharp thorns
Rose
Corinne wrote:
Rose
Petals
Soft to touch
Into Summer
Rose
Ivan wrote:
Bling
Shiny
So much gold
Makes me look cool
Swag
Joe wrote:
Ball
On ground
Specky mark
All those flyers
high
Akon wrote:
Leaf
Beauty 
Autumn,Spring
So precious, both
Blade
Madison wrote:
Book
Read it
You need it
You so want it
Read