Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Year 6 Mini Fete

Today we were blessed with amazing weather for the Year 6 Mini Fete. Our goal was to raise funds to go to an international charity. As a grade, we voted to support a charity that would build wells and provide clean drinking water for disadvantaged communities overseas.

The variety of activities that students created was impressive, from the sponge throwing, nerf guns, photo booth and soccer shootout to face painting, cake decorations, paper airplane throwing, hair spray and origami.

As the day went on and the weather heating up the Cold Rock ice creams, Spiders and water balloons became very popular, many students were quoted saying "they didn't feel like they stopped serving throughout the two-hour event"; however, found a great sense of achievement.

We are thankful for the support of the parents and grandparents who helped and the incredible involvement by all the teachers and students from Kindergarten through to Year 6.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Year 6 Teach Me!!

Today all of year six presented our Teach Me projects. The task was to find something to teach to a group of other students in the class and rotate each person every fifteen minutes. There was a whole variety of lessons going around in the classroom including making bath bombs, creating bracelets and making meringue.

My group (Georgina, Caitlin, Emma) made paper cutting craft, decorated cupcakes, built fruit skewers and did some face painting. I enjoyed all of the tasks and I learnt something new from every one.

Abbey P

Today the whole of year 6 had a project called a Teach Me. A Teach Me is where every student decides on a topic or skill to teach another group of students. There was an enormous range from cupcakes to crossbows and balancing books on our heads to holding handstands.

My group learnt how to balance books on our heads from Lucy. This was a really difficult process because first you need to choose the right shape and size for a book and then try to keep still while it is on your head. We also learnt how to form bath bombs. When making them you need to be super careful because most of the products that it consists of cannot be consumed. Aside from that it was really enjoyable to get our hands dirty.

Olivia M

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Earthquake Strikes Year 6

This term we're learning about earthquakes in Stage 3. We've been exploring the causes and effects of earthquakes using various models. We used sheets of paper to represent the tectonic plates, play dough to represent the earth's surface and Lego to simulate buildings. We then moved the "tectonic" plates and observed the effects. Quite devastating!

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Stage 3 Canberra Trip

Stage 3 were blessed to have an amazing week exploring the nation's capital. It was fast paced and packed with many memorable points.

We were treated with the opportunity at Parliament House to meet Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Craig Kelly MP, we also met Treasurer Scott Morrison in the hallway walking to question time.

At the Australian Museum, we were fascinated by the artifacts that were uniquely Australia. Many of us were surprised to see the size of Farlap's heart and how the Aboriginals would use their tools in ingenious ways to meet their communities needs. We discovered how our nation rode on the backs of agriculture and mining, now moving to a new world of discovery through Science and Technology.

We got to sit in the seats of Prime Ministers and Senators at Old Parliament House. We learned that Parliament has its own language "hear, hear" and symbols such as the mace in the House of Representatives and the black rod in the Senate.

At the National Art Gallery, we experienced the magnificence of Monet's "Waterlillies", The "Aboriginal Memorial", consisting of 200 hollow coffin logs from central Arnhem Land in the Northen Territory and Sidney Nolan's "Ned Kelly".

At the Australian War Memorial, we took the time to remember those who have served us as a nation. We were able to learn about the impacts war has had on us as a nation and personally as many of us found relatives on the wall of remembrance.

The AIS provided us with the opportunity to let off some steam and play in Sportex. We toured the venues including the gymnastics hall, swimming pool, weights gym and volleyball courts.

Our final day saw us visit Questacon, Australia's National Science and Technology museum. So much discovery was made in each of the exhibits from the earthquake room in Awesome Earth to the makerspace in The Shed, from Wonderworks to Q-Lab and not forgetting "freefall" in the Excite exhibit.

This excursion was a privilege. It took the information we had learnt last term and placed it in context. It gave us a deeper appreciation of the importance of what happens for us as Australians in Canberra.