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What a busy term we have had! Our students have enjoyed being back on campus, and all of the amazing opportunities that face-to-face learning brings. Here are just a few of the exciting things that have been happening…

Our Year 3s have applied their knowledge of what makes a good story to create their very own picture book. The students have worked throughout the term drafting and editing their narratives to submit into the Mayors’ Short Story Challenge run by the City of Victor Harbor Library. This annual event attracts hundreds of entries, and students really enjoy writing for an authentic purpose. Our Year 1s were given a sneak peek preview to give some feedback on the stories and illustrations.

In Design and Technology, the Year 4 classes created tall sailing ships as a part of their History unit on “Early World Explorers”. Over the past eight weeks, students have planned their design, constructed ships and tested them to see if they will float. The biggest challenge was to make sure that there was enough weight in the base of the ships to prevent them from falling over in the water. After initial testing and some modifications, students conducted their final tests and shared their ships and designs with the class. It was a whole lot of fun!

Our Year 5s have been studying the Australian Gold Rush. Students have created dioramas of a scene from the goldfields and have also made short movies about aspects of the gold rush. Students studied the Eureka Stockade at length and created factual posters about this event as well as making timelines of the events leading up to the Stockade. The class novel, ‘1854 Do you Dare’ by P Matthews, was studied and enjoyed in detail. Students finished up with a Kahoot game based on their unit of learning.

The Year 6 classes have been learning how to write procedures. Cookbooks are a great example of this, and the Year 6s have created their own! All students enjoyed the opportunity to choose their favourite recipes, create them, take photos and document their recipe procedure. Students also participated in a competition to design the front cover of the cookbook. Twenty-five students entered the competition, making it a difficult decision to choose the winner.  There were three finalists announced, with the overall winner being Rhys Hunt for his creative design. The cookbook includes over 60 recipes, and each student received a copy. The Year 6s really enjoyed this experience.

Year 6 Leaders – What have they been up to?

Karaoke in the Quad
Every Monday during lunchtime, Junior School students have been bopping and grooving to tunes in the quad. Year 6 Performing Arts leaders Madelyne and Abbey have organised an activity where students sign up to sing their favourite songs. Even the teachers have joined in!

Badminton House Championships
Year 6 House Captains have been running a Badminton competition on Thursdays in the Performing Arts and Sports Centre. Year 5 and 6 students in each House have been competing against each other in a fun competition. During Week 10, Banksia and Waratah will play for third and fourth position and Wattle and Blue Gum will play to win second and first position. Good luck to all teams!

You Rock!
Year 6 Wellbeing Leaders, Missy and Eve, have organised some activities for the Reception to Year 6 students to participate in during break times. Each Tuesday and Thursday, students have had the opportunity to do some Rock Painting during lunch. The Year 6 Leaders are planning to varnish the creations and create a beautiful display in the yard for everyone to enjoy.

Thank you all for a great term – see you in Term 3!

Melissa Belton
Wellbeing Leader Year 3 – Year 6

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