Friday, December 21, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Last night we had our Christmas carols night. It was a a very hot night in Melbourne, in the high 30's, a great Aussie summer. We had such a lovely time singing and sharing the spirit of Christmas. The Preps sang a beautiful song called 'Christmas Star'. They did an amazing job singing and performing actions.
Thanks Mrs Riddiford for all your hard work!
Christmas Star from Learning Together on Vimeo.
A BIG thank you to Joe in Middle S for creating this video. Thanks Joe!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Cute Myspace Generators
|Our wonderful parent helpers!|
Thursday, December 6, 2012
As part of our inquiry this term we have been looking at how we can reuse materials to reduce the amount of rubbish that goes into landfill. All the Preps brought a glass jar to school and we decided to make a Christmas decoration using the jars.
We found this great activity on a wonderful blog Handprint and Footprint ART and were able to turn a plain glass jar into a very special reindeer candy cane treat holder.
Reusing to make Rudolph! on PhotoPeach
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Hamish and Bridie spent some of their weekend collecting plastic from a shoe warehouse. They brought the plastic to school as part of our flexible plastic collection.
Fantastic work Hamish and Bridie. We are very proud of your efforts to reduce the amount of plastic in our environment - and on your weekend!
|Great Litter Detectives!|
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Prep Litter Detectives were out and about again this week!
On Monday we decided to check to see if there was any rubbish in our playground - Monday is our only Tuckshop day and we wanted to see what the playground looked like after lunch.
So we collected our maps and rubber gloves and set out on our rubbish audit.
We were very disappointed to see quite a lot of rubbish in our school! So we marked the areas on our maps and picked up all the rubbish we could see.
We think we need to talk to the whole school about the amount of litter we saw!
The Preps are very keen to make posters reminding everyone not to drop their rubbish.
We want to have more paper chases.
One Prep said we should be a wrapper free school everyday!
How can we encourage other students to pick up their rubbish?
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Earlier this week we worked with a partner to collect data (we went outside and looked for animals and insects - see here) and record our information using tallies.
When we had collected our data and count our tallies then organise our information into a graph.
Hannah and Raph
Peoples graphs were very different.
Eli and Sophia
There were different amounts of animals on the graphs.
Zachary and Nyandit
There were a lot of some animals and not so much of other animals.
Some people started their graph from the top of the page and not at the bottom. We noticed that the information was the still the same.
Here are some of our tally sheets and graphs:
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
We are learning about graphs in Maths. Today we had to work with a partner (Prep D and Prep K together) to see what animals or insects we might see around our school. We had to think about how we could collect our data - and we talked about using tallies (
So .... off we went with our clipboards and our scientists hats on to see what we could see and collect our data.
We were surprised with the number of animals we did see. We saw birds, worms, ants, dragonflies, a lady bird, butterflies, slatters, flies and spiders.
When we had our data we went back to the classroom to add up our tallies and think about how we could present our information in a graph. We will be finishing our graphing tomorrow.
Stay tuned ....!
Monday, November 19, 2012
The Environment Team have asked each class to take responsibility for one of our fruit trees and Prep K are looking after the lemon tree. We are also trying to be environmentally friendly - so Ms Scott gave us some drip feed watering tubes to help save water. Hamish brought a bottle from home (reusing) to attach to the tube and we used water from the drinking taps that had been collected in tubs (water saving) to fill our watering tubes. Now our lemon tree will have water all the time! We love looking after our lemon tree.
|Reusing soft drink and water bottles for a watering system!|
|Water from the drinking taps.|
Saturday, November 17, 2012
On Friday we learnt a new dance - The Mexican Hat Dance.
We had to concentrate and follow instructions to learn the steps. Some of them were a bit tricky but we had great fun!
Thanks Mrs Klein for a wonderful morning and for bringing those very cool hats!
Dancing from Learning Together on Vimeo.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
These photos tell the story!
Thanks Mrs David for capturing the joy of Buddy Time and thanks to our Grade Sixes who make school a great place to be for our Preps!
Having Fun With Our Buddies on PhotoPeach
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
For our Inquiry this term we are looking at how we can make a difference to the environment by reducing landfill through reusing and recycling.
Today we were Litter Detectives and went for a walk around our neighbourhood to see if we would find any rubbish. Luke, Hannah and Aly had a map of our streets and when we saw some rubbish they marked it on the map. We took photos of the kinds of rubbish that we saw.
This is what we discovered:
There was no rubbish around the shops at the end of our street. We think that might be because there were two rubbish bins for people to put their rubbish in.
The other streets around our school looked very clean and rubbish free.
In the street that our school is on, we saw quite a bit of rubbish and we were surprised. We think the rubbish was there because
- there are no rubbish bins in the street
- people have dropped their wrappers and containers
- the wind may have blown it out of rubbish bins
- the rubbish has fallen out of bins when the garbage collector has picked up the bins
Friday, October 26, 2012
We wanted to help so we have raised $300.00 for UNICEF!
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Today in Maths we used toothpicks and blu-tack to make shapes. We had to think about the number of sides and corners - is it an opened or closed shape? Some of us made 2D shapes and some Preps made 3D shapes.
Hamish, Hannah and Tom explained their shapes using ShowMe on the iPad.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
On Grandparents Day we had a very special activity - we planted fruit trees donated by Bunnings.
We discovered the land St. Luke's is built on used to be an orchard so we thought it would be a great idea to plant some fruit trees as a symbol of the past.
Thank you Ms Scott and the Environment Team for all your hard work. Our mini orchard will remind us all of the history of our wonderful school.
Friday, October 19, 2012
On Wednesday Aly's mum Rachael came to tell us about what St. Luke's was like when she came to school. Rachael came to St. Luke's in 1986 and she was here for Grades 4, 5, and 6.
Rachael told us some very interesting things about what St. Luke's was like years ago.
The Principal was Ms D'Prazer.
There were no computers and each room had a chalkboard.
Rachael can remember cleaning the blackboard dusters outside with a ruler.
The Adventure playground had wooden equipment with a concrete tunnel.
The oval was a big patch of grass with holes.
Their hats were not blue, they were red.
They didn't wear windcheaters with the school logo printed on it, they wore woollen jumpers with a school badge.
There was no hill.
The toilets used to be where the Discovery Centre is now.
Rachael won 'student of the week' and we have 'star of the week'.
The tuck shop was opened everyday!
The tuck shop used to be where the new office is.
Rachael didn't learn about the Letterland characters.
The students used to sit in wooden desks instead of tables.
The school uniform was the same as it is today.
Mrs Davey (our Librarian) used to drive Rachael home from school.
Thank you Rachael for sharing! We loved hearing about St. Luke's and how it used to be.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
As part of our special activities to celebrate our parish and school's 50th Anniversary we invited our Grandparents to school. We had a wonderful day showing them our work and classrooms. We were so excited to see them!
Thank you to all our Grandparents who were able to come to school today - we loved having you.
Some of the Preps used ShowMe on the iPad to take a photo of their Grandparents and tell us why they are so special.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Our action for our Inquiry this term is to collect flexible plastic to be reused and made into something useful for our school.
We want to collect 250kg of flexible plastic - we will need the help of all our families and friends to reach our goal!
Here is the presentation Mary showed us with so many interesting facts:
Here we are exploring and enjoying our very special celebrations.
Friday, October 12, 2012
We are very proud of our school! On Sunday we will have a special celebration for our 50th Anniversary. The Preps thought about what they enjoy about St. Luke's. Here are their responses:
I love to play in the playground. Aly
I like playing with my friends. Bethany
I like PJ Day because we made toast. Nick
I like St Luke's because we can learn new things. Mia
I like St Luke's because I like doing Art. Hamish
St. Luke's is very exciting because the 50th anniversary is coming. Hannah B .
We had so much fun on crazy hair day. Zachary
I like St. Luke's because it's a beautiful place. The flowers and the people. Kobe
St. Luke's is fantastic because it is so fun. Sophia
St. Luke's is a good place with nice people and we make new friends. Ben
I like St. Luke's because it's the coolest place I've ever been. Matthew
I like St. Luke's because we have special days and special activities. Thomas
I like St. Luke's because we do Maths and we learn about numbers. Annie
Thursday, September 20, 2012
I am having a wonderful time on my holiday. It is very hot here and I am staying at a beautiful beach resort. Every evening I see camels walking across the sand just as the sun is setting over the ocean. It is so beautiful to watch. The water is very blue and the sand is nearly white in colour. Here are some photos of the amazing things I have seen!
|What am I? I am about 100 million years old!|
|This is a boab tree. Look at the trunk.|
Hi from Broome!
I hope you are having lots of fun and Mrs Reszka and Mrs Hibbins are behaving themselves! :)
Have a fantastic holiday Preps and I look forward to seeing all of you in term four.
Let me know what you are doing on the holidays - I would love to hear all about your adventures!
Bye for now
Love from Mrs Kennedy
Sunday, September 2, 2012
On Friday we had our annual Father's Day breakfast and footy day. We had such a great day!
Our Sport Captains ran a footy clinic for the whole school. They did a fantastic job organising and running the activities and teaching us some new skills. Thank you!
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Today we had Crazy Hair Day. The social justice team in our school decided to raise money to help children in Sudan. So we came to school with our craziest hairdos and brought a gold coin donation . We raised $300.00 - a spectacular effort!
The Preps decided to match their crazy hair with crazy faces!
Monday, August 27, 2012
Today we were so lucky to have Chris from Wild Action Zoo bring some very special visitors to school. We learnt so much about Australian animals and we got to touch and hold all the animals - even a saltwater crocodile called Rex!
|Make a free digital scrapbooking design|
Now we are going to choose an animal to investigate.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
This week we became experts and shared a special interest or talent.
We brainstormed our talents and interests, then we chose an area we would like to share and teach to others.
Prep D and Prep K worked together to make our expert groups.
Our activities were - ballet, string tricks, board games, colouring in, soccer, football, gardening (planting seeds) and running.
Each team had time to practise what and how they would share their expertise and our Grade six buddies came to help us work out the steps.
I felt grateful because I was teaching all my friends to do string tricks. Hannah B
As an expert all I had to do was try. Ben
To be an expert I felt happy because I like teaching people. Aly
I had to say to my friends you have to concentrate to make the colour stay in the lines. Zachary
Mrs David heard Sophia encouraging others when they were learning how to plant seeds.
I had to explain how to put your pinkies in the string (string tricks). Annie
I listened when I was a learner. I listened to the expert about dribbling the ball. Nicholas
When I was doing string tricks I had to keep practising because it was really hard but I didn't give up. Kobe
The day was awesome because it was fun when we had to teach people how to do all the activities. Matthew
Here are some photos of our expert groups!
Learning from Experts! on PhotoPeach
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Saturday, August 18, 2012
I love the enthusiasm and interest the Preps have for their learning.
Look at Mia making the sound of the week with her sandwich crusts at lunchtime! Can you guess what the letter was?
|The celery has a bluish tinge to it from the food dye|
Friday, August 17, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Today we had our school mini Olympics. We gathered together in our collaborative groups to celebrate the true spirit of the Olympic games. We worked together, helped each other and had FUN!
Here are just some of the activities we had during our mini Olympics.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
We think the possums look very happy and content - what do you think?
Thanks Mrs David for the PhotoPeach.
Our Nesting Boxes! on PhotoPeach
Friday, August 3, 2012
A big thank you to our school community for their generosity!
Here are some photos of our great day!
Everyone brought along their favourite bedtime buddy. We had toast for breakfast and we chose our favourite toppings. Yum!
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
In Prep we are trying to become more independent using technology. We are looking for tools that are easy for us to navigate and use.
Today we were talking about subtraction in maths. We used bowling skittles to make take away stories from 10. So Aly used ShowMe to record her learning - it is a quick and easy tool to use.
We had a go at hitting the skittles - we counted how many we knocked down - how many were left? - we talked about our story with our team - we wrote our story using numbers and symbols.
|Working with ShowMe on the iPad|
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Thursday, July 26, 2012
We made rainbows of fruit and vegetables. Jacqui told us that we needed to eat lots of different foods especially a rainbow of fruit and vegetables. We talked about all the different fruits and veggies and their colours and then we made our healthy food rainbows!
I didn't know that apples from the tree are the healthiest apples and I didn't know that fruit has a little bit of sugar in it. Aly
I learnt that vegetables are healthy for you. Bethany
I didn't know that there was a rainbow of foods. Nicholas
A rainbow of foods is all the different kinds of fruit and vegetables you can have. Mia
I learnt that carrots can be purple and yellow. Matthew
I didn't know that McDonalds and junk food isn't healthy. They are 'sometimes' food not 'all the time' food. Kobe
Monday, July 23, 2012
Some Preps had not tried these foods before - Mrs Kennedy was so proud of all the Preps because everyone had a go. We had to draw a smiley face or a sad face on our record sheet to show if we enjoyed the food or did not enjoy the food.
Preps - talk to your families about the foods you tried. Tell them the ones you liked and the ones you did not.