Last week over 30 Grade 5 and 6 students participated in the Nunawading District Cross Country, at Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster. The day started out cold and drizzly, with many racing in a misty rainfall, and ended with some blue sky and no rain.
The boys and girls ran in separate races according to their age group – Under 11s and Under 12s. The 3km course was wet and hilly that took the runners around the parklands.
All the runners had been in training over the last few weeks and many achieved personal best places. Big congratulations to Charlotte, who came 3rd in her race, and now goes on to compete at the next level.
Well done to all runners!
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RACE?
WHAT WERE THE HIGHLGHTS OF DAY?
Last week our Level 5 and 6 students spent some time in the World of Maths. This incursion provided our students with some fun and educational, hands-on, problem solving activities.
All the activities allowed the students to solve a variety of problems, discover number patterns, identify geometric properties, think logically and apply mathematics to the physical world.
World Of Maths’ activities help to develop skills needed to work in small groups and solve the problems. All the activities are designed to promote a positive attitude towards maths and make maths fun!
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITY?
WHAT CONCEPTS OF MATHS DID YOU USE DURING THE SESSION?
Last week students in Grade 5 and 6 attended an adventure activity farm camp at Forest Lodge Farm.
At the campsite, students participated in a great range of fun and safe activities such as the giant swing, flying fox, canoeing and many more. During their free time, the students enjoyed jumping on the hay bales. Forest Lodge Farm really is a farm and they had many farm animals on-site, such as a pig, goat, turkey and chickens.
We were lucky enough to spend a day at Wilsons Promontory. We started at Squeaky Beach and then went along the walking track to Tidal River, where a delicious BBQ lunch was waiting for us.
In the evenings, the students enjoyed activities such as the night walk around the farm, board games, disco, movie night and Whitehorse Red Faces. Red Faces allowed students to show off their talents and have fun.
It was fantastic to see all the students getting to know one another in a different environment and participating well in all activities.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT FOREST LODGE FARM?
WHAT DID YOU ENJOY MOST AT FOREST LODGE?
Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary when the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli in 1915. This year marks the 100th year since this first landing.
Anzac Day is the day we remember Australians who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. It is also a special day whereby Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
The spirit of Anzac continues today. The ideology of courage, mateship, and sacrifice continues to have importance in our national identity and helps to shape the way we view both our past and future.
Since the end of term 1, the 5/6 students have been completing research into different aspects of ANZAC Day. We were lucky enough to have members from the Blackburn RSL come and speak to the students about ANZAC Day and how we can continue to spread the ANZAC legend and spirit. Many students researched family members who had participated in the war and were very proud of the work they did to help Australia become the nation it is today.
Lest We Forget!
What aspect of Anzac Day and its commemorations are important to you?
What interesting fact did you find about Anzac Day?
Our two week holiday break allowed many families, friends and staff to rest, relax and recuperate after a busy first term. Over the holidays some of the activities have been:
- Going to the movies
- Travelling to different places around Victoria and Australia
- Sleep overs with friends
- Going shopping
- And most importantly celebrating Easter and eating lots of chocolate!
Now that we have all had a lovely break, our new term is about to begin!
In Term 2 we have planned:
- Our camp to Forest Lodge
- NAPLAN assessments
- District cross country
- Interschool sports
- School photos
WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IN TERM TWO?
WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVTY OVER THE HOLIDAYS?
The students in grade 5 and 6 are making a difference and are going MAD!
Each term the house groups and their respective students rotate the different jobs and activities that make a difference to our school. The activities have been placed within four main groups, namely inside, sport, community and environment. By the end of the year, all students will have contributed and made a difference to our school and all the students.
This term the houses are participating in the following activities:
COWAN – Community
WOOD – Inside
DUNLOP – Environment
HOLLOWS – Sport
All students within each house team work together to ensure a difference is being made for our school and all the students.
WHY DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
WHAT IS THE ACTIVITY YOU THINK MAKES THE MOST DIFFERENCE TO THE STUDENTS AND/OR SCHOOL?
This year in Literacy we will be having Literature Circles. Literature Circles will give the students the opportunity to work in a small group and have a discussion about the book they have chosen together.
The discussions will involve the students discussing:
- summarising the book
- new words found or words they found interesting
- questions that arose from reading the book
- connections made with the book, in terms of relating to their own life, another book they have read or with what is happening in the world today
During Term 1, we will be examining each point of discussion as a whole class. Next term when we begin the Literature Circles, the groups will have a better understanding of how to have a successful discussion about the book.
WHAT GENRE OF BOOK DO YOU LIKE TO READ?
WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A BOOK?
Whitehorse Primary School provides our Grade 6 students the opportunity to lead, develop responsibility and service the school community by being part of the Student Leadership Team. Being part of the Student Leadership Team allows the students to maximise their potential and effectiveness as leaders by focusing on the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. The Student Leadership Team consists of the School Captains, House Captains and Environment Captains and the Environment Team.
The Grade 6 students have spent many weeks preparing for the selection process. The selection process requires the students to write and present a speech which outlines their personal character, leadership skills and how they plan to make contributions to the school community. Once all speeches have been presented all Grade 5 and 6 students vote for their Leadership Team.
We would like to congratulate all students who received a role and look forward to them being outstanding leaders.
School Captains: Anthony and Mobina
Vice School Captains: Michael and Heloise
Wood (Red) House Captains: Charlotte and Jemma
Dunlop (Yellow) House Captains: Megan and Luke
Cowan (Green) House Captains: Kyla and Emily
Hollows (Blue) House Captains: Alvin and Madeline
Environment Captains: Tahlia and Riley
Environment Team members: Ellie, AJ, Jake, Nikita and Jamie
WHAT QUALITIES ARE NEEDED FOR A GOOD LEADER?
Once again, students at Whitehorse Primary School are very lucky to be having hands on Science lessons in our science classroom. We will be conducting experiments from all areas of science, such as physics and chemistry.
During the first few weeks of Term One, the students will be conducting experiments with wind powered vehicles. In these experiments, students need to design and produce wind powered vehicles using materials that they will be given, such as straws, skewers, paper and wheels.
Students will need to sketch a design and build a prototype. They need to ensure that the wheels spin on an axel, there is ‘something’ to catch the wind from the fan and then record the distances travelled by their vehicle.
All students are enjoying the hands on aspect of science.
WHAT ELEMENTS ARE NEEDED IN A VEHICLE TO ASSIST IT TO TRAVEL A GOOD DISTANCE USING WIND AS ITS POWER?
The year has begun with our very first kitchen session for the year and the tennis clinic.
The students have been involved in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program since grade 3. Every year the students develop a greater enjoyment of flavour and texture, a better understanding of cultural and culinary differences and especially an increased understanding of the relationship between produce, environment and a healthier lifestyle.
Being summer, the sport for the season is tennis. We are lucky enough to have the Nunawading Tennis Centre within walking distance. This enables the students to improve on their tennis skills as well tennis strokes such as forehand and backhand.
We are extremely lucky at Whitehorse Primary School to have such wonderful programs such as the kitchen garden program and tennis clinics.
What is your favourite tennis stroke?
What do you enjoy about the Kitchen Garden Program?