In the last few weeks, teachers have been busy finalising reports while the children have been busy completing any outstanding work. It’s hard to believe that another school year has nearly finished and we have been very busy in the last two weeks!
The students last week made Christmas Angels and Christmas Baubles from different materials working on their creativity and fine motor skills- cutting circles out of fabric can prove quite challenging at times. They also cooked Christmas Chocolate Crackles that we decorated to look like plum puddings. Again another activity that required patience and taking turns.
We also had our Christmas Carols and Grade 6 Graduation which again proved to be an enjoyable night for all. We were very lucky that the rain held out until after the carols had finished. 4/5F opened the carols with every student playing an instrument. The students did a fabulous job keeping in time and playing their individual parts at the correct time- you could tell that we were concentrating very hard! Our Grade 6 Graduation again drew tears from not only the parents but also the students. We had lots of laughs from the powerpoint presentation of kinder and Grade 6 photos, especially when the photos of Mr Rose, Mr O’Bryan, Miss Copestake and Mrs Ferris appeared!
We held our End Of Year Thanksgiving Mass to show gratitude for everything that has happened this year. We also presented St Vincent De Paul with our Present in a Shoebox initiative which was organised by our Mini Vinnies group. We held our Passing on Ceremony where our current grade 6 students passed on the leadership and responsibilities to the grade 6 students of 2015. We also announced our 2015 School Captains, Stephanie and Declan. Both are apart of the 4/5F homegroup!
Needless to say that our students are getting very tired with three school days left! To finish off a wonderful year, the students have a swimming lesson, a water safety lesson and on Wednesday we are finishing with a Whole School assembly beginning at 12pm.
Don’t forget that we are collecting gifts in decorated boxes for girls and boys who are less fortunate than ourselves. We have many presents already coming in labelled if they are for a boy or a girl and the age the gift is intended for. These will be presented to St Vincent De Paul at the end of the year to distribute.
We will be electing our 2015 School Captains on Friday 5th December. All grade 5 students have been encouraged to apply. They are required to write a speech and present it to the current grade 3-6 students. All students in grade 3-5 will vote and we will announce our 2015 School Captains by the end of the year.
We had a fabulous day on Monday with Supreme Incursions who ran a Team Building and Hip Hop workshop with the Senior Learning Community. The students were put out of their comfort zone being placed in mixed groups from grades 4-6 and completing the activities. All the students thoroughly enjoyed their day and we even had a dance off at the end of the day!
We had a fantastic excursion to Healesville Sanctuary last Friday. It was hot and sunny but the beautiful grounds of the Sanctuary provided lots of shade. We enjoyed the “Spirits of the Sky ” Bird Show which linked with our Creation RE unit. These magnificent birds soared through the sky, skimming heads and giving us a glimpse of piercing eyes and powerful talons. All the students enjoyed the day and we would like to thank all the parent helpers who came along!
Yes the news is true, Mr and Mrs Ferris are expecting a baby next year! A big thankyou to all the well wishes and congratulations I have received in the past week!
Next week is a big week with our Human Body projects being due. We are receiving some beautifully presented projects demonstrating lots of thought and creativity.
- Soundwaves unit 24 due Monday 27th October
- Mental Maths unit 31 due Friday 31st October
- Reading recorded and diary signed due Friday 31st October
- How do our bodies work? Homework Project due Friday 31st October
Japanese Day on Friday was fabulous! We all have fun dressing up in our favourite Japanese outfits and having a Taiko drum workshop. The students from St Francis Xavier were very talented! The teachers ran 3 workshops- Making Kendema, making Japanese flag biscuit and sumo wrestling. Meg Sensai did a fantastic job organising the day!
On Monday 13th October all grade 4, 5 & 6 students went to the Melbourne Museum to view the Human Body Exhibition. We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed looking at all the galleries- especially the Bugs Alive!!