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Publishing Post

To publish your writing on the 1/2 blog follow the 3 simple steps below:

  • Type your writing in google docs.
  • Once finished, have a partner and teacher read it over and give you feedback.
  • Copy your writing from google docs into the comments section below this post.

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Magazines

We are calling for MAGAZINES that you have finished perusing.  We are using these for activities to develop stories, categorise items and fine motor skills.

If you can assist, please pass these onto your home group teacher!

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Welcome 1/2 2016

Start of Year

Hello 1/2 Families,

Welcome to the 2016 school year. We are looking forward to an exciting year full of learning, creating, discovering and collaborating together. We hope you have had a great start to the school year and are familiar with the morning routine.

Our doors are open at 8.30am for parents to come and speak to homegroup teachers. The time between 8.30-8.45 is only for parents and teachers to be inside. At 8.45am students are invited to come inside and get organised for the school day before heading outside for a quick play before the first bell at 9am.

This year we will use the blog to communicate with families, ask for parent helpers, notify families of important dates, showcase student learning and experiment with student blogging. If you would like to receive emails to notify you of new posts, please subscribe to the 1/2 blog for updates.

This year the 1/2 students will have Physical Eduction on the following days:

1/2 Purple, Red, Orange and Yellow:  Mondays and Fridays.

1/2 Blue, Green and Silver:  Thursdays and Fridays.

Please remind your child/ren to wear their sports uniform to school on these days. On the remaining three days of the week, students are required to wear their normal full school uniform.

Specialist days are on Fridays of every odd week. Term One sees the 1/2 students engage in the specialist Program in Weeks 1, 3, 5 and 7 (Good Friday falls on the Week 9 Specialist Day).

Please come in and make yourself known to all the teachers and have a look around the learning space.

If you have any questions please see your child’s homegroup teacher.

The 1/2 Homegroups for 2016 are:

1/2 Blue – Adam Coustley Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri (acoustley@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au) Co-Team Leader & Leanne Todd Tues (ltodd@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Purple – Louise Hill Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri (louise@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au) Co-Team Leader & Leanne Todd Mon (ltodd@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Green – Christine Grayland Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri (chris@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au & Leanne Todd Thurs (ltodd@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Red – Chelsea Macpherson (cmacpherson@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Silver – Ebony Sheppard (esheppard@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Yellow – Gerard Douglas (gdouglas@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Orange – Vaughn McCarthy (vmccarthy@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

 

We look forward to working with you all this year!

Louise, Adam, Chris, Leanne, Gerard, Vaughn, Ebony and Chelsea

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Author Study – Andy Griffiths

In 1/2 we LOVE Andy Griffiths. He is one of our favourite authors in the whole wide world. We are doing an Author Study on Andy Griffiths and we even included his best friend and illustrator, Terry Denton.

Andy Griffiths has written heaps of book, 28 to be precise. Lachlan discovered that fact for us during Investigations. Some of his stories include The Bad Book, Just Annoying, Just Doomed, Brave Dave and Big Fat Cows. They are very funny!

Our teachers also love Andy Griffiths and Miss Daly got us the brand new book called the 65 Storey Treehouse. We have already read the 13, 26, 39 and 52 Storey Treehouse books and we can’t wait to start the new one today! I wonder what else has been added to the treehouse (hopefully no more sharks)! Lachlan wants it to have a whole level made out of chocolate. Tobey wants to see some quicksand and Brody wants a football stadium with all the Saint Kilda players.

It would be amazing if we could meet Andy Griffiths one day and learn more about him.

What would you include in your own treehouse?

What is your favourite Andy Griffiths story?

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GORCC Rock Pool visit

We had a great time looking and sea animals and plant life on Tuesday with Pete from the GORCC. We learnt the importance of protecting the plants and animals and making sure that we put back anything we have a look at. Thanks to all the Mums who came out to help us 🙂 and a big thanks to Pete for sharing all his knowledge with us. We are so lucky to live in Torquay!

-Miss Wiffen


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Art in our Learning Community

We are very excited to have finished our plans for our Ted Harrison inspired artworks. A lot of children loved the sea landscape and the whale piece. As result we have a lot of beautiful ocean scenes being planned! Kids in 1/2 thought hard about their choices of colour, thinking about warm and cool colours and how they make you feel.

This Wednesday’s art session will involve us beginning our art pieces. Can’t wait!

Here is some of our plans.

-Miss Wiffen

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Story Time

This week we have started a new unit in Religion. Our topic is called ‘Stories of God’s People’. We have been listening to some of our favourite books and reading stories from the Bible.

Part of this unit requires students to bring in a favourite book from home to read with the class and discuss the characters in the story. If you have a favourite book at home, you can bring it in on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday for us to use in our Religion sessions. Make sure it has your name on it somewhere.

This unit also has a big focus on storytelling. We would like the students to have a discussion with their families at home and get someone to tell them a story about their family – perhaps some family history, maybe a story about mum or dad when they were little or any other story about your family. Feel free to add these stories to the blog as a comment on this post so we can all read your story and discuss them throughout our unit.

We hope you enjoy this unit and the opportunities it provides to share in the wonderful pleasure of storytelling.

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Kitchen Garden

In 1/2 we have been very busy setting up our kitchen garden. We walked to Bunnings to buy herbs for our herb beds in the Asian Garden and we have also planted lots of nutritious vegetables in our gardens outside the 1/2 building. We are now caring for the gardens and waiting for our food to grow.

In the meantime, we have investigating recipes and things we can cook once our food is ready to harvest. We have made smoothies, brownies, stir fry and muffins. Next we are going to make pesto!

Here is our recipe for the super healthy sweet potato brownies we made last week. They are delicious and a fantastic snack for your lunch box. We hope you enjoy them!

Sweet Potato Fudge Brownie
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Nut Free, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free and lunch box friendly

INGREDIENTS

1kg Sweet Potatoes, 2 medium/large ones

100 grams Chocolate – we used Loving Earth Blue (Creamy Coconut)

½ cup Coconut Oil

4 tablespoon Chia Seeds

½ cup Water

2 tablespoon Raw Cacao Powder

1/3 cup Coconut Flour

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

2 tablespoon Rice Malt Syrup

STEPS

  1. Heat your oven to 180 degrees C. Place whole sweet potatoes on a roasting tray and stab a couple of times with a small knife. Then roast until super tender depending on the size minimum 1 hour, but can take up to 1.5 hours. Make sure you line the tray as they ooze out sugary syrup.
  2. Once roasted, remove from the oven and allow to cool enough so that you can handle them. Carefully peel and scoop out the flesh and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash the sweet potato until smooth.
  3. In a separate small bowl or jug, mix the water and chia seeds together. Set aside for around 15 minutes for the chia seeds to soak up all the water.
  4. On the stove or in the microwave, melt the coconut oil and chocolate together and stir until well combined.
  5. To the bowl of sweet potato mash, add the melted chocolate, the chia seed mix, vanilla extract and rice syrup and give a good stir. Finally add the cacao and coconut flour and mix together. If you have a blender or food processor, you could simply scoop out the sweet potato flesh and add all ingredients and process until smooth.
  6. Spread the mix into a lined 24cm x 24cm baking dish and bake for 50-55 minutes at 180 degrees C.
  7. Allow the brownies to cool to room temperature and then chill in the fridge before serving, ideally overnight (or if you are like us and can’t wait for them to cool down you can eat them warm). We topped ours with fresh strawberries as well.

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Art in our Learning Community

Ted Harrison

For the next 3 weeks, students in 1/ 2 will be looking at the art works of Canadian artist Ted Harrison. Students will work in pairs to create their own art work based on his style; focusing on line, pattern and colour. Please clink on the link above to view some of his works.

-Miss Wiffen

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Look at what Sari and her brother have been doing at home! They have been inspired by Ted Harrison’s beautiful artwork. 🙂

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1/2 Planning Discussions

Last week, the 1/2 teachers had a great discussion after reading educational research focused on student grouping, learning and ICT.  We developed two diagrams after sharing our insights:

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Feel free to add to our discussion in the comment box below!

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Off to Mass

PLEASE NOTE:  We are not visiting the Library until Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

This Wednesday (May 13), half of the 1/2 Learning Community are participating in Mass at the St. Therese Church.  The remaining group will participate in Mass next Wednesday (May 20).  We are attending as Literacy Groups, therefore, your child may be going with a teacher other than their homegroup teacher.  This arrangement works best as it is the least disruptive for those not attending Mass and staying at school.

The groups are as follows:

WEDNESDAY, MAY 13:

Adam, Chelsea and Irene’s Literacy Groups

WEDNESDAY, MAY 20:

Chris, Vaughn, Gerard and Sarah’s Literacy Groups

Your child will know who they have for Literacy, but in case they are unsure please check the list below:

Literacy Groupings

If the weather is unaccommodating then we will be travelling by bus, otherwise, we will walk as per usual.

Everyone welcome to attend!

 

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Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee Outings

We have joined forces with the Great Ocean Road Coastal Committee (GORCC) to visit the beaches of Torquay and learn more about our area.  There are 4 different activities and 6 groups.  Students have been asked to sign up to an activity on Tuesday, April 21 in which they’d like to attend.

These are as follows:

Wednesday, April 22 – 12.30 – 3pm – COASTAL WALK/Fishos (Adam)

Thursday, April 23 – 8.45 – 10.45am – ROCK POOLS/Cosy Corner (Chelsea)

Tuesday, April 29 – 12.30 – 3pm – DUNE ECOLOGY/Fishos (Gerard)

Tuesday, May 12 – 9 – 11.30am – COASTAL FAUNA/Fishos (Sarah)

Tuesday, May 18 – 9.30 – 11.30am – COASTAL FAUNA/Fishos (Rachael)

Tuesday, May 26 – 9.15 – 12.00pm – ROCK POOLS/Cosy Corner (Sarah)

We would really love to have parents join us for the walk and activities.  If you are free and available please email Adam on acoustley@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au with the date and time you are free.  We need a minimum of 2 parents with each group and will have to cancel the session if we don’t have the numbers.

Thanks for your continued support!

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Helper Roster

For those who missed the Parent Info Night, please note that a fortnightly roster will be posted in each home group space on the Monday following Specialist Day (Fridays of odd week).  Please fill this out if you would like to come in and help out.  All helpers welcome!

***Please note, we ask you to have a Working With Children Check (WWCC) which you can pick up and lodge at the Post Office.  Also, please remember to sign in your presence at the front office when coming in to help out.

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Welcome 1/2 Families for 2015


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Hello 1/2 Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2015 school year. We are looking forward to an exciting year full of learning, creating, discovering and collaborating together. We hope you have had a great start to the school year and are familiar with the morning routine.

Our doors are open at 8.30am for parents to come and speak to homegroup teachers. The time between 8.30-8.45 is only for parents and teachers to be inside. At 8.45am students are invited to come inside and get organised for the school day before heading outside for a quick play before the first bell.

 

This year we will use the blog to communicate with families, ask for parent helpers, notify families of important dates, showcase student learning and experiment with student blogging. If you would like to receive emails to notify you of new posts, please subscribe to the 1/2 blog for updates.

 

This year the 1/2 students will have sport on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please remind your child/ren to wear their sports uniform to school every Wednesday and Friday. On Monday, Tuesday and Thursday they will be required to wear their normal school uniform.

Specialist days are on Fridays of every odd week. Term One sees the 1/2 students engage in the specialist program in Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9.

 

Please come in and make yourself known to all the teachers and have a look around the learning space.

If you have any questions please see your child’s homegroup teacher.

The 1/2 Homegroups for 2015 are;

1/2 Blue – Adam Coustley (acoustley@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)   Team Leader

1/2 Red – Chelsea Daly (cdaly@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Purple – Irene Wiffen (iwiffen@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Yellow – Gerard Douglas  (gdouglas@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Orange – Sarah Armour (sarmour@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

1/2 Green – Christine Grayland and Jess Chisholm (chris@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au — jchisholm@sttorquay.catholic.edu.au)

 

We look forward to working with you all this year!

Adam, Chelsea, Irene, Gerard, Sarah, Chris & Jess

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Scienceworks!

Planetarium

At the planetarium we were glowing by the reflection of the dome. We watched a story about Tycho to the moon. It was about a dog that went to the moon. After that we saw Space, planets the southern cross, the milky way, the West gate bridge and Constellations.

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Nitty Gritty Super City

On Friday we went to Science Works! We went to the Nitty Gritty Super City. There was a unicycle. It did not move but it was fun to go on. There was also a Lego City. It had lots of models of stuff like the Opera house. Very close to the Lego City was a building centre. It was very fun to play in! There was a pretend café too. Just near that was an extremely noisy music room! I loved to play there! There was also a really cool room where on one side you were really big and on the other side you were really small. I had lots of fun in the Nitty Gritty Super City!

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Sports Works

We tested our balance on bars and we also tested our speed, health and skills. We had a go on the balancing task you had stand on a wobbly circle and you had see how long you could stay on for.my favourite part was testing your strength. you had to pull a rope connected to the wall and see how strong you were.

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By Ella D

 

The blast off show

 

at the blast off show we learnt new things about space these are some of the things we learnt.

  • rockets need lots of gas to blast off from earth but does not need much to get back down again because of the gravity rates
  • it  would take one our to get to space so that is the same time it would take to get to Melbourne.
  • in space you float in the air because of all the gravity so you need hard food and you need velcroe on your clothes
  • it is hard to exersize in space because you just float
  • rockets are really extremely big
  • when you get to space the bottom part of your rocket falls off into the ocean because all of the gas has been used from the bottom of the rocket
  • BY LILA BURNS

 

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Holidays

Welcome to Term 4. We have so many exciting things happening this term!

I hope everyone has had a lovely break over the holidays. I know the teachers did. We had some beautiful weather that was perfect for the beach and spending time outside. We also got to watch the Hawks win the AFL footy grand final and catch up with family and friends.

What did you do during the holidays? 

Who did you see?

Where did you go?

What was the most exciting part of your holiday?

 

We would love you to comment and tell us all about your holiday.

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Reach Vietnam

If anyone is visiting the blog over the holidays don’t forget to visit the ‘Reach Vietnam’ blog using the link on the righthand side of this page.  You can see what the teachers are up to and leave comments for the girls from the convent!

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Street Art Workshop

Recently during investigations, students have been interested in different forms of Art and Drawing. This has lead to a workshop exploring Street Art. Students that attended this workshop had been investigating and experimenting with street Art prior to joining. Students used a range of skills in the workshop. They had to wonder, research, plan, design and create. We went on an excursion to explore street art in our local community, researched our wonderings and consulted a local street artist. Each student was able to add to our group presentation and in their groups they planned, experimented with and created their own finished art on a skateboard. The finished boards will be displayed in the school. A great effort by all involved!

Take a look at our presentation by clicking on the link below.

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Workshops

On Friday we had lots of fun choosing a workshop to participate in. We spent the morning learning many new skills.

Here are some photos from the wool workshop.

photo 1We needed to help each other, teach each other and practise.

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Emily’s finger knitting was very long and we decided to measure it. It was 4 metres and 18 centimetres.

 

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Here are some photos from the cooking and decorating workshop. Students had to cater and set up their own mad hatters tea party. They worked in groups to choose their recipe to bake, bake their chosen recipe, create their own mad hat and decoration for the table. It was fantastic to see some really solid teamwork and each student contributing to the clean up.

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