Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Middle School Newsletter- 2017 Volume 1

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 1
Weeks 1-3

What has been happening in the Middle School?

What a great start to 2017 we have had! 

New area, new classes and new and exciting experiences with more to come.

Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To (WALT)....

 make connections from the books that we are reading and ourselves- T2S, other texts (including movies)- T2T, and the world around us- T2W.

WRITING/V.C.O.P.: understand and use the correct structures of a narrative piece of writing.

MATHS: understand the different components of place value, up to and including tens of thousands.

SPELLING: use SMART spelling strategies including breaking words into sounds and syllables, identifying the 'tricky' parts of the words and writing the words and sentences from a dictation passage. Emphasis will also be placed on understanding the meaning of the words with students being encouraged to include the words in their writing and oral language. 

UNIT OF STUDY: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Soul

PLAY IS THE WAY: Treat others as you would like them to treat you
                           Be brave- participate to progress

 Term 1 Calendar Dates

Friday 17th February: MPPS 3-6 Swimming Carnival
Monday 20th February: Yoga begins
Wednesday 22nd February: Parent/ Teacher Get to Know You Evening
Friday 24th February: Life Ed Van at MPPS
Monday 13th March: Labour Day Public Holiday
Monday 20th March: Free Dress Day
Saturday 25th March: MPPS School Fete
Friday 31st March: Last Day of Term 1

Current Notices


Our school Fete is coming up – on the 25th March, from 10am – 3pm! Our grades are very excited to have been placed in charge of the...

Middle MH- Sausage Sizzle
Middle O/B- Reptile House
Middle KH- Soapy Throw Game
Middle W- Silent Auction

The children are busy creating flyers and decorations for the stall, but they need your help to run it on the day. If you can help out by coordinating a roster, taking a shift on the stall or contributing something for the stall (or any other stall) please let us know asap!  

Each class is also in charge of putting together a hamper of goodies for auctioning off. The hamper our classes are making up is a...

Middle MH- Pet Dog Hamper
Middle O/B- Pet Cat Hamper
Middle KH- Relaxation and Pamper Hamper
Middle W- Quirky Hamper

 It would be great if you could contribute an item towards this hamper (or any other hamper)!

If there is any other way in which you could help with the Fete, please be sure to see us so we can pass on your details to the Fete Committee! 


Dear Middle School Families,

What a fantastic start to 2017 it has been in our brand new classrooms. All children have settled in quickly. We have had a few questions this past week about homework, how it will be administered?… what types of homework there will be?... when will it start? etc.

The homework for Middle School Students in 2017 will include the following:

-          Reading: minimum 4 nights per week, signed off in diary by an adult
                What book was read?
                How long did they read for?

-          Spelling: weekly spelling word practice to be completed each night.

Additionally, students can choose to do extra spelling tasks from the spelling grid in their homework books as well as the online maths program Mathletics and literacy program Reading Eggs. Please note that none of these additional options are compulsory and are student/family choice.

Homework will be handed out on a Monday (starting 20/02/17) and the expectation is that it is handed in on Friday morning.

Kind regards,

Nick Wilton, Matt Hardie, Maddie Oates, Kenny Horn and Sue Beer

The Middle School Teachers

Big Write

A notice that looked like the one below came home on Wednesday after school. In the Middle School we will be doing fortnightly Big Write Sessions on Thursdays where students will be given a topic to write about. On the Wednesday night when this notice comes home, could families have discussions about the topic to help students with ideas for their Big Write the next day.

Sun Smart

As we are a Sun Smart school we request that students wear hats when outside in Term 1.  Those students without hats are asked to be in the shaded eating area. We have provided students with sunscreen and encourage them to apply the sunscreen before going out. If you wish to provide your own sunscreen we require a Material Data Sheet before it is brought to school.

Making News

Play is The Way:

Our focuses over the last 2 weeks have been...

-Treat others as you would like them to treat you... 
If someone is unlike you, seek to undertstand them.

-Be brave, participate to progress...
School is about stepping bravely into the unknown. The unknown is often uncomfortable. The braver you are, the more you learn.

Here are some photos from the games that we have been playing linked to PITW...

The entire Middle School playing a game of "Island"

Chloe, Harshil and Jake working together to help the team succeed.

No comments:

Post a Comment