Thursday, 11 May 2017

Middle School Newsletter 2017 - Volume 6

Middle School Newsletter: Volume 6
Term 2 
Weeks 3-4

What has been happening in the Middle School?

We've had a busy two weeks preparing and sitting for NAPLAN testing. Congratulations to our Grade 3s who did an incredible job of remaining cool, calm and collected throughout. We are very proud of all your efforts! Thank you also to our Grade 4s who were very supportive and accommodating, having done it previously.

Besides NAPLAN we have been excitedly exploring chemical science and the change of states in anticipation of our invisit next week - The Matter With Matter! We apologise as there was a mistake in our last newsletter regarding which classes would go on Monday and Friday. Please find them amended below in Term 2 Calendar Dates.

Learning and Teaching

We Are Learning To (WALT)....

 question different texts before, during and after reading them

WRITING/V.C.O.P.: understand the structure of an explanation piece of writing

MATHS: to explore the basic understandings of fractions

Year 3: the graph /c/ making the “s” as in city
Year 4: the digraph /ch/ making the sound “sh” as in chef

UNIT OF STUDY: to support students to represent and explain their understanding of the way different materials change from solid to liquid at different temperatures. Introduction of scientific views

PLAY IS THE WAY: Be Brave - Participate to Progress

Term 2 Calendar Dates

Monday 15th May: Mad About Science Invisit Middle W & M
Wednesday 17th May: District Cross Country
Friday 19th May: Mad About Science Invisit Middle H & OB
Tuesday 23rd May: Italian Day
Thursday 25th May: Education Week - Open Night 6pm - 7pm
Monday 5th June: Forces, Friction and Movement Invisit

Current Notices

Upcoming Invisits for Term 2

To support our studies into Science this term, there will be two exciting science workshops running (one for each of our two units). Details are as follows. A green coloured notice went home at the start of the week outlining the new term-by-term payment system. Please ensure that that this term's excursion/invisit levy has been paid as soon as possible.

Mad About Science Invisit - Monday 15th May (Middle W & Middle M) & Friday 19th May (Middle OB & Middle H)

Mad About Science presents ‘The Matter of Matter’ workshop. Students will investigate the three states of matter in a fun and exciting way. This workshop supports the Middle School’s Term 2 unit of Chemical Science.

Fizzics Education Invisit  - Monday 5th June

In the Forces, Friction & Movement Show students will look in depth at how push and pull forces act to move objects. They will also explore what variables impact friction between two surfaces and how this impacts on object movement. This workshops supports the Middle School’s Term 2 unit of Physical Science.

2017 District Cross Country 

This year's 2017 District Cross Country will be held on Wednesday 17th May at Karkarook Park on Warrigal Road, Heatherton. Congratulations to all of the students who qualified for this year's event. Please ensure all permission slips returned and payments are made as soon as possible. We also welcome any parents who would like to come and support our team on the day. Go Mentone Park!

The 2017 team is as follows: Daniel, Oscar, Dimitri, Adam, Ben, Corey, Luke, Anton, Sam, Isabelle, Giaan, Jasmine, Harper, Dimitra, Layla, Kate, Amy, Chloe and Alana.

bCyberwise - Online Safety

Most children are unaware of the digital footprint they leave every time they post online and the harmful effects it can have on themselves, or on others. Similar to regular discussions we have with the students encouraging them when interacting face to face, the same applies online.
Always T.H.I.N.K.
T- is it TRUE?
H- is it HELPFUL?
K- is it KIND?

To read more about the program your child participated in please visit this link: bCyberwise
Or download the bCyberwise Monster Family App: Monster Family App

Making News

P.I.T.W Blogger activity. Students rotated around leaving their opinions on statements.

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