This term is flying. I can’t believe that it is week 8 already. It has been wonderful to see the students settle in to the routine of school despite the bumpy start to the year. I am excited to announce that we are planning on having our first assembly at 1:30pm on Wednesday the 30th of March, COVID restrictions permitting.
At Andamooka Primary this year we have been focusing on taking personal responsibility for our actions and the consequences of them, either intended or not. To assist in this we have been using Restorative Practices. Restorative Practices is a program that facilitates a restorative conversation between students or teachers and students by asking some simple questions:
- What happened?
- What were you thinking?
- What do you think about that now?
- Who has been affected by what you did? How?
- What would you do differently if you had the chance?
- What can you do / say to make this better?
Once we have practiced this more at school I would not be surprised if you start to hear these questions around the home.
Over the last few weeks I have noticed that parents and carers have been entering the classrooms during learning time to drop off things or to talk to their child. This causes the learning to be interrupted and is not fair on the students or the teacher. I appreciate that there will be times when things need to be dropped off or you may need to talk to you child; however, it would be beneficial to put a process in place so we can continue to deliver high quality learning. In future, can I ask that parents/carers and other visitors on site during the hours of 8:30am and 3:00pm first come to the front office and sign in. Then either Ann or myself will contact the teacher and get them to send your child to the office. I know that sometimes there will not be anybody at the office, during those times please knock and wait for a staff member to answer the classroom door before entering.
This term we have been learning about the life cycle of the caterpillar. The early learners have shown a great deal of enthusiasm for this subject, while continuing to develop their cutting, pasting, numeracy and creativity skills.
This term the Kindy class have been exploring houses and transportation through a series of craft activities. They built trains, planes, boats and rockets, alien critters, and even cars which they got to race with.
Term 1 has been busy with both students and staff adjusting to new routines. The children have been very flexible around changes to the timetable and have settled in to working in different groups.
In Cultures of the World we have been looking at the continent of Europe, and Italy in particular. Students have tried different foods from Italy, played games and learnt to count to 10 in Italian. Some of the older students have investigated English words that are based on European languages such as Latin.
In Science we have focussed on students using the skills of observation and questioning when doing experiments. Our Dancing Sultanas experiment showed the students that not all outcomes occur immediately, as they watched the sultanas sink and then float and sink again. We will use these skills throughout the year as we investigate the different topics.
In Humanities and Social Studies the older students have been learning about Democracy and government, and the voting system, as part of the Civics and Citizenship topic. With the state election now over we have moved on to investigating Australia's History. All students will look at their family history and make links to events happening in Australia.
DJ - It was a very good experience.
Saphira - Fun but tiring – loved it!
Mae Mae - Fun but cold and lots of walking.
Lincoln - Really Good
Malakye - I liked the splash pad
Shayne - Pretty cool
Krystal - My favourite part was the walk.
Indyanna - I liked leading people with the map.
Lincoln - having lots of fun all day.
Bodie- I liked the splash pad.
Julian- I really liked the skate park.
Vinnie- having lots of fun all day liked everything.
Alicia - having fun at the park and the splash pad.
Lauren - going to the gym and the frisbees.
This Term in Design and Technology we have been researching, designing and constructing various creations. The R-2 students have used a range of materials to create transportation vehicles, such as boats, planes, submarines and spaceships. They also explored the coding App ‘Scratch Junior’ on iPads. The 3-4 students designed and constructed a bug catcher. Before they started designing their bug catcher, they needed to research all the necessary things their bug needed to survive. They explored different materials, made observations and evaluated their designs. I was super impressed with how creative their end products were! For our Year 6 students, we focussed on sustainability. They researched greenhouses and the vegetables that will grow in that environment. They decided on tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers. The students used their problem solving skills during the construction process as they had limited materials to choose from. As you can see in the photo we already have some sprouts growing! Our end goal is to have our own vegetable garden at Andamooka Primary School.
Invoices were handed out a couple of weeks ago for school fees, thanks to all the parents who have responded. If you are not eligible for school card and need time to pay please see Anne to make a payment plan.
If you are eligible for school card and have not yet applied, this is the link.