Book Week Parade!

This week is Book Week!

Book Week

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) 2016 Book Week theme is “Australia – Story Country”.

The CBCA runs Book Week each year, and our school always enjoys celebrating this national event. Books play such an important part in our learning, and to commemorate Book Week, our students are participating in the following activities:

* Dress up parade – students dress up as a book character and participate in the whole school parade.

* Borrowing competitions – students need to return their books in their library session to be in the draw for a prize.

* Book Fair – students and parents have the opportunity to buy books from the Book Fair in our school foyer.

* Donate a book – students can buy a book from the Book Fair and donate it to the library.


Today was Dress Up Day and we all enjoyed seeing the costumes students and teachers wore for the occasion.

Here is 3/4C dressed up in all their glory!


And here is the BHPS staff photo!

Staff Photo

The parade in our school gym was fantastic!

Here are some photos of the 3/4C students in their fabulous costumes!


Thank you to Ms Browne for organising another fun-filled Book Week!


Who is your favourite book character?

Did any costumes stand out at the whole school parade?

Which 2016 short-listed book was your favourite and why?

2016 Rio Olympics Come To Close

The 2016 Rio Olympics have now concluded.

It has been an action packed two weeks of Olympic magic with so many amazing moments in many different sporting events. The 3/4C students enjoyed discussing the various events and results each day in class.

Here is the final medal tally.

Medal tally

Here are some interesting facts about the Rio Olympics…

  • The 2016 Rio Games are the first Olympics to be held in South America.
  • There are 306 Olympic events across 28 sports.
  • There are 6225 male athletes and 5137 female athletes competing at the Rio Games.
  • Organisers prepared approximately 60,000 meals each day to feed the athletes.
  • The Olympic Village dining hall runs the length of four Olympic swimming pools.
  • The biggest team at the Rio Games was the USA (556 competitors), followed by host nation Brazil (469 competitors), Germany (424 competitors), Australia (421 competitors) and China (404 competitors).
  • The smallest team at the Games is the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu. Their sole competitor was Etimoni Timuani in the men’s 100m (athletics).


Below is a video that captures some of the moments of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.


What was your favourite moment from the 2016 Rio Olympics?

Do you have a favourite Olympic sport?

Did you learn about any new sports while watching the Olympics?

What character strengths do Olympic athletes display?

Mathematical Problem Solving

Today, our numeracy coach Mrs Hillbrick visited our classroom for some mathematical fun.

We started our maths lesson with one of our favourite warm up games – Hit the Target.

We then worked on a problem solving task with Mrs Hillbrick.

Our learning focus for the lesson:

We are learning to find multiple solutions to a problem.

Our success criteria for the lesson:

We can:

  • Read the problem in our head
  • Share our understanding
  • Use guess, check and improve
  • Check for accuracy
  • Reflect as mathematicians

Mrs Hillbrick posed the following question…

My telephone number has 8 digits. When I add up each of the 8 digits, I get a 2 digit number. When I add those 2 digits together, I get a number less than 4. What could my telephone number be?

To break down the problem, we had to:

  • Circle the numbers
  • Put a box around the key words
  • Underline the key question

Students then had a go at finding solutions to this problem.

At the conclusion of the lesson, we reflected on the success criteria to determine how we went with this task.

Did you achieve the success criteria?

What skills did you need to use to complete this problem solving task?

In your comment, have a go at coming up with a solution to the problem!

BHPS Olympic Opening Ceremony!

Today, the 31st Olympiad begins in Rio, Brazil.

Olympics Logo

To celebrate this significant global event, yesterday BHPS hosted its very own Olympic Opening Ceremony!

Each grade represented a different country. 3/4C represented Great Britain.

Union Jack flag

Everyone looked fantastic dressed up in red, blue and white!



Our school oval was transformed into a spectacular display of colour, cheering, music, flags and joy. Each country marched in the traditional parade of nations and we then listened to several Olympic speeches before the games of the 31st Olympiad were declared open!

The Olympic torch made an exciting entrance on a motorbike and a former Olympic cyclist (and grandfather to one of our grade one students), John, lit the Olympic cauldron. John was a member of the Australia Olympic team in 1972. He was a cyclist in the road race competition in Munich. Symbolic pigeons were then released.

What a fantastic celebration!

Here is a slideshow of the colour and fun that was the BHPS Olympic Opening Ceremony!


After recess, students in grades three, four and five participated in a Mini Olympics. The grade six students did a fantastic job organising a variety of events and the students enjoyed themselves immensely!

It was great to see lots of parents attending our ceremony to join in with the fun. What a wonderful day we all had!


What was your highlight of our opening ceremony?

Which event did you enjoy most at the Mini Olympics?

What interesting facts do you know about the Olympics?

What sports will you watch during the Olympic Games?


We Love Library!

Each Monday, 3/4C visits the library for a half hour session.

Ms Browne is our librarian and she selects great books for us to read together each week.


In recent weeks, we have been reading the picture books nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

CBCAEach year, the CBCA shortlists books in a variety of categories. We read the books in the ‘Early Childhood’ and  ‘Picture Book of the Year’ categories.

Early Childhood Books

Picture Books

During Book Week later in the term, each BHPS student will vote for their favourite CBCA shortlisted book and we will compare our results with the official Book Of The Year awards.


After reading a book together in library sessions, students spend time browsing and borrowing books.


What do you enjoy about our library sessions?

Which books do you like to borrow from the library?

Athletics Sports Day

Today the Grade 3 – 6 students participated in the annual House Athletic Sports.


Conditions were rather cold at Landy Field but thankfully the rain stayed away. It was wonderful to see lots of parents and other family members cheering on the students as they rotated through each activity.

The students participated in a variety of athletic track and field events, including:

  • 100 metre run
  • 200 metre run
  • Hurdles
  • High jump
  • Long jump
  • Triple jump
  • Discus
  • Shot put
  • 800 metre run (optional)

Every student is in a particular house (which are identified by different names and colours), and the points they score in each event goes towards their overall house total.

The eventual house winner was Jupiter, followed by Mercury, Saturn and Neptune.

Miss Jordan and Miss King were on the 200m event all day, and they enjoyed seeing the students trying their very best. The slideshow below features the 3/4C students enjoying their day.


Well done to all of the BHPS students for their excellent efforts and sportsmanship throughout the day.

A big thank you to Mrs Kneebone for organising a terrific Athletics Sports Day!


What was your highlight of the Athletics Sports?

Did you find any of the events challenging?

What skills do you need to perform the different athletic track and field events?

Character Strength – Kindness

At BHPS, we are learning about character strengths as part of our new approach to Positive Education.

There are 24 different character strengths, and they are classified into six different areas: wisdom, courage, humanity, justice, temperance and transcendence. You can read more about the character strengths on our blog post here.

In class, students have identified their “top” character strengths. We have discussed that everyone possesses all 24 character strengths and they change and develop over time.


Each week, our school is planning to focus on a different strength. The first strength we are focussing on is kindness. As a character strength, kindness is defined as “I am kind and generous to others, and I am always helpful. I enjoy doing good deeds for others.”

We have identified that the key words in the kindness character strength are:

  • generous
  • helpful
  • good deeds

Earlier this week, Mr Roskosch came into 3/4C and read a picture book, The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, that includes an example of kindness. The students enjoyed the story and the discussions with Mr Roskosch.


Do you know any other characters in books or movies that demonstrate “kindness”?

Describe a time that you have been kind to someone.

Learning About First Aid

Today St John Ambulance Victoria visited our school for a first aid session.

First Aid

We learnt all about how to approach a situation where someone has been hurt or injured.

There is an important acronym that forms the First Aid Action Plan. We learnt about part of it today.

D – Danger

R – Response

S – Send for Help

A – Airway

B – Breathing

C – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

D – Defibrillation

After discussing the Action Plan, students were taught how to place a person in the recovery position.


What did you learn about first aid?

Term Three Begins!

We are back for term three!

After a two week break, it was great to see all of the 3/4C students again.

To reflect on their school holidays, students had to think of one specific activity or experience they enjoyed during the holidays. Students were required to write at least three interesting clues that described or explained the activity without using really obvious words. It was quite challenging! Students then drew a picture of their holiday memory to go alongside their clues.

Read each student’s holiday clues below. After each page of clues you will see the drawn picture with the answer!


We are all looking forward to another fantastic term of learning and fun!


What did you think of the holiday clues?

What writing skills were required for this task?

Describe your holiday highlights.

What are you looking forward to this term?

What are your learning goals for term three?

End of Term Two – Happy Holidays!

Today is the last day of term two. What a busy eleven weeks we have had!

Highlights from our last week of term two include…

Student/Parent/Teacher Interviews

During the week, BHPS held our annual student/parent/teacher interviews. Students led the interviews by sharing their learning achievements with their parents. The  students created presentations on their iPads to reflect on their semester and shared work samples that demonstrated their learning. Students spoke about:

  • Semester highlights
  • Areas of success
  • Areas for future improvement
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Maths
  • Inquiry
  • Specialists
  • iPad Program
  • Character Strengths

Everyone spoke clearly and confidently, elaborated on their key points, made eye contact and articulated their learning extremely well. Miss Jordan is very proud of all of the 3/4C students for their outstanding efforts during the interviews!


Genius Hour

Students worked on a Genius Hour project on Thursday and Friday. Genius Hour allows students to explore their own passions and promotes creativity in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think about topics they want to learn more about. The three main components of Genius Hour are:

  • Students think of a “driving question” they want to find the answer to
  • Students research their chosen question and create a presentation (making a movie, slideshow, poster etc)
  • Students share their work with others.

There was a very broad range of topics covered, including specific topics in the following categories:

  • Historical events
  • Different countries
  • How things work
  • Animals
  • Sports
  • Technology


Reading Reflections

Students read novels and annotated their thinking by recording reflections. Reflections they recorded included:

  • Predictions
  • Questions
  • Reactions
  • Inferences
  • Text connections
  • Character descriptions
  • Setting descriptions


School Building Project

A new school building is currently under construction at BHPS. Students completed a real life maths project this week, which involved the following:

  • Designing a floor plan of the building
  • Calculating the perimeter and area of each space in the building
  • ‘Purchasing’ furniture for the classrooms
  • ‘Purchasing’ equipment for student learning



We explored shape with some fun mathematical investigations this week. Specifically, we focussed on

  • Tangrams
  • Tessellations


What a busy, fun-filled week of learning we have had in 3/4C! Here are some photos of our last week of term.


Today was also the last day for Mrs Cross, our amazing Assistant Principal. Mrs Cross is retiring from education. We will all miss her very much!


What was your term two highlight?

What did you enjoy this week?

What are you looking forward to next term?