Athletics Sports Day

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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Shape

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

  • Tangrams
  • Tessellations

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

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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!

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What was your term two highlight?

What did you enjoy this week?

What are you looking forward to next term?

“First Australians” Incursion

Today the grade four students enjoyed a fantastic incursion!

This term, the grade four students have studied Australian history for our inquiry unit. We have specificially foccused on the indigenous Australians, the First Fleet and European settlement during our First Contacts topic.

To conclude a great term of inquiry learning, Cynda and Barry from The History Box visited to expand our learning even more. To start the session, we learnt about and discussed a variety of topics relating to the first Australians, including:

  • Aboriginal history
  • Clans
  • Languages
  • Clothing
  • Art
  • Toys
  • Games
  • Symbols
  • Artefacts

Students then participated in three fun rotational activities. They were:

  • Learning and playing the ngaka ngaka game. It’s similar to the popular game noughts and crosses, but it has a twist!
  • Designing and creating jewellery using shells.
  • Sculpting an animal using clay and native materials.

Here are some photos that show the fun we had!

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What was your highlight from the First Australians incursion?

What did you learn?

We Love Poetry!

The students in 3/4C are thoroughly enjoying our poetry unit.

Earlier in the term, we investigated poems and learnt about figurative language in poetry. Now, all students have started their own poetry anthology.

Students have written several poems for their anthology, including:

  • Observations in our environment
  • Colours
  • Environmental issues
  • Family
  • Free choice

The poems written by the students for most of our unit have not been of a particular structure, so they have had a lot of freedom with the style, organisation and layout of their poems. However, earlier this week, we did investigate five types of popular poem structures. They are:

  • Cinquain poems
  • Haiku poems
  • Concrete poems
  • Limericks
  • Diamante poems

Each of these styles of poems have specific features and a set structure. They are described below.

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The enthusiasm of the 3/4C students during our poetry unit has been absolutely fantastic! Miss Jordan is very proud of all their work!

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What is your favourite structured poem?

What do you like to write poems about?

***Please choose one of the structured poems and write a poem in your comment!***

World Environment Day

Sunday 5th May is World Environment Day!

World Enviro Day

To celebrate, today all students and teachers at BHPS were asked to wear green. Here are the 3/4C students in all of their green glory!

Green Enviro Day

Our school Enviro Team, led my Mr Burdess and Mr Harris, work very hard to promote environmental messages to the students at BHPS.

They also undertake a variety of projects for our school. The latest project the Enviro Team has announced is a a Landcare initiative, where they plan to plant native grasses, shrubs and trees along the fence line from the bike shed. This project will continue the great work the Enviro Team have been doing with our butterfly garden and creating habitats for our local animals, insects and birds.

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What do you do to help the environment?

How has the Enviro Team developed your awareness of environmental issues?

Do you have a favourite shade of green?

Inquiry Update

This term, we are studying two inquiry topics.

  • Grade three students have been learning all about the history and geography of our beautiful town, Barwon Heads.
  • Grade four students have been focussing on the indigenous Australians, life in Britain in the eighteenth century and European settlement in our country.

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Last week, students delivered class presentations related to our inquiry topics. Students prepared their information and slideshows as a homework task and Miss Jordan was impressed and proud of all students. Everyone did a fantastic job sharing their knowledge with the class!

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How did you find the experience of delivering a class presentation?

What are your presentation strengths? What would you like to work on?

What did you learn while preparing your presentation?

What did you learn from your classmates’ presentations?

Education Week

Last week was Education Week!

On Friday, we participated in three fun Education Week experiences:

  • The Life Education Program
  • The Estimation Exhibition
  • Open Classroom for parents

Life Education Program

We visited the Life Education van and our module was titled, “All Systems Go”. Instructor Gaye, and her helper Harold, led us through some discussions and activities about the functions of various parts of our body. We focussed on the circulatory system, respiratory system, digestive system and the nervous system.

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Estimation Exhibition

For the past few weeks, classes have been preparing “estimation jars” for our first school-wide Estimation Exhibition. On Friday, all classes spent some time at the Estimation Exhibition in our gym, recording their estimations of the collections. It was fun and challenging!

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Open Classroom

To celebrate Education Week, parents and family members were invited into our classrooms to participate in some interactive activities with the students. The activities in our classroom included a variety of mathematical card games focussing on improving ‘mental strategies’, Scattergories and blogging.

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Here are some photos from our Fun Friday!

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What was your highlight from our special day last Friday?

What did you learn in the Life Education van?

What strategies did you use during the Estimation Exhibition?

What game did you teach your mum or dad at our Open Classroom session?