Scope IT

The grade 3/4 students at BHPS are fortunate to currently be involved in the Scope IT Education program.

The Scope IT sessions focus on teaching students the foundations of coding. Coding is used to create computer software, apps and websites.

We have had two sessions so far. After an explanation from our instructors, Marita and Jess, students work in pairs to practise their coding skills on MacBook Air laptops.

So far, we have learnt about:

  • Algorithms
  • Creating code to give directions and instructions
  • Pixel art

The slideshow below features photos of the 3/4C students enjoying their Scope IT sessions!

Grade 5/6 students are also participating in the Scope IT education program. They are focussing on 3D printing, which is also an extremely interesting process.

A big thank you to Mr Steven who has organised and co-ordinated the Scope IT program. We look forward to continuing to develop our coding skills!

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What have you learnt about coding so far?

What has been your favourite task in the Scope IT sessions?

Have you had any other experiences with coding?

What character strengths have you displayed during the Scope IT sessions?

Grade Three Camp!

We had a fantastic time at our overnight camp to…

Sovereign Hill, located in Ballarat, is often described as an ‘outdoor museum’, because it is like stepping back in time to the 1850s. Sovereign Hill re-creates Ballarat’s first ten years after the discovery of gold in 1851 when thousands of international adventurers rushed to the Australian goldfields in search of fortune.

We saw and learnt so much at Sovereign Hill. We all participated in a 50 minute education session, where we learnt what life was like for men, women and children in the 1850s. We discovered the vast differences between how they lived back then, compared to how we live now. Some students dressed up in the old fashioned clothing, and we learnt the etiquette for behaviour in the 1850s. Students also learnt what school life was like, and they practised writing with pens and inkwells. It was so interesting to hear about a variety of aspects of daily life in the nineteenth century.

Other highlights of our Sovereign Hill camp included…

  • Panning for gold at the Diggings
  • Watching a $170,000 gold ingot being poured at the Gold Smelting Works
  • Travelling underground at the Red Hill Mine
  • Watching a sweet making demonstration
  • Bowling
  • Touring the goldfields cottages
  • Watching redcoat soldier demonstrations
  • Observing how a wheel is made
  • Watching the spectacular ‘Blood on the Southern Cross’ sound and light show
  • Exploring the shops along Main Street
  • Sleeping in the Southern Barracks rooms at the Sovereign Hill hotel
  • Eating meals at the New York Bakery and Sovereign Hill Cafe
  • The beautiful weather!

After a very busy and enjoyable visit to Sovereign Hill, it was a (mostly) sleepy trip home on the bus!

The slideshow below features a selection of photos from our Sovereign Hill camp. Enjoy!

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Miss Jordan, Mrs Kebbell and Mr Burdess were very impressed with the excellent behaviour and engagement demonstrated by the grade three students. We would also like to say a BIG thank you to our helpers, Mr Haslam, Miss Ball, Cathy and Glen.

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What was your highlight of our camp?

What did you learn at Sovereign Hill?

Were you surprised by anything at Sovereign Hill?

If you were to visit Sovereign Hill another time, what would you do again?

A Live Performance in Melbourne

Today, the grade four students enjoyed a trip to Melbourne to see a live stage performance.

The performance was an adaptation of ‘Mr Stink’, a novel written by popular British author, David Walliams.

Excitement was high in the bus on the way to Melbourne…

We arrived at the Arts Centre at 10.15am and waited to be seated…

The hour-long performance was highly entertaining and enjoyed by all. There was lots of laughter from the audience and it was very interesting to see how the book was adapted into a live show.

After the show, we walked to the nearby Queen Victoria Gardens for lunch.

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In preparation for the performance, we have been listening to ‘Mr Stink’ on audiobook and sketching what we visualise while we listen. We were aiming for a ‘collage’ style representation of the story. The sketches look fantastic!

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 Write a summary of the ‘Mr Stink’ plot.

How did the book compare to the performance?

What was your highlight of the day?

Have you read any other books written by David Walliams?

Fun at the Cross Country!

Today was the annual Barwon Heads Primary School Cross Country!

The Cross Country event was held at Village Park and all students from prep to grade six were involved.

The conditions were perfect and excitement was high at this year’s event. Many parents and relatives also attended to cheer on the students.

Most students in grade three are in the 9 year old age group and they had to run a 1km route. Most students in grade four are in the 10 year old age group and they had to run a 2km route.

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All Barwon Heads Primary School students are in one of four “houses” or teams. Each house has its own colour. Everyone who participated in the Cross Country earned points for their house. The names of the houses are:

  • Jupiter
  • Mercury
  • Neptune
  • Saturn

Here are the 3/4C students proudly supporting their teams in house colours…

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Miss Jordan was at a marshalling point on the track for the grade four, five and six events. It was a little tricky to get good photos of the students as they powered past her at full speed! Here are a few photos she managed to get of the grade four students.

It was close event, but Saturn were the eventual overall winners on the day. Well done to all of the Barwon Heads Primary School students for their fantastic effort today! It was great to see all of the students demonstrating persistence and determination as they completed the Cross Country course.

3/4C would like to thank Mrs Kneebone for her excellent organisation of the Cross Country event!

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What did you think of the Cross Country?

Do you have a goal for next year’s Cross Country event?

Have you ever participated in a race before?

What character strengths were on display during the Cross Country?

The Wonderful Students in 3/4C!

Miss Jordan is really enjoying getting to know her 26 new students!

All students have settled in beautifully and they are doing a great job getting back into the routine of school life.

This week, we have commenced our reading, writing, maths and spelling programs. We have also started using our iPads in class, which has been exciting. Our weekly specialist subjects (Art, Indonesian, Art and Science) are lots of fun and enjoyed by all.

Back on our first day of the school year, Miss Jordan took photos of the students. Check them out in the slideshow below!

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What has been your highlight of the school year so far?

Have you made any new friends?

What do you hope to achieve this year?

The 2017 School Year Begins!

Today is the first day of the 2017 school year at Barwon Heads Primary School in Victoria, Australia.

After nearly six weeks of summer holidays, Miss Jordan is excited to begin the school year with her new students in her new grade 3/4C.

We have a lot to look forward to this year including our 1:1 iPad program, Bike Ed, our camps and many, many fun learning experiences!

All of the students in 3/4C will learn a lot in 2017 and enjoy being part of a wonderful classroom community. This blog will be a big part of our program and it is a great way for students, parents and families to reflect and share in our learning experiences.

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Miss Jordan is looking forward to finding out what the 3/4C students got up to during the holidays. Miss Jordan had a great break. She spent time with friends and family, and enjoyed having the chance to relax!

Some of Miss Jordan’s highlights included hosting family Christmas at her new house, celebrating her niece’s first birthday, going to the Australian Open tennis, organising her new house and going to the movies several times.

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Miss Jordan spent time at school during the holidays getting organised and preparing the classroom for the 3/4C students. Next week, some classroom photos will be posted so stay tuned!

Leave a comment and tell us about your holidays.

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

 

Our School Year Comes To An End. Merry Christmas!

To celebrate the end of a fantastic year, today we had a special picnic at the beach.

We walked to the local beach park at 11.30am and enjoyed some games and activities in the park and on the sand. The students enjoyed making sand castles and playing cricket on the sand. The playground was also very popular.

Students brought their lunch and enjoyed eating and socialising in the picturesque environment. Barwon Heads is a beautiful part of the country and we are very lucky to have the beach so close to our school!

Here are some photos of the students enjoying their special outing.

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Tomorrow is the very last day of the school year. We have had a fantastic year and Miss Jordan is very proud of all of the 3/4C students.

This is a photo from the very start of the school year…

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And this photo was taken just last week…

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The slideshow below features a photo of each of the students from the very start of the year and the very end of the year. It is interesting to observe how each student has changed!

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Miss Jordan looks forward to welcoming her new grade three and four students in 2017. Hopefully the 2016 students continue to keep in touch and comment on our blog!

The 3/4C students, along with Miss Jordan, wish everyone a very Merry Christmas a wonderful holiday break!

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What did you enjoy about the picnic?

What has been your school highlight this year?

What are you most proud of?

What are you looking forward to doing on the holidays?

Letters to Miss Jordan’s 2017 Students

Today, all students participated in a two hour transition session with their new class and teacher for 2017.

Next year, Miss Jordan is teaching grade three and four again. The current 3/4C students wrote letters to Miss Jordan’s class of 2017, sharing some of their highlights from the year. The letters are below for Miss Jordan’s new students to read!

Enlarge the slideshow above to view the letters clearly.

Miss Jordan would love to receive some blog comments from her new students!

What were your school highlights in 2016?

What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Do you have a learning goal for next year?

Camp Wilkin Adventures!

We have just had a fantastic three days at our

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On Monday 31st October, we boarded the bus, full of excitement about what was ahead. We soon arrived at Camp Wilkin in Anglesea on the Great Ocean Road.

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Anglesea is a coastal town, with a population of about 3500. It is a very popular tourist destination, particularly in summer as there are beaches and other outdoor recreational activities to be enjoyed.

Here is the route we took from Barwon Heads to Anglesea.

BHPS to Camp Wilkin

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Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp cabins and meal times in the dining hall were lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp which provided fun and memorable experiences for all students.

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We had eight fun and challenging rotations to complete:

  • Rock climbing wall
  • Initiatives
  • Leap of Faith
  • Bike riding
  • Archery
  • Flying Fox
  • Low Ropes Course
  • Orienteering.

The Leap of Faith is a very popular activity at Camp Wilkin and is a highlight for most students! The Leap of Faith involves climbing up a 7.6 metre pole while harnessed, arriving at a small platform and jumping to reach a red buoy. It certainly gets the adrenaline pumping!


Some of our other activities included:

  • Night walk
  • Disco
  • Building sand castles at the beach
  • Basketball, volleyball and soccer games
  • Free time on the playground, trampoline and chess board
  • Playing in the games room
  • Observing the many kangaroos that frequent Camp Wilkin at all times of the day!

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Here is a video containing a selection of photos from Camp Wilkin. Enjoy!

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We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences!

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A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Mr Haslam, Miss Campbell, Miss King, Sheridan and Mel!

What did you enjoy most about our Anglesea camp?

What was your favourite rotation activity?

Did you succeed in overcoming any challenges while on camp?

Have you ever been on a school camp before?

If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you like to go?

 

Our Eco Exhibition!

Today 4A, 4B and 3/4C hosted an Eco Exhibition!

This special event was a celebration of the knowledge gained and work completed this term during our “Eco Warriors” inquiry topic.

Usually our classroom looks like this…

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During our Eco Exhibition today, it looked like this…

And then this!

Each student had a stall containing lots of work from the term. Students each chose an environmental issue to investigate and a lot of their work focussed on their individual issues. Work samples at the Eco Exhibition included:

  • An information report
  • A picture story book
  • A mascot
  • A poster
  • A homework task from earlier in the term
  • A slideshow

Nearly every class at BHPS visited the Eco Exhibition, and it was fantastic to see so many parents attend as well. As classes, parents, grandparents and teachers walked around the exhibition, the students shared the knowledge they had learned, discussed environmental issues facing our planet and showed off their fantastic pieces of work. Check out the photo slideshow below!

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Miss Jordan is very proud of all the students for their hard work during our “Eco Warriors” unit and the enthusiasm they displayed today at the Eco Exhibition!

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What did you enjoy about the Eco Exhibition?

What skills did you need to demonstrate to engage people in conversation during the exhibition?

Were there any particular stalls that impressed you?

Can you share some facts you learnt during our Eco Warriors unit of work?