National Simultaneous Storytime 2019

National Simultaneous Storytime  is an annual celebration reading and sharing a picture book by an Australian author, which takes place across the nation at 11am on the designated day.

This year the chosen title is Alpacas With Maracas  by Matt Cosgrove, and we celebrated across the school and within our local community.

Given the nature of school programs and accessibility, some of the readings were either a little before 11am or a while later, but the main event, described first, took place at the official time!

The Student Representative Council at the Junior School ran an event with a mystery reader.

Who is behind this mask?

Our very own Mrs Kelvy was the dramatic figure behind the mask.

She read with flair, pleasing all who were there!

And the audience enjoyed the reading.

The event was well received and much fun. Thanks to Mrs Callinan and the SRC for their organisation.

That was great!

The Prep students, in their alpaca head dresses headed over to share the fun with the Early Learning Centre 3 year old group.

Heading over the driveway to share the fun.

Early Learning Centre 3 Year old group took a very different angle as can be seen in the photograph below!

Taking a different perspective!

A little after 11am the Senior School attendees participated in the Library.

This was title another good choice – thanks ALIA!

They had to listen to me, but they soon became part of the performance.

Not often an adult reads a picture book aloud to them these days.
The rhyme and colour drew them in
From reluctance to communal participation was a quick transition.
Even the senior study students chose to listen
And a posed shot to finish the event!

Thanks to Miss Hodge, Mrs Bradbeer and Ms Couchman for bringing their classes, and Ms Couchman for taking the photos. The Year 9 English classes returned to their classroom with a tub of 20 picture fiction titles and enjoyed sharing books with each other.

The Final event in the day took place at lunchtime. A group who regularly visit The Birches, a local aged care facility, to read to and talk with the residents, took Alpacas with Maracas to read and donate to their audience.

Here is the report from Mrs Bernadette Milich, our Deputy Head of Junior School.

“We had fun sharing Alpacas with Maracas at The Birches (an aged care facility adjacent to the hospital). We even borrowed maracas from Mrs Christie (our Music teacher) to play at the appropriate time. We also gave them to most of the residents who played them throughout the story.

Tom Templeton was our reader and he did a great job.

He also wrote a little message in the book we gave them.

The students were from Years 2, 3 and 4.

It is lovely to see the younger students interacting with older members of their community. They have really embraced this opportunity and every time we go I have to leave many volunteers at school. They are so keen but numbers are limited.

After the group reading of the story, there was still time for our usual story and conversation time where quite a few residents had the story reread to them.”

What will next year’s title be – and how will we celebrate?

Lunchtime in our Senior Library

A busy day in our newly renovated space.

Teachers were helping students in their lunchtimes

Subject assistance

Students were planning a debate

Planning

Students were involved in diverse activities

You build, I’ll read!

For some Year 12 students keeping up (or getting ahead) was important

Year 12 – it’s serious

Some students were competing to be millionaires!

Monopoly

Just a typical range of experiences on offer in our Senior School library.

The Dog Who Lost His Bark – Book Review

The Dog who lost his Bark  

By: Eoin Colfer

P.J Lynch

This book is a two part story about a boy called Patrick and a lonely puppy named Oz. The book starts off with Oz’s story and then Patrick’s. Eventually the two’s stories are connected and Oz finds a true friend. But Patrick has to deal with a family problem. This brilliant story is a must read for children who love dogs and music.

The Cover

By HN Grade 5

Young Heroes – Book Review

Young Heroes

by

Lula Bridgeport, Frederica Frenna, Isabel Munoz, Julianna Swaney

Cover of this book

Pablo Picasso, Taylor Swift and others. They’re all famous in some way. But have you ever wondered how they became famous? In this book you can learn all about how they became celebrities and the ways you can become like them. It doesn’t have to be singing, drawing or athletics.

All these children in this book are heroes in one or another. In the book you can learn how they became heroes and you can learn about ways to become like them.

Review by HN Year 5

Year 7 Breakout EDU Ancient China

Two of our year 7 classes have studied History in Semester 1 and their year finished with a challenging task.

Three boxes, three types of keys, four groups. Who was most cunning? Who was most frustrated and who solved problems fastest? One thing for sure, the tasks were devious!

Some students were straight onto the number, while others were quicker on the word. The final lock revealed another puzzle identifying errors in an image from a book by A.J Wood called Errata 

Well done Year 7!

VIBE 2018

This year’s VIBE Festival activity was titled Planking The VIBE.  It was set up so that groups of students were challenged to construct a specific object from a pile of planks. Planks are all the same size and weight and come from a Melbourne Company called Green hat Workshop. 

Working in small teams and within a tight timeframe, students were challenged to construct a bridge, a face, a word with minimum length, and copy a picture from a card.

The collaboration between students from our school and visitors they may not have met before was wonderful.

The challenge, make a face saw Donald Trump joining us!

The method of constructing face varied between 2D and 3D:

Our intrepid judges would issue the challenge, start the timer, then make structures of their own, in between checking out the action and warning of the impending end of time. Thanks Angus and Lach!

The last devious test set up by the judges was to construct a word to describe the session of more than 6 letters. We had some creative solutions:

Fanplankuous!

Well done everyone. Thanks to Cam at Green Hat Workshop for suggesting the timed tasks.

 

Cold War BreakoutEDU with Year 10 History:

This week the Library staff have assisted Mrs Ogle with a different type of learning experience. Students worked in teams to unlock three different boxes containing activities and information relating to the Cold War.

This is what they see at the start of the process:

One lock was opened by cracking the right word, one required a key, which was issued once a complete ticket was handed to the teacher, and one required the correct numbers deduced from a cryptic clue that led to a date. It is interesting watching the way students solve the problems, and often the best results are obtained by those who may not generally excel with typical written exercises. In addition to content students learn how to apply critical thinking and collaborate, both useful skills for real life. Watch the students agonising over the task!

Wellness Week Celebrations

Last week the whole school celebrated Wellness. Perhaps we offered too many options for celebrating! Of the specific Library offerings the only one actually taken up was the mindfulness colouring. There was plenty of action with Minecraft in the IT end though: multiple ages of males (not one female except me!) all interacting with each other and the screens.

 

The other excitement was generated by the visit from the Conga line, ably led by Tom of Year 6. They were dancing fast so the photographs are blurry but the energy and excitement is obvious!

Climate Action – a Global Project

Last week we received an exciting email advising us that we had been selected to represent our country and state  in a global climate action project. There will be over 200 schools from more than 59 countries involved. The project will start in October and run for the first three weeks of Term 4.

Our Year 5 Class – participants in Climate Action

While we await further information we have convinced Mr Rob Drummond, who has been acknowledged by the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria as an outstanding Geography teacher, and is also a world renowned photographer specialising in birds to be our local celebrity. You can see examples of his work here.

We are all very excited. This links to recent work with Year 5 Library on the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

Last week we also linked the content to Book Week through sharing The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clark, Illustrated by Van T Rudd, which has been nominated for best Picture Book of the Year.

 

 

Planking in the Library with Year 6!

The other day I was delighted to receive a booking request from Mrs Nettleton relating to a smaller than usual class due an event, and the amazing box of 1000 planks.  Planks are small pieces of timber which are weighted identically and our set is all the same colour.

It was a busy afternoon for study so I had some concerns about how the activities would co-exist. These turned out to be baseless.

I chose two activities on the basis of the number of planks required, and the number of groups of students working in pairs or threes for which we had to cater. The students receive a photograph of the construction with the number of planks required, and that’s all – no recipe for this activity!

Some students worked on the boat.

And when it got hard Jack sent out a message!
Collaboration
Instructions and suggestions
Teamwork
Concentration
Intensity!
Satisfaction
Daring
Balance
Enjoyment
Adding more!
Celebration
What do we need to add?
So far so good!
Satisfaction!
YES!
Just adding a bit more.
And it had better balance!

Others had a small farmyard with outbuildings. This one proved to be far trickier.

Looks pretty easy!
But balancing the walls was hard.
The farmyard offered fewer challenges than balancing the walls of the farmhouse.
Now what if you…
Floor laid. Walls???
Comparison in constructions rates between the two challenges is obvious in this photo!
Now what?
And resilience – when the walls fall down we start again!