2021 Term 2 Week 10
School holidays start today (Friday 25 June) and we hope everyone enjoys this 'pause' in everyday routines. Students return to school on Tuesday 13 July (NB: Monday will be a staff development day).
NB: Covid19 health instructions change frequently. Please follow current health guidelines and directives if your family is travelling during the school holidays.
The first student event in Term 3 will be our 'Footy and Fairy Dress Up' on Wednesday 14 July. Students are invited to wear their favourite fairy or footy colours to school. I wonder what Mr Green will wear!
The next P&F meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 July.
Planning of the Stage 3 excursion is well underway, with students travelling to Brisbane in August for three days. Full payment for the excursion is due 23 July.
Have a wonderful holidays.
Changes to our School Canteen
Place all your school canteen orders online with Flexischools!
Our new online ordering system proved very popular last week with over 90 orders being processed online.
Download the Flexischools app from the App store or Google Play. Check out the website here for details on how to set up your account.
Once registered, you can start placing orders immediately. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQs.
We hope this step forward will support families with a more convenient and efficient process of placing canteen orders.
Footy & Fairy Day In The Canteen!
Come dressed as your favourite fairy or wear your footy colours to school on Wednesday 14th July.
To coincide with the theme the Canteen will be serving party pies and fairy bread along with the normal canteen menu at first break. Prices are contained in the flexischools app.
All orders will need to be placed through our new school canteen app, FlexiSchools.
Please search for the app in the App Store or Google Play. Register for an account and select St Marys Primary School Grafton, add your children and some money to your account and you will be good to order!
Orders need to be placed online by 5pm Tuesday 13th July.
Parent Assembly - Connect and Reflect
Stage 2 News
This term, Stage 2 has engaged in learning about literary descriptions and how authors bring the setting and characters to life in texts. We have explored various excerpts from famous texts that describe different scenes and characters in detail. Some of the texts we have worked with are ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and the description of the chocolate room. ‘Witches’ and the description of the Grand High Witch and Harry Potter and the description of the great hall. We have looked at the devices authors use that make the audience see, hear, feel, smell and taste what is going on in the text and are experimenting with some of these devices ourselves.
Over the past couple of weeks, students have been working on writing their own literary descriptions and using similes, metaphors and adjectives to enhance their work. They have also illustrated their setting and character to support their description.
“All of the blinding lights and colours boom in my face” Sienna Patricks
“Gossip’s liquid silver mane and tail flies behind her as they gallop” Emily Archer
“The mist was like snow in the early morning” Solina Bendle
“I run so fast my legs feel like spaghetti” Sonny Davies
‘And with a blink of an eye’ Isaac McAlister
‘Crack goes a twig’ Tomas Green
‘I live in a hole that echoes like a whale.’ Avah Whyte
In Mathematics, year 4 has been investigating what a square centimetre and metre are and estimating how many square metres different areas in our school are. We created our own square metre using newspaper, paddle pops sticks and straws and used them to find the area of the handball squares, the bus area and the court. We also tried to measure the area of the gaga pit, however this proved a little more difficult than first thought. We came up with a rough measurement using the square metre and considered ways that we could make this measurement more accurate.
We have also been investigating angles and comparing the size of angles to right angles. We used the corner of a book to help us categorise and compare angle sizes and were able to identify and locate different angles created out of masking tape. We brought back the bottle flipping craze while investigating the concept of chance and realised that it is unlinkey a bottle will land on its cap, however, it is possible to land a bottle upright with a bit of practise!
Year 3 Maths we have focussed on placing numbers on the number line and learning about mixed numerals for halves, quarters and thirds. We have been using the number line to help us count by halves, quarters and thirds as well. In multiplication, students had to choose a number of counters and form an array, draw it and write multiplication and division number sentences to match. We investigated a variety of strategies to use when solving problems involving addition and we learnt how to record analog and digital time to the minute.
Stage 2 have been working together during Creative Arts this term with a focus on music and art.
In Music the students have experienced keeping a beat with body percussion, shakers and drum sticks. They played the ukuleles and the angklung, an Indonesian bamboo instrument.
In art we created a stained glass window for Pentecost and have been honing our drawing skills, following some directed drawing activities from various Youtube channels. The latest art project students have been working on is an illustration or artwork of their choice to go with their descriptive writing tasks in english. Students have had free choice of materials to use to ensure their creation complements their writing.
In PDH, this term we have focused on active play and community networks. The students enjoyed designing a park where the participants could be safe while actively participating using the equipment. They looked at their own physical activity diary and created a weekly exercise plan for themselves. We researched the facilities available in Grafton, such as soccer, tennis, hockey etc and who are the important people in their network helping them lead active lives.