Values for Life

It was great to have Andrew and Tim with us at school today. They talked to us about ‘Values for Life’ and what it means to have a good, healthy and happy life. We learnt that the way our life turns out to be depends on the choices we make.

As part of homework this week we are going to reflect on the talk by completing 321RIQ.

3 Recalls
2 Interesting Facts
1 Question

Please leave your responses as a comment below.

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Click Against Hate

On Wednesday our class participated in an incursion called ‘Click Against Hate’ run by the Anti-Defamation Commission. This was a rich and relevant opportunity for our students to develop and explore their understanding of bias and the repercussions for the way they communicate in our world today.

Following are some of the notes on our session. It is worth discussing further at home with your parents:

Dangers with access to the internet::
-bullying
-hackers
-trolls
-hoax/scam
-identity theft
-virus

Strategies for dealing with online issues:
Tell an adult
Turn off the device
Take a screenshot
Report the abuse
REPORT REPORT REPORT!

*It is a good idea to keep devices out of the bedroom over night to ensure it doesn’t disturb sleep
*If you get something from someone that is out of character – don’t use the same media to respond, it might not be them.
* Watch out for ‘freebies’ – nothing is free without a catch!
*Limit online interaction to people you know in person.

Why do people hate?
power
fear
racism
revenge
misjudgment
lack of understanding or education
it is how they have be taught to treat others

No one is born hating, we LEARN to hate. Our experiences define who we become and our attitudes to groups of people. Racism and hatred of groups is usually based on experience – either directly or through what we have been taught by the people around us.

Defamation – to lower someone’s opinion of someone else by saying something untrue to effect their reputation – often in public.
Incitement – influencing people to do what they know is wrong
Racism – poor treatment or violence against people because of their race and the belief that some races are better than others.
Islamophobia – hatred and fear of muslins and negative acts against them.
Antisemitism – fear and hatred of Jewish people

These ideas are often spread through images and propaganda which help to spread the idea subliminally.

Everything you post becomes part of your digital footprint (text, posts, tweets and photos). Try the Hero Test: picture two people you admire and ask ‘would that person approve of what I am about to post?’

‘Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but is has not solved one yet.’ Maya Angelou

The students are now working on posters which promoted understanding and acceptance and we will share once these are ready.

Socktober

This term, the Grade 3/4 children are leading the social justice awareness across the school community. The month of October is World Mission month. This year Catholic Mission will focus on Madagascar. Although surrounded by water Madagascar lacks access to clean water for washing, cleaning, cooking and most importantly, drinking. This forces the community to use dirty water, which is making them seriously ill.

During the month of October we will engage with the real-life stories of children, their families and local missionaries all working together to build healthy communities who are able to joyfully receive the ‘living water’ the Gospel brings. The focus this year is: “Sock it to Poverty”.

Every Wednesday (14th, 21st and 28th October) is

Sock it to Poverty Crazy Sock Days

We wear the craziest socks to school in return for an optional coin donation to be placed in class’ pass the sock around puppet donation jar.

Here are some photos from today:

SEPEP begins!

Today we began our preparations for our intraschool sports program for term 4. Students were put into 12 teams and had time today to come up with names and colours, as we as make decisions about coaches, captains and team manager positions.

The teams are:
Blue Beasts
St Leonard’s Spiders
Adidas Allstars
Orange Heat
Krazy Koala’s
Thunder United
21ers
Red Hot Dragons
Fire Flies
State Socceroos
Purple Paintballs
Fluro Flames.

We are looking forward to getting started next week. Check out our pinboard for progress! It is in the 5/6 area.
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Concert 2015 – Big on Broadway!

Last night we preformed our concert for our school community. The theme was Big on Broadway and it comprised of the following acts:
Prep A: Singing in the Rain
Prep B: The Lion King
1/2C: Frozen auditions
1/2D: Hairspray
1/2E: Anything Goes
3/4F: The Sound of Music
3/4G: Oliver
3/4H: We Will Rock You
6I: Fame
5/6J: Footloose
5K: Rock of Ages
5L: Jersey Boys

It was a great night with lots of success worth celebrating! Here are some photos of 5/6J students dress and ready for their performance, and on stage!

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Students, please reflect on your concert experience:

1) What did you enjoy most about the concert experience?
2) What challenged you in preparing and performing the concert?
3) Apart from your own concert item, which was your favourite and why?

Using 5 senses in writing

Recall the character profile which you completed for homework last week. Also recall the learning you did in class about the use of the 5 senses to enhance narrative writing and descriptions.  Use as many of the 5 senses as you can to describe your character in their setting. Post this as a comment. Feel free to give feedback to one another. You may like to congratulate others on their use of language or make suggestions about language they may use to enhance their writing.

Character Study

As part of our learning about narrative writing, we have completed a character study for homework this week. From our own reading we considered the following about the characters:
What the character looks like
The kind of person the  character is – interests, likes and dislikes, values and how they treat others.
The relationships the character has with other characters.

Here are some of our work. Make sure you download the app ‘QR code’ to view our work.

Nora
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Nicholas
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Gaji
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Anthony
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Ben
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Allegra
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Hannah
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Catherine
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Daniel
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Mia
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