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Month: December 2019

The Winter Holidays have arrived! Week 16

The Winter Holidays have arrived! Week 16

The Winter Holidays have arrived!  We are all very excited to now enjoy a well-deserved break after working so hard together over the last four months.

This week the students enjoyed working on their Secret Friends challenge.  They were randomly given a classmate’s name who they had to prepare a gift for.  Throughout the week, the students needed to secretly get to know this chosen classmate without revealing their identity.  It has been a lot of fun and the students have been very creative in the gifts they have prepared for each other.

We finished this week off by baking Winter Holiday cookies.  We iced them this afternoon in lots of different colours and enjoyed decorating them with lots of different candy.

Happy holidays everyone.  I look forward to seeing everyone again in the new year!

An Hour of Code and More: Week 15

An Hour of Code and More: Week 15

This week we had a busy time exploring Political Systems, Number Operations and Discussion as a form of communication.  The students continued reading their Guided Readers, attended their specialist subjects and enjoyed 5KN’s assembly performance at the end of the week.  It was an exciting week of new learning!

On Thursday 5GA attended their Hour of Code.  It wasn’t exactly an hour, but it was enough time to explore the many activities that Ms Carol and Ms Melinda had organised for us to explore.  Mr Alksne learnt more about the history of coding, while the class enjoyed exploring the coding activities.  This including coordinating the movements of a robot, painting using sphereos, communicating with each other using codes and building apparatus and models systematically.  The students learnt through play, sharing and trial and error.  We will continue our explorations of code back in our homerooms.  Coding is something we all enjoyed!

On Friday we had two special visiting teachers from OCAC  join us to learn more about our inquiry approach to learning.  We demonstrated how we use inquiry to learn problem solving within Mathematics.  We also demonstrated to them how mindfulness is an approach we use to focus our minds on the learning process.  It was a great opportunity to share with our new teaching friends how we are learning and what excites us about SSIS.

We now look forward to our last week before the Winter holidays.

We Turned the Lights On! Week 14

We Turned the Lights On! Week 14

This week was a busy week in 5GA.  The students worked on their weekly learning challenges, enjoyed a Pennant Raising Ceremony for ACAMIS volleyball and finally the Christmas Tree lights were turned on.  It is the season to be jolly, as we look forward to two more weeks of school before our Winter holidays!  Everyone is very excited and exhausted at the same time!

We continued our new unit of inquiry, ‘How We Organise Ourselves,’ this week.  The students had to inquire into the different systems used by Governments around the world to serve the needs and wants of their populations.  The students discovered that there are many different forms of systems and that nations use a combination to meet their specific requirements.  No system is better than the other, as all systems have their advantages and disadvantages.

Political systems are complicated and complex.  The students realised that there are many parts to a political system, which make it very challenging to function successfully.  However, Governments around the world work very hard to serve their people as best they can with the resources they have available to them.

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