Monthly Archives: October 2015

Year 4 Camp and Our Cultural Stories Presentations

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Camp Reminders

It’s hard to believe, but year 4 camp is just about upon us. The countdown is officially on and the excitement is definitely building. Before we leave on Wednesday 4 November, we wanted to give a few reminders:

1. We will be regularly updating this website via our Twitter feed on the right hand side of the front page of our website. As well as this, there will be pictures posted throughout the day on the Camp page of the website. Please take some time to see what we get up to.  You can click here to go to the Camp page, or click on the Camp tab at the top of the page.

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2. By now everyone should have received the kit list via email and in hard copy. We encourage you to let your children pack their own bags as this helps them when they are trying to find things later. Also, please help us by ensuring that all items are labelled with the student’s name.  The kit list is also on the Camp page of this website.


3. No students should be bringing extra food. This includes sweets and snacks, as well as extra food for dinner. First of all, the camp will provide vegetarian options for those that need it. Also, we always bring extra fruit and snacks with us for the students to ensure they can last between meals and that they are well fed even if they are not fond of what the camp is serving.


4. Students should arrive at school on Wednesday 4 November at the regular time of 8.00 – 8.20am with their large pack, a separate day pack, and a snack, lunch and water bottle for the first day.


5. Students should not bring any phones or mobile devices at all.


Also, a huge thank you to the brave parents accompanying us on camp. Thanks, in advance, for taking time out of your schedule to support us. The following parents will be with us:

Kim Gemassmer
Daylian Rousseau
Sapna Harris
Stephen Tsai
Johan Assow
Joy Holmes
Dicky Leung
Natalia Privalova


Cultural Stories Presentations

Please have a look at all the wonderful presentations our students created during our Cultural Stories unit.  You will find them on the ‘Expressing Ourselves’ page, or just click here.

Boxes of Hope

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This is the week of Box of Hope.  Are you interested in creating a box?

Last year we collected 235 boxes and are hoping to collect more this year.  For more information about Box of Hope, please visit this site:  Boxes of Hope

All boxes need to be at school by 9am Monday November 2.

Please find below a list of what to pack (and what not to pack).

If you are taking part, please bring your box to your classroom and complete a label.

Thank you for your support with this.


Boxes of Hope

What to Pack

All items must be NEW. Please try to include 2 items from each category.

Remember to make your box both FUN and EDUCATIONAL!

Please include essential hygiene items.

TOYS – something to love – Bear, soft toy, tennis ball, finger puppet, jigsaw, yo-yo, small musical instrument, torch(incl batteries), playing cards, small trucks and cars, doll, jewellery, make-up, hair accessorises

EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES – something to do – books – (simple english), Felt pens, pens, pencils, pencil sharpener, rubber, colouring book, notepad, picture/puzzle book, chalk, pencil case, stickers, calculator, etc.

HYGIENE ITEMS – something to use – Toothbrush & toothpaste, hairbrush, comb, hair clips, bar of wrapped soap, flannel. NO LIQUIDS PLEASE.

OTHER ITEMS – something to wear – Sunglasses, cap, sun hat, bangles, necklaces, watch etc…

What not to Pack

NO FOOD / MEDICINE / WAR RELATED ITEMS toy guns/soldiers/knives / CLOTHING (other than listed above) / FRAGILE ITEMS Glass containers/mirrors / LIQUIDS of any kind including blow bubbles/shampoo/bubble bath/toiletry sets/aerosols / DANGEROUS ITEMS Marbles/sharp objects/scissors/razors.


Cultural Story Presentations

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This week students had the opportunity to share their Cultural Story Presentations.  This is something the students have been working on throughout the unit.  Originally students chose how they would like to express their stories.  Then they worked with a teacher to create their presentation.  The choices were:

Drama with Mr. Donnelley

Music with Mr. Burrows

Dance with mrs. Surawski

Visual Arts with Mrs. Wallace

Kamishibae with Mr. Macheski

Commoncraft Style Videos with Mr. Stanhope

Digital Apps with Mr. Leithhead

The Book Creator app with Mrs. Searcombe.

Students worked on their own or in groups to choose a cultural story, identify its values, traditions and beliefs, and then express their understanding of that story through one of the above methods.  Here are some pictures of the students creating their presentations over the last few weeks:


On Thursday the drama  and music groups shared their performance and on Friday the rest of the groups got to present to their classmates. It was wonderful to see the pride with which students shared their learning, and to hear the wonderful comments that the year fours were making about each other’s presentations.

We hope to soon have all of these presentations on this website to share with you.  In the meantime, enjoy the pictures below:

Box of Hope

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Get your Shoe Boxes ready!

Box of Hope is just around the corner yet again and we would love your support.  

Last year Primary students helped Box of Hope reach out to children in Asia by donating over 250 boxes.  

If you are interested in donating a Box of Hope please refer to the flyer.  This clearly outlines what to include in your box.

Bring your box to school and the class teacher will help your child attach a sticker.  Please do not seal the box.

Y6 Ambassadors to collect boxes after the October break.

All boxes need to be into school by Friday October 30.

For Box of Hope information pleased see the website for details:

 Don’t forget to enter our Box Design Competition and WIN a chance to help deliver Boxes of Hope in Hong Kong.

 See the website for details.




Year 4 Halloween Dance Party

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ISA in Year 4

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This week all year 4 students will be completing the International Schools’ Assessment(ISA). This consists of a series of assessments in mathematics, reading and writing.

This is our schedule for the week:

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These tests will not be marked by the Year Four teachers.  They will be sent back to the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) where they will be marked.  In the new year (2016) the school will receive individual reports of each child’s results which we will then pass onto parents.

Because this is the first time many year four students have completed a ‘formal’ assessment, we will spend some time showing them the type of questions they will see on the tests.  One of the main purposes of these tests is to find out where students are currently at and to help us as a school plan the next steps in their learning, therefore there is no need for parents to try and prepare their children for these tests.

If you have any questions of concerns about ISA, please contact Kris Stanhope (