Monthly Archives: December 2018

End of Term 1 Update

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It is hard to believe that the end of term has arrived. It seems like only yesterday that we were welcoming the Year 5 students into our classrooms!

Term 1 has been a busy one and looking back we realise how much the students have achieved. In addition to our daily learning, field trips, the Year 5 camp and the recent Celebration of Learning, we have built positive relationships with each other based on kindness and gratitude, worked collaboratively to solve problems and even furthered our growth mindsets by building our learning stamina and finding strategies to get ‘unstuck’. Your support as parents and hasn’t gone unnoticed either, helping your child to become more responsible for themselves and independent in completing Home Learning requirements have been very much appreciated.

Much has happened over the past two weeks as you will see in the photos below. The love of learning character strength was very evident when our Year 9 buddies coached us to develop our sporting skills. Bravery and enthusiasm shone through when we joined Year 9 again for the DC Christmas concert singing ‘Jingle Bell Rock’. I’m sure you would agree, we ROCKED IT!
The last few days have been full of Book week fun and have included the character strength photo booth, visits to the reading camp, mystery readers from Years 12, 10 and 7 to share books with us, not to mention the daily quiz and library lunchtime activities. The character parade was a highlight, full of zest, enthusiasm and loads of creativity!

Holiday Home Learning
During the break, please take the time to share your child’s Term 1 report with them and discuss the next steps for their learning in readiness for the upcoming Three-Way Conferences.

If you are staying in Hong Kong, it is the perfect opportunity to explore one of the many libraries or other educational sites. Of course, whether you are in HK or travelling, DING is available for your child to access numerous online resources offered by the DC library.

While there is no Home Learning set for the holidays there are still a number of activities each Year 5 student can do DARE they say ‘I’m bored’. Here is a list of suggestions…
– Read, read, read (out loud and independently)
– Reflect on what is read by summarizing important
events, answering questions and discussing the content.
– Create Maths flashcards to learn basic facts or
practice multiplication tables
– Use dice to roll two, three or four digit numbers to
add, subtract, multiply or divide
– Practice number facts with Hit the Button
(online Maths games)
– Order numbers from smallest to largest
(especially with decimals…think money)
– Keep a holiday diary recording events and experiences

Most of all make sure there is lots of time connect with family and friends. Holidays are the perfect time to RECHARGE, RELAX and REFRESH.

Finally, we would like to wish every Year 5 family all the very best for the holiday season and hope you enjoy all the festivities with family and friends. See you all in 2019 when we do it all again!

STP Celebration of Learning

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On Thursday 29th November we welcomed the parents to Discovery College to celebrate the learning the Year 5 students have uncovered during the inquiry into ‘Sharing the Planet’. Year 5 ‘scientists’ led their parents through a variety of interactive stations, demonstrating their understanding of the importance of biodiversity and our responsibility in sharing the planet with all organisms.

Students were able to share their Visual Art work on microscopic cells and even demonstrated some of the processes they used for their parents. Everyone was very involved and interested in looking through the microscopes to zoom in on everyday objects. There were opportunities to sketch specimens and gain feedback on the scientific drawings. Jenga was used to build ecosystems and explain how the balance of organisms is vital for a healthy biological community. We planted flowers to encourage bees, discussing how they are interdependent on each other. The Canva ‘Did you know?’ posters had shocking facts about human impact on biodiversity but also practical ways we can become more responsible citizens of the world. Playing the biodiversity Kahoot quiz really made everyone stop and think further about this, while measuring our carbon footprints had a huge impact once we realised the extent of our energy use. Our students were knowledgeable and confident in sharing their learning, displaying courage, appreciation and enthusiasm as true scientists.

We hope all the families pledges can now become reality, where everyone works together by taking action to make a difference (no matter how small) and enable the biodiversity of our planet to thrive. The Year 5 students have become passionate advocates for nature as a result of our inquiry so we look forward to hearing more about the positive action being taken to make our world more sustainable.

To all the parents, we thank you for coming to share the experience and hope you had many ‘take-aways’ from the event. We are especially grateful to all those who worked with us to make the ‘Celebration of Learning’ so successful.