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Year 6 film-making workshop

On Wednesday this week, Irene Metter came into our class for a workshop. She is a professional documentary film-maker, and has lots of experience making films.

In English, we are all making films about a school legend that we made up, and we thought it would be a good idea for an experienced movie maker to come in and show us how. She showed us how to get the right scene lighting, the right sounds and the right camera angles. She ...

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Insights – promoting positive behaviours

Dear Community,

Many of us can think of a time in our own schooling where we felt hard done by due to an unfair punishment or the approach to discipline of a particular teacher. Whether it was the dark days of corporal punishment, shouting or name-calling these moments often caused a serious impact in students’ attitude, progress and sense of wellbeing.

It can be said that alongside the explicit curriculum that we focus on teaching, each school has its own norms, practices ...

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The next generation of rocket scientists

Several eager Year 5 students have been a regular fixture over at the Senior School on Tuesday afternoons, learning about the physics of flight, and undertaking a series of hands-on activities that culminated in the recent launch of their low-powered solid propellant model rockets.

The students had previously built and launched their impressive water rockets, before progressing onto their most recent project. The launch day went well and all rockets departed the pad with much smoke and the spectacular ‘whoosh’ that ...

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Multi-generations rally together

On Wednesday we went to Emmy Monash to help the residents make 500 sandwiches for children my age that don’t go to school with lunch. It was really fun and a special experience to work together to help others. The residents told us about their stories and some of them were even Holocaust survivors which was really interesting. It was amazing to be able to communicate with a different generation than my friends and teachers.

We were able to make 500 ...

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Insights – the art of friendship

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I saw a fantastic cartoon of a little girl who is perched on a swing in mid-conversation with her imaginary friend on the empty swing beside her. She has a speech bubble which reads: “All my [Mummy’s] imaginary friends are on a place called ‘Facebook’.”

The humour in this clearly draws from the absurdity of the misappropriation of the term “friend” by social media sites. Social commentator, Simon Sinek, argues that it is important to distinguish between our ...

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Chag Shavuot Sameach

Shavuot (meaning “weeks”) marks the end of the 7 week counting period from Pesach to Shavuot (erev Shavuot is tomorrow night). On Shavuot we celebrate receiving the Torah. It is also a pilgrimage festival. In biblical times the Israelites brought offerings to the Temple, including the first fruits of the harvest.

At the Pre-School, children were thrilled to welcome Crystal the cow and a farmer who explained how the milk is taken from cows and how to turn milk into butter.

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The ethics of the ant and the grasshopper

In Philosophy classes, Year 1 students explored the classic tale of the ‘Ant and the Grasshopper.

This story is about an ant that works tirelessly during the summertime to gather food and supplies for the winter, while the grasshopper chooses to relax. The grasshopper decides to ‘live in the moment’ and enjoy the summertime. However, this lack of planning has dire consequences, as he is not adequately prepared for the cold, harsh winter that confronts him.

The Ant is then faced with ...

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Children of the Black Skirt – a gothic fairytale

A group of highly talented VCE Theatre Studies students staged three performances of Angela Betzien’s evocative play ‘Children of the Black Skirt’ this week. In achieving required learning outcomes for this VCE study, including interpreting the play text through rehearsal and performance, students are also required to choose areas of stagecraft in which they work towards the realisation of the production. Some of the skills acquired in staging this production included direction, sound, lighting, set and costumes.

This production, described by ...

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Insights – future-focused and holistic approach to learning

Dear Community,

This week I had the enormous privilege of attending the Premier’s VCE Awards where two of our students, Jordan Bloumis and Erin Spitz were named as worthy recipients. At the event I watched on as many of the state’s top performing students were recognised.

Also this week, our Yrs 3, 5, 7 and 9 students joined students nationwide in sitting the annual NAPLAN tests which are designed to determine students’ individual and collective progress in literacy and numeracy.

Both the VCE ...

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Preparations for Indigenous Camp

Last week, Year 8 students participated in the first of four sessions facilitated by Stand Up Australia, to help prepare them for the upcoming Indigenous Camp at Jabiru. Below is a reflection from Maya Friedman-Mand on the learning they experienced.
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On Thursday 3 May, Year 8 participated in a Stand Up Session in preparation for our Jabiru camp at the end of Term 2. We discussed our excitement about being able to travel to a distant part of Australia ...

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