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School Pride

We want our school to be beautiful.  Every week we pick up rubbish- it’s called school pride.  We want to study in a beautiful school.  Make sure you pick up rubbish at least once a week.   You can also pick up rubbish at snack and lunch and the yard duty teacher will give you some stickers. But don’t forget that you can pick up rubbish on the weekends with your family, so that we can keep our community clean.

Written by Jessica and Maeesha.

3F Identity and cultural class festival!

On Friday, we celebrated our Term 1 CBL solution and over 100 people came to visit us! We invited our buddies, parents and grade 3’s.  We set up our room into seven different countries.  The countries were Australia, Macedonia, Italy, Turkey, Vietnam, India and Pakistan.  We decorated our room with paper chains,posters, balloons, pictures and food. We also set up and played cultural performances on our ipad’s.   Some of us dressed up in cultural costumes.   First our buddies came then Miss Murray.  After that was Miss Major and Miss Huntly.  Parents came as well and then it was time to finish. At the end we ate Anzac biscuits!

Written by Harper and Cooper


Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Over 60 million people died in World War 2.  My great grandpa fought in World War 2.  His name was George.  Poppies were the first flower to grow on the battle field after the war ended.  That is why we wear them on Anzac Day.  Poppies are red, yellow and black.

Written by Alex Samaras.

World War 1 lasted for four years and World war 2  lasted for six years.- Alfie

World War 1 began at 11 am of the 11th day of the 11th month- November.- Jessica

People listen to the last post tune to remember all of the soldier’s that died in war- Cooper.

Was your family affected by war?

Reflection on our learning..

Writer’s Notebook

Writer’s Notebook is where you choose a seed to brainstorm about. Then we do word association, which is where we look at an idea and think of words that link to it. Then we go on with the prompt cards. The prompt cards help us to write down how we feel about the seed we have chosen. After that we choose a text type with can be a narrative, information report, persuasive text or procedural text. Then we go on to planning.   After that we go on with drafting, which is where you do a rough copy of your text type. Then we do revising. Revising is where you re-read, use different sentence sizes, add detail, change words to a synonym, remove words\sentences. After that we do editing, which is where we look for spelling, punctuation, capital letters and re-reading our work. Then we do conferencing. In conferencing we re-read our writing to a peer, buddy revise and edit, as well as use our word choice checklist. Last but not least is publishing, which is where we can rewrite it on coloured paper or on an Ipad.

written by COOPER and JESSICA


In CBL we are celebrating identity and culture. We are making a little museum in our classroom. We have spent 2 weeks researching  international cuisine, sport, dance and more. We are working on publishing our work. We are excited to invite our buddies, parents and different grade 3 classes at the start of Term 2.

written by Simrat and Shivya.

Write on time

Write on time helps us to write as much as we can in a small amount of time.  Write on time is where you have time for pre-planning.   We use a seed, which can be a photo, picture or a video clip. We look at the seed and have 10 minutes to brainstorm and plan our text types.  You can choose any text type you want. We then have 30 minutes to write.  After that we revise and edit for 5 minutes.  At the end we share and celebrate our writing!

written by Tayla and Alfie


In maths we learnt about reading really big numbers.  We are also learning about place value.  Sometimes we do a little bit of coding.  Before we start proper maths, we do quick maths games.  We also learn quick addition maths sums and about doubles.  Last time we did maths we learnt about near doubles.  As a class we have done addition on the floor as a warm up and sometimes we do vertical addition.

written by Shrenil and Ramin.


In reading we are learning to find context clues to find the meaning of a word.  A context clue is a way that you don’t have to run to the dictionary all day. A context clue includes using your prior knowledge and looking around the page for the meaning.

We have also been working hard to find new and interesting words in our books so that we can expand our vocabulary.  Have a look at the words we have added to our word wall!

Synonyms are words that have the same meaning.  We are trying to swap boring words for better synonyms.  Check out our emotional literacy wall!

written by Kovidh and Dylan

Happy Holidays parents and friends!!!


In 3F, we made love hearts and cut them out.

We watched a story about a rabbit that was bullied on her first day of school. If the rabbit got bullied we had to scrunch our love hearts up. And if someone said something nice we the we would try to unscrunch our love hearts. After that we were given two apples we had to bully one of the apples and we had to be nice to the other apple. Then we said sorry to the apple we bullied. Then we cut one of the apples open, the one we bullied was bruised and the one we were nice to was fresh.  We learnt that even when we say sorry to a person, it doesn’t always make things better, because we have hurt them.

Then we each got elastic bands so it reminds us not to bully and help others that get bullied.

Written by Zeynep Saytal and Juliet Krstevski 🙂

3F and a snapshot of our learning..

Welcome parents and friends!

This term, our big CBL idea that we have been discovering and exploring is ‘IDENTITY’.  Students had a minimal understanding of what they thought identity meant.

Students were tuned into the idea of Identity by making predictions about what was inside this red suitcase.

The contents included: an apron, knitting, hand embroidered shaul, bowl made in China, family photo, naturalisation papers, letter, menu from a large ship, medical examination report of family, prayer card of the Mother of God.

Cooper– “I predict that they are old things because the suitcase looks old.”

Juliet- “I predict that it is your baba’s (grandma) suitcase because she is old.

We then all used our senses to feel, smell and really observe the artefacts up close.  We had many questions about what each artefact was used for and why it was in the suitcase.

Some of our wonderings and curiosities included:

  • Who is the man in the photo?
  •  What language is the letter in the envelope written and what does it say?
  • Is it your grandma’s suitcase?

Students made connections to the identity of the the artefacts by using their prior knowledge.                                                                                           Jessica- “I think the person was Russian because when you look inside the menu, it says russian eggs.”                                                               Mustafa- “It is a head scarfe because my mum wears one.”           Kovidh- “The writing in the letter is either Latin or Russian. ”   Harper- “This is his family because it says wife, sons and daughters.” Alex- “This is Mary, Jesus’s mother, because I go to church.”


We also were given the opportunity to explore another suitcase from the Melbourne Museum, full of artefacts from different people around the world!

Students chose an artefact and documented their thinking by answering the questions who, what, when, why, how? 

We then investigated the information cards and artefact pictures to make connections to the real identity of the person and why the artefact was so unique to their lives.

Meet Nickel Mundabi, a Congolese artist who lives in Shapparton with his family.  Fleeing his country because of political instability. In his home town, he taught homeless young people skills in woodwork and employed some in his workshop.  He won third prize in the New Heartlands Refugee Art Prize in Australia!

Thanks for visiting!  Students will be encouraged to choose, write and publish their learning journeys!