On Friday April 22nd the entire Aitken Creek Primary School came together to commemorate Anzac Day. It was our very first Anzac Day assembly as a whole school and was run by our Year 6 Student Leaders with support from Mr Pearson and Ms Huntly.
The entire school – all 930 students plus teachers and parents – did an outstanding job of being respectful and solemn during the assembly. It followed the structure of an Anzac service with The Ode being read and The Last Post being played followed by a minute’s silence and the Rouse. Student Leaders from Years 3-6 also presented and laid wreaths of remembrance that had been created in their classes.
Thank you to all who supported our first commemoration assembly. Our school looks forward to continuing this respectful remembrance of those who have served for our country in the future.
One student in the school thought about what he has understood and learnt about Anzac Day and wrote a poem. It is shared here to celebrate his thoughtful remembrance of those who have served:
In 4B Spanish and Art we have been collaborating and we had a really fun filled unit about masks, Carnaval and Spanish-speaking countries.
In Art each student was allocated a country (so we could represent all of the countries and not only the most famous ones). We observed the flags and we had to plan a design that represented in a way the flag of that country to paint and decorate our mask. We practised painting, mixing and detailing skills. We used different materials such as acrylic paint, glitter, gems, feathers, etc.
In Spanish we made signs to label our work. We researched the capital of the country we represented and described the colours of the flag.
Here are some pictures! You can see our finished work on display near Ms Murray’s office.
Miss P has uploaded a video for you to watch before our next P.E lesson.
This is all about attacking (where to run) and defending (following your player.) This will allow you to understand why this is important when playing an invasion game. The sport that I used as an example is basketball.
What I want you to begin to think about is how will you attack and defend in a game situation.
“Students are the future, allow students to have their own opinions in the future of Physical Education and ICT at Aitken Creek Primary School.”
Very excited to announce ACPS first ever P.E Tech Group. Over 40 students showed interest into this exciting new project which is aimed to work together once a week to allow students to have a voice on how ICT can benefit Physical Education at ACPS.
10 students from were selected and begin their adventures in Week Four.
What is the P.E Tech Group?
Once a week the group of students will get together with Miss P during Red Lunchtime for 20 minutes to talk about how we can further develop and increase student knowledge and participation in P.E with the use of ICT during school hours and after school hours.
Students will create their own goals on what they want to achieve in this group.
The group will provide updates through the term newsletter and displays in the gym so all ACPS community can see what our group achieves.
The group can also provide digital updates through class blogs, assemblies and other social media.
The group will create ideas and these ideas will be implemented as a trial into our P.E lessons – if the group agrees it is outstanding quality of learning.
The group will be taught the purpose of a flipped learning and student driven tasks, which then enables them to mentor other students in their class. Students will create their own ideas as well.
As a group, we will look through educational apps and how this could benefit student development in P.E.
Congratulations to the following students, Miss P is very excited to be working with you, let’s make a difference.
This Tuesday we began with our Carnaval week at Aitken Creek. Students are watching dance performances and joining in dancing to various songs during lunch time.
Students are also getting ready for the dress up parade at lunch times (11:10am for blue group and 12:40pm for red group) at the courtyard (fake grass area) on Thursday April 21. Dress up on the day! The main performances on Thursday will take place during session 5 starting at 2:20pm at the gym. 4C students and those attending lunch time Spanish and Art/Spanish club will perform. Parents are welcome to attend!!
About the dress ups: Carnaval is a happy celebration about pretending to be someone or something else. Funny, colourful, happy costumes are encouraged. Be creative!
In grade 3D and 3E, we have been looking at the significance of ANZAC Day and what it means to us. We read different books and researched on different websites about the the Great War and Gallipoli. We shared stories about family members that have been to war. It gave us the opportunity to reflect on the past. On Friday we will be attending a special ceremony and we create wreaths to take as a sign of respect. Lest we forget.
On April 19th 2016, we had a Mystery Skype. A Mystery Skype is where we Skype another class and guess where they are in the world. They also have to guess where we are in the world.
They guessed where we live but we didn’t guess where they are so they told us. They live in Taiwan which is a really small country close to China and the Phillippines. Everyone was working hard in both classes. It was amazing.
By Kashyap and Tomaia
We learnt a few things about the Year 4 students in Taiwan:
They only wear school uniform for PE class twice a week and when they go on excursions.
They have Chinese classes.
They are 2 hours behind us. When we Skyped it was 11am here in Craigieburn but 9am in Taiwan!
Later this term, grade 3 and 4 students will be off to camp! All forms are due back to teachers by Friday 22nd April with full money due later in May. When packing for camp, these are the items you will need:
3 x T-shirts
2 x warm jumpers/ windcheaters
2 x long pants
4 x pairs of socks
4 x underwear
1 pair of pyjamas
1 pair of runners
1 pair of boots
1 pair of thongs
Personal toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo)
2 plastic bags for dirty clothes
WHAT NOT BRING:
iPhones, iPads, iPods, Computer Games
Please remember that no suitcases are allowed on camp, only soft shell bags.
As part of our CBL focus on Discovery this term, students had to consider some of the fundamental skills and attitudes people need to have in order to learn, solve problems, explore, investigate and find out.
To do this, students were given the task of completing an image slide puzzle as fast as they could. At first, the task looked easy to the students and they felt confident they could line up the squares and create the image without too much trouble. However, the task proved trickier than they thought and most of the class were unable to solve the puzzle after 15 minutes.
When asked how they felt about the puzzle, responses ranged from happy and pleased to the more common answers of infuriated, frustrated and mad, with some students literally trying to tear their hair out!
But is wasn’t all bad news – it allowed the class to reflect on some very important aspects of discovery, as seen by the students’ thoughts below:
What skills or attitudes did you need to have?
– Don’t get angry every time you do something by yourself that is hard
– Speed isn’t necessarily important
– Never give up
– Other knowledge and practice might be needed to help you solve problems
– Positive attitude
Why are these important for discovery?
– If we didn’t have them, nothing new would be found out
– If you just give up, there’s no point in even starting
– You can be proud
– You can share your knowledge and work with others
– If you give up, you won’t become good at things
– If you give up, you and others might not benefit from what you could find out
– You can improve on yourself or on something or find a better way to perform a task that helps you or others
If you think you have what it takes to complete the image slide puzzle, follow this link Image Slide Puzzle
One student in our class completed the 9-square puzzle in 10 seconds and the 16-square puzzle in 26 seconds! Can you beat her?