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Hello Everyone,

Another very busy term has just flashed by; registration of the school for another five years, wrapping up a very long four-year Build Project, Marius & Louise telling us of their travel plans for next year, the start-up planning for the APEDEC conference 2019 and all the wonderful activities that continue to happen across our classes.

Next Term…..

Breakfast on the deck –  first week back, Thursday 26th July. The most exciting part of the morning will be a repeat performance on Shakespeare. This is a wonderful show the classes did this week to wrap up their studies on Hamlet. So all you lovely parents please come if you can, your kids are just fabulous in this creative display of Currambena theatre!

Friday 20th July Staff Coordination Day

Monday 23rd July Staff Training Day

Tuesday 24th July Term 3 - First day back for the kids

Maintenance: –  I am trying one last time asking for about 6 x parents to form a team to oil all our decks. At this time, it is too wet but we would like it to happen in the September/October holidays. It is just about systematically running a mop/ roller across the deck and would need to be done twice. It is not hard work; it could be a meditative yoya session followed up by a BBQ on the basketball court. Please drop me an email if you can be a deckhand!

Contractors on School Grounds – Next week the first three days of the holidays we will be having work done at the school. New playbark is to be pumped into the top playground, repairs to   the St Elmos roof and a heating system installed in the renovated rooms of the Western Building.

Calling interested community members!

The group organising the APDEC conference for July next year is making good progress and we are now at the stage of inviting speakers and thinking about possible sponsors for this event. The conference will be five days of varied presentations, workshops and other activities and we are hoping to have around 200 delegates from the Asia pacific region.

If you are interested in joining us in planning and organising this exciting event for Currambena, or if you have any ideas about possible sponsors, please speak to Wendy, Michael or Katrina (teachers) or Lila, Shan or Di (parents).

Cheers

Julianna

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Hello everyone,

A quote from a student to begin: “Currambena is one of the only magical places in the non-magical realm, because extremely magical people pass through all the time and leave traces behind them.“ Truer words were never spoken.

A week of conclusions: consolidating our maths strategies, cleaning our desks, completing any unfinished work, and reflecting on the term. We polished off our architecture unit by presenting out models to each other, stating what was successful and difficult, and explaining their features in a persuasive way. We’re all looking forward to the guided tour of the Opera House on Friday, to which our new classmate for next term, Taal, is also coming along.

Today we’re off as a whole school to the theatre for a production of Hamlet (kids’ version) in the city. To build into this we had a Shakespeare performance on Tuesday. It was a wonderful display of Currambena spirit; funny, inventive and casual. Our class wrote Shakespearean insults and the kids gave me a roast on stage, letting all their pent-up rage out against me in the most hurtful ways (‘unctuous hedge-pig’, ‘clay-brained meal-worm’ ‘swag-bellied strumpet’ etc etc). It was no holds barred. From the other classes we saw incredible dress-ups, a murder mystery play, and a quill-making workshop.

Carolina our Spanish teacher also made extraordinary Spanish dumplings on Wednesday, rounding off a good term of language learning.

It’s been a pleasure teaching your children this term.

I hope you enjoy your holidays and get at least a little peace and quiet.

Warm regards,

Marius

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Hi Everyone,

What a whirlwind of a term and what a way to finish with a whole school trip to the theatre.

Last week the children learnt the story of Hamlet in preparation for today. On Monday, we chunked up the story and small groups wrote the script for that part. We collated the parts and, with a little editing, ended up with a short cohesive script. We went straight to work allocating parts, blocking out the action and learning lines. With some last minute dress rehearsals on Tuesday the children performed an enthusiastic and abridged version of Hamlet to the school. The children did an excellent job in such a short period of time. The performances of each of the classes showed a love of learning classic literature and stories. What a fantastic mid-week treat for us all!

This week we have also finished presenting all the personal projects for this term. There was a marked improvement in the quality of the content and delivery to the class. I am very impressed by how hard the children worked and their passion and enthusiasm for the topics they chose. The children reflected on them; appreciating what they did well and making plans for making the next project even better.

Tomorrow is tie dye day and most people will be wearing their tie dye t-shirts or silk screened t-shirt that they made in craft. Just a reminder!

Preparations for the APDEC conference are well underway and they are looking for more people to be involved:

Calling interested community members!

The group organising the APDEC conference for July next year is making good progress and we are now at the stage of inviting speakers and thinking about possible sponsors for this event. The conference will be five days of varied presentations, workshops and other activities and we are hoping to have around 200 delegates from the Asia pacific region.

If you are interested in joining us in planning and organising this exciting event for Currambena, or if you have any ideas about possible sponsors, please speak to Wendy, Michael or Katrina (teachers) or Lila, Shan or Di (parents).

Thanks!

That’s all for this week and this term. I wish you a lovely winter break and look forward to seeing you all back at school on Tuesday 24th July.

Love Louise

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So here we are…….. at the end of our final week and the midpoint through the year!

What better way to leave (a term together) than with a murder, a poisoning, insults and suicide speech!!!!!
Shakespeare’s tragedies and phrases all came to life on Tuesday in Wendy’s classroom. Marius’s children began, firing Shakespearean insults at their teacher – who stood strong against their slings and arrows. My class argued on where the emphasis should be in “TO BE OR NOT TO BE THAT IS THE QUESTION….” Louise’s class performed their version of Hamlet, including Hamlet’s rejection of Ophelia, the fight scene between Hamlet and Laertes, the killing of the King and Queen and finally – Hamlet! Wendy’s class wrote and performed a parody/murder mystery of Shakespeare’s plays, including Shakespeare himself and some of the characters from his plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antony and Cleopatra and of course – Hamlet. We finish this journey, into the Elizabethan era and the world of Shakespeare, with our excursion on Thursday to the Seymour Centre, where we will see professional actors perform in a production called “Hamlet the Prince of Skidmark”. After the performance, we will head over to Victoria Park to have lunch, with the buses then returning us to school by approx 2pm. The children will need a small bag/backpack in which to put their morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle.

Also this week, we completed all the presentations of personal projects and learnt a great number of new and interesting things about: Plastic, Lions, Medieval Times and torture, Food from Around the World, Nurses, Australia, Ballet, The Great Pyramid of Giza and Mould! The children did an amazing job and I can’t wait to see what they decide to get their teeth into next term.

For Spanish on Wednesday the children made – Empanadas de carne (Meat empanadas)

Ingredientes para 24 empanadas

• 6 planchas de masa hojaldrada (6 puff pastry sheets)
• 4 cucharadas de aceite (4 tablespoons of oil)
• 1 cebolla (1 onion)
• 1 cebolla de verdeo (1 green onion)
• 1 morrón rojo (1 red capsicum)
• 1kg de carne picada (1kg mince meat)
• Sal y pimienta (salt and pepper)
• 100 g de aceitunas verdes (100g of green olives)
• 2 huevos duros (2 hard boiled eggs)

Preparación
1. Saltear en el aceite a fuego fuerte las cebollas y el morrón picado durante 5 minutos. (Stir fry at high temp the chopped onions and capsicum during 5 minutes)
2. Añadir la carne picada y continuar la cocción durante 5 minutos más. (Add the mince meat and continue to cook for 5 more minutes)
3. Retirar y añadir la sal y la pimienta. Dejar enfriar y añadir las aceitunas y los huevos duros picados. (Set apart and add salf and pepper. Let it cool and add the olives and the chopped hard boiled eggs)
4. Cortar la plancha en cuatro. Rellenar cada cuadrado con el relleno y cerrar formando un repulgue. (Cut the sheet in four. Fill each square with the filling and close it making a “repulgue”)
5. Colocar sobre una fuente de horno con papel manteca. (Place them in a baking tray with baking paper)
6. Cocinar en un horno previamente precalentado a temperatura alta (200°C) hasta dorar. (Cook in a pre-heated oven at high temperature (200°C) until slightly brown)

On Friday, we will finish up the term with a Big Clean!!!!! And then, we voted to watch “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” – thank you for permission. We also voted to order Pizza to share!

FYI: NITS have been going around and the holidays could be a great time to treat the whole family.

Next Term, I will be doing Parent/Teacher interviews and hope to start this in week 2 or 3. Please keep an eye on the door for times available and put your name down.

A parting word from our fine fellow: “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, and therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”
(A Midsummer Night’s Dream)

So that’s it from us…. for another term. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday.
Love, Sarah.

From the APDEC committee….

Calling interested community members!

The group organising the APDEC conference for July next year is making good progress and we are now at the stage of inviting speakers and thinking about possible sponsors for this event. The conference will be five days of varied presentations, workshops and other activities and we are hoping to have around 200 delegates from the Asia pacific region.

If you are interested in joining us in planning and organising this exciting event for Currambena, or if you have any ideas about possible sponsors, please speak to Wendy, Michael or Katrina (teachers) or Lila, Shan or Di (parents).

Thanks!

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Hello Everyone,
This last week has been a busy end to the term.

As part of our work on Hamlet and Shakespeare, we’ve made feather pens and discussed how difficult it must have been to learn to write without modern pencils and pens. We used this activity as an opportunity to explore writing a procedure, getting the steps in the correct order with clear instructions to match. On Tuesday we had a gorgeous session watching the other classes perform some Shakespeare inspired pieces in Wendy’s classroom and we then contributed a feather-pen making session for the entire school. It was lots of fun.

Today was Spanish day and we had a delicious morning making and eating Empanadas. The children looked very colourful in their outfits and were very enthusiastic. I also taught the children a version of the Padodoble dance and we discussed how our body and face needed to be strong and powerful. Much like when we are giving a clear message during a conflict.

Literacy groups have finished really well this term and it’s been lovely to see all the children making great progress in their literacy skills. In maths we’ve been focusing on strategies for addition including counting on and grouping tens. It’s such a pleasure to watch the children work with and grasp these ideas.

Tomorrow the children have voted to celebrate the end of term with a dress-up day, class games (including soccer) and a party. If you can manage it, please send in a little something to eat for their celebration.

The children all seem very settled at the moment and although they are tired we are having a really lovely time together. I’m looking forward to term 3 and the adventures it will bring.

Please could everybody treat their children’s hair for nits over the holidays. They are definitely about!

Have a great break,
Jess

Calling interested community members!
The group organising the APDEC conference for July next year is making good progress and we are now at the stage of inviting speakers and thinking about possible sponsors for this event. The conference will be five days of varied presentations, workshops and other activities and we are hoping to have around 200 delegates from the Asia pacific region.
If you are interested in joining us in planning and organising this exciting event for Currambena, or if you have any ideas about possible sponsors, please speak to Wendy, Michael or Katrina (teachers) or Lila, Shan or Di (parents).
Thanks!
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We are so excited about seeing Hamlet today! Thank you so much to Sarah for organising it for us all. The buses leave at 9:45 and we’ll be back at school by around 2pm. Children will need a packed lunch to eat in the park.

Thank you very much to the Maintenance Team for all their efforts last weekend. The school looked very bright and shiny on Monday morning!

Thank you also to everyone who has helped us in our group this term in any way. Special thanks to Shirley for her time each week, planning and sharing some fascinating mathematical concepts and puzzles.

A few people have asked me recently about dates for our Jervis Bay camp this year. I am going to try for 3rd to 7th December BUT I will not be able to confirm this until 3rd August when bookings open for those dates. I will let you know asap after that. Any parents hoping to spend time camping with us will need Working With Children Checks. PLEASE apply for these NOW! On-line applications are quite easy and then you have to take your number to Service NSW and pay the fee. Julianna then needs your details to verify the check. Legislation has changed recently and soon, all parents who participate in any activities with the children will need to have current WWCC numbers. Please consider getting on to this now.

In class this week, we have finished all our PIP presentations… they were just terrific! Many of the children used Prezi or Google slides and many included short films or demonstrations to enhance their presentation. In our self-evaluations, almost everyone said they enjoyed researching their topic and some are already planning their next topics! Nothing quite like being able to choose exactly what you want to learn about and how to demonstrate your learning!

We are wrapping up our Area and Fractions topics in Maths and we finished our shared book “King of Shadows”. It had a very satisfying ending which received a round of applause when we read it the other afternoon while dark clouds gathered in the sky outside! We’re now reading “My Girragundji”, Boori’s story from his childhood … a quick read to finish this week I hope!

The highlight of the week was the Shakespeare Festival on Tuesday which was so much fun. We were all entertained by each class’s items…the Shakespearean insults hurled at poor Marius by his children, Sarah’s group’s clever interpretations of “To be or not to be, that is the question”, Louise’s group’s very dramatic summary of the entire play and Jess’s class teaching us how to make and use feather quills. A group of children from our class wrote and produced a fabulous play in which Shakespeare was murdered and a range of characters from his plays are suspected of being guilty of the crime! It turned out to be …. but I won’t tell because we are hoping to organise another performance of all the items early next term so more parents can come along and watch. Watch for a possible breakfast event in the first weeks of Term 3.

In class we are also completing our History topic and finishing Units 17 in both our text books this week. It’s the middle of the books so we’re well on track!

Calling interested community members!
The team organising the APDEC conference for July next year is making good progress and we are now at the stage of inviting speakers and thinking about possible sponsors for this event. The conference will be five days of varied presentations, workshops and other activities and we are hoping to have around 200 delegates from the Asia pacific region.

If you are interested in joining us in planning and organising this exciting event for Currambena, or if you have any ideas about possible sponsors, please speak to Wendy, Michael or Katrina (teachers) or Lila, Shan or Di (parents). Thanks!

And lastly, a few times recently parents have emailed me during the day asking me to pass on messages to their children. I often only look at emails before and after school so there is no guarantee a message for your child will get through. Sorry about that.

I hope you all have very safe and happy holidays! See you next term. With love, Wendy

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Hello Everyone,

It’s hard to believe that this is the end of term 2. Time certainly flies when you’re having fun!

The children have continued to be involved in experiences relating to fire and fire safety. On Friday we had our first fire, inviting the whole school to join us. The Preschool children worked together to write a fire agreement to ensure that everyone knew what the expectations were and to ensure it was safe. The intentional teaching that had occurred prior to this really paid off, as everyone was very mindful of the fire. There was the opportunity to toast marshmallows, which turned out to be the highlight of the fire for many of the children.

We have started learning Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in different languages. We are currently learning it in French and Japanese with the children in preschool who speak these languages confidently leading these songs as we sing them as a group. We are also planning on learning the song in Korean and Spanish as well.

The children had a fantastic time at the whole school Shakespeare event on Tuesday. We feel very fortunate as a preschool to have the opportunity to take part in such experiences that normally wouldn’t happen until later stages in primary or High School.

We had Shirley come in to preschool last Thursday and do some programming with the preschool children using Bee Bots. Everyone worked cohesively in small groups, being very engaged in the activity. We were also very grateful to have children in Sarah’s and Louise’s class come and assist the preschool in learning to program the bee bots so they went exactly where they wanted them to go. A huge thank you to Shirley for a great activity.

Thank you to everyone that helped out at the school maintenance day on Sunday. Your efforts never go unnoticed! The preschool windows were sparkling and the outdoor area looked pristine. Thank you also to Hayden, Harley’s father for the A4 paper. We are always in desperate need of paper for drawing, used on one side, so if you are able to bring some in we would really appreciate it. Thank you to everyone that is assisting us with the end of term preschool cleaning.

Teachers and staff will return on  Friday 20th July for coordination and training days. The children’s first day back will be Tuesday 24th July 2018. Wishing everyone a restful and relaxing break over the holidays!

Love

Katrina, Michael and Hannah

P.S. Calling interested community members!

The group organising the APDEC conference for July next year is making good progress and we are now at the stage of inviting speakers and thinking about possible sponsors for this event. The conference will be five days of varied presentations, workshops and other activities and we are hoping to have around 200 delegates from the Asia pacific region.

If you are interested in joining us in planning and organising this exciting event for Currambena, or if you have any ideas about possible sponsors, please speak to Wendy, Michael or Katrina (teachers) or Lila, Shan or Di (parents).

Thanks!

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