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Morning tea:

 Pancakes with strawberries and maple syrup

(Gluten and dairy free option also available)

$2

Lunch:

 Quiche slices

Ingredients – besan flour, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, sweet potato, zucchini, corn.

Gluten, dairy & nut free

$2

 Ice Lollies

ingredients – fruit juice with no added sugar.

Gluten & dairy free. Nut free & processed sugar free

$1

 

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Hello Everyone,

Exciting news for Marius, as his next adventure is to move to France next year! He will be very much missed by the kids, the parents and all of us. But carrying on from my newsletter last week, it is “a beautiful messy world” and so an opportunity arises to have another energy into the school to enrich the ever changing tapestry of our beautiful Currambena. We will be looking to form a selection committee of 3 x parents and 3 x teachers after our Registration visit Friday 1st June. Once the committee has been approved by council the process will begin, to employ a new teacher.

AGM – this is next Friday 25th May. If you are considering being a council member, please have your nomination in by this Friday 18th May.

Currambena Registration Friday 1st June. This is a big event for the school and all the staff have been working on this for months. We are asking the community to be taking note of areas around the school that could need some extra attention, ie unwanted junk to be removed; extra cleaning like windows, brushing down of walls, window sills, door frames; talking to your kids about taking home their clothes, shoes, lunch containers each day.

Cheers Julianna

THE NEXT GENERATION preparing today’s kids for an extraordinary future.  by Tony Ryan

“Around 35% of the world’s population is under 20 years old. It is they who will become the movers and shakers of the 21st century. Many already are. With increased access to the internet, and to learning opportunities that were simple not available at the start of the century, this generation will transform the planet.”

“Their unprecedented entrepreneurial involvement will unleash one of the greatest economic and social evolutions in human history” 

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Congratulations to all the performers who took to the stage (or the mats!) on Tuesday in our mini concert. We had 20 performances including piano, guitar, singing and dance… so much fun to watch! Both performers and audience enjoyed it immensely.

In our group this week there is great excitement and much discussion about our BALL on Friday night. We have a Ball Committee which has been organising the event and everything seems to be covered.Thank you to the parents who have offered to be chaperones for the evening or have offered help with any aspect of the night. It will finish at 9pm promptly and we would very much appreciate help with cleaning up when parents collect their children. Preschool are very kindly allowing us to use their room and so we need to leave it spotless for them on Monday morning!

Apart from this, we have had a busy week with more lessons on Hamlet, our usual spelling activities, text book work checking and completing the next unit, starting fractions, decimals and percentages in maths, some lessons on “colonisation/invasion” with Emily and a fun reading session with Sarah’s group. I’ll try to get some photos in this newsletter. We were helping The Smith Family improve their student to student reading program!

We have also begun rehearsal for the Lane Cove Children’s Voices for Reconciliation event in the plaza on Thursday 31st May. We’ll be singing “Brown Skin Baby” and it is already sounding lovely. Several children are also presenting speeches on the topic of “Don’t let history be a mystery” so it should be a great event, as usual.

Information morning yesterday was very well attended and I overheard one visitor ask, “Why haven’t they started more schools like this? There is obviously such a demand.” Interesting thought!

The nest APDEC meeting is next Monday evening in my room. Please come along and hear about plans and offer help if you are interested. It should be a fabulous opportunity for us all to connect with the Asia Pacific Region and other schools like ours.

Today I’ll send home forms to be signed for students to participate in the research project I mentioned last week, about learning maths through movement and drama. Please return these asap!

Have a good week! Love, Wendy

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Hello all,

Another busy week. On Monday Tony Burke (an architect by trade) came in and showed us architectural drawings, materials and models and gave an excellent short presentation on how people match their architecture to their needs and environment. Thanks Tony!

We’re beginning to gather natural materials to make an indigenous shelter which will inform our design and construction methods. Possibly this will be a joint task with Jess’s, and if I can get permission from the kids we plan to build onsite. We spent some of Tuesday morning looking at traditional housing and compared and contrasted it to a modern, climate-controlled house. As part of our focus on persuasive language students had to come up with arguments for why they would choose one over the other to live in. Personal favourite argument was that, along with being energy and resource intensive, hard to clean, and expensive, modern houses were so heavy that if the roof fell down you would certainly be crushed. A metaphor for late capitalism?

In maths this week I spilled hundreds and hundreds of sticks on the ground and the kids had to bundle them into tens and count them efficiently. It’s the kind of thing that doesn’t sound fun at all but that kids love. Also a good way to teach ‘non-standard partition’, allowing kids to see 740 as 7 hundreds and 4 tens OR 74 tens. Moving on to fractions next week.

I was at a professional development day yesterday on different theoretical approaches to teaching writing. One of the instructor’s main points was the proven unnaturalness of writing as opposed to speech. Things like getting your kids to write shopping lists, birthday cards, journals, and little research projects are wonderful ways to reinforce the nuts and bolts of spelling, punctuation and coherence that we look at explicitly in the classroom.
Rhonda accordingly took the class and had a great day. We’ve been talking about the importance of treating visitors to our school with special consideration and they rose to the challenge.

Kids today have to design and construct a tower more than fifty cm tall with only matchsticks and modelling clay. We’re using these construction challenges as a chance for written reflections on what worked and was challenging, how they worked in teams etc.

I’m sad to inform everyone that I’ll be leaving Currambena at the end of this year. I want to live and study overseas and I’m not getting any younger, as they say. It has been and continues to be an immense pleasure and privilege teaching your kids and it’s not a decision I take lightly. I’ll tell my students today to give them some time to get used to the idea. We will finish this year off brilliantly and give everyone a proper chance to get to know my replacement, whom I’m sure will be excellent.

Look forward to seeing you soon,

Marius

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Hi Everyone,

Last week we had Julie-Anne come in from the Field of Mars to help us with our documentary filming. The children worked really hard to finish their scripts and storyboards ready for the bushwalk and filming. The children learnt lots of new skills and used imovie to edit and produce the final product. We did a self-assessment of the process yesterday and we’ll be watching the finished documentaries at school meeting tomorrow. We’ll also play them again at 2:50pm tomorrow afternoon for any parents that would like to come and watch them with us. Please come along either in the morning or afternoon tomorrow for a shared viewing. If you can’t make it, I’ll send the link to the documentaries so you can watch them at home.

This week we have been focussing on multiplication in maths. We’ve been investigating different ways to work out tricky multiplication questions and sharing all our strategies. We also started our class topic today. We are doing a class project on migration. We are starting with the convicts being transported to Australia around the time of the first fleet. We’ll move on to cover post WW2 migration and refugee migration in the 70s and then more recent times. This week we examined the conditions that Londoners were living in in the 17th century. We wrote a diary entry of an English orphan from that time.

We are full-steam ahead for our excursion on Monday to Cockatoo Island. The weather forecast is perfect but probably a bit cold in the morning so layering is probably the way to go. Please make sure your child brings a packed lunch and a water bottle as we’ll be missing canteen. Thanks to all the parents for volunteering to help out with driving. The definitive list is on Sarah’s classroom door.

Our student teacher, Gemma from Macquarie, will be with us everyday starting on Monday for the next three weeks.

The school’s AGM is next Friday. Please come!

That’s all for this week.

Louise

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Hello Everyone,

It certainly feels like Winter is on its way if not here. Many of our energetic preschool children don’t seem to have noticed though! A huge thank you to everyone that has been bringing in “rainbow” vegetables for children to share in preschool. It’s a great way to encourage children that wouldn’t normally eat some of the vegetables that are on offer to try them, being enticed by their peers and giving them a try.

There’s a lot currently going on in preschool lately so hopefully I can cover it all. The children decided to set up a beauty salon in preschool this week, with lots of fantastic hairstyles being created. The teachers have also been privileged enough to have had the opportunity to get a new style too!

Our mapping project is going well with the children’s homes being placed on the map as well as the playground we visit on a Monday and Currambena School.

The preschool children are very connected to primary this year and particulary of late, appearing very comfortable in many spaces and classrooms around the school. On a Friday children are enjoying playing in Jess’s class and last week loved attending the stalls and taking part in the activities that were put on by Sarah’s and Jess’s class.  This week we all went down to Wendy’s for the music concert. On Tuesday the preschool children have the opportunity to join some of the sporting activities held at school. This week many of the children particpated in games around the school with Wendy and dance with Louise.

The rehearsals for children’s voices are going very well. Some days are better than others though collectively we have mastered both songs. Permission notes for our performance in a fortnights time will be out today. It would be great if you could sign and return them on the spot. I’ll attach a copy to a storypark post so everyone will have a soft copy of the details.

We’ll have a bi-cultural support worker who speaks Korean called Young, in preschool every Thursday for a few hours from 10-1pm until week 7 ,to assist a CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) child from Korea.

As always thank you to all the fabulous people that take preschool washing home and return it promptly clean and folded. Thank you also to Emme who has very generously donated an Octonaut toy and a puppet to preschool. Thank you to all the preschool families that entrust your gorgeous little people into our care, they are all a delight to behold and make our days so enjoyable!

Lastly the deadline for applications into primary for 2019 is next Monday 21st May!

Love

Katrina, Michael and Hannah

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Hello Everyone,
We’ve had a busy and fun week at school, with the children showing great initiative both inside and outside the classroom. In craft the children have constructed and spray painted a beautiful tree made from eucalyptus branches. We’ve added our family photos to the branches and will continue to build on this through the term. It makes for a lovely discussion about similarities and differences in families and how the differences between us make our classroom (and the world) an interesting place.

We’ve taken a small detour in our history unit as many of the children have become fascinated with the stories of Australian bush rangers in the 1800′s and, in particular, the infamous Ned Kelly. Today we had heaps of fun making body armour out of cardboard and playing “Troopers and Bush-rangers” around the school. I’m looking forward to our excursion to Carisbrook House next Monday. Thank you to Marty and Elissa who will be accompanying us. If anyone else is available to come along please let me know. Please remember to pack morning tea, lunch and a water bottle and to dress warmly with comfortable footwear.

On Tuesday, a number of older children chose to perform in a concert that was held in Wendy’s room. We had pianists, guitarists, singers, dancers and actors up on stage with some wonderful, abstract creations. The children in my class were very focused on the show and watched with great respect. I imagine next year some of them may want to perform themselves. Thank you Wendy for organising this.

We are very nearly finished going through the alphabet, with only 5 letters to go! The children are very excited and have decided they would like to hold an alphabet party when we get to Z, to celebrate the milestone. They want to invite the whole school and are working on their plans for food, games and decorations. Stay tuned…

The children have also shown great interest in bush ‘survival’ concepts and have spent some time discussing the idea of building shelters, making fire and finding their way through the bush. This has tied in nicely with our bushranger theme and will of course also relate well to our Aboriginal History focus this term. With this in mind, its likely we’ll do some bushwalking in the coming weeks.

Tomorrow we will begin our cooking sessions. Thank you to Rose and her family for the gorgeous oat biscuit recipe. I’m sure the children will love making and eating them.

A very big and belated thank you to Uli, Maura, Andrea and Sarah who help me out so generously with literacy stations. I couldn’t do it without you!

Have a lovely weekend,
Jess

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Hi everybody!

Firstly, a huge thank you to those parents (for being so flexible) who offered to drop us off, pick us up and come along to Cockatoo Island last Monday. Obviously, Louise and I decided to change the date to this coming Monday, due to the weather looking rather ominous. This coming Monday is currently looking – Sunny!!!!

As the cool/cold wind whipped around the Jacaranda tree last Friday – the handball court was a hub of activity. Our stall holders raised a whopping $315 and some cents, for Sea Shepherd. Thank you to ALL who contributed.

With her time at Currambena drawing to an end, our student teacher Elizabeth has made some lovely connections with the class. She has mostly focused her practice and lessons on the teaching of grammar & the strategies we can use for multiplying and dividing. The children have looked closely at nouns (naming words) adjectives (describing), verbs (actions) & adverbs (describing). Using our afternoon reading book, “The Midnight Gang” by David Walliams, Elizabeth has taken passages and examples from the book to emphasise how the inclusion of grammar changes the structure of a sentence, and makes it more exciting, interesting, engaging, etc. etc.

For our unit on Australian and Indigenous studies we looked at why the British looked to another country to move it’s people. We talked about convicts and specifically child convicts and some of the reasons they were ordered to leave their home. We discussed what life might have been like on the voyage & ship and watched a couple of videos which explained this in greater detail. We will be working towards writing a letter back home from the perspective of a child convict. The children began generating their own ideas and thoughts and came up with a list of things they would write about, to their family members (back in England): Food, conditions, work, friendships were some of the things they felt they would be talking about.

On Tuesday morning, we had a lovely opportunity to buddy up and read to the children from Wendy’s class. Wendy’s daughter Anna and another lady from The Smith Family are developing a reading program whereby older children are paired with younger ones to listen to them read. After our reading session, there was a debrief to see how the children felt and questions were asked for a response and reaction to the experience from both perspectives: 1. As the listener 2. As the reader. All children (from both classes) were really keen and enthusiastic to continue to do this. However, due to our timetables, it may not be something we are able to practice every week but it certainly looks possible to get the 2 classes together once a fortnight.

On Wednesday afternoon, during our time on personal projects, we had 2 presenters (again from Wendy’s) come and present their projects from last term. This gave the children greater insight into how creative and imaginative they could be, and the different mediums and ways to present information and facts on a specific topic. I also handed back a self reflection the children completed on their last term’s project which included a written response from me, on how they went and what they could improve on. This provided them with a reminder of what they have done/achieved and the areas they may need to focus on for improvement.

So, next Monday is our excursion to Cockatoo Island!!!!! The children will need the usual things: morning tea, lunch, drink bottle, hat & walking shoes. Please make sure your child has a jacket and/or something warm to wear.

That’s us for this week! Have a lovely weekend….

Love, Sarah.

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Hello Everyone,

Now that we have our chickens back please remember the rules while our dogs are on the school grounds.

All dogs must be on a lead at all times.

All dogs must be held by an adult at all times

Yesterday Sarah and I went to a very thought provoking conference –  Tournament of the Minds with Tony Ryan. There were lots of discussions about how our world is going to possibly look in the future and what do we teach our kids. Empathy, global awareness, perseverance and resilience were top on the list as priority skills. A few possible predictions were put on the table for us to think about. Our seven year olds today will more than likely never need a driver’s license, in 30 years there will be no need for speech, future work will be in seven year cycles with breaks of three months between each cycle while we navigate what our next living strategy will be, and there will be no retirement as we know it! Tony was very engaging and passionate about the extraordinary good things happening in our world. His catch phrase was “Our world is a beautiful messy place”

Cheers Julianna

If you are at all interested in joining the group organising the APDEC – ASIA PACIFIC DEMOCRATIC EDUCATION CONFERENCE in July next year, please speak to Wendy or just come along to our next meeting at 6:30pm on Monday 21st May. All welcome!

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