Hi Everyone!
This week we started with a beautiful day trip to Cockatoo Island. Thank you to all the parents who drove and who accompanied us on the excursion. We were lucky because the weather was glorious. We took an exciting ferry ride over from Greenwich Point Wharf and began exploring the island. We visited the Biennale art exhibition which was contained in huge warehouses and also tucked away up in little rooms. We saw a very interesting piece by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. He has created a documentary about the plight of refugees and we watched some of the making of this. We also looked at pictures and an interactive display where we found out about a precious item a refugee had brought with them to Australia. The children were fascinated to see his massive sculpture of many refugees squashed into a boat made of rubber. This inspired some interesting conversations along the way. Up the hill on the island, we also visited the convict barracks and discussed the history of the island and who had used it.

We have continued our class topic about migration but we are still back in the 1800s. We learnt about life aboard a convict ship coming to Australia and wrote some diary entries. In maths, we have moved on to learning strategies for division. The children are learning their times tables off by heart and this is helping with their division. We are eagerly awaiting our turn to paint birds on the new mural on the side of the main building. They’ll be there for you to see this afternoon.

On Friday at 2:30 pm we will do a showing of our documentaries. We’ll also make some scones to share. Please email me to let me know if you are coming. Afterwards, I’ll email the link to the documentaries so you can watch them at home.

On Friday night we have the AGM. Please come and support the school.

That’s all for this week.

Louise

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The Ball last Friday night was a fabulous success… Congratulations to the organisers and many thanks to the parents who helped them. All the kids had, you guessed it… a ball!! It was great fun to hear all that 1950s music and everyone danced at some point, most joining in with the other activities, especially getting their photos taken… hopefully you’ll see some of these in the Newsletter today.

We are now into rehearsal for the performance next Thursday in the Plaza… the annual Lane Cove Children’s Voices for Reconciliation. Several children are writing short speeches and the whole group is singing “Brown Skin Baby” by Bob Randall. It is already sounding beautiful.

This Friday we say goodbye to Emily, our Macquarie Uni prac teacher. She has had a great prac and we wish her all the best for the future.

This week we are hearing more of the story of Hamlet in English, creating story boards and continuing our other story writing and spelling activities.

In Maths, we have made a great start on fractions and we’ll be concentrating on these for a few more weeks. Confidence with times tables is growing steadily in the group and some are challenging themselves to greater speed as well as accuracy! Text book Unit 11 is due this week.

Most PIPs are well underway and I’m looking forward to some stunning presentations this term again!

The mural on the main building is looking terrific. Our group is up and painting today! What fun… I hope you’ll all come along to the AGM on Friday night and take a look! We do need a quorum to hold the AGM so if you can spare an hour or so it will be a great help! You can show your appreciation of the outgoing Council and help to vote in the new one. A great way to participate in the life of the school and hear about the year just past.

There is also an important MAINTENANCE DAY this coming weekend on Sunday so please come along and help if you can. Plenty of jobs!

On Monday night, we had a very productive meeting of the APDEC group planning next year’s conference. There is still time to be involved!! Please speak to me if you are interested! It was wonderful to have three students at this meeting!! Thank you Bronte, Alice and Claudia. The conference will be in July 2019 and will include some celebration of Currambena’s 50th birthday!

Have a great week. Love, Wendy

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Hello Everyone,

The votes have been tallied and the Preschool is now called The Cupcakes! The children have been enjoying bellowing out “Inside time for the Cupcakes” at every opportunity.

This time next week the children will have performed on stage at the plaza for children’s voices for reconciliation. We plan to get to Lane Cove plaza between 10:15-10:25. The children will be seated for the opening of the event where we will listen to the procedures including a smoking ceremony and messages from the Mayor of Lane Cove The children will perform at 11:05. If your child doesn’t come on a Wednesday, you are welcome to meet us at the plaza or walk with us from Currambena, we plan on leaving at about 10am.

Before our rehearsals each day this week we’ve been chatting about how children may be feeling about performing on stage. There are mixed emotions about this. Many children are feeling happy and excited, while some are feeling shy and nervous. We’ve been talking about how sometimes you get “butterflies” in your stomach and how your body produces something called adrenaline that can help you push through your fears and assist you to perform. The children are thinking that they will feel very proud of themselves after the performance. We’re thinking that we may even have an “after party” to celebrate their performance!

We’ve continued to do many intentional teaching experiences based on our indigenous culture during group time. Of particular interest to the children is how Aboriginals lived at one with the land, treading lightly and only taking what they needed. We’ve looked at how they hunted for food and knew which plants and insects they could eat. There’s been some in-depth discussions about witchery grubs and if children were given the opportunity if they would try them. This has led to some searches around the school for them. We’re planning to do further investigation into “bush tucker”

We’ve started to offer the children the choice of 3 groups during group time. This provides the opportunity to

Thank you to Andrew, Harriet’s father for fixing the handles on our cupboard doors and moving one of our fire extinguishers so we can but up some pockets at children’s height to store their wallets/purses in. Thank you also to everyone that has taken our laundry home to wash for us.

We hope to see you all at the School AGM this Friday starting at 6:30pm. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the school and hear from members of our current school council. Children are welcome to attend too!

Love

Katrina, Michael and Hannah

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Hello everyone,

As part of our architectural theme we looked at the shelters that animals make, such as beaver’s lodges, warrens, weaver birds and termite mounds. Did you know that n the 16th century, the pope decreed that, due to the scaly tail and semi-aquatic lifestyle, beaver could be considered a fish and be eaten during Catholic fasting days? Neither did I.

In writing this week groups have were asked to come up with arguments and make a case. On the subject ‘Kids should be able to choose exotic pets’ one reason provided was that ‘if they escaped they could probably survive in the wild’. Hard to argue with the logic of children sometimes. Better not to try.

We also wrote down pros and cons for living in a Mars colony, and focussed on segmenting our writing properly into sentences and avoiding the misuse of common homophones like you’re/your and hour/our.

For our literature we read Rikki-tikki-tavi from Kipling’s The Jungle Book, about a self-confident mongoose that protects a family from some viscious cobras. Amazing to see how a book from 1894 can still capture the imagination.

Fractions has been our maths focus this week, and we’ve been dissecting and assembling shapes like mad people. As well as this we’ve been learning to use a multiplication chart for large numbers and played various kinds of bingo (which seems to be beloved both by the very young and the very old).

In Art Crafty and his gang of street artists have begun a new mural that is taking shape. Each child had to paint a bird on the telephone wire to create a larger effect.

And in Science we ran some experiments with cardboard platforms and paper cups to examine weight distribution.

Maya has had the idea for a small stall/ disco not this Friday but next, and several of the kids are beginning to make posters and advertise the event. Entrepreneurial spirit and consumer confidence seems high.

Thanks for all the kind emails regarding my ‘retirement’, as some of the kids call it. One of the great aspects of Currambena is the true appreciation shown to its teachers, and whomever takes the job here is bound to have a wonderful time.

I hope you’re well and enjoy a restful weekend.

Warm regards,

Marius

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Hello Everyone,

AGM – is tomorrow Friday 25th May. Everyone is welcome and we would very much appreciate your attendance. This is not a long meeting only lasting an hour at the most. We start with reports from the Treasurer, Chair and Coordinator which are recaps of all the happenings at Currambena over 2017. It is amazing going through our diaries and realising how much happens in a year at Currambena! We have three nominees who will tell us a little about what they can offer on our council and then are duly voted in. We start at 6.30pm and we need about 22 people to make a quorum.

Currambena Registration Friday 1st June is next week. 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. There is a maintenance day on this Saturday. Is there someone that could pack the skip and it needs to be level at the top? Any top stuff and they will not take it away

Emails – the subject line needs to be the indicator of your content. It is very difficult to find an email with mixed messages!

Fees- any queries or payments please use your child’s surname as the reference

Maintenance Day – this Saturday. Can we please be mindful of noise that may disturb our neighbours and our rules for dogs at Currambena

Cheers

Julianna

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Hello Everyone,

Last week we finished off our family photo hangers and added them to our classroom tree. Please come and have a look at them and talk with the children about what they have contributed. We also began our cooking sessions for the term and by all accounts it was delicious.

This week, the highlight was of course our excursion to Carisbrook House. The tour guides were really fantastic and the children remained engaged throughout. One highlight was the realisation that the house didn’t have a bathroom! There was much time spent contemplating and discussing how it would be to live without a bathroom. I was very proud of how respectful and curious the children were generally and not at all surprised that our guides commented on what a lovely group of children they were. Lunch at Hughes Park was a perfect way to finish the day and it was gorgeous to spend some time playing together uninterrupted. Thank you to Elissa and Marty for your help.

This week we’ve continued to look at the letters in the alphabet and with only 3 more to go, we are getting close to our alphabet party! We’ve also begun to look at the concept of area in maths and how this might be measured. We’ve discussed closed and open shapes and how we can compare and judge if one surface in bigger than another.

Other exciting news this week is the school mural that is being painted on the side of our main school building. As every child adds their part, its coming together to look just awesome. Thanks Chris and your team of artists for helping to make this happen.

This Saturday is maintenance day. With Registration next week, it would be wonderful to have as many people helping out as possible.

Have a great weekend,
Jess x

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CANTEEN
Morning Tea:
Fruit salad $1
Apple and cinnamon muffins $1
Cheesy scrambled eggs on sourdough toast $1.50

Lunch
Vegetarian fried rice & BBQ chicken drumstick & salad $2.50
Or Vegetarian fried rice and salad $1.50

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What a glorious day we had this last Monday!!!!

Thank you to the weather gods for painting our sky with a beautiful shade of blue. It truly made our ferry ride and trek around Cockatoo Island an eventful one. And of course, to the parents who came/drove and chaperoned children in small groups throughout the exhibition spaces, up and around and across the island - thank you - to you too! If you haven’t had a chance to catch the Biennale exhibition, it really is worth the experience before it finishes in June. There is an extremely epic and very powerful piece by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on the social injustice and plight of refugees. Ai states: ‘There’s no refugee crisis, only a human crisis…. In dealing with refugees we’ve lost our very basic values. In this time of uncertainty, we need more tolerance, compassion and trust for each other, since we are all one, otherwise humanity will face an even bigger crisis.’ 

Through another door was an installation on ‘Belongings’. It included people sharing personal stories of having to flee their homeland and make the decision of taking one item (with them) they couldn’t live without. Behind each personal belonging is a larger story of those who seek asylum in Australia. Their possessions are imbued with the spirit of ancestry, family, home, and belonging. With a large portion of the class away on Tuesday, we debriefed on the excursion later in the week: We talked about this particular topic of ‘belongings’ and how we are/can be (in the developed world) and 21st Century, consumed with material objects. Our possessions inadvertently become everything to us. We accumulate stuff that embodies who we are or what we care about. I posed the question to the children… “What if you had to flee your homeland forever? Or you were forcibly removed? What’s the one item you couldn’t live without?”  Using this as the premise and connecting it to our Australian History topic and life as a child convict: I asked the group to think of one thing they might take with them on the ship after they were banished to Australia. Obviously, the times are different and our current materials and toys wouldn’t have existed in the 18th Century but it (hopefully) provoked the children to take a good look at their belongings and think about the importance and meaning behind them. I asked them to choose one thing they would take with them and why they chose this particular piece and the meaning it has for them.

We shared our stories on Thursday!

Last week, we created some ‘old style’ writing paper and the children transferred their personal account, as a child convict, onto the paper in pen & ink. We have also been looking at multiplying numbers by 0, 1, 10, 100, 1000 & 10 000. And we watched a couple of videos on clever ‘rules’ and ‘strategies’ we could use to remember our times tables through song and using our fingers.

We were sorry to say farewell to Elizabeth (our student teacher) this week. She said she had an amazing time and leaves with great admiration for the school and appreciation of her time she had in the classroom with the children. I think it is equally a wonderful opportunity for the children – to have the experience of a new and upcoming teacher. It presents moments and situations where they are reminded of how we need to treat and respect everybody but especially those who are learning and are new to the whole experience of being in our school!

An important reminder: that this Friday night is the AGM. It will start at 6:30 pm sharp in Wendy’s room. It is an important community event, so please make the effort to come.

Next week: On Monday, I will be away at a conference and Olivia will be here with the class. And then on Thursday, we will be going up to Lane Cove Plaza to watch and listen to Preschool and Wendy’s group perform at the Children’s Voices for Reconciliation. On Friday, we have the primary school’s registration. An inspector will be coming to spend some time going through our teaching records, programs and policies. We will all be soooooo relieved once this is over!!!!!!

And that’s us for this week. Have a lovely weekend.

Love, Sarah.

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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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