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Hi everyone.

Yesterday I sent an email about drivers and helpers for camp at Jervis Bay. Please read the details and let me know if I have anything incorrectly on my list. Next week, when the excitement of the concert is over, we will start getting the gear out and checking the BBQ etc. Meanwhile, please start checking raincoats, tents and backpacks in time to shop for replacements if necessary. Thank you to Paul Daly who has managed to get both camp stoves working for us! And thank you to Julie and Susan and Jo who have offered to check gear next week. This is a huge undertaking… and even more so this year because we have a total of 28 children in Year 5/6. Please make sure you return the completed permission form asap and pay the money.

Rehearsals have been going well and we are all very excited about the play night tonight. Remember to get your children to the venue for our class’s final rehearsal by 4:15 this afternoon with all their props and their complete costume. We will be doing make up and rehearsing with the AV… thanks Andrew!! Doors will open for the performance at 5:30 and close at 6pm for the performance which will last approximately one hour. Make sure you arrive in plenty of time!

To be honest, we are struggling to fit in PIP presentations with all the play preparations but we have managed a few so far which have been terrific… Dogs, Crystals and The Northern Lights have been the topics so far! All really well done and interesting to see and hear. We’ll be aiming to get the rest of the presentations in next week before camp!

Text books Unit 30 is due by Friday and most children are really on top of this. Such a wonderful, well organised group of students!!

On Monday next week, a journalist friend of Marius’ is coming to run a workshop on debating. We will be holding two debates that day, one at 10:30 and another at 1:30. All welcome to come and be part of the audience! The topics are “That the voting age should be reduced to 12 years” and “That horse racing should be banned.” We will decide on the composition of the teams on Friday. Thanks Marius for organising this.

If your child is currently in Year 5 and you want them to sit for the Selective Schools Entrance Test, please go on line and apply immediately. Let me know too please. There is a form you will be able to print out that you will need to give to me.

All very exciting here at school today….so break a leg everyone! See you tonight. Love, Wendy

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Hello Everyone!

Wow! The term is really starting to speed up, concert this week, Louise & Sarah away to camp next week followed by Wendy’s class the following week. That will then brings us to the last week of term and all the usual end of year tidying up and good byes to our big kids. Added to that we will be working hard to hand over an empty Western Building to the builders on 9th December.

Maintenance Day Sunday 26 November – This is a great opportunity to get all those outstanding hours done AND written in the book! You can also speak to the teachers especially Jess & Marius who no doubt will be very appreciative of any help to box up the contents of their classrooms the last week of term.

UPDATE – CONCERT tonight!

Tickets – all pre-bookings of tickets and food platters are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert. Payment is cash only and no IOUs

There will be a lockout between 6pm-7pm so please be on time and have your food if you are doing individual orders downstairs

Remember for all pre-bookings that your concert ticket is your entry pass into the performance area.

Western Wing Renovations

A list of jobs prior to handing over the school to the builders at the end of the term.

Maintenance Sunday 26 Nov – Contact Chris McLean     mclean.christopher@gmail.com

Boxing up Jess’s room – Contact Jess                                jessk@currambena.nsw.edu.au

Boxing Marius‘s room – Contact Marius                        mariusm@currambena.nsw.edu.au

Boxing up staffroom kitchen – Contact Julianna          enquiries@currambena.nsw.edu.au

 DATES TO REMEMBER

16th Nov Thurs 6pm – CONCERT at the North Sydney Leagues Club 

8th Dec End of Term

Cheers Julianna

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By the time you read this…… there will be some very excited nerves well and truly simmering away or they may be worn, very clearly, on the sleeve or – costume!!!! Today we are taking a bus to the venue for our final dress rehearsal. We have a designated area in the auditorium where the children will need to gather and get ready prior to their performance. This area will be signed “Sarah’s class” and is positioned on the far right side of the stage area. The children need to be there no later than 5:30pm and need to come directly to this spot !!!! The concert will begin promptly at 6pm. Once everyone’s in costume and the concert has started children can watch each performance from the floor below the stage. After their performance they will be free to sit with you. I really hope you enjoy our performance??? It should be a fun night!!!!!!

In the classroom, things have travelled along nicely this week. Personal projects are due in 2 weeks, so the urgency for them to speed this up has kicked into another gear! We have almost come to the end of our spelling books and will have a BIG QUIZ in a couple of weeks to assess the children’s spelling ability and achievement over the year. We had a lovely session of silent story writing this week and the children were extremely enthusiastic to pick up where they had left an unfinished story or create a new one.

This week the children had their final Spanish lesson for the Term. We all made ‘pop up’ cards for Carolina and wrote her a message – in Spanish – thanking her for teaching us.

Also this week, for swimming, we joined Louise’s class in the 50m outdoor pool. I was most impressed to see those children who had displayed uncertainty and nerves at the beginning of the year, hop straight in and swim lengths. We also had some time to practice dives.

Next week, I will be taking my ‘elders’ on camp with Louise’s younger group. Susan Hunt will be here with the children remaining and they will spend 3 days with the elder group from Louise’s. Louise and I plan to combine some activities for them all to do together. The first camp is always very exciting. Some children are ready to go and are leaping out of their skin with excitement and for others, it may be their first time away from home. Louise and I are very conscious of how different the build-up and experience can be and do everything we can to make ALL children come away feeling enriched from the experience. It is always such a lovely time and opportunity for growth and development. If your child is coming on camp and you can help drive us there or pick us up, could you please either let me know or sign-up on Louise’s door.

Our turn for Lane Cove Library next week!

I think that’s us…

Love, Sarah

 

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Hello Everyone,

We forgot to mention how fabulous everyone looked at the Spanish fiesta in our last newsletter and how great it was to see so many preschool parents there! Di, Yulia, Adelina and everyone else associated with the event did an amazing job, as we’re sure that those who attended will agree!

We’re feeling excited about the concert tonight and the rehearsal on the actual stage today! We’ve been speaking to the children about how they might be feeling about the night, with are all sorts of emotions being expressed. While the children don’t have to get up on stage if they don’t want to, we have spent time focussing on how they will feel if they do. We’ve been able to watch many of the other class’s performances as well, which has added to the anticipation of the night.

Our Astronomy program was off to a slow start this week as we focussed on the concert and the thank you afternoon tea. It is definitely a busy and full term. The days in preschool can be so busy trying it fit everything in can at times mean that something has to give. In astronomy this week we have been focussing on our planet earth and how after the volcanoes that once covered the earth became dormant, the formation of water ways, oceans and rain led to the development of soil which led to beginning of life on our planet.

Thank you to Danya and Elizabeth for bringing in spiny leaf insect nymphs as our new preschool pets. If anyone is able to access gum leaves please let us know, as we’ll need them as a constant food source for them. Thank you as always to everyone that takes the preschool washing home to launder for us!

That’s it for this week; we look forward to seeing everyone tonight!

Love

Katrina, Michael and Hannah

 

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Hi Everyone!

We have been very focused on our play for the concert tonight. We have worked very hard and polished our performance and we hope you all enjoy it. The storyline is quite crazy but it is very much in the style of Currambena. The children need to arrive at 5:30pm to get ready. The show starts at 6pm sharp – don’t be late!

We are off to Mowbray Park on Wednesday. Please remember to pay. I’ve emailed all the details including a packing list. We still need drivers. Some of the parents in Sarah’s class have offered but we are yet to have anyone volunteer. Please sign up on the classroom door if you can help out. The year 5 children will be staying at school with Susan.

That’s all for this week.

Love Louise

 

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Dear Parents,

Another week, another class name…

We’ve been super busy over the last week rehearsing and finalising costumes and props for the concert. The kids are really excited for tonight and I am already so proud. Regardless of what happens on the stage, each child has already achieved so much. Some children have faced significant fears about performing, others have overcome challenges in memorising their part and all of them have worked so hard, showing great commitment and stamina. Lets show them heaps of support tonight!

We’ve also been continuing our study on light and colour this week. We looked at some of Brett Whitely’s paintings and discussed some of his self portraits. It was lovely to hear the children’s observations and to note how they have become so much more observant and expressive when talking about art. The children then sketched their own self-portraits, adding water colours to express their feelings. Come and look at the beautiful results displayed above the lockers.

In maths we have been looking at money and using the observation skills we have been developing in art appreciation to examine the little pictures on the coins. In the end the children worked out every animal represented on our 6 coins!

Remember – please have your children at the theatre by 5.30pm tonight so that they have time to get dressed and prepared for the show which will begin at 6pm.

Chookas!

Jess x

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Hi everyone,

Tonight’s the night. All the kids are deeply excited to share their play The Witch the King and the Vegetable with you. They’ve worked really hard to organise themselves and I’m very proud of their efforts. This has consumed most of the week, but in other news:

- we started James and The Giant Peach (as good as I remember)
- we looked at the ‘split strategy’ in addition
- we did some extended reading blocks (research shows kids should have 20min uninterrupted blocks of reading for best results)
- discussed, practiced and located words with the ‘th’ sound

And the excursion has been booked for 10-12 on the 30th of November at the minigolf centre. I’ll be in touch next week with the volunteers (thanks!) to arrange numbers.

Back to tonight. If you could remember to get your child there by 5.30 (but not too much earlier) then we’ll have plenty to get changed and organised. Kids will leave their costumes at the venue during our dress rehearsal to avoid loss and panic.

See you then,

Marius

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Hello Everyone!

What a fabulous Fiesta! With wonderful décor, scrumptious food, a photo booth which was heaps of fun and an amazing turnout of attire in black, red and white. We had our matadors, a bull…. zorro, a piñata and a gorgeous array of sassy dresses and dapper black. It was a seriously fun night! 

A big, big thank-you to Ade, Di, Julia and Lila and the various helpers who organised and assisted with this fun event. What a wonderful contribution to the Currambena community.

CONCERT UPDATE

Tickets – all pre-bookings of tickets and food platers are now closed. Tickets will be available at the door on the night of the concert. Payment is cash only and no IOUs

There will be a lockout between 6pm-7pm so please be on time and have your food if you are doing individual orders downstairs

Remember for all pre-bookings that your concert ticket is your entry pass into the performance area.

 FEES – For your information, all fees that are still unpaid and are not on the payment plan will incur the late levy. Due date was 1st November

Western Wing Renovations

We have many jobs that need to be done prior to handing over the school to the builders at the end of the term. If anyone in the school community is looking for maintenance jobs please consider putting your name down for one of these:

  •  Clearing out from under the staffroom and 2 x classrooms – Contact Chris McLean

 Jess’s room – Contact Jess

  • Boxing up resource materials in classroom
  • Boxing up all readers
  • Boxing up all contents of storeroom
  • Moving all the furniture & boxes to another classroom

 Marius ‘s room – Contact Marius

  • Boxing up resource materials in classroom
  • Boxing up all readers
  • Boxing up all contents of storeroom
  • Moving all the furniture & boxes to another classroom

 Staff room – Contact Julianna

  • Empty & box all contents of the kitchen
  • Move all contents to a classroom

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • 16th Nov Thurs 6pm – CONCERT at the North Sydney Leagues Club in Cammeray.
  • 8th Dec End of Term

Cheers Julianna

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