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Spotlight on Carolina (Spanish Teacher)

Why did you become a teacher?
You might not know that I am an IT Engineer. I worked in the field for almost 20 years. I liked technology, the analytical thinking, the problem solving, but I wanted something else.
The desire to share knowledge was always latent inside me. But it became more relevant when my first daughter was born. So, when she was one year old, I started a Spanish Playgroup and that made me realise two things: my desire for her to learn her mother tongue, to connect to her roots and how much I enjoyed interacting with the children. In fact, many parents told me that they saw in me a gift for teaching kids and even suggested me to devote myself to it.
The idea grew inside me until I finally decided to immerse myself into teaching Spanish to children.

What is it about Currambena that you like so far?
I like the teachers, the community feeling, the relax atmosphere, seeing the kids coming to school so happy. It is at a beautiful environment!

What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy spending time with my family doing activities together. I also love reading, gardening, and stand-up paddle boarding.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Super-Speed to be able to travel to Argentina and Poland more often to visit my relatives.

What do you want the Currambena Families to know?
That I am passionate about teaching and I put a lot of thought when planning my lessons so the children can learn and have fun. I truly feel that I am giving the kids a gift for life.

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Hello everyone,

After allowing everyone the opportunity to have a say in regards to choosing a name for preschool and then spending time voting on them, has led to the preschool class now being named “The Hairy Toes.” For those of you that might not know. The Hairy Toe is currently a favourite story of many of the children in preschool. It’s an American Folklore story and is a little scary though mostly silly and fun!

This week there’s been an interest in putting on performances. The children are enjoying using our pretend money to buy tickets and be the audience. The performers are very keen to choose their favourite songs, which is generally “Let it Go”, to perform.

Our changes to our afternoon preschool program are continuing to prove successful for everyone. The top playground is a definite highlight of most of the children’s day. We’ve been blown away by how many children are now about to singe the entire length of the monkey bars by themselves. It just goes to show that determination and perseverance are definite determining factors in success!

Our end of day meeting time has been a great way to teach everyone an attitude of gratitude. By helping children look at different situations from a positive point of view instead of a negative one we are focussing on healthy emotions. It’s almost impossible to feel sad when you have happy thoughts!

A huge thank you to Benji’s family for gifting a special story called “Jana’s Brightly Coloured Socks” to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day with preschool. It would be great if everyone that come next Tuesday could wear some brightly coloured socks so we could have a sock parade just like in the story as a way to celebrate how we are all different though also the same!

That’s it for this week.


Michael, Lisa, Joanna and Katrina

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Hi all,

We have had a change in name, the children voted in our class meeting to firstly change the name, then we narrowed our options down to “The Hairy Toes” or “The Rubies”. In the end, the majority chose The Rubies. We have already changed our class sign out the front near the lockers. Soon we will repaint the Diamond to change it into a Ruby.

After reading “Possum Magic” and drawing the different parts of the story we decided to make some Anzac biscuits with Meg. The children wanted a link to the recipe in the newslettter in case you wanted to make them at home:

We have spent more time exploring whole numbers using different materials. In our morning routine we are still practising writing the number before and after and then putting the number into a tens frame. We have continued with our sentence of the week in the morning routine and writing the short and long date, as well as writing the day of the week.

We will go ahead, weather permitting, with our walk to Woolworths on Monday and then cooking in the afternoon. Thanks to those parents who are coming in to help.

All the best,





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This term is certainly flying by! A smoother Tuesday morning at swimming this week, with the children back to their more settled selves. We’re continuing with writing our journey stories this week and have also continued with games and exercises that consolidate ideas of place value.

In preparation for our excursion to Madame Tussauds next week, we’ve begun to look at historical characters with a particular focus on Captain James Cook. This will lead us into a deeper  examination of Australian history and other historical characters next term.

The children engaged in a fun activity of ‘Build a Bug” this week, which gave them a chance to demonstrate their knowledge of insects and their variety of parts. Thank you to everyone who has sent in a plastic bottle, I’m collecting them in a blue box behind my desk.

I heard Friday brought a flurry of activity for the Arachnids who were busy putting the final touches on their Personal Interest Projects in preparation of their presentations next week (I can’t wait). A huge thank you to Sarah for guiding the children through their very first PIP this term.

In addition to our excursions to Madame Tussauds and Tambourine Bay we also have Aidan’s grandfather visiting our classroom next Monday to tell us all about beekeeping!

Have a great weekend,


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Hi Everybody, hope you have all had a good week!

We’ve smashed through some serious maths this week and have gone from adding  2 and 3 digit numbers in columns to subtraction. Amelia, who was here on Thursday, supported the children through subtracting 2 digit numbers and she said they were really quick to pick this up which is wonderful to see and hear. We will move on to practising another strategy to use when adding and subtracting next week.

We started creating the designs for our class book but before we did this we discussed what makes a good book cover. We went to our own classroom library for inspiration and discovered a cover needed to have a Title; who wrote and illustrated it and a bright colourful picture of what the story is about. From there, the children started their designs and when they are finished we will vote on which one we feel ticks all the boxes!

The Arachnids had their final lesson to complete their projects and will present these on Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 1:30 pm – 2:00 pm. Also on Monday afternoon we have a couple of parents coming in to talk with Jess’ and my class about Beekeeping. I am very much looking forward to this. As Jess sent you an email in regards to our upcoming excursions, you are now aware that next week we are off to Madame Tussauds waxworks museum. This will be an interesting event to see how many of the sculptures the children recognise from sport, history and entertainment.

That’s us for the week folks. Hope you have a nice weekend.

Love, Sarah

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This week started off with a very special excursion to Gore Creek which was organised in conjunction with The Field of Mars. The excursion was 10/10 and was enjoyed by all the students, one very excited teacher and the two parents that joined us. The students were taught different photography techniques prior to our departure. Then we headed into the bush and in pairs the students had the opportunity to take a range of photos. We had lunch in the most glorious peaceful location where the students had the freedom to explore and take even more photos. When we got back, we all had the opportunity to edit our photos thanks to the tips and tricks from our two guides. Then finally the students created a little booklet which showcased all the different techniques they had learnt throughout the day. I think I speak on behalf of all the students when I say a huge thank you to the Field of Mars. I also want to give thanks to Lane Cove Council for funding this excursion.

On another note, Currambena have received the  forms for Opportunity Class Placement for students going into Year 5 next year. If this is something that interests you, please feel free to speak to me and I can pass on more information.

In Maths this week, we concluded our work on addition and subtraction. We have now moved into looking into Length and will be exploring it further in Week 9. In Science we dissected a mask and looked into the different type of materials inside them. We also investigated Band Aids and looked into all the materials that go into that product. This was part of our topic, Material World. Last of all, we have continued to look into characters and finding out how to describe our characters when we do our writing. This week we looked at the fact that characters are described by their physical appearance, personalities, strengths and weaknesses. We also found out that characters usually go through a change as the story progresses.

With only two weeks to go it’s great to see that so many students are into a good routine and having fun in class.

Bring on Week 9!

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Hi everyone.

We have had a very full week, as usual, in our room. Special features have been some new packs of cards which are proving very popular for tricks as well as for card games. Some of the children sorted out all the loose cards in our games shelf and we found we do have some other full sets. We have some children becoming very skilled at card tricks, aided by some books borrowed from Lane Cove Library on Monday!

We went Swimming on Tuesday and everyone who swam completed eight laps, four each of freestyle and breaststroke. The increase in stamina is obvious as we come towards the end of term.

Some of the children are challenging themselves physically in other ways, using the thick gym mats safely and practising jumps and rolls in the tyre area behind our room. It is fabulous to watch their developing skills and strengths… and to see the responsibility they are taking for the mats and for their own and each others’ safety.

Another wonderful feature this week is the number of children who are really stepping up in their organisational skills. Now that they are familiar with our classroom routines and expectations, some of the younger class members are doing a fantastic job of managing their time and completing tasks even ahead of my requests! It’s very impressive to see such independence and determination.

We have begun PIP presentations this week and these are off to a great start. Most of them will be presented next week, since the last week of term is a short one. I’m looking forward to some of the topics! Some children still have some proofreading to do with an adult so I hope you’ll be able to find time to help if you are asked.

In Maths this week we learned about BODMAS… ask your children about it if you can’t remember. Hopefully they’ll be able to explain what it’s about! And in English, we discussed themes and issues in the film “True Spirit” and also practised answering written comprehension questions in full sentences, revising the punctuation of sentences and the use of apostrophes too. Next week, we are planning a formal debate to revisit our powers of persuasion!

Have a great week ahead.


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School Meeting Minutes Week 8 Term 1

Chaired By Alana and Bodhi (Sarah’s class)

  • Chewing Rubbers by Aidan: Aidan reminded everybody not to chew classroom rubbers.
  • Pencils by Ash: Ash said someone had broken pencils and wet them in his class and it’s not okay to do this.
  • Sharpies by Amber: Amber wanted to remind people to put down a piece of paper under what you are drawing on a clipboard when using sharpies, as the sharpies go through. Or, just use textas instead.
  • Scooters by Sebie: Sebie wanted to know how you get to school on Ride to School Day if your house is too far away? Someone said it is only something suggested if you can.
  • Topic by Bodhi: Bodhi wanted to have a revote on whether we could play with Aikdo at school or not. Wendy reminded us all that we have an agreement that you can’t bring a topic back to school meeting for a revote the week after. You need to wait a week. Wendy asked if we could have a vote if this is something we do. Everyone agreed Bodhi could bring the topic up again next week for discussion and a vote.
  • Sustaining by Wendy: Wendy wanted to remind everybody to follow through with your job and if you haven’t anything to do then find another job. We discussed that some jobs like sweeping are not being done properly and need the older children to help support and motivate others.

School Meeting ends!

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Spotlight on Michael (Preschool Teacher)

Why did you become a teacher?

I wanted to give back to a place that was able to give me so much.

What is it about Currambena that you love?

Shared experience of learning through mutual respect and the idea that we are all on a level playing field.

What do you do in your spare time?

Spending time with my young family and friends. Bushwalking and playing the guitar.

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Time travel, so I can travel back to the fun times of being a student here.

What do you want the Currambena Families to know?

With all the hard work and passion that Currambena brings, it is all worth it in the end.

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