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    PMpTue, 29 Jul 2014 19:45:55 -040045Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    The way kids are punished has been a big talking point over the past few weeks. Two comments started it all. First, the National Children’s Commissioner said putting kids in a ‘naughty corner’ might go against their rights. Then, a national education advisor said he would support the return of corporal punishment in some schools.

    Do you think Naughty Corner type punishments go against your rights as a child?


  2. Literacy Focus – Setting: The Hobbit

    AMpMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:56:21 -040056Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Copy the embed link below to add this video to your own e-portfolio:

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  3. Literacy Focus – Setting: Hugo

    AMpMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:53:35 -040053Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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  4. Literacy Focus – Setting: The Wizard of Oz

    AMpMon, 21 Jul 2014 07:45:18 -040045Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

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  5. Vocabulary Log

    PMpThu, 17 Jul 2014 21:54:17 -040054Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Vocabulary Log.docx

  6. Reading Log

    PMpThu, 17 Jul 2014 21:47:36 -040047Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog



    AMpWed, 11 Jun 2014 02:14:52 -040014Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Thursday is World Blood Donor Day. Only 1 in 30 Aussies actually donate.

    Do you think it should be compulsory for people in Australia who are 18+ to donate blood?

    Post your response on your e-portfolio 🙂



    PMpWed, 28 May 2014 18:19:42 -040019Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    This week is Reconciliation Week, a time when all Australians are encouraged to celebrate Indigenous culture. And a big part of that culture are traditional languages. Did you know hundreds existed in Australia before European settlement? Some are still alive while others are starting to be forgotten.



    PMpWed, 21 May 2014 18:17:53 -040017Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Australia and Japan have had some pretty strong disagreements over whaling. Japan does it and Australia has tried to stop them. And recently it worked. An international court ruled part of Japan’s whaling program illegal. But last week, Japan was back at it just in a different area.

    This weeks BTN question is (your response to be posted in your personal e-portfolio):

    Should whaling be allowed for cultural reasons?

  10. Week 5 L.A.

    AMpMon, 19 May 2014 03:43:18 -040043Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 5_Term2_LA.docx
    Week 5_Term2_LA.docx


    AMpWed, 14 May 2014 01:21:39 -040021Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog





    Melbournians love to cycle and for many people riding their bike is an everyday activity.  The idea that cyclists should obtain a license has been put forward recently after a couple of really bad crashes. But this could have a big impact on kids, especially the ones who rely on their bikes to get to and from school.

    Write your response and use at least two references to support your idea and show evidence of this by stating where you got your information from. Don’t forget to post it to your ePortfolio :-)

  12. Literacy LA Task – Text and corresponding QAR questions

    PMpMon, 12 May 2014 18:38:07 -040038Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    This weeks Literacy LA task – Please read the text below a few times.

    Then download and complete the  corresponding questions. Once you have completed the questions, using your own knowledge of the QAR framework circle one of the four categories for each question.

    Global Warming_QAR text

    Question Answer Relationship_Global warming.docx

  13. Pop Up Reflection

    PMpMon, 12 May 2014 18:19:19 -040019Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Pop-up reflection 2.docx

  14. Week 4 LA

    AMpMon, 12 May 2014 03:48:55 -040048Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 4_Term2_LA
    Week 4_Term2_LA

  15. Literacy – Text for LA Task – QAR Framework

    PMpSun, 04 May 2014 23:59:19 -040059Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    Read over the below text a few times. Using the QAR framework that you learnt with Jacinta last week, please write up three question and answers for each of the following categories: Right There, Think and Search, Author and You, On My Own. This can be given to you teacher during conferencing on Friday.

      Art of the selfie: Cal State Long Beach student installs iPhone mirror

    By Michael Morris

    What started as a project just meant to be fun has turned into something bigger than senior graphic design major Gabe Ferreira ever expected.

    In Professor Craig Stone’s art and public places class, Ferreira and his classmates were asked to find a problem on campus and figure out a way to fix that problem through public art. Given the digital world we live in, Ferreira had the idea of constructing a seven-foot iPhone mirror that reflects how people live on their phones.

    “I’m trying to comment on the fact that we live inside our phones now,” Ferreira said. “I just think (CSULB) is a beautiful campus and people shouldn’t be so focused on their phones the whole time.”

    “Screen Identity,” as Ferreira calls his artwork that cost $140 in materials and 30 hours in labor, wasn’t meant to be a selfie stop for students, but it certainly turned out that way. More than 150 selfies were uploaded to social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr with the “#ultimateselfie” hashtag that he had assigned after installation.

    “Originally I didn’t even expect people to take selfie and put them online,” Ferreira said. “The whole idea was that you’re walking by and it’s big enough that it frames your whole body.”

    Before it could be placed on campus, Ferreira had to present the project to a group that oversees the art, including Brett Waterfield, director of Student Life and Development. Waterfield, who looks at about 30 to 50 works of art made by CSULB

    students each semester, allowed the piece to stay out longer than planned.

    “I facilitate the process here, and sometimes we have to do minor tweaks,” Waterfield said.

    “Because we are in the flight path with the airport, we had to make sure there was no reflection with incoming planes to the airport.”

    But once they knew that wouldn’t be a problem, the iPhone was placed against a tree on upper campus and the selfies began to pour in.


    Article one

    Article two

  16. Macbook Service Form

    AMpFri, 02 May 2014 02:58:49 -040058Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    All requests for service on student’s Macbooks should be done using this form. For more information please speak to a member of the 56 neighbourhood teaching team. Thanks!
    1-2-1 macbook service form

  17. Learning Agreement – weeks 9 & 10

    PMpSun, 30 Mar 2014 17:49:43 -040049Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 9-10 Term 1 LA

    Apologies for the late delivery of this LA. It’s a two week Learning Agreement, so last week is the same as this week.

  18. Parent Reps for 5/6 Neighbourhood

    AMpThu, 27 Feb 2014 05:01:34 -040001Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    We are looking for volunteers to become parent reps. This role is an important one within our school as it helps to bring the school community together. Parent reps also help to provide opportunities for parents to become involved in the learning in neighbourhoods. If you are interested please see your neighbourhoods teachers. 
    Thank You,
    Keith McNeill
    Community Relations Subcommittee

  19. Mathematics Information Evening with Professor Di Siemon

    AMpTue, 25 Feb 2014 09:06:42 -040006Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Thank you to all parents who attended the evening. There have been requests by parents to share some of Di’s work with the community. Attached is the extended power-point Di uses to present the key concepts behind mathematics teaching and learning. We hope that this will support you with how we approach learning here at PHPS and provide you with ideas to work with at home.

    Research on teaching and learning and developments in our technological society have prompted considerable changes in how mathematics is taught. School mathematics NOW involves interaction and negotiation of the „big ideas‟. Contemporary approaches include: extended investigations, rich tasks, open-ended questions, games, discussion of solution strategies, mental computation, and visualisation

    These are the ‘Big Ideas’ that address key concepts which, if not understood, will undermine students’ capacity to engage meaningfully with core aspects of the Number Strand in subsequent years. The first four are largely addressed in Primary school and are introduced in Prep as initial concepts and developed throughout the learning journey to Year 6.

    Big Idea Description
    Trusting the Count Developing flexible mental objects for the numbers 0 to 10


    Place value Moving beyond counting by ones, the structure of the base 10 numeration system


    Additive to Multiplicative thinking Moving from a count of equal groups (eg 1 six, 2 sixes, 3 sixes, 4 sixes, …) to a constant number of groups (eg 6 ones, 6 twos, 6 threes, 6 fours, 6 fives …), the key to understanding rational number and developing efficient mental and written computation strategies in later years


    Partitioning The missing link in building common fraction and decimal knowledge, understanding and confidence


    Proportional reasoning Extending what is known about multiplication and division beyond rule-based procedures to solve problems involving fractions, decimals, per cent, ratio, rate and proportion


    Generalising Skills and strategies to support equivalence, recognition of number properties and patterns, and the use of algebraic expressions



    Di Siemon – PowerPoint presentation of key ideas and strategies for teaching numeracy in the primary years

    Place-Value Game – A useful tool for extending your child’s mathematical thinking about number

    ten_frame_blank – Another tool referred to by Di Siemon in her presentation

  20. Peer Mediation

    PMpTue, 04 Feb 2014 20:55:00 -040055Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Dear parents and carers:
    Next Thursday 13th February training will take place for students in the 5/6 neighbourhood who are interested in becoming Peer Mediators. Peer Mediators are available during lunchtimes to assist students in the playground. The mediators work with the students who are having issues to discuss the problem, find out what each person wants and work with them to achieve a “win-win” situation. Peer Mediators are valued members of our school community and make a significant contribution to student wellbeing.
    I would like to extend an invitation to any parent or carer who be interested to assist with the training next Thursday, to support the students as they enact role plays to prepare them for their future role. No experience is necessary, just a willingness to be of support-however if you have some experience in the wellbeing area that would certainly be most welcome!
    Thank you,
    Kind regards,
    Anne-Maree Seccull (Peer Mediation Coordinator)


    AMpTue, 04 Feb 2014 04:10:11 -040010Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog



    6 – 7pm in the school gymnasium

    We are very excited to have the opportunity to have Dianne Siemon booked in to run a curriculum day with the teachers on ‘The big ideas in number’ but also to run a parent information session from 6-7pm on Monday 24th February. Di is a Professor of Mathematics Education in the School of Education at RMIT University (Victoria). She is involved in the preparation of pre-service teachers and the supervision of higher degree students. Di has been responsible for a number of State and Territory-wide numeracy research projects involving Prep (Transition) to Year 9.  She is a popular professional development presenter whose interests include the development of the ‘big ideas’ in number, the teaching and learning of mathematics in the middle years, and the use of rich assessment tasks to inform teaching. Di is a past President of the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers and the Mathematical Association of Victoria.

    In this parent session we hope to provide parents with a broad understanding of what is involved in the teaching and learning of mathematics in contemporary Prep to Year 6 learning environments.

    CHILDCARE PROVISION: Aftercare provisions will be made available from 6-7pm for school age children only. Please note that aftercare staff are not legally able to supervise pre-school age children. Please complete the curriculum day child care form and return this to Julie in the office  ASAP and no later than Monday 17th  February so that we are able to determine the level of staffing required. A copy of this form can be obtained from OSHC or can be downloaded from the neighbourhood blog.

    Aftercare will begin as usual in the gymnasium foyer on the curriculum day but will move to 3-4 Neighbourhood One from 11am – 7pm.   

    Please stay tuned for further updates on specific content.

    Any queries can be directed to Kerri Gibson (Assistant Principal)

  22. Klim in a sea of fans at PHPS.

    AMpMon, 17 Jun 2013 08:23:01 -040023Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Famed Aussie Olympic swimmer Michael Klim took time out to visit with the students at PHPS.  He spoke about his sport and how he got his start while also sharing some important water safety tips.

    Article with photo taken from the Melbourne Leader, Monday June 10, 2013

    Article with photo taken from the Melbourne Leader, Monday June 10, 2013

  23. Gardening, Neighbourhood Gardens and Sustainability at PHPS

    AMpFri, 08 Feb 2013 02:56:53 -040056Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Gardening, Neighbourhood Gardens and Sustainability at PHPS
    There is a small team of parents and teachers currently working towards; creating a garden committee, supporting the school to get the neighbourhood gardens up and running and developing the newly formed student sustainability action team (the green team). We would love you to join us in a major or minor way. To be informed about neighbourhood garden working bees, garden meetings, Yarra Sustainability Education Network meetings or if you would like to support the Green Team please email us or come and say hello. From Alexandra and Mark.
    Alexandra  (3/4 neighbourhood 2 – on Mondays and Wednesdays) and Mark Riley (Library Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

  24. Genius Hour: Student Responses

    AMpWed, 06 Feb 2013 08:08:13 -040008Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    What are your thoughts about our first Genius Hour?

  25. Library Helpers Required 2013 (Parent Information)

    AMpFri, 01 Feb 2013 06:53:08 -040053Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Dear Parent Helpers (from 2012),

    I am writing to update you on the arrangements for 2013. I hope you might be able to support the library in some way during the year. We could not do it without you.

    Firstly, my days on deck are Tuesdays and Wednesdays. I’m still getting my timetable sorted, as some of this time will be Library focussed and some of it will be conducting Literacy Support with students.

    Many of you are already familiar with the duties/tasks available for Helpers to be involved in. You are more than welcome to do more than one of course! Meanwhile, it would be great if you could encourage other parents to give some time to the Library this year too. If you have any feedback or suggestions please let me know, as it is important for me that we make your time here as enjoyable and productive as possible.

    Remember to sign in/out with Julie at the Office too!

    Duties/Tasks: Time Required each Week (suggested only)
    Book covering 1-2 hours
    Re-shelving books/resources 15-30 min. per week
    Ordering shelves 15-30 min. per week
    Removing old/damaged stock from system (t.b.d.)
    Cataloguing/Processing 2-3 hours (training required, would need to commit to assisting throughout the year)
    Assisting with Stock Take 1-2 hours (training required, would need to commit to assisting throughout a term or more)
    Book Repairs 1-2 hours

    Please let me know if you are available or not, and if so what time and/or tasks you might like to work to/on.

    Remember to invite other parent/family helpers to join the PHPS Library Crew. Thanks again and have a great 2013.

    Mark Riley
    Teacher Librarian

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