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?
POST THE QUESTION AND YOUR RESPONSE ON YOUR OWN E-PORTFOLIO ðŸ™‚
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.
WHY IS RECONCILIATION WEEK IMPORTANT TO AUSTRALIANS AS A COMMUNITY?
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):
AMpWed, 14 May 2014 01:21:39 -040021Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
SHOULD CYCLISTS HAVE TO BE LICENSED TO USE THE ROADS?
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
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.
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.
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.
Trusting the Count
Developing flexible mental objects for the numbers 0 to 10
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
The missing link in building common fraction and decimal knowledge, understanding and confidence
Extending what is known about multiplication and division beyond rule-based procedures to solve problems involving fractions, decimals, per cent, ratio, rate and proportion
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
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!
AMpTue, 04 Feb 2014 04:10:11 -040010Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog
MATHEMATICS PARENT INFORMATION SESSION
MONDAY 24TH FEBRUARY
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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (3/4 neighbourhood 2 – on Mondays and Wednesdays) and Mark Riley Riley.Mark.email@example.com (Library Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
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.