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  1. The Great Book Swap

    AMpThu, 04 Sep 2014 02:05:05 -040005Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Book Swap


    To help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to buy books for remote indigenous communities who don’t have access to books we’re holding a Great Big Book Swap. It also means we all get to have a new book!!!
    There are schools involved across Australia and the target is $100,000 to buy 10,000 books.
    If every child can please bring a book to school on Weds Sept 17 that they love but no longer want and a gold coin donation, then they can be part of the book swap. By donating a gold coin, they can then swap their book for a new book that someone else has donated.
    They just need to bring their books to the gym before school starts on Weds Sept. 17 and the gym will turn into a huge book swapping bookshop at lunch time. 
    Hopefully everyone will be involved so we can all raise money for a very important cause and have a terrific new book to take home. Check out the website for more information:

  2. Week 6 & 7 Learning Agreement

    PMpMon, 26 May 2014 22:07:37 -040007Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 6_Term2_LA.docx
    Week 6_Term2_LA.docx

  3. Hong Kong Information Session

    AMpFri, 23 May 2014 02:52:47 -040052Friday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Hong Kong information session 2014.docx

  4. 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

  5. Week 4 LA

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

    Week 4_Term2_LA
    Week 4_Term2_LA

  6. 1 to 1 Laptop Reimage

    PMpWed, 23 Apr 2014 21:54:01 -040054Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Dear parents,
    During the first few weeks of term two, the school’s ICT technician will commence reimaging all year four, five and six student 1 to1 MacBooks. This process will result in all 1 to 1 MacBooks in the school having the same software and settings which will ensure a more efficient 1 to 1 program and reduced technical issues for students.
    The reimaging process will delete all data that is stored on the MacBook so it is essential that all student data and work is backed up on a USB stick or external hard drive before the computer is reimaged. Please note that ‘Time Machine’ backups arenot an appropriate backup format for this process. (please see Keith should you require more information about this)
    We are asking that parents ensure that their students data is backed up as soon as possible so that the reimaging process can run quickly and smoothly and loss of student data can be avoided.
    Thank you,
    Keith McNeill
    1 to 1 MacBook Coordinator

  7. 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.

  8. Literacy – Persuasive Writing

    AMpThu, 13 Mar 2014 02:18:45 -040018Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    We have been learning through advertising the skill of persuasive text. This week we looked at the elements used when writing an introduction (opening paragraph).

    • Clearly state your position for your persuasive text – This mentions the problem or issue the writer is addressing in the text and whether they agree or disagree.
    • Present your three arguments/examples – these arguments/examples support the writer’s position. This is brief and does not go into detail. This sets ups the order of how the body of the text will be structured.
    • Grab the reader’s attention with a ‘hook’ – The introduction could begin with:
      • Opening with a strong statement: Providing the readers with a thought provoking idea (Cigarettes are the number one cause of lighter sales in Australia!)
      • Opening with an Anecdote: An anecdote is a personal story that evokes emotion, it is short and to the point. (When I was a child we never watched as much television as children do now, we went outside and played games, experienced life)
      • Opening with a Statistic or Fact: Sometimes a statistic or fact will add emphasis or interest to your topic. It can include an expert opinion. (70% of Dentist believe that children under the age of 5 should not drink soft drink because it is bad for their teeth)
      • Opening with a question: Provides an idea that makes the reader reconsider what they think about a particular topic (Have you ever considered how many books we’d read if it were not for television?)


  9. Learning Agreement, Week 7 and 8

    PMpWed, 12 Mar 2014 17:40:50 -040040Wednesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 7-8 Term 1 LAWeek 7-8 Term 1 LA

  10. BTN (Student Responses to be posted in portfolios)

    AMpTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:24:42 -040024Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Do you think you spend too much time in front of a screen?

    Thanks BTN

    It’s the new way to pass time between every other task in your day, just pick up a phone or tablet and bang, you’re entertained! But what effect is all this screen time having on us? And what effect is it having on families?

  11. National Ride2School Day

    AMpTue, 11 Mar 2014 06:15:54 -040015Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    National Ride2School Day

    Wednesday 19 March 2014 marks the eighth National Ride2School Day, where over 250,000 Australian children, just like ours, will ride and walk to school. It is a day about celebrating riding and walking and encouraging everyone to give it a go!

    Not only is riding and walking a fun way to get to school, but it also contributes to your children’s daily physical activity needs.

    Although some of you live far away, or have conflicting commitments that makes it difficult to ride and walk every day, even going by bike or foot for part of the way, or on some of the days is still great!

    Be part of the fun and pop National Ride to School Day in your calendar now.


  12. Family Life Parent Information Night (REMINDER)

    PMpMon, 10 Mar 2014 23:40:31 -040040Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Dear Parents  / Carers

    This one hour session is designed to give adults an opportunity to have a better understanding of some of the issues for schools in sexuality education.

    Wednesday 12thMarch at 6.00pm  5/6 Media Room

     What is sexuality education and why it is important?

    What do young people need to know? What about values?

    What are the benefits of sexuality education?

    Content of the program and examples of strategies and resources that are used.

    Discussion of some common concerns about sexuality education.

    (Family Life C0-ordinator)

  13. The Loong Way Home (Melissa Pritchard)

    PMpMon, 24 Feb 2014 19:04:23 -040004Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    On Wednesday  5th of March we will be having a visit from Melissa Pritchard.

    “That’s right! I’m headed home to Oregon, USA on my bike, from Barcelona, Spain—the loong way!  I plan to cycle over 30,000 km while passing through 4 continents and more than 20 countries in the next 14 months combining my passion to bike and teach. Follow me on my trip!”

    Melissa will be passing through Melbourne next week and has asked to visit our school. As Melissa rides through new countries, she visits schools and gives presentations. Have a look at Melissa’s blog to learn about her journey.



  14. Welcome Picnic: Thursday 6:00pm

    AMpMon, 17 Feb 2014 04:50:36 -040050Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    When:    Thursday 27 th February, 6:00 pm onward

    Where: Princes Park (near the playground)
    All families are invited to attend the school welcome picnic. Please bring some food to share.

  15. Week 4 Timetable

    AMpMon, 17 Feb 2014 01:01:02 -040001Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


  16. Nude Food

    PMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 22:31:10 -040031Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Lunch boxes at Princes Hill Primary

     In order to reduce waste and rubbish on our school grounds at Princes Hill primary asks all it’s students to keep any waste from their lunchbox and take it home to be recycled or sent to landfill. We celebrate the efforts of parents and students to create nude food lunches. Nude food lunches are lunches that don’t have any waste such as wrappers, plastic or even things that can be recycled such as bottles or cardboard. Here are some photographs of some nude food lunches that have been spotted so far this year. Thanks for any effort in this direction. It makes a difference.


  17. Literacy

    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 03:10:37 -040010Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog


    During the literacy workshops, as a learning community, we identified certain indicators that would assist the reader/viewer in establishing if a book, film or image was set in the past and then compared these indicators of the past to the present day. These indicators are listed below and supported children with their Learning agreement last week.


    • Date
    • Money, e.g. the type of currency of the time.
    • Fashion, e.g. the cloths of the time reflected social.
    • Attitudes, for example modesty and certain roles of men and women.
    • Social attitudes – Discipline, laws – power of the government.
    • Language, e.g. the way in which they spoke, type of language being used.
    • Environments, e.g. where they lived and how the houses were built.
    • The roles that we play in society, e.g. Men going to work, women staying at home.
    • Food, e.g. When spaghetti was introduced to Australia, this cuisine was always common for dinner time.
    • Hygiene, e.g. There were no toilets, or toilets outside.
    • Technology (types), e.g. using ink well and quills to write.
    • Transport, e.g. Horse and carriage cars.
    • Education, e.g. Discipline, the way children are seated.
    • Buildings, e.g. the materials used, the way the buildings have been built.
    • Amount of resources, e.g. The amount of food available to the community.

    All students have been introduced to the picture fiction book, My Place.

    The story is about a house somewhere in Sydney and the land around it, told by the children who lived there from 1988 back to 1788 and before.

  18. Neighbourhood Provocations

    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 02:52:14 -040052Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Our neighbourhood is looking fantastic with lots of visible provocations to get our students thinking and connecting ideas about CHANGE. Our neighbourhood has been transformed into a large museum. Come and take a look!






    AMpSun, 16 Feb 2014 02:39:15 -040039Sunday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog



    6:00 – 7PM



    Dianne Siemon 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.


    Di will present to parents what they can do at home to support teachers build mental objects for numbers (looking at strategies such as part-part-whole, doubling etc.) She will discuss strategies for mental computation and importance of these, link briefly to ‘algorithms/processes’ and then spend some time unpacking multiplication and strategies for learning number facts based on understanding.



  20. Behind the News (Student Posts)

    AMpTue, 11 Feb 2014 04:53:40 -040053Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Do you feel confident riding your bike on the road?

    Explain and justify your answer

    It’s great to see some responses on our blog from the parent community. Remember you are not required to use your surname and like the students, all responses are approved by teachers before being updated to our blog. (Refer to our Blog Guidelines towards the top of the page)

  21. Safer Internet Day

    AMpTue, 11 Feb 2014 04:41:29 -040041Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Today the year 5/6 neighbourhood participated in an online collaborative platform with 18,000 students from around Victoria. We used  ”Blackboard Collaborate” an online collaboration platform  creating a virtual classroom and offering a new and exciting approach to learning. Safer Internet day is celebrated all around the world and the focus is on online safety. The following PowerPoint was used during the presentation and developed by ACMA.

    Cybersmart is a national cybersafety and cybersecurity education program managed by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), as part of the Australian Government’s commitment to Cyber Safety. The program is specifically designed to meet the needs of its target audiences of children, young people, parents, teachers and library staff. Please check out the website for terrific information re cybersafety. The students will be completing follow up activities as part of the learning agreement.


  22. Learning Agreement Week 3, Term 1

    AMpMon, 10 Feb 2014 01:58:24 -040058Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Week 3_ Term 1

  23. Parent Information Night

    AMpMon, 10 Feb 2014 01:42:02 -040042Monday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    Parent Information Night

  24. Safer Internet Day

    AMpThu, 06 Feb 2014 04:30:36 -040030Thursday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    create better internet

    Safer Internet Day will be celebrated on 11 February 2014.

    Princes Hill Primary School will be participating in Safer Internet Day on Tuesday. The theme for the campaign is ‘Let’s create a better internet together’. This valuable international event will happen simultaneously across the world. Our students will be participating in some lessons on this day and we will publish some photos next week.


  25. Physical Education News

    AMpTue, 04 Feb 2014 04:25:20 -040025Tuesday 14, 2009 by Grade56neighbourhood blog

    sport-graphics-swimming-032416Another exciting year coming, starting with House Captain elections on the 6th of Feb. followed by students nominating for events for our School Swimming Carnival on the 20th of Feb, This is quickly followed by the Carlton District Swimming Carnival on the 27th of Feb. The Swimming Carnival involves all students in Grades 4,5,6 plus those competent and willing to have in a go from Grade three. If you are from Grade three and would like to compete please come and talk to me.

    We will also be training for the School Cross Country being held on the second last day of term and be involved in trials for possible State Team selection in a variety of sports, more info about these coming soon. Thanks Geoff.

    (All Year 5 students and new Year 6 students have received a notice if they wish to purchase a PHPS sports shirt)

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