The Vacation Care Program for December/January School Holidays is now available.
We are heading on some fun filled excursions to Mitcham Cinemas, The Plaster Fun House, ZONE Bowling, Mitcham Library and Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary. We will also be offering some exciting in days including a visit from Animals Anonymous, SCI World and BIKES SA. Book in now to avoid disappointment. Please note our new cancellation policy for Vacation Care is (Cancellations must be made two weeks prior to the day that has been booked)
Congratulations to the Concert Band students who performed for the year 2 students on Wednesday 25th November. For Concert Band 2 students it was their very first performance and I was very proud of their efforts.
Thank you to Xavier H, Matilda M, Peter M, Rebecca M who were very confident in giving a solo instrument demo. We hope the band has encouraged the year 2 students to learn an instrument next year.
The Concert Band Picnic scheduled for Wednesday 2nd December will go ahead at this stage as we wait to hear an update on restrictions on December 1st. Should the updated restrictions prevent the Picnic going ahead students will be notified via the daily notices and families via Skoolbag. Please check on Tuesday for confirmation. Please return attendance slips to allow for an accurate Covid register and social distancing.
We are very excited to share the news that Mitcham Primary School has been successfully selected as one of the 150 schools nationally that will participate in the inaugural program, “What’ll happen to the wattle??!”. A big thank you to the year 6 students who helped to put together our application - Rebecca, Tilly, Michaela, Usman and Sam!
The One Giant Leap Australia Foundation is sending native golden wattle seeds to the International Space Station in early December, 2020. In collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) the seeds will live in space for six months, returning to Australia in time for Science Week 2021. Our school will receive the wattle seeds that have flown to space, plus seeds that have not. The seeds are from the same seed lot. We will germinate and grow the seeds, recording data about the germination and seed growth. The 12-month to 2 year project will result in the creation of a nationwide map identifying the location of Australia‘s 'space wattle’ trees
The seeds will head to space on the 21st commercial resupply services (CRS-21) mission, currently scheduled for Sunday 6 December at 3:09am Adelaide time, and you can watch it on NASA TV if you're awake! (see https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-tv-coverage-set-for-next-space-station-resupply-mission-with-spacex)
Miriam Doull, 3-7 Science
We are happy to announce that we are now able to go on our bowling excursion next Tuesday 1st December. This excursion was due to coincide with our return from Canberra last week and with the new and rapid restrictions and school closure last week we were unable to go. Luckily, we have been able to reschedule this excursion and all students from Rooms 25, 26 and 27 are looking forward to it.
As part of the term theme, From the Past to the Future, last week the classes presented their Through the Decades projects. Students worked in groups to look back at various decades from 1950s to the 1990s. They presented the music, clothing, food, technology, and significant events of the decade in a fun and informative way.
Recently Rooms 25, 26 and 27 have been learning all about Ancient Egyptian life over the past term. Each student picked an area of passion to research and present a report on, accompanied with a handmade ‘relic’. On Tuesday, Week 7 we hosted an exhibition to learn from one another in our showcase morning. All students enjoyed learning about this ancient civilisation, sharing their knowledge and creating a diverse range of artefacts.
Thank you for all your support throughout the year whether it be volunteering or ordering for your children. We really appreciate it!
We wish to advise that as we are coming to the end of the school year, we will be running down our stock, so if you order something for your children and its unavailable, we will contact them, and they will be able to choose something else. This might not happen, but could you please let your child know so they are aware of the situation.
Thank you and we wish you a very merry festive season and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!
Anita, Ann and Kerry
Composite, or multi-age, classes occur in schools for a number of reasons. Composite classes provide schools with more flexibility and options to ensure even class sizes and a balance of student social and academic needs within and across year levels.
All classes, whether a single year level or composite class group, have children with diverse learning needs and abilities. When planning for student learning, teachers take into consideration the strengths, prior knowledge and needs of every student. They use this as a starting point to design the learning and work from where each child is currently at. In any class, there will be teaching and learning that occurs as a whole class, in small groups and at an individual level.
Research tells us that high quality teaching and learning is the key to a successful learning environment in any classroom, not the structure or makeup of the class. There is no evidence that student learning may be hindered in a composite class.
We understand that the idea of composite classes may be unfamiliar to parents and have included some frequently asked questions and answers are below.
Does the placement of a child in a composite class mean that they are more or less able?
In every year level, children have diverse needs, skills and abilities. When placing children into class groups we aim to represent the full range of student abilities from a given year level, whether in a single year level class or a composite class. Children are not “chosen” to be in a composite class based on their learning achievement.
What are the benefits of a composite class?
Children in a composite class have the opportunity to mix socially and academically with a wide range of students. Children are able to work at their own rate within a community of learners and are able to learn from, and with, each other. Younger students have the opportunity to learn alongside older peers, and older students can show leadership and demonstrate high level understandings and complex thinking skills to model and explain their learning at designated times.
How do teachers cater for a range of abilities and year levels?
Teachers are trained in differentiating the curriculum to meet the varying abilities of their students. We have a very clear understanding of the curriculum requirements and expectations for each year level. Effective assessments of student learning ensure we know students’ needs, strengths and future learning points. Here are some strategies that we use:
- Planning open-ended tasks that cater for a range of different abilities and allow learning to be demonstrated in different ways
- Planning tasks that allow for different entry points and provide opportunities for extension and problem solving
- Providing targeted small group and individual instruction based on learning needs and specific teaching points
- Setting individual goals, challenges and projects which encourage children to demonstrate independence and responsibility in their learning
- At times students will separate into year level groups for instruction; this may include linking with another composite class or working in smaller groups within the classroom.
“Research shows it makes no difference to performance whether students are in a straight year group or in a multi-age class – it’s the teacher who makes the difference.” Multi-age or composite classes:2008 to 2014, NSW Department of Education and Communities, January
An excellent link for more information
Last week the Year 7s were lucky enough to see their camp dreams come true. With the cancellation of Canberra earlier this year, then the cancellation of the rescheduled trip in term 3 it was a disappointed group of students. This being said all students responded to this news with resilience and optimism.
It may not have been Canberra, but our Year 7s had a fantastic time during their 3 days at Mylor. The grounds were stunning, with a new cafeteria area and dorms for half of us, and the weather divine. The activities, chosen by the students, were a whole lot of fun. Activities such as raft making in the pool saw the students having to create a raft from bits of rope, tyre tubes and planks. Hilarious inventions, big smiles and some excellent team work. The giant swing was not for the faint hearted and the squeals of delight made the trek to the top of the hill well worth it. Archery was a hit with many finding the target and bouldering sorting the nimble from the rest around a bouldering wall and table challenge. The challenge course, was a favourite of many and saw some overcome their fear of MUD! And there was a lot of it! In the hair, in the shoes, everywhere. The outdoor showers helped to keep our rooms clean. The challenge course was one of the favourites where they needed to complete physical and mental challenges with rope carry bucket throw relay (with lots of water going anywhere but the bucket), puzzle making and of course the mud run (actually a crawl through the mud). The flying fox was a hoot with the long run down to the base had some of the students doing gravity defying rolls until they reached the end. The favourite, of the teachers at least, was the bridge building. This required the students to work together in teams to construct a ‘bridge’ across the Onkaparinga River. They had only 3 crates, some rope and planks. All team members needed to get across each plank to reach the platform, with no feet in the water. At night we all gathered to watch a movie on the first night and then the annual Year 7 quiz night. This was a night of fun, prizes, some tough questions, some not so tough ones and a few laughs. The parents gave the students a run for their money and won the night.
Over the three days we were at camp the Year 7s displayed teamwork, ingenuity, high resilience, excellent manners and a fantastic sense of fun. The staff from Mylor congratulated us on their behaviour, they should be proud of how they conducted themselves and because of this the camp was even more enjoyable.
We would like to thank the parents who came along to help. Thank you Chris M, Fiona D, Sam S and Rommy A for giving us your time. Without the help of parents camps such as this cannot happen. We would also like to thank the parents of all Year 7 students for being patient with us and allowing their children to attend the camp. It may not be Canberra but it was a whole lot of fun.
Over the term, we have been learning the structure and language features of response texts. The following is a response text, written by Mariah in Room 27, of our excursion in Week 3.
A Day in SA
Fascinating, factual, and fun. These are just some of the ways to describe the SA Museum and Central markets excursion. On the 27th of October, the Year 6/7's from rooms 27, 26, and 25 headed to the Museum and Central Markets. This excursion was organised to help spark any ideas for their upcoming business stall project and Egyptian passion project. Personally, I enjoyed this excursion as most others did.
Our group first went to the Central Markets. There were many stalls that had produce of meat, vegetables, treats, gifts, and fast food. The markets are a great place to roam around and have your five senses fulfilled. The colours, smells, sights, tastes, and sounds! One of our tasks was to ask a stallholder five questions and write down their reply. For example, “How long does it take to set up your stall?” I felt that asking these questions helped us not only boosting our confidence but also with our upcoming business and economics project when we will make our own creative stall.
An Egyptian mummy in front of me! I was shocked to see two mummies in the Egyptian exhibit. In the SA museum, there was a whole room for Egypt's history. To see this exhibit, it helped kick-start our minds for the Egyptian passion project back in the classroom. Also, when you first walk into the museum there is a huge monument of an ancient pillar with hieroglyphs (ancient Egyptian language) on it. I felt very privileged to touch it. It was all the way from Egypt!
To finish off, the excursion was a great place to learn and try new things. Although the walk was long it was worth it at the end.
We were so thrilled to be able to welcome families to our 2020 Sports Day. The students had a wonderful day participating in the health hustle, a wide variety of team events and finishing up with the relays and races.
Congratulations go to Selth for achieving the highest number of points and winning the sports day shield. This year the Values Cup was awarded to Dunks, for demonstrating the school values and excellent sportsmanship across the day.
Special thanks go to Mr Rowland for all his efforts in planning and coordinating the day. It was a busy day that ran so smoothly and was enjoyed by all. We would also like thank all the teachers, SSO’s and students who helped throughout the day. The House Captains did an amazing job and dedicated hours of practice for our health hustle, setting up early in the morning, as well as supporting teachers at events during the day and organising their houses for sprints, relays and chants.
Premier's Reading Challenge
Premier’s Reading Challenge awards will be handed out this week. Well done to all the students who completed the challenge this year - there were 541 students!
Special congratulations to the following students who received Hall of Fame – Reader for Life certificates.
Room 22 – Christina, Olivia and Chloe
Room 25 – Evan Jordan, Charlie, Teliqua, Daniel and Lucia
Room 26 – Elisa, Rosa, Antonio, Violet, Felicity, Claire and Finlay
Room 27 – Kaden, Maeve, Bridget, Ava, Zahri and Jayden
Room 28 – Gabriel and Liam
Room 29 – Henry, Annabelle, Samuel, Abraham and Harrison
This tremendous effort means they have completed the challenge every year they have been at school. Well done to these students.
You may have received an email advising that your child has an overdue library book or they may have received an overdue slip at school. If your child has an overdue book please help them have a look at home. If you still can’t find it, you can phone the library, pass a note through your child’s diary or class teacher or email us. Removing the overdue book from your child’s borrowing record is quick and easy and means they can keep borrowing.
Borrowing in Term 4
Friday 20 November (week 6) will be the last day for student borrowing. All books must be returned by Friday 27 November (week 7).
Sophie and Nicole