Advent – St Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal

This Advent Season, Vinnies has launched a Christmas Appeal calling for help from the community. We are called to lend a ‘helping hand’ to those in need of our help.

Christmas can be a tough time of year for many in our community and we want to try and help everybody have an enjoyable Christmas!

Please watch our video below to find out more about the Christmas Appeal and how we can help!

Faith and Mission Action Team: Sienna, Alessia, Camila, Lena, Naya and Marcella


Scottish Penpals


After weeks of waiting our packages arrived all the way from Scotland! The Barley home group spent Friday morning excitedly opening letters from their pen pals. They read all about the lives of students on the other side of the world and promptly replied with lots of questions and the hopes of another letter soon.

So who are our Scottish friends you ask? This is what we have found out so far:

Their school is called St Leonard’s Primary School and it located in East Kilbride in Glasgow Scotland. The town of East Kilbride has an approximate  population of 80,000 people. It was a new town set up after World War 2 and this year they are celebrating their 70th birthday.  They will also  be celebrating St Andrews Day, who is the Patron Saint of Scotland, on the 30th of November.

We are so excited to have this opportunity to learn about another culture and making some new friends. Thank you to Kelly and Paul for connecting us!


What is your pen pal’s name?

What did you learn about the Scottish culture?


‘Christmas Rap’ Dance at carols event

Dear middles, teachers and families,

In preparation for the carols event on Sunday the 17th December you are performing a hip hop Christmas dance to the audience. You are the only year level dancing which is very exciting! The music isn’t on you tube so below I’ve attached the song to practise. Enjoy!!!


Collaboration in Action

The 11th of November will mark the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.

The middles this week have been reading and exploring the Flanders Fields Poem by Dr John McCrae, 1915. In groups, we used the RIDER strategy to help us visualise the setting  and tried to make meaning of what the poem was about.  Each group worked on one stanza and created an image collaboratively to match. It was great to see everyone making suggestions and working together to create their images.

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  • What was your stanza about?
  • What connections did you make?
  • When exploring all three stanzas, what were the similarities?
  • Why do you think it is important to remember those you have suffered or died in wars?