Play the ukulele daily!

Good evening Garlic and Ginger,

As you know, we are learning to play the ukulele in Performing Arts.

We have many eager dreamers who would love to become leaders. Yes it rhymes 🙂 Many of you have asked me to put up information about where to buy a good quality ukulele, if you practise you’ll be playing songs before you know it!

Check out the links below if you’re interested in buying your own ukulele. This is also what we use in class. Here are my recommendations:

Colour ukulele: browse for your colour choice

Ukulele Tuner:

Ukulele Strap: browse for your colour choice

Good luck with your search and ask me any questions when you see me.

By. From Jess

CERES Excursion

Our Middles became sustainability detectives today as we ventured to Melbourne’s Community Environment Park, CERES. We participated in activities designed to help us learn more about how our actions affect the environment. Sessions related to fossil fuels, renewable energy, energy efficient housing, carbon cycle and energy flows. From visiting the EcoHouse to seeing how fossil fuels create electricity, it was an enjoyable and action-packed excursion!


I wonder what your highlight was today?

What was something that you learnt?

What would you like to find out?

Caritas Fridays: Help Someone to Get Ahead… Wear a hat!

Today our Year Fours hosted the second Caritas Friday. Ginger and Garlic asked the school community to wear their most colourful hat to school to raise money for Project Compassion. We have already raised a lot of money for the poor and needy and helped others in Lent by doing good things. Wearing a bright hat reminds us that we are giving a bright future for people like Rattanak and Janaki.

Thank you to everyone for being creative in the hats that you wore!



Did you bring a gold coin for Caritas Friday today?

What type of hat did you wear?


The SMCM Middle School are excited to start swimming lessons tomorrow Friday 9th February.

Swimming Reminders

Friendly Reminders:

  • Wear your swimming bathers underneath your sport uniform
  • Use a small swimming bag to keep your belongings safe
  • Children with long hair must tie their hair back or wear a swimming cap
  • Bring thongs to change into and wear at the leisure centre to keep our socks and shoes dry
  • Bring clean underwear to change into after swimming
  • Label all clothing and items with your child’s name
  • Parent helpers are required to meet at the leisure centre


Why is it important to learn to swim?

How can you Act Safe at the pool?

Finding Our Strengths

Today the Year 4’s took on a design challenge to use their existing strengths and develop new ones. The students showed creativity, collaboration and self-management when designing something that expressed their personal strengths. Many students were challenged during the activity and used resilience to overcome adversity. It was pleasing to see everyone use these dispostions, which underpin the learning culture that we are instilling here at SMCM.

What are your existing strengths?

What are some new strengths that you are developing?

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Welcome back, Middle School!

Mint, Parsley, Basil, Ginger & Garlic students have made a wonderful start to the school year!

We have been getting to know each other and demonstrating our understanding of the FARM Code, in transitions, learning time, playtime, eating time and when communicating with others.

There are many exciting things to look forward to this term, including swimming lessons and our Inquiry unit, “The Future Is In Our Hands… How can we make a difference?” As part of our Inquiry unit we will be heading out on an excursion to ‘Ceres’ in Brunswick to explore different methods in sustainability.

  • How are you helping your homegroup to create a positive learning environment?
  • How can you use your personal strengths to help yourself and others in the homegroup?
  • What are you looking forward to this year?
  • What do you know about sustainability?