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?
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.
- 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?
We are looking forward to celebrating the Sacrament of Reconciliation tomorrow at 7pm with all candidates.
- What can you tell us about Reconciliation?
- How are you trying to ‘hit the mark’?
In pairs watch the clip on landscaping.
Using information gathered write a short job description of the sorts of things a landscaper might do.
The 2017 Walk To Save Our Sons, supported by National Partner Chemist Warehouse, will see Lucas from Barley participate on the tough 300km walk around the Bay of Melbourne.
We keep Lucas and his family in our thoughts and prayers this week. Go Lucas and Mia!!!
If you would like to support Save Our Sons organisation. Please click on the following link: https://saveoursons.giveeasy.org
What an exciting day it has been for Middle School. It was business as usual at Mackillop Views. We had a busy morning in our specialist classes and also made pancakes. It has been wonderful to see the ‘F’ in our FARM code throughout this term. We have become true leaders in showing our community just how flexible we really are. It doesn’t matter what space we are in, learning is always happening. Well done everyone!
- What was the best part of today?
- What did you learn about Shrove Tuesday?
Today the Middles investigated and explored how nature changes the Earth through the natural processes of weathering and erosion. They also explored the ‘rock cycle’ and classified samples of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks. They observed the effects of chemical weathering through a variety of experiments. What a wonderful way to get us thinking about our inquiry unit.
- What did you learn today about our changing Earth?
- What new wonderings do you now have with this new knowledge?
Middle school students were kept busy this week during Maths sessions. Using only matchsticks and blu tak students created 3D objects.
- What 3D object did you make?
- What were the properties of your 3D object?
- Where in the environment is your 3D object found?