Year 4 Market

Our Year Four students have created their own small businesses as part of our Financial Maths unit over the last three weeks. They are now very eager to share their learning with others on Thursday at first break by creating our very own Year Four Market. 

Each group has been given a $15 budget by the school to set up their business. However, some groups have decided to prepare and provide some of their materials/ingredients from home. Please feel under no obligation to purchase anything extra since we have been encouraging our students to work like ‘entrepreneurs’ who are creative and efficient within their budget. 

If food is prepared at home, we ask that a full list of ingredients is provided and that bought items remain packaged. 

If students wish to support other businesses by purchasing their products/services, they can bring a gold coin donation in exchange for SMCM Money. One dollar will buy five SMCM dollars and two dollars will buy ten SMCM dollars. A box will be set up at our Celebration of Learning evening tonight, where families can put donations in an envelope clearly marked with your child’s name and homegroup. If you are not attending Celebration of Learning, you may bring your money on Thursday morning. 

You are welcome to join them in Penola at 12:15pm on Thursday and participate in purchasing items from their businesses.

Uniform reminders

Welcome back to Term 2!

A friendly reminder that full winter uniform is to be worn as of this week. As we enter the wet months of the year, it’s time for gumboots at school! All students are asked to bring in a pair of gumboots with their name on it to keep at school for break times.

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Any queries about uniforms please see your homegroup teacher.




We continue to use our Chromebooks to help us in our learning. We are reading and viewing texts online as well as accessing our blog and interactive resources, for example Matific.

All students are required to bring labelled headphones to use, to help them with their learning.

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Harmony Day

This week communities around Australia are celebrating Harmony Day.

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and Harmony Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate this and work to maintain it.

Watch the clip below to find out more about Harmony Day and use the questions to have a discussion with your family at home.
Don’t forget to write a reflection in the comments below 🙂

What is diversity?

What is Harmony Day?

When is Harmony Day celebrated?

Who celebrates Harmony Day?

Why do we wear orange?

Word challenge: How many words with three letters or more can you make from the letters in the words ‘Celebrate Australia’s Diversity’?

As part of our Harmony Day celebrations here at SMCM, you are invited to wear a touch of orange or cultural dress with your full school uniform on Thursday 21 March, 2019.

Families are invited to join us for a family picnic on Thursday evening: 5.30 – 7.30pm on the Sports Oval.

There will also be a special performance by the SMCM choir and our Foundation and Junior students.

Together we are powerful.

Our Waste Footprint

As we continue to learn about our marine ecosystem, we are exploring how the health of our oceans and waterways is affected by human activity and use of resources.

Did you know that our households use 66,000 tonnes of plastic every year?!  A shocking fact that we learnt by viewing sections of War on Waste.

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We are now investigating the waste we are generating at school. We are conducting our own waste audit in each building, by emptying the contents of the rubbish bins; tallying the amount of recyclable objects (eg. drink bottles/cups), food scraps, paper and cardboard, stationary and plastic; then graphing the results.

  • What were the results of your waste audit?
  • What did you find most surprising, interesting or shocking?
  • How can we help to reduce the amount of waste, particularly plastic waste, at school?