Learning is Fun in Middle School

It has been a fabulous week in Middle school, with the celebration of our patron saint, Mary MacKillop. Tuesday kicked off with test of our knowledge about Mary MacKillop with a Kahoot activity. Throughout the day, we also took part in fun activities, a sausage sizzle and our annual Mary Mac Talent Show.

Yesterday, students applied their understandings of Location and Number as part of our Middles Amazing Race! Even the wind couldn’t stop us from learning! We finished off the day as programmers and robots in our first coding session.

What has been your most memorable moment this week?

What connections did you make with your learning?

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Mary MacKillop


  • Wear casual clothes and runners and bring gold coin for MM Foundation
  • Feast Day Mass at 10:30am – parents and families most welcome!
  • Sausage Sizzle Lunch provided
  • Mary MacK Talent Show- by kids for kids!


RETURN All about Mary Challenge! tomorrow

  • Write 5 things you know about our Mary MacKillop
  • Colour in or draw a picture

Lots of prizes to win!



  • Home learning can be accessed from the blog under Home Learning / Term 3 2017
  • Home learning is distributed on Tuesdays and collected the following Monday
  • Home learning is expected to be completed weekly
  • If you do not return your book on Monday, then you are expected to bring it the following day
  • If you have any trouble accessing home learning or have questions about the tasks to be completed, see your teacher as soon as possible




We are using our Chromebooks as a learning tool to view multimodal texts which incorporate sound, images and written text. To be able to hear the texts and to be respectful to others, all students are required to use headphones.

  • If you haven’t done so already, please bring in headphones for you to use
  • Don’t forget to clearly label headphones with your name




We’ve all been using extra tissues on these cold and chilly days and our stocks are beginning to run low. Please bring in a box of tissues for your home group to share.

SMCM’s new digital library – TITLEWAVS

Welcome to SMCM’s Audiobooks Library – Titlewavs

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Titlewavs is a digital library that allows you to listen to chapter books whilst from school or home. Simply click on a title you are interested in, plug in your headphones and enjoy a good story.

Name meaning of Titlewavs

The name Titlewavs contains the words ‘Title’ as in book Title and ‘Wavs’ as in a sound digital sound file format. As you are listening to these titles via a digital sound file, we thought it would be fitting to be named Titlewavs.

Let us know in the comments which titles you think should be added to Titlewavs.

NB: To access Titlewavs, students are to login to Google first using their school account.



Exploring Our Melbourne Museum!

What a day of exploring everywhere and engaging in all the possibilities the exhibition’s at the Melbourne Museum offered us today!!

Here are some of the fantastic highlights:

Head over to our SMCM Twitter page to check out our day in real time and hear from some of the students as they reflected on their connections and thinking!

Also, remember that as part of your ‘Writing’ Home Learning Task this week, you have been asked to further explore the Melbourne Museum Exhibition Website to look closely at the exhibitions that you saw today! Read and explore the links provided and create a short information text about what you have learned about that topic in your Home Learning Book.

We wonder what you got from today…

  • What did you see?

  • What did you hear?

  • What did it make you think?

  • What are you wondering?

  • What might you take further as your personal inquiry investigation?

Preparing for our Museum Excursion

We are very excited about tomorrow’s Year 3/4 Excursion to the Melbourne Museum! The excursion is intended to given us some ideas about what we might like to research in our Inquiry Personal Investigation time.

In our home groups this week, we have prepared for our visit by researching the current exhibitions and selecting two gallery spaces that each of us would like to visit.

I wonder what we will see at the Museum tomorrow?

See you tomorrow at 8.20am, ready for an 8.45am departure!

Creating and Making in Expert Groups

Today our expert groups moved into the ‘Create, Make and Problem Solve’ phase of the Design Process. We followed our design brief to present our knowledge about landscapers, builders/architects, furniture designers and interiors designers. We look forward to sharing this learning with everyone next Wednesday, June 28th.

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What did I need to do first?

What did I do if I got stuck?

Who helped me?

Did I need to adapt my ideas, materials or tools?



Disco fun!

It was a great night of dancing and fun with our friends at the disc!! Nigel, the DJ, played our requests and the smoke machine and lights added to the atmosphere. Awesome dancing by everyone!​

​​​​​What was your favourite song? What did you enjoy at the disco? 

True Culture Incursion

Today we were lucky enough to have Ian, Mitch and Ezekiel share lots about the Indigenous culture and guide us through ‘True Culture‘.

We took so much from this experience…

Michael – I learnt that breathing is the key to making different sounds when playing the didgeridoo.

Dean – I realised that the traditional Indigenous dance moves come from movements that animals make.

Kade – Learning about the didgeridoo extended my thinking because I didn’t know that they can be different shapes and make different sounds.

Julia – My thinking was extended when I learnt that termites make the hollow inside the branches used to make didgeridoos and that the branches chosen to make didgeridoos are chosen by knocking on them and listening for the sound that told them it was hollow.

  • What did you connect with? What did you learn?
  • What extended your thinking?
  • What challenged you?