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.
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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 ‚ÄėCelebrate Australia‚Äôs Diversity‚Äô?

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?

Swimming Program: Water Safety

As part of our swimming program, we will be participating in a water safety session.

This session will take place on Thursday 14 March

Students are required to bring along an extra pair of shorts and tshirt to participate in this session.

Thanks for your continued support,

Middle Team

SMCM Online Learning Logs Parent Help Website

The Online Learning Logs (OLLs) are a digital platform for students, parents and teachers to report and celebrate student learning.

The SMCM Online Learning Logs (OLLs) Parent Help Website contains¬†useful information about the OLLs. It also allows you to¬†provide us with a current/updated Google email address OR to report any technical difficulties you are experiencing with accessing your child’s OLL.

You can access this website by:

  • Clicking on the image below
  • Viewing the¬†Parent Information tab of this blog
  • Clicking the link on our SkoolBag app

New families:¬†To receive access to your child’s OLL please provide the school with a gmail address¬†by filling out the Google Form on our¬†SMCM Online Learning Logs (OLLs) Parent Help Website.¬†¬†

OLLs Parent Help

Unpacking our Digital Technologies Policy

This week in Year 4, we have been investigating our¬†Digital Technologies¬†Policy. We have been learning about the different parts of this policy, unpacking the key words, including unknown words like ‘copyright’ and ‘ethics’. We discussed what our expectations are when we are using our technology to help us with our learning.

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We will all receive a copy of the policy and agreement. Once we have read and talked about this with our family, we need to tick the boxes and sign our name. This shows that we understand and agree to follow the expectations.

  • What is one understanding that you have about our policy?
  • Why is it important that we understand our policy?