Today Anthony Ryan talked to us about his job as an accountant. Have you ever known an accountant to give you money? Well Anthony gave us each $105 play money. Then he took $5.00 from everyone to give to Ms O’Brien who was pretending to be the Prime Minister who takes tax for important things in our community. We had lots of fun pretending we had lots of money and thank Anthony for talking to us about his job in our community.
With great excitement we set out on our walk to Mt Martha Village last Thursday.
We admired the beauty of our environment as we walked down Glenisla Dve between the trees on the path.
Our first stop was the Supermarket where we bought a piece of fruit for 50 cents and received a receipt. The staff at IGA were very kind and helpful.
The next stop was Via Battisti where we bought a hot chocolate for $1.00. It was delicious and warmed our tummies on a cold morning. Dan served every cup with a smile. We relaxed with our friends as we drank our milk.
On our way through the arcade we met the man who runs the antique shop that has some very old toys. His dog is enormous!
After a snack and a play in the park we headed for the post office where we paid $1.00 for a stamp to go on our envelopes.
The last stop at the village was Bendigo Bank where they look after people’s money.
Then it was time to return to school via the uphill path in the freezing wind.
Thank you to all our lovely parents who came with us to help us. We really enjoyed your company.
Thanks so much to our fabulous businesses in Mt Martha Village who gave us their time. What a great community!
Over the past year we have been working very hard to use current research and best practice to evaluate and develop our own Word Study and Spelling program. It has been very exciting and beneficial for staff and students. This is still an on-going process, and we hope to continue to learn and grow together. Our next focus area is Reading and we would like to begin by involving our parents, teachers and students in the review process. Below is a Parent Survey about reading. Please take a few minutes to complete it as the information we gather will be very beneficial when shaping our future programs.
Happy Mothers Day to all our wonderful mothers and grandmothers of Prep C students. We have had a lot of fun preparing to give our mums a surprise on Sunday. It has been great for learning about money too, about silver and gold coins . We have created a class shop and put up price tags and made a paper purse to put our coins in. Geordie has been especially helpful in organising the money and the produce for the shop.
We hope you like the beautiful shopping bags and presents we created for you as well as the gifts we went shopping for.
We are all very proud of the children’s effort and persistence in completing the Cross Country run on Monday. Thank you to everyone for helping them prepare for the race in their sporting house colours.
What a great start to Term 2! Our new class pets, Goldie and Bubble, have been enthusiastically adopted by the children. We are learning about the needs of living things and have been comparing the needs of the fish with our own needs to survive as humans. We have been learning how to care for Goldie and Bubble and wondering about the habits of fish; such as do they have a pecking order? (Goldie always gets to the food first and gobbles it up). Why do they sometimes appear very still near the bottom of the fish tank? We have been thinking about our own pets at home and their needs and habits too.
We made origami fish. That tested our persistence. But we did it!
We have had a great response by parents at both the Parent Helpers Information session and the parent night out at Volpino last week. Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to both events and especially to Eleanor, our Parent Rep, for organising the latter. It is a wonderful, friendly class community.
In May, students, teachers and parents at MMPS like to celebrate READING and strive to read more and more! To help us do this we run the Read More in May initiative where children keep a record of their reading behaviour and minutes each day to work towards increasing the time they spend both reading and being read to. Is your child a reluctant reader? There will be some tips for parents in up coming school newsletters. We are all working to help those who have not discovered the joy of reading to find “just right” books and be inspired to delve into good literature. This year, families can also participate in the Read Aloud More in May. What a wonderful opportunity to invest in some family reading time, re-ignite some interest and get lost in a story. Whilst having fun with books, why not take a selfie and enter our school “Share a Selfie” competition! For details of all of these activities, see the posters on display around the school and Banksia Bulletin each week.
Matt Cosgrove is the official ambassador and illustrator for National Family Reading Month 2017! He’s the author and illustrator of the new and hilarious Epic Fail Tales series. Watch and share his inspiring video message about reading aloud.