Start your engines, it’s the Grade 6 Billy Cart Project

billy-carts-1I fondly recall my first billy cart ride – the wind in my hair (because no such thing as helmets in the seventies, and the fact that I was traveling at what I would now consider an alarming rate down a hill) and the feeling of wild exhilaration as the cart bumped over the uneven footpath. My parents still live in the street where my first billy cart ride took place and it was when the Grade 6 Billy Cart project began that I considered the hill and its suitability for billy carts. And immediately thought “What was my dad thinking, sending me down that?!” (there is no way I’d let my kids ride down this particular steep hill which includes a tricky s-bend at the bottom). So I asked my parents this very question – my mum’s response was that my dad wasn’t thinking (!) and my dad’s response was “I grew up in Surrey Hills – I know about hills and billy carts.” (!)

Apart from the fun of riding a billy cart (and Kew has some premium hills), the joy is in the making. And as Jaci Davis reports, the Grade 6 students had a brilliant time working on their billy cart projects –
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Crawl Down Low and Go Go Go!

It was all bells and whistles for the Preps last week – Sophie Apperly tells us about a visit from some fire-fighters.

fire-ed-1The Preps recently enjoyed the ‘Fire Ed for Preps’ education program delivered by the Melbourne Fire Brigade.

Over two sessions the Preps learnt about fire safety while experiencing a little bit of the world of a fireman or firewoman.

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The Middle School introduces the FISH Philosophy

It’s a philosophy with a funny name but Elizabeth Murray tells us a little bit about how FISH is changing our middle school –

FISH philosophy-1This year, the Middle School has been looking at developing a culture based around the FISH Philosophy. There are four main principles in the FISH Philosophy. These are Play, Choose Your Attitude, Make Their Day and Be There. Continue reading

A brand new year of Kewriosity

kewriosity-2015-2Sewing is not in my skill set. At all. In fact, I’m fairly sure that I keep the tailor near Leo’s Supermarket in business. So it’s somewhat surprising that my daughter, Penny (Grade 2), loves sewing – where does this come from (because there’s obviously no example set at home)? On the look-out for “…things to sew…”, and knowing that she’s probably not quite up to hemming my jeans, Kewriosity 2015 came at just the right time.

This week, teachers Lee-Ann Butchart and Mary Whitehouse share some of the Kewriosity projects, including the wildly successful sewing workshop.

Over the past four weeks the year 1 and 2 students have been enjoying spending time in their various Kewriosity groups. These groups have included French Songs & Games, Sewing, Drama, Paper Skills and Paper Planes, and Antarctica. Continue reading