A visit to the NGV

Thank you to Anastasia, Riley, Arya and Anja for their reports on the Year 5 excursion to the National Gallery of Victoria.

On the 29th of May, all the grade fives went to the NGV to check out Frontier Wars, which was a self-guided tour. In Frontier Wars, we looked at a lot of the traditional aboriginal artworks. We discussed the meaning of each piece of art.

After the self-guided tour in the NGV an expert took us on a tour around a timeline exhibit. The timeline went from when the Aboriginals peacefully lived in Australia for 50,000 years, until 1856 when the State Library opened, which was the first public and free library – the only condition was that you had to be eighteen or over and they had to see your hands to make sure they weren’t dirty. Continue reading

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Preps in the library

If you’ve got a few minutes spare at school pick-up time, pop into the library to see the Prep work on display.

Thank you to Ruth Woolven for this week’s post –

Each week in Library lessons we read a picture story book together. Sometimes we follow up with an activity. Continue reading

The countdown to the Grand Prix!

The Year 6 team are gearing up for their Billy Cart Grand Prix (and hopefully saving some energy for the billy cart rides – the Junior School students have been saving their gold coins for lots of turns around the oval!).

Thank you to Anand, Abigail, Rachael and Tara for this week’s post –

It all started with an incursion and our previously mentioned excitement to build, design and will our way not only to race day, but moreover to being crowned the Billy Cart Grand Prix Champions! Continue reading

Clay, Cubism and Collage

When Shelley Ware sent me this week’s blog post I was amazed by all the photos of the beautiful artwork. But truly, the photos don’t do the work justice! Head to school pick-up a few minutes early one day and take a walk down the corridors to see all of these amazing pieces up close.

What a creative fun start to the Art year we have had at Kew Primary School. We started off with all of the classes completing a Collaborative Circle painting on calico. They are an amazing 1m x 2m in length and all are collaborative masterpieces. You will see them hanging proudly in and outside of the classrooms throughout the school. There is also one hanging in the art room that every student in the school was asked to paint on. It’s beautiful so please feel free to come into the art room and have a look anytime. Continue reading

Blooming Talent in the Art Room

Thank you to Michaela Strelec for this week’s post on the art program –

The beautiful thing about art is how diverse and far-reaching its effects are.
During Term 4, students have worked with a variety of materials and tools.
In the first three to four weeks of the term, students were continually refining the essential building blocks of drawing. They learnt a variety of drawing techniques (hatching, cross-hatching, contour lines, stippling, blending and rendering), dependent on year level. Continue reading

Mindfulness Stones

Is it too early in the year to declare my favourite school project for 2017? Because this is it. Kerry Lomas tells us more –

We live in a fast paced world and there is an enormous need for children to develop the skills they require to cope with these changes and the speed at which they are happening. This includes learning how to manage attention and developing skills in stress management, compassion and resilience. This was a strong focus in Kick Start Kew this year. Continue reading

Makerspace activities in the Library

makerspace-3When my kids were at kindergarten, the most popular corner of the kinder room was the ‘tinkering’ corner. Anyone who had something that could be taken apart (bits of computers, old VCR players etc) would donate it to the kinder, where the kids would spend hours managing screwdrivers, pliers and nuts and bolts (just look at the tiny screws in something like your computer keyboard to know what removing them does for the fine motor skills of a four-year-old!).

For all sorts of reasons, when kids get to school, time for unstructured play and ‘tinkering’ is often reduced. Happily, KPS provides opportunities for kids who like to learn in this way – the Makerspace program and Play for Life are two examples. This week, Ruth Woolven tells us about Makerspace –

For your child, tinkering and making is a powerful and fun form of learning by doing. It provides an opportunity to explore and express creativity. Continue reading