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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Let’s get coding!

Have they cracked the code? It’s just the start for Junior School students, who recently began to learn all about coding. Niall O’Brien tell us more –

This term as part of the Digital Technologies Curriculum, Years 1 & 2 students are undertaking a 9-lesson coding incursion from ScopeIT Education. Each lesson runs for 40 minutes every Wednesday from Week 3 to Week 11. During these sessions, two ScopeIT Education educators will teach the students the foundational skills involved in coding, including programming a character to undertake a specific set of steps. 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

The Billy Carts Program

There’s one activity that Year 6 prizes above all others – the billy cart program. Every year, it’s greeted with excitement and enthusiasm (and envy from all the other year levels!). Chris Athanasiadis explains –

This blog was written by four of our Grade 6s: Rachael, Bharat, Abigail and Anand. They were extremely excited when they learned that they would be writing a blog on our Billy Carts incursion and program. We are lucky enough to have an amazing billy cart program that has reached cult status at our school and is something that students look forward to from their early years at KPS. We are all very excited to see what amazing designs our Grade 6s will come up with this year and how the hard work and process of building, collaborating, leading and designing our billy carts will create an electrifying race that stops our Kewmunity!

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Year 4 Camp – how did you think about it?

When asked about school camp, kids will often talk about what they did, what they ate, and how late they managed to stay up. Year 4, who recently went on camp to Mount Evelyn, have reflected on their trip in a slightly different way, using  Edward de Bono’s Six Thinking Hats.

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KidsFest Fun

Thank you to Ally Papoulis for this week’s blog entry –

In week four KPS participated in KidsFest. The Preps did an amazing job at organising and helping to run two very successful stalls. PCC and PAS ran a paper aeroplane throwing competition, and PBE and PAP ran a lucky dip stall.
The children worked hard making wrapping paper and paper planes leading up to the day, and incorporated their knowledge of money to ensure that they made happy purchases on the day. Continue reading