A Swimmingly Wonderful Junior School Excursion

Thank you to Sophie Apperly for this week’s post about the Junior School excursion to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.

As part of the Junior School’s Geography Inquiry Unit – “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” the Year 1 and Year 2 students ventured into the city for lunch by the Yarra at Batman Park and then to the ‘Save our Seas’ program at the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. Continue reading


Making tornadoes

Thank you to Irena Gigli for this week’s post about science for Year 1 and 2 students –

junior-school-3WOW! What an exciting start to this week for Year 1 and 2 students with the commencement of the ‘Hands On Science’ incursion. Continue reading

A to Z reflection to Sovereign Hill

The one excursion that I remember going to in primary school was Sovereign Hill – a day where we stepped back in time, ate a vast quantity of boiled sweets, had ‘Wanted’ posters printed with our names on them, and watched our left-handed classmates struggle to write in ink with a quill in their right hand.

Year 1 and 2 students recently enjoyed an excursion to Sovereign Hill and have reported back on the best bits of the day. Thank you to Di Pantazis and the Junior School Team for this post.

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Advice for Preps (from those who REALLY know)

http://planningwithkids.com/2009/07/23/magic-100-words-or-sight-word-lists/Our 2016 Preps have had a couple of weeks to settle in to the school routine. There’s no question that starting school is a huge change and many of the requirements and expectations can seem overwhelming.

We’ve given some hints on managing the start of Prep (here and here) but I thought it would be good to get some tips from those who really know the nitty-gritty – last year’s Preps!

I asked them what they thought was the most important thing to know in Prep. There’s some warnings (“Don’t go past the shelter shed!”); suggestions that parents will appreciate (“Look after your hat”); words to live by (“Don’t play in the toilets”); and some practical suggestions (“You use lower case letters and full stops at the end of sentences”). I think there’s something in here for everyone – 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