Celebrating 20 Years: 1997 to 2017

Primary


About Primary

Meet Our Head of Primary School

Orr, CarolineMiss Caroline Orr has been associated with Emmaus over many years. Caroline has  an excellent understanding of education within a Christian worldview and is thoroughly professional, caring and committed to the academic success of every child in the Primary School.

If there is anything that you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to email Miss Orr ( carolineo@emmaus.act.edu.au) or book an appointment to discuss any matters at hand.

 

 

Welcome to Kindy W

Dear Kindy parents,

I hope you have all had a restful break.  Can you believe your child is now half way through Kindy?!?  They have all learnt so much thus far this year and I am excited to see their continued learning during Term 3.

Timetable

The timetable is attached to this note for your reference.  Small groups will continue to be on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings between 9:00-9:30. I would love Parent Helpers to come!  If you are available please come and help us.

Events

Week 3 – Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th May – Parent-Teacher Interviews

Week 4 – Saturday 19th May – Working Bee

Week 5 – Friday 25th August – Primary Assembly

Week 5 – Saturday 26th August – Trivia Night

Week 8 – Monday 11th September – Grandparent’s Day & MADD (Music, Arts, Dance, Drama) performance in    the evening

Week 9 – Friday 22nd September – Last day of term.

News

This semester each child’s news day has changed. Please see the grid that was sent home. Please continue to encourage your child to prepare and rehearse their news before their news day. Each child is expected to speak clearly for 30 to 60 seconds.

Week News topics
1 Share the highlight of your holiday.
2 What is your address?  Tell us who your suburb is named after and why.
3 Show us one toy/book/photo and tell us 3 things about it.
4 Where is your favourite place to visit in Canberra?  Why?  Draw a picture of it.
5 Show us one toy/book/photo and tell us 3 things about it.
6 Find out 2 facts about a neighbouring country and share them with us. Bring in a picture to show.
7 Show us one toy/book/photo and tell us 3 things about it.
8 What is your favourite environment?  Arctic, tropical, temperate, desert.  Why?  Draw a picture of this environment.
9 Interview a grandparent and tell us two things he/she enjoys doing.

“Star of the week” was a great success last term.  Students have enjoyed the opportunity to encourage and build one another up.  Students who are the Star of the Week need to bring in 5-7 items about themselves.  Students really enjoy seeing their peers’ special things, especially photos of them growing up.  See list of names that has been sent home.

Homework

A huge congratulations on the effort that has been put into homework last term.  I can really see the difference it is making.  Please continue to change readers as needed.

Labelling and belongings

Please ensure that your child’s name is on all belongings, especially hats. Please also keep practising tying shoelaces with your child.  It is helpful to have a change of undies, socks and pants in a labelled bag, in case of accidents.

Hats

Emmaus has a ‘no hat, no play’ policy during the months of August-May. Please ensure your child always has an Emmaus School hat so they can participate in all aspects of school.

Absentees

PLEASE send in a note if your child is absent even if you have told me verbally.  The email for absences is absences@emmaus.act.edu.au .  Please include me in the email too.  My email address is tamara@emmaus.act.edu.au.   Please feel free to email me any note or information to keep me up to date.

Cleaning

We are in need of baby wipes for cleaning our desks and classroom surfaces, along with those grubby hands and mouths at times.  If you could please send your child in with a packet of wipes it will be greatly appreciated.

Need PIP points?

You are always welcome to come and help during small group times.  Please feel comfortable to sit with a group and guide the students where needed and keep them on task.  I am also looking for volunteers to come in during small group times and listen to individual children read.  There will also be an opportunity to cook afternoon tea for the Parent-Teacher interviews.  Please see the office ladies if you are interested in this.  Thank you to those parents who have already been helping, this is MUCH appreciated.

Library

Kindy will continue to visit the Library on Wednesday after lunch. Please send your child with a waterproof library bag (not their actual homework folder) to allow them to borrow.

I am looking forward to another wonderful term with your child!

Kind Regards,

Tamara Wilkinson

Kindergarten Teacher

 

Welcome to Kindy H

Our class name is Awabakal named after the Aboriginal Tribe from around the Newcastle area where I grew up. Do you know what Awabakal means? It means “people of the plain or flat surface”. We will learn more about the Awabakal people throughout the year.

Hi Kindy Parents,

Welcome to Term 3! I hope you all had an enjoyable break and managed to get outside for some of the beautiful sunny days we’ve been having. My family and I had a trip to the snow for a few days which was lots of fun!

Small groups

We will continue these on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Parent helpers are always welcome, particularly on a Monday and Friday. There is no need to put your name on a list, just come and join us whenever you can.

Sport

For the first four weeks of term, Kindy will participate in a Gymnastics program at school, that we will be running. We would appreciate some helpers; however, we will not be able to accommodate younger siblings. 

Homework

I would love to offer huge congratulations on the effort that has been put into homework last term. I can really see the difference it is making. Please continue to change readers as needed. (Feel free to use Mrs. Wilkinson’s boxes too).

PIP

Are you still lacking PIP hours? I still need small group helpers and would love someone to come in one morning a week to listen to individual children read. There will also be an opportunity to cook afternoon tea for the parent-teacher interviews. Please see the office ladies if you are interested in this. Thank you to those parents who have already been helping, this is MUCH appreciated.

Please let me know if you are looking for PIP jobs for home. I often have art that needs mounting or books that need covering.

Library

Kindy will continue to visit the Library on a Wednesday after lunch. Please send your child with a waterproof library bag (not their homework folder) to allow them to borrow.

Star of the Week

Star of the week” will continue this term. The children have loved sharing their special things with the class and receiving their special books.

When your child is “Star of the week” they:

  • Need to bring in 5-7 special things (on the Monday) that describe them (eg. toys, a photo album etc) for a display table.
  • Will receive encouraging notes or pictures from their classmates.

Star of the Week Roster has been sent home

It has been lovely hearing the children share news based on our news topic. Please continue to spend time together to think or prepare before class about the topic, what they want to say about it and to show a resource (i.e. book, photo) to show the class on this subject. News day will change this term. Please see the list that was sent home for your child’s new news day.

Labelling and belongings:

Ensure that your child’s name is on all belongings, especially hats. Please also keep practicing tying shoelaces with your child.  It is helpful to have a change of undies, socks and pants in a labelled bag, in case of accidents.

Hats

Emmaus’s ‘no hat, no play’ policy will begin from August. Please ensure your child always has an Emmaus hat so they can participate in all aspects of school.

Dates for your Diary

  • Week 3 – Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th August – Parent-Teacher Interviews
  • Week 4 – Saturday 19th August – Working Bee
  • Week 5 – Friday 25th August – Primary Assembly
  • Week 5 – Saturday 26th August – Trivia Night.
  • Week 6 – Friday 1st September – Hats on
  • Week 8 – Monday 11th September – Grandparents Day & MADD (Music, Arts, Dance, Drama) Performance in the evening.
  • Week 9 – Friday 22nd September – End Term 2

Communication:

  • via e-mail or notes home. Please let me know ASAP if you are not receiving emails home from me.

Kind regards

Nikkie Harper

Kindergarten Teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Year 1

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you had a lovely break and are rested in preparation for a short but busy term.

Homework

Homework is to be submitted on Friday morning for marking and should be returned on Friday afternoon.  Please feel free to change readers during the week. Reading each night is the most important part of homework. I have included the term’s homework in your child’s folder. Don’t forget Phonics Hero, IXL Maths and Study Ladder are available to use for extension and extra practice. The login details will be emailed home this week if needed.

Literacy

Our focus will be on descriptive writing, identifying and using interesting adjectives and adverbs, and correct punctuation. We will also continue our focus on reading for meaning and enjoyment. As a result of attending an excellent National Literacy Conference over the holidays, I would really encourage you to continue reading aloud to your children everyday as a means of exposing them to as much quality literature as possible.

Maths

We will be looking at skip counting by 2, 5 and 10 and applying this strategy to working with money. Multiplication will be introduced as repeated addition, groups and arrays. Students will also be learning some new addition and subtraction strategies.

Science

Miss Orr will continue teaching us Science this term. Our topic is Water Works and looks at the water cycle and all things water!

 

PE

We will be doing gymnastics and gross motor skills each Thursday morning for the first four weeks of term. We will also participate in a Little Athletics Clinic in Week 3.

HaSS

Our unit of work in HaSS this term is Geography – Places have Distinctive Features. We will be learning about:

·         Where we live – our street, suburb and territory in relation to our country and earth.

·         Landmarks of Canberra and Australia

·         How constructed and natural environments are created and change over time

·         Caring for our environment

·         Weather and seasons

 MADD (Music-Art-Dance-Drama)

We will be practising lots of singing and dancing this term in preparation for our Primary MADD performances in Week 8 which will tie in with Grandparents Day on Monday 11th September.

We look forward to performing for you.

Year 1 will also be hosting assembly on Friday 15th September and we would love to see you there.

Dates to Remember

Week 3 Wednesday 9th August Parent Teacher Interviews
Thursday 10th August Parent Teacher Interviews
Week 4 Saturday 19th August Working Bee
Week 5 Saturday 26th August Trivia Night
Week 7 Friday 1st September Hats on begins
Week 8 Monday 11th September Grandparents Day
Monday 11th September MADD Performance
Tuesday 12th September MADD Performance
Friday 15th September Year 1 hosts assembly
Week 9 Friday22nd September Last day of Term 3

News Topics

Week Topic
Week 1 Holiday recount
Week 2 Draw a picture of your house and label it with your address – street, suburb, state and country. Use colour and your best drawing.
Week 3 Free choice
Week 4 Draw your favourite NATURAL environment, label 3 natural features. Eg, beach, bush etc. Use colour and your best drawing.
Week 5 Draw your favourite CONSTRUCTED (man-made) environment, label 3 constructed features. Eg, building, swing, chair etc. Use colour and your best drawing.
Week 6 Complete the Canberra and Australia landmarks worksheet by drawing a landmark from Canberra and an Australian landmark (eg. Uluru, Opera House) Use colour and your best drawing.
Week 7 Design a park you would like to play in. label 10 features of the park (natural and constructed). Use colour and your best drawing.
Week 8 No news this week
Week 9 Complete the seasonal weather worksheet using symbols to show what the weather is usually like at this time of the year. Use colour and your best drawing.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to email me at wendyk@emmaus.act.edu.au

Kind regards,

Wendy Kerma

Welcome to Year 2

Dear Year 2 Parents,

I hope you have had a wonderful break, spending time with family and friends! Year Two really took a step forward in their learning last term, increasing their higher-order thinking skills and completing longer and more detailed work. I am very proud to say their diligence and willingness to receive challenges will keep us in good stead this semester!

Term Three introduces students to more abstract concepts and aims to challenge and extend their knowledge to date. Students will begin to work independently and utilise resources and strategies to guide their thought processes. For this reason, the homework I send home is specifically tailored to the content covered in class, allowing concepts to be reinforced. Applying this knowledge in both school and home environments assists future learning and helps student’s independence and confidence in class. I would appreciate your continued support in returning homework, news and assignments promptly to maintain consistency and communication.

English: Could you please glue the attached spelling lists, and the spelling multiple choice menu, into your child’s homework book, so we can start practicing our new words!  

Spelling: I have divided our weekly spelling list into three groups to match student ability. The three lists all focus on one sound per week and the multiple choice homework menu (see attached) will give student’s choice in how they’d like to practice their words before Friday’s test.

Writing: This term students are exploring Poetry and explanations. My aim is to provide students with texts that promote critical thinking and activities that foster creative writing.

Reading: Our class novel is the classic, Charlotte’s Web by E.B White. We are connecting our creative and explanation writing to the novel for progressive and consistent learning each week. You are welcome  to read Charlotte’s Web with your child at home as well. Reading it more than once would reaffirm and clarify vocabulary and assist students in remembering what they’ve read! Please ask them about what’s happened in the story, about the characters and about what they think will happen, whether you’re reading the book with your child or not.

Daily 5: English group rotations are on Monday afternoons each week. In this lesson, students practise their spelling words, read independently and with peers, access Reading Eggspress lessons on the iPad and are guided through teacher led tasks to promote comprehension in an ability leveled, small group setting.

We would appreciate a parent helper during this time to facilitate one of the group stations.

If you’re able to come in from 1:30-3:00pm on Monday, please email to confirm your availability.

Maths:  This semester students will be introduced to more abstract concepts including time, multiplication, division, money and problem solving.

Step It Up Homework – Students are required to complete one double-sided page of Math per week. Week 1 will begin from Review 2- page 35. If your child is past this point, please get them to review past work and fill in any missing components. My aim is forhomework to consolidate what is taught in class.

All homework is due on Monday. Please return all books and readers on a weekly basis.

HaSS: Term 3 commences our Geography unit covering information about Canberra’s location in Australia, states and territories and neighbouring countries. Students will also be asked to complete their first HaSS assignment. Our assignment links to our exciting M.A.D.D night later in the term. Students will research, record and present information on a country in Europe to the class. Please see assignment sheet and rubric attached.

Science: Miss Orr will continue to teach Science. The unit for Term 3 is Earth and Space Sciences: Waterworks.

Health: We will keep consolidating health messages including sun safety, emergency procedures and the way our bodies develop and change in coordination with our Gymnastics program on Thursday.

Sport: Students can look forward to developing skills, techniques and strength in Gymnastics this term with Year One on Thursday morning. Mr. Behrendorff will also be implementing cooperative games to enhance social skills and sportsmanship during fitness on Friday.

Digital Technologies: This term students are introduced to more sophisticated software on the iPad. The programs, Scratch Jnr and Learn to Code, will enhance students ability to problem solve and create codes that follow sets of instructions that build in complexity.

STEM: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Students will have opportunity to design and build structures using problem solving tasks and materials in an intensive block with Year One in Week 10 of term. The main task is to, in small groups, build a bridge using straws, paddle pop sticks, tape and other basic materials that can withstand the weight of a bee bot robot.

M.A.D.D: Students will focus on Music and Drama this term, as they explore movement, dance sequences and emotions to perform for our MADD night later in the term.

Japanese: Japanese will remain on Thursday with Mrs. Brown. Ask your child to count to 10 in Japanese; they are very good at reciting the karate moves that go with it!

News: News is in alignment with HaSS: Geography and asks students to explore, research and question their knowledge of the continents and countries around the world. Their assignment will be presented as a part of news in Week 7. News is presented on each odd week of term, which leaves every even week for preparation. News assesses students speaking and listening skills and is an ongoing and important component of their developing social skills.

First Aid! – As Winter is now here, it’s important we remind students of their general health and wellbeing. Wearing labelled jumpers, skivvies and jackets in the Emmaus colours of navy, bottle green and white, are very important. Please remind your child to bring their jumpers and drink bottles home each day.

Parent Calendar – The Emmaus school calendar is available to download via QR code. Please go to, http://www.emmaus.act.edu.au/calendar/ and follow the instructions to install onto your device.

 

Kind Regards,

Michelle Dempsey

michelled@emmaus.act.edu.au

NEWS ROSTER

Please be advised that some students have changed days to accommodate for a new timetable.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Alice

Catherine

Nick

Taylor

Lawson

Christabella

Scarlett

Zavier

Olivia

Emily

 

Lila

Ruby

Naomi

Caden

Oliver D

Cora

Marcus

Jacob

Israel

Grace

Aariz

Oliver M

Lily

Caleb

Oliver P

Ella

Evan

NEWS TOPICS

Week 1 Holiday five finger retell – using the 5W’s, recount the holidays and bring in something to show the class.
Week 3 Australia – list the states and territories. Tell the class about places you’ve been within Australia and bring photos, souvenirs and other memorabilia.
Week 5 Asia – select a country in Asia and tell the class about their culture. Some questions to consider are:

·         What is their national flag / anthem?

·         Who is their leader?

·         What kinds of food do they enjoy and eat?

·         Where are they in relation to Australia?

Week 7 ASSIGNMENT – PRESENTATION OF COUNTRY IN EUROPE
Week 9 Africa – select a country in Africa and tell the class about their culture.  Some questions to consider are:

·         What is their national flag / anthem?

·         Who is their leader?

·         What kinds of food do they enjoy and eat?

·         What are some of their traditions and celebrations?

 

 

Welcome to Year 3/4 ED

Dear Yolngu Parents,

It is amazing to think we are just over half way through the school year. I hope you all enjoyed the winter break. I had a lovely time catching up with friends and family  including celebrating my Grandma’s 97th birthday.

We have a lot on this term. Please see below a brief overview of Term 3:

HASS:  This term Year 3 will be looking at the history of Canberra, from its Indigenous history, through pre-federation farming days, and then on to its construction as a National Capital.

Year 4’s topic this term is ‘First Contacts’. Students will be learning a lot about Indigenous Australia pre European times and our convict past. This will combine with our Sydney camp in Week 6 (29-31 August), where we’ll be visiting several significant historical sites from that era (Hyde Park Barracks, The Rocks and more. Look out for the itinerary coming soon).

Science: Will be participating in a Geology unit this term, calledBeneath Our Feet’ which I will teach. Students will investigate different types of rocks, their formations and erosions. Next term they will go to Mr Miller for a ‘Smooth Moves’ Physics unit. 

Design & Technology: This term, Year 3 & 4 will undertake an engineering challenge involving thinking about a problem at school, designing a solution and creating an annotated drawing and model. Our focus will be on how we can recycle better at school through the redesign of our bin systems, incorporating recycling bins and possibly bin stations that are easy to maintain and clean. Please start collecting materials your children can use to make a model of their design. 

Heath: In health this term we are focusing on serving others.  

Camp: Year 3 – 29-30 August – Warrambui Conference and retreat, Murrumbateman NSW.                  Year 4 – 29-31 August – Sydney

MADD Night

It is with great pleasure that we are able to announce Emmaus Christian School Canberra’s first MADD (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) Night, with a theme this year of, ‘Around the World.’

Our MADD Night will aim to celebrate and share student’s hard work throughout the Semester. Students will present dance items, songs, short drama productions, and multi-media creations. Artwork will be showcased around the room.

Earlier in the day we will be holding a MADD Morning, providing visiting Grandparents with an opportunity to see just some of the amazing things students are engaged with and of which they are capable.

Stay tuned for notes that will go out early Term 3, detailing costume and prop requirements and providing more details of the date and times. 

HOMEWORK: Year 3/4 Homework will continue to be recorded on Edmodo at the beginning of each week and should be completed by the following Monday.

Please remember to monitor your child’s homework progress by correcting errors and assisting as required. I will also be monitoring progress but one-on-one help from parents can often address potential problem areas very quickly. The interest you demonstrate will encourage your child to do his/her best.

REMINDER: PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS ARE WEEK 3: WEDNESDAY 9th & THURSDAY 10th August

Please be sure to make an appointment!

Weekly Timetable (although minor changes may still occur)

  • Monday – Homework DUE, HaSS
  • Tuesday – Dance and Drama
  • Wednesday – Library and Science
  • Thursday –Art, PE and House
  • Friday – Spelling test, Japanese and ICT for both Yr3 and Yr4

Hats

Our new Sun Safe policy has outlined dates for hats on and hats off during the school year based on UV ratings. This term, hats need to be back on heads 1st August until the end of the year. 

Important dates for this term:

  • Parent Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th August (Week 3)
  • Working Bee – Saturday 19th August (end of Week 4)
  • Trivia Night – Saturday 26th August (end of Week 5)
  • Year 3 camp – Tuesday 29th – Wednesday 30th August (Week 6)
  • Years 4&5 camp – Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st August (Week 6)
  • Grandparents Day – Monday 11th September (Week 8)
  • MADD (Music, Art, Dance & Drama) night – Monday 11th September (Week 8)
  • Last day of term – Friday 22nd September (Week 9)

I am looking forward to another wonderful term with your child. Please feel free to drop in for a visit and don’t hesitate to contact me via email on elissa@emmaus.act.edu.au  if you have any queries regarding class matters.

Kind regards,

Elissa de Vries

Year 3/4 Teacher

Welcome to Year 3/4 AM

Dear Parents,

Welcome back for Term 3! I am so excited about the term ahead, with its many different learning opportunities, including Camp in Week 6 for both Year 3 & 4. I hope your holidays were positive and relaxing. Mine were pleasant with lots of time spent at home with my family. I can’t believe it has been 6 months since my baby girl, Jessica, was born.

My prayer this Term is that we will be blessed with greater understanding of God and school content, and that we will continue to grow in our respect and maturity. Please pray for our class as a whole as well, not just your own child.

I would like to offer a big welcome to the Reza family, and Faisal, who joined us at the end of last term. Please make the entire family feel welcome to our community by saying ‘hi’ in the courtyard or playground.

HaSS

The Year 4 topic this term is ‘First Contacts’. Students will be learning a lot about Indigenous Australia pre European times and our convict past. This will combine with our Sydney camp in Week 6 (29-31 August), where we’ll be visiting several significant historical sites from that era (Hyde Park Barracks, The Rocks and more – look out for the itinerary coming soon).

The Year 3 topic is ‘What is Canberra’s story’.

Science

Science this term will involve examining Forces of physics through the topic “Smooth Moves.” In this unit, students explore forces and motion. Through hands-on activities students identify forces that act at a distance and those that act in direct contact, and investigate how different-sized forces affect the movement of objects.

Japanese

Mrs Jo Brown (Sensei Brown) will continue this term with Japanese. Keep encouraging your child to practice their Hiragana using the apps.

Design & Technology

This term, Year 3 & 4 will undertake an engineering challenge involving thinking about a problem at school, designing a solution and creating an annotated drawing and model. Our focus will be on how we can recycle better at school through the redesign of our bin systems, incorporating recycling bins and possibly bin stations that are easy to maintain and clean. Please start collecting materials your child could use to make a model of their design.

Homework

Homework will appear on Edmodo each week and will include; Reading Eggspress: reading and comprehension activities, Spelling and Maths Studyladder activities. It is due on Monday the following week, allowing some extra time over the weekend for completion.

Please remember to monitor your child’s homework progress by correcting errors, checking completion and assisting as required. The interest you demonstrate will encourage your child to do their best and help them set up a regular routine for homework for the rest of the term. 

Weekly Timetable (subject to change)

  • Monday – Homework DUE, HaSS
  • Tuesday – Dance and Drama, Art
  • Wednesday – Library and Science
  • Thursday –PE and House
  • Friday – Spelling test, Japanese and ICT for both Year 3 and Year 4 

Hats

Our new Sun Safe policy has outlined dates for hats on and hats off during the school year based on UV ratings. This term, hats need to be back on heads 1st August until the end of the year. 

REMINDER: PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS ARE WEEK 3: WEDNESDAY 9th & THURSDAY 10th August

Important dates for this term:

  • Parent Teacher Interviews – Wednesday 9th & Thursday 10th August (Week 3)
  • Working Bee – Saturday 19th August (end of Week 4)
  • Trivia Night – Saturday 26th August (end of Week 5)
  • Year 3 camp – Tuesday 29th – Wednesday 30th August (Week 6)
  • Years 4&5 camp – Tuesday 29th – Thursday 31st August (Week 6)
  • Grandparents Day – Monday 11th September (Week 8)
  • MADD (Music, Art, Dance & Drama) night – Monday 11th September (Week 8)
  • Last day of term – Friday 22nd September (Week 9)

As always, please feel free to contact me about anything regarding your child. I am happy to chat or try and set up another time to chat. Email is best, otherwise catch me in the classroom or courtyard/playground before or after school.

Blessings,

Mr Andrew Miller

andrewm@emmaus.act.edu.au

Welcome to Year 5  ‘Larrakia Mob’        

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Term 3, I hope you enjoyed some fabulous family time during the three week break from school. As you may know, I was able to spend precious time in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory meeting my brand new granddaughter Asher Grace and doting on ‘big’ brother Gideon who is now two and a half years old. Tony and I, as well as my Dad, also spent a week in Darwin with our daughter Amy & grandson Arlo, now 16 months

There are a few things I’d like to highlight for this term:

English: Our literature focus will be poetry and debating. Students will experiment with rhythm, rhyme and various structures to write their own poetry. Students will be given opportunity to present their finished drafts as an eBook using Book Creator as the design tool. If you have a favourite poem, please send it in so we can enjoy it too. Later in the term students will be introduced to debating and have opportunity to participate in class debates related to our STEM, HASS and Science topics.

STEM
The class will be involved in an integrated unit of work combining key learnings from Science, Design Technologies and HASS topics this term. In Civics & Citizenship we’ll be looking at the role of local government and in Science we’ll be considering sustainability and how the properties of materials affect the management of waste or can lead to pollution. Students will engage in a group challenge which encourages them to explore design concepts and further develop their own understandings and scientific knowledge. I have included a copy of the assignment task for your information but please note this IS NOT a Homework activity.

Dance & Drama
Throughout the term students will be involved in Dance and Drama rotations in preparation for our Primary School MADD night in Week 8. Please be aware that all students are expected to be involved in this evening

Year 4 & 5 Camp
We will be combining with Mr Miller and Year 4 during Week 6 to attend a class camp in Sydney. This camp will complement our HASS – Australian history unit from Term 1 as we look deeper into the arrival of the First Fleet and early settlement 1788 -1800. More information will be sent home very soon. Please advise ASAP if you are interested in attending this camp as places are very limited. Please remember that a WWVP card is required of parent helpers.

HOMEWORK
Year 5 Homework will continue to be posted on Edmodo at the beginning of each week and should be returned to school, or completed online by Friday.

Please remember to monitor your child’s homework progress by correcting errors and assisting as required. I will also be monitoring progress but one-on-one help from parents can often address potential problem areas very quickly. The interest you demonstrate will encourage your child to do his/her best.

Parent Teacher interviews – will be Wednesday and Thursday of Week 3.

Once again, thank you for the privilege of working with your child.  Please feel free to drop in for a visit and don’t hesitate to contact me via email on jennym@emmaus.act.edu.au if you have any query regarding class matters.

God bless & kind regards,

Jenny McArthur

Year 5 Teacher

 

Welcome to Year 6

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a bright and relaxing holiday for you all. I trust that you were able to have some time to enjoy with your family and friends.

Term 3 will be a busy one with some excursions planned to happen, as well as working towards the MADD (Music, Art, Dance and Drama) night.

The excursions will be as follows:

August 18th
Government house and Parliament house tour

September 1st
MOAD –and AEC (Australian Electrical Commission)

If you are interested in attending any of the above excursions, please email me. Please remember that you must have a valid WWVP card (which the Front Office has sighted) to be able to attend.

This term we have three new students joining Year 6. They will be with us for the remainder of the year. I trust that you too will be welcoming to the new students and families that have joined the Emmaus community.

This term my expectations around homework completion have increased. The steep learning curve from Year 6 to Year 7, particularly regarding homework and scheduling time to complete it, can be quite daunting for some students. As such, I am going to be expecting all students to complete and return their homework in a timely manner, with an aim to help students feel better prepared when they reach Year 7. Homework will mainly involve English, Mathematics and Humanities work.

Remember that Parent Teacher interviews are in Week 3 this term; once again it would be wonderful to see as many faces as we can, to talk more about how we can work together in partnership with your child’s learning.

I would ask you to make an effort to come along and enjoy being part of the amazing community that is Emmaus.

I pray that this term is as beneficial and productive as the previous two.

God Bless,

Luke Behrendorff – lukeb@emmaus.act.edu.au

Primary Bandband

The Primary Band Program at Emmaus Christian School is run through Years 4-6. It is a Concert Band Program and we currently cater for Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone and Snare/Glockenspiel Percussion. Every week, students meet in small sectional groups to learn how to play together before meeting in two combined bands. Private lessons are also available on request. Currently the program finishes in Year 6 and we hope in future to direct these graduating students into the Secondary Band.

Greeniacs

Emmaus Christian School Primary students have a volunteer organisation known as “Greeniacs” which is involved in keeping the school running to a ‘clean and green’ standard. The students are responsible for collecting the daily food scraps, clean paper and co-mingled materials (glass, foil, rigid plastics etc) from a variety of different sites around the school and depositing them in collection bays for appropriate recycling. If you are interested see Mr Andrew Miller for more details.

Chess Club

Every Tuesday after school, see After School Activities or Mr Miller for more details.


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