Senior School


Welcome to Term 2, 2022 in the Senior School. We are all excited to be back at school and are looking forward to an exciting term ahead. Teachers and students have hit the ground running this term with many engaging learning opportunities and some extra special events happening in the term.
Senior students are off and experiencing Year 6 camp at Iluka Retreat in the first week back. Our Year 6’s  will have fun times and enjoy learning about team building and cooperation skills whilst enjoying outside activities. Our Year 5s are looking forward to camp later in the year.
Year 5 students are alreading working towards NAPLAN testing coming up. NAPLAN will take place during Week 3 of this term for the Year 3 and Year 5 students. Students have been given many opportunities to prepare for this in the lead up. We stress the importance of our students bringing their own headphones, as they are essential for listening to questions in certain parts of the test. Please bring named headphones to school as soon as you can.
We continue to develop highly engaging learning programs, a safe and secure learning environment and encourage students to do their very best at all times.
Classrooms open at 8:30am each morning for students to organise themselves for the day so learning time can start promptly at 8:45am. Students are required to put their iPads in the filing cabinet for safe storage and hand in mobile phones which will be returned at the end of the school day. It is also important to remind students to bring their iPads fully charged and ready to go.
Please remember hats (for the rest of this week), water bottles and fruit daily.
Our literacy focus this term is developing and improving our reading strategies and understanding how texts vary in purpose, structure and language. Teachers will be sharing their love of reading with a mentor text titled “The White Mountains” by John Christopher.
‘Long ago, the Tripods—huge, three-legged machines—descended upon Earth and took control. Now people unquestioningly accept the Tripods' power. They have no control over their thoughts or their lives.  But for a brief time in each person's life—in childhood—he is not a slave. For Will, his time of freedom is about to end—unless he can escape to the White Mountains, where the possibility of freedom still exists.’
Students will continue to build on their vocabulary, focusing on high modality words and persuasive structure to convince and inform readers. Spelling lessons will be held weekly, giving students the opportunity to practice these words at home each night.
In Mathematics, we will be working across all three mathematical strands and especially building upon our problem solving skills, such as ‘create a table,’ ‘guess and check’ and ‘draw a picture.’ We will start the term delving into the various forms of data representation, such as ‘side by side’ and ‘pie’ graphs.  We will also be learning about probability, and how it can be shown as a percentage, a decimal or a fraction. We encourage every student to continue working on all four of the mathematical operations at home; addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These can be practised using Mathletics and My Numeracy. We also encourage students to continue learning all multiplication fact families (times tables) at home which will improve their ability to automatically recall these facts quickly and support their learning efforts in the classroom.

Our Inquiry topic is focused on ‘Australian Government’ and investigating the key figures, events and processes of election. We aim to ensure students develop:
  • a lifelong sense of belonging to, and engagement with, civic life as an active and informed citizen in the context of Australia as a secular democratic nation with a dynamic, multicultural and multi-faith society
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the values, principles, institutions and practices of Australia’s system of democratic government and law, and the role of the citizen in Australian government and society
  • skills necessary to investigate contemporary civics and citizenship issues, and foster responsible participation in Australia’s democracy
  • the capacities and dispositions to participate in the civic life of their nation at a local, regional and global level.
Our students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of games, activities and sports this term including:
  • Senior Sport on Thursday afternoons (during the last session of the day)
  • Lightning Premiership Sport Training
26th April: First day back and Anzac Day service
27th April - 29th April: Year 6 Camp
6th May: Mother's Day Assembly (from 2.45pm)
10th May: NAPLAN week
23rd May: Education week
24th June: Last day of term with 2.30pm finish.

Mrs Gilbert (S9)
Mrs Van Twuiver (S10)
Mrs Cameron (S12) 
Mrs Heeley (S13)





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