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​STUDENT LIFE

PREP

The Prep rooms work in conjunction with each other with each of our 4 prep teachers teaching the students interchangeably.

The students will be working hard on learning the reading and writing workshops and learning how to problem solve during maths time.

The Preps will be enjoying time with their buddies and will be making new friends in their classrooms.

Our 2020 teachers are Libby, Deeon, Bonnie and Jess.

We can wait to start our learning in PREP! 

 

GRADE 1/2

This year in 1/2 we have five wonderful classes. Whilst students are allocated into grades, we have many opportunities within our teaching and learning to mix teach across the five grades, ensuring students have learning targeted to their ability.

In writing, we establish the students in the writers’ workshop and set expectations to ensure we can make the most out of our writing time. This includes the use of the Writer’s Notebook as well as the 6 plus 1 traits of writing to support our students as writers. Our students become independent writers who have the ability to choose a topic within a specific genre and write creatively. We will continue with a specific focus of teaching vocabulary to extend our students’ use of words both orally and in the written form, as well as a routine and explicit spelling program to build their word knowledge.

In reading, we also establish our students in the Reader’s Workshop and build their capability in the use of their Reader’s Notebooks. We want our students to be great readers but also great thinkers so reflecting on themselves as a reader or writer and talking about their reading is key to developing their comprehension.

Within our numeracy program, students are involved in two number, two applied and a problem-solving lesson each week. We cover many topics throughout the year, giving students multiple exposures and hands on experiences across the content.

This year we have planned our timetable with time for history, science, handwriting, chats, PE, german and electives, giving our students a broad education. 

 

In 2019 we have some exciting activities coming up, including an excursion to the Melbourne Zoo, Grade 1 dinner at school and Grade 2 sleepover.

 

Our 2019 teachers are Amy, Jolene, Rachael, Mrs Bolton and MIss Greig. Together we make an outstanding team to further the education of our grade 1/2 students.

 

GRADE 3/4

What a fantastic start to the year in 3/4. The students have spent this week getting to know each other and their new teachers. Students have participated in a number of games and activities which have allowed them to settled into class and begin to form new friendships. We are now feeling ready to get into learning and are excited about the year ahead.

This year our teachers are Mrs Syme, Miss Young, Miss Vaughan and Miss MacDonald.

 

GRADE 5/6

We have had an amazing start to the year in Grade 5/6. It is a huge jump from Grade 4 to Grade 5 and we have been pleased to see how well our Grade 5’s have already settled into routines and 5/6 life. This term we are putting a huge focus on sportsmanship and teamwork as we begin to bond as new classes. Each day at 12.30pm, we run a “brain break” which involves a cooperative game building students’ communication, compromising, problem solving and negotiating skills. Our teaching and learning schedule is jam packed, each day we have one hour of reading, writing and maths. Within these subjects students are supported and challenged at point of need.

We also have our other important units including History, which this term will be heavily focused around the history of ANZACs.

In Week 4 of Term 1, we are off to camp. On these five days, students will take part in lots of different team building activities . We are all very excited for this experience!

Each week in 5/6 we will be running level sport, which will involve tournaments of a wide variety of sports including tennis, volleyball, rounders, kickball, basketball, netball, soccer and more.

In Grade 5/6 we also run a Gender based program, which covers all aspects of growing up including friendships, self-esteem, cyber safety, sex eduation just to name a few. We finish the program by heading off for a celebration outside of the school, the girls going to “Believe Camp” and boys going on their “Boys to Men” day.

 

We are so lucky to have an amazing staff this year in 5/6 who are just as excited as the students to get into the year ahead. Please contact Jess White, Elisha Dedman, Rach Ward, Jess Wallace or Ash Shanks if you have any questions.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL

Collingwood Football Club visit

Posted February 12th 2020

As a staff we have discussed how important it is for our students to see adults as readers and role models. Along those lines we asked the Collingwood Football Club to send some players for them to read to our 5/6 students and talk about themselves as readers.

Callum Brown, Will Hoskin-Elliot and Chris Maine came out to the school on Tuesday and did just that. They were really entertaining with each player talking about themselves as lifelong learners. When Callum Brown read to the students he told them that he hadn’t read out aloud to anyone for a long time. The players were very impressed with our school and our wonderful children.

Preps Schultüte

Posted 12 February 2020

Our wonderful German teacher Sandy spent many hours putting together a schultute for each one of our prep students. The most important part of every German child's first day of school is the "Schultüte," or school cone. In Germany they are filled with sweets, our cones were filled with more healthy things of course but the kids loved getting them.

Kindness week

Posted 24 February 2020

During the next week, we are going to promote Woori Kindness Week. What a great way to kick off the start to the year with raising awareness about acts of kindness and catching others doing an act of kindness. A small act of kindness can transform your day and lift your spirits. Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Little did Churchill know that there is actually scientific evidence to prove that by giving we do in fact increase the quality of our life. Giving to others gives the human race back the one commodity that we are in constant pursuit of – HAPPINESS!

 

Here are a few facts about kindness that you may not be aware of:

 People who give contributions of time or money are “42 percent more likely to be happy” than those who don’t give (- Harvard “Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey”).

 Studies have shown that spending on others feels better than spending on yourself. At Breakie Club on Tuesday a boy in grade 2 shared how he spent half of his birthday money on his brother because he wanted him to have something as well. How adorable!

 Giving has also been linked to the release of oxytocin, a hormone that induces feelings of warmth, euphoria, and connection to others. A dose of oxytocin causes people to give more generously, feel more empathy towards others and the best part is that the so called “symptoms” last up to two hours!

 Giving donations to charity has been proven to lead to activation in the ventral striatum, a brain region that’s commonly referred to as the reward centre.

 When a person gives, they catch a glimpse of just how amazing they are, the potential they have and they suddenly become filled with a sense of purpose.

 Engaging in acts of kindness produces endorphins, the brain’s natural painkiller.

 Kindness stimulated the production of serotonin. Serotonin heals your wounds, calms you down and makes you happy.

 Compassionate people have 23% less cortisol, the deadly stress hormone. We can all agree that life throw.

Technology Literacy

Posted July 5th 2017

Many of our younger children are using technology at home and I would like to encourage parents to be aware of using the privacy settings especially when using social networking sites. There was also a note that went home about 'Fortnite' a game that some of our students are playing, we encourage you to look carefully at this game and find out all the facts about this game. 


The Internet is a wonderful place for children to learn and have fun, but there are also dangers, and it is important that children are safe while online. Here at Woori Yallock Primary School we are committed to on-going education about safe and responsible online behaviours and this is best imparted in partnership with parents and guardians. It’s vital that children learn to be safe and responsible for the use of digital technologies including computers, net books, IPAD’s, phones, cameras etc. We would like to encourage parents to work with us and reassure this behaviour at home.
When children use the school's internet connection there are several safeguards in place to ensure that inappropriate material is not allowed through, so that the children can enjoy using the internet safely.
If your child has access to the internet at home, we strongly advise you to take a look at the link to the ACMA website, www.cybersmart.gov.au which offers advice, information and resources to help you find out more about how to keep your child safe online. The ACMA has a number of education resources for use in schools and at home.
Parent Education Websites
There are many websites offering tips to help parents manage everyday needs and home concerns. The DET website offers parenting information on children’s development.
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/mch/Pages/families.aspx

 

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