Year 6 Are Off to Canberra

As today's Messenger arrives in your inboxes, our Year 6 students will be excitedly packing for their forthcoming study tour to our nation's capital. Cancelled last year, due to Covid – 19, we are looking forward to exploring Canberra and visiting the galleries, museums, and Parliament House.

The children's transdisciplinary Unit of Inquiry, 'How we Organise Ourselves,' forms the context for the study tour. The children will explore our government systems, including how elections operate, why and how we vote, and how parliament runs. As Inquirers and Thinkers, the children reflect upon their learning in the classroom and make authentic connections with real-world experiences. Of course, it won't all be Civics and Citizenship. The children will visit the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Botanical Gardens, The National Abortorium, the Telstra Tower, and the hugely popular Questacon Science Museum. Canberra is a treasure-trove of national archives and collections, and its history as a planned city is fascinating. Fascinating are the links back to several local areas in Frankston South and Mt Eliza. Walter Burley-Griffin, the architect who won the design competition for Canberra, also planned the Ranelagh Estate with his wife -Marion and 'Gumnuts'- a Knitlock style cottage on Nepean Hwy. Burley-Griffin was also commissioned to re-landscape the sprawling Yamala property, including the surviving driveway, pergola, and the distinctive Yamala gateposts, which now form the entrance to Yamala Drive opposite side of the Nepean Hwy. 

The Australian government recognises the importance of all young Australians visiting the National Capital as part of their Civics and Citizenship education. To assist families in meeting the cost of the study tour, the Australian government is contributing funding of $45 per student under the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate program towards those costs. The rebate is paid directly to the school upon completion of the study tour. 

Photos from our Mother's Day Stall – lots of lovely surprises in store...

ANZAC Day Observance 

At our first assembly for Term 2, we were able to observe and reflect on ANZAC Day. Our Year 6 students demonstrated their abilities as 'communicators' and 'knowledgeable' and 'reflective' 'thinkers.' These are all critical attributes of the International Baccalaureate PYP Learner Profile and underpin the confidence and assurance with which the Year 6 classes lead our school in Assemblies. During last week's assembly, the students presented a series of beautiful reflections and eloquently explained the importance of Anzac Day in our shared history. 

Happy Mother's Day! 

I extend my very best wishes to all our wonderful Mums for Mother's Day 2021. We look forward to welcoming you to School on Thursday 6 May from 9.30 am to share in a delicious morning tea and some special student performances and reflections. Unfortunately, I will be in Canberra with our Year 6 students, but I can't wait to hear all about it. Enjoy your special day next Sunday, and I hope you are suitably spoilt and pampered all day long! 

Deputy Principal – Head of Minimbah Campus

Congratulations Mother's Day Stall Activity Group 

A big congratulations to the students from Mrs Williams' Activity Group, who have planned and created items for, set up, and ran the Mothers' Day Stall on Thursday 29 April for our Minimbah Campus. All of their hard work was on display.

Thank you to the following students:-

Year 5 - Pat, Gabby, Sierra, and Gigi     
Year 6 - Lily, Bella, Ava, Annabel, Cedar, and Indigo

They worked in their allocated activity sessions, some class time, and even their lunchtimes to ensure everything was made and ready to go.

To all our 5/6H mums, when you receive your gift/s on Mothers' Day, know it was made with love by one of the fantastic members of our 5/6 Homestead. 

Inclusion Teacher