Amphibian News T4 2021
Welcome back to school! We warmly welcome Nathalie Colin-Sullivan as our C3A assistant whilst Keyonie is on maternity leave. Nathalie brings classroom experience as a qualified teacher, Montessori parent, plus is studying for her C3 Montessori qualification. We are lucky to have her!
Amphibian work this term:
We are studying Botany and wow it’s been fun so far! We’ve filled the classroom with plants, and we’ll make macramé pot holders to hang even more plants in the classroom. So far we’ve planted seeds and they’ve already sprouted. We’ve begun making science experiments using bean seeds to show for Grandparent’s Day. Our work is hands-on with caring for plants and growing plants from seeds. We intend to collect seeds from the fruit or vegetables we eat and experimenting with growing them. So please encourage your child to bring in vegetable scraps that we can regrow (see picture for ideas). Our work will also be influenced by the amazing grounds of our school – especially with colours. We have already heard a story about the colours that nature makes and how they’re on the colour wheel. We will work with the plant kingdom nomenclature, identify the various forms of leaves, roots, flowers, herbs, seeds, fruit etc.
Students will follow their own individual path of enquiry to research and experiment. It is terribly exciting!
Here’s a summary of some of the questions that the children want to find out about:
· Why do flowers smell lovely? · How can plants live in different conditions? Why are flowers different colours? Why do plants have thorns? Why are leaves green? How and why do plants create pollen? What are weeds? · I want to learn about lichen/ leaf shapes / terrariums / photosynthesis / respiration / bark / poisonous berries / fungi / carnivorous plants / aquatic plants.
Senior Graduation preparation: Parents of Seniors – Please email or send in a printed copy of photographs of your child at CMS to help them make their senior gift to you. Ideal photos might be of their first day at school or with their friends at school or at camps.
Lost T Shirt: We have a purple sports shirt adult size “S” that was left here after the Arts Gala. Does your child own it?
Senior Entrepreneurship: (Written by Shaylah the Great).
The seniors get to choose between entrepreneurship and work experience to do in their final term of school. They all have chosen to do entrepreneurship, where they create, launch and manage a business. They must make their own stall and sell their own goods with a budget of only $20. They get the opportunity to enhance their entrepreneurship skills, preparing them for the future. Market Day will be on the 12th November and all the cycles will be able to come and buy our good or service.
Water bottles: As it’s getting hotter, please remind your child to bring their water bottle to school each day. Water bottles can stay at school through the week, and be taken home on Fridays.
Book reviews: Your child’s final book review is attached. It is due on Monday 22nd November. (Monday of Week 8)
Mental maths: Mental maths is due each Tuesday for Middles and Seniors – but never in the first or last week of term. Junior students are NOT required to do Mental Maths homework.
Grandparent’s Day: Is on Friday 22nd October! If a grandparent is unable to come, you’re more than welcome for your child to bring a family member or friend. The children are preparing their science experiments to show off that day.
Have a great term!
Elizabeth & Nathalie
Book Review – Life-sized character presentation.
Due Monday 22nd November, 2021
Create a life-sized model of the main character in your story. Use cardboard or a similar material. If you like, you can make it so that your face pokes through or you can crouch down behind it. Dress them as they are dressed in the book. You may like to dress the character in real clothes or make the clothes (just don’t glue pictures on or draw clothes on the model). You may draw on the face and body parts.
When presenting this, you’ll tell the story of the book from the character’s eyes. This will be their perspective of the story. Their perspective will include the character’s feelings about the event/s including his/her hopes, dreams, problems, concerns and frustrations. Speak in first person, past tense, because you’re pretending to be the character and the story has already happened.
You’ll need to type up or hand-write out your script and hand it in. It’s up to you if you want to make palm cards, but you won’t need to hand those in.
NOTE: Do not choose a book that has been made into a movie.
Book Review Evaluation – Life-sized character presentation
Preparation effort Student Reflection
How much effort did I put into making the character? Did I do my best work?
Did I write a script that sounds like the character is talking? Did I use voice expression as though I was the character? Did I include the character’s feelings about the event/s including his/her hopes, dreams, problems, concerns and frustrations. Does my script tell the story of the book? Was my audience engaged? Did I have my script ready to hand in? Did I do my work on time, by the due date.
Amphibian’s News – Term 2, 2021
Hi Amphibians and Parents, Maia and Aliana here. Welcome back to Term Two of 2021. We hope you all had an amazing holiday! We will be helping to write this newsletter.
This term, our Amphibians are learning about energy, with a focus on electricity. Students will learn about electrical safety in the home, and then create battery-run electrical circuits. They’ll learn about the flow of electricity, how electricity works, volts, currents (amps) and resistance (Ohms). Students will create science experiments surrounding complete and incomplete circuits and learn about insulators and conductors.
Amphibians host 3A Café Recount:
On Wednesday 21st of April, the Amphibians held their annual 3A Café. The students presented important parts of what they learned over the term and showcased their 3D artefacts. We made food for the parents and offered them tea or coffee. Th the Amphibian students and their parents became involved in a class-material of their choice. Not long after that, we formally said goodbye to the parents and cleaned up the classroom. Parents! Another big Thank You for attending this event, we really appreciate it and hope to see you again next year!
Arrival to school at 8.15am: It’s really important for children to arrive at school as close as possible to 8.15am. This fifteen minutes is important for the Amphibian students to mentally prepare for the day ahead. They usually wander into the classroom, hang up their bags, put their lunches in the fridge, talk to their friends and get themselves ready for the activities of the day. Without this time, they begin the settling in process at 8.30, and they can feel late – causing anxiety and feeling like they need to catch up to start their day. So, please help your child start their day by arriving at 8.15am – thank you!
NAPLAN: This term, our Middles will be taking a NAPLAN Test. It will run from Tuesday 11th to the 18th of May. We wish them all the best!
Free Dress Day: On Friday, 7th May, we will have free-dress day. If you choose to wear non-school uniform, please bring a gold coin donation as we are raising money for the Starlight Foundation.
Mother’s Day Stall: Also this Friday, the P&F will be holding a Mother’s Day Stall. Every class will have a chance to buy beautiful items for their mother/grandmothers. The prices are usually around the $5 mark so don’t forget to bring your money if you’d like to purchase a gift.
School Incursions: We’ve had two incursions this year. The first one we had was held by Walter Smart and Friends. They put on a fun and interactive performance, educating us on water usage and different ways to save water. The second incursion we’ve had this term was the Buy Smart Program. They taught us about advertisements, marketing scams and smart ways to use our money.
Questions to ask your Amphibian student after school each day:
- What made you smile today?
- Can you tell me an example of kindness you saw/showed?
- Who did you sit with at lunch?
- What lessons did you have?
- Can you teach me something?
- Did you like your lunch?
- What was an exciting thing that happened today?
- If you could change one thing about today, what would it be?
- How’s your friendship with (?) How is he/she?
- What kind of person were you today?
Thanks Parents for your helpfulness and support – From Elizabeth, Keyonie, Maia and Ali J – (Amphibians Class)
Amphibian’s Book review
Click below for Task Sheet. DUE DATE: Monday, 7th of June
Amphibian News – Term 4, 2020
Our work this term
We are studying the human body. We have started off with learning about the five systems – skeletal, circulatory, respiratory, digestive and nervous. I have made a lovely array of card sorts and collected a variety of 3D anatomical materials for the children, to support their learning. The children are directing our studies and have brainstormed and want to know many interesting questions such as: Why do we need glasses? Why do people get heart attacks? What is malaria? Why do we sleep? How are freckles made? It’ll be a very interesting unit! We also have two doctors – Peter Norton and Richard Thompson supporting us by coming and speaking to the group and also helping us with dissections. Peter is organising 22 hearts or eyes for the children to dissect in a few weeks’ time.
This year has been crazy! It started off with the bushfires then Covid-19. We had home-schooling in Term 2, which was a challenge for everyone. In Term 3, we started our Multi-cultural project which was a tribal exhibition. Our class separated into 3 tribes, The Kinjilan People, The Euca tribe and the Koalians. We made up our own language, religion, culture and our own huts. We were so exhausted at the end of Multi-cultural day. It is now Term 4 and the end of the year is coming. We are going to camp with the Cycle 2’s and it’s going to be so fun. The seniors are going to graduate at the end of the year and the Middles have to write a speech for 1 or 2 of them. This year has been fun, exhausting and extremely weird. Stay safe and have a good time working!
By Aliana & Minna.
Book review attached and homework reminder
Please don’t forget to support your child to complete their Mental Maths / Targeting Spelling work. It’s due every Tuesday. Their book review is also attached and is due Monday 23rd November. Here is the task description.
Dates to remember:
October 14th-16th: Cycle 2&3 Camp
October 19th-23rd: Book Fair
October 23rd: Crazy Science incursion (to be confirmed)
October 30th: Day For Daniel – wear red to school
November 11th: Remembrance Day Assembly
November 20th: Graduation Dinner
December 3rd: Graduation Assembly
Water Bottles and Hats
It’s getting hotter – please ensure that your child brings their water bottle and hat each day.
It’s term 4 and it’s the senior’s last few weeks at CMS. We’re all super busy getting our vision boards and senior gifts organised. Our vision board will be done on a canvas and has pictures of our goals and things we hope to achieve in life. In week 6 we will be doing entrepreneurship and work experience. Entrepreneurship is where we start our own business and sell our goods or services to raise money for a microfinance project for someone overseas. Work experience is where students go and gain experience around the school doing things like working in the office, working as an assistant, or grounds work. We will also be finishing our resumes, so we can learn how to do them.
Thanks for all your support. Have a great term!
Elizabeth, Keyonie, Maddie, Xannon, Minna & Aliana
PS – The photo is Elizabeth’s mamma and baby possum that lives in her garden.
Amphibian News – Term 3, 2020
Our work this term: This term, the Amphibians will ‘Form a Tribe.’ This work will deliver a real life experience where the children will be required to understand human’s fundamental needs, create their tribe’s culture, including: customs, food, drama, dance, music, shelter, history, rituals/festivals/traditions, clothing, values/beliefs/attitudes and their religion.
The children will form small groups and will be able to imagine living on their territory, where there are enough natural resources. They will decide on their tribe’s name, how they’ll collect/grow food; decide on their shelter; their culture; map the area (including landforms); decide on rules, laws and religion; discover neighbours and form their own government. This will help the children to understand the process involved in new settlements, tribes, communities and countries formed.
Senior Mystery Retreat 2020 – Wed 12th Aug- Fri 14th Aug 2020.
This year, our seniors are unable to attend Canberra due to Covid-19. So, we have organised a very exciting alternative. To make this event even more exciting, we have decided to keep the details a secret from our senior students. Therefore, we will not be releasing a formal itinerary or details to parents until the students have departed. Safety is always our first priority, they will not be too far (within a 68km radius) and the accommodation comes with very good reviews. Further information has been sent home with the senior students.
Magazines for Vision Board – As part of our leadership program, our Seniors will create their individual vision boards to help them with goal setting. To support us, could you please send in magazines or print with pictures that are suitable. Thankyou!
Icies – The P& F has requested that one parent from each classroom helps out with the sale of icies on a Friday. The times are 11:15 to 12:30pm. If you can help out, please email email@example.com or contact Kylie Sartorelli.
Reading and Borrow Box – Hey Everybody, if you or your kids are finding it hard to read or to get reading, you can download an app called Borrowbox. It is an audio book provider that lets you loan books to listen to. You get about a month to finish it. There are endless amounts of books from ‘Binky Bunny goes to bed’ to ‘Moby Dick’ and it’s free. All you have to do is enter your library name and password. I like it when I’m going to bed. Now I mostly like physical books but this got me started. Aston
Fabric – If you have any, can you please send in fabric that we can use for making each Tribe’s traditional clothing and also a flag for each group. Our preference is for bold colours with no patterns. Huge thanks!
Mental Maths / Spelling homework – A large number of children are not handing in their mental maths/spelling homework. Please would you support your child to complete this work by each Tuesday. If your child doesn’t have their homework book with them, they can hand in ‘back-up’ plan work where they print appropriate work off the internet, or failing that, they can write out a page of maths of their choice. Mental Maths / Spelling homework is expected to be handed in each week, except the first and last week of every term. Juniors do not do this homework.
Book review is attached – it’s due on August 31st – Week 8.
School Uniform – Thanks so much for putting in an effort to help your child wear the correct school uniform. Our class is starting to look great! Don’t forget about the second-hand shop for items required.
Thanks Elizabeth & Keyonie
Amphibians Book Review – Term 3, 2020
Due: Mon 31st August 2020
Diary- Part 1
Choose one main character from the novel you read and create five diary entries from his/her point of view that reveals a major event or events in his/her life. Be sure to include the character’s feelings about the event/s including his/her hopes, dreams, problems, concerns and frustrations. Begin with “Dear Diary,” and write from the first person point of view and in past tense (e.g. Dear Diary, Today I went to see my best friend and we. . .) Conclude each entry with the character’s name. Make sure that each diary entry is in sequential date order. For each entry, if possible, write a date. Remember many dates of holidays can be checked on a calendar. If no dates are given, but seasons or other clues are given, then guess an approximate date. Hand-write your entries. Some diary entries may be longer or shorter depending on what you write. Juniors need to write about 400 words, middles about 500 words and seniors about 600 – 1000 words. The overall presentation of this assignment should look like a diary. It may be simply stabled together or you can make a small booklet. When choosing a book, I always prefer a non-fiction book, a historical book, a biography or autobiography, however if this is too difficult, any novel will do.
Three sections are needed:
Page 1 A title page (your name, your book’s name, due date, plus a major heading that says “Diary of ….(whoever your character’s name is).
Page 2 An information sheet (full name of the character; his/her age (guess if you don’t know) where he/she lives and any other important information.
Page 3+ Diary Entries – Five entries that start with “Dear Diary” and conclude with the character’s name.
Diary- Part 2
Presenting to the class.
You will present your diary to the class in week 8 of this term. You will read one diary entry to the class and then tell us the plot of your story using palm cards. Please make sure that you practise your presentation and prepare your palm cards in advance.
19th May 2020
Our Juniors are having fun during an online maths lesson on litres and millilitres.
Amphibian News T1 2020
Welcome back!!! As always, we have a new vibrant group of children who are settling in well. So, a huge welcome to our new students –
Matthew, Shai-Lee, Maddie J, Elijah, Chase, Maddie Mc, Tabitha, Nilay and Oceana. Also a welcome to Maia who began half way through last term.
Keyonie and I really look forward to getting to know your beautiful children and you, their parents. Juniors usually take a while to settle in – making new friendships and adjusting to a heavier workload. Middles enjoy knowing the ropes and Seniors love the opportunity to become even more responsible and lead.
Thank you so much for your heart-warming Christmas presents and cards. And also a HUGE thank-you to the parents who, in lieu of Christmas presents, gave us classroom tea towels and books. We especially appreciate presents that we can use in the classroom. Thank you so much!
School arrival: The school policy is for students to arrive at 8.15am. We offer OSCH for families who need to arrive before this (OSHC needs to be organised prior). Our building door will open at 8.15am for students to come upstairs and enter the classroom. If you drop your child off prior to 8.15am, they will be unsupervised. This raises safety concerns so please make sure your children are with you until 8.15am.
Attendance: Please try to ensure your child comes to school every day, unless they’re ill. It makes such a difference to their learning when there’s consistency as work becomes more difficult and progresses. Children also feel a sense of community, knowing what’s going on, how to do things, manage themselves and become independent in learning when they’re at school every day.
Camp: Our class will be attending PGL Kindilan Adventure Camp at Redland Bay from the 1st to 3rd April. We are in need of a parent helper, and the office has sent out information about this. Staff attending are Elizabeth and Jai. Further information, a consent form and packing list will be sent out from the office soon.
Chickens: A big thank you to those families that helped with caring for our chickens during the holidays, we truly appreciate your community support. If each family in cycle three looked after the chickens for just one week, over the three years, the roster would be covered. The chickens provide such valuable learning, so please support this program.
Labelling: Please ask your child to label all of their belongings. Frequently hats, socks, shoes, lunch boxes and drink containers are left lying about. Your children are very ‘giving’ with their lunch containers and if they are in doubt about their ownership, they will often say that the item might not be theirs. So frequently, we have many unclaimed lunch boxes and small containers. Please name everything! Thanks!
Homework: Book reviews: Each term, your child is required to read a novel and review it. Please would you assist your child in finding a suitable book (preferably non-fiction). We always start off in term one with a ‘standard’ book review and become more creative as the year progresses. Your child will be expected to complete their review and present it to the class on Monday 16th March (week 8). The book review task sheet is attached.
Mental maths / Spelling Homework: I have sat with each child and discussed which area, maths or language, they need to improve on. So children have homework to suit. It is due each Tuesday – but never in the first or last week of term. Our new Juniors are not required to do homework.
Our work: Formation of Earth and Geology!
This term we will begin with the three year cycle again with Maria Montessori’s First Great Story. It is based on the scientific theory of the Big Bang. We will also examine the Christian story and an Aboriginal story – The Rainbow serpent. We will also discuss other ideas/views of Earth’s formation, ensuring we are respecting different beliefs.
From there we will study the Clock of Eras, Long Black strip, our Earth – core / mantle / crust, Atmosphere, Land forms and Water forms and this will lead later, into the Geology of Planets. The children will follow their own path of enquiry and prepare work from this for our 3A café event next term.
3A Café: We are excited to invite you to our annual 3A Café event which will be held on Wednesday 10th June 1.30pm – 2.30pm. Our annual 3A Café event is a time where your child will present their work and offer a class-made afternoon tea. The children will make you a hand-made invitation later on, but please book this important date in your diary.
Dance Fever: Each year, our Cycle Three’s participate in dancing lessons. The Dance Fever crew usually teach the Waltz, Hiphop, The Jive and The Tango. The children really enjoyed their first lesson and Dance Fever is part of our Arts curriculum. Dance Fever is a wonderful opportunity and we finish the term with our own special Dance Fever event, usually held at St Columban’s College. Parents are included in this event and your child will have an opportunity to dance with you and show you their moves! We are aiming to hold it one night during the week of 23rd – 27th March, usually around 6pm. We will let you know of the date as soon as it’s secured.
RSL Care: Our senior students will complete their community service at RSL care, rotated between the students, each Friday. Students are matched up with a resident and they spend time with them doing card sorts, crafts, games or art. A permission form has been sent home to travel with CMS staff. RSL care begins on Friday 14th Feb.
Sunscreen: With this incredible heat at the moment, please send your child in with sunscreen for them to use at lunch time.
How can we stay in touch?
Please feel free to contact me by sending a note or emailing me for an appointment. I am usually available Monday, Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school. I greatly appreciate staying in touch with you. It is too difficult to catch me in the mornings as I am
planning for the day. I especially look forward to meeting all new junior parents for 1:1 appointments in the next few weeks, just to check-in and see how they’re progressing. I will email you to organise a time.
Thanks parents, for your helpfulness and support. We are all looking forward to a fantastic, wonderful and amazing 2020 for our growing Amphibian family.
Elizabeth & Keyonie J