This term our preps have been on some fantastic excursions and involved in some exciting learning. They visited Schwerkolt Cottage, Woolworths in Ringwood and also had the Nunawading fire department visit them at school.
Below is some more insight to what they did.
Prep NC hopped on the parish buses and went to Schwerkolt Cottage in Mitcham, just near Antonio Park.
They learnt about the Schwerkolt family who settled in the area in the 1880s, growing and maintaining fruit trees and a small vineyard. They saw the original stone cottage that the family lived in, the smoking house where they cured their meat and the cellar where they kept their food and produce cool.
Last week Prep NC caught the train to Ringwood station with the assistance of some parent helpers. They then walked to Woolworths in Ringwood to check out how the food is delivered to us in our homes and the processes that take place at the supermarket. They looked in the big fridges and freezers and saw the box crusher in action. They learnt about healthy eating and the benefits of eating a variety of different coloured fresh food.
After a little food tasting they received a show bag and headed back to school on the train again.
For the last two Tuesdays, Firefighters from the Nunawading Fire Station have come to visit the Preps as part of our Fire Education Program. We learnt what to do in an emergency and the specialised equipment that is used to fight a fire. Yesterday we went inside the fire truck and listened to the firefighters explain what happens on the way to an emergency. We all had a go shooting the hoses, turning on the lights and listening to the sirens.
Immigration Museum Excursion
Recently our year 3/4 students visited the Immigration Museum as part of their inquiry learning for this term.
Students participated in an interactive story telling lesson focusing on individual journeys to Victoria. They explored various artefacts and objects from the museum's collection
This excursion was a terrific way for students to learn more about the experiences of individuals and groups that migrated to Australia during the 1800's.
Here are some comments from our 3/4 students:
Zarah - "I listened to stories about refugees who came to Australia to have a better home and be safe".
Hayden - "I learnt about how people migrate to Australia for different reasons, such as for work, family or to escape poverty".
Abbey - " I enjoyed listening to the stories because one of them connected to my family's background and how they migrated to Australia from Vietnam to escape danger'.
STEM Learning at St John's
At St John's we have been learning our science topic of Physical Sciences through the lens of STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Our Physical Sciences topics focused on light or forces across the school.
Our video shows a snapshot of some of the learning our students were involved in during Term 1.
Year 6 Camp -
What a fantastic week our year 6 students had together at Lake Nilahcootie! Making friends and trying new fun and exciting activites!
A week filled with canoeing, abseiling, archery, flying fox, low ropes, mountain biking and more.
"I loved abseiling and the flying fox because it was a bit scary but fun. We had an awesome time meeting new people and hanging out with our friends".
"I liked canoeing because it was fun learning how to do it on our own. We got lost, but found our way back then got really muddy! The week was great, I made new friends from St James and got to spend time with my own friends. I got to do somethings I hadn't done before and we had to work together to do them" By Phoebe
What a wonderful day we had celebrating the cultural diversity of all St. John students on Harmony Day! We participated in many different activities learning about the Chinese, Italian, Aboriginal and Tongan cultures.
The lap-a-thon was a huge success with all students raising money for the less fortunate.
We would like to all our families for providing delicious food for us to share together. At St John’s we are so fortunate to celebrate our diversity and value the inclusion of all.
Year 5 Camp - Sovereign Hill
On Monday the 17th of June our year 5 students travelled to Ballarat to spend two nights away on their first St John's camp.
Students participated in a range of activities that included exploring the gold museum, AURA lights and sound show, gold pouring and mine tours.
They also participated in a two day costume school program, where students had the chance to experience the magic of stepping back in time to become an 1850s child on the Ballarat diggings.
It was a fantastic three days away and one we hope our students will remember fondly for years to come!
Here are some comments from our Year 5 students about their camp experience:
Chris - "I loved the costume school experience, it gave me a good idea of how much different school is now compared to the 1850's".
Ebony - "I enjoyed being in character as part of the costume school because I got a chance to see how children were treated during the 1850's".
Lena - "Sovereign Hill made me feel like I had really travelled back to goldfields during the 1850's!"
Chinese teaching at St John's
Ni hao! This year the 5 / 6 students have been fortunate in the to begin their new adventure of learning Chinese at St John’s!
The students learn with a Chinese teacher direct from China, learning key phrases and correct pronunciations of words, followed by a learning focus about the diverse culture and festivals in China.
In the past two weeks students have learnt:
Ni hao - Hello!
Wo jiao - My name is
Ni hao ma? - How are you?
Wo hen hao - I am very good.
Xie xie - Thank you.
Bu ke qi - You are welcome
Za jian - Goodbye.
Twilight Sports 2019
Congratulations to Durkin (red) house for another great win!
And to Jack (Lyons) and Amity (Coghlan) for their determination and success in the Championship Senior 400 metre event.
It is celebrating events like this that make our little school come together and stand out from the rest...so well done and thank you!
Summer Sports Carnival
On Wednesday 20th March the 5/6 students went to Heatherdale reserve and participated in the Summer sports carnival. The sports included newcombe, tennis and softball.
The day was a fantastic success. All students had fun and tried their best. Well done to our boys tennis team for coming first overall and our girls softball for coming runners up in their competition!