Year 6 Newsletter | Term 4 Week 6

Important Year 6 dates for your diary 

Please do understand that conditions do change very quickly and in the interest of student safety and government regulations, there may be changes to dates and also what we will be able to do. We will be sure to keep you informed as soon as we are able to make concrete arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions. 

  • Australian Stories Online Exhibition: Week 9, Thursday 19 November 
  • Year 6 Transition Day: Week 10, Wednesday 25 November
  • Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and celebration: Week 10, Thursday 26 November
  • Year 6 Activity Day: Week 11 TBC
  • Last day of Term 4: Week 12, Wednesday 8 December

It is quite hard to believe that we are on the brink of Week 7.  We are now over halfway of Term 4 and before we know it, our Year 6 students will be in Secondary. The classrooms have certainly been busy with our maths investigation, ‘Weird and Wonderful Weather’ completed. Our next investigation explores tessellation, transformation and symmetry by designing our own unique space invader patterns. In every classroom you will find a range of types of texts to inform: biographies, infographics, podcasts, timelines, articles, even plaques for each exhibition artefact. The list is vast! 

Miss Jean continues to visit Year 6 classrooms for ‘Wellbeing’. During this time, students are creating a small project to express their perception of the year. It is titled, ‘2020 Through My Eyes’ and could  be a video, a sketch, a collage, an infographic… the choice is theirs.  Already, the thought and creativity that has gone into some of these pieces has been impressive. We look forward to seeing and sharing some of these finished products in a few weeks. 

Last Friday was of course Chinese Day and to see the students put effort into Chinese dress was a lovely sight to see. Throughout the classrooms, activities were conducted to celebrate the special day. 

The buzz word at the moment is certainly ‘Australian Stories’.  Our busy students have been arranging meetings with their mentors across the school for regular discussion, to share their progress and project ideas. Besides working on the research and literacy element of the task, each day, we are even more impressed by the amount of time, effort and technical skill that students are showcasing on their own virtual exhibition on CoSpace, the platform that we are using. This year, Australian Stories will be completely online for the first time and our students are setting the bar high.

As we are online this year, there is the advantage that you and your family will be able to view the website at your own leisure that day, or with your child that afternoon or evening. The website will be open from Thursday 19 November. Of course, in the meantime we encourage your child to share some ‘snapshots’ of their work so far. Of course there will be some opportunities for students to share their work with some peers. 

Year Level Assembly

The Waratah Captains did a great job of leading today’s assembly and it was packed with information! Next year, French will be a language option as well as Chinese. Today, Mrs Nadine Vanderhoek and Mr Ian Pomeroy visited us to share what learning French is like. 

Our special guests from Secondary continued when two students from the  Model United Nations program (MUN) to share with the cohort their experiences and where to gather more information if they are interested. Our assembly was then completed by a Jump Jam, featuring a true hit in Year 6, ‘Gangnam Style!’ 

Use of Laptops and Cybersafety

The sensible, responsible and kind use of information technology including social media is an important topic of conversation and certainly an issue that we do take time to explore throughout the year.  This morning in the Year Level Assembly, we reminded students to be safe, be kind and be responsible when online. The students completed their ESMART digital safety licence in Semester 1 and any students who were new to the school in Term 3 completed a course with Ms Yeung whilst online. Reminders and regular discussions at both home and school are always helpful. 

In classrooms, we have been reminding students of the appropriate use of their devices. During school hours and when on campus, the laptops are for school work. When at home, it is so important that students remember how to stay safe online and the strategies to put in place. 

Some useful website for parents regarding strengthening and maintaining online safety in the the homes are: AISHK School TV Cybersafety and Safetynetkids. We encourage you to spend some time going over these and having these important conversations with your child. 

Graduation Preparation and Videos 

Thank you for sending in a baby photo of your child for the ‘Then and Now’ videos for the Year 6 Graduation Ceremony on Thursday 26 November. Today was the close off date for these photos. Please email your classroom teacher if you have any questions. It will truly be a special keepsake for the students. 

Graduations Shirts

The Graduation T-Shirts are well and truly underway, featuring two logos designed by our talented Year 6 students. They look fantastic! The students will have them in the very near future. A massive thank you must go to our Parent Representatives for helping us to organise this. 

Year 6 Transition Day 

Secondary school is fast approaching for our Year 6 students and plans are in place for them to have their transition day on Wednesday 25 November. More details will be released closer to the date. 

Year 6 Graduation Ceremony and Celebrations

The Graduation celebrations  are scheduled for Thursday 26 November. This year, we have all experienced that the situation may change quickly so we are making arrangements for various scenarios such as the event being online or on campus. As we come closer to the date, we will be able to make final decisions based on the most updated government regulations. Of course, we will keep you informed. 

Year 6 Activity Days

We are also very much planning the alternative outings to replace the cancelled Beijing Cultural Excursion. These days are planned to take place in the week following the Graduation Ceremony. Please do understand that conditions change very quickly and in the interest of student safety and government regulations, there may be changes to dates and also what we will be able to do. We will be sure to keep you informed as soon as we are able to make concrete arrangements. Please do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher if you have any questions. 

The Year 6 Team