So much has taken place in the past two weeks, the holidays feel like a distant memory. Nonetheless what an incredible two weeks it has been! Teachers across the school have been beaming with pride and positivity about our students with their approach to Peer Support this week and the “Great Debate” early last week. We have many engaging learning opportunities for all students this term and we have been excited to get started.
Peer Support- Session 1 Complete!
There was great excitement (and a touch of nervousness!) on Wednesday as we commenced our Primary Peer Support sessions. After completing their initial training for the program late last term, the Year 6 Peer Support Leaders (PSL) worked so incredibly hard in preparing for their first meeting with their group.
Each of the vertical groupings is made up of students from Prep to Year 5 and is led by the Year 6 PSL, meaning students work in groups of seven or eight in different classrooms across the school. The AISHK school motto ‘Connect, Strive, Flourish’ will underpin the six-week program and form the basis of the discussions and activities each week. The purpose of the initial session was for the students in each group to get to know each other and make some initial connections. The PSL organised games and activities around the students’ names, interests and common connections. To end the session, there was a specific focus on the ‘connect’ component of the school motto with students asking what the term means to them personally and how they connect with each other and the school.
The leaders were buzzing with excitement when they returned to their regular classes after the session and the feedback the Year 6 teachers received from the supervising teachers points to an extremely positive outcome. Some of these comments were:
“Congratulations! The session went so well and the students were well-prepared.”
“I just wanted to say thank you for all the hard work that is reflected in your Year 6 students. We had a lovely session today in our Peer Support group and look forward to the next session!”
“Just want to pass on to you how impressed the staff in my team were with the groups and their leaders.”
“I just wanted to share how well … did in Peer Support today. He was engaged, energetic, focused and caring towards all of the students in his group. I really appreciated how he ensured that everyone felt included and a part of the group. He did a wonderful job and he should be very proud.”
After each session, the PSL are asked to reflect on the session including what worked well, any challenges they faced, things they would do differently next time and what character strengths they felt they demonstrated in the session. While most PSL identified things they can improve or would change, the reflections and feedback were overwhelmingly positive. The Year 6 teachers were proud of their efforts and diligence and we look forward to their continued flourishing as leaders in the coming weeks.
Connecting at AISHK Word Cloud
Students are moving on from texts that persuade to texts that inform an audience. We are exploring all of the different variations of informative texts from brochures to posters, from manuals to textbooks and more. Students will be working their way through common structures, language features and most importantly the use of images to strengthen the overall purpose of the piece. Students will be given the opportunity towards the end of the unit to create their own podcast.
In the coming weeks, we will be focusing on multiplication of two digit numbers, estimation, perimeter, area, order of operations, patterns and general rules in pre-algebra. We will be applying these skills to our next iMaths unit ‘Clever containers’ whereby students will be required to investigate, design and assist a packaging company in the creation of a carton. It must be easily packable and meet a variety of specifications. For extra practice, students are encouraged to keep up with their homework and Mathletics tasks which are used to reinforce the learning opportunities in class.
Our Science unit started off with a whoosh, crash and a bang! Earthquakes to the left and tsunamis to the right, chaos everywhere! This term we will be learning all about natural disasters. Students will be obtaining a solid understanding about how and why these disasters occur and how we can help diminish the devastation and global impact in the future. We are encouraging students to “take action” and think about how they can make a positive impact on the world around them.
Now that things are settling and life is returning back to a somewhat “normal” pace, homework, like it has been in the past will also return. The expectations of Year 6 students is that they are working through their homework each night and keeping track of activities from different teachers and different lessons. We want to give our students every success in secondary school, so we will continue encouraging our students to organise and list down their homework each day in their diaries. Please continue to check them and sign the work that has been completed. If your child is unable to complete their homework due to scheduling of afterschool activities, please include a note in the diary. It is important that we work together as a team to help support our students.
- Year 4-6 Welcome Coffee for Parents: Friday 6 August 8:30-9:30am (Staff Center 9th floor) (Week 3)
- Eucalypt/Waratah Mufti Day: Wednesday 11 August (Week 4)
Year 6 Team
Stephanie Clarke (Head of Year 6), Jodie Spencer, Emma Knight, Chris McCorkell
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