A year of math-tacular fun!
The St James the Apostle Primary School Maths Party Night was another huge success. The theme for 2019 was Maths of the Year and allowed for staff to create fantastic learning opportunities for each month of the year. There were interactive real world based mathematics activities that saw over 100 families and close to 300 people in attendance. Each family was greeted by the school captains and were given a Maths Party Bag filled with booklets, dice, cards, tangrams and many more goodies. With four Mathematics prize stations available to different year levels parents were encouraged to support their children to problem solve in order to win one of our four STEM prizes. Our teachers created a variety of engaging activities which looked at the different ways mathematics can be incorporated into the different areas of the curriculum. Did you know that making and flying a paper plane involves measurement and symmetry? The students did when they got the opportunity to make, fly and measure the length their paper plane traveled. Families got to test their fractions knowledge when making pizzas in the kitchen. Not only were they correct, they were also yummy. There was story-time, exploring the different mathematical concepts in The Door Bell Rang by Pat Hutchins and At The Beach by Roland Harvey. Here is what some of the students thought about the activities: “I liked making the pizza because you got to make your own.” Maddison Year 1 “I like the pizza because I could share it with my family.” Sophie Year 1 “I thought the coding was the best part. It was fun drawing things with the Edison Robots.” Juanita Year 3 “I thought the coding was great because you could use Edison Robots and BeeBots to play different games.” Awer Year 3 “I found it fun how there were different activities like music with patterns and downball where we had to move the lines to make different shapes. “ Blenn Year 6 The poster competition leading up to the night was a huge success as well. There were 60 entries from families displaying a variety of interpretations of our theme ‘Maths of the Year’. A big thank you to Zoos Victoria and Museums Victoria who kindly donated some of the prizes for the night. Winners will be announced at this week's assembly. Also keep an eye out for the local newspaper The Star Weekly where there is a fantastic picture and article about our Maths Night.
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Writing inspiration in the form of a festival
What do you get when you send ten students to Melbourne's State Library? A place where they house some very old and very valuable books. Now imagine adding two amazing authors. What do you get? A fantastic day filled with laughter and inspiration. This was the day experienced by some of our lucky Year 5 students when they participated in workshops for the Melbourne's Writers Festival on 4 September. What started as a morning trip in on the train, soon became a day where the students were entertained with stories and anecdotes from authors Andrew Daddo and Felice Arena. Andrew Daddo (yes that Andrew Daddo) led the workshop, It's a Pirate Life for Me. Daddo had the students enthralled with stories from his childhood and what inspires him. "He was funny and had good stories, " reported Micah from 5Blue. "He told us stories from when he was younger, like when he loosened the wheel on his brother's bike just before he went in a riding competition." Jett, also from 5 Blue noted, "He told alot of dad jokes and he talked about a character who is like Donald Trump but he wears diapers." He gave the students a sneak peak at his new book, Attituc Van Tasticus, which the students highly recommend. The students then had the privilege to spend some time listening to Felice Arena. Arena is the author of much loved books Specky Magee, Fearless Fredrick and Wish. He shared stories about what inspires him, his writing process and stories from his past. One such story that entertained the crowd were the many different pronunciations his childhood Principal had for his name. He talked about his new book, A Great Escape, discussing the process he went through to create a story set in the past. Maddison from 5 Brown said, "It sounded really interesting. It was about the war and how a child survives." Raquel also from 5 Brown was so engaged with Arena's talk that she went out days later to purchase the book so she could read it straight away. "I read Great Escape and it connects well to events that happened in Germany in World War 2. It gives you an idea of what the people went through." Already the inspiration the students gained from this experience has influenced their writing. Some students feel that they are already including more detail around their characters in their writing, while others are keen to start a Book Club at school and read The Great Escape. Raquel summed up the day perfectly when she said, "It is guaranteed to entertain you and make you think."
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Art Show creativity celebrates God’s creation
Through a reading of Genesis, Catholic Tradition teaches us that all of God's creation is good. Our learners celebrated this goodness by creating artworks for our 'Days of Creation' themed Art Show. Every learning community was engaged in developing a different aspect of each of the seven days of creation showcased in this year's Art Show on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August. This also provided a logical sequence for the Art Show walkthrough. "I definitely feel that learners at St James gained a great appreciation of art by learning about other artists and using them for inspiration, by experimenting with a wide variety of materials and techniques and seeing what is possible by viewing work displayed from all year levels across the school," said Delwyn Castellano, one of the school's visual art teachers. Over the course of the semester, every student creating at least two items for the art show - one two-dimensional and one three-dimensional piece - by worked individually or in groups. Some of these artworks were inspired by ideas from different cultures and indigenous or other famous artists. [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="1907,1906,1905,1904"] [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full" ids="1908,1910,1909,1911"] Some of the techniques used included collage, printmaking, 3D construction, watercolour painting, air-dried clay, marbling, papier-mâché and puppetry. [gallery columns="2" size="full" link="none" ids="1913,1914,1915"] Visual arts teacher, Jess Naidu, commented that, "It was exciting to see the final display of the huge amount of work that the learners had completed throughout the year. The school was filled with colour and there was a buzz of excitement as students began to journey along the 'Days Of Creation' art show walk. They loved seeing their pieces on display and were very proud and eager to show teachers and their families their artistic achievements." School principal, Mary Abbott, was excited about the way that students engaged in the experience. "It was great to observe them reading about the days of creation and explaining to their parents about what they had done," she said.
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