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15 August 2019 Super readers are superheroes! Boom! Zap! Kaplow! It was superpower central in Hoppers Crossing as students and staff all got into the spirit of this year's CBCA Book Week theme. Each year level at St James the Apostle School learnt a superhero song as part of the much-loved Book Week costume parade, with the Ramones' Spiderman and Aqua's hit Cartoon Hero being performed with gusto. The Year 6 team went even further, dressing as Ghostbusters as part of their performance. Some students and teachers were also keen to create their own superheroes with special reading superpowers, like Double Denim Decoder and the Comprehension Squad. Everyone had a blast, showing off their amazing powers and sharing their love for reading. [foogallery id="1876"] Read More
08 August 2019 Robotics, coding, science and technology National Science Week takes place from 10 to 18 August. In Year 3, students are being given opportunities to explore the world of coding and robotics. Over the last week, students in Year 3 have been using Edison robots to learn about coding. They learnt that the Edison robot has a sensor, which can be used to scan a barcode. These barcodes activate a pre-recorded code. Our excited learners looked at barcodes that kept the robot inside a barrier and also did some sumo wrestling! There was also an exploration into how instructions needed to be specific when writing our own code. Through experimentation, learners discovered  that they needed to adjust the time each action took to get the robot to travel along a road to the finish line, turning at the right point. [foogallery id="1864"] Eventually the Year 3 learners will be programming robots to travel along a small model city to participate in a parade that links to their Inquiry topic of celebrations and commemorations. Read More
25 July 2019 Happy St James Day! We gathered as a school community to celebrate the feast day of our school and parish patron.  Fr Jude started our day celebrating the Eucharist with us for the feast of St James. We had an opportunity to think about how we could serve Jesus and each other, just as James did as a loved apostle. It was great to have members of the parish celebrate with us, along with representatives from St Francis of Assisi School, St Clare's School and Thomas Carr College. The day continued with fun activities across every learning community. From singing to games and art to storytelling, there was much to celebrate as a community. We loved seeing our families sharing lunch together. These types of experiences are rare and precious, but help us to recognise the importance of family for us as a Catholic community. The day concluded with discos for all of our students. Our SRC decided that it was time to bring the discos back, and we know every child relishes every chance to have a bit of fun with the friends at school. [foogallery id="1844"] Read More
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