Staying Safe Online

Dear Parents and Carers,
This term we have been learning about Protective Behaviours and how to keep ourselves safe. An important aspect of the program is to remind students how to be safe when using the internet and playing online games, particularly at home. The following information is provided for parents and students to help assess what is suitable for children of different ages.

Please take the time to check what games your children are playing online and what they may be exposed to.
Kind regards,
Karen Hodgkins.

Science – Push and pull.

Dear Parents,

This term in Science we are learning about push and pull forces. Mrs Reardon has put together a short video of our investigations.

Thank you for helping students to complete their push-pull homweork.

Please note this free Science event at Coolart Wetlands on the 12th of August.

It looks like it would be a great family day out.

Kind regards,
Karen Hodgkins and Marta Reardon.

Welcome back to Term 3!

Dear Parents,
I hope you had a lovely break despite the weather! I have updated the Specialist timetable for Semester 2 on the blog and students will bring home a printed copy on Monday. Please check the homework folders for more information about what’s happening this term.
I would like to thank you all again for coming in to share in your child’s learning at the Student Led Conferences last term. They were so proud of their achievements and did a fantastic job of explaining their learning.
We are all looking forward to another busy and successful term.
Kind wishes,
Karen Hodgkins.

Immigration Museum and migration stories.

Dear Parents and Carers,
As our first term draws to an end, we would like to share some more of our highlights from the past few weeks and some reminders of what’s happening during the last week.

On Tuesday we have our Multicultural Lunch event, where all students bring a plate of food to share from a country of choice. As outlined in the note that went home, all parents are invited to join us for the lunch at 12.15 in our classroom. It is a lovely way to celebrate all we have learnt about our multicultural heritage. It is important that all students participate and bring in food to share, so that there is enough for everyone. Please list ingredients used, so that students with allergies will know what they can eat. We look forward to seeing as many parents as possible on the day!

On Thursday, the last day of term, we have our whole school Assembly in the gym at 9.10 am. Students will be dismissed at 2.30 pm that day.

Here are some photos from our excursion to the Immigration Museum and Melbourne City. We had a fantastic day and learnt so much from the stories we were told by Pat at the museum.

In the museum classroom, some of us had the chance to dress up and take part in the stories.

We saw lots of famous Melbourne landmarks on our walk around the city. We had our photo taken beside the Yarra River, in front of the Eureka Tower. We also had our photo taken in Federation Square. There was a sign on the cathedral that said, “Let’s Fully Welcome Refugees.”

We have been very lucky to have some more parents visit our classroom to share their stories about migrating to Australia.
Kieran’s dad, Alan, came to tell us about moving to Australia from Ireland. He brought in some Taytos and Fig Rolls for us to try.

Toby’s dad, Richard, came into our classroom last Friday to tell us about how he lived in South Africa, then moved to England and then finally Australia. He also brought some scones, jam and whipped cream!

We would like to thank everyone who has come to our classroom to share their migration stories this term. We have learnt so much interesting information from the talks.

We are looking forward to another exciting term of learning in Term 2.
Have a safe and happy Easter break.
Best wishes from everyone in 2D.

Migration Stories

Dear Parents and Carers,
We have had a very busy term to date, with lots of exciting events. Several parents and grandparents have visited our classroom to share their experiences of moving from another country to live in Australia. The students have learnt so much about the world, and the reasons people choose to migrate, from these talks. Thank you so much to the families who have already shared their stories with us.
Here are some photos from each talk:
Stella and her mum, Donna, told us all about Greece.

Courtney helped her mum, Emily, share their family’s story of moving to Australia from the United Kingdom. We also got to to taste Marmite!

Stephanie’s baba, Sylvia, came to talk to us about moving to Australia from Macedonia. She brought in some Macedonian wafer biscuits for us to try.

When Darby’s grandma, Kathy, came in she taught us about Ceylon, which is now Sri Lanka and told us about why her family moved to Australia.

William’s grandparents, Kathy and Tony, told us all about living in Ireland and then moving to Australia. They showed us a funny leprechaun doll and the Irish flag. We got to try Taytos which are potato chips and a McVittie’s chocolate and orange bar.

We are very excited about our excursion to the Immigration Museum on Wednesday. Please ensure all students are at school by 8.45 so that we can leave on time. Pack some extra snacks and lunch as it is quite a long day. All students will need to be dressed in full school uniform with their sunhat, bring a water bottle, a small backpack or bag to fit food and drink for the day, and sunscreen if required.

I will provide parent helpers with a letter about the day, a map of the museum and a list of students who will be in their group. Thank you to Emily, Donna and Jo for offering to assist with the excursion.

The buses will be back in time for normal school pick-up.

Kind regards,
Mrs Hodgkins and 2D.

Welcome to 2D – 2018!

Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Year 2D for 2018. I am looking forward to meeting you all at the Meet The Teacher evening, to share information about your children.
The term has got off to a great start with students settling in very quickly to our classroom routines. Your child will bring home a newsletter today with information about Term 1.
Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day and we will be working on activities in class related to this.

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an annual, worldwide event held on Tuesday 6 February 2018 to help encourage a better internet, with this year’s theme ‘Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you’. We will be discussing Internet safety at school and reminding students of our school acceptable Internet use agreement, which is signed by families and students upon enrollment at our school. We have a Prep – Year 2 and Year 3-6 internet acceptable use agreement. Copies of the agreement are available in the office foyer and are included below.

All classes will be doing activities to celebrate Safer Internet Day on Tuesday the 6th of February. There are many excellent resources and games for students of all ages and also informative parent information about cyber safety available on the Australian Government Office of the eSafety Commissioner Office website. The school Digital Technologies blog has also a parent page with links to parent information.

Thank you to the parents who have already dropped in to introduce themselves. I will endeavour to learn all of your names by the end of this year!
Kindest regards,
Karen Hodgkins.

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