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.

2D – Term One 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to our 2D blog. We are looking forward to sharing our learning with you throughout this year.
It has been lovely to see how quickly students have settled into our new class and how excited they are about our units of work.
Thank you to the parents who have offered to assist with the Immigration Museum excursion. We now have enough to cover the excursion. We still need to have a volunteer to come on the bus with us to swimming on Thursdays, commencing 23rd February. Please let me know if you are able to help on any of the swimming days. Parent helpers require a Working With Children check.
If you haven’t already done so, please book a time on PTO for the meet the teacher evening this Thursday, or arrange a time with me if you are unable to get online. It is a valuable time for you to share information about your child.

Here are some pictures of 2D from our first week at school!

Please return the Parent-Teacher Meeting questionnaire, either before Thursday evening, or bring it along to your appointment to prompt our discussion. We are also waiting for the return of parent contact details to collate a class list to send home.
Kind regards,
Karen Hodgkins and 2D


Dear Parents and Carers,
We have been investigating how much we have grown since we were born, by comparing our measurements at birth with our measurements now. We have also been looking at the similarities and differences in our features from birth to now. If you haven’t yet sent in your child’s birth measurements, please try to get them to us as soon as possible.
As a Maths task we will be trying to calculate the difference between our height, weight and head circumference measurements.

We are able to answer Sophie’s question about what length a mealworm grows to! We have observed and measured the mealworms over the past few weeks and found that they can grow up to four centimetres long before changing into the pupal state.
We also found out that when they become darkling beetles they can live for several months. It took 41 days from when we got our mealworms until we found our first beetles this week.
We were so excited! The beetles started off as a light colour but have now turned black.

This is what the pupae look like:

Here are the darkling beetles!




We had a very busy Japanese Day starting with an assembly to look at costumes and then our Undoukai Japanese Sports Carnival. After recess we made Japanese fans and
Sumo wrestlers.
In tug of war we had to pull the rope really hard. Red team – aka – won! Charlie
I liked the games where we threw the balls up into the buckets. Tom
Here are some photos of the craft activities we completed.









We are looking forward to the Carnivale on Saturday. If any parents are available to help on either the 2D stall or another stall, please return the slip from the green notice that went home today, or let Mrs Hodgkins know.
If you get a chance, come into our classroom to see our beetles!
Thank you,
2D and Mrs Hodgkins.

Year 2s Performing at Assembly

Hello 2D families!
This coming Tuesday 25th October, Year 2 will be performing at our whole school assembly at approximately 9:30 am. We have been practising our Kung Fu punctuation as well as a song about quarter to times. I am sure we can demonstrate for you at home but we would also love to see you there if you can make it!

As we continue to investigate our mealworms we will be able to answer your questions about how long they grow and how long they live. We think some have stopped growing now and are changing into their pupal state!

Thank you for your comments and questions on our blog.
2D and Mrs Hodgkins.

KidsMatter Parent Survey

Dear Parents and Carers,
We are currently conducting KidsMatter Surveys of staff, parents and students. We hope to have as many parents or carers as possible to complete the survey, so that we can continue to plan for and implement programs to support this important initiative. Your information and comments are confidential and we truly value all of your feedback. Please take the time to complete the survey. Some students in 2D have even offered to give foot massages to their parents as they work on the survey!
To select our school you will need to type in:
Mount Martha Primary School, MOUNT MARTHA, VIC – The schools should appear as you type. This sometimes takes a minute to load.
Select – 2016 Q4: Oct-Dec
Select the language and Year level.
Complete the survey and add comments at the end.

Thank you for your support.
Kindest regards,
Karen Hodgkins

Term 4 in 2D

Dear Parents and Carers,
We would like to share with you the cartooning movie that we made in ICT. We had so much fun last term, learning how to draw cartoons on paper and computer.

This term we are excited about all of the new things we will be learning about, including Change, Protective Behaviours and Life Education. In Science we are observing how mealworms grow and change, so please come into our classroom to take a look them!






If you have any questions about how the mealworms develop or what they need to survive, please post them on our blog and our 2D Super Scientists will be able to answer them for you!
Thanks for sharing our learning.
2D and Mrs Hodgkins.

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