Grade 6 - Unit of Inquiry - The Dig

The Dig - Grade 6 Unit of Inquiry

This term Grade 6 students have turned into mini archaeologists. Our Central Idea is ‘Investigating the past helps us understand the present and informs the future.’

We are really loving doing this U.O.I (Unit of Inquiry) because it’s something we look forward to each week and other schools don’t get to do it.

There are 3 archaeological roles: Recorder - who draws where we find the artefacts and describes what they are. Siever - who takes the bucket of dirt to the sieve and tips it in to find anything that has been missed by the excavator. Finally, the Excavator - who does the digging and finds the artefacts, brushes away the dirt and tells the recorder the exact measurement to place it on the sheet. Some of the artefacts we have found are - bones, glass bottles, toys, accessories, and some old paints. We then research what we find and put it on a timeline. We can’t wait to see what else we find, and how old they are and who used them.

By Carly, Logan, Ruby and Kalym (Gr 6 students)

Take a look at the photo gallery for some amazing photos.


Whacky Wednesday Canteen Specials

Each Wednesday the canteen will have a special item on the Menu. Keep your eyes on the newsletter each week for the special.

Whacky Wednesday Deal WK 4 (15/03/19): Beef stir-fry on noodles (Homemade soy garlic sauce, capsicum, Onion, Broccoli, rice noodle) GF & Vegetarian options available

Please have all orders into the canteen by 9.00am

Grade 5 Unit of Enquiry excursion

Last week we went on an excursion around the Mildura CBD. We were on a quest to learn more about migration. We were wondering what impact migration has had on Mildura. We discovered that our lives have changed as a result of migration in Mildura. For example, we wouldn’t have pizza shops, Mexican food, massage and beauty shops or probably even toy and tech shops without migration to Australia. We get to cook with so many delicious ingredients because migrants have brought their new foods with them to Mildura. By Ruby , Georgie and Zariah.

‘People’s lives may change as a result of Migration’ U.O.I Paymana and Janeti were our guests and they talked about their migration to Australia.

“I thought their experience throughout their life was amazing. I loved all the countries they went to”. William Poulton

“It was great how the girls told us their story of migration to Australia.” Molly Hannigan

“I liked how interesting their stories were. How they arrived in Australia was very good.” Rainez Darragh

Paymana talked to us about her migration to Australia.

“I think that all the children got to know a little bit more about me and my migration to Australia.

I hope they understood that it was a difficult time for me when we migrated to Australia.

I didn’t know any English at all.” Paymana Poya

Grade 3/4 Lock 11 Excursion

Today Grade 3 and 4 went on an excursion to Lock 11 as part of our inquiry into ‘How the World Works’. We are investigating natural and human activities that change the Earth’s surface over time. We discovered that people regulated the flow of the river by building the lock system. The process of building Lock 11 took 4 years. We also learnt that the river often floods. The largest flood was in 1870. During these floods, Lock 11 can disappear under the flood waters. We learnt so much and look forward to discovering more about changes to the Earth’s surface.

Grade 1/2 Orange World Excursion

Last Wednesday, 1st of May, the Grade 1/2s visited Orange World as part of their Unit Of Inquiry. The unit is looking at the Central Idea, ‘Most food goes through several stages of production before it gets to homes’. The children met Mario, who drove us around his property sharing lots of great information. He also answered some of the children’s wonderings about the production of oranges. Students were excited and it has opened up many new conversations about food processing.

Puppet Fun in the Friendship Zone

I recently purchased some amazing puppets (one of our families, Wayne & Nicole Fletcher have set up an incredible toy shop at Red Cliffs). The children have been enjoying them immensely, the creative play is a joy to behold! The puppets are divine.

Education Week

Education Week is the week beginning May 20.

We have some exciting activities planned for our school community.

A flyer, explaining the details of these activities, will be sent home with your child early next week.

Please pop these important dates in your diary.

  • OPEN DAYS – For parents/carers to pop into their child’s classroom to join in the learning – Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23rd May, any time between 9.00am and 1.15pm. We will send home a timetable & details to outline the children’s learning sessions.
  • Evening Information session for parents/carers. Children and parents learn together – Wednesday 22nd May from 6.00pm – 7.15pm
  • PYP ( Primary Years Program) Information session for parents/carers – Friday 24th May 9.30am – 10.30am

Prep Uniform Assistance

Prep Uniform Assistance

All Prep Students who receive Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) are eligible to receive a Winter Uniform.  If you have not received the CSEF payment and you hold a valid Concession Card, you may still apply.  Please see our office staff for assistance.

All prep families that have applied for CSEF will receive information and order form today, please complete and return to your child’s classroom teacher ASAP.

Please note that these uniforms may not arrive until Term 3.