Our Grade 6 Blog

October 31, 2014
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A Journey to the Valley of the Giants

This week we had our Grade 6 All-Star Hooptime Basketball competition for both our girls and boys teams at Nunawading Basketball Centre. The teams had been training their hearts out over the last few weeks in order to be as best prepared as possible for what we knew would be a tough tournament. However, when we arrived at the stadium, it appeared as though we had walked into a NBL and WNBL tournament! There were “children” (in the loosest sense of the word) there that were already over 6 foot tall, and the ones that were under 6 foot look like they had been born with a basketball in their hands and ran like lightning!

Even with this intimidating outlook, not once did I see any Laburnum athlete back down from a challenge. My pride in our athletes (both boys and girls) continued to grow as I watched them play. Even when they were down in the game they never gave up or looked defeated, they ran hard for every loose ball and continued to encourage each other throughout the day.

Both the boys and girls gave it everything they had and by the end of the day you could see that they had left every ounce of energy on the court. One of my absolute highlights was that throughout the day I never heard any of our athletes complain to a referee, disrespect an opponent or complain about how much they were playing. They were perfect role models of our school values and even if we had won every game I don’t think it would have made me any prouder of them.

Congratulations on a fantastic day!

October 23, 2014
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Dance Like No One’s Watching

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Just Dance! “Hip Hop-meets-Grade 6” began with a bang at assembly on Tuesday morning where the entire school performed the ‘Cha Cha Slide’, stomping their feet and wiggling their hips with enormous smiles on their faces. The dancing didn’t end there. All six classes joined together for a special hip hop session during the day in the hall, busting their moves to different tunes. It certainly was a lot of fun.

Poetry has begun in Grade 6 with ballads, limericks and free verse the order of the day. Rhyme battles have broken out across the classes as we learn more about different types of poems and their features.

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How many kids can uncomfortably fit in one meter cube? Plenty is what our classes have found out. After we have worked tirelessly to find the area and perimeter of shapes (some odd shapes too!) we turned our attention to volume. Making 1m3 out of rolled up newspaper gave us a great insight into how big 1m3 actually is.  How many times could this 1m3 fit in Mr. Quilty’s class? About 145 is the answer. So if we could fit a max of 5 students from a class in cube we could almost pile the entire school in one classroom stacked on top of each other!

September 19, 2014
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What a wonderful term!

What a week we have had in Grade 6!

It began on Monday with our visit from Boori Monty Pryor, an Indigenous Australian writer who is best known as a story teller. And boy did he tell us some great stories! We learnt about his life growing up in Queensland with multiple brothers and sisters and the hilarious shenanigans they got up to. He also gave us fantastic tips on how to write great stories such as taking pictures to base your story on, audio recording your stories before writing them and editing, editing and more editing!

On Tuesday we had footy day at Laburnum Primary School. A highlight was the assembly where we all were able to walk the ‘catwalk’ with our footy team mates! We had delicious footy day lunch and, of course, the traditional Grade 5 verses Grade 6 girls football game. We were only able to play three-quarters of the match as we were rained out, but everyone was such a fantastic sport. The Grade 6 girls won the match and Lara won the prized Hopcroft medal. Well done to everyone!

That afternoon we had our DEA Assembly and were presented with our gold web design badges after creating informative and engaging websites about the different types of government. A big thankyou to all the parents that attended too!

Today we are off to the Nunawading Basketball stadium for a fun day of teamwork activities involving basketball. We are looking forward to another great day and a brilliant way to end our busy term.

A final note about the Noo Bear notice that went home last week. This is optional and there will be a notice coming home next term to purchase a cheaper bear for your child to sign if you wish.

With the best term of Grade Six to come we hope everyone has an amazing break and we look forward to seeing you all in Term 4!

August 22, 2014
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LPS Passport Night

As part of our celebration of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week, parents are invited to attend the LPS Passport Night on Wednesday August 27th. This is a special information evening where parents undertake a ‘learning journey’ through a variety of sessions of particular interest to them.

These sessions will familiarise you with the language used to explain topics and provide you with strategies and helpful hints on how you can support your child with various aspects of school life.

The evening will begin at 7:15pm in the library where, during our introductory session, you receive a passport and map and select four sessions to attend from the options listed in the attachment below. Each session will go for 12 minutes and the evening will conclude at 8:30pm. At each session on your ‘learning journey’ your passport will be stamped and you will have the opportunity to go into the draw from some fabulous prizes.

We look forward to seeing you on the night!

Laburnum Passport Night Sessions

August 15, 2014
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On your marks… get set… go!

The Bill Stewart Athletics Track in Burwood was full of excited students yesterday as the Grade Sixes prepared for their final school athletics. The “champions” and “superstars” have been practicing their athletic abilities and put these into action as they competed in the track and field events throughout the afternoon. Clearly the recent Commonwealth Games were an inspiration to some as amazing feats in the long jump pit and 100m sprint were achieved.

A huge thank you to all of the parents that assisted in marshalling events and supporting their children. Students will find out if they have made it into the School Aths Team today and stay tuned for information about the District Athletics which will be held on Tuesday August 26th.

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August 1, 2014
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Regional Football Finals

The wind was howling, the rain was threatening and the determination in the Laburnum Primary School Grade 6 football team was palpable. From the first whistle they played their hearts out and made sure that they left everything out on the field. Once again though, as is becoming a trend amongst our LPS athletes, their behaviour and sportsmanship on and off the pitch was what set them apart from the rest of the teams.

The Laburnum “Invincibles” first took down the highly fancied team from Chirnside Park with a classic display of LPS teamwork and sublime skills, notching up their first win of the day in clinical fashion. Following that it was time for the highly publicised match of the round against St. Annes.

The match was a classic arm wrestle between titans, reminiscent of a Hawthorn and Sydney fixture, but unfortunately neither team could find a way to break the deadlock and the intense game ended up in a draw. The final game against Jells Park was another business-like display from the LPS team. Hard tackling, great team play and (most importantly for Coach Quilty) not once did a member of the LPS team remonstrate with the umpire about a decision. Again the LPS team was able to come up with a fantastic and convincing win and validated the age old saying that “A champion team will always beat a team of champions.”

Unfortunately for the LPS team their two wins and a draw were not quite enough to go through to the next stage of the competition as St. Annes were able to just edge them out on percentage. Throughout the day the team showed their class, skill and teamwork and they should be incredibly proud of their achievements… Congratulations!

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August 1, 2014
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LPS Passport Open Night

Laburnum Primary School will be opening up the school on the evening of Wednesday 27th August 2014 to give parents an insight into the many facets of their child’s learning. There will be a variety of educational sessions covering topics such as horizontal to vertical multiplication, homework, time management, study habits and parental support, school planning documents, team planning and AusVELS, Digital Excellence program (DEA), Cybersafety, Early Years Literacy, persuasive writing development as part of the school’s strategic plan, PE (Ball catching manipulation and connection to curriculum) Science and even how to use BPay.

These topics will give you an insight into the “what” and the “how” of many aspects of learning that your child encounters in the course of a day at Laburnum Primary School.

You will need to collect your passport and choose your four 12 minute topic sessions and then head to the first session. From there you will have your passport stamped ready to move on to your next session. Once your passport has collected four stamps you can put it into the draw for some AMAZING LPS prizes!

WOW what an incredible opportunity to take advantage of! Come along and join in, we would love to see you be a part of Literacy, Numeracy and Science Week at LPS.

July 25, 2014
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Events Galore

On Monday this week we had our first incursion for the term. The Grade 5 and 6 students saw a performance from the Tony Bones Theatre Group of the shortlisted Younger Readers book titled “My Life as an Alphabet” written by Barry Jonsberg. The incursion is a part of our Book Week celebrations along with the upcoming Book Fair.

“My Life as an Alphabet” is a story about a young girl named Candice…

Introducing Candice Phee: twelve years old, hilariously honest and a little … odd. But she has a big heart, the very best of intentions and an unwavering determination to ensure everyone is happy. So she sets about trying to ‘fix’ all the problems of all the people [and pets] in her life.

Laugh-out-loud funny and wonderfully touching, My Life as an Alphabet is a delightful novel about an unusual girl who goes to great lengths to bring love and laughter into the lives of everyone she cares about.

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On Wednesday this week we had two teams competing in the Zone finals, the girls Tee-ball team and the AFL team. The Tee-ball team were really positive and encouraging of each other and displayed some excellent game strategies. Unfortunately they lost in two very close matches, 22-21 and 21-17. Similarly, the AFL team demonstrated wonderful teamwork and worked brilliantly together. With some excellent performances across the board and an amazing tackle from Taylor, the AFL team were victorious in an 85 point win over their opponent.

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June 27, 2014
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Hooray for Holidays

It has been an action packed final week of Term Two and a wonderful wrap up to a fabulous first semester. Last Friday the Grade Sixes attended the Winter Sports Round Robin. There was energy, excitement, goals and runs a-plenty as the netball, soccer, football and tee-ball teams played against other schools in our district throughout the day. The encouragement, teamwork and sportsmanship displayed by everyone was a real highlight for all of the teachers. A special congratulations goes to the football, boys soccer and gold boys and girls teeball teams for making it through to the next stage of competition.

The opportunity for students to celebrate their achievements and learning with their families has been a real highlight for all of the teachers. Everyone has set some superb learning goals and habits of mind to focus on over the next semester and we cannot wait to see them put into action.

This weeks “World Cup” themed assembly was a fabulous celebration and a great chance for each class to support their country with their colourful outfits and great decorations. Similarly, our DEA Badge Assembly was a wonderful opportunity for students to share their movie masterpieces with each other and receive their gold Movie Making badges. Each student put in so much time and dedication into the planning scripting, filming and editing stages of developing their wonderful creations. This hard work has resulted in some truly magical cinema and some possible future careers as actors, directors and editors.

We all hope you have safe and relaxing holidays and we look forward to seeing everyone for the start of Term 3!

June 20, 2014
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World Cup Fever Strikes Laburnum

Things have been heating up recently at Laburnum with the arrival of the Soccer World Cup.

All classes were designated a country to represent in the Grade 6 lunchtime World Cup and they all got down to making spectacular flags to show their national pride. The intensity was through the roof, making every court a pressure cooker of sublime foot skills and excellent teamwork. The most pleasing aspect of the event though was the incredible sportsmanship and boisterous support the classes showed for their class and their opposition.

Competition was tight and hard fought throughout the tournament, but in the end it was 6S and Colombia coming out on top! Congratulations to all Grade 6 students on their fantastic effort and enthusiasm!

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Each grade will be able to continue to support their allocated team at the final assembly of term on Tuesday 24th June. 6D has Cameroon, 6F Croatia, 6J Chile, 6P Ghana, 6Q Uruguay and 6S Colombia. Make sure that your child remembers to come decked out in their country’s colours and costumes… It’s certain to be a thrilling and exciting assembly with a parade of each country and special performaces from various groups.

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