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Inaugural Roseville Year 4 Dads’ and Daughters’ Camp

On Saturday 25th October a group of Year 4 dads and their intrepid daughters embarked by barge from Palm Beach to the Basin Campground for the inaugural Roseville year 4 Dads and Daughters camp.
As the barge ramp came down the group stormed ashore – tents, mattresses, water bottles and other supplies necessary for a night under canvas were quickly unloaded and moved to the prepared campsite – Camp Cooke!

The dads quickly assembled the tents, in what can only be described as an expert manner, whilst the daughters helped in the best way they could by getting their swimmers on and going to the lagoon for a swim!

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The dads quickly followed and an ‘ EPIC ‘ water fight then ensued which, at the risk of sounding biased, I think the dads won with the use of guile as well as the occasional use of overwhelming firepower. As the sun shone down, the girls fashioned a spa in the sand and settled down to discussing the issues of the day whilst the Dads retired to the campground to check provisions for the evening BBQ.

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As the girls came back for an afternoon snack, an impromptu game of beach-ball football then ensued between the Dads and Daughters. Your intrepid correspondent can report that it was a hard fought game
with some stand out performances from the girls. By contrast there were some “pythonesque’ performances from the dads’ forward line that saw them demoted to the bench – (you know who you are!!) Safe to say the final result was a win for the good guys (or should I say good girls.)

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With dinner-time fast approaching, the dads went to the eskies to secure the meat in a way our hunter-gatherer forebears would have been proud. Mums would be pleased to hear something called a ’salad’ was also produced and an outstanding BBQ with all the trimmings was devoured with relish.

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However, as we tore into steaks, kebabs, burgers and the odd snag, the clouds darkened in expectation of an almighty thunderstorm to test the troops. Fortunately a number of former boy scouts were on hand with the Bureau of Meteorology radar app to confidently declare, we were likely to miss the worst of it.  With this in mind the fire-pit was prepared in a manner befitting the occasion and with an element of good fortune, the worst of the weather passed us by and some of the largest marshmallows ever seen were roasted on open fire by the girls – and some of the dads.

Even with a significant dose of sugar some of the girls were beginning to flag so we decamped back to our Camp Cooke for some more singing, a high stakes game of UNO and a beautiful rendition of American Pie that Don Mclean would of been proud of according to the YouTube reviews!!  (Go on, admit it – you did a search didn’t you!

Whilst the dads were having fun singing, or more realistically forgetting the words to, a number of classic anthems, the girls organised an impromptu pyjama party or two but eventually drifted off to sleep.

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Sunday

Another beautiful day dawned as Camp Cooke slowly came back to life. A few Wallabies (the real things, not the green and gold variety) were ejected from the cooking tent. A few of the girls went for an early morning swim whilst some of our more sprightly dads were spotted going for a run! Breakfast of Bacon and Egg rolls was quickly prepared with military precision and the day got off to a splendid start!

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After Breakfast everybody went for another swim and play on the beach whilst negotiations for a walk to see some Aboriginal paintings ensued.

Eventually an expeditionary force was assembled and the aforementioned paintings were viewed after an arduous walk under a baking sun. Unsurprisingly a swim was called for on their return before it was time to pack the tents away, have a sausage sizzle for lunch and get ready for the ferry ride home.

lastThe barge arrived on time and with a wistful glance back to the campsite we waved good bye to our home for the night and settled down for the voyage back to Palm Beach. When we set out to organise this camp, we saw it as an opportunity to spend some quality time with our girls ‘outdoors’, and for the dads to get to know each other better. Mission accomplished!! FD Camp 7

It was great getting to know both the other school dads as well as our daughters’ friends better. By all accounts everybody had loads of fun and we are already looking to repeat the event next year. There have even been calls for the camp to be two nights rather than one, which must be the best indication that a great time was had by dads and girls alike.

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Mrs F and Mrs G would also like to give a huge vote of thanks to our amazing parents for organising this wonderful opportunity for Dads and girls to have fun whilst getting to know one another better. (Our newer parents in particular would have valued this opportunity.)

 

Literature and writing highlighting different perspectives

We have also explored literature which highlights how people view situations from different perspectives. The picture book “Voices in the Park” by Anthony Browne, clearly showed us how the same situation could be viewed from 4 different perspectives. We then did some writing of our own. We focused on composing two pieces of writing of the same incident, but from two different perspectives. We would like to share a few pieces of this writing with you.

The Day My Pet Died  – by Polly

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Lucy’s Perspective

I woke up and rushed downstairs. “Did she die?” I asked.

“Yes,” said my mum, “She made one last sound before she stopped breathing. It sounded like she was crying out for you.” I burst into buckets of tears. I felt like I was going to die too. My heart felt heavy, like a weight dropped on top of it.

The storm, raging outside, reflected how I felt.

Thunder clapped, lightning struck the tree outside. The tree fell down and landed across the pool. One branch fell from the tree and blew away. I felt like that tree. One part of my life had fallen away and I would never see that part again.

Mums Perspective:

Lucy came running downstairs.  “Did she die?” she asked.

“Yes,” I said. She made one last sound before she stopped breathing. It sounded like she was crying out for you.“

Lucy burst into tears. I felt terrible. I felt like it was my fault that Goldie had died.  I tried to comfort Lucy, but she kept on crying. She looked heartbroken. Thunder boomed, lightning cut through the sky like a knife. A tree fell down. I just felt like bursting into tears myself. After all, sometimes tears make you feel a lot better!

The lonely old Grandmother  – by Jaime

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Grandmother’s perspective

I sit in the corner gazing out of the window which is separating me from the rest of the world. I can’t help thinking, “Why won’t my daughters and granddaughters visit me?”

I sit in my favourite rocking chair year after year but still no one wants to visit me. None of my daughters will visit me and they don’t even bother to bring my granddaughters to visit. I have knitted them all jumpers but they won’t come so what’s the point of making anymore?

I start to go to sleep when I hear a knock on the door. My heart is thumping so hard. Has someone come to visit me?

The Lonely Old Grandmother – by Jaime

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Granddaughters perspective

“But why do I have to go to Grandma’s house? All she does is sit around in that rocking chair of hers. Why doesn’t she just make herself useful?” I wondered.

Mum told me it was because she didn’t get many visitors very often. I wondered why Mum couldn’t just visit grandma by herself.

I didn’t want to go because all Grandma ever did was knit and sit in the corner. She never played with me she was so boring. Mum disagreed because she thought there was nothing wrong with Grandma.

So Mum and I hopped into the car and drove to Grandma’s house. We knocked on the door and Grandma opened the door. She had the biggest smile on her face. Then I thought to myself, maybe Grandma wasn’t that bad after all!

 

Viewing situations from different perspectives

In Term 2, Year 4 students have focused on being ‘open minded, reflective learners who have ‘growth mindsets’, not ‘fixed mindsets’. We have become aware that people view situations from different points of view. We understand that people may have different perspectives and we have been willing to grow from our experiences.

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One of the learning experiences this term, which helped us to understand the concept of perspective (viewing situations from other’s points of view) was when the Year 6 students ‘invaded’ our classrooms.

We were completely perplexed when groups of Year 6 girls began to come into our classroom and slowly but surely, take over a lot of the space in our room. They said that their classroom was a bit dark and overcrowded and they thought they could work better in our classroom. Eventually, the Year 6 girls put masking tape down the middle of our classroom and cut our classroom into two areas. Our whole class had to squeeze into one half while the Year 6 students took over the other half. We were very annoyed and couldn’t believe that the year 6 girls didn’t seem to care about how we felt.

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The final annoying incident was when the year 6 girls removed our belongings from our lockers and moved their things in. They removed our names and pictures from the door and completely took over.

We were very relieved when Mrs Falconer finally explained that it had all been a setup to give us insights into how Aboriginal People may have felt when the First Fleet arrived.

Our Sydney Opera House Excursion to watch the Musical Pinocchio

On the first of May, Year 4 went on an excursion to see Pinocchio at the Sydney Opera House. Before we went, we discussed some themes we might see in the musical. They included unconditional love, what it means to be human, the importance of education, knowing right from wrong and peer pressure.

The props, which were multi-purpose, showed great creativity. We also thought the use of audio effects and music was very appropriate. The music and themes changed our moods and made us feel scared, happy, excited and worried. When Pinocchio lied and his nose grew, it was very amusing!

We loved the show and when we got on the bus to return to school, we all agreed it had been an astonishing day. Year 4 had a wonderful time and we hope we can take our families one day!
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Year 4 Excursion

Year 4 students enjoyed a wonderful day visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, followed by a visit to IMAX, where we watched ‘Forces of Nature.’

Many of the students had never visited the Museum of Contemporary Art before, but after today’s enjoyable visit, have vowed to return.
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In addition to viewing some amazing paintings and pieces of artwork, students created a piece of artwork of their own.

Students viewed the design of Jim Lambie, a contemporary visual artist from Glasgow Scotland, who specialises in colourful sculptural installations made from everyday modern materials. He designed a brightly coloured floor space using vinyl tape arranged into patterns around the floor. The colourful lines of vinyl tape traced the shape of the room to reveal interesting aspects of the room’s architecture. We used this colourful floor space to collaboratively create our own artworks!
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After visiting the Museum of Contemporary Art, we headed off to IMAX. We were very blessed to have the opportunity of enjoying some ‘free play’ time on the playground equipment near IMAX.
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43 very excited students and their teachers and parent helpers then returned to IMAX, where we watched breathtaking footage on volcanoes, earthquakes and tornadoes.

We returned to school having had a wonderful day filled with new experiences and wonderful learning opportunities.

Colourful Emotions Poetry

Year 4 have enjoyed exploring the use of imagery such as similes, metaphors and personification. We have learned to use descriptive language effectively in order to ‘paint’ vivid verbal images.
When composing our ‘Colourful Emotions’ poems, we linked emotions with colours, to produce some amazing poetry which we are sure you will enjoy reading!

Interview with my Year 4 Self

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Each student in Year 4 has reflected on their learning in 2013 by conducting an interview with ‘their Year 4 self’ – an interview which in later years, may be fun to revisit!

In Year 4, we know that reflecting is a valuable process which deepens our learning. It enables us to apply past knowledge to new situations and identify areas for improvement and growth. We can get to know ourselves better.

In summary, reflecting on our learning can help us to:

  • better understand our strengths and weaknesses
  • celebrate areas in which we have achieved
  • identify and question which approaches to learning worked best for us
  • challenge our ideas, feelings and actions
  • acknowledge areas of concern in which we feel that we still lack understanding
  • recognise areas in which we could improve

Our interview questions have helped us to reflect on:

  • our friendships
  • our general learning goals and how well we have achieved them
  • Inquiry units which we have particularly enjoyed during the year and why.
  • Maths investigations we have most enjoyed
  • English learning experiences which we have most enjoyed
  • excursion / incursions which we have found enjoyable and beneficial

We will soon be sharing some students’ interviews with you.

 

 

Surf Education Day – What Fun!

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Students set off excitedly to enjoy Surf Education Day. We all felt so blessed that the weather was perfect!

Our expert instructors reminded us about all the skills and knowledge that we had gained during our P.E. lessons.

We had the opportunity to practise our paddling skills on our surf boards and gain confidence at Shelly Beach. We then moved around to Manly Beach where we worked one to one, with our instructors. It was great fun to challenge ourselves in this safe environment and we appreciated the support and encouragement that we received from our teachers and friends!

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