Visible Learning and Growth Mindset


In this first week of school for 2017,

we have been concentrating on what it means to be

a visible learner. 

We have also discussed growth mindset

and how we can all change from

a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

Watch the videos below to give you an idea about what a fixed and growth mindset actually mean.

What are some of the steps you can take to change your thinking?

What are some things you can do to change your thinking

and therefore change your life and your ability to succeed?

Read the fixed and growth mindset words in the chart below.

Do you recognize any comments that you have ever made?

Think about how you can change.

 In class this week we also discussed what we can do to take control

of our actions and behaviors both in and out of the classroom. 

We understand that there are some things that are out of our control.

Yet there are also some things that each of us can control.

Think about what YOU are going to do to change your mindset

and about how YOU can be in control.

How will you respond when confronted with difficult tasks?

What will you say? How will you act? What will you do? What will you think?





Safer Internet Day 2017 is almost here! 
It takes place on Tuesday, 7 February 2017 .
The theme for this year is
Be the change:
Unite for a better internet
How can we work together to create a better and safer internet?
What are some of the special things you can do
to keep yourself and your friends safe on the internet?
Write back and tell me how you think you can work together to create a better internet.

Welcome to 2017

Hi everyone.

Welcome back and I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday.

This year is again shaping up to be an exciting, fun-filled and busy year.

Our topics this term for Integrated Studies are

Weather and Climate, including Natural Disasters,

Systems and Relationships,

Earn and Learn and

Plant and Body Systems.

I am so very proud of each of you and how well you have settled into our first week of school.

Already we have completed so much work in the areas of Literacy and Mathematics,

but we have especially worked hard in the areas of

Social Emotional Learning and changing our mindset.

In the coming weeks we will set our semester goals.

Remember, follow your dreams, set your sights high and reach for the stars!


Art Show – 2016

Congratulations everyone on a job well done!


Your artwork was amazing and was well received

by all the visitors to the show.

Congratulations to Kenly and Kris for being the class winners.

Congratulations to Caitlin and Alexander for your highly commended awards.

You should all be feeling very proud of yourselves for a job well done.

Below is a video of the final pieces of art which you completed.

Art Show – Iris Folding

We recently held our Art Show for 2016.

One of our pieces of art was Iris Folding.

This was quite complicated because it involved carefully folding strips of paper.

Then we had to sticky tape each strip around our template. 

Watch the video below to see our completed works of art.



Our 3D art pieces for the 2016 art show were three ceramic masks.

The theme of these masks was Super Heroes.

We used our imagination and created some well known super heroes,

as well as some not so well known.

Some of us even created our very own super heroes.

Once finished we mounted them on wooden blocks and dowel.

We hope you enjoy watching our video.

Figurative Language

What is Figurative Language?

Have a look at the different types of figurative language and how they are used in sentences:

a simile, uses “like” or “as” to make a comparison.

The ball streaked across the field like a meteor.

an idiom, is a phrase that means what it says, even if it doesn’t make sense. 

You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.  OR  Get off your high horse.

a hyperbole is an exaggeration

The extra point kick missed by a mile.

an alliteration is the repetition of a sound in a sentence or series of sentences.

Samantha soared down the street on her sleek skateboard.

a metaphor suggests that two different things are the same thing.

Life is a curly slide full of twists and turns.

a personification makes a non-human thing seem human.

The verb in the sentence shows the human quality.

The tree invited us to come and play.

 an onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the noise or action it is describing.

The jet zoomed across the sky.

Did you realize how often figurative language is used in many popular films?

Watch the videos below and see how many types of figurative language you can identify.



We acknowledge and thank all YouTube video authors for their fantastic presentations of figurative language.


St. Francis of Assisi


This week we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. 

On Friday we will be able to bring our pets to school for a special blessing.

St. Francis loved animals and always had a special place in his heart for them.

We can all learn so much from the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

Below is a short PowerPoint about the life of St. Francis.

St. Francis’ Peace Prayer is very special one.

It teaches us so much about how to treat other people who come into our lives.

It is a prayer of peace and for peace in our world.