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Leadership and Teamwork

 As our Year 5’s prepare to become

the leaders of our school,

we completed a number of leadership activities this week.

We learnt so much about how to work as a team,

while having fun at the same time!

Working together is so much easier than working alone!

Watch the following videos.

What do they say to you about the importance of team work?

What happens when people don’t work together?

(For the Birds video)

Write back and tell me what you think

about the activities we completed this week.

What did you learn?

What do you think you will do to work as a team?

Bridge’s Story – A Teamwork Aniboom Animation by Tony Hoang

We thank Tony Hoang for this interesting video.

Since we will be having “elections” in our room soon,

I thought I would include this short video clip on teamwork.

Maybe consider what some of the messages are in this video.

What message do you take away with you?

Can you think of any situations you have found yourself in

where teamwork makes things easier?

POLAR OPPOSITES by Karl Tyson

Our thanks to Karl Tyson for this very cute video “Polar Opposites”. 

The characters have so much personality, and they certainly teach us a lesson.

Practice and patience certainly pay off, as does lending a helping hand.

What did you think about these cute characters?

How would you behave in a similar situation?

Would you do something special for a friend who is feeling down,

without expecting thanks?

Saints – The Process of Canonisation

Hi Everyone,

I know you have just started making a decision about a Saint to choose for your Confirmation. Below is a short video on how the Catholic Church goes about making someone a Saint. I know you will find it very interesting, and it is very easy to follow.

You will also find a definition of a Saint below the video, as well as an extract on Who is a Saint. Ask your parents to read it with you so that you and your family understand what a Saint is.

At the end of the extract, I have included some links to help you choose a Saint, to begin your research

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a Saint as:

  • holy, canonized or officially recognized by the church as having won by exceptional holiness a high place in heaven and veneration on earth.

  • member of the company of heaven, canonized person, one of God’s chosen people.

Who is a Saint? extract from This is our Faith. by Michael Francis Pennock. pp224 – 225

Every Christian is called to be a saint, that is, every disciple of Jesus is called to be holy. A saint is a good person. Saints are people who always choose the better of two courses open to them. Saints are christian models of holiness. To believe in christian heroes and to learn from their lives can inspire us to do heroic deeds of service ourselves on our own journey to holiness.

Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the Catholic church will sometimes declare that a person who lived a good life and died a death joined to Jesus is a saint. The process leading to adding a person’s name to the list of saints (a process known as canonization) involves a careful study of that person’s life and a sign from God (usually miracles performed in that person’s name) that this person is truly a saint and worthy of our imitation. When the church honours a saint, the church is praising God who shares his life of holiness with us, his creatures.

Every person in heaven is truly a saint, whether canonized or not. Some of these saints maybe our own deceased friends and relatives. The church honours all these good people on All Saints Day. In some countries, All Saints Day is celebrated as a holy day, a day of truly celebrating the countless number of people who have lived good, holy lives and are now sharing in God’s life and happiness in heaven.

Saints Directory

Discovering our Saints

Traditional Dance from Cusco City – Peru – Cowboys

This is a very energetic dance and also very colourful.

It’s always great to watch other cultures and their traditional dances.

Hope you enjoy watching it.

Thanks to Marco Antonio for bringing it to our attention.

And here is another traditional Peruvian dance which Marco Antonio has brought to our attention.

Very energetic!

 

Confirmation – The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit and the Seven Sacraments

Hopefully these slideshows will help you with understanding

the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit,

as well as the Rite of Confirmation and the Seven Sacraments.

Acknowledgement is given to the Seomra Ranga Website

for the use of these informative slide shows.

CyberQuoll – Cyber Safety – Staying Safe Online

Recently in our class we have been speaking about

staying safe on line, and  about Cyber bullying.

We all have the responsibility of looking after ourselves and others

when we are on the Internet.

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CYBERQUOLL – STAYING SAFE ONLINE

Follow the link above to listen to how to stay safe online.

It is full of many tips of the do’s and don’ts when you are online.

There are six episodes in the series. 

By knowing about online risks and how to manage them,

your experience on the Internet can be a safe and positive one.

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We acknowledge and give thanks for the CYBERQUOLL videos
to the Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) 
 for producing this cyber safety program suitable for upper primary students. 

Body Confidence and Self – Esteem: SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

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 Continuing on our journey of healthy living,

we have now also concentrated on how we can boost

our self-esteem and body confidence.

We recently were fortunate enough to have Diana, an actor, come to our school.

All the 5/6 children attended a session with her.

Some of us were fortunate enough to attend extra session and work on a play.

We presented the play to our 5/6 parents at an information night.

This is what we have learnt about

body confidence and self esteem:

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Visual Literacy: ‘Lighthouse’ (Animation) – Charlie Short & Ming Hsiung

Recently, we have been spending some time concentrating

on our comprehension and our writing.

This week we have been learning about Cause and Effect and Predicting, just two of our comprehension strategies. To help us, we watched a beautiful short film by Charlie Short and Ming Hsiung, called Lighthouse. This short movie, Lighthouse, was full of many events centered around Cause and Effect, as well as Predicting. 

When we finished watching, we discussed the movie, including the type of music and the lighting used. We then wrote words for the movie, and created our own short story picture books.

We really enjoyed the short movie clip. This short movie was about many things, especially about responsibility, and what it means to do the right thing. The lighthouse keeper was responsible for keeping the lighthouse operating. He was responsible for the safety of the passing ships.  He is devastated when things don’t go to plan. The Lighthouse is also a short movie about ‘pitching in’ and helping others. It is all about what can be achieved when everyone helps out.

We hope you enjoy watching the movie, and reading our short stories about the Lighthouse.

Congratulations to Shayla, Aaron and Christian for having their illustrated short stories published on the blog!

REMEMBER: The movie is included in the PowerPoint below.

What did you like the most about the movie?

How did the music add to the suspense?

How did the facial expressions of the lighthouse keeper

tell you what was going to happen?

Were you able to predict what was going to happen,

before you watched the entire movie?

How many different causes did you spot in the movie,

and what were the effects?

Write back and tell me what you thought.

We invite you to read our stories, and welcome your comments.