We had good support from the school and Jass, Eda and myself made $100 for the RSPCA. We took the money and some old towels that had been donated to the RSPCA and Jaryn and Brooke came as they helped cook. Donna from RSPCA let us play with the kittens and look at the dogs that are up for adoption. They were so cute. RSPCA were very happy with the donations.
At Killalea we looked at some Aboriginal artefacts. They were passed around the whole class. There were nulla nullas, spears, coolamons, boomerangs and shields, which were all made out of mulga wood.
The Aboriginal people didn’t like the animals to suffer when they went hunting so they knocked out the animals with a nulla nulla so they could eat them.
After that, we were able to play with boomerangs and spears. We played a game where you threw the tennis balls at people holding plastic shields and if you hit a person you had to swap with them. Ben said that this was like a ceremony performed by the Aboriginal people.
By Zane (3/4W)
One Wednesday morning 3/4W, 2/3C and 4/5W went to Killalea State Park.
We went fishing with nets and caught 5 shrimps and 2 water bugs. Killalea State Park lagoon is important because animals such as bugs, ducks and shrimp live there. Next to the beach there was a lagoon that used to be dry land but a long time ago a tsunami (which is a big, big wave) came and covered the land to make it the lagoon.
By Charlize (3/4W)
On the 27th May 2/3C, 3/4W and 4/5W went on an excursion to Killalea State Park. We saw the scar tree, which is very important to the local aboriginal people. The scar tree could not stay at the place it was at, so they moved it to Killalea State Park. They dug the tree out of the ground, roots and all. It now has no branches and a stone wall around the scar tree. My favourite part of going to Killalea State Park was seeing the scar tree.
By Talliyah (3/4W)
Last Wednesday, on the 27th May, 2/3C, 3/4W and 4/5W went to Killalea State Park for an excursion. We got there on 2 buses and got back to school on 2 buses. It was very fun.
When we got there, there was a sign that was a surf board that said bush cafe. There were trees that were behind it and a boy found a leaf that only had the veins because something had eaten it or it was just very old. We sat down on the soft, fluffy, green grass and one man called Stuart told us that we could have our fruit-break. There were 3 men. As we were eating, the 3 men introduced themselves. They were Ben, Stuart and Garth.
By Freja (2/3C)
Last Wednesday we went to Killalea State Park. The classes that went were 2/3C, 3/4W and 4/5W. We all had a guides, our guide was Garth. The first activity we did was going to the rainforest, it was very rocky. Then we looked at the aboriginal artefacts, some of the aboriginal artefacts were coolamon, boomerang, shield, axe and woomera. And then after lunch we went to the lagoon to look at the animals and then we went to the beach to do some beach cleaning.
By Grace (2/3C)
Last Wednesday 2/3C, 3/4W and 4/5W went to Killalea.
We did some activities like throwing some boomerangs and we went to look at some shields, axes and a woomera.
We went bird watching, fishing and we did some face painting. We also saw some black swans, glass eels, some ducks, baby shrimp and baby fish.
By Justine (2/3C)
We went to Killalea last Wednesday and 4/5W and 3/4W went with us. We got there by two buses.
First we put our bags down and met our guides Ben, Garth and Stuart. Then we had fruit break, after that we all walked and followed our captain Garth to see Aboriginal Artefacts like killing boomerangs, shields, tools and coolamons. Then we went to the rainforest, it was all full of hard and strong rocks.
By Hussein (2/3C)
On Tuesday the 19th of May, 38 students attended the District Cross-Country at Kembla Joggers Cross-Country course at Dapto.
Emily Howarth, in the 8/9 girls, came 2nd, Zane Howarth, in the 11 boys, came 3rd, Alex Carlisle, in the 11 boys, came 7th, James Davis, in the 8/9 boys, came 8th, Sophie Sanderson, in the 12/13 girls, Haylee Kolevski, in the 10 girls and Kate Carlisle, in the 8/9 girls, all came 9th. Everyone did great and congratulations to Zane and Emily Howarth for making the Regional Cross-Country Carnival at Willandra Cross- CountryCourse, Cambewarra,Nowra.
By Zane, Baiden and Ashton
On Thursday the 15th of May starting at 5 and finishing at 6:30pm there was a Nepal disco to raise money for a school in Nepal. The entry fee was $5 per person, and 50c for a single glow stick. The slushy van arrived and sold their slushies. As the disco went on we played spin the sword, which miss Calligaro was
standing in the middle of the hall while children were in the four corners of the hall and if the sword landed in your direction you would still be in and you were able to go dance in the middle of the hall. At the end Mor Ray won the game. Then the second game we played was called make the word Nepal out of balloons, which you had to go around and collect the balloons that spelt NEPAL the winners of this game were Hugo,
Ashton, Bennett and Marko.
This fundraiser made $600 that will go to the Gorkha district school in Nepal.
By Hugo and Soph
On Friday the 15th of May the school captains and vice captains attended the GRIP Leadership conference at the university of Wollongong. We arrived at school at 8:20 am and went to the leadership conference at 8:30 am in Mrs Reade’s car. When we got there we made our way to the universities auditorium, we sat down and waited for the conference to start. We got a notebook and a pen to write down notes to help us with our leadership responsibilities and skills. The first activity we did was a huge game of paper scissors rock. That taught us to make a plan (paper) put it into action (scissors) and to stay strong (rocks). We did multiple activities all day with two breaks in between.
Before the first break we did an activity where we were shown scenes from children’s’ movies. We had to determined who the hero was and who/ what they were standing up for (themselves, others, the right thing and for opportunities). When we figured out the answers we wrote them in our activity books.
After lunch the first thing we did when we went back inside was ‘loud noises’. ‘Loud noises’ is a time we
have in each section in the day where we make loud noises with a set game to get our energy out.
We did a few more activities in that session before we went out for our second break. In the last session we created a plan for our school. First of all we came up with something that could be improved around our school. We then had to come up with an idea to help fix this problem. The last step was to come up with an idea or event to help introduce our solution to the students of the school. After each activity students were chosen to go on the stage and share their ideas with everyone. For this activity Sophie was able to go on stage and present her idea to everyone. After this we had a Q&A session with the GRIP team. We were able to ask them questions to help us with our leadership skills.
We all had a great day and were excited to use our new leadership skills and plans at school on Monday.
By Sophie, Tayla, Eriks and Henry
The P & C Mothers’ Day stall was held today, Wednesday 6 May. It was wonderful to see how the students made their decisions about what to get for mum and their fantastic manners when purchasing their gifts. Thank you very much to the P & C organisers of this event. It is greatly appreciated by staff and students.
In 2014 the school applied for a Federal Grant to build a Memorial Garden to the memory of those who fought and died in World War 1. The grant application was successful and work is now commencing on the project. There will be additional brick edging around the grassed area where the flagpole is, a plaque on a sandstone rock or block, a path from the quadrangle area to the flagpole and the plaque and then plantings of rosemary and Australian native plants. This garden will be used at ANZAC and Remembrance Day assemblies and will be a constant reminder of the sacrifices that Australian men and women have made during war time.
We have been to Cringila Public School twice now as part of the Uni4certain program. We go every Thursday along with students from other schools in the area. This program involves working with University mentors to develop our knowledge of sustainability and to build up our technology skills. Firstly, we had a small tour of the two areas that we will be working in for the next 2 terms. These two rooms were the computer room and a classroom connected to each other.
When all the parents had left we got to know everyone and we were given a red folder each with our names on them and things we would need inside. Then the teacher explained to us that we were going to be making movies and writing junior picture books.
After that we went to the computer room, were given our usernames and passwords and looked at the Uni4certain webpage and a group wiki.
That hour and a half flew by extremely fast, which meant lunch had already started. What nobody knew, was that they have rules about what you can eat at recess and lunch. To avoid rubbish, at recess, you cannot have packaged food and at lunch you can have a limit of only one packet.
In the afternoon session we were put into groups to judge a handful of picture books based on our own criteria.
At the end of the day we thought that it was very fun and enjoyable, we hope our classmates and teacher felt the same way as we did.
By Eriks and Joanna
On Wednesday 6 May students in Kindergarten to Year 2 attended the Responsible Pet Ownership information session. The Japanese Spitz, a regular at these sessions came along with his owner to help demonstrate correct behaviour around dogs. Students participated in role plays of a number of situations involving approaching dogs and what to do in different situations. Always remember to ask the dog owner if you can pat their dog before approaching.