Christmas Toy Donations for families in need…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on November 14, 2018

Throughout 2018, the Mount Martha Primary School Student Representative Council (SRC) has run a number of successful fundraisers for various charities in our wider community.

This festive season, we are proud to announce our support of the Mornington & District Community Christmas Appeal. This is an opportunity for students and their families to donate a gift of toys, puzzles or books to those less fortunate in our local community.

If you would like to participate, please leave your gift under the Christmas tree located in our front office before the 7th December. Gifts should NOT be wrapped or labelled. Unfortunately we are unable to accept pre-loved goods for this fundraiser.

On behalf of the SRC, we’d like to thank the school community for the support you’ve given our charity fundraisers this year.

Kind Regards

Jane Doye, Michael Beirne and all the students from the SRC.

Prep Entomologist Day

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Term 4 Inquiry - Changes in our Backyard | Posted on November 8, 2018

Please enjoy this short video of young scientists at work on Prep Entomologist Day!

 

Exciting silkworm development…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Inquiry - Change | Posted on October 13, 2018

Hi everyone,

I wanted to let you know that after waiting all week for some action from the silkworms in the classroom, I woke this morning to notice that some of the silkworms were shedding their skin. Have a look at the photos below! I’ve circled in blue, the layers of skin that have been shed. In the photo with the blue arrow, the skin is still attached to the end of the silkworm. I have collected some skin in a container so that I can show you on Monday.

 

Then, when I was cleaning out their box and feeding them this evening, I noticed some small strands of silk in the box. It is very exciting! Some of them are ready to spin their cocoon. I have put some egg cartons and a toilet roll in the corner of the box and already I’ve noticed them leaving their mulberry leaves to find a comfortable place to start spinning.

I can’t wait to show you all on Monday. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Mrs Doye

 

 

Silkworms…

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Inquiry - Change, Literacy Learning | Posted on October 12, 2018

Hi everyone,

I’m sure that by now you know that this week has been all about silkworms. The children are totally immersed in our Term 4 Inquiry topic “Changes within our Backyard”. Our silkworms are thriving and a big special thank you must go to Eva, who has been keeping up the silkworm’s food supply with leaves from her mulberry tree.

The children have been reading all about silkworms and practising their “Questioning Owl” comprehension strategy, which has us asking questions as we read and finding the answers within our texts.

We have already learnt so much about silkworms, their habitat, their survival needs and their lifecycle. The silkworms are at the larva stage and we can’t wait to see what happens next!

We have also been writing about our silkworms, recording our observations.

We have been using our five senses to explore our sensory garden.

In maths, we have been revising “teen” numbers and I’m pleased to say that most students have a handle on the concept of a teen number being 1 ten and some extras, e.g. 13 is 1 ten and 3 extras. Well done Prep C!

Walk to School in October

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on October 9, 2018

October is “Walk to School” month. This is a government initiative encouraging people to a) be active and b) leave the car at home.

Our Year 6 TravelSmart Leaders are promoting the campaign around the school. I have put a calendar on top of the lockers near the front door. If your child walks, scoots or rides to school either in the morning or afternoon any day in October, they get to put a tick next to their name on that particular day and at the end of the month, receive a participation certificate. There will be prizes given to some students who walk, scoot or ride every day in October.

If you would like to participate, please tick your child’s name off at the beginning and end of each day when you drop off and pick up.

Thank you

Mrs Doye 🙂

 

 

Show and Tell starts again on Monday

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on October 7, 2018

Hi everyone,

Just a note to let you know that Show and Tell begins again on Monday. We start the term on our Week 2 timetable (I know, just to confuse us all!).

The Show and Tell roster is posted on the right hand side of the blog. This week’s roster looks like this:

Monday – Adrian, Kira

Tuesday – Cameron, Eva

Wednesday – Willow, Oliver

Thursday – Lucinda, Neve

Friday – Matilda

Thanks everyone.

Inquiry Unit – Changes in our Backyard – Request for Help

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Inquiry - Change | Posted on October 7, 2018

Hi everyone,

I hope you have enjoyed a lovely break and are ready to tackle our last term of 2018.

This term, our inquiry unit focuses on minibeasts, life cycles and the changes that occur in our backyards. To support our learning, we are going to be keeping silkworms. They have been nurtured over the holidays by Mrs Moncrieff and are now ready to be introduced to our classrooms. However, with Mrs Moncrieff on long service leave this term, we do not have access to her plentiful mulberry tree. We are therefore asking our school community to help us with the supply of mulberry leaves to ensure our silkworms’ survival and to enhance our learning of life cycles.

If you have a mulberry tree at home and are happy to bring in some fresh leaves once or twice a week, could you please let me know ASAP.

I look forward to another successful term of learning and fun!

Mrs Doye 🙂

 

 

Reading Hour – Thursday – slight change of time

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on September 18, 2018

Hi everyone,

There has been a slight change of time for our Reading Hour on Thursday. 2.30 – 3.30 – parents welcome!

Please don’t forget your torches!

Mrs Doye.

Reading Hour – Thursday 20th September

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Fun Times | Posted on September 15, 2018

On Thursday afternoon, Prep C will be participating in National Reading Hour, a government initiative to promote reading for enjoyment and as a way to de-stress from our hectic lives.

I have a few ideas to make our reading hour one to remember. Could you please ask your child to bring a torch to school with them on Thursday and maybe even a cushion or small pillow. They can start bringing these items as of Monday, as I am very conscious they will already have a full school bag on Thursday due to swimming.

If anyone would like to join us for our Reading Hour, we will kick off just after 2.00pm.

Mrs Doye

 

Nurse Forms

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Posted by Jane Doye | Posted in Important Information for Parents | Posted on September 15, 2018

Hello everyone,

I forgot to write the due date on the front of the School Nurse Program envelopes.

They are due back to the school by Thursday 20th September (roughly the end of term).

Many thanks and my apologies.

Jane

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