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Belle Vue’s Upcycling Competition!

Belle Vue’s Upcycling Competition!

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On the 1st June, Belle Vue held its inaugural Upcycling Competition. We wanted to help students (and families) ‘rethink’ what they would normally do with their various discarded materials (throw out, recycle or CREATE!), as well as see how creative they could be when ‘reusing’ their waste.

 

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Students across prep to grade 6 were asked to find materials at home that would have otherwise been thrown out or recycled, and use them to create something new.

 

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There were two categories that students could choose from: make something that can be worn, or something that can be used.

 

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A huge number of students participated in our competition, and their effort and creativity was outstanding!

 

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Well done to all students (and families) who got involved!

 

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Multicultural Day Aboriginal Dreaming

Multicultural Day Aboriginal Dreaming

Earlier this year, Belle Vue celebrated our amazing diversity of cultures with our annual Multicultural Day!

 

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Students got to participate in a variety of activities with a focus on different cultures. In one of the activities that the grade 5/6’s participated in, they learnt a bit about the Aboriginal people’s Dreaming.

 

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After students shared what they already knew with each other, they watched a video that showed the journey of the Dreaming; from the spirit of all life, to humans.

 

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The students found it really interesting to learn about Aboriginal people’s different beliefs.

 

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Students were then asked to represent a part of this Dreaming in drawings. All the 5/6 students contributed to one large shared drawing, working together and joining their drawings to each others’.

 

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First Aid

First Aid

Recently all students at Belle Vue participated in the First Aid Schools Program provided by St John Ambulance Australia.

 

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Our grade 5/6 students learnt the basics of first aid including DRSABCD, putting someone in the recovery position and CPR.

 

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The grade 5/6s took a lot of new information away from the session, as well as some confidence that they could be helpful in the unlikely event of an emergency.

 

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Grade 5/6’s Camp in Canberra!

Grade 5/6’s Camp in Canberra!

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Recently, the grade 5/6s travelled to Canberra for our camp. We visited some really enjoyable and interesting places, like the Australian War Memorial, Questacon, the Australian Institute of Sport, Parliament House, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Capital Exhibition, the National Museum of Australia and the High Court of Australia.

 

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We got to see where Politicians work (including inside the Speaker’s office!), practised our own election, got a bill through the House of Representatives, had a go at being portrait artists, tried many different science experiments, watched the journey our country has taken over 40,000 years, made national buildings out of lego, saw world class athletes training, heard how the judicial system works, smelt what it was like living on a submarine and commemorated a fallen soldier.

 

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We now know so much more about our country’s past and present, how we came to be the nation we are today, and how our Democratic system works.

 

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Enterprise: The Design Process

Enterprise: The Design Process

Students in year 5/6 have been participating in the Integrated Unit – Enterprise during Terms 3 and 4. The unit has taken them from learning about the lives of children in other countries, and the varying qualities of life some of these children experience, to researching and promoting a charity, and learning about designing, marketing and advertising a product. Students are currently preparing activities and making their own products to sell on our two Enterprise Market Days coming up at the end of Term. All profits will go to the six charities that the 5/6 students have chosen, which support children around the world who do not enjoy all of their basic rights.

Below are photos of some of our students with their ‘bookmark’ design prototypes, which they created when learning about the design process. All students started with a simple, ordinary bookmark, and followed the design process to come up with a new, creative product.

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Here is a student’s bookmark that becomes a hover board.

 

 

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This bookmark turns into a comfortable arm chair at the click of a button!

 

 

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Here is a bookmark that has a hologram feature.

 

 

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This bookmark has a delicious treat dispenser, perfect for those boring books that teachers make kids read.

 

 

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Who needs an iphone, fitbit AND a bookmark when you can have all the features in one handy product? Enjoy finding out your heart rate while you shock yourself by seeing how many words you have read per minute!

 

*All designs are copyrighted to students of 5/6R

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Around The Bay in a Day

Around The Bay in a Day

 

A number of Belle Vue students and their families braved the windy conditions of the weekend and partook in the 50km Around The Bay ride.

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This was initially going to see students go over the West Gate Bridge, however their route was forced to change due to the extreme conditions. Well done to all students and families who participated. We have enjoyed hearing students’ wild weather stories at school this week!
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School Disco

School Disco

As a fun way to finish the term, students were treated to a school disco run by STOMP Dance Company. Students enjoyed listening to their favourite songs, whilst participating in free dance, games and choreographed dances.

 

 

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Bike Education

Bike Education

Throughout Terms 3 and 4, students in grade 5/6 participate in Bike Education every Friday. Students learn about safety aspects of their bike and participate in activities which allow them to hone in on their basic riding skills.

 

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In Bike Ed., students are developing their awareness of potential dangers and are learning how to best combat these and be safe bike riders.
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Balwyn High Visit

Balwyn High Visit

As part of the strong transitioning program for our students, Belle Vue students are annually invited to visit Balwyn High School. All grade 6 students are invited to Balwyn High regardless of the high school they will be going to. This approach aims to familiarise our students with a high school environment, learn about what support structures high schools have to assist students and the opportunities they will experience.

 

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Past Belle Vue students also come and address the current students and are there to answer any questions they may have. This year, students experienced a science lesson in the fantastic science lab facilities that Balwyn High have to offer. This day is a significant part of ensuring students feel comfortable with their transition to high school.

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Location and Directions

Location and Directions

Learning best occurs when it is relevant and students are hands on in exploring the concept. This is an approach we try to take in our lessons where possible.

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Whilst students were learning about location and directions, we had students out in our school yard following directions and using grid coordinates, compass directions and scale to find objects around the school. Students were able to reflect on their understandings on this concept in real time, and were able to see how this skill is relevant to the real world.
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