On Tuesday and Wednesday of week 8, the years 5 and 6 students held their Enterprise Days. This was the culmination of almost two terms worth of learning and hard work as the students organised their own pop-up market on the Belle Vue grounds.
As part of the Enterprise unit, students explored the issue of children’s rights around the world. They investigated and compared the lives of children in different countries, living in vastly different circumstances to themselves and researched charities that focused on returning children’s rights as determined by the UN. Students examined how charities raised money and resources, before taking the opportunity to raise a little money themselves.
Using the design process the students developed products, games and food to sell to the younger Belle Vue students. They engaged in market research and sought feedback from peers and teachers to improve their ideas. The result was two excellent days of business and an amazing $1330.10 raised for various charities.
Well done to all the year 5 and 6 students! And thank you to everyone who participated, donated or contributed to the Enterprise Market. Your business was much appreciated!Read More »
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember…
You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.
But the most important thing is even if we’re apart,
I’ll always be with you.”
On Tuesday 11th December 2018 the Belle Vue community celebrated a momentous occasion – the Graduation of our current Year 6s.
The night was full of exciting, funny and heart-warming stories, led by our wonderful graduates who each shared an engaging speech with the friends, families and teachers in attendance. Each student was asked to share a special memory from Belle Vue, something they had learned throughout their primary years and what they would most miss from their early education.
The students also got the chance to reminisce with a commemorative slideshow, displaying photos from across their years at Belle Vue Primary.
At the end of the night, the graduates farewelled their guests with a graduation dance to the song ‘I lived’ by One Republic.
We wish our Year 6 graduates all the best for next year as they transition into High School. We hope they continue to display the school values they have learned over their time at Belle Vue, continuing to face their education and lives in general with a positive growth mindset. To paraphrase A.A. Milne, you can always be braver, stronger and smarter than you were yesterday.
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
From ‘Winnie the Pooh’
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On Thursday evening two of our year 6 students – Melissa Chao and Oli Vu – attended the Kooyong Student Prize award ceremony at Balwyn High School, hosted by Josh Frydenberg, MP.
The Kooyong Student Prize is awarded to exceptional Year 6 students at schools throughout the Kooyong area. Students who are nominated display many admirable qualities, including academic excellence, extra curricula involvement and leadership skills.
Melissa and Oli were recognised for their many excellent qualities. Both hold leadership positions and are regularly involved in organsising events for the school through the JSC. They both held lead roles in our mid-year perfromance, ‘Under The Big Top’ and are involved in sport outside of school. Additionally, they are both persistent and motivated students who maintain impressive academic records.
Finally, (and maybe most importantly) Melissa and Oli consistently display our school values of pride, integrity, resposibility, respect and commitment. It was these qualities that Josh Frydenberg praised most highly and their teachers and families could not have been prouder.
Well done Oli and Melissa! A truly well-deserved recognition for you both.
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1st November, 2018
The Grade 5s and 6s have been learning how to send coded directions to robots!
It is an exciting time is ICT for the Grade 5s and 6s! After spending a lot of last term learning to code computer games using ‘Scratch’ we have now moved on to using this same program to send directions to robots!
The Edison robot can be linked to the computer through the headphone port on our computers.
Using a special, step by step program on the scratch website, we have been able control Edison, getting the little robot to follow a paper map from a start to finish point. Using the computer we plotted out a course and exported the directions, before sending Edison on his way. Our aim was to get him as close to the map line and finish point as possible.
It has been great fun learning to use the Edison robots and Scratch program – we can’t wait to have another turn next week!Read More »
The Preps plant a kindness garden with their Grade 5 buddies!
In our buddy time today, the Preps were keen to share what they have been learning about kindness this term. To display this learning, each buddy team made a kindness flower.
On each petal the Preps and Grade 5s wrote an act of kindness. Some of these kind actions included:
- Pushing in people’s chair for them.
- Inviting someone to play who has no one to play with.
- Looking after your friends when they are hurt or sad.
- Helping someone clean up without them asking for help.
- Giving someone a compliment to make them feel nice.
After cutting and gluing each petal the buddy teams coloured and decorated their kindness flower. We look forward to seeing their beautiful work on display in the Prep classrooms.
“You never know what light you might spark in others, just through your kindness and your example.”
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Grade 5 and 6 Enjoy Our Annual Swimming Lessons
Over the past two weeks the Grade 5 and 6 students (along with the Grade 3s and 4s) have been involved in a swimming program at Kew Recreation Centre.
We have had the chance to shore up our swimming skills in the lead up to summer – something that is very important for the warmer months ahead, as we expect to be involved in more water based activities at the pool and the beach.
Yesterday we had the chance to practise some ‘survival swimming’. Students were asked to bring a set of clothes to wear in the pool and, along with a life jacket, students were required to get used to this far bulkier attire in the water. We even played out some mock rescues with our classmates, using rope and hand signals to bring them to safety.
On our final day we enjoyed playing a few water sports and games to finish off an excellent couple of weeks in the water.
What an excellent time we had at the pool – we can’t wait to have another turn next year!Read More »
Building Resilience and Pushing Our Boundaries on Camp
The Year 5s and 6s had a thoroughly enjoyable time on camp this year. We were involved in many different activities aimed at building teamwork and communicative skills, determination, and our ability to deal with adversity.
On Monday, we took the long bus ride to Beechworth, stopping to enjoy some of the local sites including the Old Gaol, and the court house where Ned Kelly was tried. We even got the chance to re-enact that famous moment in history.
Tuesday saw us separating into groups and learning survival skills including how to build a fire and cook food. We also had to show team spirit by coming up with our own team song, presenting to the teachers who chose a winning group. Well done to Team 9 on an excellent team chant! We fiished the day with a walk through the beautiful bushland surrounding Valley Homestead.
Wednesday and Thursday, we were into all the exciting activities on offer at Valley Homstead, including:
- High Ropes Course
- Power Pole
- Bike Riding
- Flying Fox
- Vertical Drop Slide
- Rock Climbing
It was tough (particularly on cold and rainy Wednesday) but we got through it all and had lots of fun at the same time.
Thursday night we celebrated our time at camp with a trivia night – well done to all the teams. It was so close in the end, with only two points between the top three teams!
Overall, camp was a remarkable experience for all students. We gained valuable lessons and developed important life skills in a practical, hands-on setting.
We can’t wait for next year!Read More »
Learning About Characterisation in 5/6
In preparation for writing our own narratives, students in years 5 and 6 spent some time investigating how to develop interesting and complex characters. We explored how different authors portray the elements of their characters in their writing. In particular we considered a character’s…
- Likes and Dislikes (Opinions)
We examined a number of different characters in a variety of texts, using our inferencing skills to make judgements about the above elements of character. I think our favourite was analysing the character of Grandma from ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ by Roald Dahl.
After studying these different characters it was our turn to develop a character of our own. We used a character profile worksheet to identify all the different elements of character we had examined in earlier lessons, establishing what our character’s liked, their relationships, their habits and hobbies or if they had a job. Finally, we drew a portrait of our characters.
Many students went on to use these characters in our narratives for the Belle Vue Book Awards. We were excited to share with the class the beginnings of these narratives; and it was an excellent opportunity to receive some constructive feedback.Read More »
Respect is a positive feeling or action shown towards someone or something considered important, or held in high esteem or regard; it conveysRead More »
In Grades 5 and 6, we support students as they develop into confident, independent, happy and reflective learners. To assist students in reaching their full potential, our teachers collaboratively design meaningful and engaging units of work.
As part of our Term 1 Integrated unit, students have been exploring the concept of Identity. This will assist students to develop a greater awareness of self and effective strategies to deal with the curve-balls which life throws at us.
Through hands-on activities and inquiry, students have investigated how to capitalise their individual strengths and challenge their weaknesses in order to achieve their own emotional, social and physical greatness.
The concepts that students have investigated include multiple intelligences, responsible risk taking, character strengths, habits of the mind, social greatness, effective communication, overcoming conflict, having a growth mindset, and using positive self-talk.
To conclude our Identity unit, students will individually create a video reflecting upon the key concepts and ideas surrounding Identity. Students are to be silent throughout their presentations, only raising cards to present their information and using body language to communicate with the audience.Read More »