109th Birthday Celebrations

Yesterday our College celebrated its 109th birthday. It was great to celebrate this occasion by looking at what makes our School so special and why we all love to come each day. We think we might have set some sort of record as we played a huge game of ‘Pass the Parcel’ with the whole school being involved. That is over 900 girls! It was a lot of fun. Of course no birthday party is complete without cake, so that is what we had to finish off our celebrations. We love a party, especially when it involves food.

Creative Writing

Year 5 has been developing their creative writing skills. As a recent home learning task we had to write a descriptive piece of writing in response to this image. The girls were asked to focus on the use of figurative language and well constructed sentences.

Here are just two of the wonderful samples of what the girls wrote in response.

Shafts of soft light from the dying sun reach towards the forest clearing. Their final light illuminates an emerald beech tree’s leaves, creating dappled patterns on the logs below. They dance upon the glistening waters of a turquoise pool lying below an enchanting waterfall. As its great water falls, the light captures it like a thousand diamonds glittering in the sun. The soft evening wind whispers as the forest’s trees wave contentedly. A sleek fox beginning its night time hunt dashes deeper into the forest, causing a leaf to float through the crisp air. When the sun disappears, this forest will fall under the reign of the full moon, transforming it into an intriguing new kingdom in which the animals will play. Written by Steph

I stepped in the big, beautiful forest. I could hear the birds chirping like they were singing a great harmonious duet with their partner. The calming sound of the waterfall would make anyone relax. The trees were as green as a fresh lime just picked off a tree. I wandered around this amazing piece of nature with the sunlight peaking through little tiny gaps in the trees. The air smelled like flowers mixed with the mountain air. Then I heard a little quiet tune coming from one of the trees like a shy person speaking up in-front of a large crowd. So I slowly ventured towards the peculiar sound. Written by Zina

Human Identity is Ever Evolving

Our first trandisciplinary theme for the year is “Who we Are” and our central idea is ‘Human Identity is Ever Evolving’. To help us engage in the unit we had a visit from Mrs James Franklin. Mrs Franklin appeared lost and upon questioning by the class we learned a lot about her. She had somehow been transported to us from the past, a time when women needed a chaperone to leave the house, when their place was in the home and their primary duty was to care for their husband and children and a time when it was not appropriate for them to comment on political issues. When our special visitor left us we took time to ask Mrs F some of the same questions that we had asked Mrs Franklin. It was interesting to see how things have changed over time. We look forward to learning more about how our identity is ever evolving. We wonder how our identity changes and if all the changes are for the best.

Year 5 2017: We’re Underway

Year 5 for 2017 has kicked off with a bang. The girls are all very excited and are already actively engaged with their learning. This year the Junior School theme is SOAR and we will be unpacking what this means throughout the year. We have named our classes after women who have SOARED in their chosen fields.
5F is known as ‘The Professors’ named after Professor Fiona Wood and 5A “The Aviators” named after Amelia Earhart.

One of the activities the girls conducted required them to construct the tallest possible free standing tower that could support a table tennis ball. They had 25 minutes and were only allowed to use
• 13 pipe cleaners
• 25 straws
• 4 pieces of paper
• 4 pencils
• 1 ruler
• 1 pair of scissors
• 1 table tennis ball

They faced some complications along the way including only being able to use one hand for a short period of time and not being able to speak.

On reflection the girls learned
• Communication is a critical part of learning
• Think before you act or speak
• Try your personal best
• Plan thoroughly
• Reflect on your work
• Value others’ ideas
• Teamwork is the key to success
• Use your time wisely
• Be resilient when things are hard
• Have a growth mindset
• Learn from your mistakes
• There is always room for improvement

Google Expeditions

Today Year 5 were fortunate enough to attend a Google Expedition where we got to try out 3D cardboard glasses that let you see all around the world with just a phone and some cardboard. We were one of the very first schools in Australia to have this opportunity.

During the expedition, we got to try out the glasses and look around the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore, Underwater at the Galapagos Islands and visit a cliff in California that takes 3-5 days to climb! For each of the places we visited there were some really interesting accompanying facts that we learned.

These are all wonderful places, that we would not have been able to visit if it was not for Google Expeditions. These expeditions are still in the Beta phase (developmental phase) and so are not yet available to the general public. We think they will really help us to learn more about the issues we are studying, especially as they roll out more and more of these wonderful expeditions.
The whole of Year 5 absolutely loved having the opportunity to be one of the first year groups to try these glasses and would love to try them again.
Written by Lara and Lexi

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Cuthbert Fund Raiser

On Thursday the 17th the Cuthbert fundraiser was held to raise money for Save the Children Fund.
We all had fun dressing up as our favourite character from a movie of our choice as our theme was “Shine like a Movie Star.” A best dressed competition was held and the winner from each grade received a tasty prize.
At lunch, we watched Toy Story while enjoying some delicious pop corn and lollies.
Thanks to the Cuthbert leaders for a great day.

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by Emma and Annick

Parents Visit Year 5

This afternoon we had the pleasure of the company of the parents and grandparents of the Year 5 girls.The classrooms were full to overflowing and there was great excitement as the girls shared what they have been doing in class. Having proudly shown their work off it was time to knuckle down and get stuck into a Maths lesson.
The lesson centred around probability and of course involved smarties. Each girl was given a 50g box of smarties and we calculated what the probability of getting a given colour was. We then used Microsoft Excel to create pie charts and column graphs to clearly display the data.
It was a really fun afternoon and we really liked being able to eat the smarties before going home.

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Bathurst Camp

Year 5 really enjoyed our recent camp to Bathurst.
This 3 day excursion supplemented our unit of inquiry entitled ‘History can be viewed from a variety of perspectives.’

It was an action packed three days, we visited Echo Point, The Three Sisters, Jenolan Caves, the Bathurst Goldfields, The Sheep and Cattle Drome and Mt Piper Power Station.
It was a wonderful 3 days. We hope you enjoy this collection of memories.

Father Daughter Breakfast

On the 26th of August our school had a delicious father daughter breakfast with eggs and bacon, juices and the best pastries. On top of all of this food there were sensational beverages such as hot chocolates, coffees and tea served from a cafe van. There was also an amazing photo booth that brought father and daughter together for a magical photo.

Another highlight was some exciting lucky door prizes for both dads and students. The dad’s prize included some beer and a few bottles of wine. For the winner it was definitely worth coming to the breakfast. The student’s prize included a voucher for the most popular shop- SMIGGLE!!

There was also a Father’s Day raffle with the prize being a beautiful hand knitted blanket. The money that was raised went to a school we sponsor in Kenya run by a charity called So they Can.

Maths challenges were next on the agenda. The fathers and their daughters went up to the classroom and did some mathematical thinking as they undertook the following challenge. Design as many houses as you can while following these rules:

1. All the houses are to be made from four cubes.
2. They all have to be different.
3. The same design should not be achieved once rotated on its base.
4. They may be a mirror image of another design.
5. Each house has to have a solid foundation of at least one square.

There was a lot of energy as fathers and girls persisted and trying their best to create as many houses as possible. How many do you think are possible and do you think you know how many shapes there are without twisting the shapes?

Overall this was a lovely experience that we shared with our dads. Year 5 students definitely enjoyed the morning. We look forward to the next father daughter breakfast.
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By Mia and Rosie

An Amazing Trip to the City

On Thursday the 20th of June, we went on an excursion to the ABC Ultimo Centre and the Art Gallery of NSW. Mrs TJ and Mrs B arranged it so we could build on our knowledge of music inspired by art. They organised a cool double decker bus to take us to all these informative but fun places. There was lots of bagging seats on the upper deck, but luckily some of us wanted to go on the bottom!

First we went to the ABC Ultimo Centre, which was fantastic!
We saw a small orchestra play with the theme of ‘Music inspired by art’. There was a school that made a piece of music inspired by construction in green. They used a drum, a tambourine, maracas and the symbols. Then we had the cello make a representation of a seagull and the double base did a motorbike. They interacted with us and asked us intriguing questions. Thank you to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for such wonderful performances. We are amazed the talent you displayed.

Afterwards when the concert had finished, the bus took us to the botanical garden for lunch. After we had eaten, we had some time to run around. Mrs TJ put us into groups to go around the Art Gallery. We had 4 fabulous parent helpers, and of course our teachers as well.

We were lucky enough to go and explore the wonderful artworks that were submitted into the Archbold category. There were some amazing artworks there. We received a booklet that led us around the whole art gallery, thinking deeply about the artworks. As we got to one area of the gallery, there was a painting of a fashion designer called Jenny Kee, and by coincidence, there she was! She gave us a little improv talk on how the artist Carla Fletcher painted her. Carla Fletcher painted Jenny Kee in abstract colours against a bold black background, which really made it stand out. There were so many unbelievable artworks in the gallery! As we stepped back outside of the gallery, we think everyone was once again amazed by the talents of all the artists.

Finally, we returned to the Botanical Gardens to have one last run around. As we boarded bus for the return trip to school. We have a lot to reflect on, what a wonderful day we had. A humongous thank you to Mrs TJ and Mrs B and all the parent helpers.

By Polly and Sarah
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