The year 5 students and their teachers enjoyed a fun filled, three day excursion to Bathurst, where we had opportunities to learn about significant events, such as the gold rush in Australia, which helped develop and shape Australia over time. We were also able to engage in experiences which gave us insight into the daily life of gold miners and settlers during the nineteenth century.
In this activity, we were involved in a number of problem solving tasks.
One of the most challenging tasks was trying to ‘transport’ our team of 17 girls across a ‘bottomless pit’ (imaginary) using 5 ‘floating stones’ (small mats). We had to think creatively as well as cooperatively.
Another challenging task was getting our team through a barrier in a very creative way. Many girls had good ideas and we realised that it was important that each girl’s ideas were heard. We realised that listening and then waiting our turn to contribute, were two very important skills which would help us to succeed in our challenge.
At the end of the activity, we reflected on what we had learned. We were asked to come up with a catchy ‘HEADLINE’ which would summarise something important that we had learned through these activities.
A few HEADLINES composed by some of the girls are shown below.
Ashley F, Kayley, Grace and Sienna F
Alice – I really felt happy that I was able to abseil down the 10m wall! I had previously done a 5m abseil but it was good to push myself even further.
Charlotte – The ‘Mission Impossible’ challenge clearly showed us all that working as a TEAM has many benefits. I learned that listening to everyone’s ideas and using the skills of everyone is very important.
Kayley – I have loved every activity that we have been involved in. I feel like I have really stepped outside my comfort zone! I loved the ‘Log Roll’. I kept trying to get to the end. I didn’t quite make it, but I didn’t give up trying.
Ashley F – I am really scared of heights but I challenged myself to complete the 10m abseiling challenge. It was scary but I felt great to have succeeded in my personal challenge.
Mia M – Abseiling down the 10m wall was a huge challenge for me. I found it quite scary to start upright however I didn’t want to give up. My leader suggested I wiggle over the edge and concentrate on completing small bits of the challenge at a time. I succeeded! I made it to the bottom!
Student reporters :Tara, Charlize, Sienna F, Amelie, Ashley F, Imogen, Mia, Tilly, Lara, Dakota, Ashley, Grace and Kayley
I was waiting nervously in line. Looking at the rippling water made me want to get into the pool even more. Finally, it was my turn.
“Ready, set, go!” As my hands slipped into the cool water, the pressure began to press down on me. Finally, I resurfaced, gasping for breath. I could see the other competitors splashing around in the lanes next to me, like a speeding water cloud chasing me. Screaming echoed through my ears. I was winning! They were chanting for me! My legs were getting stiff and my arms felt numb. I didn’t think I could finish. Before I could take a breath, the glorious wall came into sight. My hands slammed against the wall and I knew I had raced well. A sigh of relief went through my body.
The swimming heats were intense and exciting at the same time, with all of the girls doing their best and swimming sensationally.
How do you feel when you have finished a race?
We are all extremely excited to be participating in the Global Read Aloud challenge. The book which our classes, together with students around the world will be reading, is ‘Fish’ by L.S. Matthews.
Before beginning to read the book, we were given some thought provoking questions to reflect on and respond to. (We plan to revisit the same questions again after we have finished reading the book to see whether our thinking has changed in any way.)
Year 5 had fun exploring probability using smarties! Our reward was that we got to enjoy the box of smarties afterwards.
We investigated what the probability was of selecting a particular colour over another. We also looked at how the reliability of determining probability can be improved, when we use larger samples for our investigations.
We learned that probability can be shown on a number line from 0 – 1 and it can be expressed as fractions or percentages. We had a great deal of fun using our data to create both pie charts and column graphs. We analysed the data given to us by each graph.
We decided that column graphs were very useful for showing clearly which colour smarties were more plentiful and which were less plentiful in our boxes. Pie charts were useful because they gave us what percentage of the whole box each colour represented. This clearly showed us the probability, in the form of percentages, of us selecting that colour randomly from the box. One girl’s box had 14/56 purple smarties. This meant that she had a one in four chance – (¼ ) of randomly selecting a purple smartie, because 14/56 is the same as ¼ of the box. This showed up as 25% on the pie chart.
We found google spreadsheets and excel extremely useful when we were conducting our investigations. The graphs were easy to create and the visual nature of the data presented, allowed us to easily analyse the data.
We have shared our learning below.
We have enjoyed reading and analysing some of Banjo Patterson’s poetry. Two of the poems we have enjoyed are quatrains titled ‘Weary Will’ and ‘A dog’s Mistake’.
We’ve learned that a rhyming quatrain is a set of four lines that follow a rhyme scheme. The rhyme schemes could be:
AABB (the first and second lines rhyme with each other and the third and fourth lines rhyme with each other. In other words, a pair of rhyming couplets together)
ABAB (the first and third lines rhyme with each other and the second and fourth lines rhyme with each other)
ABBA (the first and fourth lines rhyme with each other and the second and third rhyme with each other)
ABCB (the second and fourth rhyme with each other)
We would love to share some of the quatrains we have written.
This term, we are enjoying reading, analysing and writing poetry.
We have shared our understandings about what poetry is and looked at the differences between lyrical poetry and narrative poetry. We have discussed that poetry is an amazing medium to convey themes, feelings, stories and ideas by our thoughtful choice of vocabulary and the use of imagery and poetic devices.
This week’s writing task has been to compose a five-line constructivist poem. We have written some beautiful poetry which we have published, to share.
This year every girl from kindergarten to Year 6 was involved in our amazing musical, ‘The Little Mermaid’. The musical was a lot of fun and it was amazing to have all of the junior school involved. The musical was a great success but it wouldn’t have happened without the encouragement, support and work of all the teachers especially Mrs Trevelyan-Jones and Mrs Vaughn. We were also very fortunate to have the assistance of dance teachers Ms Poppy who choreographed the Year 4,5 and 6’s dances and Miss Jackie Sloan who choreographed the kindergarten, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3’s dances.
Kindy danced to ‘Kiss the Girl’. This was a very cute performance. They wore Hawaiian skirts and little yellow tops. The Year 1 girl’s dance was great and I think their seagull costumes were well suited to their song, ‘Human Stuff’. Year 2 had a very colourful parade, dancing to ‘Under the Sea’. Year 3’s costumes really suited their performance to the song, ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ and I think everyone would admit that they were shivering with fright.
Year 4 danced the can-can to the song, ‘Le Poisson’ wearing maid, chef and fish outfits. It was definitely loved by all. Year 5K prettily danced, ‘Daughters of Triton’. They also danced to ‘The Storm’ and that was one wop of a dance. Year 5A danced to, ‘She’s in Love’ with some attitude! Year 6 danced to ‘Fathoms Below’ and this dance was a wonderful start to the show. The junior school danced to under the sea as an incredible finale! What an amazing way to finish of the show!
Being part of the junior school musical 2015 was so exciting! Throughout every performance, the big drama studio was always buzzing with excitement as students crazily ran around, waiting to shine like a Rosie girl on stage. The maintenance team worked so hard to put all the props on stage. The class teachers also did an amazing job helping all the girls backstage. Having microphones fitted, last minute makeup done and running back and forth until the show finally started, was the case every night. Despite all these challenges backstage, The Little Mermaid was still an amazing show.
Devious plans, menacing smiles, black magic and a big chunk of attitude! Sounds like a whole lot of evil. Or maybe just a whole lot of Ursula! The queen of darkness would do anything for power, even steal a little mermaid’s soul. She’s sinister, she’s ambitious and she’s 100% evil. And in the Roseville College junior school musical 2015, it was my chance to show her to the world! Being a main part was a little bit scary but pretty awesome. All the makeup, costumes, rehearsals was really fun. However, it was also hard work! Learning all the lines, songs and actions took weeks of practicing, until we were finally ready for the big show. I completely transformed into my character as soon as I stepped out onto the stage. Singing the songs, saying the lines, and being Ursula was so much fun!!!
Flotsam the Eel could best be described as evil. Being Ursula’s minions and one of the main parts was exciting but very nerve racking! The first night of the musical you could feel the excitement in the air. All the costumes, makeup and crazy jumping around was so fun. Being on stage as a completely different person in front of heaps of people was great. I loved my costume, an eel shirt, green leggings and a mohawk and being in the wings waiting to transform was incredible.
Princess Ariel was a beautiful, royal mess who longed for Prince Eric’s heart. Hoping to be the one whose voice was the best, she sang for the prince’s heart. It was a lot of fun learning stage directions and actions until finally we were ready for the big show. Our costumes were amazing! Altogether it was a great show and a great and enjoyable experience!
By Sophie, Alyssa, Gabrielle, Zoe, Veronique, Kiana, Kayley & Lindsey.