Dear Parents and Friends,
What a busy term of activities, learning and fun we have had at Mentone Park! I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to share in the excitement of the many and varied units of study and special events that have taken place such as:
· Book Week activities
· Book character parade
· Year 6 Camp
· Year 3/4 Camp
· Somers Camp
· Maths Olympiad
· Satellite Club
· Marine Ambassador dress-up day
· Level 3 Museum excursion
· Tree planting day
· Introduction of new spelling program - SMART Spelling
· District athletics
· House athletics
· The NED Show
· NRL team playing at AAMI Stadium
· Basketball clinics
· AFL clinics
· Marine Ambassador workshops
· Year 5/6 Sovereign Hill excursion
· Grandparents Day for Prep
· Level 2 cultural celebrations
· Level 3 Step Back in Time day
· Level 4 Colonial Times celebration day
· Father's Day breakfast
· Year 5 visits to Acacia Kindergarten
· Footy week activities
· Footy colours dress-up day (tomorrow)
· Footy lunch day (tomorrow)
Have a great holiday! Stay safe and see you all next term.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
The Satellite Club – Grades 3 and 4
Attention! In Term 3 a new phenomenon has been observed in the vicinity of Mentone Park PS. I am happy to report it was the newly formed Satellite Club!
Year 3 and 4 students have been developing their higher order thinking skills. Each week, I have been working with a group of 16 students on tasks which have challenged them beyond the traditional curriculum. Students have learnt about de Bono’s Thinking Hats. The Thinking Hats were developed to identify specific ways of thinking. This term we have looked at the Red, Yellow and Black Hat. Did you know that the Black Hat relates to critical thinking? The word critical comes from the Greek word kritikos which means to judge. Some of the situations we used our Thinking Hats for included responding to problems and situations from Black Hat and White Hat perspectives and using our Red Hat (emotions) thinking to respond to artwork by Salvador Dali.
A selection of Greek myths and legends were used as the context for challenging and extending the students’ learning. Some of the activities included -
- Researching to identify the features and characters from myths.
- Giving human qualities to express emotions. Selecting an emotion. Drawing/ making and writing about their characters. Justifying and explaining their creations and their characteristics. (imagery)
- Using mind maps to organise their ideas about Pandora’s Box.
- Creating a winged creature that when dropped from a height of three metres, falls at a rate between three to five seconds – using Daedalus and Icarus as the prompt. (physics)
- Developing metacognition – thinking about our thinking through self reflection tasks such as see/do, think, wonder.
The buzz of excitement about learning is contagious. Catch it with us. Stay tuned for more details about Term 4’s Satellite Club.
Curiouser and Curiouser - Term Four Unit of Study
Next term all grades will have an explicit focus on thinking and the teaching of to develop students’ thinking to a qualitatively higher level. Students need to be supported to move beyond the lower-order cognitive skills of recall and comprehension to the development of higher-order processes required for creative problem solving, decision making and conceptualising. In addition, they need to develop the capacity for – the capacity to reflect on and manage their own thinking. This can only happen when the school and classroom culture values and promotes thinking and students are provided with sufficient time to think, reflect and engage in sustained discussion, deliberation and inquiry. Students need challenging tasks which stimulate, encourage and support skillful and effective thinking- and this is what we have planned for our Term Four Unit of Study.
Thank you to everyone in the school community for your involvement and support of our school activities this term. The school is the sum of all its parts: the students, parents and friends, and staff. The students and their growth and development is central to everything we do.
Enjoy the holidays!
ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
ACTING ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
FATHER'S DAY THANK YOU
On behalf of PFA I would like to thank the following people for helping with the Father's Day Breakfast. (Sorry for the very early start).
Jodi O’Sullivan, Andrew Davis, Peter Dixon, Michelle Sampieri, Lilian Vrionis, Sue Curtis, Cheryl Nancarrow, Anna Petty & Jenny Olechnowicz. Also to Frank Sampieri for making sure our BBQs and tables were ready to go at 6.00am.
Thank you to everyone that came to breakfast. We hope all the Fathers, Grandparents and Special Friends enjoyed their breakfast with the kids and also had a wonderful day on Sunday.
A big thank you to all the parents that also helped with the Father’s Day Stall. Thank you to Louise Cook for the purchasing of gift items for the children to choose something special for their Father, Grandfather/Special Friend. I hope you all enjoyed the delightful gifts you received.