June 17

Week 8 and 9

Good evening Parents and Caregivers

Here is an update of the things we have been doing in class on Wednesday’s. We looked at creating the “perfect” cup on cordial, while practising using our measuring skills, reading measurements and pouring skills ( the latter is something we might need a bit more practice with!) The children thoroughly loved the challenge and were engaged with the task. Homework set from that lesson is a sheet looking at estimating measurements for volume and capacity around the home as well as choosing appropriate volume and capacity measurements for different items. If your child has lost their sheet, there are spares in the classroom.

We are also nearly finished our persuasive texts on ice cream being a better dessert that chocolate.

In ICTs, we are also working on completing our Choose your own Adventure digital stories.

Don’t  forget it’s Lighting up the Arts on Thursday night. Lots of practice sessions will be taking place throughout the week.

Also last Wednesday a note went home regarding an Arts Excursion to Pasadena High. This is free and doesn’t require payment, however permission to attend is still required. (See below for an example).

I hope you all have a fabulous week.

Kind regards


June 5

Week 6

Good afternoon parents and caregivers

This is a kind reminder for your children to please remember to bring in their Choose Your Own Adventure Planning Sheets tomorrow (Wednesday) to class as we will be going to the computer room to start work on these (lesson at 9:50am).

Also a follow up from last week, the students have been looking at measurements of volume and capacity.  Ask them what they know about the difference of these two terms!  They were given a homework challenge to complete by tomorrow. Attached is the problem again for those who have misplaced it. I have encouraged the children to use Diamond Paper, a multi-problem solving approach when solving word problems.  Please email me if you have any concerns, Renae.Simmons1@schools.sa.edu.au.

Many thanks

Mrs Simmons

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May 25

Discovering Mass

Good evening Parents and Caregivers

On Wednesday our class had an interesting experience discovering different things about Mass. Did you know the worlds biggest Sumo Wrestler had a mass of 226kgs!

The class were put in small groups and had to use their active thinking skills as the moved to 5 different stations exploring different ideas about Mass. Another example was: the children needed to calculate which was the better prize, 1m of $2 coins, 1kg of $1 or 2kgs of 50c pieces. Some of the stations were quite challenging. As a follow-up the children have been asked to complete a reflection on their learning. This will be due next Wednesday.

Here are some pictures of the students.

Kind regards

Mrs Simmons

May 22

Homework for Week 3/4

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Can you please remind your children that their homework on Measurement needs to be completed by tomorrow morning (Wednesday). This is an important part of our learning that we will be continuing on with tomorrow.

The children are to find at least 12 items which are less than 1kg, about 1kg and above 1kg and record these on their worksheet. Please note they are not to use a formal measuring tool, they need to estimate with their hands.  Attached is a link for the worksheet if they have lost it.

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Kind regards

Mrs Simmons

May 2

Welcome to Term 2

Hello and welcome back for term 2.

We have lovely new carpet in Room 20 and have redesigned our class according to the students preferred seating arrangement. Surprisingly many students prefer to sit at a single desk rather than in a group. Luckily we can be easily flexible and shift furniture to suit the lesson. I’m also wanting to cull some resources, so I plan on taking time to consider which resources are returned to the classroom. However these resources are reasonably neat in the shelves opposite the classroom door and will be sorted in due course.

Our teaching team met on Monday to negotiate the curriculum overview for this term. I will email it to families later in the week. NAPLAN and LUTA are features of second term. We will begin the term looking at the type of tests that the year 5 students will experience during NAPLAN testing in week 3.

Simone has asked for you to complete a survey about the annual CLG Yearbook. The production of this book takes a lot of time and effort and we want to ensure that it is worth our effort. Please take a minute or two to complete the brief survey with your genuine opinion of the yearbook as an annual production. Your opinion is important!   Here is the link:       https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CH76V6D

Homework this week has been to draft a blog post about one of our experiences last term, camp, enterprise day, Urrbrae wetlands, or a recount of the students Easter or holidays. I have asked that students draft their recount in WORD, as it is easier to access and edit, before we post them on the students own blogs later in the week. Students can then bring their work to school on a USB or I’m happy for them to be emailed to me. Some students may prefer to hand write their draft and we can type it up at school.

Look for the curriculum overview in your inbox soon!


Kate McS

April 8

Week 11 News

Hello Everyone.

It’s hard to believe that it’s the final week of term 1 already, yet here we are after what has proven to be another very busy term in room 20.

It was lovely to meet you at parent-teacher interviews over the last couple of weeks and again at our assembly presentation on Friday. I think the students did a wonderful job of sharing their learning and were brave and organised in their presentations.

This week we will be having Enterprise Day on Wednesday. As I don’t work on Wednesday and Ms Simmons is at SAPSASA, the class will be having a TRT to help organise the day. Mr Blight has offered to help our class with supervision and organisation and Ms Bigolin, our pre-service teacher,will also be on site to help out. All students have a rostered time on a stall and will be needed for set-up and clean-up afterwards. Reflection time in class after the stalls close is an essential component of the day and therefore all students are required to remain at school until the end of the school day. Thank you for your generous donations for our class stalls. Please bring the items you indicated to the class on Monday or Tuesday morning. If you didn’t return a donation slip but still wish to donate to our enterprise, we still require pears and more vanilla ice-cream. Thank-you again for supporting your child’s enterprise day.

On Thursday’s excursion to the Nature Education Centre and Urrbrae Wetlands students will need to wear covered shoes, a school hat and sunscreen. They will also need their recess, lunch and a water bottle. I will arrange to bring asthma and other medications we have for your child from the front office. On Friday following our excursion I plan to give a summative assessment of our science unit on adaptations which will hopefully include some of the learning from our excursion.

Over the school holidays rooms 20 and 21 will be getting new carpet laid. We will need to clear out all our furniture from the room on Friday. The corridor is likely to become cluttered over this week but I ask for patience and cooperation as the new carpet (and new furniture on order) will make our learning environment much more attractive.

Thank you for your friendly support and encouragement over this term. We have certainly been busy but I think the class is working as a friendly, cooperative and cohesive group.

Please remember that school finishes at 2.10pm on Friday.

Happy holidays.

Kate McS and Renae S

April 2

Week 10

Good evening Parents & Caregivers

I just wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you.  I came into Room 20 in week 6, replacing Mr Blight who has returned to full leadership duties. I am very exciting to be working with Mrs McSkimming and the children in this class, many of whom I taught last year!  I will be in the classroom on Wednesdays and maybe the occasional Monday or Tuesday as a relief teacher.

I have been teaching at Colonel Light Gardens PS since 2015 in various year levels and specialist roles. I also have 2 children who attend the school.  This term, my focus has been on writing persuasive texts, looking at linear measurement, perimeter and area, as well as ICTs.  I was very fortunate to attend camp last Wednesday. It is such an amazing camp and the feedback I received from the students was all very positive about the learning that took place.  I hope to get some pictures up on the blog soon.

Due to me being in the classroom for 1 day per week, I will often set homework for the children to complete tasks to support the learning that has happened that day. I’m aware that most children will say no if asked if they have homework, however the likelihood is yes if it is a Wednesday night. Last week I asked the children to complete the Broken Ruler challenge. Any homework sent home by me is expected to be completed by the following Wednesday.

This week we are preparing for a whole school assembly which will be held on Friday at 12:20pm. I will be in the classroom Tuesday and Wednesday this week helping the class prepare.

Please also note that in Week 11 we have an early dismissal on Friday at 2:10pm.

Please feel free to come in and say hi if you are around tomorrow or Wednesday.  I do hope you had a very enjoyable and restful weekend.  If you need to contact me, my email address is: Renae.Simmons1@schools.sa.edu.au

Kind regards

Renae Simmons

March 17

Interview Error

Hello Parents.

I’m sorry to advise you that the school interview site currently shows that I am taking interviews on Wednesday 28th March. This is an error. Please do not book a time for a Wednesday interview.

As stated in my previous post, I will be available for interviews on Thursday 5th April instead. I will accept email bookings on a first booked basis!

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Kate McS

March 16

Week 8 News

Hello Everyone.

Interview bookings:

Please ask your child for the Parent-Teacher Interview Booking sheet that everyone received at the end of school today. Bookings open at 7 pm tonight and close at 3:30 pm  next Friday. I will also be sending home an additional booking sheet for Thursday 5th April, week 10. Interviews will be held in 15 minute time slots from 3;30 until 5;30pm. If you would prefer one of these times please email me, after 7pm tonight. I will allocate those times as they arrive in my email list. In fairness to everyone I am unable to accept bookings requested before 7pm tonight.


The students are getting very excited about camp on Wednesday. The bus will be at school at 9am ready for loading. Please make sure that if your child needs medication while on camp, they have it in a zip lock bag clearly labeled with their name, dosage and time of administration. All medications need to be given to Ms Simmons before boarding the bus.

I have suggested that children pack their bags over the weekend to ensure that they have everything they need without any panic on Tuesday evening. A list of requirements was sent home with the camp information earlier this term. Please also note that no food is to be brought to camp. The caterers are well aware of dietary needs of each individual and will cater for their needs exceptionally well. No lollies please.

 ICAS tests:

The school newsletter and blog contain the information and payment details for all the ICAS tests the school is running this year. Please make sure you visit this site, enroll your child in the tests you would like them to do and pay according to the instructions on line.

Have a great weekend.

Kate McS