December 7

Concert Tonight

Hello Everyone,

Yes the concert is going ahead tonight. Please have your child report to me in the classroom between 6;05 and 6;15pm. They should be in costume.

Please provide your child with something to sit upon as the ground is wet from today’s rain. Maybe a warm jacket that can easily be removed prior to us going on stage is a good idea as well. No food is to be eaten by students in the audience.

Enjoy the show!

Kate McS

December 1

Week 8 News

November 17

Week 6 News

Hello Everyone,

Swimming week is nearly over which leaves us with only 4 weeks of term to go!

Swimming has been very successful at Unley Pool for our older students. The beginning of the week was very warm as opposed to the cooler conditions at the end of the week. Student behaviour has generally been very good and commented upon by some members of the public with whom we were sharing the facilities.

Our end-of-year concert is now becoming our focus for the next few weeks. Our class and room 21 students are combining to sing the reworded, Bruno Mars song “Lazy.” The costume for our item is PJs, One-sies, dressing gowns or similar lazy day clothes! Nothing too revealing or skimpy please. No spaghetti straps. We will be designing our dance moves and practicing our song so we are ready for the big concert evening on Thursday 7th December.

The Food and Fitness Challenge is ongoing. Please support your child by reminding them to wear their pedometer and record their data including steps, fruit, vegetable and water intake. We work out our averages on Monday mornings so it is important for students to have their records with them on that day.

We will also be discussing our end-of-year class celebration ideas next week and you will be informed shortly as to our decisions.

Enjoy your weekend.

Kate McS


November 5

Week 4 News

Hello Everyone.

I hope you are all well and have enjoyed a healthy and active weekend!

On Monday we will be analyzing the base data collected last week about our activity levels and  fruit, vegetable and water intake. We will be looking at how to calculate averages and set (plus 10%) goals to increase activity levels. So students can do their own calculations, I ask that they come to school tomorrow with their data collection sheets in order to fully participate. Please let me assure you that any data collected remains with the student and is not being collected by any other person, including Dr Katia and Uni SA. This action research is for the students themselves to analyze their own lifestyle choices in regards to diet and exercise. Please report any lost or damaged pedometers as soon as possible. (I lost mine on the first day but with thorough searching, enormous embarrassment and prayer, I eventually found it on the overgrown verge, 24 hours later! Phew!)

This week we will be starting our lessons in child protection dealing with keeping my body safe. We will begin this series of lessons with identifying and naming body parts, using correct terminology but also common, colloquial language. The first lesson only, on Tuesday, will be in single gender groups to avoid embarrassment for the students. Mr Blight will be taking room 20 boys, while I have the girls from both room 20 and 21. Mr McCrossin will teach room 21 boys. I intend to distribute a correctly labelled diagram of human anatomy to be glued into their health books. I would like you to initial the diagram when it is shown to you on Tuesday evening and discuss any concerns your child may have. In past years, this lesson has created fun and laughter and has been a fabulous way to normalise correct terminology for our bodies and has lead to some great discussion.

Swimming lessons are to be held in week 5 and I remind you that health forms and payment are due. Our lesson is between recess and lunch, so our morning and after lunch programs will be reasonably normal. If you, as a parent, wish to observe your child at the pool you will require a Volunteer badge, which can be collected from me in the morning. You will need the badge to identify yourself as a parent and for entry into the pool. If you are wanting to help your child change please see me before entering the change rooms as protocols are in place for child protection reasons.

We are as busy as ever and continue to work hard together.

Kind regards

Kate McSkimming


September 24

Week 10 News

Hello Everyone.

What a great week we had last week!

The Student Led Conferences were very well attended and it was delightful to see the students taking such pride in the work they were able to share and to be so accountable and articulate in their reflections. We are very proud of their efforts.

Sports Day was another successful day which was enjoyed by the students and many of the parents who were able to spare some time to support the day. Well done to everyone for their enthusiastic participation and cooperative sportsmanship. Congratulations Jackson for ‘winning’ the day!

This week students will be participating in Japan Day on Wednesday. A variety of fun and interesting activities are planned for the day.

Also on Wednesday students will need to remember their Information Reports for Kiera as it is her final day for the term and she will need to collect all work from the class on that day.

As we enter the final week of term, I need to remind families that school finishes on Friday at 2:10pm. If you are planning to leave for your holidays earlier than that please inform me in writing (a diary note or email is excellent) so I can enter it into the role book for legal accountability. I understand that a few might be heading east for the AFL Grand Final. I feel compelled to support the Adelaide team this year, being swept up in the jubilation after this weekend’s game!

As a staff we are looking to plan our 2018 class structure and we need an indication from every student as to their intentions for next year. Please return the pink form, given out last week, to me ASAP!

Friday is a ‘free’ casual day for the students. Please remember that casual clothes still need to comply with our sun–safe policy and hats are still required.

It’s been a busy term with lots of events, assignments and due dates! The students deserve a break and a restful holiday, as do the teachers, because everyone has worked really hard this term. Have a safe and happy holiday, whatever you decide to do. Have fun.

Thanks for your support this term.

Kate and Kiera

September 13

Geography and English Assignment

We have officially begun our combined Geography (HASS) and English assignment. Students this morning were provided with their assessment rubric, which you can find attached below for your own viewing.

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All term students have been working towards and preparing for this final assignment, we have been doing lots of scaffolding in class on both information reports (our English focus) and bush fires and floods (our HASS/Geography focus).

Students will have Wednesdays weeks 8, 9 and 10 to work on this task. Today we are focusing on gathering information, week 9 will focus on drafting our collected information and week 10 students will write their polished copies.

As homework students will also be offered the opportunity to conduct any research at home should they wish to,  over the next two weeks.


Kind Regards,

Kiera Mitchell

September 9

Week 8 News

As we are preparing for Student Led Learning Conferences this week I have not set a talk time topic for this fortnight. Bookings for conference times are now open. Please follow the directions given you in the note that went home with your youngest child last week. Each 30 minute session allows for 4 bookings for students to individually share their learning with their family. I will be in the room to support your child or answer any questions if necessary.

All students will be reflecting on their learning and preparing their work to share with you. Please make a booking to attend with your child so they can share their learning and classroom experiences with you.

Thank you and kind regards,

Kate McSkimming

September 4

Week 7 News

Hello Everyone.

The term is flying by and we are immersed in lots of fun learning in the classroom.

Book Week was a huge success and many of our classmates dressed up for the parade on Friday.

Dr Katia has been visiting to teach us about the various systems in the human body and we will be looking into the relationship between diet and physical activity in the coming weeks.

Students in room 20 are working in pairs to investigate Australian history about the Gold Rush and the Eureka Stockade. The task is divided into 2 parts. Last week we collected information about the gold rush and this week we are looking into Peter Lalor and the Eureka Stockade. In week 8 we will write our notes into a report/ presentation, which will be shared with the class in week 9 or early week 10.

I have had a couple of questions about homework recently. I would like to remind you that students in year 4 and 5 are expected to complete 20 to 30 minutes of homework, 4 nights a week. If homework is set by the teacher, students are expected to write that homework task into their diary and complete it at home. If homework is not set, then students can choose their own task to complete. Reading, Home Badge Challenge, Study Ladder or research work are all reasonable activities. The student is asked to write the task into their diary as a record. Parents are asked to sign the diary each weekend. Time is given in class to write set homework into the diary and reminders are given to ensure students know what to do for homework and what resources they need with them. Please encourage your child to take ownership of their learning and choose homework tasks that are useful to them.

Thank you to all parents who are telling me of reasons for absences or late arrivals. I can then transfer this information to my electronic roll book when I have it ‘open’. Recording such information is tedious but a legal requirement and I appreciate not having to follow up absences at a later date.

Don’t forget that this coming Friday is a School Closure Day (‘No Show Day’ – haha) to enable families to go to the Royal Show if they wish. Enjoy your long weekend.

Student led learning conversations and Sports Day are in week 9. More information about these events soon.

Kind regards,

Kate McSkimming



August 20

Thank You

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to take the opportunity to say a big thank you, I am now going into my fifth week of being in Room 20 and I am absolutely loving it. Both students and parents have been very positive and welcoming towards me, which has made the transition very pleasant. Over the past five weeks I have got to know the students of Room 20 very well and I believe that we have had a great start to the term.

So far… we have covered our full unit on 3D shapes, we are now moving into transformation and rotational mathematics. In English we have been scaffolding our learning around information reports, students are currently in the process of creating their own based on their selected animal/insect. In Geography we have been learning lots about natural disasters, more specifically bush fires and floods, this week we will begin making safety posters in groups.

As I am sure many of you now know I have been using the points based app ‘Class Dojo’, this past Wednesday the 16th we finally hit our class goal of 750 points, so I will be bringing in a sweet treat for the students this Week (Week 5). Our next goal to hit is 800. The points are also used to award one student each Wednesday the right to choose our fitness game for the afternoon.

That is all from me, should you have any questions or comments for me please feel free to contact me via email – (Kate is in the process of trying to add me to the class email list)

Thank you,

Kiera Mitchell

August 13

Week 3 News

Hello Everyone.

I have returned to class refreshed after a great holiday to Sri Lanka which was lovely and warm. We visited many amazing places, ate local food and spent some time on beautiful beaches and in the cooler mountain regions.

In my absence there have been many changes but the class has been well looked after. Kiera Mitchell has been with the class for 5 days settling into her role as class teacher in Room 20 on Wednesdays for the rest of the semester. Ann Doughty was teaching on Thursday and Friday of the first 2 weeks. Both teachers reported that the class was settled and very cooperative and able to flow with the changes without trouble or anxiety. I am confident that the class will benefit from the new teaching arrangements as Kiera and I have met at length to ensure continuity of curriculum and established effective communication methods. I intend to share my group email list for 2017 parents with Kiera so she also has your email if you are part of that list. Please let me know if you have any concerns about the new arrangements for room 20.

Another change is that room 21 has a new teacher for this term. Mr Dylan McCrossin will be teaching next door and will continue to collaborate with both Kiera and me in many teaching areas. The first major collaboration will be our joint excursion on Thursday.

On Thursday we will be heading to Urrbrae Wetlands for a farm tour of Urrbrae Agricultural High School lead by Urrbrae students. In the second session our class will be engaged in Science workshops (being Science Week) and room 21 students will be involved in workshops about the wetlands themselves. Many parents have volunteered to support us on this excursion. I will send you an email on Monday if you have indicated your intention to support us, giving final details for the day. Important information for your child is:

  • Lunch and recess to be brought in a reusable container……We aim for “Nude Food” meaning NO wrappings or unnecessary packaging that is thrown away.
  • Drink bottle…..water is available on site.
  • Covered footwear….no open toes please!
  • Wet weather gear…..rain is forecast for Thursday.

On Friday we will be starting a new program with Katia Ferrar, a health scientist who will be visiting our class (and room 21) to engage with us in a program about the relationship between diet and physical activity. Katia is a trained physiotherapist and a lecturer in the Health Science Department at Uni SA. The CSIRO are responsible for connecting willing scientists with teachers to develop teaching and learning programs, in the area of science in primary schools. I’m very much looking forward to an ongoing relationship with Katia and witnessing the scientific discoveries your child might make!

Talk-time this fortnight about books as we head into Book Week next week. Your child has been asked to talk about a favourite book, series or author and it may be current, or something from their early childhood memories.

The term is looking very busy, as usual. Please make sure all notes for excursions, incursions, lateness or absences are returned promptly to eliminate double handling or time consuming reminders.

Thanks and kind regards.

Kate McSkimming