Global Pals Project

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Global Pal, Global Project | Posted on November 15, 2016

We’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front, but all that is about to change!

We are participating in a project with Mrs Monaghan’s school in England, Mrs Yollis’ class in America and Mr Webb’s class in New Zealand.

The project will help us learn about what it is like to live in another country and we will be teaching our global friends about Australia. Each class/school has an animal that spends time at each school. We take photos of the animal doing different things and share them with each other.

Kilmore’s animal is ‘Koala Lou’. We chose her because she is native to Australia. She gets her name from a Mem Fox book.

 

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Koala Lou stepped back in time on an excursion with our Grade 1/2 students.

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Enjoying some late afternoon sun before packing her bags for her first international flight.

 

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Koala Lou snuggled into a temporary home for her trip to England. First stop – Mrs Monaghan.

 

What should we show our Global Pal visitors when they arrive?

 

What would you like to learn about England, America and New Zealand?

Introducing Asha!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Asha, Whole School Event | Posted on June 5, 2016

Asha is the newest member of Kilmore Primary School. He isn’t like any other member of our school community. He has four legs, a waggy tail, a tongue that likes to lick and a nose that sniffs out even the tiniest morsel of food. He is a dog!

 

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Asha is our school therapy dog. He comes to school each day and spends time in different classrooms. During his first week at school he attended library classes, maths lessons and even learnt his first Spanish word – ‘el perro’. Can you guess what it might mean? Asha has also spent lots of time in the yard meeting new friends and doing some yard duty.

 

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Asha met everyone at assembly for the first time.

 

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Learning about fractions was hard work!

 

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Asha visited the library

 

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Asha on the F – 2 playground.

 

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Listening to a story in the library.

 

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Helping Mrs Laffan do yard duty before school.

 

Asha is a 14 month old Labrador who was learning how to be a seeing eye dog. However, he has a small problem with one of his own eyes and was released from the program. We were on a waiting list and Asha’s trainers at SEDA (Seeing Eye Dogs Australia) thought he would be the perfect fit for our school. A pawfect match some may say!

Asha will write a report each week for the school newsletter. Here is his first one: Asha’s Adventures T2 W8

 

What do you love most about dogs?

 

What questions do you have about Asha?

 

What do you think Asha should do at school each day?

 

 

A Presentation & Play Dough

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in General | Posted on May 12, 2016

As part of KPS’s Transition Program, our Grade 4 students attended an information session about one of our local secondary schools. Mrs Gurney, from Wallan Secondary College, visited today to talk to students about secondary school.

 

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Mrs Gurney getting ready to show us the movie

 

After watching a movie about Wallan SC (made by a past KPS student no less!), Mrs Gurney answered our questions about high school. We asked questions about uniform, homework, Wallan’s weather, excursions, sport, rewards, consequences and lots of other things. We discovered:

*Most high schools have summer, winter and PE uniforms

*WSC has a similar reward system to KPS’s bee tickets

*There are lots of sports at Wallan, including netball, soccer, rugby and badminton

*WSC has an Athletics Day – just like us

*There is a surf camp in Year 8

 

Mrs Gurney brought show bags filled with information about WSC

Mrs Gurney brought show bags filled with information about WSC

 

We also found out that Wallan Secondary College is getting some new buildings. Mrs Gurney asked us to think of something that would help us learn in the new building and to make it out of play dough. We created all sorts of things, including:

*A gym – we want to be healthy so we can learn well

*An apple – we want to learn about cooking and eating well

*The solar system – we want to learn lots about science

*A dog – we think a furry friend would help us feel happy and want to come to school

*A student wellbeing team – we want to have a team of people who can help us

*A woodwork room – we want to make things

*A microphone – we want a theatre to learn how to perform

 

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What questions do you have for Mrs Gurney about high school in general or Wallan SC in particular?

 

What would you put in a brand new school building to help you learn?

 

 

Flat Stanley on Tour in Kilmore!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Flat Stanley, Global Project, ICT | Posted on May 9, 2016

Our regular blog readers will know that we are in the middle of a project with Mrs Monaghan and her class at Middleham Primary School in England. Earlier in the term we sent our flat selves to England and received flat friends. Read more about it HEREHERE, HERE and HERE.

We took some of our flat friends on a tour of Kilmore PS and made the video below.
 

 

Our friends in Middleham took our flat people on a tour of their town and made the amazing video below for us. We learnt a lot about their town from the information and pictures in the video.
 

If we went on a tour of Kilmore township, what should we show our Flat Friends?

 

What did you like most about the video tour of Middleham?

 

 

Dis

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on May 3, 2016

Students at Kilmore Primary School learnt a new word today…
 

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No, it’s not a typing error. It’s a word that we now all associate with things that we are grateful to have in our lives.

Hugh, from The Resilience Project, spent time with each year level talking about the secrets and strategies to being happy. Our Foundation to Grade 4 students heard about the importance of gratitude and kindness. Our Grade 5 & 6 students learnt about the benefits of gratitude, mindfulness and empathy.

Hugh shared stories about his time living and teaching in India. He spoke about a nine year old boy, Stunzen Sherap, who was always very happy. Hugh called him the happiest boy he has ever met.

 

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Stunzen lives in India. One night Hugh found him ripping up a cardboard box to make a blanket and a pillow. Stunzen was getting ready to go to sleep in the gutter. However, he was very excited because he had found somewhere undercover to sleep. The same boy cut off the fronts of his shoes when his feet got too big for them. He was just happy to have shoes – even if his toes poked out the front.

 

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Stunzen’s School

 

Stunzen had trouble saying the word ‘This’. Instead, he said ‘Dis’. Whenever he was happy or grateful for something he would point to it and say ‘Dis’. You can listen to Hugh tell the story in the video clip below.

 

 

Stunzen and his friends are very grateful for their playground

Stunzen and his friends are very grateful for their playground

 

Hugh issued us with the ‘24 Hour Dis Challenge’. Whenever we notice something we are grateful for, we have to point to it and say ‘Dis’. The playground and classrooms were buzzing with ‘Dis’ moments today.
 
There are so many things that we are lucky to have that we haven’t really ever stopped to think about. Hugh shared a story about the children at Stunzen’s school who had to collect water from a river, lug it back to school (about an hour), boil it and then finally drink it – four hours after they collected it. How lucky are we that we have taps and pipes and water just waiting for us?

 
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Students in 5D & 5E shared their Alice in Wonderland inspired Wall of Gratitude with Hugh

In amongst Hugh’s advice were also a lot of funny stories – everything from hiding in a cupboard, nearly knocking himself out on a low door frame and meeting Hamish Blake. We also heard about some of the AFL and NRL teams Hugh works with and how the players practise gratitude and mindfulness.

 

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People who notice the good things they have in their lives and who are kind are happier. So, next time you’re feeling a little glum, think of all the great things in your life and do a random act of kindness for someone.

 
We watched this clip today. Kindness is contagious!

Thank you for teaching us about ways we can make our minds happy, Hugh! Or should we say ‘Shoe’ or ‘Huge’?
 

What is your ‘Dis’ moment for today?

 

How do you show kindness towards others?

 

 

ANZAC Day

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on April 25, 2016

On Friday we held a special assembly at Kilmore Primary School, as did hundreds of other schools around Australia. Why? To commemorate ANZAC Day.

 

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Our School and Deputy Captains also represented KPS at another assembly in the local community.

 

ANZAC Day is a national holiday in Australia. It is the day, above other days, that we remember the men and women who died or suffered in war time.

ANZAC Day is 25th April as that is the day Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli in 1915.  The battle lasted eight months and thousands of men were killed or injured.

Our School and Deputy Captains led the assembly.

You can learn more about ANZAC Day by watching the video clips below. Click HERE to learn about the ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

What makes ANZAC Day an important day?

 

We’ve Got Mail!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Flat Stanley, Global Project | Posted on April 21, 2016

Our regular blog readers will know that we are currently doing a Flat Stanley project with Middleham Primary School in England.

Last week there was much excitement at both schools because the flat friends arrived. Middleham Primary School made us a super video showing us around their school.

 

 

We are currently looking after our flat visitors, taking them everywhere we go and showing them what life is like in our part of the world. Stay tuned for our video for Middleham – we just have to put the finishing touches on it and then we will upload it here.

 

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We think our flat friends were happy to be out of the envelope

 

We loved the ‘supplies’ they packed for the journey! There were crisps (chips to us), a blanket, coke, toys and many more essentials for the journey from England and Australia. It took approximately two weeks for them to arrive – lucky they were prepared!

 

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Meeting our flat friends and reading their letters

 

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Every flat visitor brought a letter with them introducing themselves and explaining how they became flat.

 

Click HERE to read the letters our flat friends brought with them. One of our flat visitors wanted to see dolphins. Wish granted!

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What do you think we should show our flat visitors during their time in Australia?

Flat Friends

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Flat Stanley, Global Project | Posted on April 7, 2016

Some students in Grades 4, 5 and 6 are participating in the Flat Stanley project with a class in England. We have teamed up with Mrs Monaghan and A Room with A View.

The novel Flat Stanley, written by Jeff Brown, is about a little boy who is flattened by a bulletin board.  He soon discovers that there are many perks to being flat, including being able to travel cheaply and easily around the world.

 

 

In Term 1 we created our flat people. They are named after ourselves. For example, Tom is Flat Tom.

 

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Some of our flat selves ready to fly to England.

 

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Each flat person has written a letter introducing themselves and explaining how they became flat.

 

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Goodbye!

 

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All set for take off. Not what you would call first class!

 

Our flat people have set off on their journey to England and should be landing any day now. We wonder what they will do whilst they stay in Middleham. Will they get to go to the castle? Play English football? Eat a Yorkshire pudding?

Whilst the flat people are visiting their new friends, photos will be taken, diaries kept and a special something created to document their journey. We will be learning how to use a program called PhotoStory to share our adventures with A Room with A View. Here’s an example of someone’s PhotoStory which was made during a previous Flat Stanley project.
 

 

We are all looking forward to meeting our new flat friends who are travelling all the way from the other side of the world.  Click HERE to read Mrs Monaghan’s blog post about our Flat Stanley project and creation of edible flat people!

 

What do you think we should show our flat friends from England?

 

What do you think would be the best thing about being flat?

 

Amazing Animal Adaptations & Marvellous Mr Miller

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in ICT, Skype, Units of Inquiry | Posted on April 7, 2016

In the last week of Term 1, three of our classes (5D, 5G & 4/5B) participated in a Skype call with Mr Miller from Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming, USA.

It was an amazing hour filled with lots of information and objects we would never have been able to see without the use of technology. We had a tour of the museum – whilst we sat in our classroom! Mr Miller walked around the museum showing us different artefacts and teaching us new things about animal adaptations as part of our inquiry unit. We learnt about grizzly bears, moose, raptors, beavers, wolves – just to name a few.

 

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Here are some comments from our student Skypers:

 

Mr Miller took us around the museum and told us about animal adaptations, including grizzly bears can eat 20 000 – 40 000 moths a day and buffalo and goat horns are made out of the same stuff as our fingernails. Everyone enjoyed it! Jenaya

If you hike in an area with grizzly bears you have to take a special spray so they don’t attach you. Matt

We are so thankful that you did a Skype call with us. You taught us so much about animal adaptations. I hope we can talk again soon! Brodie

Bighorn sheep have a hollow chamber between two slabs of bone in the skull which acts as an airbag when they clash heads in a fight. I also learnt that raptors have sharp talons, hooked beaks and amazing eye sight which lets them spot a mouse from a whole mile away! Jemma.

It was awesome and now I know a lot more about animals and their adaptations. Kash

A beaver can block its ears so water doesn’t get in there.

I only have eight sticky notes left because I took so many notes! April

Bighorn sheep have their brains far back in their skull so they don’t get brain damage from ramming. Ethan

Bears have sharp claws to protect themselves from other animals and also to climb trees. Phoebe

George told us that our fingernails are made from the same thing as moose, rhino, ram and buffalo horns. It was an extraordinary experience. Milla

I wish I knew as much as you Mr Miller! Tom

 

We found out about the virtual field trip through Microsoft Education’s Skype in the Classroom website. We thank all the people who run the website and the people like George and Lauren who give up their time to educate people all around the world.

We wonder where we will visit next!

 

What adaptation do you find the most interesting? Why?

 

If you could ask Mr Miller a question about animal adaptations, what would it be?

 

Take a Stand, Lend a Hand!

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Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Whole School Event | Posted on March 18, 2016

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The sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was held today all around Australia. We had a special assembly at Kilmore PS and completed some activities to help us all remember that there is no place for bullies in our world.

The annual day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools and encourages all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond. Click HERE to read more on the official ‘Bullying No Way’ website.

Our SRC representatives and Mrs McCarthy delivered a special message at assembly.

 

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T is for  Tell someone if you know something is not right

A is for   All stick together, don’t join in with someone who is being unkind.

K is for Kindness is catching. I’ll be kind to you, you be kind to me.

E is for Everybody feeling safe

 

A is for Always help your friends

 

S is for Speak in a friendly voice and say the right words

T is for Take a stand and lend a hand

A is for Ask someone for help

N is for Never be a bully, if you are a bully you will not have any good friends

D is for Do the right thing and don’t be a bystander

 

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Every student in the school contributed to a class set of no bullying bunting. These are on display at the office. Click HERE to make your own bunting.

 

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Together, we can make sure that Kilmore PS is a happy and safe place for everyone.

Remember…

TAKE A STAND & LEND A HAND

 

How do you say ‘No’ to bullying?

 

What tips do you have for us to make sure Australian schools are bully free zones?

 

 

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