Posted in Harmony Day

Today we celebrated Harmony Day

harmony dayHarmony Day, 21 March, celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. It is a day for all Australians to embrace cultural diversity and to share what we have in common. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’, reinforcing the importance of inclusiveness to all Australians.

Students made flags that represented their own families and we created a huge paper chain to represent togetherness.

Why is Harmony Day so important?

What does it mean to you?

Can you share an interesting fact about the cultural diversity of Australia?

Posted in Riddles

Can you solve these riddles?

Riddle 1:  Take away my first letter, and I still sound the same. Take away my last letter, I still sound the same. Even take away my letter in the middle, I will still sound the same. I am a five letter word. What am I?

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Riddle 2: : If a blue house is made out of blue bricks, a yellow house is made out of yellow bricks and a pink house is made out of pink bricks, what is a green house made of?

* Please only post the answer if you solve the riddle – not after finding the answer on Google. If no one solves the riddle after two weeks I will post the answer in the comments, thank-you

Good luck. 🙂  🙂

Posted in Writer's Workshop, Writing

Writing Buddies

Today the year 6’s had a Mega Writer’s Workshop focussing on using Writing Buddies to improve their writing. The Learning Gallery was buzzing and it was amazing to see how focussed the students were on helping each other, well done year 6’s! 🙂 

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The students generated the following guidelines for Author and Writing Buddy:

Author
* tell your buddy what you would like to improve on
* attentive listening
* record feedback given
* use feedback to improve writing
Writing Buddy
* attentive listening 
   – show with body language
* give constructive feedback:
   – start with positive
   – what can they improve on? Make it clear and detailed (can use 6 + 1 traits to help)

   – end with a positive

All of the students took on the role of Author and Writing Buddy. They gave and received constructive feedback about their writing and then used the feedback to improve their pieces.

Why is it important to receive feedback from others about our writing?