We acknowledge the traditional Aboriginal custodians of the lands, waterways and skies of the Bunurong Peoples of the Kulin Nation where we gather, learn and grow at Aspendale Primary School.
We pay our respects to past and present Traditional Custodians and Elders of all nations, and their ongoing cultural, spiritual and educational practices.
We extend this respect to all Torres Strait Islanders and any First Nations peoples who learn or visit these grounds. We thank you for sharing and caring for the land we are learning on.
New version of the Acknowedgement of Country
Above is an updated Acknowledgment of Country that has been written in consultation with staff, students and members of our community. We are awaiting feedback from our friends at the Bunurong Land Council.
If you wish to share more feedback, please scan the QR Code below which will take you to a Google Form.
~ Thanks Cait Fletcher & the Global Awareness Team
|Saturday 2nd||Years 1 & 2 Working Bee 10.30am – 12.30pm.|
|Monday 11th||Curriculum Day|
|Tuesday 12th||State Wide High School Transition Day|
|Wednesday 13th||Year 6 Graduation|
|Monday 18th||Year 6 Big Day Out|
|Wednesday 20th||Final Day of Term 4|
Our students returned on Wednesday from their adventure at Somers Camp, a little tired, but filled with wonderful memories. We are all very proud of the students for demonstrating a growth mindset, resilience and risk taking over the 9-day camp. There will be more information shared in next week’s newsletter about the camp.
Aspendale Capybara’s Tee Ball team - Southern Metro Sports Region Champions:
On Tuesday, our Tee Ball team – The Aspendale Capybara’s headed off to the Southern Metro Sports Region competition. They played three games taking the win from Flinders Christian College, St Margaret’s and Dandenong Primary School. This landed them into the final, where they took on Bridgewood Primary School. The team came away with a convincing win of 17 – 10. The Aspendale Capybara’s now head to the State Championships on 6th September!
Congratulations: Michael (Captain), Darcy, Archer, Brodie, Hamish, Sonny, Finn, Kai, Henry, Declan, Ollie and Oliver.
Coaches: Cait Fletcher and Leanne Peterson. Coaching Assistants: Kevin Riant and Charlotte Noon.
Kinder Visits to Aspendale Primary School:
We welcomed children from our local Kindergartens – Aspendale North and Nola Barber into our school this week for a visit with our Foundation students. They participated in reading the story The Rainbow Fish and working with a Foundation buddy to create their very own Rainbow Fish!
Continuous Reports – Published
The first round of continuous reports for term 3 were published on Wednesday afternoon. These reports provide an update on student progress regarding English, Mathematics and Unit of Inquiry.
To find your child’s continuous report, log into Sentral, click on your child’s photo, then click on Academic Reports.
Cheering on the Matildas!
The school was sparkling on Wednesday with a sea of Green and Gold (and a few other team colours) as we cheered on the Matildas in the Women’s World Cup semi-final. We know there will be some disappointed fans after the outcome of the match, yet this will be outweighed by the inspiration that the Matildas have provided for females in world class sport!
Please be mindful as you move past the school, either on foot, by car or on a bike, especially at busy times during drop off and pick up. We rely on each other being mindful and taking that extra bit of time to make sure everyone gets where they need to be safely.
Dreams in Motion:
The final countdown is on for our Year 5 and 6 production of Dreams In Motion – Frankston Arts Centre – Tuesday 22nd August.
Arrangements have been made for all students from Foundation to Year 4 to watch the performance. Foundation and Year 1 will watch the dress rehearsal on Monday at school, while our Year 2- 4 students will travel by train on Tuesday to the Frankston Arts Centre to watch the matinee performance.
Chookas to the cast and crew ahead of their performance!
Book Week Celebrations:
We will celebrate Book Week with a Character Dress Up Day on Tuesday 29th August. Look out for more information in this newsletter.
Enjoy Friday and the weekend!
This last week or two, we have been looking into Synonyms to help us search and use much stronger language choices in our writing. We began with ordering synonyms according to their 'shades of meaning' (strength, interest and level of power) and have been continuing to build a Year 3 word bank.
Using poetry as a platform to help us consider our language choices, we of course had a FIFA sponsored Poetry World Cup, with a special guest referee (Mr Pearce). âš½
Students were able to decide if they would attempt a rhyming couplet poem (Team England - Lionnesses) or a Simile poem (Team Australia - Matildas) and split off into their groups to create their poem entries for the World Cup semi-final.
Once our poems were created, 2 students were selected to represent their teams and began to compete by kicking off with their poetry entries. The game resulted in a penalty shoot out as our Ref (Mr Pearce) called it a draw. Two more students were selected to kick their penalty shoot outs with their poetry entries. The final result from the Ref ended with a win for England!
This week our Year One students took a short trip down to the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Education Centre to get up close and personal with our current unit of inquiry - ‘Water is a precious resource’.
Equipped with a pair of binoculars and a bird guide, we made our way down to the bird hide to complete a visual scavenger hunt, exploring the amazing wildlife that call the wetlands home. Back at the education centre we enjoyed exploring the water cycle and seeing how clouds form, as well as exploring our responsibility to be carers for our waterways.
We learnt so many cool facts about the wetlands, and our adventure has sparked so many more questions about water around the world, which we can’t wait to investigate further in our classrooms.
The day involved diving into a range of tools, strategies and resources to support teachers in developing student independence and success. This professional development opportunity allowed us to enhance our confidence and knowledge in supporting students and we look forward to sharing it with the wider staff.
If you would like to know more Sue has a wonderful podcast available on Spotify called, The Sue Larkey Podcast. She provides valuable insights into ADHD, ODD, PDA and ASD. A range of topics are covered and are suitable for families, educators and the wider community.
Here is the link to Sue’s website: https://suelarkey.com.au
Caitlin Beer (Year 1), Fiona MacNally (Year 5) and Zoe Richards (Foundation)