We hoped you enjoyed finding out about some of the new students in our school community.
What another exciting and fun-filled school year we have ahead. We welcome many new students, families and staff to our wonderful school community, especially the keen and eager little Prep children. There are many things to look forward to this year and we will keep you informed as the year goes on.
What are you looking forward to this year?
What do you hope to achieve in 2014?
A very quiet breakfast today after a busy first day and late night for some!
Lots of fun to be had again today, beginning with the next rotation of activities. A short walk down to the beach saw everyone enjoy the wonderful sunshine and perfect weather for the afternoon. Much fun was had with lunch, a play on the new playground, team activities and some free fun time on the sand and around the water.
The team activity included:
building a sandcastle up to the waist of the shortest person in the team,
finding a variety of objects on the beach,
helping each other fill a bucket with water,
getting from point A to point B with as many people as possible in a hoop,
creating a sand sculpture to match our team name. So much fun!
A great finish to the night with plenty of dance moves pulled out at the disco and a scary movie to top it off.
What a fun filled first day at camp for the Year 6 children. The weather was great for the first three outdoor rotations.
- Amazing Race and Bush Cooking
- Bike Riding
- Climbing Wall
- Initiative and Team Building Course
- Flying Fox and Ropes Course
The night finished with a long night walk around the Angelsea Golf Course and surrounding area and a game around the campfire.
Here is a quick snapshot of a few activities:
More photos to come…
During August we had a Crazy Hair day to help raise money for Casey Tutungi.
Casey was severely injured playing in a local football match in June 2013. For more information or to help out visit the Casey Tutungi website.
The Senior Learning Community have a Contemporary Learning Group who have been spending time exploring poetry based on Australia’s history.
Here is one of the poems from Ella.
When the gold rush had begun,
Travellers came, in hope to find,
A valuable mineral that sparkled and shined,
Some were successful and found gold,
Whilst others were left to search in the cold,
When at last the time came,
To leave in shame, all others with fame,
Many men were left with no golden pleasure
The lucky ones all surrounded by a rich, gleaming treasure.
I was going to be relaxed,
In the nice warm sun,
But then I just got hired
So I had to get up and run.
I was going to get retired
Have a relaxing day
But then I just got hired
To sail the convicts away
When I got to the ship I knew what to do,
When I got on the ship I saw the convicts.
I said to the convicts, “Get on would you!”,
When they got on the ship we started to sail across the seas.
Our first stop was the Canary Islands,
A perfect place to collect fruit and seeds.
We collected all these things,
Enough for our needs.
We had more stops along the way,
Rio de Janeiro, Cape Town and Tasmania.
Then we arrived at Botany Bay,
We didn’t like this place we sailed to Port Jackson.
This term we are learning about the First Fleet and Poems. We decided to write a ballad about a real convict on the first fleet called Mary Able. All of the things in the poem, like her age, what she stole and what boat she sailed on, are true. We painted our poem with a tea bag and ripped the edges on our printed piece to make it look old and well traveled.
Some day the gates will open,
And again I will be free
Even though I’m on boat,
I’ll still be filled with glee.
My name is Mary Able,
I’m 30 years of age,
I’m going on Lady Penrhn,
In a tiny little cage.
I love my family very much,
But I also have to leave,
I’ll miss like never before,
In myself I’ll have to believe,
I stole a piece of clothing,
31 shillings it was worth,
I wish I didn’t do that
I’m going to the other side of the earth.
After eight whole months,
I finally arrived,
I really miss my family,
I can’t believe I survived.
The people we saw,
When we finally got there,
They had dark skin,
And shiny black hair,
They were aborigines you see,
Owners of the land,
Our language clothes and everything else,
They couldn’t understand.
I have to go to work now,
And explore this new place,
The governors are so strict,
We have to work to pace.
By Abbey and Maddy
In Mannya there are 40,000 people. The problem in Mannya is they don’t have much money. They don’t have much fresh water because they are affected by ongoing droughts. Mannya is in Uganda and Uganda is in Africa. We do the lapathon to raise money so school children in Mannya can have one bowl of porridge a day. All the students from Clairvaux Catholic School are going to do the lapathon. You have to run around the oval and your family and friends give you money for every lap you do.
It is on Tuesday the 20th of August and starts 11.45 and finishes at 12.30.
Joyal and Aiden (Year 1/2 JC)
The Prep children celebrated 100 days of school by:
-creating paper chains with 100 links
-making necklaces with 100 cheerios
-creating a caterpillar with 100 feet
-decorating animals with 100 finger prints
-finding how many times they could do something in 100 seconds
-seeing how long it took to do something 100 times
Will could write his name 25 times in 100 seconds!
How many can you do?
Tyler drew 120 circles in 100 seconds!
How many can you draw?
Preps in PJs is a chance for parents to come and experience Religious Education with their children at school. We have 1 session in each of Terms 2, 3 and 4, each with a different focus, including scripture, prayer and a mass to finish. And of course the Prep children, and some brave parents, get to wear their pyjamas to school!!
This term we have been learning Latin dancing with Vicky in Performing Arts. We were taught many things like how to move freely and to count the beat in our heads. We were put into boy/girl partners and were taught the steps as we danced to a Spanish song. Everyone had a great time and worked hard to learn all the steps. The boys wear jeans and a shirt and the girls wear a dress or a skirt with a blouse. They will have their hair down. We learnt so much from this experience, it was worth all the hard work that Vicky and all the students put into this performance.
By Darcey, Eliza and Sienna
The Peace Run visited our school spreading the messsage of peace.
To find out more click here
The Prep and Year 6 students investigated numbers around our school. They had to find collections to match numbers in the playground.
If you have recently tried to open a Photo Peach slideshow when visiting our blog, you may have seen a ‘NOT FOUND’ message on the screen. Unfortunately their website has encountered problems. Below is an excerpt of their message to users.
Unfortunately this affects 29 slideshows on our blog which showed many wonderful memories of the children’s learning during 2011 – 2012. Naturally we are extremely disappointed that such a great record of those memories have been lost and apologise to visitors who have continued to enjoy watching them..
Today we are celebrating an exciting and significant event.
Since our blog ‘Clairvaux Connects’ was launched in April 2011 we have been watching with great interest our Clustrmap and our Flag Counter to see where our visitors are from.
20,000 people from 150 countries have visited our blog, some have even left comments for us. We don’t always know your name, how old you are or your occupation, but we are so pleased that you have connected with our Senior Learning Community at Clairvaux in Geelong, Australia.
The sizes of the DOTS on our Clustrmap show the concentration of visitors from a particular area. Check it out.
Which countries of the world do you recognise? Are there many visitors from those countries? How can you tell?
Maybe if you’re good at Maths, you will be able to work out what the average number of visitors to the blog was each month. (From April 6 2011 – January 5 2013)
Thank you to the students, teachers, parents or community who have either contributed to or been a part of our blog.
Have YOU been a visitor to our blog?
We’d love you to leave a comment to tell us where you are from.