The Peace Run visited our school spreading the messsage of peace.
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The Peace Run visited our school spreading the messsage of peace.
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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..
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.
‘Clairvaux Connects’, our Senior Learning Community blog, was launched in April 2011. In 2012 we continued to connect with many people both in Australia and all over the world. We thank you for visiting our blog and communicating with us.
At midnight on 31st December 2012 our Clustrmap showed 19,912 visitors and our Hit Counter registered 45,894 hits. Our Flag Counter showed that people from 150 countries had visited our blog.
Our blog has been a great way to record and reflect on our learning at Clairvaux, but MOST importantly we have had a fantastic time learning to blog and communicating with people across the world.
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On Friday we held our much anticipated Popcorn Book Trailer Awards. We had all worked so hard during the term reading our books, then planning and creating our book trailers to best promote our books to other people.
So while we munched on popcorn (yum!), we watched everybody’s book trailer on the big movie screen.
Finally we all got to cast our votes to select a winner of the very special award.
We had to keep in mind all the things we had learned which made a good book trailer.
It was very hard to choose because everyone had done such a good job, so everyone received an award of some kind.
The scores were very close. Congratulations to our winners shown below and also to everyone else who did an amazing job!
weather brought lots of people to the
on Saturday 24th November.
Plenty of drinks, sunscreen and hats were the order of the day and everyone got into the carnival atmosphere. Open air tents provided shade outside for people to sit and view all the surrounding activities, while inside, the crowds gathered in air conditioned comfort to search the well stocked stalls for a bargain, or just to relax in the Tea Room with a snack and a cuppa.
Fairy Floss, as always, was popular with the children and the jumping castles, rides, rock climbing, face painting and much more kept them busy. When resting, people could sit and listen to some great musical entertainment provided, but I have to say, the Preps stole the show with their fabulous dance rendition of ‘Gangnam Style’
The children and staff of Clairvaux would like to say a BIG thank you to everyone who donated either prizes, their time or other goods, to the wonderful organisers and volunteer helpers who did such an amazingly professional job, and to everyone who came to the Carnivale and generously bought lots of things. The children will certainly benefit in many ways from the proceeds of this wonderful event.
Although I was pretty busy helping to provide cold drinks for the thirsty crowd, I managed to sneak off a couple of times to catch a bit of the action on camera.
Of course there was much more to see and do, but for a quick snapshot of the day, check out the video below.
There are computer games, iPad apps, wii games, sporting games, imaginative games, arcade games, card games, video games, puzzles, maths or spelling games, ball games . . . . and so on. But one of the most popular types of all times is the good old BOARD GAME.
Enjoyed by families for many years, Board Games are lots of fun! They teach you to think and use good strategies, learn about winning and losing, improve memory, and provide great social interaction.
For our last Star Group activity, we invited families to join their children for an entertaining afternoon of playing board games.
Today we are featuring work from the
After listening to some Old Testament stories, the five Year 1\2 classes responded with some interesting wonderings and beautiful artwork.
Sit back and enjoy!
Remembrance Day is observed every year on November 11 to recall the end of World War I on this day in 1918.
It is an Australian tradition to wear a red poppy because poppies bloomed across some of the worst battlefields of Flanders in World War I. Their bright red colour symbolises the blood spilled in the war.
Our school, like many others, assembles at the flag pole and children lay wreaths and flowers to commemorate people who have died during the two World Wars and other conflicts. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we then stand for a minute’s silence to reflect on the people who gave their lives for us.
. . . . and just to prove that the Senior Learning Community did play cricket well also, you can watch the video below.
Congratulations to the 2 teams who will represent our school tomorrow against other schools in the area.
We all wish you lots of luck!
In term 3, after several weeks of preparation, our Year 6 students celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation. It was a very special day for them, as many families and friends came together to encourage and celebrate together.
Led by Bishop Vincent and Father Vince from St Bernard’s, and supported by their sponsors, the students received the sacrament of Confirmation.
Congratulations to all the Year 6 candidates. May you grow in faith and love, and continue to make good choices in your lives.
Sometimes the Preps and their teachers come to school in their pyjamas. Well, not often, but three times a year the Preps come to school at night dressed in pyjamas and show their parents what they are learning about in Religious Education. The children are always very excited to meet their friends and hang out together in their favourite PJs.
The children and parents listen as the teachers tell stories and then participate in various short activities.
Watch the movie to see some of the activities from the last two ‘Preps in Pyjamas’ nights.
The students of 5/6 TV thought they had been given an easy task when they were asked to write a procedural text listing the steps explaining to someone how to clean their teeth. But what if that person was an ‘alien’ who had never cleaned their teeth before?
Everyone had a lot of fun following the directions of their peers and soon realised the need to give clear and specific directions.
This exercise helped them when they began to write their own Procedural texts.
The video below shows how Jack tried to give his teacher, Tim, directions for cleaning his teeth. It didn’t turn out exactly as Jack had planned, but they got there in the end.
As part of our Wellness Inquiry unit, we visited the VIS to investigate how elite athletes manage their lives. We wanted to know what motivated them, what their goals were, a little about their training schedule, their dietary needs, how they managed success and disappointment, illness and injuries, family and social life, their education, and how they prepared physically and mentally for competitions.
We were lucky to have Paralympian track and field athlete, Katy Parrish, talk to us about her preparation for the London Paralympic Games. As well, Stephanie Hickey, a highly motivated snowboarder and TV sports presenter, told us about her struggles and ambition to get to the top of her sport. We learned about the part the team of coaches, doctors, psychologists, dieticians and others at the VIS have in helping to maintain a balance in their lives in preparing their body, mind and spirit not only for competition but to manage their lives.
Book Week is one of the great highlights of our year at Clairvaux. We enjoy lots of activities during Book Week, but on the final day, we hold a special celebration in our hall.
Every year we look forward to finding out the theme and each Learning Community works hard together to plan and create a short performance to present to the many parents, grandparents and friends who come to watch. Of course one of the most exciting parts is deciding on our costumes and many families get into the act by adding ideas and assistance.
On our special Book Week celebration day we can’t wait to have our turn to perform, but we really love to watch all the other classes too, as they are ALL fantastic. Even the teachers get into the act and they are always very funny to watch.
Thanks to all the teachers and children for their great ideas and hard work, and to the families for supporting their children with their costumes and for being such an enthusiastic audience. It is always a wonderful day!
Here are some of the highlights of our 2012 celebration.
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When well known book character
came to Clairvaux recently, it was to help out with the Book Fair . . . and he did a great job! Each morning he arrived smartly dressed in his green suit to collect children from their classes and take them to the book Fair.
The children gave him a great welcome when he and his helper knocked on their door. We didn’t want to say good bye . . . .