For our multicultural inquiry investigation, 5/6 SC visited a Buddhist Temple in Melbourne.
Quang Minh Temple is a centre for the Vietnamese Buddhist community in Victoria. The Temple is situated about twelve kilometres west of Melbourne’s CBD, overlooking the Maribyrnong River. We had an instructor named Phuoc Tan who guided us around the Temple.
After some meditating, we were invited to see some people perform Kung Fu. We were very lucky to see them because they were world champions. They showed us some routines and back flips.
But best of all we got to have a vegetarian lunch which included spring rolls, noodles with tofu and fried rice. If we wanted, we could even have hot tea and oranges.
After the delicious meal we decided to go and see the big, white Buddha on the hill. It was a dream come true to have the experience to see the Buddhist Temple.
Written by Julia and Casey
Mrs Crowhurst created a wallwisher for students to reflect on the question below.
Click on the question or the picture to see what they said.
This is the first of a series of five posts in which each class will report on our recent excursions to Melbourne. They will each be different because each class visited a different venue to meet with a variety of cultural experiences.
How has Multi-culturism influenced our Australian Community?
Recently, 5/6JC went to Footscray for an excursion. We all hopped on the bus, and of course, what’s a long bus ride without singing ‘Wheels on the bus’!
To start off the day, we went to the Footscray Community Art Centre where we meet Bernadette. She showed us an aboriginal exhibition called ‘Blak side story’ (yes that’s how it was spelt!) that showed what it means to be aboriginal.
After that Bernadette took us for a walk to an Ethiopian restaurant called ‘Hambe’ where we meet Dershaye who made us traditional Ethiopian wraps with the softest bread in the world, with either chickpeas or lentil. We also had samosas and they were scrum-diddley-yummcious!
Then we walked around the Footscray Market, where we saw lots of different foods. At first we saw Chinese fruits and vegetables, then in the middle of the market there was seafood and lots of live yabbies in a bucket, but near the exit there was a butcher’s shop and the more squeamish of us had our eyes closed by this point!
My class and I had a great day and we got to see and eat different things we wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience where we live.
We have just had our annual Book Fair which begins our Book Week celebrations at school.
Since we all love reading at Clairvaux, we were very excited to see the Book Fair shelves arrive and couldn’t wait until we visited the Library to check out the books and write our Wishlists.
We were pleased to see that once again our favourite character Clifford had accompanied the Book Fair and we had lots of fun with him when he came to our classrooms each morning to collect children who wanted to purchase Books, and take them to the Fair. (Although, a couple of the Preps weren’t quite sure at first if they liked him as much as we did – maybe they hadn’t read his stories yet!)
It was great to see many ‘booklover’ parents accompanying their children before and after school and it was wonderful to observe people really engaged in discussing and choosing their books. It was amazing to see how many past students popped in to join in the excitement – yes, they too were very soon ‘lost’ in the bookshelves browsing for a ‘good read’.
This year our Book Fair competition was a guessing game. The idea was that you had to estimate the number of pages in a bundle of books about different countries of the world. There were quite a lot of pages and Matthew (Year 3/4 JD) was the closest with a guess of 1,811 and was awarded his choice of a free book for his effort. Well done Matthew!
(If you’re curious to find the correct answer, scratch the card and it will be revealed.)
Consolation prizes were also awarded to children who just missed out. Congratulations to - Molly, Amy, Casey and Mitchell (5/6); Alicia and Jessica (3/4); Ella and Ethan (1/2) and Chanel and Archer (Prep) for getting very close.
Of course we could not have a successful Book Fair without our fantastic parent helpers who support our school so well, so a big THANK YOU from all of us and a special mention to Tania who is our very capable Book Fair manager.
Maybe Clifford will be back to visit next year, but for now, here is a message from him that I found stuck to the book shelves.
What features of his personality are reflected in his face?
Recently during our writing sessions we tried writing a‘Snapshot’ description about a picture. We chose this photo of an ‘interesting face’.
Our task was to look very, very closely at every part of the photograph and not only to describe his features, but also to use the picture to predict things about the person . . . What type of a person is he? What is his life like? What does he do? . . . etc.
Julia (5/6 SC)showed that she had ‘zoomed in’ to this snapshot and wrote a very descriptive piece about this particular ‘interesting face’.
“You look into his eyes and see a brave, wise and calm guy. You see an old man with a big beard that turns his look into a whole different perspective.
He is wrinkly and his smile has pushed up his cheeks. You can tell he is a wise man from his glossy eyes and you can see how one eye is bigger than the other.
To me, his hat makes him look a bit homeless, but he should still get respected like we do.
When I look at him it kind of makes me wonder about all his life experiences because he looks like he has had an interesting lifetime.”
Look very closely at this face.
What do you see?
Leave a comment if you can add some thoughts to Julia’s description.
On Sunday the Year Six students celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation.
They had been preparing for this in class and at home and it was very a special day for them. Many families came to support and celebrate with the candidates.
During the week, guest speakers Bill and Anne spoke about being volunteers and of the work they did with St Vincent de Paul. On Wednesday Year sixes attended a workshop which helped to prepare them for the day.
Father Vince gave them words of encouragement and Bishop Vincent called in to meet the students. Everyone was most interested to hear his inspiring story of how he had been separated from his family when he came to Australia as a refugee, and how he had recently been made a bishop.
As well as practising for the day, everyone made their seat decorations and enjoyed an activity with lemons. This activity showed us that although at first the lemons looked the same, if you studied them closely, they each had their own different characteristics which made them special and unique. Just like us!
We congratulate all the Year 6 students on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. We hope this will help you to continue to make good choices throughout your lives.
Here are just some of the highlights.
PS: No lemon was actually defaced during this activity. This was entirely a trick of technology.
A QR code is a Cell phone readable barcode used to store a message or link in the code. This includes a link to a website, a message, YouTube video, a Google Maps location, a movie, telephone number – and many more.
How can you read what it says?
It can be read by a QR code scanner such as a QR scanner smartphone app.
To scan a QR code you need an iPod touch 4th Generation, iPad 2, iPhone, or a smart phone.
Then go to the App store and search for a QR code reader. You’ll find several free apps. Install a free app such asQrafter or Unboxed Litethen hold your phone’s camera over a QR code to read it.
In the Senior Learning Community we have just enjoyed watching students’ presentations for our last Inquiry unit of work.
Now it’s a good time to think about how things went.
Reflecting on your learning helps you to see how your Learning Journey is progressing and how you met the challenges of the task.
Wallwisher is a Web 2.0 tool which acts like a wall with sticky notes. If you click on the picture it will take you to the wall where you can add a short response to the question. Your comments will then be moderated before appearing on the blog for all to see. (Please use your first name only.)
It is a very exciting week for 12 Year 5/6 students who have earned their own blog. They have been working hard to learn the skills of blogging and to complete the tasks required to gain their Blog Licence.
They have lots of ideas to create their own unique style of blogging and we look forward to reading their posts and seeing their blogs develop. You can check out their blogs by clicking on the links below and if you like, you can support their efforts by adding comments to their blogs.
“You can teach students a lesson for a day; but if you can teach them to learn by creating curiosity, they will continue the learning process as long as they live.” ~ Clay P. Bedford
Does Learning EXCITE you?
. . . . ENGAGE your interest?
. . . . . . MEAN SOMETHING to you?
Learning is not just about acquiring knowledge!
Are you like THIS?
Learning is about nurturing inquiring minds that will enable us to continue our quest for knowledge throughout life – knowledge that can be widely applied.
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Each term our INQUIRY INVESTIGATIONtakes on a different focus. Each focus has a RICH questionwhich forms the basis of our study.
Within our investigations, we have the freedom to inquire in more detail about our own particular areas of interest. Through developing good questions we are able to organise and direct our research to better learning..
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(Click picture to enlarge)
This slideshow demonstrates the process which we follow in
our ‘Inquiry Learning Journey’.
. . . is the ‘Clairvaux Thunder’ netball team’s motto and that’s what they try to remember during a game.
During the recent Zone championships they used this inspiration to help them not to give up when they were behind.
The team took out the trophy by winning each of the 3 games they played.
‘Clairvaux Thunder’s’ captain, Shannon, has prepared a report about the exciting matches they played.
On June 20, ‘Clairvaux Thunder’ netball team went to the Corio Leisure Time Centre to represent our district in the Zone Netball competition.
We played three games. The first game was against Rollins which we won 27-3. The second game was against Chilwell, which we won by three goals. It was a very nerve racking game! The final game was against Bannockburn. We won 15-9, but for much of the game it was goal for goal!
Congratulations to Shannon, Charlotte, Monique, Keely, Chloe, Emma, Kenya, Montana and Molly who all played really well.
Unfortunately Makayla couldn’t play as she was in America. We called her after the game and told her the good news, but it was 9:30 at night over there. Makayla was thrilled.
Thanks to our fantastic coach Nat for the time and effort she put into coaching us.
We wish ‘Clairvaux Thunder’ all the best for August when they compete in the regionals.
We arrive at school every day, greet our friends, unpack our bags and get ready for a day of new learning opportunities.
Well that’s why we come to school isn’t it?
True, but learning is not the same for everyone. In a class of 28 students there will be 28 different learners. Schools today recognise that every child has unique learning needs. Understanding the needs of each child determines how the class will function.
We have been discovering how we learn. By investigating Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, we began to understand why we seem to learn things successfully in some ways more than others. For example, some people may find it easy to learn to play basketball, but very difficult to learn to play a musical instrument.
There are several different styles of intelligences and we possess them all in varying degrees. By taking a test we were able to create a graph which helped us to understand our preferred ways of learning. We discovered that we could use this understanding to recognise and share our strengths with others in the classroom. We were surprised to find out that with practice, we could actually improve our less dominant intelligences.
If you would like to find out your preferred learning styles, click on the link below and go to‘Take the Test’ at the top of the page. You can print off a graph to view the results.
Father Peter Foley has been a priest in St Bernards Parish Belmont for 26 years.
In that time, many of us have been baptised, made our sacraments, become married, had our children baptised, and watched them make their sacraments with Father Peter.
Father Peter is a very special person and is much loved in our whole community.
He is a man of great vision. He has led our school in the amalgamation of St Bernards and Mercia to the formation of Clairvaux, and more recently been part of our new building and environmental project which supports 21st Century learning. Our new Resource Centre will be named ‘The Foley Centre’ after Father Peter.
He is also passionate about helping the people of Mannya and intends to visit them again this year.
It is now his time to retire and lead a more leisurely life. We feel sad that he is leaving but very grateful that he has given so much of his life to making our Parish, our church and our school such a wonderful community.
At school this week we held a special celebration where each section of the school remembered and celebrated the gift of Father Peter in their own special way.
As a gift to Father Peter, the children made a special book of messages and thoughts about him. We also presented him with a plate with a very special picture painted on it.
These are Father Peter’s favourite words and he often tells us of their special meaning.
Father Peter has always has been there for us. We will miss seeing him early in the morning reading the newspaper or chatting to children in the playground. We’ll remember him for his strength of character, his humour and the way he made God ‘real’ for all of us.
Thank you Father Peter for all that you have done. We wish you health and happiness in your retirement. We hope there are many wonderful adventures ahead for you.
Here is a tribute to Father Peter by Samantha (Year 6)
“As long as you live, you will never find a person as kind and caring as Fr. Peter Foley. He has been our Parish priest since the joining of Mercia and St. Bernard’s to create Clairvaux Catholic School.
Father Peter has always taught us to learn about God and participate in mass. He always throws a bit of a funny story in there somewhere.
Father Peter is also a mad Geelong Cat’s supporter. He often talks to us about the latest Geelong win. He also loves the horse racing. If I could get him any present, I would probably get him a few tickets to the Melbourne Cup.
Father Peter has encouraged us to think of other people instead of just ourselves. He didn’t just mean people in the schoolyard, but people around the world, particularly the children of Mannya, Uganda. Fr. Peter visits Mannya most years and brings back the stories and the happy feelings from the children.
I could tell you so much more about Father Peter, but I have a feeling that I would probably run out of paper and chop down half the Amazon as I went.”
Led by our Parish priest, Father Peter Foley, our Parish of St Bernards has developed a close relationship with Father Nestus and our sister parish of St Lukes in Mannya (Uganda).
Father Peter knows what it is like over there because he sometimes visits them.
Where is Mannya?
Mannya is a remote village of 40,000 people, around 200 km south‑west of the Ugandan capital Kampala. The community relies on small scale agriculture for their livelihood, but his has been affected by ongoing droughts. The average income of the villagers is less than $1 a day.
The community is very poor, with sickness often leaving young orphans to care for their younger brothers and sisters.
How are we helping?
Our goal is to help the people of Mannya to help themselves. The money our Parish raises goes towards providing a Health Centre to treat sick children, and helping their school, St Aloysius. The children now have uniforms and we are hoping they will soon have books like us.
Each year Clairvaux holds a Lapathon to raise money. It enables children at the school to have one meal of porridge a day. This year our Lapathon raised $6,600.
At Christmas time, one of our teachers, Mrs O’Dwyer went to visit Mannya. She had many stories to tell.
She told us that –
* They have very little food, second hand clothes, no toys or TV, and no electricity or running water.
*In some schools, the classrooms have dirt floors. There are no books, desks or blackboards and there might be 70 children in a classroom.
*The children love getting their fingernails painted by visitors!
*The children are beautiful, happy children. They reach out their hands to hold yours and you can see the hope and trust in their eyes and their smiles. They know that we care for them and they are trying to say thank you.
Why is it then, that where life is hard and they have so little, that the children of Mannya have such warm and friendly smiles?
Can you think of any other ways that our school could help the people of Mannya? This year Father Peter will visit Mannya again. What do you think he should ask them this time?
They love us, care for us, worry about us, comfort us, support us, make us yummy meals, give us hugs, take us to our sports, patch up our injuries and our tears, read stories to us and much, much more.
At Clairvaux, our Mums are also much valued. They help in so many ways – by supporting us in the classroom, assisting on working bees, supervising on excursions, running our canteen, working hard in our Library, organising many events, even helping to clean up messes we make.
To all our beautiful Mums – a big ‘Thankyou’ and we hope your special day is full of love and happiness.
So, while the Year 6’s were have a great time at camp, what were the Year 5’s doing? . . . Maths? Spelling?
They were having their own 3 day ‘In-Camp’ where they participated
in fun and leadership activities.
Here’s an account of their time by Year 5 guest bloggers
To start off the day, we went over the program and were split into three home-groups to complete the activities.
Today’s activities were – the Yahoo Club with Ms Jackie and Ms Fletcher,Building a Bridge with Mrs Henderson and last but not least, Drama with Mrs O’Dwyer.
In the Yahoo Club, we played Centipede, Stepping Stones, Ambulance and Walk the Plank. These games were focused on leadership and communicating with each other.
Build the Bridge was a really fun activity. We had to design and construct a bridge that would hold as many MAB blocks as possible. The bridge was over a bowl which made it tricky as the MAB had to be in the middle. Some bridges did not have any support in the middle so they fell down after only a few blocks.
In the Drama group, we played Door to Door which was a game where one person owned a house and the other person knocked on their door. They had to answer the door and have a conversation with whoever the ‘character’ at the door was. Before they started the game, they would not know who the other person would be.
We played ‘Minute to Win’ it with everyone. The games were tricky but we all tried our hardest and encouraged each other. The games were Defying Gravity, Blind Ball, Elephant March, Caddy Stack, Keep It Up and Double Trouble.
Afterwards we had a Newspaper Parade which involved having a model and a designer. You dressed up your model in newspaper clothes and had a fashion show. One of our favorites was Callum because of his weapons as no-one had done that design. We had to agree that the flowers were lovely.
In the afternoon we finished ‘Minute to Win It’ which was a blast.
On the final day, we got a choice of Movies to watch. The options were ‘Toy Story 3’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’. Most of the girls chose Matilda (we wonder why!) and ‘Toy Story 3’ was a big hit but ‘Charlie and The Chocolate Factory’ was popular too.
Dance! Then we danced and danced so much that we didn’t want to stop! Miss Amanda led the group in Thriller, the Chicken Dance and the Ketchup song! We showed the dances to the Principal Ms Kelly and the Deputy Principal Mrs Heard. They loved it!
We had the best time ever and we’ll remember it always.
Today we got out of bed with mixed emotions – excited to be going home to see our families, and sad because we were leaving camp.
We enjoyed our Bush Dance out in the open the night before, and learned lots of new dances. The ‘Chicken Dance‘ was fun!
Today we were off to explore the coastline. First we saw the 12 Apostles (someone can’t count!), and then Loch Ard Gorge (some of us wished we hadn’t gone down all those steps because then we had to go back up). We had a relaxing lunch on the beach at Port Campbell before our buses brought us home.
This was many children’s (and one teacher’s) first time at a camp and they experienced quite a few new challenges – attempting new activities, wearing wet and muddy clothes/shoes, climbing lots of hills, sharing rooms, doing chores, taking turns and supporting friends, and OF COURSE learning how to get leeches off your body. Some of us even received special awards for our efforts.
We’ll have lots of stories to tell our families and many great memories to keep forever of our Year 6 camp.
Many thanks to Matt the camp manager and his staff at Kangaroobie for providing such excellent facilities and program, not to mention the beautiful food!
Thank you to our teachers Nat, James, Sue, Barb, John, Tim, Kat and Pam for their organisation, leadership, care and friendship at camp.
And thankyou to our great group of Year 6 children for their fantastic attitude, their willingness to challenge themselves, their support of each other, their beautiful manners and their excellent behaviour. We are so proud of the way each child cooperated to make camp such fun.