The final term for 2016 is sure to be the biggest of them all. While our Grade 6 students finish up their primary years and ready themselves for high school, our Grade 5s are already preparing to lead Syndal South as a captain or leader in 2019.
So much has already happened in Term 4! Our concert was run over two nights in Week 4 and it was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our students worked tirelessly to perfect their dancing and singing and it’s obvious that their hard work paid off.
At the end of Week 3, a large group of Grade 5 students headed to Jells Park to represent the school in the Syndal District Cricket Gala. By all accounts it was a fun day and a valuable learning experience, made only possible by our helpful parents coaching the teams. Thank you!
On the same day, a group of ten students caught the train into ACMI to participate in the Victorian Schools Games & Apps Challenge. Our kids worked extremely hard to code their own games based on global problems including poverty and pollution, and we all found the day to be a fascinating experience.
In addition, our Solar Challenge students’ months of preparation meant that they enjoyed a very successful weekend at the state and national championships. Three boat teams swept the medal positions in the Metropolitan Championships, while one car, “Carmelion,” will be heading off to Sydney in December for the National Championships.
Our Inquiry unit this term asks “What is Money and Where Does it Come From?” This unit will look into elements of our economy, including what a consumer is, supply and demand, and how our pay cheques are not as impressive as our children may think they are. Students will be required to keep track of everything they earn as part of their classroom “job,” and they will be using the wage they’ve earned on things such as rent, insurance and utilities, before seeing what (if anything) they have left.
This unit will feature an excursion to the Prahran Market in Week 7 or 8, where they will need to work with a strict budget within a real-life scenario.
There’s also plenty more to look forward to this term; between Graduation, excursions, sports days and a range of other activities, Term 4 will make sure that 2018 ends on a high note!