Photo: Year One/ Two students recently attended a tour of the MCG

The Lyrebird Word

20 March 2020
Issue Four

 

 

Principal's Message
Calendar of Events
Student of the Week Awards  
Curriculum- Teaching and Learning
Foundation 
Year One
Year Two
Year Three/ Four
Year Five/ Six
Health & Physical Education
Languages- Japanese
Performing Arts
Visual Arts
Student Voice
Extend- Out of School Hours  
PTA- Parent Teacher Association
UNIFORM SHOP 
Community News
Upwey South Primary School
(03) 9757 0200
91 Morris Road
Upwey, Victoria, 3158
AU

Principal's Message

Thank you to our School Community

Over the past fortnight there has been a saturation of media reports which families are being asked to consume... and try to make sense of. These media reports are linked to the current Covid-19 (coronavirus) situation, and are a reflection of the unprecedented challenge which is currently facing communities on a global scale. 

 

 It is important that you are aware that the intent of this newsletter is not to add to the media saturation regarding coronavirus. There are currently no known cases, or suspected cases, of coronavirus within our school community.

 

The intent of this newsletter is to: 

Provide you with clear and concise information regarding teaching and learning at Upwey South Primary School over the past fortnight; and to celebrate the achievements of our school community. 

However, given the current situation it is important that, as the Principal, I provide some commentary regarding our school community's experiences to date. 

 

Thank you to our School Community

 

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge our amazing school community. As a Principal who is heavily involved in the day-to-day delivery of curriculum, I am fortunate to interact with students, staff and families. The following are notable highlights to come out of the current situation: 

 

- Parents have visited teachers with flowers, cards and other tokens of appreciation to say "thank you" for the ongoing support you are providing my child. 

 

- Staff are motivated to continue to provide a high-quality curriculum, and have stepped-up to accommodate a variety of learning arrangements; both at home and school.

 

- Students have been thoughtful and supportive of each other, and their teachers. They have shown kindness through their actions, and a willingness to be respectful of changes in their current routine. 

 

What is our role as a School in the current environment?

 

As a staff we have held a number of briefings to discuss the importance of remaining focused upon our core business. We see our role as two-fold: 

 

1) To provide our students with "normality" in their daily routines. We are aware that many students are experiencing interrupted access to their sporting pursuits, dance classes, swimming lessons, scout camps, weekend activities, and so on. Hence, it is ever important that we provide normality through our daily interactions within the school and classrooms. 

 

2) To be respectful of diversity across our school community. Whilst continuing to provide learning as per normal, we are mindful that families have the right to make decisions which address the needs of their personal circumstances. Therefore, as a staff we will  continue to accommodate and support families within our means, whilst adhering to Department of Education and Training (DET) directives. 

 

In support of the above, we endeavor to provide you with clear, concise information which is relevant to our school community. 

 

Whilst the current situation may inevitably present challenges, it also presents an opportunity for us to be kind and take care of each other. It presents the opportunity for our school community to shine, and to put into action our School Values of Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. 

Upwey Mens Shed (UMS) Proposal- 56 Griffiths Road, Upwey

In the last edition of our newsletter (06/03/2020) we made reference to the proposed establishment of an Upwey Mens Shed (UMS) at 56 Griffiths Road, Upwey. 

Our school community are being provided with an extended timeline to provide input.

In short, Yarra Ranges Council is considering a submission from UMS to establish a facility on the above mentioned block.

Last week, a meeting was held between representatives of Yarra Ranges Council, the current School Council President, and the Principal. At this meeting an agreement was reached that the school community would be provided with an extended timeline in which to garner views and opinions of families. 

 

This extended timeline shows that the Yarra Ranges Council wish to hear further from our school community, before making a decision at a Yarra Ranges Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday 12th May 2020. 

 

How to make a submission

 

For those community members who wish to have their input considered, you are asked to make a submission in writing. Please be aware that the guidelines below are only relevant to members of our school community:  

 

1) Read the attached document "FAQs UMS Proposal" and the attached document "UMS submission  compilation-redacted-pg75-119"

2) Should you wish to make a submission, send an email to upwey.south.ps@edumail.vic.gov.au with the Subject Line "UMS Proposal Submission". Please include the following information within your email: 

- your full name and postal address

- your child's class and name

Submissions can be emailed prior to 4:00pm Friday 10th April 2020.  

 

What will the school do with the submissions?

 

The School Principal will collate all submissions, and provide these as raw data to Yarra Ranges Council, along with a summary document. 

Keeping Aware of Information Relating to School

As a school we work hard to keep our families informed of happenings across the school. We acknowledge that receiving information in a timely and consistent manner can help to alleviate the pressures which come from managing a busy family calendar. 

Communicating via Compass

All of our school notifications are sent via the Newsfeed within the Compass app. There is also a calendar of events within the app, which sends push notifications to users to remind them of school events. 

 

In 2020, we are also utilising Compass for families to consent and pay in order for their children to take part in school events. The uptake and comments from families thus far is that it is so easy to do, and helpful to be able to consent at the push of a button. 

 

In order to filter notifications which are received, you will notice that we send out notifications which are year level specific. This means that sometimes not all notifications are sent to all year levels. 

Calendar of Events

Helping our School Community to be engaged.

Please note: The events listed  in the table below are for Term One & Term 2 and some advanced dates.

Events will continue to be included within the Compass Calendar, and provide you with push notifications. 

Term One 2020 Events for your Calendar

 

Date Event
   
Monday 23rd March

Years 3-6 Athletics Day - Kings Park, Upper Ferntree Gully (Postponed)

School Council - 7pm (Going ahead)

Years 3-6 District Tennis - selected students (Postponed)

Wednesday 25th March JMSS - Maths/Science/Robogals (Postponed)
Thursday 26th March Inquiry Expos - Whole School (Cancelled)
Friday 27th March Last Day of Term 1 - 2.30pm dismissal
Term 2  
Tuesday 14th April First Day of Term 2
Wednesday 15th April Silver Coin Challenge begins
Thursday 16th April Division Tennis Years 3-6 Qualifying Students (outcome unknown)
Thursday 23rd April SSS Dance Rehearsal in the Gym (outcome unknown)
Friday 24th April Whole School Cross Country (outcome unknown)
Friday 1st May

Curriculum Day - no students to attend school

(OSHC available)

Monday 4th May - Friday 8th May Foundation - Year 2 Swimming Program
Wednesday 6th May NEVR Choir - Selected students (Cancelled)
Thursday 7th May Regional Tennis - Qualifying Students (outcome unknown)
Friday 8th May Mothers Day Stall
Tuesday 12th May NAPLAN (Language & Writing)
Wednesday 13th May NAPLAN (Reading)
Thursday 14th May NAPLAN (Numeracy)
Thursday 14th - Wednesday 20th May Book Fair (outcome unknown)
Monday 18th May - Friday 22nd May Education Week and Open Day (outcome unknown)
Friday 22nd May District Cross Country - Qualifying Students (outcome unknown)
Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th May NEVR Choir - selected students (Cancelled)
Wednesday 27th May District Winter Sports Year 5/6 students (outcome unknown)
Thursday 28th May SSS Dance Rehearsal in the Gym (outcome unknown)
Tuesday 2nd June Division Cross Country Year 3-6 Qualifying Students (outcome unknown)
Thursday 4th June Silver Coin Challenge winners party
Friday 5th June

Curriculum Day - no students to attend school

(OSHC available)

Monday 8th June Queens Birthday Public Holiday
Wednesday 10th June Sexuality Health Year 5/6
Monday 15th June PTA Special Lunch - Pizza
Tuesday 16th June Region Cross Country - Qualifying students (outcome unknown)
Wednesday 17th June Sexuality Health Year 5/6
Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd June Parent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 24th June Sexuality Health Year 5/6
Friday 26th June Last Day of Term 2 - 2.30pm dismissal
   
Advanced dates for your calendar Events
Friday 7th August 

Curriculum Day- No students to attend school

(OSHC available)

Monday 19th- Wednesday 22nd October Year 5/6 Camp- Campaspe Downs
Monday 16th- Wednesday 18th November

Year 3/4 Camp- CYC Forest Edge

(note change of date and location)

Student of the Week Awards
 

Congratulations to our students for their Positive Learning Behaviours

Each week at our Monday afternoon assembly, staff present a student of the week award.

Student Positive Learning Behaviour
Tal

For demonstrating learner RESPECT by being polite and following instructions thoroughly. Congratulations for completing the origami task on the Japanese Doll Festival preceisely and neatly. Excellent work!

Anna For your efforts throughout the entire Rugby League Program. From the first lesson you could see that you were willing to learn new skills and apply them to the mini games that were conducted. You possess great lateral movement, which allowed you to be successful when completing certain tasks. Well done!
Fletcher  For using excellent leadership skills when completing all learning tasks. Well done Fletcher, you always set a fantastic example of positive behaviours for learning. Keep up the fantastic work!!
Jasper Jasper, you are always willing to lend a helping hand around the classroom. You show positivity and respect towards other at all times. You always take responsibility for your learning and you lead by example. You are always a responsible learner. Well done Jasper!
Skylar A terrific start to 2020. Thank you for always trying your best on all activities in class. You take responsibility for your own learning and are always willing to assist others. You are a great role model for your classmates. Keep up the great work Skylar!
Logan Logan you are a hardworking student who consistently tries your best in all curriculum areas. It is wonderful to see the improvements in your work and your willingness to take on advice!
Jack For his excellent work ethic. Jack is a motivated and independent student with a great love of learning. His positive attitude and willingness to try new strategies inspires those around him. Jack you are a wonderful leader!
Lilly Congratulations Lilly. The effort that you are putting into your work is outstanding. Your ability to follow instructions and ask questions shows that you are applying yourself to your learning. Well done. Keep up the great effort.
Oliver Congratulations Oliver on receiving this Performing Arts award. You have shown incredible persistence and patience during our VSSS dance rehearsals and have been a wonderful team player. Your enthusiasm is contagious. Thank you for your positivity.
Lily For being a resilient and hardworking student. You consistently try your hardest with every learning task and you set an amazing example for your class with your positive behaviours for learning. Well done Lily!
Bonnie Congratulations Bonnie on consistently demonstrating Respect, Resilience and Responsibility towards your learning and classmates. Mrs McQueen loves being your teacher. Well done.
Riley Congratulations Riley on a successful Term One. You show dedication to all areas of your school work and consistently approach tasks with a positive attitude. You are a responsible member of 5/6A who is building strong resilience skills. Well done Riley.
Renair For displaying interest in all areas of the curriculum and thrive on new challenges. You show great understanding and enthusiasm in Maths. You have quickly grasped playing the violin and you have learned about the Antarctica through Gifted Insights. Renair you are a happy, thoughtful and conscientious student. Keep up the great work.
Anthony They way you have taken responsibility for your own learning as been very impressive. Keep it up, you're working hard and it is paying off!
Harry you have been consistently displaying a positive and cooperative attitude towards all aspects of your schooling! You are always ready to learn and approach everything with a smile! Well done Harry!
   

Curriculum- Teaching and Learning

School Wide Teaching and Learning

In each edition of our school newsletter, we share with our community an insight into the curriculum being taught within our classrooms. This reflects our school's strong focus upon continuous improvement. 

Each edition covers a different area of the curriculum, and is supported by our school-wide approaches to teaching and learning. 

Mathematical Learning Across our School 

In this edition of the newsletter, each Level Leader provides our families with information as to the areas of Mathematics which students have been investigating this term. It is also wonderful to see that some of our younger students have taken the opportunity to enrich their learning through joining our senior students to take part in the 2020 Math Olympiad. 

 

This is linked closely to our school's Guiding Principles, which underpin our School Philosophy. 

 

Guiding Principles

The underpinning of our School Philosophy

Evidence-Based Learning

We deliver evidence-based learning for our students by actively engaging in professional learning, maintaining up-to-date assessment data, accessing reliable sources of professional information, utilising the School’s Data Centre to document achievements, actions, and evidence through school-wide data tools.

 

Consistency

We work as a school-wide team of professionals to provide consistency in daily routines and structures for our students.

 

Predictability

The actions of the adults in our school are predictable, compassionate, calming, and supportive at all times.

 

Orderliness

We provide our students with an orderly learning environment, which is free of clutter, reflects current student achievements, and promotes a collective responsibility for shared learning spaces.

 

Reinforcement of desirable learning behaviours

We work hard to acknowledge on-task learning behaviours, and encourage students to regulate their learning through the Berry Street Educational Model.

 

Responsiveness

We act promptly to support all students, staff, and community members, through providing timely information. We take action with a positive mindset, informing relevant others of our actions, and promoting a collective responsibility for student learning.

What's the Curriculum focus coming up in the next edition of the newsletter?

In the next edition of our newsletter, we will be sharing information on the Inquiry Focus for our units of learning in Term Two. 

Foundation 

An Overview of our Learning
 

What have we been covering in Mathematics this term, and why?

In mathematics this term we have covered topics from the strands of Number and Algebra and Measurement and Geometry. This is because number awareness is a foundational skill required to being applying mathematical reasoning to problem solving. 

 

Number and Algebra

This term, students have been focusing on developing their number sense. They have been learning all about the numbers 1-20, ordering them forwards and backwards. Students are consolidating skills of connecting the number names, numerals and quantities of numbers through a variety of hands on activities and games. We have been explicitly teaching the formation of the numerals 0 to 10 to ensure that students are writing them correctly. Every day we have been recording the number of days we have been at school in preparation for our ‘100 days of school’.

 

Measurement and Geometry

In Measurement and Geometry, we have been describing, sorting and drawing two-dimensional shapes and finding them in our immediate environment. We have also been exploring the different features of these basic shapes. Students have also been focusing on learning the days of the week in order and connecting these days to familiar events.

 

How have concepts been delivered?

Students have been participating in a variety of enriching and relevant learning activities, which allow them to develop their counting skills. These include hands-on, open-ended investigative tasks, games using dice, use of concrete materials, songs, numbers in action obstacle course and bookwork. We have utilised the data collected from the early years assessment interview to assist in our planning to develop differentiated ability based targeted teaching.

 

What are the underlying proficiencies which we have been focussing upon?

The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics and working mathematically and are applied across all three strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

This term in Foundation, we have been focusing on the proficiency of Understanding. Students have been learning how to describe their mathematical thinking and interpret mathematical information.

 

 

Year One

MCG Excursion

On Friday 13th March, the students, teachers and parent helpers from Year One and Year Two went on an excursion to the MCG. This excursion was to complement the Term One inquiry unit of Health and Safety.
During the excursion the students engaged in the following activities:
- A bus ride into the city, which was a first experience for many
- Exploring the National Sports Museum, where we learnt a lot about the history of the MCG, the different sports that are played, and the history of some famous cricket and football players.
- Exploring and investigating the new ‘Game On’ section in which we got to try playing different sports. Students used their wristbands to ‘activate’ the games they played and to track their progress.

 

Upwey South Primary School was very lucky to be one of the first schools in Victoria to go to the new ‘Game On’ section.

We went on a guided tour by a MCG volunteer who told us all about the history of the MCG. We even got to go onto the MCG ground!
- We went to the MCG member’s section and got to sit in the comfortable and fancy chairs
      
We were extremely proud of our students, in the manner they conducted themselves when learning beyond our school's borders. They asked some amazing questions throughout the day, and had a unique experience!
Thank you to all of our amazing parent helpers who came along on the day. Your support makes our school a wonderful place to teach and learn!

Overview of Learning

What have we been covering in Mathematics this term, and why?

During this term, in Year One and Year Two we have covered topics from the three strands, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. We are building upon our students' existing knowledge of pure number, so that they may utilise this knowledge to undertake further problem solving and applied challenges. 

 

Number and Algebra

Students apply their number sense and strategies for counting and representing numbers and explore the properties of numbers. They apply a range of strategies such as addition and subtraction and develop an understanding of the connections between those operations.

 

Measurement and Geometry

Students develop their understanding of size, shape and movement of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. They learn about the features of these shapes and are able to sort and identify such shapes based on these observable features. They investigate the properties and apply their understanding of them to define, compare and construct figures and objects.

 

Statistics and Probability

Students build upon their ability to describe data displays. They ask questions to collect data and create simple data displays. Students learn how to classify outcomes of simple familiar events using everyday language to describe to describe those outcomes.

 

How have concepts been delivered?

Through investigative tasks and hands-on activities we have been able to teach the concepts within the curriculum. In the Year One and Year Two classrooms we have been utilising Essential Assessment to collect relevant data on each student. Based on this information we have planned to teach at the point of need for each student whilst covering the underlying proficiencies.

 

What are the underlying proficiencies which we have been focussing upon?

The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics. They are applied across all three strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

This term, in the Year One and Year Two classrooms we have mostly focused on the proficiency of Fluency. This describes the students developing skills in accurately recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily. For example, understanding and knowing automatically all the numbers that make 10 and 20.

Year Two

MCG Excursion
 

On Friday 13th March, the students, teachers and parent helpers from Year One and Year Two went on an excursion to the MCG. This excursion was to complement the Term One inquiry unit of Health and Safety.
During the excursion the students engaged in the following activities:
- A bus ride into the city, which was a first experience for many
- Exploring the National Sports Museum, where we learnt a lot about the history of the MCG, the different sports that are played, and the history of some famous cricket and football players.
- Exploring and investigating the new ‘Game On’ section in which we got to try playing different sports. Students used their wristbands to ‘activate’ the games they played and to track their progress.

 

An Overview of our Learning

What have we been covering in Mathematics this term, and why?

During this term, in Year One and Year Two we have covered topics from the three strands, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability. We are building upon our students' existing knowledge of pure number, so that they may utilise this knowledge to undertake further problem solving and applied challenges. 

 

Number and Algebra

Students apply their number sense and strategies for counting and representing numbers and explore the properties of numbers. They apply a range of strategies such as addition and subtraction and develop an understanding of the connections between those operations.

 

Measurement and Geometry

Students develop their understanding of size, shape and movement of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. They learn about the features of these shapes and are able to sort and identify such shapes based on these observable features. They investigate the properties and apply their understanding of them to define, compare and construct figures and objects.

 

Statistics and Probability

Students build upon their ability to describe data displays. They ask questions to collect data and create simple data displays. Students learn how to classify outcomes of simple familiar events using everyday language to describe to describe those outcomes.

 

How have concepts been delivered?

Through investigative tasks and hands-on activities we have been able to teach the concepts within the curriculum. In the Year One and Year Two classrooms we have been utilising Essential Assessment to collect relevant data on each student. Based on this information we have planned to teach at the point of need for each student whilst covering the underlying proficiencies.

 

What are the underlying proficiencies which we have been focussing upon?

The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics. They are applied across all three strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.

This term, in the Year One and Year Two classrooms we have mostly focused on the proficiency of Fluency. This describes the students developing skills in accurately recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily. For example, understanding and knowing automatically all the numbers that make 10 and 20.

Year Three/ Four

An Overview of our Learning
 


 What have we been covering in Mathematics this term, and why?
 During this term, in Year Three and Year Four we have covered topics from the strand Number and Algebra. Our emphasis has been upon Number and Place Value, as well as Fractions. Building an awareness of numbers which are smaller and larger than one unit (1), gives the students a whole-part-whole foundation to their mathematical understanding. This knowledge can then be transferred  to other areas of Mathematics.
 
Number and Algebra
In Year Three, students count and order numbers to and from 10 000. They recognise the connection between addition and subtraction and recall addition and multiplication facts for single-digit numbers. Students model and represent unit fractions for halves, thirds, quarters, fifths and eighths, and multiples of these up to one. They classify numbers as either odd or even, continue number patterns involving addition or subtraction, and explore simple number sequences based on multiples.
In Year 4, students recall multiplication facts to 10 x 10 and related division facts. They choose appropriate strategies for calculations involving multiplication and division. They locate familiar fractions on a number line, recognise common equivalent fractions in familiar contexts and make connections between fractions and decimal notations up to two decimal places. Students identify unknown quantities in number sentences. They use the properties of odd and even numbers and describe number patterns resulting from multiplication. Students continue number sequences involving multiples of single-digit numbers and unit fractions, and locate them on a number line.
 
How have concepts been delivered?
Through investigative tasks and hands-on activities we have been able to teach the concepts within the curriculum. In the Year Three/Four classrooms we have been utilising Essential Assessment to collect relevant data on each student. Based on this information we have planned to teach at the point of need for each student whilst covering the underlying proficiencies. Students have participated in individual, partner and small group work as well as games, to enhance their learning experience in Mathematics.
 
What are the underlying proficiencies which we have been focussing upon?
The proficiencies of Understanding, Fluency, Problem Solving, and Reasoning are fundamental to learning mathematics. They are applied across all three strands Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.
 
This term, in the Year Three/ Four classrooms we have focused on the proficiencies of Understanding and Fluency.
Understanding refers to students building a robust knowledge of adaptable and transferable mathematical concepts and structures. Students make connections between related concepts and progressively apply the familiar to develop new ideas. They develop an understanding of the relationship between the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ of mathematics. An example of Understanding is when a student is able to transfer their understanding of fractions to telling the time to the quarter hour.

Fluency describes students developing skills in choosing appropriate procedures, carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately, and recalling factual knowledge and concepts readily. An example of this is our regular Times Tables Challenge. Students have the task to solve 50 multiplication sums within a set time frame.

Year Five/ Six

An Overview of our Learning
 

What have we been covering in Mathematics this term, and why?

During Term One our students have been focusing on many areas within the Number and Measurement strands, including:

- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Division, Place Value and Two / Three Dimensional shapes.

 

Units of work are planned over a one or two week cycle, allowing students time to learn a range of different methods and to solve a range of tasks. During the second week of a unit, students are able to transfer their learnt knowledge into investigation tasks which make links to the real world.

We have been focusing on students understanding that Addition and Subtraction / Multiplication and Division are opposite operations. By including Place Value in our focused topics, students understand the importance of keeping values consistent during completion of the operations. This is particularly important with bookwork, as we work with larger numbers, and numbers which are smaller components of one (1) unit; such as decimals and fractions. 

 

How have concepts been delivered?

On a regular basis each class uses Essential Assessment (an online Mathematical tool) to complete Pre-test and Post-tests of all units. This data allows us to plan units of work that are specific and focused to the areas that the cohort need further work in. We regularly use this data to inform all of our teaching practices.

Mathematical lessons are planned with a focus on the Gradual Release of Responsibility. This instructional model allows time for the teacher to teach particular skills, students to explore through small group activities, and finally allowing opportunities for the students to work independently to transfer their knowledge.

All levels of student abilities are being covered during Maths lessons, utilising the Steps to Success (SOLO Taxonomy) with tasks that can extend our proficient mathematicians.

 

What are the underlying proficiencies which students have been focussing upon?

During all Mathematical sessions it is the teacher's Learning Intention to make sure all students have a clear Understanding of the four operations and how they connect to their world.

Through planning using the Steps to Success, students are using Problem Solving strategies to transfer their learnt knowledge into completing a range of tasks.

During our Shapes unit, students have been able to develop Reasoning skills in identifying the features (similar and different) of two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes.

 

What Extra Curricular activities are we offering?

During this semester we have been able to offer a range of Extra Curricular activities whcih have a maths focus. These activities are: Maths Olympiad, John Monash Science School – Mini Mathematician and Gift Insights. Later in the year we offer an opportunity for students to be involved in ICAS mathematics.

 

 

Health & Physical Education

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Justin Scicluna (Health & Physical Education) Scicluna.Justin.M@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

An Overview of our Learning

Foundation: Students in the foundation area have progressed with developing their fundamental motor skills. Over the last two weeks, the focus has been on the underarm throw using the Tik, Tok, Step and Rock method. To practise this skill, students have moved through different stations using a variety of different objects.

 

Year One-Two: The children in these year levels have moved to the overarm throw skill, using the strongman/girl technique. They have practised this during a variety of different games, some of which included the Indigenous Culture. The key moving forward will be to continue to develop student’s techniques and accuracy when throwing.

 

Year Three-Six: The students in these year levels completed their first portfolio task that involved the research and character profile of an Aboriginal Sports Star. Further to this, students had to select an Indigenous Sports game and describe how it was played. 

 

The Rugby League Stars program will taking place in Term Two and students have the opportunity to enrol into the program that will run after schools at a cost of $49. To view more information about the program visit the below link

https://www.playrugbyleague.com/league-stars/activity-videos/activity-videos-912/

 

Regional Swimming Carnival: On the 13th March, thirteen of our students represented the school at the Regional Swimming Carnival. To make it to this level was a fantastic achievement in itself and all of the students should be super proud of their efforts. Whilst we did not have anyone progress through to the next stage the students achieved some great results against serious competition and larger schools.

Thank you to all of the parents who came and supported the students on the day, we really appreciate it very much.

Well done Upwey South!

 

Upcoming Events:  Upwey South School Cross Country Event 17/04/2020 to be held within the Upwey Sth grounds. (TBC)

 

Languages- Japanese

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Sensei Masae Uekusa (Japanese) uekusa.masae.m@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

2020- Japan hosts the Olympics!

This year is very exciting for Japan, as they will host the Summer Olympics from Friday 24th July- Sunday 9th August. We are also very excited as a school, because the time difference between Australia and Japan is minimal. For information on this exciting event visit: https://www.olympic.org/tokyo-2020

 

Performing Arts

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Penelope Lang (Performing Arts) lang.penelope.l@edumail.vic.gov.au

 

An Overview of our Learning
 
 

Performing Arts (weeks 7 and 8) 

This Friday evening I will be attending the Department of Education, Performing Arts Unit in the city to participate in the first Mass Choir professional development. I will meet lots of other teachers from participating schools and together we will begin to learn some of the VSSS songs with the Musical Director, Rob Latham. I am very excited and can’t wait to start teaching our VSSS singers at USPS.
Unfortunately the NEVR youth concert, due to be performed at Hamer Hall in May, has been cancelled. Thank you to those of you who expressed an interest in participating. We will apply again next year.
 

Foundation: The students continued to explore the musical element of Tempo and worked as a whole class to perform ‘Largo’ (slowly), ‘Presto’ (quickly) and ‘Moderato’ (moderate/middle).  We used percussion instruments to display our learning with one person being the ‘conductor’ ensuring people kept in time with a ‘steady beat’. You can practise this at home if you have some chopsticks!
This week the students began to write, clap and say simple graphic notation such a Ta and Ti-ti. The students are starting to listen to rhythms and match them to the written notation. They are working in small groups to write their own rhythms incorporating changes of tempo. We have enjoyed some relaxing visualisations to finish our lessons.

Year 1 and 2:  It is always fun to teach musical concepts through song and this week we sang, “It’s My Car” to consolidate our beat keeping skills and to explore the musical rest. Can you remember the words? “Honk honk, rattle rattle, toot crash, beep beep”. Perhaps you could sing it in your family? Don’t forget to take a rest! We continued working on our rhythm clocks and students quickly learnt that writing rhythms is very different to playing rhythms. It has been great to see lots of resilience in my room.
This week the students worked in their small groups to perform their rhythm clock compositions. The ask of the task was to move smoothly from one bar of ‘graphic notation’ to the next whilst keeping a steady beat. Team work and listening skills were very important. We finished with a game of Rock Stars.

Year 3 and 4: We warmed up with some ‘Music Maths’ in preparation for finishing the compositions which required four beats in every bar.  We started listening to different musical patterns and discovered that some rhythms sound like full stops whilst others sound like commas.
This week we will finish and perform our 4x4 rhythmic compositions. One person will keep the beat whilst the other person performs the rhythm. The students will reflect on and refine their compositions based on what ‘sounds nice’ to them. I always encourage the students to stop and listen to the music they create. Some students are composing for pitched instruments but most will perform on a percussive instrument of choice.

Year 5 and 6: The students continued to research their chosen artiste for their ‘Music Poster Project’.  The partner work has been a little challenging with some students away on camp or at swimming events.  There will be no more time allocated in class for the project. All posters AND presentations are due at the beginning of Term 2.
This week we finalised the classes Top 25 playlist and discussed the importance of appropriateness for audience when playing certain songs. We are now beginning to look at the elements of music and how music is composed, read and played. We will play a mixture of pitched and unpitched instruments over the next few weeks and into Term 2.

 

 

 

We are starting a School Band!!!
 

Dear Upwey South Parents,

It has been a dream of ours for quite some time to start a Year Five/Six band at USPS. We have many talented musicians and a passionate team of instrumental teachers. We are really hoping to start our school band in Term Two. We do, however, need some additional musical instruments and equipment before we can get started. We are calling on anyone who might be able to donate any of the following to the school.

Here is what we need:
Electric Guitar 
Bass Guitar 
Guitar Amp 
Bass Amp
Mixing Desk - 12 Channels or More
Guitar Stand Rack or 3 x Individual Stands
Vocal Mics x 4
Mic Stands x 4
XLR Leads x 5
Guitar Leads x 5

We thank you kindly in advance for your donations!

Penelope and the Groove Foundations Team - Jordan, Jed and Amaris

Visual Arts

Communicating with the Specialist Team

We look forward to partnering with you in 2020, and welcome your input:

Samantha White (Visual Arts)  White.Samantha.L@edumail.vic.gov.au

In the next edition of our newsletter, we will provide you with an overview of the curriculum focus for each level across our school. 

An Overview of our Learning

Over the last fortnight the Foundation students have been working on making line drawings of flowers using black paper and metallic markers. These were added to the printing background they created in the previous session. They also listened to the book “If the dinosaurs came back” and then used black markers to make a drawing of a city scape, which they will use in the next session to create a collage.

 

Over the last fortnight the Year 1 and 2 students have been working on creating a piece of Plasticine Relief Art. The Level 1s listened to the very hungry caterpillar and then used plasticine to create a 2D picture of the food the caterpillar ate. The Level 2s listened to the book “The leaves falling down” and created a 2D picture of an autumn tree.

 

Over the last fortnight the Year  3 and 4 students have been exploring what tone is, and how we can use pencils to create different tones of the same colour. Students used pencils to practise creating a piece of work which required them to create light tone and darker tones. Students focused on blending the colours together so there was no clear starting and end points to each shade. Students also created a landscape using only lines and patterns.

 

Over the last two weeks the Year 5 and 6 students have used watercolour pencils to create a colourful mandalas.

 

 

 

 

Student Voice

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence- Harmony and Kindness

Unfortunately, due to restrictions on the gathering of people within enclosed spaces we have been unable to proceed with our planned events to mark these days. A circular has been sent to all schools with a "watch this space" message for a reconvening of the event. 

 

​​​The National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) is an important day to mark Australian school communities standing together against bullying and violence. In 2020, the date for schools is Friday 20 March 2020.

Throughout 2020, our school's SWPBL Leaders (Teagan W, Frankie A, Maya B, Zane W) will be working with a team of teachers to promote "kindness" and "acceptance of others" across our school. 

The first action which our student leaders have undertaken is to check that the shared learning spaces in each year level have posters up advertising "Bullying. No Way!". They are also researching the NDA website to look at activity ideas and resources to help ensure a fantastic day of positive action. 

 

 

To check out some of the ideas and events visit: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/NationalDay 

 

In celebration of promoting "kindness", our School Choir will also be singing a "Harmony Day" song at our school-wide assembly on Monday 16th March. At this assembly, our SWPBL Leaders will also be speaking about the importance of celebrating individual differences across our community. 

 

Extend- Out of School Hours



 

Holiday Program-Bookings open now

 

Schedule of Events

 

PTA- Parent Teacher Association

PTA Easter Raffle

Please return your tickets to the office before 4:00pm today (20/03/2020), to be in the running for some great Easter prizes. 

The tickets will be drawn and announced over our school loud speaker on 

 

UNIFORM SHOP 

Clearance Sale of Uniforms

Our Uniform Shop Klad Sport located at 8 Macro Court Rowville is having a clearance sale.

Please click above to access the uniform pricing list. 

 

Current clearance Sale

Gold Polo shirts $12.00

Green Polar Fleece $19.00

 

Looking for Quality Second Hand Uniforms

We have an on-site second-hand uniform shop which is open every Thursday from 3:45pm-4:15pm. 

All items are $2.00 or $5.00

Community News

Community Announcements

Neither Upwey South Primary School nor the Department of Education and Training  (DET) endorses the product or services of any private advertiser. No responsibility is accepted by Upwey South Primary School or the Department of Education and Training (DET) for accuracy of information  contained in advertisements or claims made by them.

 

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund

To be eligible to apply for this fund you must have a Health Card Card valid as at the 28th January 2020. Please contact the school office to complete a current application form.

 

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