MJPS Stage 3

Term 2 2016

Welcome back to Term 2. Our Stage 3 students have made an excellent start to the school year and we are now looking forward to building upon this throughout the rest of the semester. This newsletter aims to provide you with an outline of our teaching and learning programs for the term as well as some additional information regarding upcoming events.

All enquiries about student progress should be directed to the class teacher. The Assistant Principal or Principal can discuss wider or whole school concerns. Please make an appointment with the school office or by ringing 9349 8333.

Key Stage Dates and Other Important Information.

Important dates for Stage 3 students are:

13th May- Sport begins

17th May- Year 6 Cake Stall

20th May- Zone Cross Country ( No Sport this week)

8th June- 9th June- Band Camp

10th June, 17th June, 24th June- Year 6 Smecils fundraiser

14th June- School Athletics Carnival

15th June - ICAS Test- Spelling

30th June- Reports to go home

1st July- Last day of Term - No Sport

Another notes:

Wakakirri Practise will be held every Tuesday lunchtime this term.

Stage 3 camp will be held in Term 3 from the 23- 25th August. Notes about this camp will be sent home this term. The approximate cost of this camp will be around $340.

Term 2 Staffing

Class Teachers

5G - Mr Jeff Gold

5R- Mrs Merryn Ross

5T- Mr Lewis Tait

6H- Mrs Winnie Ho

6N- Ms Trisha Noble

6F- Miss Caitlin French

Assistant Principal

Ms Trisha Noble

Support Staff

Mrs Sue Mirow- Library

Mrs Lois Worsely- EAL/D

Ms Melinda Gimblett- Learning Support

Learning Programs and Timetables


In the Writing and Representing strand this term, Year 5 and Year 6 students will be focusing on reviewing and creating well- structured persuasive texts and informative texts. They will use their knowledge of sentence structure, grammar, language devices, punctuation and vocabulary when responding to and composing clear and cohesive texts.

In the Reading and Viewing strand, students will participate in activities which centre on a shared reading novel as well numerous visual literacy books and multimedia clips. When teaching reading, we not only want to help the students decode text but also engage with core ideas, adopt critical stances, make connections and enjoy the pleasures that being a fluent reader brings. Students will continue to use the Super Six Comprehension strategies to build understanding of literacy and factual texts.

In Speaking and Listening the emphasis during Term 2 will be on the students presenting their ideas to an audience. This will be done during class discussions as well as formal presentations.

Mathematics: This term Year 5 and Year 6 students will be focusing on developing their understanding and knowledge in these areas: Pattern and Algebra, Multiplication and Division, Area, Time and 3D Space and Data. The Working Mathematically content is embedded in each topic.

Science: The Science Unit for this term is 'Desert Survivors'. It can be hard to imagine how any form of life could survive in the extreme temperatures and dryness of a desert environment. Yet even in such places an amazing diversity of plants and animals can still be found. Their structural features and adaptations not only help them to survive, but thrive under these conditions. The Desert survivors unit provides an opportunity for students to explore some of the structural features and adaptations of desert plants and animals, and to compare them with plants and animals that live in other environments. Students pose questions and develop evidence-based claims supported by their reasoning. Through hands-on activities, students investigate how the structural features of desert plants and animals help them to survive in their own natural environment. The Home Learning Research Assignment supports the students' learning on this topic.

ICT: This term, students will be using Google Classroom. Google classroom is an electronic classroom available online to schools via Google Apps for education. It allows students to come together in one place to receive, complete and turn in tasks.

Why we use it?

To create collaborative lessons that can be viewed, discussed, edited and completed as a class and individually.

To make class announcements, pose questions to students and enable students to share resources including videos, web links and research materials to help each other complete tasks.

To go paperless by creating whole lessons through one source that provides links to multiple documents including the task, videos and web links, and reading materials. Google classroom creates a document for each student and gives them a chance to ‘turn in’ their completed work online.

Students will also be using Google Classrooms to submit their home learning tasks online. A note for Year 5 parents will be going home shortly.

In addition to Google Classrooms, students will participate in a series of ICT tasks to support their learning in Science. Students will be using different web 2.0 tools to present their research. The use of different ipads apps such as explain everything, popplet, book creator, iMovie will also be used to support students’ learning. How to be a safe digital citizen is also addressed regularly.


Year 5 and 6 students are invited to bring their own personal device (laptop, tablet) to school on Mondays to Thursdays. The devices will be used to access and complete tasks on Google Classrooms as well as for research and presentation purposes. Before your child brings their device to school, please ensure you have read the BYOD Policy and returned the BYOD Student User Agreement ( available on the school website). Year 5 and 6 classrooms now all have lockers, students need to bring their own combination lock to school.

PDHPE: As part of this Key Learning Area students will be involved in a mandatory Child Protection program where students learn to recognise and respond to unsafe situations, seek assistance effectively, develop protective strategies and strengthen attitudes related to equality, respect and responsibility. All students will participate in a PE lesson during the week, developing skills in Games & Sports situations as well as skills for the upcoming Athletics Carnival.

Creative Arts: This term Year 5 and Year 6 students will create artworks throughout the term using different media. They also develop core concepts of colour, design, pattern and shape. Students will also develop their skills in music this term. They will sing, play and move to a range of music, individually and in group, demonstrating a knowledge of musical concepts.

Term Invoices and Timetable Changes:

Term Statement of Accounts

Next week, in the mail, parents will receive the Term 2 statement of accounts. This lists all activities for each child at this school for Term 2. We hope that this information gives parents sufficient financial notice to plan for these costs. Parents can pay in the usual manner through the class money folders in either one lump sum or by instalments or activities. As previous, any parents seeking financial assistance should ask at the office or directly with the Principal.

It is important to note that students will continue to receive permission notes before each event, however, these simply need to be signed and returned to the class teachers, unless the note states otherwise. Information about activities and excursions may be unknown to parents at this point in time, but information will be coming out in a timely fashion before each event so parents are aware. What we are trying to do is to separate the information/permission side from the money side and make it easier for both parents and the school.

Changes to the Timetable:

6F- Library Wednesday morning 9-9.30am

6N- Library Wednesday morning-10.15-11am

5G- PE lessons - Tuesday

3-6 Assemblies are held fortnightly on a Friday morning at 9.15am. Please check the newsletter weekly for confirmation.

How to read with older children:

An interesting article which is worth a read.


Thank you for your ongoing support of your child and the school.

Links to help you at home