Excursion Reminders

Just a reminder that this Wednesday, 21st September is Grade 5/6 excursion day. As a conclusion to our history inquiry unit, students will be heading off to either Sovereign Hill, Melbourne City and Museum or Berwick.

For each excursion, students will need to bring their snack and lunch in labelled, fully disposable plastic bags (one each for snack and lunch) and a drink bottle. They also need to wear full school uniform, their hat and appropriate footwear for walking around. Students travelling to the city and museum should not bring a backpack as there is nowhere to store them when entering the museum.

Below is some specific information about times for each excursion.

SOVEREIGN HILL – Students going to Sovereign Hill, Ballarat will need to meet at school by 7:30am. They will spend time walking around the outdoor museum and participating in the school programs role play. Don’t forget that Ballarat is often 4˚ cooler than Melbourne, so dress appropriately! The bus will return to school around 5:30pm.

CITY / MUSEUM – Students travelling to the city will need to be at school by 9am to travel to the Museum. Students will spend time in the museum and walking around the CBD. Do not bring a backpack to the city, as there is no where to store it and it can’t go in to the museum. The bus will return back to the school by 3pm.

BERWICK – Students will leave Berwick Fields at 9am and be taken by bus to Berwick Main Street where they will be led on a guided tour of the historical buildings located in and around the Main Street of Berwick and explore the way Berwick has developed over time. Students will walk to Wilson Botanic Park for lunch before being bussed back to school by 3pm.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Global Children’s Challenge


Last Thursday, our class began participating in the Global Children’s Challenge (GCC). The GCC is a worldwide event where students from around the globe are encouraged to become more fit and physically active as a part of their everyday lifestyle.

Every student has been issued with a pedometer and over the next 50 days we will be recording the number of steps we have taken as a class and entering them in to the GCC website. Throughout the challenge, we will be virtually visiting and learning about different countries around the world. Our progress can be tracked using our special 56C login to the GCC website, and we will be recording our steps in a Google Doc. As well as learning about history and geography, we will be revising a lot of maths as we use our totals to revisit place value, four operations, fractions and averages.

If you would like more information you can check out the GCC website, or download the information notice here.

Footy Day – This Friday

This Friday (23rd September) is our annual AFL Footy Day. Wear the colours of your favourite footy team and bring a gold coin donation to support the Fight Cancer Foundation.

At 11:30, we will be holding our regular football parade, followed by the Grade 6 vs Teachers Annual Football match. I wonder if the students will finally be able to win a game this year? After that, there will be a free sausage sizzle for all students.

Who do you think will win this year’s footy match?


Homework – Weeks 6 and 7 / Costume Notice

Today two tasks are going home; one being our homework for the next fortnight and the other a notice about costumes for our upcoming production.


Firstly, our homework for this fortnight is a little different because of the upcoming production. As students have been busy writing scripts and practising their parts, there are far fewer tasks to complete this week. We expect students will be using the time to revise their lines for the production and get organised ready for the show.

The second piece is a notice about costumes for the production. It is below.

As you are no doubt well aware, our very first school production is very fast approaching. In class students have been busy writing scripts, rehearsing lines, creating sets, props and making lists of the items they will need in order to be ready on the night.

Our grade will be performing scenes set between 1900-1920. Our aim is to source most of the costume items through school in order to keep costs for families to a minimum. There are, however, some items that we are asking each student to provide to complete their costume. These are items that hopefully you already have lying around at home. Each student will need:

•    Pair of plain, black pants (school pants are fine – to be worn with jacket or tails we will provide)
•    Pair of plain shorts in either grey, brown, tan, khaki or black (1900s colours!)
•    A plain white t-shirt (girls might prefer a plain white buttoned shirt)
•    Plain black / brown shoes (school style shoes, not runners)

In order to ensure we are ready for dress rehearsals and to compare what is brought in with the costume items we will be providing, we ask that you please send these items along to school in a named plastic bag once they have been found. Your child will then be able to keep these in their bag cubby until the end of the show so they do not go missing. Shoes obviously may need to be used between now and then and can be brought in production week.

If you have any concerns or questions about the production, please do not hesitate to contact me! As always, my email address is mills.dale.j@edumail.vic.gov.au.


Dale Mills