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End of the year


Well done to the Grade 5 students for graduating today! It has been a great year and I hope you all enjoy the E-portfolios, photos, radioshows and videos that you will take away with you to help you remember Grade 5AB. It has been a pleasure teaching all of you and I wish you all the best for your future. Remember to keep dreaming, but that dreams take hard work and commitment, something that I have seen all of you do this year. Work hard and you can achieve anything!

You can always stay in touch with me via this website, I enjoy hearing from old students and hearing how they are doing. If you set up your own blog lets us know. I will be starting a special link place on this website to old 5AB students who run their own blogs or websites. Remember appropriate use and stay safe online.

Many thanks to the class parents! You have all been very supportive and it has been great having your support for some of our larger projects such as the Chinese Clothing which I could not have done without your help. I wish you all the best as you help your son or daughter to grow and reach their full potential.

Have a great holiday!

- You stayed up late doing homework and forgot something. Do you?
a. Make an excuse
b. Do it on the bus
c. Do it in advisory
d. Tell the truth

What would you do? What should you do?

These are some of the questions asked by the Grade 6 students during their transition activities. The Grade 5 students visited the Grade 6 students today to learn more about what happens in Grade 6 and meet some of their middles school peers for next year.
Group Transition Activities
Transition Quiz
In the exhibition some groups talked about how we can cut down on our transport pollution and electricity and plastic use. You all have a good understanding of that but remember taking action to reduce, reuse or recycle is what we were aiming for. One consequence of our dependence on oil is possible major pollution problems like the one that is happening in the Gulf of Mexico at the moment. With modern technology we can actually  see the leak one mile under the sea.
Next week we will be recording our radio shows. Today we looked at how to apply different effects to create a more 'spacey' set of effects. Here is a video to help you learn more.
Reading / Sharing
Next week we will have two extra reading sessions to share our books. The first will be on Monday and the second will on Friday.

Radio Shows


Today we started creating our radio shows. Your main homework is to be working on the sound effects that you want to use. You can also create original musical compositions to be the background music for your show.

We also have lots of other projects that need to be finished up:
1. Exhibition Reflections
2. Exhibition iMovies
3. Adding photos from the exhibition to your blog
4. Visit the student blogging challenge, time to nominate
5. Final website /eportfolios choices (we will be burning your eportfolios in 2 weeks, then you won't be able to make any changes)

Home Science


Want to try some cool experiments at home? Here are some you can try. Remember always get your parents permission first and ask an adult for help!

Bill Nye

Bang goes The Theory
Here are the links to the space documentary we were watching today. You should also read the Judy Blume and body chnages books. The pages can be found on the homework link above.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11

NGC, Journey to the Ends of The Universe
Dear Parents,
today I took some time to review and explain the process of course selections available to your grade 5 students as they prepare for grade 6. Students 'should' , then, come home with a nice 'orange' hard copy version of the attachment above tonight.
While we do try to give students a little choice when they enter the middle school, this is within the parameters of the MYP, and should very much be a family decision.

I believe that the attached letter does outline the option choices adequately, and hopefully, your children had some additional questions answered this morning. Should you have any further questions please feel free to contact me, or Mr McKinney/Mr Birch to clarify requirements.

Ultimately, 6 choices need to be made - numbered 1 (most preferred) through to 6 (least preferred) out of the 8 options shown. While students can do a maximum of 4, we ask you to highlight 6 choices so that, should we have scheduling clashes with choices, or inadequate numbers to run a course, we can look to your child's next option.

Please ensure that all course choice forms are passed back in to Grade 5 teachers by no later than Wednesday 26th May. The individual schedules for students, teachers and classes take considerable time to work out, so we ask that you adhere to this timeframe.