Sing Out Loud was an activity where we met with elderly people once a week on Tuesdays and sang childhood songs together. It was an opportunity to sing together and share happiness and laughter. It was really fun meeting new people and learning about their childhoods.
Einstein’s have been working really hard this term. They have been exploring different built environments, and past and present times.
This term, Stage 2 have been focusing on playing safely in the playground. Due to the weather some areas have been closed and some people didn’t know what games they could play without hurting anyone.
So we researched some games as a class. We have learnt some games that our parents played when they were younger and some that we had simply forgotten about! We created a video to show our knowledge and understanding on how the games are played. We hope to see you in the playground soon, playing a few of these games.
S2 Bell have also created posters to be displayed around the school. If you don’t know what games to play, you can always look at our posters!
This week, we held our first parent forum to discuss how Belmore South support wellbeing. There were many questions about awards, trading, and fairness, which Mrs Papadis answered. She bought along examples of our rewards, peg charts, shine guide displays, and letters; explaining how it all fits together.
Ms Salmon shared the following video of our students explaining our wellbeing policy.
We look forward to developing our parent partnerships in this area, so stay tuned for our next forum! You can also ask questions with the Principal or make your voice heard by attending the monthly P&C meetings on the first Monday of the month, which begin at 6:30 in the staffroom.
On Tuesday we had 28 students take park in the Wiley Park Zone Cross Country at Lees Park. Children had a fantastic time versing other schools and tried their very best. There were 15 other schools which means that in each race there were 60 students! Very proud of Belmore South for always having a positive attitude and sportsmanship!
A big congratulations to Aya! She came 2nd in the race which means she is now off to run in the district level of Cross Country. Well done to all the students and good luck Aya!
S3 Morse had their first visit to Leigh Place to sing with some of the residents and build community connections. The residents were so excited to see their little buddies, and the singing director described how much they loved working with Belmore South Public School.
Everyone sang some classic jingles, and some traditional Australian songs. The residents shared some of their memories and connections, and helped our students work out what some of the tricky words meant. When we sang ‘Kookaburra, Kookaburra’, Mary did an amazing kookaburra impersonation, and when we sang ‘Waltzing Matilda’, Harold described his mother, who was named Mathilde. While chatting, about food, two residents shared how they were born in 1926, the same year Vegemite was invented. Another resident discovered she had the same birthday as her Belmore buddy, just ‘a few’ years apart!
There will be a concert at the end of the term, so lots of practice ahead! Students also get the chance to prepare some group talent items at the concert, and their Leigh Place buddies are very excited to find out what Belmore students can do. I wonder what skills they will discover? Music? Magic? Dance? Gymnastics? Impersonations? Poetry?
Thank you, Leigh Place, for this fantastic opportunity!
We are very sad to farewell the amazing Mrs Pericles, who has been teacher at Belmore South PS for “about a hundred years”. She has accepted a new teaching position, and we wish her lots of luck in her next adventures!
Today, the debating team challenged Campsie Public School to determine if “competition is a bad thing”. We were affirmative, which means we agreed that competition is a bad thing. Some of our arguments were that:
- competition can be stressful and can lead to low self esteem as there is a 50% of chance of being the loser
- low self esteem can lead to depression, which leads to bullying, which leads to suicide
- rivalry and tension is caused during competitions
Our feedback from the adjudicator was that we used high modality words, had strong arguments, and were very confident speakers. After a very close debate, we were unfortunately defeated, but we made our school and teacher very proud!
So far in CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) students have been learning about sound and voices. We have learned that we have 4 voices (calling, speaking singing and whispering) which are made by vibrations in our vocal chords. We know that if we make instruments vibrate, by tapping, shaking, or plucking them, they have their own musical voices too. K-2 students have been using their voices to sing, learning the percussion instruments and how to make their ‘voices’ heard, moving to a beat, and becoming different animals to respond to music they hear.
3-6 students have been changing their voices to create entertaining musical effects and creating new verses to songs; and have used voice and movement to perform and adapt short skits. Finally, they have scientifically investigated how to make the vibrations in sound visible, by making sugar/salt or rice ‘dance’ on a stretched plastic skin.
For 2016, all classes at Belmore South have been named for a notable scientist or inventor. We selected:
2-3 (Joseph) Banks
Who would you have chosen?