Artist in Residence . . . The Fortune Teller

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Engaged and motivated in preparing their Fortune Telling Booth. 10 students worked under the guidance of Takayuki Yamamoto

There was hardly a moment when the students weren’t immersed and on target.

They designed, made, scripted and acted out their concept on video.

All teachers had a chance to participate in the experience.

Students’ work will form part of an art display at the Tin Shed on Friday 14 September.

Watch this space for more news.

So much food from so many countries

Our families were amazing. There was so much food that all our students and their families . . . about 500 people had heaps to eat.

Haldon Street Success!

Dance group had an amazing time walking in the street parade, and performing, at the Haldon Street Festival in Lakemba on Saturday.
We arrived early, did our makeup, and put our walking shoes on to proudly represent our school.
During the street parade we handed out books, which were donated by our school library, to children along Haldon Street in order to spread the ‘reading bug’.
Straight after the parade we headed to the main stage to perform our story dance to our wonderful community.
Thank you to all the teachers, parents and students that turned up to cheer us on! We had an amazing time and could not have done it without you.
Check out some of the highlights of our day in the gallery below…

Now we eagerly await the final results for the Wakakirri prize….keep your fingers and toes crossed!

Congratulations Big Mouth Club

Books ARE better than movies!!!

At least that’s what our debating team were able to convince the audience and adjudicator at the latest round of the Granville/Strathfield School Education Areas Debating Program competition.  This well deserved win celebrates the team’s hard work and continuing dedication as they give up their lunchtime to strengthen their skills in constructing and presenting a convincing argument.

The Big Mouth Club members are from both Stage 2 and Stage 3 where younger students are genuinely mentored and supported by their older team members. So far this year our mixed Stage teams have debated on the topics:

  • that sport is better than computer games
  • that competition is a good thing
  • that city living is better than country living
  • that electronics are ruining our social life

Congratulations to all members of the Big Mouth Club and good luck for your next debate…that animals should be kept in zoos.

‘Tableau’- Where Everybody Is Somebody

Stage 2 Tableau

‘Tableau’ is a drama strategy.

How do you do it? 

Students create a scene from a painting, a book, a movie, real life, ANYWHERE! They do this by choosing a scene, choosing a role and acting it out.

They freeze the action in the scene at a point in time- altogether.

They then explore, through questionning, the feelings, actions and thoughts of the character they are depicting. This helps students understand character traits, why characters behave the way the do and empathy. It helps develop vocabulary and narrative skills for Writing.

It’s just great fun too!

 Have a look at Stage 2 participating in ‘Tableau’ by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Students Start Thursday 28 April Teachers working hard on the 27th

All teachers returned to school today. They spent time in their classrooms preparing for the students return.

They worked with their Learning teams to plan the weeks ahead.

They also worked in groups reading and researching about different kinds of literacies that are needed by students to survive and thrive in the future world.

Great Schools ‘Show Off’!

This year Belmore South Public School has entered the ‘Great Schools Show Off’ competition.  This exciting new project engages students in telling their community, and the wider world, about the many positive and exciting aspects of their school through the use of digital media.

Throughout Term 2 our new film club ‘Short Cuts’ will be working with Miss Pleasance to create a 3 minute film that will promote our great school.  Creating this film will involve many different aspects of development including storyboarding, creating scenes and shots, directing, producing, filming, editing and acting (just to name a few!).

Panasonic will be providing the following prizes for regional and state winners:

Regional Winners will each receive a: Digital still tough camera – valued at $499

State winners will each receive a: High Definition Camcorder – valued at $1,499 and 42″ High Definition Plasma TV – valued at $1,099

Stay tuned for regular updates, photos and eventually our Great Film!

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Reading Groups with Ms Hargraves

In Ms Hargraves’ reading groups we have been focusing on developing a rich and deep understanding of the stories we read.  To do this we have looked at language and it’s structure, at retelling events in order and at connecting the story to experiences and knowledge that we have already gained about the world, other stories and ourselves.

In Stage 1 we have been recreating, retelling and organising events and words from our stories.  We read a story called “Toy Town”.

We had an entire bag of toys to find in the story.

We had an entire bag of toys to find in the story.

We found the nouns within the story and labelled real toys with their nouns.

We used our story to find the correct nouns.

We used our story to find the correct nouns.

We wrote the sentences from the story on strips of paper and then we worked together to put them into the same order as the story.

We worked together to reorder our story.

We worked together to reorder our story.

We worked together too!

We worked together too!

After all this hard work we created our own Toy Town and played together!

In Stage 2 we are reading a story called “Freckle Juice” by Judy Blume.  We have found lots of new and challenging vocabulary in this story.  To help us understand these words we have been creating our own puzzles and writing clues to help each other find and understand these puzzling words.

We made our own word puzzles!

We made our own word puzzles!

In Stage 3 we have read “Charlie Rabbit” by Garth Nix from the Kid’s Night In anthology.  This story is set in London during World War II.  To help us understand this complex story we have been learning about that era as well as how the story might connect to the world we experience now.  We are helping each other make connections between “Charlie Rabbit” and our own knowledge and experiences by playing a connecting game together.  We have to be able to make a clear connection between the story and another example within different categories in order to move forward in the game.  Some of us have found strong similarities between the devastation in World War II and the current devastation in Japan.

We are all looking forward to exploring many more stories, vocabulary and experiences next term!

Stage One Done

Welcome to Stage 1 Done. Our class consists of 19 students. Our teacher is Miss Omeros. S1 Done have had a very busy term learning about and writing narratives, exploring the history of Australia in H.S.I.E, learning Zumba and singing along to our times tables with our favourite ‘times tables rap’. All students have been trying very hard and are doing fantastic work!!!

S1 Done are named after the Australian artist Ken Done. Done is a contemporary artist who uses lots of bright colours in his paintings. He often paints popular landmarks in his artworks such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

Students is S1 Done have enjoyed learning about this fantastic artist. They have loved experimenting with artistic techniques, similar to those used by Done, to create their own unique paintings. S1 Done have learnt that Ken Done likes using primary colours in his artwork and sometimes represents his ideas in an abstract form.

Below are some of our ‘Done’ inspired artworks. We know you will enjoy them as much as we do!!P1040433S1 Done artworks influenced by Done's 'Sydney Night 1984'

Wakakirri News

This year Belmore South Public School will be participating in the National Wakakirri festival.  This festival is a performing and visual arts festival created specifically for primary schools to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories.  Wakakirri challenges students to create a story, make a positive impact and share it with Australia.  Interested students were asked to go through an audition process which required them to dance, act and demonstrate their skills in team building.  Fifty students from Years 3-6 were successful and rehearsals have now commenced.

In accordance with our National Partnerships objective our story focuses on the role of reading; from the traditional storytelling of the many cultures within our school through to the use of modern technology.   The main character of our story, which will be played by Puni, is a ‘cool cat’ who has difficulty reading.  Through the use of technology he is exposed to the storytelling traditions of Arabic, Greek, Pacific Islander, African and Asian cultures which inspires him to read.  The item will end with a celebration of reading through dance.

This is an amazing opportunity for our school community and students to display our many talents at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Stay tuned for regular updates including performance date and time, progress reports and snapshots of our creative process.   Wakakirri Logo