We are all watching with great excitement as our huge new garden takes shape. The new sandpit is complete, and is already filled to the brim with new washed river sand, and the light tunnel structure is taking shape as well. Pictured today is the dry creek bed and bridge which connects to the walking paths. The garden has been designed to engage the senses, so many of the features link to this such as the herb garden (Smell) and light tunnel (see). There’s also lots of fun to be had as children explore the walking labyrinth and pathways.
Our Grade 3 and 4 students have been exploring the properties of matter and classical mechanics in their first term STEM classes. Through a guided engineering project they constructed a balloon powered racing car, which was then tested through experimentation and discussion in order to build up scientific thinking. Our learners also had the opportunity to re-design and re-engineer their race car so it could travel further than previously. Sharing their racers through data collection was great fun!
There’s nothing like a working bee to get our community out in force, and last week’s event was no exception to that. A large group of volunteers came along to assist in cleaning up the front area of our school, which was in real need of a spruce up. Many bags of leaves later and the whole area was looking much better. We want to thank all the mums, dads and kids who came along to help out on the day, it was much appreciated. Thanks also to families who generously provided some treats for the workers. It’s funny, but when you work together for these kind of things it does not feel like work at all!
“Last Thursday, 29th of February the Grade 3 and 4 classes set off for their first excursion of 2019! We headed into the city to explore Captain Cook’s cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens and a First Peoples exhibition in the Melbourne Museum, to further our understandings related to our Term 1 Inquiry question: Australia – what can we learn from our history? Students were in awe of how tiny the Cook’s family cottage was and there were just so many things to look at and read about in the museum that they almost didn’t know where to look first. These experiences are now being utilised in the classroom and have generated many questions and interests that the students will now look into further. A huge thank you to the parents who volunteered their time, these special excursions are only possible with your help.”
Huge thanks to everyone who came along to our annual school picnic last Friday. It was an absolutely glorious day, and great to see so many families along for the event. There were numerous games, sporting activities and of course the adventure play equipment was a huge hit, especially the swings. It was also lovely to see our ‘big’ buddies interacting with their prep friends, which is great Amsleigh tradition. What a great way to kick off another school year!
All children love it when someone reads to them and our staff love to read, so what better way to celebrate Bookweek than to have a bedtime stories night. This event is a great favourite and it was no wonder the learning street in our Junior Learning Centre was packed full of happy smiling faces. Teachers read their favourite books, and children even got involved by reading along as the illustrations were displayed on the big screen. This event is a great way to promote the joy of reading, as we don’t just want children to learn to read, we want them to love it! Many thanks to the families who attended and special thanks to our awesome teaching staff for providing the entertainment.
The great Hammer Hall in the Arts Centre Melbourne hosted ‘Tributes’, a special concert of school performers this week. Students from many primary and secondary schools in North East region joined in to showcase their musical talent and love of singing, including 25 fantastic ‘Leigh Club’ members from our school. Our singers were part of the large primary school choir of 300 beautiful voices, who did an awesome performance of four songs. There is no doubt that this will be a memorable experience for all participants, who were most fortunate to join in. Congratulations to our singers and their teachers, Mrs Kennedy and Miss Tapper, who worked very hard to make it all happen. The teachers and I in attendance thought the event was wonderfully entertaining and we felt very proud of our students.
Monday 30th April was an exciting day for one Amsleigh Park Primary School student. After a very competitive election process, Miss Juliett was elected to be Principal for a day. This process only happens every two years, and it’s a great honour to win the right to undertake this role. After her assembly speech to the students, Miss Juliett visited junior school classrooms to inspect the learning and spread the message about not littering our school grounds. She also checked on some recent building works, and noted that the artificial grass was looking fantastic. Miss Juliett said she was very excited and honoured to be Principal for a day stating, ‘It’s been a great experience, and the kids at Amsleigh Park are so sweet and lovely.’
A large crane dominated the skyline at Amsleigh Park PS this week as the external concrete structure for our lift shaft was constructed. It was fascinating to watch the ease with which the crane lifted huge slabs of pre-formed concrete into place, with many students and parents eagerly watching the action. The skills of the construction team were also on show, and looking at the final result they did a great job. For anyone wondering, the modernisation of our main building must include a lift to ensure that we are compliant with standards outlined in the Disability Act. This lift ensures that anyone with mobility issues can fully access all areas within our school. A further example of this is the newly constructed ramp out the front of the Administration area. Works continue to modernise our main building, we’re very excited.
Our students enjoyed a feast for the mind and the taste buds to celebrate this year’s Harmony Day. This annual event, held all across Australia, is a celebration of cultural diversity, and is about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. This year our wellbeing team came up with the great idea to celebrate our diversity by asking everyone to bring in foods that represent their culture. Many families brought foods for our students and staff to enjoy together, and as a result each class had a real feast to enjoy. On behalf of the school I wish to thank all of our families for their support of this event. It might interest you to know that Amsleigh Park has more than 25 different nationalities and we are all very proud of our diversity. Harmony is certainly alive and well at our school!
2020 BOOK LISTS
2018 Term Dates
Wednesday 31st January (Grades 1 – 6)
Thursday 1st February (Preps) – Thursday 29th March
Monday 16th April – Friday 29th June
Monday 16 July – Friday 21st September
Monday 8th October – Friday 21st 22 December