Archive | February 2017

An exciting 7 days in the Pheasant class

The Pheasants have had a crazy-busy 7 days. Starting last week Friday we had the opportunity to go to the beach and bond with our new friends, as well as spend some time splashing about in the ‘not-so-warm’ water. Thank you to the parents who also joined us and took advantage of the opportunity to grow our Elkanah community. Some moms even braved the waters for a swim. Well done.

On Monday we visited the Animal Anti-Cruelty League where we leaned how important it is to look after our pets properly. We also learned about “living beyond self” by giving very generous donations of food and blankets to this worthy cause.

On Tuesday this week we introduced the iPads into our classes. The children have joined the various Google Classrooms, which will be one of the main avenues of disseminating and collecting tasks. This week we started exploring some of the apps as well as practicing our tables using some fun maths websites.


We look forward to more fun as the year progresses.





Loving beyond Self @ AACL

Tatum Walsh Clevely wrote: My life now is pretty exciting, because when we went to the AACL yesterday, I saw a kitten. I really liked it so much. I went home and told my dad about it and my dad said yes! My cousin is getting the kitten and I’m getting a puppy.  (First image on right)

Saving Fred

The Grade 4s have had their first two lessons in a new learning area – Design and Technology!  There is much excitement about what this lesson can hold every week and they are dying to get stuck into their first project.  Before this can happen they had a taste of some of the skills they would be developing and using whilst in a Design and Tech lesson – problem-solving, critical thinking, compromising, clear communication, analysing and evaluating to name a few – whilst saving Fred.  Who is this you ask?

Fred is a worm who does not enjoy following rules and it often gets him in trouble.  This time he went canoeing without a life jacket on and his canoe capsized!  Fred is left stranded on top of his canoe with the life jacket inside it.  The Grade 4s had to help him into his life jacket and then into the canoe using only four paper clips – no hands allowed!  Needless to say the classroom was buzzing with strategies being decided on, levels of tenacity being tested and of course cries of excitement when Fred was saved.

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