News & Events
These keen students have been exploring block coding during our Monday lunchtime Coding Club. We have been working or how to give clear instructions to our BeeBots and mBots.
Grade 2 students were very creative this week when they made their pet portraits. Look at the detail!
During Science Week a large number of students gathered to innovate and create paper planes using a paper straw! Fun was had by everyone!
Clay Houses #2
Grade Five and Six have been using underglazes to decorate their ceramic houses. Although the students are working with a limited colour palette, they are experimenting with colour mixing and using detail to enhance their creations.
Last week we wrapped up the Encounter Program for 2024. We farewelled our eleven students and thanked their buddies for showing our values of kindness and respect. We look forward to running this program again in 2024. If you have overseas relatives who may be interested in this experience, please pop in to the office to find out more information, or check out our website.
This week at after-school care, we were visited by Aracelli from Reptile Encounters! Along with her scaly friends Freddo, Bob, Bobby, Adonis and Tiny! We learned a lot about them, and some of the kids got to share their own tidbits of reptile and amphibian knowledge.
In this week's Bush Talk session we started making baskets. A very fiddly process! We will continue to work on them next week and look forward to sharing them with you.
Dragon Boat Racing
Today the whole school worked in their Kooramook groups to first learn about, design, build and then race a dragon boat.
Thank you to Ringwood Square for donating $1000 to our Dance Around the World fundraising event.
Please support local business as they support your local community.
Our band had its first rehearsal this week and are already on their way to ‘Rockstar’ glory!!! Stay tuned for upcoming performances.
Grade 1s are having fun with junk! The students are experimenting with ways to join and assemble bits and pieces from the Art Room’s huge collection. I have loved discussing the students amazing inventions and ideas and learning from them the endless possibilities of junk.
House Athletics Day
Congratulations to Panfield and to all the students who participated on the day.
Our PE teacher, Fiona, organised an excellent day.
Many thanks to all the family members that helped on the day.
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Tree Planting with Maroondah Pre-school
Today we celebrated National Tree Planting Day with one of our feeder kindergartens, Maroondah Pre-School. Maroondah City Council are supporting this event by providing 200 plants indigenous to Ringwood, and even better, they will come and dig the holes for us, making our job a lot easier. Foundation and kindergarten students, together with the Grade 5 Global Ambassadors, our international students and their buddies, will all come together to get this job done. To our great surprise Melbourne Stars, Big Bash (cricket) team came along to join in with the dig.
Today the 3/4 gardening group planted some vegetables and then wove some fencing around the garden to chook-proof the garden. The it was onto chopping a lot of compost from the class room-compost bins.
Once a week, students can participate in chess club.
Playing chess is known to increase IQ, promote critical thinking, and teach core math and verbal skills. It also helps kids retain information, improve test scores, solve problems, remain calm under pressure, and perform well in school.
Today Foundation students were visited by our local police as part of our Inquiry Unit on Community Helpers. The children dressed up in police uniforms, sat in the police car and of course activated the lights and sirens! Thanks to Leading Senior Constable Keith Grimley, along with Ben and Francis from the Ringwood Police Station for visiting us!
Grade 5 and 6 have been working hard to design, plan and make their clay houses. The brief asked students to plan a house that was made of ‘slab construction’, that was hollow and no larger than 10cm3.
Welcome to our International friends
Today we have 11 students joining us for our 2023 Encounter Program. Our students are looking forward to getting to know you all over the next four weeks. We have lots of activities planned.
Foundation students are working with plasticine to model brightly coloured fish. Last week they created their backgrounds by drawing with felt tip markers on filter paper and spraying with water to blend the colours.
Sing-A-Long at Playgroup
A great morning of play, stories, chickens as well as a return guest for an extra special music time at playgroup.
Fresh fruit delivery
Every fortnight the Mullum Mullum Anglican Church on Warrandyte Road Ringwood, drop around to school with bags of fresh fruit and this week again they delivered packs of snacks for students who may have forgotten to pack their lunch or need a little extra in the day. We thank you for your generosity and caring for our school community.
This week the very excited grade 3/4’s went to Camp Manyung in Mount Eliza. There were so many different and thrilling activities to try including a low ropes course, learning bike skills, going to the beach rock pools, using UHF radios, teamwork initiative activities and the giant swing. Students were encouraged to have a ‘challenge by choice’ attitude and at the end of camp to reflect upon whether they were ‘their best self.’
Six of our Grade 5 students have been selected to participate in a 12 month Global Ambassador program where they are learning about the United Nations Sustainable Developent Goals and how they are implemented in our school and local environment.
On the menu today was Pasta with Sage Burnt Butter.
Students measured, mixed and kneaded to get a soft dough ready for the pasta machine.
There may be a budding chef amongst this cohort.
Math with Teddy's
Today in Year 2 we explored the concept of sharing equally.
15 Teddy Bears are going on a picnic. There are 5 picnic rugs. Is it possible to have the same number of bears sharing each rug? What if there were 4 rugs?
Drop in for a Coffee
Parents gathered for a wonderful coffee tasting morning. Three different coffees from, Costa Rica, Brazil and Ethiopia, were on offer with everyone having different favourites. Thanks to Beyond for supporting our Parent’s Association.
This terms Bush Talk group meet for the first time around the fire, sharing what skills we are interested in learning over the term and got to know each other better by some group exercises and sharing about ourselves.
Grade 3 and 4 Artists have finished their Pinch Pot Monsters! Take a look at the different faces and expressions. Underglazes have been used by our young artists to colour their clay.
Warrandyte South Interschool School Sport Winter Finals - Winners
Congratulations Netball Girls and Hot Shots Girls.
These girls now progress to the Maroondah Division finals in Term 3.
Today we made damper for our last session together. We reflected on our meaningful moments, highlights bring sense of belonging, enjoyment of skills and time in nature.
Grade 3 and 4's are loving their role as gardeners this year. Our resident chickens are well cared for, and they even enjoy a cuddle every once in a while.
Fairy Tale Ball
In Foundation this term, we have been busy exploring Fairy Tales. This week, we celebrated all the learning we have done with a Fairy Tale Ball! We dressed up as fairy tale characters and completed a special fairy tale challenge to break an evil spell. We had a lot of fun!
This week Smile Squad moved in and set up in our Science Room. Check out these happy customers. Thank you to all of our families for taking up this opportunity to have your child's teeth examined.
Just like any busy kitchen, there is a schedule for things being cooked. Whether it is a long slow bake or a quick broil, our clay wares have been cycling through the kiln creating excitement and challenging our patience!
The grade 3/4's have been making monsters.
Today it was all hands in! Mrs Beale, our Principal, showed us how to mix the compost and taught us what sort of things we can compost.
Ferro rod's create fire
Students are feeling their understanding of materials and methods in the skills of their choosing this term. Creating fire with a Ferro rod is a skill many of the students have been focusing on the whole term. It is a celebration when they achieve success.
Happy Birthday Giorgio
This week in Italian, Foundation celebrated the birthday of our class bear Giorgio.
We had regali (presents), palloncini (balloons), una torta (a cake), candele (candles) and cappelli (hats). We also sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Giorgio in Italian.
Click on the link to hear the song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq_NUfreMtI
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
The weather didn't start on our side but it turned out to be a fantastic day. We raised $1060! This will go towards our new playground. Thank you to the parents who volunteered their time to cook and serve sausages and to those who bought the whole family down for a sausage.
Over the last 4 weeks grade 5/6 students have participated in the Flourishing Classrooms hosted by Maroondah's Positive Education Project.
These sessions have unpacked a wide range of topics to date, including individual and group values, personal character strengths and other strengths within our community. WE investigated sleep and the impact our actions can have on our overall well being.
EMR Cross Country
Sam ran the 3 km cross country course in 13 minutes and 1 second. This placed him an impressive 18th in the 11 year old boys race.
All Grade 1-4 students worked in their Kooramook group focussing on the Positive Education Character Strength - CREATIVITY.
They created weird animals like a 'tworm' (a worm and a tiger) and a 'centapus' 9a centipede and a cat)
Our Grade 1's had a great day at Healesville Sanctuary.
The captivating bushland is home to birds and mammals, from kookaburras and emus to wombats and wallabies.
This week students chose what skill they wanted to focus on. A few students were very happy to achieve success in creating fire with a Ferro rod and a tinder bundle made with bulrush seeds and stringy bark bark.
The Grade 5/6's spent 4 days on the Mornington Peninsula at camp. There were so many activities to do; archery, hut building, spear throwing. rock climbing, camp fires and horse riding.
So many great memories to treasure.
What an outstanding performance from all students.
There was so much laughter from the audience and lots of cheering.
In Foundation, we learnt about the importance of poppies on ANZAC day and the amazing sacrifices brave men and women have made to keep Australia safe. Lest we forget.
In Term 2, we will be investigating "How we express ourselves through art" and to gain an understanding of different types of art. Today we walked to the Ringwood Art Society Gallery for a tour of their exhibitions.
House Cross Country
Congratulations to McKellar House!
The weather was on our side to make this a wonderful day for all students. Thank you to our parent helpers and staff for making this day such a success.
Today we celebrated all things cultural.
Our Persian families taught us about the traditions of Haft-Sin as a welcome to the new year.
Then we were treated to a lesson in Bollywood!
Grade 5 & 6 students have been working hard on their graphic design skills discovering contrast or complimentary colour combinations.
In Foundation, we have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. It has been very helpful in supporting our learning about the days of the week and our counting strategies. We created this display to help us remember the order of the days of the week. We also learned about the life cycle of a caterpillar. We had a lot of fun!
Crack the Code
We always aim to read with accuracy, fluency, and prosody (not too fast, not too slow – but just right as Goldilocks would say) We look carefully at the vocabulary contained in the text and decode unfamiliar words by applying our knowledge of letter- sound relationships, using our understanding of morphology (the meaningful parts that make up a word), and by trying to understand the word in the context of the story.
During one investigation we looked at the many different words authors used instead of the word ‘said’. We discovered that we could sort them into groups according to their purpose and intensity.
The Kindergarten and Childcare teachers of our Foundation students came for a visit. They were happy to see we had settled in to our new classrooms and were making lots of friends.
Preparations for our upcoming Whole School Musical are in full swing this term.
All cast members have been working tirelessly the past few weeks, learning their lines and developing their characters.
Tickets available from the school office from Monday 6 March. Invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, in fact everyone, to join us at the theatre.
Karralyka Theatre on Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th April.
This week at Bush Talk we continued weaving our flax baskets and talked about moments of kindness that had impacted us and how we could share that with our families and friends.
Grade 2 students have enjoyed learning facts about famous artist Pablo Picasso. Did you know that he had 23 names?
All is going well on our mural with our glorious, but sometimes challenging, Melbourne weather delaying progress. I have started to apply the deep ochre reds to the design - My favourite thing to do at the end of my school day is to stand and look out to the mountains and turn to our very own depiction and imagine it complete.
On Thursday the students in Bush Talk started weaving baskets with flax harvested from beside the front path of the school. We talked about self-regulation and how we can make changes in our own lives to make a stronger community.
Visit from Will Fowles MP
On Tuesday the State Member for Parliament, Will Fowles, visited our school and took a tour with our school captains, Jai and Mavis. Our School Captains did a great job and while Will was visiting we took the opportunity to talk to him about the need for a new playground and he was very keen to support our school going forward.
At their first assembly last week our Grade 6 School Captains handed the Foundation students a tree to plant and nurture over the next seven years of their time here at Mullum Primary School.
What an exciting Friday assembly! Our Foundation students were presented with Starting School certificates.
A lovely night for our community to come together for some fun. There was plenty of laughter and lots of food.
Mural for Mullum
Our mural is coming along nicely, even though we seem to be dodging the very hot or inclement weather! It's lovely to hear the kids engaging in the work and asking questions about the meaning or giving their interpretation. Keep watching the space to see more changes over the next few weeks!
Chess at Mullum
Today we hosted a Chess Club trial with a company called Chess for Kids. This Club is open to all Grade 1-Grade 6 students, and to all levels of ability. Those students who are interested can participate in weekly chess lessons at school on a Friday lunchtime.
Today we celebrated the love of reading with our annual Book Character Parade. What a wonderful array of characters and costumes that were on display - Disney princesses, fairytale characters, Harry Potter characters, Roald Dahl, Pokemon, mermaids, unicorns galore. Thank you to all to all of the parents who organised for this to happen.