Room 4

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The final term is underway and it’s sure to be a busy one. We have the Footsteps Dance program, the school concert, end of year excursions and for the Year 7 students, their graduation to prepare for. More information about these exciting coming events will be forthcoming. Of course, our usual learning will be taking place with the term 4 overview attached below.


Our Science and HASS topics cover issues about sustainability, water and resources. One of our first lessons for science was a discussion about mining resources. We simulated the process with our ‘Birdseed Mining’ task. Hidden in the birdseed were various resources that had to be mined with tweezers. The cost of these resources went up and down depending on availability, difficulty of extraction and demand. After 15 minutes each group had to total up the dollar value of the resources they had collected. We discussed a variety of reasons that some groups were able to mine more resources than others.


Over the first 2 weeks for homework, the students worked on constructing a board game to reflect aspects of being a good sport. This week we began playing these games in groups. I was really impressed by the variety of ideas and the amazing creativity and effort put into many of the games. Peer feedback was most positive. We will continue to play these games over the coming weeks.


























Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable.


Classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource. The way that flows of water connect places as they move through the environment and the way these affect places. The quantity and variability of Australia’s water resources compared with other continents. The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it.


Tradeoffs, opportunity costs, limited resources, prioritising and making sustainable choices.


Digital technologies – using Grok Learning to explore aspects of coding.
Binary systems for computer coding.
Design technologies – Pageant float with buddy class.


Investigating reasons why young people choose to use or not use drugs, and proposing strategies to make informed choices. Exploring how family, peers, popular culture and the media influence how individuals interact and the choices they make in given situations.


Patterns and algebra. Order of operations. Chance and Data. Cartesian planes. Data representation and Interpretation.


Table tennis skills, PE week 5 celebrations, Adelaide 36ers visit, Tae Kwon Do and Gymnastics.


Class novel – a variety of short stories focussing on human relationships. Use comprehension strategies, focusing on critical literacy, to interpret and analyse information and ideas. Identifying and discussing similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator. Reading independently as well as in pairs and groups.

Activities to continually improve and expand vocabulary in writing. Drawing on personal knowledge, text analysis and information from a variety of sources to express or challenge a point of view. Spelling will focus on rules, patterns and strategies, as well as focussing on individual spelling errors. Rereading, editing own, and others’ work. Genre writing focussing on reviews.

The use of clear, persuasive language to role-play situations such as scripting and rehearsing how to refuse drugs that may be offered, such as medication, tobacco product or alcohol. Sharing ideas and responding to issues in class meetings and general discussions.


Japanese challenge (continued), Hiragana and


Consolidation of music and dance concepts covered over the year. Opportunities for students to demonstrate their musical ideas in their own compositions. Preparation for the end of year concert.



Continuation of Project on World issues and Digital Art. Multicultural art forms around the world.


Two copies of the LUTA DVD are doing the rounds of the students in the class to take home. We request that the DVD is only at home for one night and then returned so that the next person on the list is able to borrow it.



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Term 3 is nearly at an end and it is been extremely busy and very productive. 

I’m sure everyone who attended the choir performance on Tuesday night was suitably impressed by the outstanding effort of all choir members, particularly those in the first two rows!

Thanks to all students, families and friends who attended our Ancient Egypt exhibition. I hope you were as appreciative as I was of the excellent standard and variety of exhibits from the students. It was great to see so many people taking time to scan the QR codes and read about the artefacts. 




I hope everyone has a fantastic  holiday and comes back refreshed for the final term. 

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Thank you to all the students and parents who have been involved in our Student Led Conferences this week. I was very impressed with how each student clearly and thoughtfully discussed their learning and shared relevant and interesting examples of their work. It is a great opportunity for the students to be accountable for their learning and for parents to gain an insight into what happens in the classroom. As the children get older some spend less time sharing with their families about what happens at school. I know from comments I heard that a number of parents were pleased to have the opportunity to share in their child’s learning.


As you should be aware, the students have been studying the ancient civilisation of Egypt. To conclude our work, the 4 year 6/7 classes will be holding an ‘Egyptian Museum Exhibition’ in Langley Hall on Thursday 27th September between 5 and 6.30pm. The students have all been given a flyer with the details. We hope as many family members as possible can pop in to view the exhibition.


Sports Day  is this Friday and the weather is looking great. All students must wear their school hat, have sunscreen and a water bottle. We all looking forward to a fun filled day of activity, team work and competition. 

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Today the students brought home information about booking in a time for next week’s student led conferences. Please book in a session time online according to the details provided on the booking information note.

The students will have a number of interesting work samples and reflections to share with you. I look forward to seeing parents and their children next week.



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Well done to everyone who entered into the spirit of the day and dressed up as a Book Week character.












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As part of our History studies, the students are currently researching about the life of key groups of people in Ancient Egypt. They are to imagine they are one of these people (pharaoh, scribe, embalmer, merchant etc.) and write a journal/diary about a day in their life. The students will work on this in class time as well as for homework over the  next two weeks.









On Tuesday 21st, the author Phil Cummings will be talking to our class about creative writing strategies and how to hook the audience into your book. By all accounts he is most entertaining.

Our Book Week parade is on Friday 24th at 10.20 on the court near the library. It would be great if as many people as possible can get into the spirit of the day and dress up as a book character. It can be kept really simple.









A reminder that this Thursday 23rd we are visiting Unley High to view their students’ performance of ‘The Addams Family.’ We will be leaving school at 11.10 and returning at approximately 1.00 pm. 


We are 2 sessions into our 4 session course. Our presenter, Sally, is terrific and clearly and confidently imparts all the necessary information to the students. The students have reacted very favourably to her and have been very engaged, while also asking lots of relevant questions.

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The second semester has begun and as always, a jam packed term of learning is on offer.



The students have brought home an excursion note about a trip to Unley High on Thursday 23rd August to see their school musical, ‘The Addams family.’


The Growth and Development course for year 6 and 7 students starts next week. All  remaining permission forms are due back by the end of this week.     


Our school photo session for class and individual photos will be at 11.30am on Tuesday 14th August. While it is a requirement that hair below shoulder length is tied back at school, it is ok for hair to be down for the school photos if desired.


Below is the Term 3 overview and a note from Rick Bennallack about a new dance program for interested students.



                                                                                          TERM 3 OVERVIEW



States of matter. Changes to materials can be physical or chemical, reversible or irreversible.

Investigating the ancient past looking at how historians and archaeologists investigate history. The physical features of ancient Egypt and how they influenced the civilisation that developed there. The significant beliefs, values and practices of ancient Egyptian people.


Continued work on being informed when making consumer and financial decisions.
Choices about the allocation of resources involve trade-offs.


Digital technologies – using Grok Learning to explore aspects of coding.
Binary systems for computer coding.
Design technologies – Egyptian artefacts.


Growth and Development course. Reproductive system, conception to birth, puberty, relationships and media pressures.
Child Protection Curriculum – recognising and reporting abuse.


Decimals and percentages. Percentage discounts. Recognising and solving problems with ratios.
Areas of rectangles, triangles and parallelograms.
Patterns and algebra. The use of brackets and order of operations. Cartesian planes.


A focus will be invasion games where we will be using the fundamental movement skills used in netball and soccer; throwing, catching, kicking and dribbling. We will also be learning a new health hustle and practising relays, hurdles and javelin in readiness for Sports Day.


Class novel Pharaoh – The Boy Who Conquered the Nile and associated activities. Use comprehension strategies, focusing on critical literacy, to interpret and analyze information and ideas. Interpreting structural features of texts such as tables, contents, glossaries, headings and sub headings. Looking at how language and images are used to create character and influence emotions in different types of texts. Reading independently as well as in pairs and groups. Book Week activities.

The importance of improving and expanding vocabulary. The use of technical language related to different curriculum areas. Note taking skills to assist with research. Spelling will focus on rules, patterns and strategies, as well as focussing on individual spelling errors. Rereading and editing own and others’ work. Genre writing focussing on information reports, journal writing, explanations and poetry.

Discussing and sharing work related to ancient Egypt studies. Participation in class meetings. Sharing opinions, listening and responding to others and giving feedback.


Japanese challenge, Hiragana, Japanese modern society and origami.


Elements of drama which include character, situation, emotion, timing and focus. Students will look at using their voice expressively and will work independently, in pairs and in groups to both improvise and create, rehearse and perform short skits. They will also create skits using mime.


Using layering tools to help create different effects.
Mini – projects (space, sunsets and silhouettes, creating texture, multi-cultural art).
Tell your story in a piece of art created on procreate sharing something about yourself and what helped you to become who you are. It could be something happy, sad, or about something that has changed your life.



Dear Parents and Carers

At the recent amazing Lighting Up the Arts (LUTA) concert, I spoke about my desire to further expand the extra curricula options for students in the area of performing arts at CLG, especially in the areas of dance and drama.

I am pleased to announce that starting at lunch time on Monday of week 3, we will holding auditions for interested students (boys and girls) to become part of what we are calling ‘CLG Dance’.

Only 24 students from years 5, 6 and 7 will be selected to become part of this high performing dance group which will be training every Monday lunch time for the reminder of the year with the intent to perform at both school and out of school events. For the remainder of 2018, they will focus on just performing one demanding and polished routine. The group will be learning and rehearsing a Modern Jazz and Hip Hop styled dance.

I am also pleased to announce that we have been able to secure the services of Michelle Coe who owns and runs the highly successful Michelle’s Dance School in Colonel Light Gardens. Michelle is a vastly qualified and a highly regarded dance teacher. During the Monday rehearsals she will be supported by one of our upper primary teachers, Belle Maduro who also loves and has a history of involvement in dance.

So what does this involve? If your son or daughter wants to audition for this group and is successful in being 1 of the 24 selected we are asking for the following:  They demonstrate a total commitment to CLG Dance by: o attending rehearsals every Monday the lunch playtime in the Music Room and any extra sessions needed o bringing the right attitude, work ethic and behaviour to each and every rehearsal o practice the routines at home o be available for the performances both in and out of school time

Audition process: It is important that students and families are clear on how this group will be selected and constructed. It is a wonderful opportunity for 24 CLG students. As the school is paying for it, our capacity to afford additional sessions for extra students is not possible. Auditions will be held for the different year levels over a few weeks on a Monday. Students will be advised in advance of the day of their year level audition. Monday was selected for auditions and rehearsals as it doesn’t clash with any other performing arts group.

How will it work?  Michelle will teach a basic choreographed dance routine to the group of interested students for the first 25 to 30 minutes of lunchtime, which they will repeatedly rehearse with music  A group of 4 staff members will then come and watch the routine initially as a big group and then repeated in smaller groups  The 4 staff members will then select those students from that year level who have demonstrated the best proficiency in mastering the routine – looking at style, timing, performance and the ‘x’ factor  The staff members involved range for those with experience in dance to a complete novices – you don’t need a lot of experience to identify who demonstrates the necessary skills and characteristics  Michelle will not be part of the selection process  As the sole criteria for selection in the group is on how they perform for the audition judges, students who have never had the opportunity to be involved in out of school dance instruction have as much chance as being selected as anyone else – we will be selecting the best  Being involved in outside dance groups or having a history of dance will play no bearing on the decision on who is selected – this question won’t even be asked  Due to the tight timeline, absence, injury or illness on the day of auditions will also not be taken into consideration – they will be no catch up auditions
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The school is funding the cost of the instruction to provide this opportunity. If your child is successful in joining CLG Dance, parents and carers will be asked to fund the cost of a basic performing costume which will be used for each and every performance.

The group will definitely will perform at a whole school assembly, the end of year concert as well as at least 1 other out of school hours event.

I am hoping that CLG Dance will continue in 2019 and be an ongoing opportunity from upper primary students at CLG. Participation in the group is only for this year. Students selected this year will need to reaudition next year if they wish to remain part of the group. New auditions every year gives all students a fair opportunity.

All students already participate in dance instruction as part of the music program every year. Unfortunately not everyone who is interested and auditions will be selected. Selecting only some students already happens at CLG with SAPSASA sports teams and some of our choirs. As it is a designed to be a high performing group, the students who best demonstrate their skill will be selected. CLG Dance is an extra curricula opportunity.

I think opportunities like these value add to the whole schooling experience at CLG. If you have any additional question, please contact me via email or phone.

Kind regards

Rick Bennallack Principal

0412 261 231


CLG Dance Return Slip
Please return this signed form to your class teacher by Thursday August 2nd

After reading the information provided regarding the purpose and commitment required in being part of CLG
Dance, I consent for my child …………………………………………………..…… is currently in year ………. in room ……….
to audition and if successful become part of the group.

Signed: ………………………………………………………… Name: ……………………………………………………………………

Any feedback or questions you might have:




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The first semester is over. It has flown by with a multitude of wonderful learning tasks and experiences taking place.



During the last week we have concluded our work on electrical circuits by making L.E.D. light birthday cards. I was so impressed with everyone’s efforts and their perseverance to try to get their circuits functional and the lights lit up. There were varying degrees of success, but an amazing amount of discovery learning was evident.





As we have been re-accredited as a Sun Smart school, the Council Cancer now require hats to be back on from the beginning of term 3. Please get organised with this over the holidays. 


I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday. I look forward to an equally productive second semester of  learning.

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Congratulations to all the students who participated in LUTA last Thursday night and performed so capably. I hope you agree that it was a wonderful spectacle.

Our class act of Viva La Vida was wonderful, with many tricky choreographed moves to remember. Our instrumental piece was of high quality. Many people commented about how enthusiastic, tuneful and in time everyone was with their playing. I was very impressed by all the students in Room 4 and I’m sure you were all very proud.

Well done to Mary and Renee for their terrific duet of Over the Rainbow.

A special thanks to Marian Woodlands for all her efforts to provide the students with such a special opportunity to perform so confidently at Adelaide Town Hall. Thanks also to Michelle for the great choreography.

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Last week the students attended a session of Lab on Legs. This program was a valuable addition on to our Physical Science topic of It’s Electrifying.

The session was very hands on, as Frank brought in a number of interesting experiments for the students  to discover information about electricity.

Some of the activities included:

  • attempting to light a globe in a series and in parallel
  • transferring and transforming energy using electric motors and magnetic fields
  • solar energy
  • wind turbines
  • making a Voltaic stack (the first basic type of battery)

Everyone was very attentive and actively involved with each task. Lots of discussion, questioning and trial and error took place. Mistakes were made and adjustments attended to, resulting in great learning outcomes.



We currently have 2 first year student teachers, Ellie Dart and Melissa Pisano who are observing and taking small groups in our classroom. They will be here on Thursdays and then for a 7 day block from the 14th to the 22nd of June. We welcome them to our class and will do everything possible to make their time with us a valuable learning experience.


Lighting Up the Arts is fast approaching and we are all busy rehearsing for the night which should be spectacular. I hope you have all bought your tickets for the night at the Adelaide Town Hall on Thursday June 21st.


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