Degas Exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria

On Wednesday our Year 5 and 6 students travelled to Melbourne to the National Gallery of Victoria to see the Edgar Degas exhibition.

Our education guide was Alice who was awesome at explaining the development of Degas’ style and talking about life in Paris in the 1800s. Our Year 5 and 6 students were forthcoming in asking super questions and making some astute observations that impressed Alice. The Degas show is immense and this collection is drawn from over 67 locations around the world and includes sketches, paintings, pastel drawings, and sculptures. Degas had failing eyesight in his later years, so he did less painting and more sculpture, particularly of horses. One of the favourite pieces was a bronze and fabric sculpture of the 14 year old ballerina and the large blue painting of Degas’ cousins.

We ate our lunch, that included a great triple chocolate cookie, in the great hall beneath the coloured glass ceiling. In our afternoon workshop Levi and Jaydon’s work were a highlight showing a great understanding of using tone to create depth in their figures. Adam impressed us with his creative streak showing that Ladeane was not the only creative in the Lindsay family. We left with a clutch of drawings under our arm and a cool Degas tote bag for each student.

The day was fully sponsored by the National Gallery of Victoria, including our travel, lunch and workshop materials. This funding had been generously made to the national Gallery from Mrs Krystyna Campbell-Pretty and family provides support to schools/students to visit the NGV, specifically for rural students who often do not have the opportunity to visit city galleries. Have a chat to your child about the day and what they learnt and took away with on the day.

Thanks to the Year 5 and 6 students for their great company.

Adam, Kit and Inga

What was your favourite part of the day and why?

Potato Olympics

Today the students participated in the Potato Olympics.

We had an opening ceremony where each class paraded around with their athlete.

They then competed in the following events:

  • Diving – which athlete did the trickiest moves in the air and the greatest splash in the water?
  • Luge – how quick did the athlete slide down the pipe?
  • Running – which athlete rolled down the ramp to the finish line the quickest?
  • ShotPut – which athlete was thrown the furthest?

It was a great day of competition and the students had a great time.

What was your favourite event and why?

Potato Olympic Athletes

Today the students were given a potato so that they could start to create their Potato Olympics Athlete!

This week the students from Years 3-6 will be competing in Potato Olympics. More information and photos will be available soon.

For now, have a look at some of these great athletes…

Which athlete was your favourite and why?

Electrical Circuits

The students in 6L have been working on understanding electricity better this term.

You can read about the way we have been learning by visiting this earlier post.

Today the students had to get 3 light globes to light up by completing a circuit using a power supply, wires and globes.

They then used the lights to light up their name which they had made using paper and cellophane. That task proved to be tricky for some! They all thought it was going to be easy but soon learned that A3 paper doesn’t stand up easily without some clever folding. They also discovered that cutting their name out created some challenges as they had to think carefully about how to construct their letters.

In the end the kids did a great job and were all able to show me that they could create an open and closed circuit with full-functioning light globes.

What was the hardest part of this project?

Explain what you needed to do to get the light globes to light up.

Sri Chinmoy Oneness Home Peace Run

On the 6th of September, four men came to Myrtleford P-12 College. These men a part of team who carry a torch with a flame, similar to the Olympic torch, and run around the world country by country to promote peace. The men explained what they do and then we played a game. After that we watched a little film. It was about all the countries they went to, and some special people that have held the torch. Muhammad Ali was one of the people who got to hold the flag.

When the movie finished year 6 read their poems on peace. Everyone did a great job on their poems. They were awesome. We had bought a Magnolia tree to plant at the school, and the men gave us a plaque to put with the tree so that it can be dedicated as a ‘Peace Tree’.

At the end we went down to the oval with the torch and we all got to touch it for a second. Then we ran around the school oval behind the torch which a couple of people got to hold. Thank you to the men that came to our school, it was great!

By Molly

Why do you think it is important to have peace in our world?

First Aid Training

During the last couple of weeks, students from P-6 have had First Aid session from the St. Johns First Aid School Program. We learned about the D R S A B C D and how to perform CPR. First off we went over all the basics like the recovery position, which some kids performed on each other. Then we learnt about the D R S A B C D, this stands for Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing, CPR and Defibrillator. Last off the kids got to give CPR to mannequins.

Remember, if there is an emergency call 000.

Here are some comments from our Year 6 students:

“I learned that on a younger child you have to perform CPR one handed so you don’t crush their ribs”. Jamie

“I learned about the D R S A B C D chart. I didn’t know about it”. James

“I learned about how to find the heart before you give someone CPR”. Daniel

“I learnt how to give CPR, and the D R S A B C D chart”. Ethen

What did you find most helpful to learn at the First Aid Training?

Visit to the Art Gallery

Students in Year 6 and 7 travelled into Wangaratta to visit the local Art Gallery. The following exhibitions were running:

  • Justin Andrews – Drawing Time
  • Mandy Gunn – re-source, re-make, re-new
  • From the Land – selection of indigenous art and artefacts

Students were able to walk around and appreciate the various art pieces in the gallery. They were also able to help decorate two large rainbow serpents which were on the floor of the gallery.

What was your favourite piece of art and why?

Pen Pals from Vanuatu

Today Miss Zamperoni (a student teacher in our school) told us about a trip she went on to work in a school in Vanuatu. She showed us a video of her visit as well as a slideshow of some of the things she experienced while over there.

She had letters from students in Vanuatu which she handed out to students in 6L. Each student received a letter from a child in Vanuatu. They then had to write their own letter back. Miss Zamperoni is going to send off these letters to the school in Vanuatu so that the students can receive their letters.

What was something you learned about Vanuatu?

Electricity Workstations

Today students worked in groups to move around different stations in the room to investigate different aspects of electricity and energy. Some of the activities were as follows:

READ IT – Read and learn about five different forms of energy and summarise information

CREATE IT – Use a light box and various prisms and mirrors to investigate the concepts of reflect, refract, absorb and transmit.

TECH IT – Watch online videos which teach the principles of electricity and energy.

MATCH IT – Match the label cards to the photos which demonstrate how energy is transferred.

ANALYSE IT – Detect the problem with the circuit diagram and explain how to solve the problem.

EXPLORE IT – Create a circuit using batteries, globes, switches and wires to see how open and closed circuits work. Test different materials in the circuit to decide if they are insulators or conductors.

EXPLAIN IT – Look at the table which covers conduction, convention and radiation and compare and contrast the different features how heat moves.

SORT IT – Sort items into a table to determine if they are insulators or conductors.

What was your favourite activity and why?

What did you learn from this activity?

Clay Crocodile Constructions

Today students had the opportunity to work with a guest ceramist who helped the students sculpt a crocodile out of clay.

The students were exposed to a variety of techniques during the construction phase.