3A Allstar Assembly

Preparations have been underway for our Assembly which will take place next Friday at 1:40 in the Alan Dick Forum.

Without giving too much away, the students are very excited to share the awesomeness of 3A.

It has been great to see the students band together and collaborate on this showcase event.  All 3A parents and family members are welcome to attend.

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Grade 3 End of Year

schools outIt’s hard to believe that the end of the year is just around the corner. It seems like this year has just flown by with all of the exciting experiences we’ve had in Grade 3.

To celebrate a successful year for all of Grade 3, a day full of fun activities has been organised for Tuesday, June 6. All activities will be happening at school. Please note that this is separate from our in 3A Class Celebrations.

The day will start as any usual Tuesday, with all students attending Chinese in the morning.  Then the fun begins with activities and events organised in different places around the school.  All students should wear their PE uniforms as it will be an active day and we want to ensure that everyone is comfortable.

As this day is a special event, each  student is asked to bring in $40 for a pizza lunch and delicious snacks. Could you please help out and send $40 to school with your child by Wednesday, May 31.

Thanks again for all of your support this year!

 

All the best,

The Grade 3 Team

Organic Farm Field Trip

We had another big day out at the E-Farm, to see how people can farm without chemicals.

Here are a couple of our Highlights

  • “I kept going back to pick and eat wood sorrel, which tastes like sour green apples” Jennifer
  • “I felt like a savage like Bear Grills, because I was picking herbs to eat” Nicole.
  • “I caught a fish, and so did Amelia” Andre
  • “I liked making my own sushi roll” Teddy
  •  ” Finding green and brown leaves to help make compost” Mavis
  • “Getting the seeds from pods (they looked like tiny little ears) and planting the roselles” Lily.

You can check out the photos on our twitter stream!

Arriving for Camp – Logistics

It’s almost G3 Camp!  I’m pretty sure there will be butterflies in excited tummies tonight!

Logistics for arriving at school Wednesday morning

Your child will arrive as normal to school. They need to come to the 9th floor where they can “Check-In”. Ms Mumford (3B), Ms V and Ms Koo (3C) and myself will be there to tell your child which ‘Activity Group’ they will be in

  1. Go to the 9th floor lobby
  2. Check in to find out your ‘Activity Group’
  3. Drop big bag on 9th floor in designated area.
  4. Go to the 11th floor playground with small day-pack.
  5. Parents may drop off medications to teachers in classrooms at 7:50 – 8:10
  6. Dismissal to classrooms at 7:50.
  7. In classroom, attendance will be taken and expectations shared.
  8. At 8:10 Teachers will accompany students to the 9th floor playground to pick up their bags and line up in activity groups.
  9. Load and board the buses on the 7th floor with departure at 8:30.

And the Preparations have continued….

Over the last week, we have been addressing some of the worries associated with being away at camp for the first time. We went for a hike to become more accustomed to the ‘wilderness’ , yesterday we read ‘Snoring Beauty’ as this happens to the best of us, and today we discussed strategies for homesickness.

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Here were some of the fantastic suggestions the students of 3A came up with

  • have your parents write a secret note and hide in your backpack. You can find it when unpacking and read it to yourself on camp.
  • record your parents saying “Good night” or “I love you” (you can use the little keychain recorder from Bridget’s birthday)
  • bring a photo of your parents or family on camp with you
  • ask for a hug from a friend or teacher
  • arrange your bed or things like you would at home
  • bring a t-shirt that smells like your mum or dad to snuggle with at night
  • bring a lovey or stuffed toy from home
  • be positive – remember all the great new things we have been doing, and all the exciting things we will be doing
  • self-talk “I am missing my family a little, but . . . . . . “

As we are such a caring class, we also discussed what the students can do if they noticed a friend was feeling a little homesick. We agreed that calling them ‘crybaby’ and dismissing their feelings are inappropriate and would not help the situation, however these tips would help them feel a bit better:

  • acknowledge how they are feeling
  • sit with them for a while
  • tap or rub them on the back
  • give them a hug if they want
  • stay positive and talk about the exciting things we are doing.

Hopefully everything should go smoothly. The students are aware that parents won’t be called in the middle of the night to pick them up.

Contact During Camp

The teachers and students will be busy engaging in a lot of new and exciting experiences on camp. If there is an emergency at home – you may contact the school office and they will pass a message along to us. (I remember finding out about my new baby sister this way on G8 Camp). If there is an emergency where your child needs to be notified outside of school hours, a contact number was shared on the original camp permission form.

Teachers will be tweeting select photos on twitter. You can follow our class twitter account, or follow the #g3camp hashtag to see photos taken by other teachers who are also on camp. The activity groups have a mix of students from all classes, so the #g3camp hashtag will come in handy.

Individual teachers and EA’s won’t be answering their phones or checking messages during camp. If a problem arises, we will call you.

Students aren’t permitted to bring devices on camp. If a child does bring a mobile phone, it will be taken from them and kept safe for the duration of the camp.

 

Camp Reminders

Some quick reminders for camp on Wednesday:

  1. Label your child’s big backpack with their name and class (use a luggage tag). There will be a lot of bags on Wednesday morning, and having it labeled will be a HUGE help. Labelling ALL their stuff would be appreciated as well. When they arrive on Wednesday morning, please check in with a teacher on the 9th floor lobby, who will identify their group number. Big bags remain on the 9th floor according to group number. Day packs go with the child to the 11th floor as usual after check in.
  2. Check the camp checklist of things to bring. Don’t forget to bring reusable dishes (a tupperware), and a 1-litre water bottle that is full for Wednesday morning.
  3. Students can wear casual camp clothes on Wednesday morning.
  4. Interested in what is going on while at camp? Teachers will be tweeting out a small selection of photos over the course of the day. Follow the hashtag #g3camp

We’re excited to be off at camp soon! Give your child lots of hugs and kisses over the next day as you’ll miss them more than they’ll miss you. 😉

Urgent: E-Farm Registration Form

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Today your child will be arriving home with a registration form for next week’s field trip to E-Farm. (Yes! we have  a full day field trip following our camp). Apologies for sending this out separately to the field trip permission form, however it was received after the permission forms had been returned.

A Team Edventures are a highly professional team of outdoor educationalists and have your child’s safety as their highest priority, which is why they are asking for contact and health details.

Could you please fill out this form at your earliest possible convenience and return with your child to school either tomorrow or on Wednesday (as they arrive for camp).

3A are highly competitive and all students have assured me that they can be the first class to return ALL their forms!!

PYP Exhibition Visit

On Thursday afternoon we had the opportunity to visit and talk to the Grade 6 students about the issues they’ve been exploring and taking action with as part of their PYP Exhibition.

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Some of the interesting and provocative issues we saw were:

  • Refugees in Hong Kong
  • Treatment of Domestic helpers
  • Partitioned housing in Hong Kong
  • Shark Finning
  • The effect of micro-beads in marine environments
  • The Ivory trade
  • Food waste
  • Cyberbullying
  • Elderly in Poverty in Hong Kong
  • Alternative Energy solutions
  • Endangered animals
  • How healthy our tap water
  • Overfishing

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On Friday, the Exhibition will still be set up and open to parents and students for visiting. You will find group displays in both the Library and the LLAC Lobby.

As the Exhibition is the culminating project of the PYP, I would recommend taking the time to visit it – as this is what your own children will be doing in three years time!

 

 

 

Tapped for Action

Today we watched the documentary ‘Tapped’ as part of Green Week. It also has a few connections to our upcoming ‘How we organise ourselves unit.’

Here is the trailer if you are interested.

‘Tapped The Movie’ – Trailer on Bottled Water Documentary from WorldClassWellness on Vimeo.

The students reacted quite strongly to some of the facts that were shown. We sorted out what we remembered with  Compass for learning, which organises impact and consequences into 4 areas – Nature, Economics, Societal and Well-being (Health).

IMG_3749As you can see there are many different consequences of buying bottled water.  The students were amazing at recalling the big ideas (of which there were many) from the 80 minute documentary.

Ask your child their opinion about buying bottled water!

Student Led Learning Reviews

FullSizeRenderFor the last week, our preparation for this Friday’s  Student-Led Learning Reviews has been quite intensive. To begin our discussion, we reflected on what happened last year and what we have been doing so far this year.

When we compared last year with this year, the students noticed :

  • the SLLR was organised by subjects
  • the teachers chose the centres and the activities
  • everyone had to rotate around a circuit

This year the organisation and preparation has changed as students have been given more agency and responsibility.

They will be in charge of leading the conversation about who they are as a learner and also choosing the evidence (work samples or centres) to demonstrate this to you, their parents.

Here is a more specific description of student roles and responsibility during SLLRs.

Students will:

  • take responsibility for sharing their learning and progress across the transdisciplinary programme
  • share information about personal, social and academic development
  • discuss where they are as a learner at this time and identify  their progress as a learner, strengths and needs
  • share where they are in developing the transdisciplinary skills as a lifelong learner
  • share how they demonstrate the attributes of the Learner Profile and the Attitudes
  • revisit the goals established during the 3-Way Conferences

Here is a video that has been put together as a guide for parents. It outlines the purpose, structure and roles of both the parents and students during the SLLR.

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CDNIS Student Led Learning Reviews 2017 from CDNIS Educational Technologies on Vimeo.