HWEO is now in full swing.

We are on stage two and after some excellent skill workshops we have begun to create our designs. We are still editing and adapting as we go. We need to remember to be braver and bolder with our designs. I am sure that over the next two weeks our creativity and confidence will go and we will create some fantastic show stoppers!

The excitement in grade 5 as we’ve begun to create is electrifying.

Before you consider going out and purchasing your materials, have a think and see if there is an alternative that can be reused or recycled. Be inspired by the key points of ‘fast fashion’ in the netflix documentary, True Cost. Our upcycling designer, Kevin Cheung, is tackling the problem of excess plastic by upcycling. What can you do for your design product?

 

If you must go out and buy materials, Sham Sui Po is a good place to start. Check out this blog for ideas on where you can go.

 

A few reminders for the week

Things to finish

  • Rotation booklet (Monday)
  • Unicorn Plan (Monday)
  • Home learning (Friday)
  • Reflections or translations booklet (Wednesday)
  • Red sections on the HWEO and Journal handed in (Monday)
  • Guided Reading/book club finished (Monday)

Have a great weekend!

Wow!

What a week back we’ve had! Our new unit is in full swing beginning with a guest speaker Kevin Cheung, who is an upcycling designer from here in Hong Kong.

We then ended the week with Ms T introducing the final element of our unit at our project launch. A fashion show, which we are very excited about and can’t wait to get designing and creating items for it.

Although this unit is exciting there’s so much to keep up to date with. I have created a HWEO checklist on google classroom to help the students keep up to date with what needs to be done.

This weekend the students need to keep adding to their individual moodboards so that we can look at them on Wednesday morning. They need to consider their own aesthetic and should include the following things:

Things that intrigue you

  • Colours
  • Patterns
  • Shapes
  • Words
  • Symbols
  • Photos

 

It’s nearly Christmas!!

This week we’ve been preparing for Christmas by continuing to make decorations, planning for parties, buying Secret Santa gifts and on Friday we made gingerbread cookies. As you can see from the pictures we had an excellent time and the results were tasty!

 

Next week the Christmas preparations continue….

Tuesday we will be celebrating a great first term at MegaBox. Thank you to all those parents that volunteered. We unfortunately only have enough money in the budget to cover 3 parents entrance fees (I emailed the first 3 volunteers we had) – Other parents are more than welcome to join us but will have to pay the 40$ entrance fee.

After Ice skating we will be exchanging Secret Santa gifts so if you haven’t brought yours in yet please bring it in on Monday.

If students are leaving early please let me know so I know when to send Macbooks home etc. Also if there has been any change to whether or not students are allowed to take laptops home please let me know.

Have a great weekend

It’s nearly time for CAMP!

I know a lot of you will be spending the weekend packing and preparing for camp so here are a few reminders.

  1. Students must be able to carry their own suitcases/bags. It is extremely helpful if they do the packing or are involved in the packing so they know what has been packed.
  2.  No electronics
  3. No food 
  4. label EVERYTHING
  5. Try to avoid things with scent
  6.  Bag/ Ziplock bag with toiletries: we will collect these every night to keep in locked building
  7. Lunchbox to eat from

Students in group A should also remember  that they will be heading straight to the beach for their first activity on Wednesday. This means they need to pack slightly differently for camp.

On Wednesday they Group A only need to wear their swimwear under their clothes to school. This will maximise the amount of time they have in the water.
In their day bag they need to have the following:
–  a towel
–  underwear
– rash guard or wet suit etc.
– sun screen
– mosquito repellent
– wet water shoes
– hat
– a full water bottle
– anything they need on the bus
This group will not have access to their other bag/suitcase until the evening at the campsite.

In case you have mislaid the packing list it can be found here 

 

House Spirit Day

By Annie Wang

Last Friday, we had House Spirit Day. Everybody was supposed to wear their PE uniform and other accessories that matched their house colour. We even had Tug Of War with all the other houses. In between the matches, we got to put on face-paint (colour of our house) and tattoos (house logo). All the houses even had a mascot (house animal)! After the Tug Of War, Mr. MacPherson thought it wasn’t enough to choose a winning house so we had a dance-off. It was Mountain Lions and Orcas versus Blue Bears and Ravens. After the dance-off, Mr. MacPherson told us they were counting the number of people doing Fortnite Dances, and apparently, the Mountain Lions and Orcas won. The Bears and Ravens were having a gloomy day but fortunately, we got to sing our house songs and make a house mural in different classrooms. In the end, everyone had an enjoyable day.

Dear 5A Parents,

 

We will soon begin designing our products for the Twopresents Project and we need some parent support. As you may know, we are taking action to support the Twopresents charity by providing digital products to be used on their website. Please check the Twopresents website if you would like more information about what this organisation does.

 

We need parents to help the teachers track the products the groups are creating and make sure they are following the criteria provided by Twopresents. Each group will really benefit from adult feedback about the design, content, spelling, grammar, and other specific details on the criteria.

 

If you are able to volunteer, please sign up on this Google doc, Parent Mentor Sign Up Schedule, in the times you are available. You can sign up for multiple times if you want.
While parent volunteers will be given a copy of the specific expectations, you may also want to join the briefing led by representatives from Twopresents that will take place in the LLAC Lobby on Nov. 21 at 1:10pm.  

Thanks in advance for your support

This week we have begun our work with TwoPresents and our preparation for #CharityChallengeG5 pitch organised by CISPA’s outreach program.

Firstly we were grouped based upon our interests which are as follows:

We have started to research our charities with questions based upon the concepts. These should be finished over the weekend.

FORM

What is it like?

CAUSATION

Why is it like it is?

What is the purpose of the charity?
What is their story? (Why are they doing what they do?)
Why was this organisation created?  
What is its mission?
Who was it created for?
What community need does it provide for?

 

FUNCTION

How does it work?  

How does the organisation work to meet the goals of its mission?
How do the parts and people of the organisation meet the needs of individuals or communities?
How will your donation dollars help the charity?

 

Please discuss these at home to help us to synthesise and understand the information we have discovered.

 

Following the Charity Challenge we will be making digital products for TwoPresents to use on their website. In order for this to be as efficient as possible we are asking for parent volunteers who are able to act as quality checkers. In order to volunteer you need to be available on Wednesday 21st November at 1:10-2:00pm to come to the presentation from TwoPresents who will be explaining their full requirements. You will then also need to be available a single afternoon (more if you can) between 6th and 11th December to meet with the groups individually and advise them on their products and what is missing. If you are interested in the please email me.

 

Also if you are interested in Habitat for Humanity’s “paint your house” project please collect a permission slip or print out the photo above and fill in.