Book Week

Book Week came to Newington in Week 6 and boy was it fun!

Throughout the week, the boys engaged with the theme “Connect to reading, Reading to connect.”  We made a poster about connecting to each other through reading, making personal connections to the book and its characters, and using books to connect to both our real world and another ‘fantasy’ world.


We also studied “Kissed by the Moon” by Alison Lester and made personal connections to this early childhood story.  We displayed our connections to the book through a baby mobile hanging in our classroom.


On Thursday, the boys came dressed as a book character with whom they felt a connection.  The pinnacle of the week was definitely the book parade!

Here is what the boys had to say:

On Thursday I didn’t go to school wearing my school uniform, instead I was dressed up as a book character named Spyro. My mask was rather scary, I had fake claws on my shoes and I had fake claws on my hands. I also had a purple costume.  -Max

In Book Week we had a parade. There were winners. Gingerbread man won. -Will

Yesterday the school and all the parents had a Book Week Parade and we saw everyone’s favourite costumes. -Kelvin

On Thursday we had Book Day. I went as Sargent Baz from Caesar the war dog. We had a book parade. Book Day was excellent. -Tristan



A collection of the boys’ favourite books.

Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW

On Wednesday the 20th of August, Year 2 went to the Art Gallery of NSW to view the Archibald Prize as part of their study of portraiture.

Here is what the boys had to say:

This morning my class and I left our school on a bus.  We went to the Art Gallery of NSW.  We went to look at the art.

First, we ate our recess food outside the Art Gallery so we were energized.  Then we lined up to go into the Art Gallery.  We saw paintings and 3D sculptures.  Next, we went down one level to see more paintings and sculptures, we were also in groups.  We also saw scary scultptures.  After that we traveled back to school.

I thought it was fun.  Also I loved all the paintings.


We are learning about portraits in art.  Portraits are of important people in your life.


On Wednesday we went to the Art Gallery.  We saw the Archibald prize and the Wynne prize.


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All that’s good in me, by Vincent Fantauzzo. This portrait was a favourite of the Boys.

Mr Norris’ Visit- Tuesday 19th of August

As part of our Unit of Inquiry about change over time, the boys conducted research on changes over time in an area of their choice.  Part of this research was to conduct interviews with year 6 boys, their parents and a visitor from their grandparents’ generation to track significant changes throughout history.

We were lucky enough to have Mr Norris visit our class for the boys to interview to give them some perspective on life in the ‘olden days.’

Here is what the boys had to say:

Yesterday Mr Norris came to teach us about the past. I had fun learning about the past.


On Tuesday sday Mr Norris came into our classroom and we asked him questions about what shops, technology, cars and buildings were like in the olden days. First we asked him what it was like not having technology. He said he called a billycart technology maybe because you needed to put fuel in for the engine. He said that his mum gave him an encyclopedia or a dictionary and he found information from that.


We really loved talking to Mr Norris and found out some very interesting information!