Year 6 Final Assembly

At today’s Year 6 Final Assembly the boys did a fantastic job sharing their quotes with the rest of the school and giving them some advice as they prepare to leave. They have been working (using their research skills) to find quotes that delivered the message that they were wanting to share with the rest of the school. They then illustrated this with an original image and considered the message behind the quote.

The boys were confident and represented the class well! It was a fitting assembly for a great class of boys!

Reflecting… on our time at Lindfield…

As our final days approach, it is time to reflect on the many wonderful and something unusual experiences that we’ve had during our time at Newington.

To do this, we’ve been busy preparing speeches for our Graduation Ceremony, memoirs for display and letters for fantastic buddies…

Our last few weeks at Lindfield will be full of mixed emotions but mostly excited as we’re ready to move onto the next big chapter in our lives!

MLTA Linguafest 2013

Ça c’est fantastique et félicitations!

The Year 6 boys involved in the making of the film, ‘Life of Charlie’ had a very exciting morning at Parliament House today at the MLTA LINGUAFEST AWARDS 2013. Over 80 entries were narrowed down to 23 films for the finals, representing 10 languages across Stages 3 to 5.

We are very happy to announce that CONGRATULATIONS are in order for not one but two prizes. The boys’ film was successful in winning the Stage 3 Best Film prize which is an outstanding achievement in a category that included some excellent films. The audience reaction was fantastic with lots of laughter at key moments during the film. The stage winners all received certificates and a cheque for $300 to go towards their school’s languages programme.large_DSC01651

The big surprise of the day followed with the announcement that their film also won the People’s Choice Award which was voted for by the audience of over 200 attendees from schools all over Sydney and beyond. The boys had the opportunity to mingle with many other young film makers during a lovely lunch provided by MLTA. They represented the school wonderfully by talking to the organisers afterwards and thanking them too.

Some of the comments given to the boys included: ‘excellent, funny, great editing and special effects, lots of hard work, well done and good French skills’. We are very proud of them for their effort, time and dedication in making such a good film and for their application of French for this project.

Bon travail et félicitations à Alex, Charlie, Harry et Jack who also enjoyed un éclair au chocolat as a special treat to celebrate.

Share Market Game

As we inquire into how we organise ourselves, in Maths we have started to look at money and how the financial system in our world operates, including why the Australian dollar changes value. To do this we watched a few online BTN articles that explained the share market and the Australian dollar, we shared our ideas and looked at the Australian Stock Exchange.

This prompted some interesting discussion on whether it is good for us when the dollar increases in value, why people chose to list their companies on the stock exchange, and how we can make ‘lots of money’…

To help us expand our knowledge and skills around these topics we are playing a class share market game where everyone is given $50 000 (on paper only!) to invest in up to 5 companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. We’ll be checking in our our ‘Portfolio’ regularly and using collaborative spread sheets and formulas to track our profit and loss!

There’s a lot involved in this rich numeracy (and literacy) task!

Who will take the PROFIT crown?

Year 6 Fair Thank You!

The Year 6 Fair on Friday was a huge success with the boys at Lindfield raising $2036.70 (at this stage) for either Tupou College or the boy’s penpal school in Rwanda (they are yet to decide). This was a great effort for a truly worthwhile cause, the significance of which the boys appreciate and understand (as best they can).

Year 6 Fair Class Photo copyThe leadership and enthusiasm that the boys demonstrated in preparing and delivering their stalls to the school community was impressive. There were many happy and excited faces around the school on Friday and ‘this is the best Fair ever’ was often heard across the grades. The Year 6 boys delivered beyond expectation, of which they can be very proud.

On behalf the boys and myself, I’d like to thank all the parents who helped in the lead up to the Fair, as there was a huge amount of behind the scenes support (designing stalls, shopping, sharing ideas, sourcing equipment, dropping off equipment, filling up water bombs, creating decorations, baking cupcakes etc), and on the day itself (helping with the BBQ and the many stalls). It is clear that the Fair would have not been the same without your support and encouragement, on so many levels. We also appreciate the commitment that was made is providing your time and equipment.

Once again a very big thank you to all the Year 6 parents for your support of the Year 6 Fair.

Prime Numbers

Today the ‘Prime Number Club’ joined me for another session of proving and disproving prime numbers. (I know, it sounds really nerdy, but the boys involved are loving the challenge!) Today’s session was particularly special given the fact that this afternoon an amazing prime number event occurred when it ticked over to 2:03:05pm on the 07/11/13. For the less prime-focused amongst us, that is the first 7 prime numbers consecutively represented in the time and date. Amazing!

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Year 6 Fair

It’s with great excitement that we’re almost ready to deliver our annual Year 6 Fair to the rest of the school! Activities have been planned, posters designed and put up and today we put our Maths into practice as we counted, tallied and recorded the money that has been collected so far.

We had to work out how many sausages and drinks were needed and how much money had been collected and to do this we collaborated on a Google Docs Spreadsheet with a new sheet for each class. We also created a final sheet that made use of various formulas to work out the combined totals.

It was certainly a lot of fun putting our Maths knowledge into practice and handling soooo much money!