Looking on the Bright Side – PALS Lesson

Last week, the boys began revisiting the importance of Looking on the Bright Side as part of our PALS (Positive And Life Skills) program to promote positivity and resilience.

The boys demonstrated an excellent understanding of the concept and were able to share numerous examples of when they have (or should have) looked on the bright side. This led to group work on developing a lesson plan for the lesson that they will deliver to their buddy class next week to introduce the concept. The boys approached the task with great leadership and enthusiasm and we’re all looking forward to see what they deliver next week.

They prepared their lesson plans by collaborating in Google Docs and then discussing their plans with the teacher of the class that they’ll lead and when complete they’ll be discussing their successes and areas in need of improvement and recording their reflections.

National Reconciliation Week

Last week was National Reconciliation Week so the Year 6 boys set themselves the task of finding out about our aboriginal heritage to share with the school at assembly for their Semester 1 Assembly Item.

The National Reconciliation Week theme was to ‘walk the talk‘ which they have been doing!

After some discussion the boys decided to present their item as a news report with groups working on different aspects and then pulling it all together. Each person had a role to play and were involved in the collecting, organising and presenting of their information.

When working in groups the boys demonstrated great leadership skills as they took charge of their idea and drove it to the conclusion that you can see below.

It was a great performance!

National Reconciliation Week


Stage 3 Visit by Margaret Salem re Rwanda 001 Stage 3 Visit by Margaret Salem re Rwanda 010Today, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Margaret Salem who has visited our school for many years in relation to our connection with Rwanda. Mrs Salem instigated a pen pal program between the Years 5 and 6 boys (during French) many years ago which has continued and grown.

The Year 6 boys over the last 6 years have chosen to support Rwanda using the funds they raise at the Year 6 Fair and as a result the pen pal community in Rwanda has been able to resource their school, build a classroom and health facilities.

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Mrs Salem is very passionate about this cause and spoke to the boys about what led to take the extensive ACTION that she has. She also sang several songs for us as she showed us a variety of images from the communities in Rwanda.

What an experience!

Developing an Essential Agreement

Now that we’ve decided on a theme we thought it would be best to develop an Essential Agreement that everyone would follow to make sure that we all work to our best during the Exhibition and continue to support each other with all areas of our learning.

We are very used to creating and following essential agreement and they are a powerful tool as we are all part of the development process and therefore there is an expectation that everyone will ‘agree’ and follow the agreement.

Year 6 Reflections on PALS First Lesson on Courage

As a part of their leadership responsibilities, the boys in Year 6 develop (with assistance) and deliver, in a team teaching environment, a lesson related to the various social skills that form part of our Positive Attitudes and Life Skills (PALS) program. These lessons occur regularly and are followed up by class teachers throughout the week and in the week’s following the lesson.

The Year 6 boys are extensively involved in the preparation and evaluation of these lessons.

Here are some of their reflections from this week’s lesson.

Kindy – Soma

Last Monday, my group presented a PALS session to Kindy (Positive Attitudes and Life Skills) on topic of courage. We didn’t think that the boys would understand the meaning of courage as quickly they did. Our session included an introduction on what courage meant to the boys and then we split into small groups and the boys prepared a skit to demonstrate what courage looked like at school. Overall the session went smoothly and we had a lot of fun teaching the boys, with Miss Smallhorn’s assistance.

Year 1 – Oliver S

This was our first PALS lesson and we were very happy with it, the boys were quiet and listened to our every word. We enjoyed teaching them and they also enjoyed learning from us. We will be doing our next lesson in a similar way to the first one as it worked so well.

Year 2 – Finn

In Year 2 for PALS this month we were so excited to teach our lesson on Courage. We explored courage and we started with a short introduction teaching the boys what courage was and what it looked like at school. Then we split up into groups and the boys participated in group work tasks. We found it rewarding to teach our PALS class with the help of the teachers.

Year 3 – Jack

For our Year 3 lesson, Oscar, Matthew, Alistair and I decided that taking an easy, simple approach was better. First we presented a Keynote presentation. We gave examples and explained courage to the boys in Year 3. As they spoke we created a mind map with their suggestions. We were pretty surprised that most of them understood the topic very quickly. Then we gave them butcher’s paper and asked them to give us their suggestions on what courage was and looked like. After that, we concluded by asking them what courage was. The first person to answer got it right and again we were surprised. It was a great learning experience for all of us.

Year 4 – Ethan H

On Monday Jonty, Patrick, Harry and I led a lesson on courage. We first shared a Powtoons animation that we had created and all the kids were very engaged by it so I think that we should keep that idea in our next lesson. Our second activity involved using butcher’s paper to brainstorm and to do this we put the class into their table group. The next activity required the boys to work together to create a skit, which they would act it for the class. This was a more challenging task for us to manage. Finally, we did a quiz which worked. The boys learnt a lot and so did we!


Year 5E – Oliver Prosser

PALS stands for Positive Attitudes & Life Skills. PALS is our school wide social skills program. As leaders, we were put into groups of three and four and were assigned a class. My group includes Samuel, Ethan and myself and we were assigned Year 5E. We prepared a Keynote on courage and showed the boys a video with showed different people demonstrating courage in their life. Then we did a mind-mapping task where the boys drew a picture of when they have shown courage and then they wrote a sentence about it. To wrap it up we played a game of silent ball and if they got the ball they would have to say when they showed courage. Overall it was a very successful lesson.

Year 5W – Tane

My group participated in our PALS activities with Year 5W. These sessions are great fun as you get to teach the class you are assigned to a very important skill, which for us was about having courage at school and home, and you also learn something yourself along the way. We learnt how important it is to have a prepared lesson that is organised and interesting for our audience.