Year 6C Semester One Student Leadership Positions
Congratulations to the following Year 6C students for being awarded the following leadership positions for Semester One. I look forward to working with each of these students this semester in their leadership prole. The positions are as follows:
Lucy Lu and Emily Wang
Assembly and Events Leaders
Isabel Chen and Anneke Cook
Amy Cao and Lily Thomas
Mut Yi and Candy Wu
Suwedha Ranjith and Jessica Wu
Elysia Wang and Raynee Wong
Laura Eigenraam and Jenny Wang
Antonia Kokkinos and Cate Mead
Year 1 – 6 Ormiston Student Council
Students from Years 1 – 6 were awarded their Semester One Student Council badge this week. Congratulations to the following students:
Raynee Wong and Elysia Wang
Early Learning 3 and 4 – Relationships and Wellbeing
In Early Learning, we are aware of the importance of relationships for children’s mental health, wellbeing and learning. In our learning community, we value relationships and provide a supportive environment in which children can develop and build positive relationships with their teachers, other members of the class and the wider Early Learning and School community. Teachers encourage, support and foster positive relationships between the children. The environment and experiences, both within the classroom and outdoor garden. Promote and encourage the children to interact and work alongside each other and together in small groups. During these interactions, the children are encouraged to share, take turns and respond positively to others.
Teachers also model explicit communication strategies to support children to initiate interactions and participate in play and social experiences in ways that sustain productive relationships. Teachers spend time interacting with the children individually and in small groups to build a warm relationship and develop a sense of trust with each child; and to gain an understanding about each child’s strengths, interests and skills. It is also interesting to share that the quality of a child’s early relationships and their learning environment, impacts the way the connections between brain cells develop in the first few years of life.
(National Scientific Council, 2007)
Early Learning Team Leader
Year 6 Escher x nendo Exhibition Excursion
The Year 6 students ventured into the city on Friday 15 February by train to see the Escher x nendo exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria. Over the past few weeks, we have been learning about different types of transformations – reflection, rotation and translation – and the effect of each on different shapes. Tessellations, patterns and shapes surround us every day. They can be seen on floors, structures, logos and in nature and only when we draw our attention to them do we realise just how intertwined mathematics is within our world.
The way M. C. Escher used shape was fascinating to witness. We were captivated by the use of form and tessellation to create such beautiful and intricate pieces. His optical illusions generated a lot of conversation and we were left feeling inspired by the way Escher’s mind worked to create such unique artwork with very simple materials. Below are some responses from students about the exhibition.
“Escher’s artwork was so incredible and amazing. I couldn’t hold myself from saying wow at every artwork he made. How could he do something so amazing with a pencil?” – Suwedha Ranjith
“I learnt that Escher is a creative person. He created lots of impossible pictures. At first, I thought tessellations are very easy to do. You just draw the shape and draw another one, connecting to the first shape. After we went to the National Gallery of Victoria and looked at Escher’s drawings, I look differently at tessellations and the fact that they could be any shape and you can be creative with it.” – Jessie Chen
“I learnt that Escher has to do many drafts before making the final copy. I learnt that some of his artworks are based off of something and that Escher wants to leave people with a question or two.” – Raynee Wong
“What fascinated me is how Escher used maths elements in his artwork. He used them in a way that made me wonder how it managed to fit. I wonder how he made all the illusions happen making it so mindboggling for me. I also wonder how he made all his drawings look so real and if he liked lizards.” – Elysia Wang
“I see tessellations with pictures. With abstract art. With… shapes. I now mainly look at tessellations and realise how clever they are – how the original is rotated into another one of the shapes, fitting perfectly into one another. I wonder how Escher discovered a world of tessellation and how he made infinity signs with easy shapes (eg. triangles, circles, etc.)” – Amy Cao
This exhibition will challenge you to view shape and tessellation in completely new ways and we hope everyone is able to visit and witness the artistic genius of M. C. Escher for themselves.
Katrina Cheong and Nancy Robottom
Year 6 Class Teachers
Foundation to Year 6 Ormiston Assemblies – Term 1
All families are invited to our weekly Ormiston assemblies. They run from 8.40am – 9.15am on a Wednesday morning and our Principal, Debbie Dunwoody and Deputy Principal, Cathy Poyser will regularly attend our assemblies. I look forward to seeing many families attending an assembly this year.
February 27 – Gratitude Panning for Gold
March 6 – Gratitude Panning for Gold
March 13 – Positive Identity I am…
March 20 – Positive Identity I am…
March 27 – Ormiston Spirit Awards
4 April (Thursday) – Easter Service at St Marks Church at 10.30am – 11.00am
I look forward to seeing as many parents as possible at our Summer Spectacular event tomorrow Saturday 23 February. Please look out for our Junior School Stall which has lots of wonderful gifts to buy for family and friends.
Head of Junior School