From the French Room “Restons Branchées”

Bonjour!

Thankyou to all the parents who have recently viewed and responded to their children’s work samples that we sent home from Yr 2 and Yr 3. It was very rewarding to receive such appreciative and enthusiastic comments.

Currently in the school office entrance there are some great pieces of Yr 6 and Yr 5 French are on display, it’s a shame I could not display everyone’s work, they are very pleasing work samples!

Please remember the amazing “Van Gogh Alive” Exhibit at the Supreme Court Gardens if you able to go along. It is an experience not to miss!

During his time in France, Vincent van Gogh lived in Paris, Arles and Saint-Remy-de-Provence and finally in Auvers-sur-Oise just outside Paris, where he died in 1890. The fact that he spent much of his working life in France leads many to wonder whether he was French. He was in fact Dutch, born in Zundert in the Netherlands in 1853. In 1888, after spending a few years living in Paris, van Gogh decided to move to the South of France. The unique light in Provence fascinated him and the quality of life there suited him.

We will enjoy exploring Van Gogh’s artistic contributions to the world in lesson time.

Bonne semaine,

Madame Wilderspin

Room 6 News – Moving Monsters

As part of their Design Technology, Year 3 and 4 students in Room 6 enjoyed investigating how forces, and the properties of materials, affect the behaviour of objects, products and systems.

They then used their knowledge and skills to design and make Moving Monsters.

Each student developed their ideas through labelled drawings, using appropriate technical vocabulary. Following this, they selected suitable materials and made their monster, before finally evaluating both the process and product.

Watch the videos

French News “Restons Branche” (Staying Connected!)

We are very lucky this year to extend our French Programme to the Year 2 students!

So far we have an enthusiastic cohort who have been very busy learning all their French greetings with our fun collection of puppets!

The Year 2 students receive one lesson a week which gently introduces them to the language.

The school also has a new learning space for French which is now located in the library.When Covid restrictions are lifted I would welcome parents to come and visit before school pour un perouse “look and see”!

We also have several new students starting French for the first time, being new students to our school.

Already Seth claims French to be his favourite subject.Bryce has made a mini sheet of useful vocab that he carries in his pocket to practise throughout the day! Olivia has asked for catch up work so that her Mum can help her with beginner French at home! Every new student is trying so hard during lessons and I know having French and English so closely linked does give the confidence and support to learn the language. Remember French is spoken in 43 countries around the world and students learn about their own English language whilst we explore French as a second or even third language for our students at Duncraig Primary.

“Un grand merci”,a big thankyou,to mainly the younger students who have made flags,cards and posters for the French Room which highlights their love of learning the language!   Vive le français!

Finally un grand merci aussi(a big thanks also) to Dioné, Demi and Anna who come along most mornings to carry out monitor jobs in the French Room on a completely volunteer basis.

Bonne semaine! Enjoy the week!

Madame Wilderspin

Beach Swimming and Safety Internet Day

Beach Swimming Lessons – Years 5 & 6

In Weeks 3 and 4, Year 5 and 6s have been attending swimming lessons at Mullaloo Beach. The students have loved the swimming lessons, especially with the awesome weather!

Occasionally some students have seen amazing sights which include dolphins and jelly blobs. The teachers have been awesome and taught us lots of life skills. At the end of the lessons the teachers let us do flag racing, body surfing and relays.

We have practised our swimming strokes, beach to water signals and tube/board rescues.

This has been an excellent and fun learning experience for us all.

Safer Internet Day 2022 – Rooms 3 & 4

Students in Rooms 3 and 4 were two of the classes involved in the Safer Internet Day program, on February 8th. The program targeted raising the awareness about online safety. One of the key messages was that there is no place for online abuse, and that we can all help to make life online enjoyable by being kind and respectful to each other.

Kindergarten C

The students in Kindy C had a very successful and busy first week of school. With the support of their parents, the students arrived excited and enthusiastic to discover the new classroom environment and playground. Some of the popular learning areas in the classroom included the dinosaur table, playdough table and water trays. A highlight for the group was sitting outside to eat together on the picnic rugs and learning how to independently pack their own bags. On Friday we even enjoyed running under the sprinkler to cool down and making delicious mud pies in the sandpit. It is going to be an amazing year with a wonderful group of students! Congratulations Kindy C on a fabulous start to the year. We are very proud of you!

Mrs Rossi and Mrs Garie

STEM at Duncraig Senior High

This term, the Year 6s have been visiting Duncraig Senior High School to participate in a three week STEM program on Tuesday afternoons. Students chose to participate in one of three subject options; problem solving, coding or science.

Here are some insights into their experiences so far.

In problem solving we have drawn multiple patterns and shapes onto either graph or dotted paper. With the graph paper we copied complex patterns following the design sheet closely. On the dotted paper we drew unfamiliar shapes with a varying number of vertices depending on the shape. These shapes were types of optical illusions and were quite challenging to copy. The work required lots of concentration and perseverance as the shapes weren’t always what they seemed. Check out some of our work below!

In coding we have been working with Mr. Norman to code microbit with block coding and python. We have also been learning about algorithms, sequencing and loops. It has been a great experience and we have enjoyed every minute.

In science we have been working in the science lab with proper science equipment. We have learned how to safely light a Bunsen burner and the scientific names of equipment. We have carried out some experiments and enjoyed boiling some red cabbage and rose petals to create a red cabbage and rose petal indicator, which we then used to test the pH of substances including vinegar and milk. It has been great fun!

We have all really enjoyed visiting the high school and we are looking forward to going next year.

Numero

Duncraig Primary School recently participated in the North Western heat of the Interschool Numero Competition. Congratulations to the members of the three teams; Duncraig Dragons, Dynamite and Dugites. Thank you to the team members; Kade, Hayley, Sasha, Alex, Cooper, Julia, Zaxson, Rowan, Josh, Jay, Scarlett, Sofia and Mila. All competitors did a fabulous job, performing their best maths under time pressure and in front of an audience.

The Duncraig Dragons deserve a special mention for winning the heat and progressing to represent our school at the State Final, which was held at Sutherland Dianella Primary on 11th November.

Huge congratulations to the Dragons’ four members; Alex, Hayley, Kade and Sasha who finished third in the state! With a total of 210 teams entered across the heats, this is a significant achievement for the team and the school. We are super proud of their hard work and dedication over the year!

Teddy Bear Picnic- Kindy

‘We have been learning about bears and teddy bears in Kindy this term. On Monday 25 October, Kindy A children were so excited to be invited to bring their teddy bears to school for a Teddy Bears Picnic! Parents and grandparents were also invited to attend picnic! Despite the rain we enjoyed a lovely picnic together with delicious food!

After lunch the rain cleared, and we treated our teddy bears to a bounce on our parachute and sang a teddy bear song for our families! This event was full of love, laughter and good food! Thanks so much to everyone who came and helped make this a highlight of our year and a very memorable day for all the children! ‘

Shaun Tan

Throughout the course of the year, Year 6’s in Rooms 1 and 2 have been studying the works of world renowned, Perth born author and artist Shaun Tan.  We have studied a few of his many books including Cicada, The Rabbits and The Lost Thing. We have also enjoyed viewing the Academy Award winning The Lost Thing short film, an adaptation of the book. If you haven’t seen it, check it out!

Shaun Tan has been inspirational to us, as we created our own “Miscellaneous Anomalies” in the style of his characters.  We emailed these to him to enjoy, along with a few questions we devised.  Much to our excitement, he responded by answering all of our questions!

Below are a few Shaun Tan inspired anomalies created by our students.

Science Week

Wow what a week. This year’s theme was Food Different by Design. To kick the week off the year 6 leadership team helped Mrs Jackson make 10 minute ice cream in a bag. Every day in the Science room, the students from pre-primary to year six investigated how salt is used to lower the melting point of ice, thereby freezing the ice-cream quicker. All students had the opportunity to make and sample delicious home made ice-cream. This was a huge success and couldn’t have been achieved without the help of the year 6 leaders.

On Wednesday 18th August each class rotated with their buddy class through several highly engaging science workshops. Jacqui Batley and her team of PhD students from UWA taught the children how to extract DNA from strawberries. Tom Becker one of our parents who is a Curtin University lecturer taught the students how to test the chromatography of M&M’s. Ray Palermo taught the symmetry of fruit. Holly, one of year 4 students, confidently presented her dad’s work in the agricultural industry. Diann McKenzie created an engaging experience for the students teaching them about sustainability in our Kitchen Garden. The teacher ran a very popular workshop on blindfolded fruit tasting. Overall, the day and week was a wonderful way for the students to experience food science in the world around them.

Nadine Jackson

Science teacher