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St Francis Celebration Day

St Francis’ Day Celebration

Last Friday, the 13th October, we celebrated the life of St Francis of Assisi at St Joseph’s School.

First we gathered together with all the animals. Father Benedict gave them a special blessing with holy water. Most of the animals were very well behaved, even though some dogs started to bark.

Next we went to the playground to meet Jett, Ms Bateman’s dog. She told us all about Jett and how she looks after him. Then she showed us some commands that he can follow and some tricks that he can do. Ms Bateman told us how he went to dog school to learn how to behave. Jett then ran around the oval with Joshua chasing after him.

After play, we were able to make an animal out of the recycle materials we had brought from home. We made many different animals like goats, dogs, cats, birds and snakes. They all looked fantastic and we had a fun time being creative.

We all had a wonderful day celebrating the life of St Francis.  We remember his message to love and care for God’s creation.



Today we experimented with objects to see whether they would sink or float.  We followed the following steps.

Floating and Sinking

  1. Predict if the object floats or sinks.

  2. Pour water into tub.

  3. Place an item into tub of water.

  4. Observe if the item floats or sinks.

  5. Record what you discover.

    View the clip to see why some objects sink and others float.



Como House Excursion

On Friday 1st September, all the children went to Como House by bus.

First we met two ladies in old fashioned clothes. Their names were Sarah and Jill. They were dressed up as servants. They gave us the grand tour of Como House and Gardens and then we had our play lunch. The ladies said that after we finished eating we could play.

When we were finished playing, we went into our groups to do our activities. My groups first activity was looking inside the mansion. She gave us the grand tour and showed us how to introduce ourselves to our dance partner and  do ball room dancing in the ball room. After we finished dancing, we had our lunch.

After lunch we finished all our other activities. We went on a mystery tour around the gardens, played old fashioned games and visited the servants’ laundry to learn what it was like to be a  servant in the past.

Finally when we had finished all our activities, we went back to school by bus.  We had the best day ever learning about life in the past.

Written by Cathy


Our History


Mrs Sargood Incursion


    On Friday, the 11th August, Mrs Sargood came to our school to help us learn about the past.

    First we walked over to the Italian room, and to our surprise, we saw a lady dressed up in old fashioned clothes ringing a giant, gold, antique bell. She asked us to line up in rows of girls and boys and then she checked to see if our hands were clean. We then entered the Italian room.

    Next Mrs Sargood showed us pictures of life in the olden days. She had some black and white photographs of her many children. Her sons looked like girls because in the past boys wore dresses until they were much older. She also told us that her children were much too special to go to school so she taught them at home.

    Then Mrs Sargood told us a little bit about what school was like for children in the 1900s. She showed us what would happen if a child misbehaved. Mrs Sargood then chose a student to pretend that she was a boy who had done something wrong at school. She pulled out a cane and pretended to hit the student across their knuckles. Mrs Sargood told us that boys were hit across the knuckles and girls across the palms of their hands when they misbehaved.

    Last of all Mrs Sargood showed us how to write using a fountain pen with ink. We then all had a chance to practise writing like students from the past. After we finished writing, Mrs Sargood rang the bell and said class was dismissed. We then bowed and cursteyed to Mrs Sargood and went out to play. We had so much fun learning and experiencing school life in the past.

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Italian Day

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Today we made bubbles using soapy liquid and water. We used a wand to make the bubbles. We dipped the wand into the liquid and gently blew the liquid to form a bubble. Watch the clip above to find out more about the science of making bubbles!

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Balloon Experiment

Today we explored solids, liquids and gases.  We put some baking soda in the balloon and then some vinegar in the bottle. We then put the balloon over the opening of the bottle. The balloon inflated.  Why did the balloon inflate?


Marvellous Minibeasts

Look at our amazing minibeasts that we have imagined and created!!!



Try playing these subtraction games –

Bowling Alley Subtraction

Balloon Pop Subtraction

Soccer Subtraction

Island Chase Subtraction

Minus Mission

Subtraction Facts to 20

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