Welcome to Mrs Ryan’s Class Blog. My name is Rebecca Ryan and I am currently teaching a grade of 5/6 students. This blog provides students the opportunity to access educational resources as well as a place where their work can be showcased.
This blog has grown over many years and provides a vast array of educational games and activities for primary aged students.
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It’s hard to believe that the year is almost over! It has been such a pleasure teaching this group of 5/6 students. Together we have gone on camp, three excursions, numerous sporting events and lots of learning.
As a comment below write a recount of one of your favourite memories from school this year.
In Term One the 5/6 students and teachers went on camp together. Boy was it hot! I remember on one particular day it was almost unbearably hot. In order to cope in the heat we would pour water down each other’s backs and faces. On camp I really got to know all the year 5 students and I enjoyed spending more time with the year 6 students.
This camp was particularly memorable for me as it was the first camp EVER when my alarm woke me up on the second day and not the students!
Next week the year 5 students will be presenting their speeches for leadership positions in 2017.
Student Leadership at Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School
At Our Lady of Good Counsel we value and promote student voice and engagement in all aspect of school and community life. Students have opportunities to take on various roles of leadership within the school. The school is committed to providing pathways for students to develop their leadership skills in authentic ways. Student Leadership positions are held in high regard by the principal, staff, parents and community at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish Primary School. Student Leaders are representative of the school in both the modelling of standards for their peers and younger students as well as the proactive development of activities that represent the school community.
In the final years of Primary School students participate in a School Leader process aimed at encouraging students to reflect on their leadership skills and further develop these with the aim of receiving a Senior Leader Badge in their final year of Primary School.
Our Student Leadership Program is aligned with our School Vision:
A leading faith community that inspires learners to shape tomorrow.
The development of student leadership skills involves opportunities which encourage students to:
- act in roles of responsibility with integrity and honesty
- foster a sense of vision and purpose
- work with others to determine and achieve collective goals
- take on responsibilities and use decision making skills in order to carry a project through to a successful conclusion
- be active, reflective listeners who respond effectively
- earn the respect of others through their actions.
School Leaders represent the beliefs and values of Our Lady of Good Counsel Primary School. The role involves leadership in representing the school at community events, greeting visitors, mentoring junior students and fellow leaders as well as organising and supporting school events.
Sports Leaders and House Leaders
School Sports Leaders promote sport events, encourage and motivate teams as well as assist the PE Teacher and school staff in sports related matters. They will exercise responsibility when representing the school in sporting teams across the district, or at regional and state levels.
Social Justice Leaders
Social Justice Leaders know that Social Justice is more than raising money for the “poor”. They recognise the importance of equality and fairness in our school, in our own communities as well as in other countries. They will build up our knowledge of the injustices that occur and help us to understand how WE can do something about it.
The Student Council works in conjunction with the School Leaders to represent the student body. They represent student views and supportively raise awareness of issues within the school. The forum is a communication tool between students and staff. During the year the Student Council promote important school messages.
All students in Year Six are eligible to apply for a leadership position and will be encouraged to apply for the positions advertised. Each student will present a speech to the Principal, Deputy Principal, Leadership Team and Classroom teachers, as well as the students in Years Five and Six. Staff and Students will vote for their choice of leaders. The Principal will approve each position.
Standard of Behaviour
- If the student leader acts in a way that is inappropriate for their position they will be given a warning and their parents/caregivers will be contacted to discuss the situation.
- If the student leader continues in an inappropriate manner then the parent/caregiver will be contacted and the student will lose their badge and position for 4 weeks.
- If the student leader persists in inappropriate behaviours for their position then the student will lose their badge and their position permanently.
In class we have been learning about figurative language, in particular metaphors.
The students have written metaphor poems, please enjoy reading their work in the comments section below.
In English we are exploring poetry in its many forms, from cinquains and octopoems to haikus.
Students have been asked to create a piclit, the poem doesn’t have to rhyme but needs to reflect the image they selected.
In Religion we have been exploring what it means to be Catholic. The students formulated questions to discuss with their family about this topic. Spend sometime discussing these questions and please feel free to leave a comment sharing your thoughts.
Not all questions are easy to answer but the discussion about faith and what it means to be Catholic is the focus.
- Why did you choose a Catholic school?
- How do we know if the quotes in the bible are true?
- What influences a person to become a priest?
- How did Catholicism begin?
- How do we know if Jesus and God are real?
- What does being a Catholic mean to you?
- How long does it take to become a Pope or a Priest?
- Why are there only seven Sacraments?
- Why are followers of Christ who become priests or nuns not encouraged to get married?
- What about being Catholic stands out for you?
- Are the Bible stories true?
- Did any events in the Bible really happen?
- Why do they call the “bible” the “Bible?
- Why were the Bible stories chosen?
- Why are there the Stations of the Cross?