When ISTE visted …

In October, an ISTE group came to visit Debney Meadows PS as part of their Australia tour, whilst also attending the ACEC2012 conference in Perth. We were lucky to have the group visit us at school and allow our children to showcase their learning so enthusiastically. Ellen, Director of Technology at The Cathedral School, one of the group members has collated her photos and passed them on to us to enjoy.

Debney Meadows Primary School from Ellen Baru on Vimeo.

Visiting Debney Meadows Primary was one of the highlights of the study tour. I so appreciate the time it took you to prepare for our visit and for you, your students, and your teachers to so warmly share your special school with us.

Thank you Ellen for generously taking the time to put this video together.

The Nest Summit

On Friday the 23rd of November, Sharmaarke Mohamed and Wanishet Hagos represented the school as student delegates at the 2012 ARACY Nest Summit, as a follow up to the 2012 Australian Children’s Play Summit. The aspirations of the ARACY Nest Summit were to improve social and emotional well-being, invest in the future, improve early childhood and improve education outcomes. Students took on a variety of roles at the summit, including protester, interviewer, town planner and construction worker. They were also involved in team work, leadership and public speaking. Sharmaarke and Wanishet represented the school beautifully and Debney Meadows Primary School is very proud of their two student delegates.

On Friday Emma, Wanishet and I went to the Play Summit. We went there to check out different ideas to save play. When we got there we had posters, then we went inside a room full of grown-ups and shouted, “What do we want? To save play! When do we want it? Now!” Then it was time to eat and interview grown-ups. Then we made an awesome cardboard city.

On Friday we went to the Play Summit. We met lots of other kids. We worked in a group and created a cardboard city, after talking about what it would look like. One of the adults was proud of us. After all of the work we had lunch by the river. It was almost like a picnic. It was very fun!!!

It is important that we value the opinions and voices of our children and young people. At DMPS we design our environment to be respectful of other people’s opinions and differences. We have a Student Representative Council that meets once a fortnight to discuss issues and ideas to better the school, a School Council that meets 8 times a year and a new to be formed Parents and Friends Association to complement our community input. Our students are encouraged to think deeply about their learning, their connections with the community and how they can make a positive difference to our world.

Well done to all the students, staff, parents and friends who strive to make our school the best it can be.

Lest we forget

This year our Grade 1/2 students wrote ‘feelings’ poems about Remembrance Day.

I hear the word never give up.
I see friendship.
I feel courageous.
I touch poppies.
I smell bravery.
By Imad.

I hear crying.
I see the poppies blowing.
I feel sad.
I touch the poppies.
I smell smoke.
By Issan.

I hear screaming.
I see bravery.
I feel sad.
I touch poppies.
I smell the wind.
By Kowsar.

I hear noises.
I see courage.
I feel people giving up.
I touch pain.
I smell the poppies blowing in the wind.
By Galat.

I feel very very sad.
I hear trumpets.
I smell smoke.
I see poppies.
I touch poppies.
By Abdi.

I hear courage.
I see poppies.
I feel friendship.
I touch people.
I smell wind.
By Wafa.

Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you?

Our students have been learning songs from different cultures and lands. Zoë, our Song Room teaching artist has supported our three language areas: Vietnamese, Arabic and Italian. Here is a lovely version of the Italian song Angellare by Kavisha Mazzella

You can listen here:

Angellare 3:4s

“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”
sings the owl to the moon
“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”

the moon glows in the night
the moon is yellow and white
where does the moon go?
the owl wants to know…

Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba
Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba

the stars live up in space
shooting stars come to some place
where do the stars go?
the owl wants to know…

Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba
Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba

“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”
sings the owl to the moon
“Hoo-oo, hoo-oo, can I follow you? Hoo-oo”

when owls grow up they go
mum says “you need to find your own home”
the owl, the stars and the moon
are leaving very soon
to the water, behind the sea
and there they all sing for me –

“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”
“Angellare ba boom, Angellare boom ba”

We look forward to a possible visit from Kavisha in the future.

Thank you to our beautiful singers and Zoë.

Careers visit to The Royal Children’s Hospital

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On Wednesday we (Nasra, Yusra, Hiba, Hanae and Zakaria) went to the Royal Children Hospital. We met Tara, she was a teacher.
She told us about all the different type of jobs there are at a hospital, like nurse, social worker, doctor and physiotherapist.
We saw Meerkats, a fish tank and a mini elephant.
Then we saw the tooth fairy and we played golf. Then we got cup-cakes!
It was a great experience.

By Yusra and Nasra

A visit to RMIT for careers exploration

This term we have two students from RMIT studying Social Work. One of their projects is taking our Year 3- 6 students on self-elected mini-excursions to various workplaces to experience different career options. The first group headed off to RMIT to explore what it looks like to be a tertiary student. They toured the buildings and grounds, the library and the student hub. Here is a compilation of their photos from the day…

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The next visit was to the Arts Centre to look at the costume designs and making. More info soon…

Gathering data through the senses

Habit of Mind of the week – Gathering Data Through all the Senses
• We remember 20% of what we read,
• 30% of what we hear,
• 40% of what is seen,
• 50% of what is said and
• 60% of what is done.
• If you see, hear, say and do, the brain will remember 90%.

The students use their senses when learning at school. We encourage them to listen and see, but also to speak about their learning and to actively do things in class and outside of class.

Our first careers excursion takes place this week. A small group of children will be heading off to see life as a university student at RMIT. Thank you to Evelyn and Rachael for organizing this.

The students will gather plenty of information as they venture out to the university and then they will share all the information with their fellow students and families at assembly.

More info on The Habits of Mind here and here and here!

I like it when…

Today we took part in a workshop run by “Kids’Own Publishing” held at our school. The teachers and I got to be the learners and make our own little book. We decided to call it WHEN and each page started with, “I like it when….”. We used scraps of materials, papers, feathers, and other bits and pieces to make our book. We collated all our artwork and text to make one book. It was then photocopied in colour to make a little book for each of us.

Here we are all holding open our own page –

The DMPS crew

The 5/6 students are going to be working with Carlton Primary School’s 5/6 class to create a shared book. Next week will be their first workshop with Ailsa, pictured above on the far left and a couple of illustrators. When they become the experts, they will then teach our Prep, 1/2 and 2/3 class. Our new 2013 preps will also take part on one of their transition days.

If they have half as much as we did today, they will be in for a real treat. Thanks to Ailsa and Victoria for the fun workshop today.