Searching for….

In term 2. our Year 5/6 students were involved a project with The Centre for Cultural Partnerships, Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne University. The project, “Many Voices, Many Cultures” was an exploration of student voice and identity.

Our students worked alongside an inspirational artist, Shahin Shafaei and their teacher, Lucas Dredge, to write and publish their stories as films. They worked together to learn the skills of team work, cooperation, listening, supporting each other, trust and respect. These skills were imperative to create the safe container within which the students could tell their stories. Stories resonate with a wide audience and achieve the connections many of us look for.

Three films were created and they had their premier screening on August 17th in our library, in front of students, parents and community members. There was much excitement and one of our mums said she was surprised that students could create such wonderful movies. As I explained, given the opportunity, our kids can achieve amazing things.

Here is one of them…

Madina, a Year 5 student, wrote this story and the whole class contributed to its making. Well done Madina, and well done 5/6L.

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.

Prep iPad Program

Our students are inherently curious. They bring with them a sense of wonder and awe. By providing our students access to mobile technologies we can help them achieve some of their dreams. The iPads are not just a gimmick or used to replace traditional learning, but rather a window to a larger world of knowing, doing and being. They help the children learn new concepts, consolidate understandings, and make connections with prior knowledge. They are not just mere consumers but in fact, producers of knowledge and content. The students read, write and create records of their learning progress and use these to reflect and build upon their achievement.

MVCC Councillor James Rankin as Principal for the Day

Who is part of the program?
2011 – Year Preps
2012 – Year Prep to Year 1
2013 – Year Prep to Year 2

How do I found out more?

You can contact the school to find out more information. If you are a teacher or a parent we invite you to come and have a look at what we do in the school. Our students and teachers would be very happy to spend some time with you.

Check out our new video about the Prep iPad program on our website.