Welcome 5A Community
This Week’s Shout out
Thank you to LaiBao, Maya, Isabelle and Xander who have agreed to represent 5A next week and escort visiting teachers on a tour around the campus. We know that you will do a great job of showing off our fantastic school and representing the students who make up our wonderful community at UNIS.
This week has been an exciting week for students as they arrived to school each day wondering how their day would unfold. I’m sure there has been some interesting conversations going on at home about the different governing styles students have been exposed to during this week long provocation into their next UOI – Governance.
Tuesday was based on Monarchy.
G5 Kings and Queens were chosen using the French tradition of the Christian holy day of Epiphany (usually celebrated in January). Hidden inside a galette des rois (a puff pastry pie) was a little figurine called la fève. Blake, who found it, was crowned King Blake I for the day and as such was afforded all the privileges, duties and responsibilities that came with his regal status.
Wednesday was based on Anarchy.
Owing to an unfortunate event with a suspicious donut, our benevolent ruler was no more and 5A descended into anarchy as students experienced what it was like to have no-one govern their day. From the feedback from students, they initially enjoyed this apparent freedom, but as the day unfolded, students found it frustrating and confusing as people’s attitudes and behaviours became increasingly unpredictable.
Thursday was based on Dictatorship.
To restore order to the community, Mr Charlie installed himself as The Mighty Leader, ably supported by General Linh. While order was restored and learning goals achieved with much greater efficiency, students quickly realised that this was at the expense of their own freedoms due to the combination of very strict rules and stern leadership. Students were given no voice in decision making and had their identities stripped, replaced by a numerical identification card.
Friday was based on Democracy.
Following a civil uprising in response to the overly strict and dictatorial regime of Mr Charlie, power was returned to the people of 5A who learned about the concept of The Majority and set about spending the day voting on all decisions. Considering whether this is a wholly efficient manner to manage a community will be a conversation that we return to on Monday.
Monday will see the G5 students reflect on the week long provocation to see if students can make connections to the world as they know it. In the coming weeks, your child will be inquiring into the governing systems of their family, their country of birth and how the UN sets up their governing system for global sustainability.
Literacy and Math
This week students completed their beginning of year math and writing assessments. These will be moderated and marked to provide baseline data in order to plan for our upcoming learning goals.
We are approaching the end of our first class read-aloud, Mr Stink and will start a new book once back from our G5 field trip. Students will also be starting reading in guided book groups to help them engage in more specific reading skills.
Our first genre based writing unit will also be starting next week, when students start to unpack what makes a strong discussion piece and will have the opportunity to deconstruct examples and then apply their learning to their own writing.
In mathematics, students will be strengthening their knowledge of whole-number operations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, looking for flexible ways to solve word problems involving these calculations and experimenting with different ways to communicate their findings.
Working with our Buddies
3 Way Conferences
Continuing with your child’s learning needs and goals, this year we are requesting that students join the conferences with teachers and parents. It will be an opportunity for all of us, students included, to share our hopes and dreams for the year. You can sign up for a 15-minute meeting conference on Veracross between 10am and 6pm on Monday, September 30. (No School or ASAs for ES)
G5 Overnight Excursion
By now you should have completed the permission and health forms on Veracross for the overnight excursion. Your child should have brought home their gear list of items they will need at camp.
There are a couple of important notes that need to be shared:
- If your child takes daily medications, please ensure these are given to our school nurse before 8am on Wednesday 25th. These should be clearly named with instructions on how to and when to administer them. No medication from home will be administered without the above information and medication should not be kept in a students bag during the overnight excursion.
- Mobile phones are not permitted. Students will have access to a mobile phone should they need to phone home. In case you need to contact your child whilst they are away, you can call the ES office during school hours and our DP (Stephen Lush) after hours on .
- Please label all your child’s belongings. It makes all our lives easier if we can return lost items to their owners.
- Parents will receive updates at the end of each day. The platform for this is yet to be decided. Either email or Seesaw. We will let you know as soon as a decision has been made.
5A Class Parents
A huge thank you to Yuju Moon, mother of Sooa, who has agreed to be our class parent for 5A this year. Welcome aboard and we all look forward to working with you over the upcoming year.
Wednesday 25th – 27th – G5 Overnight Excursion (Camp)
Monday 30th – 3 Way Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
Monday 7th – 11th – Autumn Break
Monday 21st – UN Day
Which governing system did you feel was the most successful and why? Which did you feel was the least successful and why?
What excites you about the overnight camp and what concerns might you have?
Why is learning about writing a discussion a useful skill for life?