Week 6 in 5A

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. 

Governance Provocation

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 . 
  3. Please label all your child’s belongings. It makes all our lives easier if we can return lost items to their owners.
  4. 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.


Save the 


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

Dinner Time Talk

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?

A happy Week 5 for 5A.

Welcome 5A Community

This Week’s Shout out

Thank you to both Blake and Xander who really made an extra effort to support Ms Linh while I was away for much of this week on Maths PD. The boys took steps to look after Ms Linh who was not feeling well, helping to protect her voice by giving instructions to others in the class and generally helping out where needed. Well done boys and Thank you to all of 5A for being so fantastic while I was away. 

Hooray for Ms Linh

Ms Linh has been a star this week, taking the reins as the primary teacher in 5A and helping the students in countless ways. I am also going to be out for two days next week for further PD on Structured Word Inquiry and luckily the class will once again be in safe hands with Ms Linh. 

While Ms Linh’s primary experience lies in the area of EAL support, she is able to use her teaching skills to support all students across the breadth of our subjects. She also has a great knowledge of how UNIS works and really keeps the classroom running behind the scenes. 

I wanted to take the opportunity to extend my heart-felt gratitude to Ms Linh who has made my own transition to UNIS so much smoother. She cares deeply about all the students in the class and has made fabulous connections with them all in the short time that we have been at school this year. 

We are lucky to have you Ms Linh and Thank you!

Moon Festival

On Thursday, the ES came to school dressed in their finest Ao Dais to celebrate the Vietnamese Moon Festival. Students started the day with a fantastic assembly where we watched members of the Vietnamese language program performing songs, short skits and traditional dances. A large number of 5A members were performing and huge congratulations should go out to all of them – well done to Didi, Hai Yen, Nguyen, Thy, Phu An, Hami and Jihong. 

In the afternoon, students painted lanterns and enjoyed some tasty local treats. What a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our host country and thanks to everyone who made the day possible. 

Our Weekly Maths Game

The great thing about this game is that it is so adaptable and allows students to practice different Maths skills with a super simple game.

Take a deck of cards and remove all the picture cards, but keep the Aces – these are worth 1. Share the cards equally between two players.

Each player takes their cards and turns them face down on the table. On the count of three, both players turn over the top card. The first player to add both card values together correctly wins both cards. 

Ways to adapt the game:

  • Instead of adding the values, subtract the smaller value from the larger to find the difference.
  • Instead of adding or subtracting, multiply the values of the two cards to find the product. 
  • Return the picture cards, where the Jack = 11, Queen = 12 and King = 13 for more complex calculations.
  • Add further challenge by adding more players so that you have to calculate with three or four values. 

“Pure mathematics is the world’s best game. It is more absorbing than chess, more of a gamble than poker, and lasts longer than Monopoly. It’s free. It can be played anywhere – Archimedes did it in a bathtub.” —Richard J. Trudeau

Save the

  • Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

Dinner time talk

  • Why is an Iceberg a good image to describe our identity?
  • What questions do you have about the upcoming 5th Grade Field-trip?
  • How do you predict the story of Mr Stink is going to end?

Final Thoughts


The Score for Week 4 is a 10!

Welcome 5A Community

This Week’s Shout out

Thank you to Maya, Hami and Ariana who spent one of their break times this week organizing our class library. It is sorted into our Fiction books and our Non Fiction books and is far more inviting and easy to use. Thank you girls for taking the time to help make our classroom a better place. 

5A Student Councillors 

Congratulations to Nguyen and Sooa who will be 5A’s student Councillors for semester one. It is great to know that the voices of our class community will be represented at a wider school level and we look forward to hearing how 5A can take part in wider community activities. Remember that we will be looking for new Student Council representatives for our second semester so if you are keen to be part of the changes that you want to see at our school, be sure to put your name forward for then. 


Our 5A Mathematicians have continued to build up their knowledge and understanding of What Mathematicians Do and are starting to exhibit many of the characteristics of successful and efficient practitioners. 

Some of our discoveries include:

  • Mathematicians value depth over speed.
  • Mathematicians recognize the value of mistakes – in fact mistakes actually help our brains to grow!
  • Mathematicians engage in accountable talk, using precise mathematical language to communicate their thinking. 
  • Mathematicians enjoy challenging problems that they can really get their teeth into!

Our weekly Maths Game

One of the best ways to support your child’s mathematical learning at home is through playing Maths Games, something that we are already doing a lot of in class. A new weekly section to our blog will be the introduction of a new Maths Game for you to play as a family at home. 

This week, the Game is Pig which involves two dice and a steely nerve! Your children are already experts in the game, so beware and have fun!

Back to School Night

Thank you to all the families that attended our annual Back to School Night on Thursday evening. It was a pleasure to spend time sharing what the year ahead looks like for your child and to answer any questions that you have. I have attached the slide show in PDF form for you to view and use any of the links. We are still looking for someone to volunteer to be our Class Parent so please let me know if you are interested. 

Save the 

Wed, 11 September – ES Snack Sale

Fri, 13th September – No school for students – Professional Development Day

Wed, 25th to 27th September – G5 Overnight Excursion

Dinner time talk

  • What is the difference between a simile and a metaphor?
  • How is it possible that mistakes can actually help our brains to grow?
  • What has been happening to Mr Stink?