Greetings 5B Community
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This Week’s Shout outs
Thank you to Aiden, Klaudia and Prakhar who have agreed to represent 5B next week when escorting visiting teachers on a tour around our campus.
Thank you to Ian and Aoife who will be joining the Food Advisory Committee, along with a selection of students from MSHS. The aim is to ensure student choice and voice is heard, and look at how this area of the school can continue to develop.
We appreciate each of you for taking action and know that you will do a great job of showing off our fantastic school and representing the students who make up our community.
This Week in UOI
This week has been an exciting week for students as they arrived at school each day wondering how their day would unfold. I’m sure there have 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 a la fève. The student who found it was crowned the king or queen for the day and as such was afforded all the privileges, duties and responsibilities that came with their status.
Wednesday was based on Anarchy.
G5 students experienced what it was like not have anyone govern their day. From the feedback from students, they enjoyed the morning, but as the day unfolded, students found it frustrating and chaotic as people’s attitudes and behaviours became increasingly unpredictable and worrisome
Thursday was based on Dictatorship.
A very strict resume of expectations, rules and stern leadership had students quickly understand the importance of having the freedom to make their own decisions and have a voice when they felt the decisions that the governing body was making were unfair or unjust.
Friday was based on Democracy.
Grade 5 students voted for their class Prime Ministers and or Presidents and got to setting up their governing systems, which included Education Ministers, Health and Well-Being Ministers and Justice Ministers.
Next 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.
This week students completed their ‘beginning of year’ math and writing assessments. These will be modified and marked to provide baseline data in order to plan for your child’s learning needs.
5B has finished the novel ‘Freak the Mighty’ and did some comparison work while watching the film on Friday.
Our next whole class novel is ‘Among the Hidden’ by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Home Learning reading responses will begin after the G5 overnight excursion.
Learning how to write a ‘discussion text’ will begin next week.
5B will continue to work on number knowledge and strategies over the coming weeks to improve understanding and fluency.
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.
- 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.
- An overview of what your child will be doing whilst away is below
5B Class Parents
A huge thank you to Griet De Bosscher, Jessica Chyoweth and Sheri Phillips for sharing the class parent role this year. Welcome aboard and we all look forward to working with you.
Save the Dates:
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 successful and why?
What excites you about the overnight camp and what concerns might you have?
How might you contribute to making UNIS a better school?
The week that was
“Building friendships with people from dissimilar backgrounds and diverse perspectives will make you wiser and more creative”