Hour of Code

For all Year 5/6 students, Monday’s challenge was to participate in the global ‘Hour of Code TM’. www.code.org

The challenge runs from the 5th – 11th December each year during Computer Science Education Week. www.csedweek.org

Two guest speakers, Edward Jones and Eoin Keegan were invited to visit and share their professions which involves writing computer programs and coding robots and drones to assist in our everyday lives. Thank you Oscar P and Oscar D for introducing them and formally beginning The Hour of Code.

One class were introduced to a type of Nao robot called BeeBot who was programmed to answer the questions we asked him. BeeBot also danced to Michael Jackson’s Thriller which was very impressive! You can watch it below. Nao robots can be used for people with disabilities. They are also used as Hotel Concierges and can give you tourist information.

Nao Thriller Hour of Code 2016 from Melinda Airey on Vimeo.

It was interesting to learn how drone robots will help our future. Eoin is a certified Drone Pilot and he writes programs for drones to survey land and help collect data in agricultural farming. Drones are useful for search parties and bushfire prevention. Oscar D

Whilst one class learned about robots in different professions, the other 3 classes tried an iPad coding app called Hopscotch. https://www.gethopscotch.com/. You can come visit us to play our games on the iPad and see them below.

Hopscotch Games from our Buddying Coders!  Ed’s Snowflake

Reflections from the Hour of Code

hwps-hour-of-codeIt was awesome hanging out with Nao and I wonder how soon robots will become normal for us. I think it’s good that girls get involved in coding and I learned a lot. Liv O

I think the Hour of Code was very fun because we got to make our own video game. I always thought that coding was about typing or writing billions of numbers. Now I know it is much simpler than that. Eric W

In the International Hour of Code, I learned more about coding in that session than I have ever learned in my life about commanding a computer to do what I wanted. I was fascinated with Nao and wish I could have spent more time coding. I hope in the future I have the opportunity to do coding and study Computer Science. Mel M

My favourite part of the lesson was how we learned to interact with the Nao robot by speaking the commands to him. I think the Hour of Code promotes and inspires people to learn coding because it will be a big part of our future and I want to do more!! Mia B

I thought it was awesome and I want to do it again next year! Oscar P

Hungry Hippos!

All term, the students worked hard to get an app for different rewards. So many different ways for them to work as a whole 5/6 level and be recognised for their outstanding ways. Ask your child what their favourite app reward was for.


Our Term 4 reward for being part of a such a fantastic community was to play a game of Hungry Hippos.

Not an ordinary board game though – rather, a game of Human Hungry Hippos! Watch the game unfold and let the laughter begin!




Untitled from Melinda Airey on Vimeo.

Thanks to Charlotte for the idea and to Bri and Sam for setting up the session and for the kids who lent us their skateboards! Such fun!

Yr 6 Graduation

A huge thank you to the Yr 6 Graduation planning committee – they are busy preparing a Hollywood Glamour style evening for us all to enjoy!

Wanted: if you have any gold, red or black fabric – please give it to Charlotte!

Thank you!

Save the Date invitations went home today – Yr 6 Graduation Wednesday 14th December 2016


A quick reminder – the Homework due this Wednesday is:

* Numeracy – Mathletics tasks that your classroom teacher has set for you

* Reading – record the title in your School Diary each night you read – 20 mins/ day

* Writing – bring the final model of your Multi-Genre presentation. We can’t wait to see them.

Science Night – We are Scientists!

solar-system-2Thank you to all the parents who came through the whole school to learn the different types of Science being taught at HWPS. The Rocket Balloons were super quick in Foundation. The slime was messy but so cool to play with that was made in the Yr 1/2 rooms and Liquid Layers in Yr 3/4 created much scientific discussion. The magnet races were a hit with the Science specialist rooms too!












As we know families are busy and aren’t always able to come up to school at the time, we’d love to share the Yr 5/6 Space Station with you. The students have worked incredibly hard to research information and present it to our community in interesting ways.

Star Constellation Art work


The Yr 5/6 Planetarium was created beginning with the Sun and following the planets throughout the Solar System. Can you put these posters in order?


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Gr 5/6 Homework

Thank you for all the supportive feedback we have had with the new Homework routine this term. The students are becoming more independent by bringing their diary to school each day and recording important calendar dates. We feel the students are more connected to their learning with this new method.

Just a reminder for this fortnight cycle of homework:

  1. Multi-Genre project: Most students have completed the home task of completing a published piece. Ask your child how they are managing the Multi-Genre Project.
  2. Make the final presentation item that will display the 5 or more writing pieces for our celebration in December. This is due 28th November
  3. Read each night and record the book title in the Homework Diary – due 9th November
  4. Complete the Mathletics activities as set by the teacher – this reinforces concepts currently being taught in class. (Statistics and Probability) Due 9th Nov. Melinda’s classroom is open before school 8:30am Tuesday and Friday if you would like to complete Mathletics
  5. Optional: Research for the Multi-Genre topic to assist the next writing piece.
  6. Book Talk – This is up to the individual child and the date they have selected. We are looking for originality and inspirational Book Talks. The purpose is generate excitement about reading the book or a series. This could be a short review completed on a video. Check out this site for ideas: Kids’ Book Review
  7. Gr 6 Graduation – practise song and speech
  8. Gr 5 Leadership – Draft for Buddy stories will be completed soon – please think about how you will illustrate the hand made books.

If your child is having difficulty managing their homework, please come and see us.


Gr 6 Market Day 2

The Gr 6 Market stalls were all so amazing – here are more snaps from the day.

Frog in a Pond – delicious!!










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Face painting extraordinaire designers that all the kids loved.









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What scrummy flavours!




















Rock Your Socks had incredible home made tie dyed socks to sell. So colourful!







These were the most scrumptious doughnuts from the busy crew at Donut Time!

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Thank you to the whole of HWPS for supporting our Grade 6 students with their Market Stall. You made this event so amazing for us!

Gr 6 Market Stall Day

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  The Grade 6s have worked tirelessly to create their own market this year. Will and Charlotte have taught students many things – mostly; financial budgeting, marketing and cooperative group work skills in order to run this impressive market event.

Students from the whole school were invited to the morning to purchase items hand made by the Grade 6s. The weather was perfect, the market vibe was warm and friendly and purchases were through the roof!

Every stall was a sell out! 

We are so impressed with our student’s high standards of their products and their marketing techniques!

Congratulations Grade 6s!


Footy Time








The best part was all the chances to play different sports with the equipment – thanks Team!




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What delicious cakes! Those Chocolate Yum Yum Balls were the best!












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Meet some of the crazy pet rocks! Complete with a personalised Birth Certificate.


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Tracey found a new pet!








Welcome to Term 4

We have such a busy term planned for everyone. Get your School Diary ready…


Homework will look slightly different this term. To continue building student independence and connection to their school work, all homework tasks will be written directly into the Student Diary. There will not be a homework sheet provided each fortnight.

Homework tasks can be completed in the Homework book and handed in on the dates outlined in the student diary.

Set Homework

Reading                Read every night & write the title of the text in your diary

Speaking and Listening  Plan your own Book Talk timeline

Maths                   Mathletics: complete the set tasks from your teacher

If you can’t complete Mathletics at home, students can come into Melinda’s classroom every Tuesday and Friday morning from 8:40am to complete their tasks.

Writing                 Multi-Genre Project – follow the timeline in the student diary

Diary dates         Follow the HWPS newsletter calendar each Friday and update school events in your diary

All homework books are due every 2nd Wednesday – even weeks. Diaries should be at school each day.

Circus – Clowning Around!

The circus is in Town. We have practised the tricks and strengthened the balances. What a performance to look forward to!

Tuesday is our final circus lesson and Thursday is our full rehearsal at Kew High School.

Thursday night: Students, please wear all black clothing with crazy hair. Shoes will not be worn on stage, so a pair of slip on shoes will be great to wear on the night.


Students in the M-Z Concert – please arrive at Kew High Renaissance Theatre at 5:40

Students in the A- L Concert – arrive at 7:30 for a 7:45 show

Parking may be limited for the 2nd performance. If you are unable to come to the Circus performance, please email your child’s teacher ASAP.

Renaissance Theatre, Kew High School

1393 Burke Rd, Kew East VIC 3102