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!


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.

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

Book Week

HWPS is celebrating Book Week! The theme this year is Australia! Story Country. Book Week is a chance for us to celebrate one of our favourite things – reading.

Students will receive a Book Week Quiz on Monday and if they return the Quiz to the box in the office by Thursday, the lucky winner will receive a $20 gift card prize from Readings.

All week, teachers will be reading the short listed books and completing activities in our LRC. Click here to read the list of winning books of the year – 2016 for some reading inspiration.

Friday is the big final celebration where all students are invited to dress up as a book character for the HWPS Book Week Parade in the afternoon. Watch out for some Harry Potter fans in the Gr 5/6 teachers!! Who or what will you dress up as?

Gr 5 Buddy Mini Olympics

Each week, our Grade 5 students have a Leadership session where they alternate between visiting their Foundation Buddies with a session of Leadership Skill building.

The 4 building blocks of Leadership are Presentation Skills, Responsibility, Organisation and Teamwork. Students have been taught skills under these 4 headings and for the past few weeks, they used all this knowledge to plan a Mini Olympics for their Foundation Buddies.


The Foundation students had an absolute ball!

IMG_0820Their events included parachute, an obstacle course, relay races, skipping, bean bag throws and sprints. What a terrific afternoon!





Congratulations to all Grade 5 students! You really achieved your Leadership goals and it was a pleasure for the staff to watch you all being so engaged, organised and responsible for your buddies. We are very proud of you all.




Our fabulous HWPS students competed in the Tournament of Minds on Saturday at Deakin Uni. We wish them every success and look forward to hearing their results shortly. A big Thank You to Brianna McIntyre for coordinating the 3 teams each week and for attending the competition on Saturday.

The 3 teams completed the problem solving programme based on Language Literature. Each week, the students have prepared independently (without teacher, adult or other student input allowed) and on Saturday showed their hard work for the ‘Long Term Challenge’ to the judges. Teams also completed the ‘Spontaneous Challenge’ on the day which required rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills. A fantastic day and we hope each student has learned many new things from this experience.