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 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.



HWPS Values Launch

In case you hadn’t heard – Hawthorn West PS has launched their new School Values. We are…

HWPS Values launch




Achieving Excellence

Our students are being creative in their thinking about how we can bring life to these new words in our everyday learning. The Homework task has revealed what our students want to see more of – recognising each other for demonstrating ways they have shown our new Values. Well done Grade 5/6 – you certainly are showing connectedness!

What do you think of our new school Values?


End of Term Fun!

Recognizing and rewarding great behaviours is important to us. If you walked through the Grade 5/6 Break Out Space this term, you would have noticed a large Gum Ball Machine mural. Each time the Grade 5/6 students worked well as a team or were complimented on their behaviour as a community – they earned a Gumball, which was drawn onto the machine.

We earned gumballs for being organised (e.g. returning Homework on time or keeping the shared spaces clean & tidy). We earned them for being ready to learn (Quietly waiting in the Conversation Pit at the end of break times for our teachers). We earned them for working well in cooperative groups during Maths investigations or when we were complimented on our sportsmanship by teachers from other schools during Inter-School Sports.

Last Wednesday, we were awarded the final gumball by Glenys and Justine for our outstanding work and behaviour during the Narrative Writing Expo! They were so impressed with our work- Well done kids!

As a whole level reward for achieving the 25 Gum Balls this term, the Gr 5/6 teachers organised an Easter Egg Hunt – with a twist!

image3First we were mixed up into 10 teams. Then the relay race began. One person from each team raced into the Sustainable Garden to find 3 eggs and head back to their team on the basketball court.

It wasn’t long before each team had an amazing haul of eggs and popping rock candy. The relay continued until the Garden was cleared of eggs.

What we especially liked was the children automatically made sure when they were sharing out the eggs that it was fair and even for all. What great kids!


The Grade 5/6 staff are so proud of the students for all their hard work this term.

They totally deserved this fun reward. It was also a great way to warm up for the Lapathon!

We hope you have a very safe and relaxing holiday and we look forward to hearing about your holidays next term.




Tweachers! What are they? It’s a mix of Tween & Teacher.

It’s our favourite job! Every day, two Gr 5 students take on the Tweacher role – they don the Fluro Vest and grab the back pack before heading out into the playground to tackle any potential problems head on!

Tweachers are awesome at the following types of things…

  • A quick check in on the Foundation student who may need help finding a friend to play with
  • Giving a band aid for a minor cut on a Gr2 kid’s knee who just wants to continue playing footy
  • Finding an envelope for the Gr1 child who has lost a tooth hanging upside down on the monkey bars!
  • Giving stickers for the Foundation child who may need a little more than a smile and a “you’ll be right”

The teachers are so grateful for the assistance in the playground. Tweachers know that if there is anything more than the minor things, they are to quickly defer to the yard duty teachers. Thanks Tweachers! We think you are doing an excellent job!

Foundation & Gr5 Buddies

One of our most favourite Leadership programs for the Grade 5 students is the chance to work with the Foundation Buddies! We met our buddies for the first time this week and the excitement was buzzing in the air. Introductions were made, stories were read and pictures drawn. Some of the highlights included teaching a little buddy to tie her shoelaces, learning all their names and finding out their favourite things about school so far!

We look forward to helping our buddies in the playground, making sure they feel safe and happy. Our buddies are for 2 years which helps all children get to know each other for their time at HWPS.