Author Visit R A Spratt

Year 3 was treated to a visit by R A Spratt this afternoon. R A Spratt is very well known to many of the girls in Year 3 and for many she is their favourite author.

She has written 14 children’s books including the Nanny Piggins series and the Friday Barnes Girl Detective series. Her presentation was extremely entertaining, especially when she read from Nanny Piggins and the Accidental Blast-off.

She had many words of advice for budding authors. One of these was to make the title of a book self explanatory so potential readers know what the book is about. Another was to develop a character by thinking about what some of their floors (faults) are as these can be used to motivate the actions of the character. A third literary thought she shared was that your best idea will not necessarily be the first action or event in the book. It might be used in the middle or even the end of the story.

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The History of Our Suburb

Year 3 were fortunate to have a visit from our school archivist Mrs L who was able to tell us lots of information about the history our school and our local area.
Mrs L told us that the traditionally area was Guringai Land. We learned that early colonists settled in the area because of the proximity of the Lane Cove River.
The Jan 1st 1890 was a catalyst for change in the area when the local railway station opened. This meant people could live here and easily travel to their place of work, it also allowed for crops from orchards to be transported to market places so they could be sold.
In the early 1900s the origins of our school started in a small house named Hinemoa. We even found out that for a few years boys attended our school. When the school first started there were mainly mainly paddocks and bush and believe it or not cows and horses often walked passed the school.
We enjoyed examining some old artifacts that were so precious that we needed to wear cotton gloves to protect them.
Over the last 200 years there have been massive changes in our local area. We look forward to finding out more about the reasons for this changes.

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Healthy Harold

Year 3 was fortunate to have Healthy Harold and his friend Libby come to visit us today.

Harold talked to us about how we can recognise our different feelings and how we can manage them. He also taught us about how some drugs (medicines ) can be really beneficial when they are used the way they doctors direct. We also learned about the harmful effects of other drugs (eg nicotine in cigarettes) and how they can be very addictive. We discovered how food is digested and the importance of eating healthy food.

We can’t wait till Harold visits us again next year.


Preston Fundraiser

What a day we had today. Not only were we visited by Dr Nott (see post below) we also celebrated Preston Day. The theme was ‘P Day’. There were all sorts of costumes, pandas, prisoners, phones, patients, Peter Pan, pirates, police officers, pop stars, pawns, pigs, pink marshmallows, pumas, a Pegasus and pixies to name just a few.

At recess, we enjoyed party pies and sausage rolls and a popper. During lunch, we split into our Peer Support groups and using our ipads we accessed a fun quiz (using the QR codes) that the Preston Leaders had made for us. Once we had successfully completed it we got a yummy lollipop.

It was a great day and all money raised will be donated to the Kidsgive appeal to support children in Nice affected by the Bastille Day tragedy.

Thanks to the Preston Leaders for a super day.

Paralympics Visit

Competition in the Paralympics commenced in Rio today. We were very fortunate to have Dr Nott come and speak to us this morning about the Paralympics. Dr Nott is a director of the Australian Paralympic Committee.

We learned many things about the talented athletes who are representing their countries in Rio. The athletes can have a physical or intellectual disability or a vision impairment. Athletes are classified into different categories based on the level of their disability to make the competition fair. Once you have been selected to represent your country in the Paralympics you are known as a Paralympian.

Australia has two captains of their Paralympic team Kurt Fearnley and Daniela Di Toro. In total there are 334 members of the team, 178 of which are athletes. The remaining members are there to support the participating athletes.

Australia has been in the top 5 of the medal tally since 1992, but as Dr Nott reminded us the more important thing is that the athletes all dare to do their very best. The athletes all believe “Yes I can!”

You may like to watch the video below entitled “Yes I can” to learn more about these amazing athletes.

We hope you will be cheering on Australia’s Paralympians over the next two weeks.


Father Daughter Breakfast

Today the girls in the Junior School had a real treat. They were able to bring their dads along to school and enjoy breakfast together.

If you like bacon and egg rolls, sausage sandwiches, pastries, hot chocolate or fresh fruit juice the Junior School courtyard was the place to be this morning. Following these delectable treats all dads were invited up to their daughter’s classrooms to solve a challenging maths puzzle together.

It was a lot of fun sharing this time together. Thanks dad for spending the morning with us.










Galston Gorge Outdoor Education Camp

Year 3 is currently at the Galston Gorge Crusader’s site  for our outdoor education camp. We were blessed by beautiful weather today and all of Year 3 has had a wonderful first day filled with many exciting experiences.

When we arrived we enjoyed a yummy doughnut and drink before getting straight into our first activity. We have each been placed into a small group and will rotate around 4 different activities over the course of the two days. These activities are: pole climb, archery, initiative games and score orienteering. Each of these provides some unique challenges that requires us to “Dare to ………….”

We have all risen to the challenges and are proud of how we were willing to move out of our comfort zone and try something new and challenging.

The night finished with an exciting game of indoor spotlight but with a massive twist.

What a day, awesome activities, scrumptious food and all this with our wonderfully supportive friends. It’s time for bed, we are looking forward to all that camp has to offer tomorrow.

Here are just a few photos to give you a taste of our day.

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Chocolate Capers

Last week Year 3 was set an exciting science challenge. We had to design an experiment to determine if dairy milk chocolate or white chocolate melts the fastest. We could use any of the following items: 2 plastic teaspoons, 2 metal teaspoons, 2 paper plates, 2 pieces of aluminium foil and a piece of dairy milk and white chocolate.
Working in pairs we conducted some research and decided upon our hypothesis. It was then the fun began. Many different experiments were designed but we all used our knowledge that metals are good conductors of heat, so the plastic teaspoons were largely discarded in favour of the metal ones. Fortunately it was a sunny day, so we made use of the suns warmth.
We discovered that the milk chocolate melts a lot faster. When we reflected on how the chocolate melted we realised that the suns electromagnetic waves (radiation) heated the chocolate and the metal spoon. Some of the heat from the metal spoon was conducted into the chocolate as it was at a lower temperature. This helped it melt more rapidly.
We all enjoyed it, but most importantly learned a lot.

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Visit to the Science Labs

(Apologies this was not published earlier due to some technical issues)

On Thursday, Year 3 went up to the Senior School to conduct some experiments in the.Science Lab. When we arrived we put on safety goggles and protective apron as fast as we could. Boy we were excited!

One of the experiments we did was the Melting Race. We had cubes of chocolate, metal, ice, butter, and cheese and were interested to find out which one would melt the fastest on a stove. We hypothesised that the ice would melt the fastest but we were wrong.  You might like to try it out to see what actually melted the fastest. 

We observed carefully and recorded our observations on a record sheet. We learned that the melting race was not a very fair experiment because the cubes were all different sizes. We also learnt that there can be only one variable in a science experiment.

A second experiment we conducted helped us to understand how heat is transferred from one substance to another and that some materials are better conductors of heat than others.

We had lots of fun and really hope we could visit the lab again!

Written by Claire in 3A