Hope, compassion and support at the Year 5 Market

Year 5 Market Day
This term, the Year 5 students have been learning about what is involved in operating a successful business. The annual Year 5 Market is a unit for the entire year level, where students research and develop products that could be upcycled. They create and follow a financial plan and use simple marketing strategies to sell their products, with all proceeds going to the JMB Foundation. The other Junior School students were the beneficiaries of the culmination of this real-world learning by attending the Market as authentic and very excited consumers. Stalls were presented beautifully and were bursting with colour. All Year 5 businesses were busy right throughout the morning with excited customers purchasing a variety of hand-crafted products. Some special visitors highlighted the power of student voice, with John Kennedy, member for Hawthorn (invited by Will, 5Q), Paula Mahoney from the JMB Foundation (invited by Charlie, 5S) and James Macready-Bryan and his mother, Robyn (invited by Leila, 5B), all in attendance.

The most powerful part of the day for all Year 5s was being able to meet James and his mother at each of their stalls. This reaffirmed the ‘why’ of the Year 5 Market for all students, and how their hard work would make a significant difference to support young people living with an acquired brain injury. Seeing the smile on James’s face as he made his way through the market, and the way the Year 5 students welcomed James and Robyn spoke volumes about the community spirit we have here at Carey. The JMB Foundation is about ‘hope, compassion and support’, and with an estimated total of $6000 raised from this year’s market, the Year 5 cohort are to be commended on playing their part to give hope, compassion and support to families like James and Robyn’s.

Year 4 Convict Day
The Year 4 students have been investigating a history unit that connects with our understandings of early Australia. They learn about traditional Aboriginal culture, European exploration and the early years of settlement. The children learn how European explorers impacted the land, its Indigenous inhabitants and the challenges faced by all.

The unit also includes ‘Convict Day’, where the students dress up and re-enact life as a convict. The Year 4 students were nowhere to be seen on Monday, in their place were dirty, untrustworthy First Fleet convicts! During the day, the convicts participated in many different activities. They completed water colour paintings of their ship, re-enacted scenes from the 18th century and created their own love tokens so that a personal memento of them was left behind in England. Outside on Cluny, students mapped out the actual size of one of the First Fleet ships. Safe to say we were all mystified as to how they fit so many convicts on ships that were not that big! In the afternoon, the convicts were relieved from their duties for a short time to share their expertly written convict diaries and other learnings throughout the term with the free settlers (parents). Some convicts were even sentenced on the spot by a special guest appearance, Magistrate Mitchell himself!

An important opportunity for parents
All parents should have received an email with a login code to book a time, through the system Edval, to attend our parent/student/teacher interviews over the coming week. This is an important opportunity for you and your child to reflect on the learning that has taken place, to celebrate the gains being made, to establish new goals and to set new challenges. In these shared interviews the students are given the opportunity to direct and take responsibility for their learning, with the aim of creating independent and self-regulating learners. There will also be opportunities for parents and teachers to have a discussion without the child present for part of the allocated time.

Your child will bring home their portfolio over the next few days. The student portfolio contains examples of your child’s work across key learning areas. Please share your child’s portfolio with them. This is important in helping your child reflect on and understand their progress and provides an opportunity for you both to celebrate their learning. This portfolio needs to be brought to the parent/student/teacher interviews. If your child has not returned their portfolio from last term, please make sure this is returned immediately.

Your child’s Semester 1 report will be emailed to you for you to receive prior to attending the interview.

Uniform change
One of the many things we value at Junior School is to provide students with the opportunity to communicate ideas and opinions and have the power to influence change. In the education sector, this is commonly referred to as ‘student voice’. This can be through formal opportunities such as our SRC or informally within class discussions, debating, persuasive writing to name a few. In response to student voice there has been a change to our uniform policy in Year 3. The girls will now have the option to wear a skirt or tunic as part of their winter uniform, commencing in Term 3. Bob Stewart and the Swap Shop have been notified.

Lee Taylor
Deputy Head of Junior School – Student Learning