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More camp pics!

Camp Sunnystones 2017

Scruffy the Goat, exciting and different, fun, fantastic, tents, survival (the game), tiring, self inflicted sleep deprivation, active, walking, kangaroos, bush, trees, muddy, rain, hot, sunshine, exercise, yummy food, friends, best camp ever….these are just some of the memories from our wonderful camp this week. As we know you have heard, we had a FANTASTIC and VERY SUCCESSFUL camp this year. BEPS teachers chose this new camp last year from a selection of about 5, and we are so pleased with our choice! It provides different experiences from the other two camps we go on as 456s. The outdoor activities were fun and adventurous, the cabins were spacious and clean (there were more than enough beds for everyone if the weather was too harsh to camp), we got to sleep like real campers in tents, and the camp staff were friendly and professional. We have lots of tired bodies at school and home today, and smiles galore 🙂

Thank you to those families who have contacted us and acknowledged the effort and dedication that goes into organising and running a successful camp. Please enjoy these photos – Julie, Bec and Fabienne



Colour, Symbol, Image

As part of our inquiry into ‘Melbourne Then & Now’, we have been learning about indigenous history and the significance of Coranderrk.   We shared our thoughts using a thinking routine called ‘Colour, Symbol, Image’.  Here are a few snapshots

Maths Walk

20170227_110009We had to figure out how many bricks there were on the People’s Path. I estimated my answer – Aki


It had way more maths than a normal day. The mapping was my favourite part – Toby


I liked the place with all the flowers, the maths was the Fibonacci pattern in the flowers – Leonhard


I really liked going to see and learn about the Fibonacci pattern, I found out that is has a pattern by adding and adding and it can go on forever – Lois


Exciting, mathematical and puzzling – Chris


I enjoyed seeing the Fibonacci sequence in the flowers – Flynn


I liked it when we went in to the conservatory and saw the flowers and the Fibonacci pattern – Jemimah


I liked working out the people’s path I finished adding it up when I got back to school using the strategy that Oliver, Chris and I worked out – Ed





What are we learning in il Nido?


Week 3 is almost over and our timetable is jam packed with individual and  collaborative learning.


This year I have done more maths menu tasks, I am finding it easier to concentrate – Stanley 


Oliver – I enjoy writing whatever I want to write 


Ned – I’m researching about gas lamps for inquiry. Hydrogen and oxygen makes water and when you 
put the water in to calcium oxide it can reach over 230 degrees


I’ve enjoyed researching Ned Kelly in inquiry – Dinny

Jack – I enjoyed making patterns and graphs with unifix in maths


Hanna - In inquiry I found out something about the history of where my family lives


Indigo - In inquiry I like how we are doing then and now because we are doing more history and getting to know other people. I also like having my own stuff now.


Chiron - I have enjoyed working on different genres of stories and getting more
 time to spend on writing


Saskia – I have learnt about Melbourne and Ned Kelly and the old Melbourne zoo. In the past the
 enclosures were not as suited to the animals as they are now.


Kyla – I’ve enjoyed doing research about the Olympics. I learnt there were only 372 women competing 
then but there were 2000 men so it wasn’t very fair


Fin – I enjoyed connecting the computers for the whole school


Kiki – I enjoyed doing research for the Olympics and I learnt that Ron Clarke lit the torch


Nadia – I’ve enjoyed inquiry. We’ve been researching about traffic lights and it’s really hard to find 
things about traffic lights in Melbourne


Olive B – I’ve enjoyed maths and learning about patterns and finding out what the pattern will be


Emily – I’ve enjoyed reading other people’s then and now


Lyla – I like maths where we’re learning about algebra and the Cartesian plane


il Nido 2017


What a great start to the year!

The students have all settled really quickly. It has been great to see their enthusiasm and to hear their positive highlights so far, hopefully you have heard some good feedback too.

Our LC has a fresh new look as well, as reflected in the photos. Our teaching team is rested and enthusiastic about a new year of learning and supporting all our students. Julie and Bec are still in il Nido and we welcome Fabienne to our team.



  • The LC is open to students at 8.45am to come up to put their bags away, to get ready for the day, catch up with students or teachers etc. However any time before 8.45am the teachers are in meetings.


Heads up:                                                                                   

Next Thursday, 9th Feb, from 3.30pm, is an LC open time for all families to come and see the LC (looks a bit different from last year) and meet the teachers. The 456 LCs will have an information session at 5:30pm. These information sessions are open for anyone to attend but will be geared primarily for those who are new to the school or new to the LC. The information presented will be uploaded onto the website for anyone who cannot make it on the night.

Then /Now

Students have been asked to find a picture of themselves when they were in prep or kinder. They are writing a ‘then/now’ piece of writing, which will be displayed in our room when completed. Teachers are also participating in this writing task.

Photos can be brought in or families can scan and print at home or they can be emailed to us 20170203_150844.jpg

This activity will lead into our inquiry, ‘Melbourne, then and now,’ covering the history, civics, and geography elements of our curriculum. It is anticipated that we will have a showcase of our learning for families early in term 2 before we move on to a science based inquiry.


Maths walk

Our maths inquiry will develop the understanding that the harmony of numbers and pattern exists in our natural world. Students will understand that wherever there is a visual pattern there is a matching number pattern, and vice versa.

To further explore these concepts, in week five, we plan to take the students to the maths walk in the Fitzroy Gardens, designed by MAV (Maths Association of Victoria) It would be great to have some parent helpers. We have four workshop groups so two groups will go together on a given day. We anticipate it will be a Tuesday and a Wednesday. The students will travel by tram so would use their own Myki card. More information about this soon.



Camp photos

Camp was great. Students had lots of fun.

Thanks to our photographer, Bec.

Other news: Yay! New headphones ordered and should arrive later this week. Again thanks to all who contributed to our Friday market. We had enough money to buy ten.

Sci Fi Showcase

Congratulations to all of our amazing film makers!  As you can see from the photos, the students were very proud of their work.  They enjoyed showcasing their projects and received lots of positive feedback from parents, 123 students and staff at BEPS.  In case you missed it, we will be uploading the films on to our private Youtube site by the end of next week.

The students have learned lots through this process, and some have now elected to share their knowledge by helping our preps to make their own films.

The showcase was a great conclusion to our Space inquiry and we’re looking forward to our new inquiry into Diversity this term.  Watch this space!

Lit. Fest

Busy! Successful! Fun! Intriguing!


The above image captures it all. We had so many interesting characters in our LC, it was great. The students were amused about being taught by our teaching team, including our student teacher, who were dressed up as pick pockets from the story ‘Oliver Twist.’

We had a busy timetable, full of engaging activities. We would like to thank all our wonderful parents who volunteered their time and skills to run workshops for the students.

  • Phil – Scary Stories workshop
  • Jacinta – Radio skills workshop
  • Libby – Interviewing skills workshop
  • Guido – Oral presentations workshop
  • Jane – Formatting workshop

Also thanks to Mandy, Eileen and Peggy who helped us to edit some of the amazing Sci-Fi stories that the students have written this term. We will be sharing the stories and films with you next term. Jacinta and Kirsty H helped to assist with the Triple J workshop. Thanks to everyone for making it such an interesting week.

As well, Mel, who works in the radio room with students from il Nido, organized workshops.

  • Bernard Caleo – Cartoon drawing
  • 100 Story building – story boarding
  • Jo – Triple J Radio presenting

Below are some photos from the various workshops.





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