Our Grade 5 Blog

September 21, 2018
by mrssime

Farewell term 3!

What a busy term we have had! It seems like no time ago that we were beginning term 3 in the depths of winter. Our biggest event and achievement by far was Camp Rumbug. It has been wonderful to hear the students continuing to chat so enthusiastically about this camp.

We thank Mr Mottershead for taking such great care of the students in 5M while Mrs Rovatti has been on leave. She sent through an email this morning that she has begun her journey across the Nullarbor ready for her return at the start of term 4.

A big thank you to all of the students in year 5. We particularly enjoyed seeing your Inquiry work during the classroom visits yesterday.

We look forward to term 4 and all the exciting things that will be happening. But first, enjoy your break everyone!

Mrs Sime and the year 5 team

September 5, 2018
by bbrickhill

Camp Rumbug – Wednesday

This morning almost everyone slept in and only a couple of the early birds caught this beautiful sunrise over Wilson’s Promontory from the dining room windows.

The final round of rotations included:

Initiative games

Flying foxes

and one final walk up the hill with amazing views of the prom!

The weather has been amazing with today being the best of all.  Lots of tired kids will get on the bus with a huge sense of personal achievement.  Everyone rose to a personal challenge and teamwork made it possible.



September 4, 2018
by bbrickhill

Camp Rumbug – Tuesday

Today the students got up nice and early ready to greet the day.  We enjoyed a hot breakfast, toast  and cereals.  After room inspections everyone got ready for our duly rotations which included:

Low ropes


Giant Swing


Mud run



Initiative games




Student lead fun after lunch



September 3, 2018
by bbrickhill

Camp Rumbug – Monday

The first day at Camp Rumbug has been full of fun. The bus ride up was smooth with very little traffic on our route. We had a quick break at Korumburra to enjoy morning tea then travelled on to the campsite. We unpacked the bus (and yes the kids helped!) quickly and then had an explanation of camp guidelines and room allocations. After enjoying our lunches everyone got into activity groups.

The first round of activities included the giant swing, flying fox, low ropes and the mud run. The students were all really adventurous and keen to try new things. Some students showed bravery and rode the giant swing right to the top! Everyone learned to put on a harness and how to clip on before sailing along the zip line. The low ropes courses and mud run brought different challenges as without team work you got pretty muddy. It was fantastic to see everyone encouraging one another.

Mr Brickhill and his group even spotted a wallaby!  See if you can find it in the picture below.

Kids then had warm showers and put on some fresh clothes to prepare for the campfire after dinner.

August 27, 2018
by mrssime

One week until Camp Rumbug…

The Year 5 teachers will be meeting with all students this week to go through important information.


The school needs written permission in order to administer any medication. Medication forms will be distributed to students this week. Please place any medication your child requires into a clearly labelled zip lock bag with the medication form inside. This needs to be given to Bernadette Sparkes in the First Aid room on the morning of departure. A copy of this form has been attached to this blog post.Medication Authorization-2g4c6yq


Please ensure that your child has a snack, lunch (disposable wrapping please) and a drink bottle packed into their backpack (which will travel on the bus with them). Our first meal at Camp Rumbug is not until dinner on Monday evening. DO NOT PLACE PACKED LUNCH IN YOUR CHILD’S MAIN LUGGAGE.


In accordance with the school Sunsmart policy, your child must have their Laburnum school hat (in their backpack) in order to take part in camp activities. Please send along a beanie as well for outdoor activities at night.

Please contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. I have attached the packing list to this post in case you need another copy. Make sure everything is clearly named (Black Sharpies are great for this!) and remember clothes will get wet and muddy!

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August 20, 2018
by mrssime

Camp Information

Please take note of the following information:

  • All students require their LABURNUM SCHOOL HAT for camp. Please ensure that your child has this in the backpack they take on the bus.
  • Medication forms will be sent home next week, to be returned to school on the morning of camp along with any required medication. If your child does not need any medication, you will not need to return this. No medication can be administered without this form. Please hand to Bernadette Sparkes on the morning of departure.
  • Students must bring a named water bottle (this will be used each day on camp) along with their snack and lunch in disposable packaging for Monday. This should also be placed in your child’s backpack and not their main luggage as this cannot be accessed when we stop for our morning tea break.

Please see your child’s teacher if you have any questions.

Kind regards,

Year 5 Team


August 14, 2018
by mrssime


There are lots of winter sniffles around at the moment and we are desperate for tissues.

We are asking all families to kindly send in a box for use in the classrooms.

As per last week’s newsletter, if your child is unwell, please keep them at home to help stop the germs from spreading.

Kind regards,

Year 5 Team

August 6, 2018
by mrssime

Week 4 Information

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Hello Families,

We had a very engaging week in week 3 with our Deakin Science program. It was great to see our students participating so eagerly in the classroom activities which had been carefully planned in line with the Victorian Science Curriculum. This also provided the pre-service teachers with an invaluable opportunity to get some hands on experience in classrooms.

Miss Lushey, Mrs Dedes and myself all enjoyed the opportunity to meet with families for parent teacher meetings last week. Of course you are welcome to meet with us at any point during the term – just make an appointment!

Camp Rumbug Info:

-Final payments were due today – Monday 6th August. Please contact the office to arrange any outstanding payments.

-We will be meeting with the students tomorrow to discuss the equipment list (these will be sent home in hard copy tomorrow and a digital copy is attached to this post)

-Staff are busy organising all the important details and we look forward to a fantastic time away! Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any questions.

Final reminders – with the winter sniffles around, we are running short on tissues and would appreciate it if you could please send a box or two in with your child. Also, please check your child’s pencil case supplies, many of our students are running low on key items such as grey lead pencils.

Kind regards,

Narelle Sime and the Year 5 team



July 30, 2018
by mrssime

What’s happening in week 3?

Week 2 was a busy week – we were so proud of all the year 5 students at Athletics Day. Aside from some amazing individual results, we were particularly impressed by the way our students supported and encouraged each other, listened carefully to instructions and demonstrated great sportsmanship. Well done Year 5!

This week we are lucky enough to be working with Deakin University. We will have a group of around 25-30 2nd year Master of Education students coming each day to deliver a Science unit of teaching. We will be looking at Electricity and the unit will be inline with the Victorian Curriculum. Each class will be having a double session of Science each day after lunch. Class teachers will work with the Deakin students to deliver this exciting unit of work. As such, year 5 students will not be attending Assembly on Friday afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Trend for helping us to organise this great initiative.

We are continuing our preparations for Camp Rumbug. Final balance payments are due next Monday 6th August. Equipment lists for students will be sent home next week. Please see your child’s class teacher if you have any queries.

In class, we have all been enjoying some non-fiction reading and writing tasks. Homework this week is linked to biography writing, we can’t wait to see the finished result!

We look forward to seeing many families this week for Parent Teacher Meetings.

Kind regards,

The Year 5 Teachers

July 22, 2018
by mrssime

Term 3 – First week back…

We had a very busy start to term 3. The students came back from holidays refreshed and eager to learn. Many students were keen to share what they had read over the holidays and all the different things they had experienced.  We welcomed some new students to our year 5 level.

The students were introduced to some new topics for this term. In Maths, the focus is fractions and decimals. In Inquiry, it is an Australian History unit, concentrating on the time period between the First Fleet and Federation.  In Writing, there will be an extra emphasis on nonfiction texts and of course we will continue with our wonderful Independent Reading program.

 On Friday the students and staff were lucky to experience a puppet show from Camp Quality. It was an entertaining one-hour puppet show that introduced Kylie, the main character, who had overcome cancer but then was challenged with some school issues. There was an explanation about Cancer and a strong emphasis on the power of positivity, as Camp Quality like to say ‘Laughter is the best medicine.’ The students were also given question time after the show.

 We are looking forward to week 2 – especially the Athletics Day on Thursday 26th July. Keep your fingers crossed for a sunny day!


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