Tuesday, 25 June 2013

DEBATING NEWS... 3 DEBATES = 3 WINS!

This week’s debating topic really tested Years 5 & 6s brainpower. The topic was “Sixteen should be the voting age.” Alexander School was the negative side against John Colet. Yet again, our planning really prepared us to speak and argue really well. Our case line was we believed sixteen should not be the voting age as 16 year olds are not mature enough to handle the responsibility of deciding who should run our country. Our team consisted of Samuel, Kevork, Ani and Jonathan.

Each team member spoke extremely confidently, clearly and with great expression in their voices. Our rebuttals were clear and made sense.
Our first speakers’ arguments were 16 year olds brains are not mature enough yet, politics has no real relevance and they won’t take the process seriously. Our second speakers’ arguments were they are not responsible enough yet, voting can be confusing and it might convince them they can do other things that may endanger their lives.
In the end we were declared the clear winners with the adjudicators making mention of how expressive our speakers were and the amount of clear rebuttals our team used.
Thank you to Mrs Sossie Giragosian who was able to help  transport Year 5 & 6 to the debate.
Mrs Meaghan Terrey
Debating Coordinator

NEWS FROM PREP/K... FAIRY BREAD!

For writing this week, Prep and Kindy learnt and wrote a procedure on how to make fairy bread. We needed a knife, a plate, bread, butter and Hundreds & Thousands.


This was the procedure that we wrote:

1. Put the bread on a plate.

2. Spread the butter on the bread with a knife.

3. Sprinkle the Hundreds & Thousands over the bread.

4. Cut the bread in half and eat it!

We made enough Fairy Bread to share with everyone. It was a lot of fun to make and even more fun to eat!


By Prep, Kindy and Mrs Terrey

WE CHEERED FOR THE SOCCEROOS!

On Tuesday 18 June 2013, our children turned out magnificently in Green and Gold to cheer on the Socceroos in their match against Iraq. They all looked cheerful and bright and there certainly had been a lot of care and consideration put into turning out in the National Colours. We had banners and signs in support of the Socceroos and even tried to gain the support of passers by!

Well done everyone for a splendid effort. We believe it was our cheering and support that got the Socceroos to win and qualify for the World Cup Finals to be held in Brazil next year.




Sunday, 16 June 2013

GOOGLING ALONG!

All students in Year 3-6 now have an account on the school domain with ‘Google Apps for Education’. As I have stated before, the time has come for schools to embrace the idea of integrating technology and do ‘different things’ in the classroom. We need to empower our students, the employees of the 21st Century, to think outside the box and do different things in order to have a competitive edge over their counterparts and become masters of their fields. We need our students to become ‘co-constructors of knowledge’ rather than one expert telling them what they know. ‘Google Docs’ is one of the tools that helps to achieve this by providing opportunities for students and teachers to work more effectively in a collaborative environment.

Students are progressively being introduced to their Goggle Apps. They have so far setup and personalised their ‘Gmail’, ‘Calendar’ and are now starting to create documents using ‘Google Docs’.  This online office suite is the core foundation allowing users to create word processing documents, slideshow presentations, and spreadsheets. Students will no longer need to have ‘Microsoft Office’ or a similar product installed to create and save documents. Most importantly, these documents can be worked on collaboratively in real-time, by both staff and students. They can then share it with their teacher or class as required. Students will no longer need to transport documents to school via flash drives or by attaching them to emails that they send to themselves. The work they start at school can be completed at home and be shared or presented to their teacher with great ease… this is ‘Cloud’ computing and we are right on top of it!

Manoug Demirjian


FUNDRAISING FOR THE YEARS 5/6 BATHURST TRIP


THE SHINNING SUCCESS OF ALEXANDER GRADUATES!

Congratulations!
We would like to congratulate Talar Kapterian and Serop Aslanian who completed their university degrees at end of last year and were recently awarded with their certificates. We are proud of their achievements and wish them all the best in the future.



Serop Aslanian

Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
Macquarie University

APS Enrolment: 1995-2001

Serop joined the Alexander School Board last year and continues to serve.





Talar Kapterian

Bachelor of Education (Primary)
University of Technology Sydney

APS Enrolment: 1995-2001

Talar will join the teaching staff of Alexander School next term when Mrs Terrey is on maternity leave.



To Grow & Serve!

NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27th May and 3rd June. The dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey - the anniversaries of the successful 1967 Referendum and the High Court ‘Mabo’ decision. The week celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians. It is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures and achievements and to explore how each of us can join the national reconciliation effort.

Reconciliation involves building positive, respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians; enabling us to work together to close the gaps, and to achieve a shared sense of fairness and justice. ‘Closing the Gap’ describes the actions that schools, governments, businesses and the community can take to help achieve equality of life expectancy, education and employment for all Australians.

The ultimate goal of reconciliation is to build strong and trusting relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians, as a foundation for success and to enhance our national wellbeing.

As part of this celebration, Year 3/4 students marked the occasion with a special assembly on Thursday, 30 May. They spoke about the history of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia and around the school. They shared stories and described the discovery of Aboriginal rock carvings on bush tracks near the school. Well done to all the students involved and thank you Ms Smith for organising the event.