SOTA Speak

August 2019, Term 3

Head of Campus Message

Katie-Crombach

Hello Everyone,

I hope that you had a wonderful and relaxing term break. I’ve heard many great stories about how our families have enjoyed the break which is really nice to hear.

We have quite a busy term ahead! The teaching team is looking forward to many exciting learning opportunities.

Here are some activities and events that we are looking forward to throughout term 3:

Pupil Free Day/PD Day – Wednesday August 7th (Year 7) and Thursday August 8th (R-Year 6).

Science Week – Monday August 12th – Friday August 16th – class teachers will be coordinating various science activities with a follow-on experiment during Mini Schools.

Book Week – Monday August 19th – Friday August 23rd – class teachers will share focus books during book week as well as there will be a dress up day on Friday of week 5! Book Week theme is “Reading is my Superpower”.

School Closure Day – Friday September 6th (All Students)

Mini Schools in Port Augusta – Monday September 23rd- Friday September 27th – a tentative schedule will be sent out in the near future.

We are looking forward to a great term ahead!

Katie


Upcoming Events

  • 23
    Sep
    2019
    SOTA Mini Schools
    September 23, 2019 - September 27, 2019
  • 27
    Sep
    2019
    Last day of Term 3
    September 27, 2019
  • 28
    Sep
    2019
    School Holidays
    September 28, 2019 - October 13, 2019
  • 07
    Oct
    2019
    Public Holiday - Labour Day (during holidays)
    October 07, 2019
  • 14
    Oct
    2019
    First day of Term 4
    October 14, 2019
  • 11
    Nov
    2019
    Remembrance Day
    November 11, 2019
  • 15
    Nov
    2019
    Pupil Free Day November 15, 2019
  • 06
    Dec
    2019
    SOTA Get Together
    December 06, 2019 - December 08, 2019
  • 13
    Dec
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    Last day of Term 4
    December 13, 2019

Book and Science Week

Bookweek

SOTA students participated in various activities during Science Week and Book Week in Term 3.

Science Week:

Reception to year 1 students looked at the planet and the moon. They also did experiments with craters on the moon and balloon rockets and looked at the mars rover and the space station. Reception to year 3 students also made their own rockets!

Year 1 and 2 students explored how rockets work. They experimented with their own balloon rockets and paper rockets.

Year 4, 5, and 6 explored the planets and looked at the sun, moon and earth dance. The students also explored how the moon orbits the earth and the earth orbits the sun.

Coming so soon after the 50th anniversary of the first manned moon landing, the Year 7s explored the science week theme of Destination Moon by looking at the history of successful and unsuccessful moon missions before and after July, 1969. Did you know there were at least 8 soft, unmanned landings on the Moon before Apollo 11, and at least a dozen impacts (intended or otherwise)? These figures are a little fuzzy because, as we discovered in discussing the Cold War and the Race to the Moon, accurate information from the Soviets was more than a little patchy!

Book week:

Reception to year 1 students did activities and experiments with Rainbow Bear. Students did research about bears and they discussed what it would be like if there were no polar bears in the world.

Year 1 and 2 students and teachers enjoyed dressing up and sharing their chosen character’s superpower on the Friday of book week.

Year 3 students did superhero activities and read “Noni the Pony Rescues a Joey” and “Tricky’s Bad Day”.

Year 4, 5, and 6 students read “The All New Must Have Orange 430”. Students also examined advertising techniques and the positive and negative factors of advertising.

Librarian, Sue Johnston ran a session for the Year 7s concerning the books nominated for the Children’s Book Council of Australia 2019 awards. More great books to read! Participation in Friday’s Book Week dress-up was also keen!

To view more photos of book and science week, please click on Photos

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Library News Term 3 Week 7

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Book Week What an exciting Book Week! There were displays in the library including all the books shortlisted from each award category.

Book Week
What an exciting Book Week! There were displays in the library including all the books shortlisted from each award category. The library staff joined in the dress up day on Friday. The theme for 2019 was Reading is my Secret Power and we adapted this to also include superpower. Stories using the Book Week books and activities relating to the stories were shared with all the SOTA classes from R-7. We also did Book Week on assemblies as well as at the Storytime and Book Chat events. Book Week was so big we couldn’t fit it all into just one week. More Book Week happenings will occur during the Languages and Library Come in Day at Marden on 5 September and up at SOTA for Mini-Schools on Thursday at the end of the term.

Book Week Competition entries are due to the library by 5 September. We have received some magnificent entries so far so keep sending them in. We will be sharing them at Assembly and other event when the competition has closed.

Storytime on Monday
Students in R-6 classes are welcome to join in the Library Storytime event each Monday at 1.30pm on WebEx. It is a chance to share stories and activities with students from a range of classes. New resources in the library are promoted at the start of the session and students also have the opportunity to ask for books and other resources to be sent out.

Book Chat on Thursday
Students in Year 5-7 classes are welcome to join in the Library Book Chat event each Thursday at 2.15pm on WebEx. It is a chance to find out about some of the books available from the library, and share stories and activities with other students.

Premier’s Reading Challenge
The Challenge is over for 2019. Congratulations and well done to all who did the challenge this year. Completed forms need to be returned to the library by 4 September. The PRC form for your year level can be downloaded from the Library page on the OAC website https://www.openaccess.edu.au/about-oac/library Then add the 12 books you have read to the form and email it back to [email protected]

Premiers Be Active Challenge 2019
The PBA Challenge is coming to a close for 2019 too. If you have your forms completed they need to be emailed back to the library by mid September. Well done to all those who have joined in this Challenge too.

Other library resources are available via the OAC website.

As well as the resources we send out there are other resources available via the OAC website under the library link at http://www.openaccess.edu.au/about/library Please let us know if you would like more information about using these resources. We will also be coming on to lessons etc to work with students to use them too. And, I am happy to run a session for Supervisors too.

If you would like to eg, borrow some resources, need reply paid stickers or envelopes or red bags please contact us:

    • Let us know on Assembly each morning
    • Phone: 1800 882 328 and ask for the Library
    • Phone: (08) 8309 3620 or (08) 8366 2822
    • Follow us on Twitter @mardenlibrary
    • Email: [email protected]

Cheers!
The Library Team


Science Week 2019 at Boolcoomatta Station

To see what Geri and Maia have been doing during Science Week at their station, please click on the attached link Science-Week-2019.


Star Students

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Congratulations to our following star students

Congratulations to our following stars for Term 3 Week 5. Please click the following link to view our star students Term-3-Week-5-Stars

Congratulations to our following stars for Term 3 Week 1. Please click the following link to view our star students Term-3-Week-3-Stars

Congratulations to our following stars for Term 3 Week 1. Please click the following link to view our star students Term-3-Week-1-Stars


SOTA Student Opens Day 2 of ICPA Conference in Adelaide

Elke Kerin did an excellent job opening the second day of the 48Th ICPA Annual Federal Conference in Adelaide on August 1st.

Elke Kerin did an excellent job opening the second day of the 48Th ICPA Annual Federal Conference in Adelaide on August 1st. We are so proud of Elke for putting together her speech and for being so brave to stand up and speak in front of such a large audience. The conference was a great success with many of our SOTA families involved. The theme of the conference was “Sustain our Future, Invest in our Children”. Please click the attached link to view Elke's speech https://youtu.be/7oJwiUN6YDI


Library News Term 3 Week 3

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We hope the new term has started well. We enjoy catching up each day on Assembly and appreciate the emails and phone calls.

We hope the new term has started well. We enjoy catching up each day on Assembly and appreciate the emails and phone calls.

Library Storytime on Monday and Thursday
Students in R-6 classes are welcome to join in the Library Storytime event each Monday at 1.30pm on WebEx. It is a chance to share stories and activities with students from a range of classes. New resources in the library are promoted at the start of the session and students also have the opportunity to ask for books and other resources to be sent out.

From Week 4 we will be running another event for Year 4-7 students on Thursday afternoon from 2.15pm. WebEx invites will be sent soon. In these sessions we will be sharing stories for older students and promoting new resources and chatting about books we think students might be interested in.

We are also planning other events, eg, Book Week (eg joining lessons to share a story and hopefully at Mini Schools in Week 10) and Australian Reading Hour in September. Please contact the library if you have suggestions or queries. Further information will be shared via class teachers and invites will be sent for the WebEx events.

Premiers Reading Challenge 2019
The Challenge is coming to a close for 2019. Congratulations to those who have already returned their forms. Please keep a list of books you have been reading and you can use them for the PRC this year. Remember it is 12 books that you have read or listened to (eg an audio book), have been read to you or your class has read. The 2019 forms are available on the Library page of the website at http://www.openaccess.edu.au/about/library

Completed forms (either scanned or emailed) need to be returned to the library.

Premiers Be Active Challenge 2019
The PBA Challenge is coming to a close for 2019 too. If you have your forms completed they need to be emailed back to the library by mid September. Well done to all those who have joined in this Challenge too.

Weblinks
Have you used the Weblinks Database? It is a collection of weblinks that have been chosen as suitable for school students and is arranged under topics. It is a great resource to use to access websites and articles etc for assignments and know they have been checked for suitable content etc. You can access Weblinks from the Library Page on the OAC website at https://www.openaccess.edu.au/about-oac/library You will need to log on with the user name marden and the password library. Then click on the box for primary or student so you get the links and articles suitable for your learning.

Other library resources are available via the OAC website
As well as the resources we send out there are other resources available via the OAC website under the library link at http://www.openaccess.edu.au/about/library including Weblinks mentioned above. Please let us know if you would like more information about using these resources. We will also be coming on to lessons etc to work with students to use them too. And, I am happy to run a session for Supervisors too.

If you would like to eg, borrow some resources, need reply paid stickers or envelopes or red bags please contact us:

    • Let us know on Assembly each morning
    • Phone: 1800 882 328 and ask for the Library
    • Phone: (08) 8309 3620 or (08) 8366 2822
    • Follow us on Twitter @mardenlibrary
    • Email: [email protected]

Cheers!
The Library Team


Assembly News

Assembly-News

SOTA staff meeting commencing at 1:30pm today followed by OAC staff meeting from 2:30pm. So, if you need to contact staff, please email them and they will respond as they are able.

• Please check your weekly calendar for Individual Learning Session times

• All students are invited to attend the Library Stories session at 1:30pm today.

• There is an upper primary library session on Thursday at 2:15pm with a science and moon theme.

• It’s Book Week. Dress up as your favourite book character for assembly this Friday.

• Listen out for Library staff signing into class sessions this week to include Book Week activities.


Assembly News

Assembly-News

  • SOTA staff meeting commencing at 1:30pm today followed by OAC staff meeting from 2:30pm. So, if you need to contact staff, please email them and they will respond as they are able.
  • Please check your weekly calendar for Individual Learning Session times.
  • We have only one quiz available for Wednesday assemblies. Please prepare and submit your quiz to Miss Abby ASAP.
  • All students are invited to attend the Library Stories session at 1:30pm today.
  • Please send in photos from your station for inclusion in assembly slides to Miss Abby.
  • There is an SRC meeting on Thursday at 8:30am with an agenda to be emailed to reps.
  • There is an upper primary library session on Thursday at 2:15pm with a science and moon theme.

Assembly News

Assembly-News

  • SOTA staff meeting commencing at 1:30pm today followed by OAC staff meeting from 2:30pm. So, if you need to contact staff, please email them and they will respond as they are able.
  • Please check your weekly calendar for Individual Learning Session times.
  • We are out of quizzes for Wednesday assemblies. Please prepare and submit your quiz to Miss Abby ASAP.
  • Week 3 Student Free Days
    Year 7 and Japanese on Wednesday, 7th August
    R-6 on Thursday, 8th August (Japanese lessons as usual)
  • All students are invited to attend the Library Stories session at 1:30pm today.
  • There is one box of Natural Confectionary lollies available for $60 (or $3/bag). If you’d like to buy a bag or the box, please contact Kristy to arrange your purchase.

Assembly News

Assembly-News

  • SOTA staff meeting commencing at 1:30pm today followed by OAC staff meeting from 2:30pm. So, if you need to contact staff, please email them and they will respond as they are able.
  • All students are invited to attend the Library Stories session at 1:30pm today. Be sure to join this session as it will also include announcement of the winners of the National Simultaneous Storytime competition.
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Technology support for students

Helpdesk

Telephone support for all students is available from the Help desk on 83093636. Support is available 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

Telephone support for all students is available from the Help desk on 83093636. Support is available 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday. Additionally, the college website has a Help Desk section with help sheets showing how to accomplish common tasks. Details for contacting the Help desk are also available on the college website.


August 2019, Term 3