So many activities over the last term, here are just a few!
Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
As part of the 2021 IGNITE program, students from Years 3 - 6 were selected to participate in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians (MCYA). This is a problem-solving activity organised by the Australian Mathematics Trust designed to help motivate, stimulate, encourage and develop mathematically interested and high-achieving students to bring forth the talent and potential within.
The MCYA Challenge took place over four weeks. Students received four multi-layered, high level problems. Years 3 - 4 completed the Middle Primary problems and Years 5 - 6 completed the Upper Primary questions. Students were required to present written solutions to as many of these problems as they could. The problems are challenging and require focus, independence, self-motivation, higher-order thinking, time and persistence. These students received their certificates at assembly last week.
West Brisbane Maths Challenge
Congratulations to the selected Year 5 and Year 6 students for taking on the 2021 West Brisbane Mathematics Challenge. Students participated in a team mathematical problem-solving day that involved completing three specific events. There were 24 teams in our small/medium school category and our OLR Teams placed 9th, 13th, 22nd and 23rd. They were a true credit to OLR as they enthusiastically represented our school. They interacted with other students and adults in a positive, considerate and respectful manner. These students were recognised at assembly that week. Well done!
Year 6 Debating
Congratulations to our Year 6 Debaters! They completed their first debate for this term and represented OLR proudly. Their topic was “Homework for Primary Students should be banned". Our affirmative team came out with a win and the negative team were just pipped at the post! Brilliant collaboration and effort by all team members! We look forward to our 2nd debate next term! Thank you to Mr David Ryan and Ms Emma Spicer for supporting students on the night.
2021 ICAS Assessments
Congratulations to all students in Years 3 – 6 who registered and completed the 2021 English, Mathematics and Science ICAS Assessments across weeks 6, 7 and 8. We look forward to receiving your results and celebrating these achievements next term!
Igniting the Spark! Fuelling the Fire!
Year 4 Bridge Building
Year 4 students have been investigating the challenge of "Build a Bridge" in Design Technology. They have been researching the different types of bridges and recording notes to create their very own bridge. Students were fully engaged, with extensive discussions, trials and errors as they enjoyed the experience of design and build. They excitingly tested their completed bridges with toy cars.
Music Extension – Introduction to Violin
The latest group completed their introduction at the end of Term 3. They have surpassed expectations with their enthusiasm, musicality and progress on the violin. It's been amazing to watch them learn new pieces every week and learn extra pieces by themselves. Well Done! These students will now join Symphony Music and be taught by Bruna Felix, the new violin teacher at OLR.
The OLR Violin Ensemble will continue in Term 4. This is held on Tuesdays at second break in the music room. Any students who have learnt violin for approximately 6 months either at school or out of school, are welcome to participate. The ensemble will be free of charge. Students will be expected to make the commitment to come every week and to practice the pieces we learn at home.
The next Music Extension - Introduction to Violin will be starting in Term 4 on Monday afternoons at 3:15 pm.
Students were delighted to join in the Games Boy JP incursion, with Sean-san. Lots of interactive games, focusing on Japanese language and culture. Never has the game of 'jan-ken-pon' been played with such enthusiasm and on such a grand scale, here at OLR! (Fun fact - the game of 'scissors, paper, rock' originated in Japan!) Sean-san, domo arigato!
The Year 5 students enjoyed a Japanese-themed lunch of 'obento' this week. Students have been learning about Japanese food as well as eating etiquette in Japan, including what to say before (itadakimasu) or after (gochiso sama deshita) a meal. Some impressive o-hashi (chopsticks) skills were on display and there were lots of smiles and comments of 'oishii' (delicious) or 'dai suki desu' (I love it!).