‘Tis the Season to be Giving
We have been speaking about Christmas and how lovely it feels to share time with loved ones. It feels even more wonderful to give to others during the Christmas period! There are lots of families in Australia and around the world who are doing it tough and cannot afford to have lovely treats for Christmas. The children decided it would be a great idea to give to others less fortunate than themselves this term. Families and staff kindly donated brand new books and toys for children in need through The Smith Family’s Toy and Book Appeal. Thank you to everyone for your extremely generous gifts. There will be lots of happy boys and girls this Christmas!
A reminder for families that Celebration Night is this Friday 13th December. Please drop your children to their classroom at 5.00pm, dressed in their costume. The proceedings will begin promptly at 5.30pm at the basketball court. As it is forecast to be hot, all children will need to bring a fresh water bottle. We look forward to seeing you on Friday!
Last Thursday 14th November Banksia 1 went to Kings Park with Banksia 3. We took part in the Noongar Boodja program which was all about Kambarang (Aboriginal season of birth in October and November).
During this season, traditional Noongar people moved closer to the water as the weather got warmer.
At Kings Park we learnt about traditional bush tucker and bush medicine. The children painted each other’s faces and dug for sweet potatoes with sticks. They also ground acacia seeds to make flour.
Then we moved to another group and heard all about traditional life near the water. The children had a go at spearing wooden fish and trapping them using branches and traps. Our last activity was a scavenger hunt.
It was a very hot day at Kings Park but we all had a fantastic time and learnt a lot about Noongar seasons and everyday life.
Last week Bull Creek students celebrated Multicultural Week. We embrace diversity and inclusivity each day at school and it is always wonderful to learn more about our friends’ cultures.
On Thursday, we held a Multicultural Tasting Day. Families were asked to bring in a small plate of food to share, representing their country of origin. Students displayed confidence when speaking about their dish, outlining its name, ingredients, where it is from, when it is eaten and what is special about it. We had the most amazing spread of food from around the world. We thank our parents and carers for their input and incredible cooking skills! The children were very brave trying new foods that they had never seen or heard of before. Banksia 1 and 2 classes also participated in a range of multicultural activities including storybook discussions, hand printing, collage and exploring rhythm and beat with multicultural musical instruments. What a fun day!
On Friday Mr Hofmeester organised a special Multicultural Assembly including Tinikling Bamboo Dancers and whole school singing. Students dressed in cultural clothing. It was lovely to see a sea of outfits representing different countries around the world as we gazed across the undercover area.
In Week 10 of Term 3, Bull Creek Primary School hosted a family picnic. It was lovely to see so many of our mums, dads and special family members at school!
Excursion to Perth Zoo
On Thursday the students in Banksia 2 joined our Pre-Primary friends from Willagee on a trip to the zoo! We saw many animals but our favourites were the elephants, penguins, monkeys, giraffes, snakes, lizards and the rhinoceros. The children had their very best listening ears switched on and enjoyed talking about the animals’ names, habitat, diet and other interesting features. We were all very tired at the end of the day and some of us even had a little snooze on the bus ride home. What fun!
Last Wednesday, Mrs Perna (Bull Creek Primary School Art Teacher) coordinated with families to create and display some incredible sculptures around the school. Families were invited to join us for a sculpture walk and picnic lunch. Despite the rainy weather, it was awesome to journey through the school discussing our favourite artworks and their features. Students and parents voted for their favourite pieces, contributing to the allocation of the People’s Choice Award. Thank you to Mrs Perna for all her hard work organising this wonderful event!
Edu-Dance classes have begun! Our classes are on a Friday and our teacher’s name is Mrs R. Miss McDonald’s class attends a session with Mr Ellis’ students, and Mrs Gorman and Miss Hope’s students dance together. We are having a great time moving and shaking! The children will be performing at Celebration Night on Friday 13th December at 5.30pm. Families – please add this date to your diaries.