Our final week…

It is hard to believe week 10 is here and it is our final week together. I have been with some of the children for 2 years now so it will be a sad goodbye come Thursday.

This week we have a lot happening with practice for the end of year concert, transition afternoon, class party, end of year concert and of course cleaning!

I have sent pretty much everything home with your child by now bar their pencil cup and stationary items that we still need to use. These will come home on the last day of school.

This Monday is transition afternoon. The children will go off in the afternoon to their Year 2 classroom to meet their teacher. Class lists are usually on display outside the office in the afternoon for you to view.

Tuesday is our class party and End of year concert. There is no need to send lunch in for your child just crunch and sip, recess and a water bottle. I will sort the rest with the money that has been collected. Later on in the afternoon we will have our end of year concert. Children need to be back in our classroom and dressed in their costumes by 5pm. We will then walk down as a class and take our positions on the limestone steps closest to the basketball courts. Your child will need to remain in my care until the end of the concert.

Throughout the week we will be cleaning all furniture and classroom resources. Please make sure your child has their hat as they will be helping with the cleaning of these items.

I would like to invite children to bring in a clearly labelled board game or two from Monday for us to play after our class party and while the cleaning is happening. I will send these home on Thursday afternoon.

I am looking forward to a week full of fun and festive cheer. It has been great seeing the children get so excited about our elf and his cheeky antics which I am sure he will continue right up until the last day of school.

Thank you all for a fantastic year. Your ongoing support and communication has assist me to do my job in positive and rewarding way. To those families who are leaving Aubin Grove I wish you all the best at your new school, I will miss you all and hope if you see me out and about you will stop and say “hello”.

Have a very Merry Christmas and a fun & relaxing holiday with your families.



Just a reminder that the $5 for our class Christmas party is due in by this Wednesday. The $5 covers pizza for lunch, a juice, icy pole and other party treats.

This Friday is Mrs J’s last day.

Books will begin to come home from this afternoon and for the remainder of the week.

Sometime in the last week our class blog page will be deleted. If you would like to save any photos or information please do so by the end of this week.

Christmas Party

On Tuesday the 12th of December the year 1’s will be having a class party to celebrate our year together. We have decided, this year, to order pizzas for the party instead of parents providing a plate of food. On this day you will not need to provide lunch for your child (only recess as usual). We ask that in lieu of providing a plate, you send in $5 with your child to help us pay for the party. I will be collecting the $5 from now until Wednesday the 6th of December. I hope that your child can participate and am looking forward to celebrating a wonderful year in our classroom.

Thank you for your support.

Term 4, Week 8

Welcome to week 8.

As the term is quickly drawing to an end you may start to notice a few things come home. Rather then send it all home on the last week I am beginning to send it home in drips and drabs once we have finished with it. The children’s portfolios were send home on Tuesday and can be reused for Art next year. Any stationary supplies that your child didn’t use will also be sent home but not until the last week of school.

Our Salvation Army Christmas Appeal box is filling up fast. Thank you so much to those who have already sent in their donations. I am happy to have it over flow or arrange another box if we need. We will have the box in our room until the 12th December.

This week we will begin to look at procedures in English. We will be following and writing our own procedures over the next couple of weeks so they we can become familiar with the elements required. During our guided reading sessions we have begun to look at summarising and have  are revising reading with fluency. It is important that we read fluently as well as remember to pay attention to punctuation so that we can comprehend the text and answer literal and inferential questions.

We are having a ball learning about directional language. We have been playing games and completing activities that require us to follow instructions carefully. We have also begun having a go at writing directions ourselves for others to follow. We will continue to focus on this concept in Maths this week as well as practice our skip counting skills as a warm up each day.

We have our last assembly for the year on Tuesday and will also begin to rehearse our song for the end of year concert. I posted a blog on Tuesday in regards to the end of year concert. Please read this carefully as it outlines start times and what is required costume wise for the night.

I would like to encourage kiss and drop from this week every Tuesday, WEDNESDAY and Thursday until the end of term. Of course if you need to speak to me about anything please feel free to pop in or send an email.

Just a reminder oral presentations are due this Monday. All children need to have prepared and brought in their presentation on Monday morning ready for the presentations to start. We will have a few presentations each day (Monday-Thursday). Once your child has presented I will then send any props, posters and/or materials home with them that afternoon.

This will be our last week of sending home readers home for homework. All home readers need to be returned this Friday so that I can return the trolley back to the library. Notes will be sent home on Monday chasing up any home readers that haven’t been returned from previous weeks.

Have a great weekend. I look forward to seeing you all on Monday ready for week 8.

End of Year Concert



Dear Parents/Caregivers,

The End of Year Concert is fast approaching and students have been singing and dancing up a storm so that they can put on a fantastic show. This year the concert will be held on 12th December and is themed I Feel Good. The concert will commence at 5.30pm and students should be in their classrooms by 5pm. All Year 1 students will be performing “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

To make the performance extra special we would like the Year One students to dress in the following:

GIRLS – black leggings, coloured tutu with a coloured shirt (preferably same as tutu) and ribbons in hair.

BOYS – black shorts, brightly coloured t-shirt with baseball cap worn backwards.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher.


Thank you,

Ash Verbickis

Junior Music Teacher



Christmas Food Appeal

It is already that time of year again and we are beginning to start collections for the Salvation Army Christmas Appeal.

We have a box inside our classroom (On top of the cupboards behind the drink bottles) which is wrapped in green reindeer paper as well as a poster that is on display outside on the window with some food ideas.

If you would like to donate to those doing it tough this Christmas please start bringing in your items and placing them in the box. The boxes will be collect by a representative from the Salvation Army on the 12th December.

Learning about Keeping Safe Online

This week we are beginning to learn more about keeping ourselves safe when online. At a Year 1 level it is important that the message begin to be taught and reinforced even though it will be a number of years before they are online with limited supervision. Through these lessons we hope to offer a good foundation of knowledge and skills, which can then assist students into developing into confident and responsible digital citizens. The main component that we will be talking about during the next few weeks centres around the idea of only sharing personal information with others whom we trust. Our lesson today was about sharing information that is special and unique (ie. name, address, age etc) only with friends and people we know and trust. Throughout the lessons we will reinforce the importance of always talking to a trusted adult for guidance especially if something makes us feel uneasy. We will talk about who a trusted adult could be and identify those who we can ask for help if needed.

If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Term 4, Week 5

Welcome to week 5.

Wow, the first half of the term has flown by and we have certainly hit the ground running in Room 20.

Mrs J will be in 2 days again this week, Monday and Friday and will run her usual daily program on both days.

This week we will finish off learning about word problems and the CUBES strategy in maths.

We have enjoyed learning about non-fiction texts and will move our focus on to skimming and scanning texts for information. We will look at a number of big books to practice this and will continue to consolidate this reading strategy during our guided reading sessions.

In health we have begun to look at being healthy. This week we will move our focus to talking about and understanding how other people can help us be safe and healthy.

We have been learning about man made and natural environments and how change has occurred in the environment. We started off by reading some of Jeanie Baker’s books, Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Belonging. We have had great small group and whole class discussion on how things have changed over time and what role we have played in these changes. We will continue these discussions and activities this week.

Homework will continue with home readers and homework grids. Both of these items are due back this Friday.

I look forward to another great week.

Sports Carnival

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

Due to poor weather conditions last Wednesday we unfortunately had to suspend events for all year 1 and 2 competitors. A decision has been made to run the year 1 and 2 component of the Junior Carnival this Friday the 3rd November.

This date provides us with more flexibility with times so please take note of the new timeline of events listed below.

FRIDAY 3rd of November

8:50am Year 1 & 2 students march towards faction bays

9:05am Year 1 Sprint races commence

9:05am Year 2 Tabloid events commence

9:55am Year 2 Sprint races commence

9:55am Year 1 Tabloid events commence

10.40am Recess break for 20 mins

11:00am Year 1 & 2 Team games to commence

12:20pm Year 1 & 2 Team games to conclude

12:25pm Presentations

**Please note that above times are approximates only***

Students will be required to wear their faction t-shirt and bring a clearly labelled

hat, water bottle, for the day. Sunscreen should be applied by parents in the morning prior to the event however students will also have access to sunscreen in their faction bay for re-application.

We wish to thank you for your patience and understanding.

Looking forward to a great day.

Craig Fritchley

Phys-Ed Specialist


*** Mrs J and I have swapped days so that I can be present and resume my duties for the sports carnival. I will be teaching this Friday and Mrs J will take the class on the following Monday***


Term 4, Week 4

Welcome to week 4.

You should have noticed that your child came home with their grey Aubin Grove progress folder on Thursday. These are for you to go through with your child and track their progress from Term 1 to Term 3. Once you have looked through the folder please return it so I can be passed with your child to next years teacher.

I will be out of the classroom on Monday and Thursday so Mrs J will be taking the class on both of these days.

On Monday we will be having Mr Morisey in to teach and show us some science experiments.

We will be continuing to explore Non-Fiction features and complete a number of activities based on these features during our guided reading sessions.

In maths we have started to look at addition and subtraction word problems. We will begin to write some of our own as well as use the CUBES strategy to solve problems we have been given.

Homework for Term 4 will be changing for the remainder of the year. As of this week there will be no sight word spelling homework. Home readers will continue to be sent home until Week 7 and  1 last homework grid will come home on Monday to be returned in 2 weeks time. To finish off the year off, students will be presenting an oral language project. Further details about this will be posted in a blog in a few weeks time.

Have a great week.