La Casa della Pace

Teacher:  Carolyn O’Toole     Teacher Assistant:   Esther Quah

La Casa della Pace

This term started with a bang. We had a lot of fun cooking up a storm for our Mothers’ afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed giving our mums a little pampering to show them how much they are appreciated in our lives. Below are some photos of this

The Year 5 children then sailed through NAPLAN testing with strength and confidence, doing the best they could on each given day. I was so proud of how they handled themselves and didn’t let their nerves get the better of them.

This term for sport we have had Nikki visiting from Gymnastics WA and the children have thoroughly enjoyed all of her lessons. Below are some photos of a lesson Nikki taught on 7th June.

Next term we welcome four new children, who are looking forward to joining upper primary members: Vivi Jorlen, Charlotte Shearer, Thomas Stiles and Jun Tateno. As there is no Beeliner for Pace as yet, I hope everyone will make them feel welcomed.

As a class, we have continued practising strategies to encourage FLOW in our daily work routine. In our class we begin the day with daily fitness and guided meditation for 15 minutes. The children have become much better at meditation; being able to sit with their eyes closed and breathe in slowly through their noses and out through their mouths. This is helping the children to focus, get work tasks done and feel less stress.

In Zoology this term, the Year 4 students have enjoyed studying the internal parts of invertebrates and learning about the Earth in Geography. The Year 5 students are really loving the Science work on the comparative study of vertebrates and the History of the urban, agricultural and Industrial revolutions. The Year 6 students are well into their History research about migration and Botany work on flowers. They have also been learning about electricity.

We have had groups taking turns cooking and serving lunch each Wednesday. The children had to select a meal, find a recipe and cook unassisted. I was so impressed with the team work I observed through-out the term and the food they served was delicious. The children each have a recipe book of the recipes cooked throughout the term to practise at home.

This term, the children have had an incursion from WASO showcasing opera and recently an incursion for NAIDOC week. Kobi from Madjitil Moorna choir spent time with us, playing on guitar and having fun teaching songs and Noongar words with the children.

The children have produced some lovely pieces of art this term and have had fun producing a sea scape with items found beachcombing, lots of painting and sketch art to create unique masterpieces.

Thank you to everyone who came to portfolio night to appreciate all of the children’s beautiful accomplishments.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for entrusting your children into my care for the past year and for being so kind and supportive. Your kids are all extraordinary children and I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching each and every one of them. I am very sad to be leaving them, but I feel safe in the knowledge that I will be replaced with an extraordinary teacher, Jess, who will be brilliant and they will go far with her as their teacher.

Keep smiling

Carolyn and Esther