Our Trip to IGA

On Tuesday JAS went to IGA. We bought some groceries for our Grade 1 market. We are making chocolate balls, mars bar slice and fruit kebabs.


For the chocolate balls we had to buy cocoa, coconut, condensed milk, a packet of Marie biscuits, Copha, vanilla essence and patty pans.


The mars bar slice group had to buy rice bubbles, mars bars, butter, a block of milk chocolate and serviettes.


To make the fruit kebabs, we had to buy pineapple, skewers, grapes, strawberries, plates, rock melon, blueberries and watermelon.


Tomorrow we are going to be doing some cooking and making Mars Bar slice and chocolate balls. Then on Thursday we are going to make the fruit kebabs. We will be selling the food to our parents at our Grade 1 market on Thursday. We will be selling the fruit kebabs for $2, the chocolate balls for $1 and the Mars Bar slice for $1. If you’d like to come along, we’d love to see you from 11:30am on Thursday.


Cooking for Grade 1 Market

JAS will be doing a big cook up on Wednesday in preparation for our Grade 1 Market on Thursday. We would love it if any parents who are free between 11:30am and 1:00pm could come along and give us a hand. We will be cooking in the staff room so if you can come along, we’ll see you then!


Athletics Day Champions!

Congratulations to Brody and Samuella for being chosen as the Grade 1 boy and girl champion for the Athletics Day. You were chosen for your sportsmanship and participation on the day. Well done! I would also like to congratulate all JAS students for their participation on the day. It was a great day and I enjoyed seeing everyone having a go at all the activities.


Ordering a Lunch Order

In Maths we have been busy learning all about money. We use money all the time and one of the most common places we use money at school is to order a lunch order. So today in Maths, we had a go at writing out a lunch order and placing the right amount of money on the bag. We had lots of different lunches ordered for lots of different amounts. We then got ourselves in a line in order from cheapest to the most expensive. Here is a short video which shows how much we each spent.

All the students did a fantastic job and could now help you with writing out and choosing the money they need for any future lunch orders!

Compound Words!

Today in spelling we learnt about compound words. Compound words are when you take 2 words and put them together to make 1 word. Here’s a video you can watch and sing along to to help you learn some compound words.

I would like everyone to share a compound word you know in the comments below. Let’s see how many compound words we can think of!!!!

Athletics Sports


Don’t forget that  TOMORROW (Friday 11th) is our Whole School Athletic Sports Day. This will be held McEwan Reserve with the senior and middle school starting at 9:45am and the juniors starting at 11:30am.

Junior school students will be leaving school at 11am and returning in time for lunch. We do ask that there are no lunch orders on this day, in case we are running late in returning to school. We would also like to see all students with a drink bottle full of water to take with them as the weather is promising to be lovely, sunny and warm so it is important they stay hydrated!

The students are allowed to come dressed up in their house colours but we do ask that they wear suitable footwear for participating in sporting events.

Parents are welcome to attend and I know the students would love to have you there!

The Melbourne Aquarium and NGV

Yesterday, we had our big excursion to Melbourne where we visited the Melbourne Aquarium and the National Gallery of Victoria.

After an early morning start of 6:30am, we arrived in Melbourne at the aquarium ready for a day filled of fun and learning. We were greeted by our guides, Justin and Elly, who too us straight to the Australian rainforest display. If was here that we got to see one of the most coolest fish I have ever seen – the Archer fish. To catch its food, the Archer fish spits water at insects sitting on leaves in the tree so they fall off and into the water for them to eat. Here is a video of Justin showing us just how it works.

The next stop was the coral reef, where we all spotted some clownfish and some sea horses. There were also some very cute puffer fish swimming around in one of the tanks. It was here that we learnt that male sea horses are the ones that carry the babies in their pouch, not the mums like all other creatures who have pouches.

The penguins were next and they were just what we hoped for – cute and very entertaining to watch. There were two types of penguins in the enclosure – Gentoo penguins, which are the fastest swimming penguins, and King penguins which have the lovely yellow feathers on their front. Some fun facts we learnt were that penguins eat the equivalent of 2,000 chicken nuggets a day which means they also go to the toilet about every 17 minutes. Baby penguins start out with brown feathers. They then lose these feathers after a year and get their adult feathers. While they have their baby feathers, they aren’t allowed to swim because the feathers would become really heavy and the baby penguins could drown. The penguins were beginning to nest and in the next few months, they will start laying their eggs. So if you’d like to see some penguins nesting, you could plan a trip to the Melbourne Aquarium in the next couple of months!

After the penguins we headed in and saw some rays. One of the rays we saw was called and elephant shark. An elephant shark gets its name from its funny looking trunk, which is a little bit like an elephants. While we were in this area, we also got to touch some shark eggs, shells, coral and sea stars in the rock pool display. It was lots of fun getting our hands wet. It was here we learnt that sea stars are now called sea stars and not starfish because they are not actually a fish. Sea stars also have their mouths on the bottom and sometimes, to get food, they place themselves over the end of a shell and vomit into it. their vomit turns the stuff inside into a liquid that the sea star then drinks.

The dangerous sea creatures were next and we saw some lion fish, sea jellies (formerly known as jelly fish) and eels. The sea jellies looked really cool under the lights and it was like they were glowing. After seeing the dangerous creatures, we headed to the big tank and looked at some creatures that were not very dangerous at all – the sharks and stingrays. Justin set us the challenge to find Mr G, the big fish, Mitchell the shark and Dino the stingray. Elly told us that when Mr G first came to the aquarium, he ate not 1, not 2 but 3 of their sharks! So now they have to make sure he gets plenty of food so he doesn’t eat the other sharks or fish. Here are some videos of us in the big tank!

Our final stop was to check out Pinjarra the crocodile. When we were looking in the tank we noticed there were a few fish swimming in the tank too. Elly told us that these fish were Pinjarra’s personal dentists and that after he eats his food, he opens his mouth under the water and the fish come along and clean the left over food out of his teeth. We were also told that Pinjarra could stay under water for 2 hours which was the same amount of time we were at the aquarium for!

After the aquarium, we strolled along Southbank and had some lunch. We were even lucky enough to see Damien Hardwick, coach of the Richmond Tigers, run past us as we were walking.

The National Gallery of Victoria was our next stop. We spent a couple of hours wandering around and having a look at the artwork and exhibitions. Our favourite was the Open House: Tromarama exhibition. There was a room with a coloured dance floor and lots of the students got their boogie on. The second room had lots of microphones where you could record yourself saying something or making sounds and then the creatures in the garden said these things back to you in cool and weird voices. Finally, the bedroom and bathroom had stations set up where we could create our own animations. While we were wandering around the gallery, we also got to see a piece of Pablo Picasso’s work – The Weeping Woman, and we spent some time lying down and staring at the roof in the Great Hall. On our way out, we stopped at the main entrance and put our hands on the wall of water!

After a very long day, we made it home and I’m sure everyone had an early night. I would like to thank the parents who joined us for the day – Rod, Belinda, Karam, Alban, Tanya, Kerry, Christy, Tarsha and Anita – as you helped to make the day run smoothly and did a fantastic job of looking after small groups of the students at the NGV.

Grade 1 & 2 Melbourne Excursion (Itinerary Update!)

There has been a last minute change to our Melbourne Excursion itinerary due to a cold and wet weather forecast. We will now be visiting the National Gallery of Victoria and visiting the Open House: Tromarama for Kids exhibition. We will also have time to wander around the other exhibitions. We will now be walking from the Melbourne Aquarium via Southbank to get to the NVG.


Parents will now be in charge of a small group of children at the gallery to help maximise our time there and allow the students to explore the gallery. Details of your groups will be    handed out by the classroom teacher on Thursday morning.

Below are the new details of our day.


* Students assemble in their classroom at 6:15am.

* Leave Shepparton at 6:30am sharp.

* Arrive back at school 6:00pm (approximately).


Melbourne Aquarium

National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)


Grade 1 students

10:00 am—12:00pm 12:45pm—3:30pm NGV
Grade 2 students 1:30 pm—3:30pm 10:00am—12:30pm


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Important Information:

  • As we are on a very strict timeline, please don’t be late. (Sorry, but we can’t wait for you).
  • Students will need to wear full school uniform as well as comfortable shoes.
  • Bring a raincoat and jacket.  Be prepared for 4 seasons in 1 day!
  • Bring plenty of food to eat and water to drink. If possible provide a rubbish free lunch or pack a plastic bag to put rubbish in.
  • Parents who are attending the excursion will not be able to participate in the tour at the Aquarium due to numbers, but are free to wander around the aquarium or go and grab a coffee.
  • Students will not need any spending money as they will not be purchasing any food or souvenirs.
  • A reminder that our school has a SMOKE FREE POLICY applicable to all our excursions so parents will not be allowed to smoke at any point during the trip.

I am looking forward to seeing you all bright and early Thursday morning!

Miss Symons

Father’s Day Stall and Breakfast

Tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd Sept, the parents and friends are running a Father’s Day Stall. If your child would like to bring along some money to purchase a gift for Dad, they can. We suggest they also bring along a plastic bag or towel to place the gift in.

Also, this Friday, the school is hosting a Father’s Day breakfast. I’ve attached the note for you to return to school if you would like to attend so we can make sure there’s plenty of food for everyone.


Book Week!

Today we had our Book Week dress up day. It was great to see everyone dressed up as their favourite book character. To start off the day we had a fashion parade where the whole school got to show off their costumes. Here are some pictures of us all. Can you guess which book characters we are?


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