Historical Day

We are very excited about our Historical Day next week, on Thursday 4th September. Notes for this went home yesterday (Monday 25th August).

For this we are inviting students to dress up in ‘olden day’ clothes to really embrace the day. Below are some pictures which might inspire you.

We are asking for a $2 contribution to cover resources, as well as any donations of wool.

On the day students will be rotating between activities:

– Games Over Time

– Old Fashioned Dancing

– Craft

– Olden Day Classroom.

Please remember to return your note to school with your $2 payment, and indicate if you are available to help out on the day. (WWCC required)

Many thanks 🙂

Book Week 2014

Hurrah! Book Week is here! This is the week we celebrate all things wonderful about reading. A special day each year is the treasured dress up day. Everyone is invited and encouraged to dress up as their favourite character for the day.

Killara students are always so enthusiastic when it comes to this day. Led, by excellent example of course, by their teachers!

The main event of the day is the parade we have before snack. It really is so wonderful to see everyone in their costumes, and it’s also great to see lots of parents and family members joining us for this and supporting their children and the school community.

Take a look at our slideshow below.


Did you enjoy Book Week? What was the highlight for you? Have you got a character in mind for next year?

George’s Marvellous Medicine

12JS has just loved reading Roald Dahl’s “George’s Marvellous Medicine” as our class novel.

Not only is it a fantastic story written by one of the best children’s authors, but it has given us a chance to make connections within our learning. 1/2 students have been learning about ‘powerful writing techniques’ and reading George’s Marvellous Medicine has allowed us to identify where, when and how an author implements these strategies.

We have been able to identify the use of synonyms and antonyms within the story, as well as noticing other things like the use of simile, hyperbole, repetition and the powerful three.

This has enabled us to take our learning and apply it to other areas, and has allowed us to see the effect these techniques have on the audience. We have been noticing other places these techniques are used too, including in everyday speech.

Here’s what we think so far:

Amber: “George put a lot of bad things in his medicine.”

Bailey: “George put everything he could find in there!”

Abigail: “The Grandma was very mean.”

Kiana: “George is getting up to lots of mischief making his medicine!”

Callum: “George is scared of Grandma.”

Jessica: “I liked when he gave the medicine to his Grandma.”

What is your favourite book? Have you read any Roald Dahl books? Share your thoughts with us.

HEROs and Class Captains

Students at our school all have the personal responsibility to “do the right thing” and a communal responsibility to “encourage others to do the right thing”.

One way in which Killara encourages our community to uphold these responsibilities is to nominate two students each semester to take on the role of Captain and Vice Captain.

Last week, our new Captains and Vice-Captains were appointed at assembly.

Congratulations to Angus and Lily on their achievements.

A very big thank you and well done goes to Isabella and Noah for their wonderful efforts in these positions in Semester 1.

This week, our new HEROs for this semester were presented at assembly.

This is an incredibly important role at our school, in our drive to be a more sustainable and environmentally friendly community. HERO is an acronym for Heating, Electricity and Recycling Officer.

Congratulations to Chelsea and Rory on becoming the HEROs for Semester 2.

Thank you and well done to Mary-Jane and Brock for their great efforts last Semester.

What do you do to help the environment? Do you think HEROs are a good idea? What sort of things do you think they should be doing at our school?

Life Ed: Harold’s Heroes

Visit the webpage: www.healthyharold.org.au

On Thursday 7th August, we attended a Life Education class. Our focus was on healthy lifestyles and what to do in an emergency.

We went in the afternoon to the Life Ed. van where we met our instructor, Barbara, and our friend Harold the Giraffe.

We learned about lots of things including:

– eating a healthy diet (and why this is important!)

– how to keep our body healthy by getting lots of exercise and not doing harmful things like smoking

– how to be medicine- safe at home (especially keeping things like medicines locked up safe and not taking anything that is not for you)

– what to do in an emergency

We really enjoyed seeing Harold and becoming his helpful heroes, and how cheeky Harold was! Some of us got to wear costumes like hero capes and a doctor’s outfit. 

On the picture below, there is a website that you can visit if you want to learn a bit more about this.

Visit the webpage: www.healthyharold.org.au

What 1/2JS thought:

“I enjoyed being an extinguisher hero.”

” I enjoyed seeing Harold getting a tickle under his chin!”

“I learned that it’s good to drink milk because it helps your teeth grow strong.”

“I learned that it is very hard to stop smoking once you start, even though it is very bad for your heart, lungs and brain.”