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Stage 2 Urban Planning Maths Project

October 29, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

Over the last two sessions two community members have been assisting students in the final planning and design aspects of  their group urban planning maths projects. Parent Carmel Gray, from Healing Gardens, in garden & landscape design and Architect Joe Wiegerinck, from Elements Home Design, in technical drawing. Both Joe and Carmel spoke to the students initially and then rotated through each group assisting them in drawing and refining their ideas.  Students were able to see how the skills they were learning had real world implications. A big thank you to Carmel and Joe for sharing their expertise with us :)

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The Human Body 3/4H

September 13, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Education

Every Thursday afternoon for term three 3/4H students have been working on virtual world science tasks for the human body unit of work. One of the tasks asked them to create virtual simulations of the intestines and stomach. This is very challenging as they all must learn how to transform 3D objects such as cylinders, torus or hemispheres to create a likeness of these organs. Some students are using x,y,z coordinates to manipulate their prims (3D virtual geometric objects are known as ‘primitives‘ or ‘prims’ for short.). The lessons fly by but the class has done a fantastic job. It is also wonderful to have access to a class set of laptops for this project.

Mrs Booth and Ms Hodgson

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Out of the window we saw…

September 11, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

We have been reading ‘Where the Forest Meets the Sea’ and ‘Belonging’ by Jeannie Baker. We put the two books together and thought about weaving some beautiful trees. First we drew the landscape onto a plate. Then we painted it using watercolours. We then made the tree trunk in the middle of the plate. After this we chose different colour wools and wove them in and out.

We hope you like them, by 2B

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K-2 Sports Carnival

September 11, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

What a beautiful sunny day for our younger students to enjoy their sports carnival. Here is a short video from some of this mornings events.

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1L Blogging with K/1L from Merrylands East Public School

August 22, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Education

As part of our Thursday Minecraft literacy project this week students from 1L responded to a blog post from Asma, a student at Merrylands East Public School who has just started blogging with her K/1L class and teacher Mr Lee Hewes. They are also mad about Minecraft :) Firstly, Mrs Booth spoke about blogs and the class explored what their purpose was. Students’ then looked at our school blog to view all the visitors and countries where the visitors came from. The children were fascinated with all the different flags. Then a discussion about why it is important to publish our best work on a public blog ensued. Next, the class looked at K/L MEPS KOALAS Weebly (a brand of website) and clicked on the link to the Bodacious Bloggers. Student Asma had written a post titled Why I like Minecraft and 1L student pairs responded using quality commenting skills. Once they had written and had their comments checked they were able to submit them for moderation from Mr Hewes. Finally, the student pairs then went on to their class minecraft building project. It was an excellent literacy session and next week student pairs will be responding using their new quality commenting skills to more posts from the fantastic K/1L students at Merrylands East P.S. :)

Mrs Booth, Ms Leeson and Ms Jacobson :) :) :)

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Urban Planning Maths Project Stage 2

August 14, 2014 by · No Comments · Education


One of the major driving forces for the new syllabus was the need to design a curriculum with explicit inclusion of skills such as critical and creative thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social competence or intercultural understanding, which prepare students for life and work in a complex technological driven world. Source: The Mathematical Bridge, Issue 1.

Twenty Stage 2 enrichment maths students are taking part in an urban design project with the support of Coffs Harbour City Council Strategic Planning Officer, Grahame Fry. A property zoned for redevelopment in the city centre has been identified and students will be working in groups to develop a proposal, plans and 3D model, using virtual technology, of their own design. Their final model and plans will be submitted to the strategic development department for approval. Students must comply with the council rules for building and today met with Mr Fry and 4th year UNE planning and design student Matt to go through the project criteria/specifics and then walk to the site. The students discovered that the area is prone to flooding, already limited in parking space and has a total land area of 1000 square metres. It also is home to native trees and wildlife. They can build up to the perimeter of the property but then have to consider height restrictions: Front: 0 metres; Sides: 0 metres; Back: 12 m if building is more than 20m high or 5m if building is 20 metres high or less. They also have to consider wheelchair access ramps that comply with the Australian Standards of a 1:14m gradient.

Ramp 1-14


Tactile ground surface indicators may also be needed for the visually impaired. The students thoroughly enjoyed the excursion and their retention of information was fantastic. They are looking forward to working together and are also very fortunate to have Saxon’s parents to support them in class. Saxon’s mother is a garden designer so will be providing support with landscaping and garden design whilst his father will be helping students to develop skills in drawing up their plans correctly for submission.

Mrs Booth

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Severin Roesen – Still Life

August 7, 2014 by · 2 Comments · Education

Still Life with Fruit1L is learning all about healthy eating so we thought we would take inspiration from Severin Roesen. Severin was a famous still life painter from the 1800′s who loved to paint fruit! For more information about this interesting artist click here: Severin Roesen


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Refugee Week 1AM

August 7, 2014 by · No Comments · Education

Refugee Week

Coffs Harbour Public School has an extremely diverse student population who are all recognised for the wonderful individual strengths and culture they bring to our school. Our school recognises that ALL our students have the right to learn in a place that is nurturing, safe and provides them with challenges that equip them to be active participants in society and have their voice heard. We also acknowledge that all children in Australia have this right and are very thankful that we live in a country that celebrates and recognises the 54 Articles that makes up the Convention on the Rights of the Child. There are many children in the world who do not have their rights valued.

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NAIDOC Celebrations

June 26, 2014 by · 1 Comment · Education

NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians. Source:

Today our school celebrated NAIDOC Week with a special assembly. It was wonderful to see our Elders and younger generation share stories with each other. A special Smoking Ceremony opened the festivities and the audience, alongside special guests Uncle Larry and Aunty Sue, were treated to some fabulous presentations from the students including a fantastic didgeridoo performance from PJ.

PJ plays the didgeridoo.


Maths Genius Hour Projects

June 22, 2014 by · 3 Comments · Education


Last Thursday, Mrs Booth’s stage 3 maths group (15 students) presented their ‘Genius Hour’ maths projects. Students’ had to turn a passion of theirs into a project making connections to maths. Students’ had 75 minutes each Thursday to work on their project with support from Mrs Booth. It was expected that time would also be spent on this project at home. They could  build, design, make,film or collect something, for example, and the delivery of their presentation was up to them. The project was challenging for a number of the students as they not only needed to make real world connections with maths but also manage their time well. Students completed reflections each week to help them identify the next step to be completed and where they were wasting their time most.The project topics presented were NRL (popular), cricket second test, Lego statistics, Minecraft maths challenge, how far Mario could jump in real life, artistic gymnastics and angles, fractions and the violin, general mathematics in games design, the impact of polygons, velocity and mass in console game design and finally Formula 1. Two students, who had worked extremely hard during the sessions, were unable to present and will be doing so in week 1 of term 2. Their topics were building a billy cart and cubby house…I cannot wait to see their presentations!

All students did very well and everyone asked if they could do another project next term :) This project was fantastic for allowing the students to work mathematically to synthesise and apply their maths knowledge in meaningful ways. They took ownership of their work and developed additional skills that will assist them to be productive learners in high school.

Here is a video from two of the presentations and Miranda takes us through the different fractions (notes) during the lunchtime Minecraft club session :)

Mrs Booth

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