Farewell and Merry Christmas!

Today is our final school day for 2013. 4KJ have had a wonderful year and Miss Jordan is so proud of the students’ efforts and achievements!

This blog has been a big part of 4KJ for the past two years, and for 4KM in 2012 and the first half of 2013.

Since the beginning of last year…

  • We have published 180 posts
  • We have received more than 6,700 comments
  • We have had nearly 80,000 visitors!

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To conclude our year the grade four students had a special lunch on Wednesday. Everyone brought a plate of food to share and enjoyed celebrating a fantastic year together.

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There have been so many highlights in 4KJ this year. The students have learnt so much and improved their skills in all areas. Here is a poll forthe 4KJ students to complete to find out what the most popular event of the school year was.

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After ten wonderful years at Leopold Primary School, Miss Jordan has decided to move on to explore other educational opportunities in 2014. Next year, Miss Jordan will be teaching grade four at Barwon Heads Primary School. She will miss everyone at Leopold Primary School, but she is excited and looking forward to the new experiences at Barwon Heads.

Miss Jordan would love to stay in touch with the students in 4KJ and all of our blogging buddies! She will post the link to her 2014 class blog on this blog in January, so look out for it! Miss Jordan would love to see some quality comments from her Leopold students next year!

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The 4KJ students, along with Miss Jordan, wish everyone a very Merry Christmas a wonderful holiday break!

What was your highlight of 2013?

What are you looking forward to next year?

Do you have any learning goals for 2013?

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Edublog Awards – Voting Is Now Open!

We are excited to announce that the 4KJ class blog has been shortlisted as a finalist in the Edublog Awards.

Voting is now open for the worldwide 2013 awards. 4KJ need your support to help Leopold shine!

Voting is now open for the worldwide 2011 Edublog Awards. Mrs Morris, Miss Jordan, 2KM and 2KJ need your support to help Leopold shine!
Voting closes on Wednesday 14th December and the Awards Ceremony will be held at 11am on Thursday 15th December.
To vote, go to www.edublogawards.com and look for the drop down menu on the left hand side of the page

This year, you need to vote on a site called List.ly. Please note, you need to be 13+ to sign up for List.ly, so get your parents and other adults to sign up and vote!

To vote for us:

1. Go to the Best Class Blog nomination page.

2. Scroll down until you find the 4KJ Blog in the list of nominees.

3. Click the little upward “Vote up” arrow in the bottom left hand corner on our nomination icon. You may be asked to sign into your List.ly account. Remember, you need to be 13+, so if you are a student, get an adult to sign in.

This image shows what you need to look for to vote for the 4KJ blog.

Please remember:

  • You can only vote for a nominee (eg. the 4KJ blog) once per IP address/location.
  • To vote for our blog more than once, you need to vote at different locations and/or use different computers or devices.

Voting closes at 11.59pm on Wednesday 18th December.

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Thank you for your support!

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Celebration of Learning Afternoon

Today the grade four classes hosted parents and family members for our final Celebration of Learning afternoon.

You can read about our two previous afternoons here and here.

The purpose of this afternoon was for students to showcase and present their group projects, which were PowerPoint presentations based on our inquiry topic, First Contacts.

A variety of topics were covered, including life in 18th Century Britain, life for the First Australians, indigenous artwork, the First Fleet journey and convicts.

Students have been working hard for the past week on their presentations. The steps involved in creating the presentation were:

1. Form groups and decide on a specific topic to present.

2. Plan the presentation.

3. Research the topic online and in library books.

4. Put the information you researched into your own words.

5. Design an interesting and visually appealing PowerPoint presentation (including image attributions and a bibliography).

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Everyone did a fabulous job presenting their projects to their classmates, parents and family members. Prior to the afternoon, we discussed the important elements of a quality presentation.

All students worked hard at:

1. Speaking clearly and loudly.

2. Making eye contact with the audience.

3. Elaborating on information when necessary.

4. Engaging the audience with a smile!

Here are some photos from our afternoon. Thanks to our photographer, Ava!

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After each presentation, students and parents provided quality feedback to the group. Presenting in front of an audience, which is called public speaking, is not an easy task, but it can be very rewarding. Miss Jordan is so proud of all of the students in 4KJ for doing such a wonderful job with their presentations!

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What did you enjoy about our special afternoon?

What did you learn about First Contacts from watching the presentations?

How do you feel about public speaking?

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Grade Four Incursion and “Toss out Tuesday”

Today the grade four students enjoyed an incursion presented by Cultural Infusion.

The focus of the incursion was for the students to learn more about indigenous Australians and to listen to some dreamtime stories.

Everyone enjoyed listening to the didgeridoo and the storytelling.

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Today was also “Toss out Tuesday” and “Tidy Tub Tuesday” at Leopold Primary School.

Students and teachers were encouraged to clean out tubs and tidy up classrooms by recycling paper. In 4KJ we like to have a very tidy and organised classroom, so we were happy to participate in this event.

More information about recycling week can be found here.

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What did you enjoy about our incursion?

What do you know about recycling?

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Mark Greenwood Author Visit

Today the Grade Four students had an incursion with West Australian author, Mark Greenwood.

Mark has written many award winning picture story books that focus on Australian history and legends. Some of our favourite stories by Mark are Jandamarra, The Legend of Lasseter’s Reef, Simpson and his Donkey and Our Big Island.

We have been reading Mark’s books in class, and it was great to meet him in person and listen to his stories. He told us lots of great tales from his adventures in outback Australia and abroad.


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After the incursion, we wrote letters to Mark to thank him for visiting and to inform him of our highlights of the presentation. Miss Jordan will email the blog link to Mark so he can read the letters.

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Thank you to Mark Greenwood for inspiring and motivating the grade four students to write, tell stories and follow your passions!

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What did you enjoy about the presentation?

Do you have a favourite Mark Greenwood book?

What do you like to write stories about?

How did Mark inspire you to create and write stories?

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Life Education Visit

Yesterday the students in 4KJ enjoyed a visit to the Life Ed Van.

The focus for the ninety minute session was “Be Cyberwise”. Our instructor, Gaye, and her helper, Harold the giraffe, led us through some discussions and activities to practise being safe online.

We focussed on:

  • Being responsible and respectful online
  • Making strong passwords
  • Knowing how to to keep your personal information safe
  • Developing strategies for dealing with cybersafety issues.

We had some interesting conversations and participated in some interactive tasks to learn about being cyberwise. Here are some photos from our Life Ed session.

In 4KJ we regularly talk about being safe and responsible online. We always practise good “netiquette” in class, so it was great to focus on this important issue in the Life Ed van!

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Do you have a tip for being safe and responsible online?

What does “Cyberwise” mean to you?

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Grade Four Celebration Of Learning Afternoon

Today the grade four classes held a special event titled The Grade Four Celebration of Learning Afternoon.

Students invited a special person to the classroom for an hour to share their learning, knowledge and skills. It was wonderful to see many mums, dads, siblings and grandparents enjoying the session.

Ava, Mitchell C and Millie introduced our afternoon with a terrific speech about the learning that happens in 4KJ.

Students then paired up with their special visitors to share in some learning fun. Here are the tasks they completed…

Everyone was very engaged with the activities and it was wonderful to see and hear the students telling their special visitors all about their classroom learning experiences.

Here are some photos from our afternoon…

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What did you like about our “Celebration of Learning” afternoon?

What activity did you and your special person enjoy most?

Did you teach your special person something new?

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Congratulations, Mrs Morris!

After teaching at Leopold Primary School for nine and a half years, Mrs Morris began maternity leave a few weeks ago to prepare for the birth of her first child.

We had a farewell party for Mrs Morris at the end of last term. Since then, everyone in 4KJ and 4LB (formerly 4KM) has been waiting eagerly for the baby news.

Mrs Morris and Nate’s baby girl finally arrived during the week! On Wednesday 7th August at 2.10pm they welcomed little

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into the world!

Her full name is Novalie Alexandra Morris. When she was born she weighed 4130 grams (9lb 2) and was 53cm long.

Mrs Morris and Nate are delighted with their precious daughter and they are enjoying getting to know their little girl.

Miss Jordan visited Mrs Morris in hospital and loved meeting Novalie for the first time. She is a beautiful baby!

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August Is Family Blogging Month!

The students in 4KJ love to share what they are learning and experiencing through this blog.

The involvement of family members in our blog is so important. It makes everything we do at school more meaningful and special.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are starting a new blog comment challenge called

Whenever a students’ family member leaves us a comment, the student will record it on our blog comment chart using the following codes.

Family Blogging Month Codes

At the end of August, the student who has the most comments from different family members will win a prize! In order to keep the challenge fair to everyone, each student can only record one comment on the chart per day. So the goal is to get as many different family members involved as possible during the month-long challenge!

Having conversations through commenting is one of the best parts of blogging so in your comments feel free to ask questions and reply to other people’s questions.

We’re inviting everyone to comment including mums, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmas, grandpas, uncles, aunts, cousins and family friends.

* Family members don’t have to comment only on this post, they can comment on any post on our blog. *

Miss Jordan has run similar competitions in the past and it is always a big success. Thanks to Mrs Yollis for coming up with this idea!

If you want to know how to write a comment and for tips on writing quality comments, click here.

What do you think of the “August is Family Blogging Month” challenge?

Which family members will you invite to comment?

Which posts do you think will be of interest to your family members?

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Our Maldon Camp

We have just had a fantastic three days at our


On Monday 29th July, 4KJ and 4PR boarded the bus, full of excitement about what was ahead. After three hours, we arrived at the Derby Hill Blue Light Youth Camp in Maldon, in central Victoria.

Maldon is a small country town, with a population of about 1500. It is approximately 175km from Leopold. Maldon is in the heart of the Victorian Goldfields and the town has preserved a lot of its authentic historical appearance.

Here is the route we took from Leopold to Maldon.

Everyone enjoyed staying in the camp units and meal times in the dining hall was lots of fun. There were many on-site activities at camp and we also ventured into and around town for some bike rides and exploring.

Police officer, Ric, took us on our bike rides and gave us lots of riding advice along the way. It was great to practise the skills we learnt in Bike Ed on our road rides in Maldon.

Here is an itinerary of our time in Maldon. (Tip – click on the full screen button at the bottom right hand corner).

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Here is a selection of photos from our camp. Enjoy!

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We had a wonderful time on camp and enjoyed all of the new experiences. We improved our bike riding skills, explored an interesting historical town and had lots of fun with each other!

A very BIG thank you to our terrific helpers, Sandi, Miss Smith, Sue and Brad for joining us on camp!

What did you enjoy most about our Maldon camp?

What bike riding advice would you give to students going to the Maldon camp?

Have you ever been on a school camp before?

If you could go on a school camp somewhere, where would you go?

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