Year 5/6



Information Night 2018


Our 5/6 teachers this year are: Mrs Donald, Mrs Popowycz, Mr Young, Miss Koutroumanis and Mrs Claxton.


If you need to contact the 5/6 teachers you can reach us at


How we will work this year


This year we will be working in communities and in that community, every child will have their own home-group teacher. As per our learning and teaching policy, we have created learning spaces that connect learners to a community so to provide opportunities for students to engage with diverse perspectives and collaborate with others. Within each community there are two home-groups or classes, with two teachers who share the responsibility of both classes. There will be some areas of learning where we will be grouping students flexibly within each community according to their learning needs.




This year, our 5 & 6 students will all have access to a Chromebook. Our Students Acceptable Use Policy and our comprehensive licence program work in conjunction to provide guidelines for the management of our eLearning Tools. All students will be doing a refresher on the Chromebook licence program and the responsibility the students have in terms of taking care of their Chromebooks

Learners “Ls”

Provisional “Red Ps”

“Green Ps”

Full Licence

Knows Google username and password

Opens and closes multiple tabs in Google Chrome

Knows how to locate relevant work (i.e. “Shared with Me”)

Knows how to bookmark a website

Keeps Chromebook in a safe place

Turns off Chromebook completely

Inserts an image into a Google App

Knows how to check if Chrome is up to date and updates as necessary

Reports inappropriate content to a teacher immediately

Sits in way that teacher could see screen at all times

Knows teacher’s email address

Assists others as needed

Identifies the parts of a Chromebook

Plugs Chromebook into charge when necessary

Accesses a website in School bookmarks folder

Rotates pictures

Selects text to copy and paste

Knows how to type in Capitals

Adjusts screen brightness  

Knows how to share work with the teacher and edit “access”

Knows mute/volume button

Knows how to refresh a page

Sets appropriate background picture and has a self picture as the icon

Knows how to appropriately name their work


Reminder for Chromebooks


Chromebooks must have a protective case before they are allowed to be taken home. New students only must go through the Chromebook licencing steps and obtain their full licence before they can take it home. Please refer to the above Chromebook licence process to see the steps students will need to go through before in order to get their full Chromebook licence.



Cyber Safety


We have a comprehensive Student ICT Acceptable Use Policy which all students and families are expected to adhere to. There is an explicit focus on Cybersafety in our school, particularly in the Media Specialist program. Cyberbullying is the use of technology to bully a person or group. Bullying is repeated behaviour with the intent to harm others.



Behaviour may include:

●Abusive texts and emails

●Posting unkind or threatening messages, videos or images on social media websites

●Imitating or excluding others online

●Inappropriate image tagging


Too much online?


Your child may be spending too much time online if their online behaviour is having a negative impact on other aspects of their life. There is no guideline for the ‘right’ amount of time for children to spend online, however if their online behaviour appears to impact negatively on their behaviour or wellbeing, or that of the family, it may be time to discuss expectations and establish time limits.


For more advice regarding this issue, resources can be found at

To make sure your child is safe online, it is very important that parents know what their children are doing online, who they are talking to and what they are watching. Often, when a problem comes to the attention of the school, the damage has been done and some children are very hurt.


Specialist Classes


Year 5/6 students participate in 4 different specialist classes: Physical Education, Media, LOTE (Chinese) and Performing Arts. During these class times, all students are expected to participate to their full potential and behave as they would for their classroom teachers.





(Sport Shoes required)

Performing Arts



5/6 CK





5/6 GY





5/6 MP





5/6 KD







We will begin homework in week 3, expectations regarding homework will be sent out with the first set of homework.


This year all homework will be provided through software programs called Mathletics, Study Ladder and Literacy Planet. The school has purchased a licence to use this software for every child. Parents can access their child’s account and monitor their child’s participation and progress on Mathletics. Ask us how to do this!


Mathletics is a learning tool that allows teachers to allocate students work and monitor their progress, while providing timely feedback to both students and teachers.

As per our homework policy, students will receive homework on a fortnightly basis. Teachers will be assigning homework and asking parents and students to sign a homework contract at their discretion. Homework is done at home and set at school and it is a parents’ choice as to whether the children are given homework or not. If parents say that they want homework for their child we will monitor it. For those children, if homework is not completed, parents will receive an email from the teacher to inform them that their child has not completed the allocated homework for that fortnight. If homework continues to be incomplete, the teacher will again inform the parent via email. It is then a matter to be taken up at home if your child is not completing their assigned homework as there will be no consequences for incomplete homework given at school except that it will be noted in their report.



• Adaptive as it responds to individual student strengths and weaknesses.  

• Provides support to guide students through concepts whenever they might need, just like a maths tutor would do.  

• allows teachers and parents to monitor student records in order to track progress and identify learning needs.  



Studyladder is a web based educational program designed by teachers. The program is curriculum based and covers Mathematics, Literacy as well as other subjects. Your child has been given a username and password which can be used to access Studyladder.


Literacy Planet

In order to target our students’ needs in terms of literacy, Literacy Planet provides accessible learning experiences for children of all abilities. Research has shown that through Literacy Planet, students improve their literacy skills which lead to positive psychological and academic benefits for children involved in the use of the program. Teachers will determine who uses which activities so that students are working at their own learning level before they can access word games etc.

All of these e-learning programs give instant feedback about the student’s learning. The benefit of having instant feedback has been shown to have a significant impact on student progress.



We will sign diaries every Friday. We will be looking for homework and reading completed each night and that students are using their diaries to help improve their skills in organisation. Emails will be sent as per our policy where a student does NOT complete homework.



This year most year 6 students will have a leadership role. Students have applied for leadership roles in several key areas. They have had the chance to apply to be House, Radio, News, SRC, Sustainability, Coding, Tech Angel and Wellbeing captains.



Students need to wear the full and correct school uniform, including correct socks and footwear.  Runners and St E’s interschool sports tops are only worn with the PE uniform on the timetabled days and Thursdays for Inter-School Sports. Students are not allowed to wear any make up and no jewellery is allowed unless it is a religious symbol such as a small crucifix or a scapula. In addition, school policy does not allow extreme hairstyles or hair colours. Uniform needs to be in good condition. Frayed hats and bags covered with graffiti are not acceptable.


Interschool Sports

Summer Interschool sports will be held every Thursday in Term 1. Students are required to wear their runners, bring their hats and a drink bottle.


On some occasions, students will be travelling to other schools to compete. All permission forms will be on Care Monkey. We only use buses with seatbelt options which cost $7 per student.

During Interschool sports, students are encouraged to show good sportsmanship. They are representatives of St Elizabeth’s and must show the qualities of a great sportsperson.


Cross Arts

Our level Cross Arts will be held in Term 2. The date for our Cross Arts Tuesday 8th May.

We have yet to come up with a title for our Cross Arts, but the theme is change either physical, chemical or emotional which links with our inquiry this term.

Students will begin rehearsing this term.




NAPLAN will begin on the 15th of May and conclude on the 17th of May.

Students will be exposed to past NAPLAN tests prior to the date, to get them familiar with the setting and layout.

• Whilst we recognise that NAPLAN is an important tool for measuring students’ growth and learning, high NAPLAN results is not what we are here for, we believe in educating the whole child, and helping all students become the best person they can be.




This year our camp will be held at Mount Evelyn.

We will be arriving at Mount Evelyn on Wednesday the 22th of June and departing on Friday the 29th of June.


The camp will be a total of 2 nights and 3 days.


Details and notices about camp will be communicated to you closer to the date.


Gifts and Fruits of the Spirit


Looking at the Saint selected for Confirmation name.

Confirmation Reflection Day: To be determined in term 4

Sacrament celebration: Sunday 18th November.




As a school we are continuing to teach the children to meditate. The whole school stops at 11:37 each day to pray through meditation. It is a peaceful quiet way to pray allowing the children and ourselves a time to stop everything that we are doing and have time with God.

"Meditation is the work of the Holy Spirit who prays within us." Meditation is a prayer of silence and listening, the place where direct contact with Christ can occur, once the constant activity of the mind has been stilled.






We will be starting our CAFÉ Reading routines and discussing the habits of a real reader vs. a fake reader. Ask your child about this, as they will soon be experts in identifying the characteristics of a real reader. Good habits are essential at the start of the year so we want to take our time to instil good reading habits in our students. You can help us by encouraging your child to find a good “reading spot” at home when they read every night. And don’t forget to have your child record this in their school diaries! We will also be learning new strategies to help us with our reading fluency and understanding.


This term, we are focusing on writing to inform. What do we mean when we write to inform? What kind of writing falls under the category of “informing?” This can include: letter writing, explanations, procedural, instructional texts etc. Students will explore various types of writing genres that inform people and the world. This includes traditional texts, electronic texts and creative/artistic texts.




This term, we will be learning about whole numbers and measurement. It is very important for all our students that their number skills are solid as this is the foundation that a child needs in order to improve their mathematical learning. Knowing multiplication facts are essential so we encourage students to revise these. We will be revising number patterns, the four operations, number sequences, place value and solving number problems. In measurement, students will use their number skills in the context of time. They will learn how to read a digital and analogue clock and tell the time. Students will also be learning about the various time zones around the world!




Our theme this year for RE and Inquiry is Change. We will be learning about chemical science and the changes that can occur with materials such as freezing and evaporating. With this knowledge, students will explore how change, both positive and negative, can impact their lives and the world around them. Our Cross Arts will be based around this, using our 5 “You Can Do It” pillars, scripture stories, and the teachings of Jesus to adapt to change and make choices that will make positive changes to their lives and the lives of others.


Thank you for watching our information session. If you have any further inquiries, please do not hesitate to ask the teacher during our goal setting meeting! We look forward to seeing you and your child at your meeting.


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