Po­ems a fo­cus for stu­dents

Con­fi­dence in their writ­ing

Central Queensland News - - LIFE PRIMARY SCHOOL NEWS - — Ben McKeer­ing, Year 6

IN TERM 3, the Year 4/5 stu­dents at Al­pha State School have been busy de­vel­op­ing their skills as po­ets.

Stu­dents have been in­tro­duced to a range of dif­fer­ent poem types from sim­ple lyric po­ems to multi-versed an­thems.

Stu­dents en­joyed play­ing around with the dif­fer­ent rhyming words and cre­ative ad­jec­tives.

Some of the sub­jects within their po­ems, in­cluded warm felt love for stuffed an­i­mals, school pride and their ad­dic­tion to on­line games.

As the unit pro­gressed it was great to see stu­dents’ con­fi­dence and abil­i­ties in their writ­ing de­velop.

In the past cou­ple weeks in Term 3, stu­dents will be tak­ing an AB Pat­ter­son clas­sic Fur and Feath­ers and will trans­form the poem into a short nar­ra­tive of their own.

Apart from po­etry writ­ing, a ma­jor fo­cus in the class­room this term has been fos­ter­ing a love for read­ing.

Stu­dents have been en­gaged in read­ing out loud on a reg­u­lar ba­sis all term. Im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­lar read­ing has helped stu­dents gain con­fi­dence in their abil­ity to read both in class and at home.

One event that helped them foster this love was Book Week.

Stu­dents en­joyed dress­ing up as their favourite book char­ac­ters and mov­ing around the school to dif­fer­ent read­ing and writ­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

They hope to con­tinue this love for read­ing into Term 4 where they will hold our an­nual book fair in the first week.

Christ­mas in July

EIGHTY-ONE peo­ple (adults and chil­dren) braved the cold to come to the Christ­mas in July Bush Dance at Al­pha State School in the Un­der­cover Sports Cen­tre on July 21.

The P&C com­mit­tee spent the morn­ing dec­o­rat­ing the venue to match the theme.

It was very Christ­massy with lots of twin­kling fairy lights and Christ­mas trees and just a touch of bush with cal­ico sur­round­ing the boundaries in the hope of keep­ing out the wind.

They were ex­tremely thank­ful that they had three gi­ant gas heaters that in­di­vid­u­als could mill around as it was def­i­nitely cold.

Guests en­joyed a de­li­cious bar­be­cue, hot or cold bev­er­ages, and min­gling with peo­ple they might not have known be­fore­hand.

Plenty of pho­tos were taken in the Al­pha State School Christ­mas frame.

The DJ kept the mu­sic pump­ing with songs and also taught peo­ple how to do some old-time danc­ing (Gypsy Tap and Pride of Erin), a range of line dances (LA Hus­tle, New York Hus­tle and Honky Tonk Stomp) and some bush dances (Heel Toe Polka and Pro­gres­sive Jive).

There was no time to be bored as the en­ergy lev­els were kept high and the mu­sic fast.

It was ter­rific to see young chil­dren right through to older mem­bers of our com­mu­nity com­ing to­gether to dance and have a good time.

Those that came had a won­der­ful night. it next time. So keep an eye out for an­other one next year around March.

Sports Camp Teal ti­tans

Ti­tans, Ti­tans here we come, Ti­tans, Ti­tans lets have fun, Kick­ing, run­ning aim­ing high, We will al­ways have a try. Ti­tans, Ti­tans best by far, Ti­tans, Ti­tans here we are!

This was the war cry for the Teal Ti­tans for the 2018 ICPA Cler­mont Sports Camp. I’ve been three times to this camp and it is by far my favour time of the year.

On Thurs­day, the kids are into a full game of the sports, but the real fun started Thurs­day night at the disco. Car­ers and coaches came dressed in cos­tumes and kids came look­ing their best.

On Fri­day, the teams were ob­li­gated to two ex­hi­bi­tion games, which were fol­lowed by the war cry of each team and the clos­ing pre­sen­ta­tion. The camp was a great suc­cess thanks to ICPA and all the vol­un­teers and spon­sors.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

CHRIST­MAS SPIRIT: Shelby, Heidi, Si­enna, Damian, So­phie and Jor­dan Howard.

Ben McKeer­ing and Tr­ish Ma­hon.

Kar­lia, Indy, Tori, Dou­glas and Koby Webb.

Year 4/5 dress up for the an­nual Book Week cel­e­bra­tions.

Abbey, Lach­lan, An­drew and Emily Sell­ers.

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