Poems a focus for students
Confidence in their writing
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.
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.