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May 29, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Exhibition update #3

Dear Parents,

This is the last weekend before our Exhibition night next Thursday 4th June, which starts from 18:15 in the Cafeteria. The official opening will begin at 18:30pm. We will also have the chance to share our journey with students on Friday 5th June.

May we ask you to send your child to the Exhibition night and day at school on June 4th and 5th wearing his or her RED Celebration t-shirt that the students have recently been given. The T shirts are a wonderful gift from the parents and we think the students will look really good together wearing their t-shirt at their Exhibition.

This has been a wonderful learning process for the students and they have taken meaningful action which has developed their understandings of their chosen global issue.

Monday 1st June – Student Holiday (Staff work day). We look forward to seeing all of the Grade 5 students back in school on Tuesday 2nd June at the usual time.

We hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Best regards,

Grade 5 Team

May 22, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Did you get to the Grade 5 transition to Grade 6 night?

If you didn’t – perhaps you would like to look at the slideshow presentation from the night Grade 5 – 6 Transition for Parents

Dear Grade 5 parents,

It was lovely to see so many people at our Grade 5 – 6 Transition night last week. There was great conversation, good questions and a lot of information shared. We are attaching the presentation from the evening for your information, or if you weren’t able to join us on the evening.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are always very happy to talk about Middle School and the transition for your son or daughter.
Kind regards,
Susie and John

May 11, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Kota and Ryan from 5F would like to explain about a food drive they are helping with

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As part of our PYP Exhibition we are looking at the Service Cycle and working out how to find and support needs in our Community. We found out that many people in Japan don’t have access to enough food! We learnt about an organisation called Second Harvest Japan.

We researched this organisation and believe in their mission which is to help give away extra food to those in need. We are asking all the Grades to bring in any EXTRA FOOD from their pantries at home

(PLEASE SEE GUIDELINES of WHAT TO BRING LISTED BELOW).

Ryan and Kota will personally bake COOKIES for the Grade that brings the most food to donate to those in NEED!

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May 8, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Exhibition Update #2

Exhibition Update #2 How We Organise Ourselves

All groups are now well established and students have a clear vision for what they would like to achieve over the next four weeks.

This week students have been busy trying to make contact with people from our local community. Students are attempting to find out more about what is currently being done in our local community to support their chosen issue.

During the next two or three weeks your child might ask you for some support in getting to and from different locations. Each student is on their own journey, some students will be interviewing and chatting with people that they can access at school, while others might need to travel further. Any support is greatly appreciated.

Students are busy researching. They have gathered information from many sources to answer the questions they’re generating for their PYP Exhibition.

If you have any questions relating to the Exhibition please speak with your child about them. After speaking with your child you can also feel free to contact their teachers.

Thanks so much for taking the time to support your child.

Grade 5  

May 6, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Pet adoption fair – This Saturday May 9th in Tokyo

This is not a YIS event. It is an outside event that Wyatt and Julius (two Grade 5 students) from 5G feel strongly about. If you and and family would like to travel to and from the event with us then please click on the picture to find out more. If you have any questions you can email us at: [email protected] or [email protected]
Please click on the photo to find out more about this exciting event in Tokyo this weekend.
Thank you for reading and we hope to see some of you this weekend.

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May 1, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Exhibition update

Exhibition Update #1 How We Organise Ourselves

We have worked collaboratively to create a Central Idea and Lines of Inquiry for their Exhibition Unit.

Central Idea:

Working with others on local issues can make positive global changes over time.

Lines of Inquiry: An inquiry into…

  • global issues and how we can help
  • ways we can contribute to the world to make it a better place
  • how we can change the world by looking and thinking from different perspectives

We have formed Exhibition Groups based around global issues we’ve identified and can now use the Service Cycle to Carry out their research, preparation, action and reflection:

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Specialist Teachers, Expertise and our Exhibition:

We are grateful for the skills and talents of our specialist teachers to guide us in our Exhibition process, preparation and action.

Art: In Art Mr. Reed is teaching us about CUB – Contrast, Unity and Balance.

Drama: We are learning about public speaking and presenting.

EAL: Ms. Lemery is supporting the EAL students with conceptual understandings and vocabulary building. We are using the Service Cycle to structure our Inquiry.

Japanese: The Japanese teachers are offering their expertise in helping us make connections with local organisations and offering their perspectives from one Japanese point of view on the global issues that the students are inquiring into.

Next Steps in Exhibition…

Research Stage ad Preparation Stage (planning for action)

May 1, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Learned Helplessness – it’s now up to the students

From the Veritasium YouTube channel. We watched this in class today and discussed how it affects us as Grade 5 students as we head into our Exhibition research.

“grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Reinhold Niebuhr

April 30, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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Our podcasts for ‘This I Believe’ are available to listen to on our blog now

Please check the side bar on the right for the link to the audio file.

If you would like to read your child’s essay too, please ask your child to share it with you from his or her Google Docs account.

Or you can read it by following the link from your child’s comment in the previous post on this blog.

I’m sure the 5W students would appreciate any comment you have to make :)

Thank you from all of us here in 5W for your continued support.

April 24, 2015
by Julian Weekes
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This I Believe – Podcast essay can be read here

Dear all,

This week 5W students have been planning and writing and editing a 350 ~ 500 word essay on a subject in which she or he believes deeply. This is inspired by the website This I Believe.

If you open the ‘comments’ box above, you will be able to find your child’s podcast essay and read it. Please talk to your child about the planning process that led to his or her essay.

The audio podcast will be recorded in the next few days and uploaded to our class blog by the end of April. Please check back here to listen to your child’s podcast later. Thank you.