The School Association discussed the policies of major importance at their meeting on the 5th of September. These policies are the Glen Huon Primary Dress Code and Uniform Policy, the Glen Huon Primary Respectful Student Behaviour Policy and the Glen Huon Primary Respectful School Volunteer and Visitor Behaviour Policy and Process. These documents will be available at the front counter for you to have a look at. If you wish to make a suggestion please let a member of the School Association know.
First Lego League State-wide Robotics Competition
We are very excited to announce that the Huon Valley Community Bank has sponsored our Glen Huon Primary Team who are competing in this competition. The competition is being held in Launceston 3rd November with our team travelling up to Launceston the evening of 2nd November. Thank-you Huon Valley Community Bank we really appreciate your support.
Whole School Assembly
I look forward to seeing you at our whole school assembly next Monday the 24th of September. Come and celebrate the fantastic work of our students.
On Thursday the 30th of August, Michael Garner and Anthony Loberto came to visit the Grade 4/5 class to talk about Stirling engines.
A Stirling engine is a small engine that is powered by the difference between two temperatures. To make it work, we had to apply a small amount of heat to the bottom plate of the machine to make the fly wheel spin.
When we applied the heat to the bottom, the wheel spun clockwise.
Our first theory was: the fly wheel moved because of the heat applied. However, our theory changed when the science enthusiasts changed the heat source to an icepack! Some of us predicted it would stop, others said that it would turn the other way. The fly wheel did come to a stop, and then it began to spin in an anti-clockwise direction. When we placed the machine on the icepack, the wheel spun faster than when it was on the cup of hot water. The source of hot or cold and its relationship to the classroom temperature was the important factor.
The fly wheel spun faster when the temperature difference was greatest! We saw this tested by putting the bottom plate over a cup of really hot water and putting ice cubes on the top plate. The fly wheel spun approximately three times faster.
It was really funny, because Miss Munson was able to make the fly wheel spin with just the temperature of her hand, but she made us think she could move things with her mind first.
By Kimberlee, Michael, Max, Emily and Aiden J.
Thank you Michael and Anthony, please come again.
“It was fun trying to work out how it goes” (Max).
“I would like to have one because they are interesting” (Aiden J.)
“Seeing something that was first made 160 years ago was fascinating” (Michael)
“It’s interesting how they work by the temperature” (Kimberlee).
“It’s interesting that they are so small. But they are so fast and they work so well” (Emily)
Grade 5/6 have been looking at cupcakes – and lots of them! Our inquiry this week has been using cupcake trays as arrays to build our confidence, accuracy and efficiency with multiplication strategies. We are particularly focused on the distributive and the associative properties of multiplication. Here’s a look at what we’ve achieved so far.
From here we will be moving on to arrays in grid format and then onto open arrays and area models for multiplication.