Throughout the year, Albert Street provides various opportunities to enhance students learning through extra curricular activities such as incursions (in school) and excursions (out of school). During the year, students at Albert Street are given many opportunities to participate in all types of sporting events. In addition to athletics and swimming days, students who qualify attend interschool district and division events. This year, students have participated in the Melbourne Victory soccer clinic, Auskick football clinic, Lowanna College sorts day, 1500m and cross country events and In2hockey clinic.
On the 6th of May we held a Book Brekky and it was great to see so many of our students and families attend. Everyone was able to enjoy the yummy food including French toast, yoghurt and fruit cups, scones, slices and muffins. The Lions Club of Moe donated an excellent range of free books for students to enjoy thanks to the highly regarded Books4Kids program. The Books4Kids program was established in 2018 and has provided almost 20,000 free children’s books to Latrobe Valley based Primary and Pre Schools. The students had a great time selecting books to take home – there was lots of smiling faces and sharing of stories together. We are extremely grateful to the Lions Club and its excellent Books4Kids program. More photos are available on Facebook.
World of MathsEarlier this year, each students at our school attended a Mathematics incursion called "World of Maths". A number of activities were provided to specifically challenge each age group. The students worked in groups to solve problems and explore different areas of mathematics. Rotary Junior Community AwardEach year our year 6 students are given the opportunity to apply to be part of the Rotary Junior Community Award. The award requires students to complete a number of activities over the year and record these in their diary. One section is where students help out in the community. Our students visited Royal Freemasons for 10 weeks sharing Ipads, board games, photos, craft, carpet bowls and other games, building relationships with the residents along the way. Working BeeRecently our students (and parents) attended a working bee to help beautify our school grounds. The children were amazing, learning about gardening, growing vegetables, pruning and using all sorts of garden tools to move bark and leaf litter. Lightning PremiershipThis year our students competed against other local schools in the Lightning Premiership with our football team going on to compete in the district final. Congratulations to everyone who competed and the amazing sportsmanship shown by all students. Pictured are our netball, soccer and football teamsRegional Athletics, Cross Country and SwimmingEach year our students are given the opportunity to compete at inter-school and regional athletics, swimming and cross country events.Whole School Swimming DayOn Friday March 2nd the whole school enjoyed a fun day at the Moe outdoor pool. Some of our staff even joined the kids in the pool. Many of our parents came along and enjoyed a free sausage sizzle with the children.Michael Salmon (author) VisitDuring our book fair in term 3, we were very fortunate to have Michael Salmon (children's author) visit our school. He spoke about the characters in his books, how they came about and showed us an example of a book in its very early stages of production. He also drew some of his characters and drew caricatures of some of our students, he was very entertaining. After his presentation, children were able to get his autograph in a book or on a bookmark.Edward Hunter Reserve visitDuring term 2, the middle unit visited Edward Hunter Reserve as part of their work on sustainability. They did a pond study looking at micro and macro organisms. They also walked through the bush with a guide observing the bush environment focusing on native plants in our area as well as insect life that depends on its surroundings for survival.CampAt Albert street we alternate between camp and our whole school performance each year. In 2016 our years 3-6 students visited Forest Edge camp and enjoyed rock wall climbing, giant swing, flying fox, bush walking and bush art. They also learned how to build huts (pictured below).Whole School PerformanceIn 2017 our whole school production was "Read all About It!". Each class focused on a different section of the newspaper. Our school production was co-ordinated by Melissa Lia, and includes dance acts the children learned from the incursion provided by Dance Mob.Dance MobDGoGo and KB from Melbourne visited our school over a 4 week period to teach our students the art of "Hip Hop" and "Break Dancing". The children really enjoyed themselves and learnt some great moves that will be incorporated into our school concert this year.Year 5 and 6 Excursion to Loy YangDuring term 2, our senior unit visited Loy Yang power station to learn about electricity. They learnt how brown coal is converted into electricity, got to touch and examine brown coal under a microscope, toured the power station and visited the control room. Afterwards students were able to create their own electricity to power a light globe and use microscopes.Lego Land ExcursionIn September, our whole school attended Lego Land Discovery at Chadstone Shopping Centre. The children enjoyed building and racing cars, workshops, a 4D movie and some rides. Their building skills were tested on the moving platforms and they also enjoyed the interactive displays.Bike EdEach year, Albert Street Primary School competes in the Bike Ed Challenge held at the Morwell Traffic School. This year we entered 2 teams who competed against other schools in the region. The program is open to children aged 9 to 13 years and helps develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths. The students learned about road rules, bike control on different surfaces and bike safety and maintenance. Whilst only 14 children competed, all children were involved in the program at school giving them the opportunity learn and enhance their riding skills.TOM - Tournament of MindsTOM is a problem solving program for teams of students and aims to enhance the potential of our students by developing skills such as enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work together within a competitive environment. Teams solve challenges from a choice of areas including: Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Language LiteratureThis year our team of 7 students were asked to design a bingo type barrel that was modified to improve the odds of selected numbers being drawn. Students built their own machine, made selected balls thicker by adding extra layers of paint to ensure the selected numbers were drawn. Students then had to prepare a scripted presentation and present it to a panel of judges at Federation University.
Rotary Junior Community Award
This years Rotary Junior Community Award was an extremely difficult one. Covid lockdowns and restrictions put the kids at a serious disadvantage, but through an incredible show of resilience, determination and drive, all six participants completed their award to an extremely high standard.
In fact, the Rotary Club of Moe was so proud of our graduating class that they have asked to use our kids speeches, videos and pictures as promotional tools for Rotary! Congratulations Lilly, Jye, Kiarna-Lee, Stephanie, Rubyann and Abbie. Bek and the staff and students of ASPS are incredibly proud of your achievements
Our school was able to enjoy a fabulous Book Week Costume Day on Wednesday. Staff and students dressed up in creative costumes and gathered together outside for a whole-school parade in the sunshine. It was challenging for the teachers to decide on the best dressed as so many students had wonderful costumes – including Minecraft characters, Where’s Wally, Grug, Professor McGonagall, and even Kaboom Kid. After much deliberation, the best dressed awards went to Monroe F (Preps), Josie P (1/2 DB), Callum R (1/2 C), Kaiya R (3/4 H), Bailey C (3/4 O), Zhara G (5/6 H) and Levi B (5/6 B). The costumes of staff were also a big hit, including the three blind mice, Winnie the Pooh, Jack and Jill, Cruella de Vil, and Grandma Poss.