Bee-Bots create a real 'buzz' in Kindergarten learning
25 May 2018
Bee-Bots are an exciting programmable floor robot that St Monica’s Primary has been using in lesson lower primary. Its child friendly layout appeals to children and it is a perfect starting point for teaching control, directional language and programming to young children.
Our Kindergarten students loved programming the Bee Bots which taught them the language of position and estimation. They even learnt about 90 degree angles!
Teachers are also able to use the Bee-Bots as a tool to enhance learning in Literacy, Science & Numeracy through a multitude of activities.
Educational benefits include:
- Introduction to sequencing and control
- Developing positional and directional language
- A start at programing sequences and repetitions
- Understanding algorithms
- Designing, writing and debug programs
- Detecting and correcting errors in programs
- Supporting development of fine motor skills
With a start to learning like this, theres no limit to what St Monica’s students may ‘bee’ able to do in the future!
24 Sep 2022
What a fabulous start to the holidays we had at the "Glow Disco!" The hall was transformed and the students danced the night away. Thank you to our amazing P & F who worked so hard to make the night happen. A big shout out to Dance Fever who kept the music coming and the dancers energised and to Gassd Fire Pizzas and Dutch Pancakes who kept everyone well fed. Enjoy the photos.
20 Sep 2022
Thank you to our school captains Anika, Alex, Patrick and Max who represented St Monica's today at the Bede Polding Year 12 Graduation Ceremony. They were entrusted with the leadership symbols of the Catholic Cross and Aboriginal Coolamon which are reminders of our connection to the land and our Hawkesbury Catholic Community. They will return the symbols to the College in Term 4 when the 2023 leaders have their investiture. We wish the class of 2022 all the best with their upcoming HSC exams.
12 Sep 2022
A group of Stage 3 girls have been making scarves for those in need. Hawkesbury Community Kitchen will be handing them out. Thank you girls for helping others stay warm on a cold night.
10 Sep 2022
Stage Two are learning about different states of matter how matter can change from a solid to a liquid to gas. We followed an experiment to discover non-Newtonian fluids oobleck and kinetic sand. Ask us about why following a method for an experiment is so important!
09 Sep 2022
Stage 3 were invited to School Leadership and Awareness Program at the Hawkesbury City Council . They were greeted by the Mayor Sarah McMahon. The students had an opportunity to sit in the Chambers and role play how decisions are made at council meetings. They discovered all about the roles and responsibilities of Local government.
08 Sep 2022
Mrs Beggs and Mrs Ryan were very proud to accompany four of our stage 3 students - Makayla, Evie, Zac and Rohan to the annual Education Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta today. Our four representatives enjoyed celebrating Mass with students from our Diocese, then walked around the Expo of services that support people of the Diocese, including refugees, disabled and the homeless. Thank you to Bede Polding College for transporting us safely.
08 Sep 2022
Early Stage 1 have been exploring the artistic style of Jackson Pollock. We have learned how to use different breaths and move the straw to make different kinds of strokes. We explored the different techniques such as blending, movement and blowing, to create abstract art. We went for a gallery walk to see our artworks and talked about appreciating and making meaning from our artworks. Some observations were “It looked like rain splashing the ground”.
07 Sep 2022
Our students had an exciting visit from Timmy and the Breakfast Band from Musica Viva. We learned about how music can help us express different feelings. We saw inside Timmy’s mind as he slowly learned to gain control of the music to make his daily breakfast routine go smoothly!
07 Sep 2022
Have you heard???? This week information and sponsorship cards have been sent home with students. A tally will be done NEXT Wednesday to determine the highest fundraising stage… they will enjoy wearing mufti on the last day of term!!! Let’s get excited!!