That’s right! You are an independent learner, and even if you have finished all of your class work there is always something you can be doing to stretch your brain. Allocating a little bit of time each night to doing some homework will prepare you well for high school.

By now, you guys are aware of a great range of websites and apps to practise your maths and English skills. You should also be developing a great range of research skills to enable you to look into our class topics and your own areas of interest.

Homework will be due Mondays usually and will include but not be limited to:

– completion of class tasks

– 30min of nightly reading from a Just Right Book focussing on reading goals recorded in Student Diary

– collection of “seeds” for their writers note book – text, photos, vocabulary

– practising multiplication tables

– spelling tasks

If you have any questions throughout the year about homework expectations or tasks contact me at condon.emily.r@edumail.vic.gov.au 


Monday 1st Feb –

label all items in your tool box (tool box, grey lead pencil, red pen, ruler, eraser and sharpener) provide and label a pencil case with coloured pencils.

Of course, as our other supplies arrive, you will need to label them also.

Monday 1st Feb-Friday 5th Feb
What’s in a name short presentation task.
Please refer to the blog post below.

Monday 8th Feb –

  • Cover writing folder
  • collect seeds for writing this term

Student Leaders


So you think you’ve got what it takes to be a school leader?

Applications for the eight school leaders position are now being accepted. Four boys and four girls will have the amazing opportunity to represent our school at numerous community events throughout the year, host school assemblies and take guided tours around NGPS.

Applications close 3.30pm Friday 5th February and students will be asked to present their application to  students and staff on Monday 8th February throughout the day.

Interested students need to submit a hand written letter of interest addressed to the principal of NGPS (That’s Ms Marchionna). The letter should include and not be limited to:

  • why should you be chosen as a leader – personal attributes, what are the good things about you?
  • what leadership qualities do you have and examples of your demonstrated leadership skills (across all areas of your life, inside school and out)
  • your communication skills
  • examples of being a role model for students at NGPS (Buddies, RACV Energy Breakthrough, Junior School Council, Tournament of the Minds, Sporting teams etc).

Mr Bell, Mrs Morris and myself will all be available to help you out with writing and practicing your speech!

Good luck!

What’s in a name?

Hi Folks,

Here’s your first mini homework task, I’m hopeful that you will think it’s a bit of fun.

What’s In a Name?
You are to give a speech that is no longer than two minutes. These will be presented over the next week.  You may use notes, but you may not read directly from them. Just check them to make sure you cover everything about your amazing name. Tell family stories about your name. Ask your mum and dad about it and do some further research. When you give your speech, you can be funny or serious, but let your fascinating personality show through your talk. Entertain and inform the class. Don’t forget to have fun!  If you work hard, you and the class will know just how special your name is and how it helps to make you unique.

Fill in the following information as preparation for your What’s in a Name speech. The information does not necessarily have to be presented in this order:

  1. First name:
  2. Middle name:
  3. Last name:
  4. The person you were named after:
  5. Do you like your name? Why or why not?
  6. The meaning of your name (you can look it up on the Internet, there may be more than one meaning, so you can choose the one you think best fits you):
  7. The ethnic origin or the language your name comes from:
  8. The nicknames your family or friends call you:
  9. What your family calls you:
  10. What friends call you:
  11. The reason you are called by your nickname:
  12. What you would like to be called?
  13. If you could have any other name, what would it be? Why?

I’m looking forward to hearing your mini speeches about your name!