Author Archives: Mrs Marantz

Feedback and Intelligence

The staff and students at St Mark’s have been thinking about the feedback we give to each other and the effectiveness of this feedback. Curious about why some people view intelligence as a fixed trait while others embrace it as a … Continue reading

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Sock it to Poverty day – Socktober 23rd

This is a special guest post by Hayley and Jakob in 3/4M Have you ever heard of Socktober? If you haven’t you really must read this. Socktober is an initiative of Catholic Mission and this year the slogan is, “When … Continue reading

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Genius Hour!

This term the Year 3/4 students will be working on their first Genius Hour projects! Genius Hour is not a new learning concept at St Mark’s.  The whole school community has been astounded at what our senior students have accomplished … Continue reading

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Happy 40th Birthday St Mark’s!

Wow! What an incredible 40 year celebration is was on Friday for our magnificent school. Thank you to all the 3/4 parents and families who came to help out and celebrate this special occasion!

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Term 4 Inquiry – What do YOU want to learn?

The Inquiry unit for Term 4 is based around Biological sciences, specifically gardening. As we are sure you are all aware now, inquiry is a word with a very special meaning. It involves following your own unique journey of learning … Continue reading

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Peer Feedback with Austin’s Butterfly

Research tells us that feedback is one of the most powerful influences on student learning and achievement. This week the 3/4 students watched an inspirational video called Austin’s Butterfly. The video illustrates the power of peer feedback and demonstrates, very clearly, … Continue reading

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Arrr! We are making treasure maps for pirates!

This week the year 3/4 students are making treasure maps. To create the treasure maps we are using some of the things we know about maths such as measurement and coordinates. We are also using what we have learned in … Continue reading

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Questioning!

We are focussing on the learning behaviour of questioning this term. Good learners ask good questions. They ask their teachers questions, classmates questions, and most importantly, they ask themselves questions. Good questions show that you are thinking and wanting to … Continue reading

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Term 2 Inquiry Reflection

This term the 3/4 students engaged in inquiry based learning about Australia’s cultural diversity. We want to thank all family members who helped students develop and celebrate their learning and we invite all families to watch the video below. Reflection … Continue reading

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Be Persistent in ‘The Pit’!

Today the 3/4s were asked to write haiku, cinquain and acrostic poems to express their thoughts and feelings about the Holy Spirit. This was a difficult task so many students found themselves in ‘The Pit’. The Pit is a name … Continue reading

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