Letter from Libby


Hi Kids,

Welcome to our class.  I am excited to be back in 5/6 this year and am looking forward to getting to know you and seeing amazing growth throughout the course of the year.

I began my connection with MPPS back in 2004 as a neighbour, listening to the bells and hearing the children play. In 2007, my daughter Kaitlyn started prep (Rebecca was her teacher) and so I began the journey as a parent at the school.  When Ethan started prep I began doing some relief teaching, then some longer contracts and now I am part of the amazing teaching staff at MPPS.

A little about me….

I have been married to my wonderful husband John for 22 years. We met when I came to Melbourne from the country to go to university and have been together ever since.  We have 3 amazing children.  Kaity, who is now taller than me, is incredibly creative.  She spends a lot of time drawing, often using programs on the iPad, but also with pencil and now paint.  She loved the Warrior series of books so much that she has created a similar story, with brilliant artwork and maps along with character descriptions. Jared (who you may know) has just finished year 7.  He is our “outside the box” thinker who like to come up with lots of creative ideas. Ethan, a fellow grade 6 student, is a very caring and considerate boy who is never without a bat or ball in his hand.  He loves any and every sport, but at the moment is limited to playing Futsal and cricket.

I have 2 younger brothers and 2 younger sisters and I am really close to them all.  I love catching up with them all in many different ways.  My brother Matt and I play in a tennis team together (we don’t win much, but we have lots of fun).  My sister Jenni is a teacher, so we share lots of ideas, encourage each other and solve problems together.  I admire my brother Jon immensely; he works in the Accident and Emergency area of a busy hospital, a highly stressful but rewarding job.  My other sister, Felicity, is my baby sister and definitely one of my best friends.  I love nothing more than catching up with her for a coffee or a walk.  She is the one who always encourages me to try new things.  A few years ago, we began running together and entered a number of running events.  Last year we went swimming every week.  I wonder what new challenges we can come up with this year.  Along with my siblings of course comes the rest of my extended family with 10 nieces and nephews (and another due this year) and an amazing Mum and Dad.  I am very blessed.

I love reading.  In my spare time, I always grab a book, whether it is an old favourite I have read many times or something randomly grabbed off the shelf in the library. I am looking forward to reading with you this year and sharing my love of books.

I have coeliac disease, which means I can’t eat a protein called gluten.  Gluten is found in many, many things we use every day so I need to read food labels carefully.  Luckily, I love to cook and bake, so I often experiment with different gluten free recipes.  Sometimes my efforts are rewarded, sometimes we have failures, but it is always a learning experience.

I guess that is the way I would like to see you approach your learning this year.  Try lots of new things.  Some will come easily, some will be challenging.  Sometimes you will succeed, sometimes you will need to try again, and try again, and try again.  Every time you make a mistake you can choose to learn from that and improve next time around.  If you don’t try, you will never achieve.

Over the holidays I did lots of relaxing.  We have a hammock set up in the backyard which is a lovely place to lie and read.  I have been reading some of Kaity’s books in preparation for her Year 11 studies – it is always good to be able to share and discuss what you are reading, especially when you have to study the books in secondary school.

I would love to hear a bit about you now.  Tell me about your family. What did you do over the holidays? What are you looking forward to about this year? What do you enjoy doing? What is something new you would like to try?  Write an entry onto your blog – show it to a family member and make sure you review it to fix mistakes before you publish it. I am really looking forward to hearing about you!

From Libby




Welcome to both students and families of 5/6A 2018. This blog (and your individual student blogs) are places for us to celebrate learning and share what is happening in our classroom. There will be links to educational websites as well as links to other classroom blogs and a link to your personal blogs and email.

Parents, please spend time looking at your child’s blog over the course of the year and comment on what they are doing.

Students, as we build our learning community, we have the opportunity to leave comments and ask questions of our fellow students. Remember to keep your comments appropriate, constructive and related to our learning.

I’m looking forward to spending this year with the amazing children of 5/6A and sharing in their learning journey.


Tuesday 19th December

  1. Look back over your note on Poetry from this term (Writing INB) and identify different types of poems we have looked at and different techniques used in writing poetry. Using Christmas or Holidays as a theme create a poem. Publish your poem. You may use digital technology to publish, make a poster, write it in a card for someone. Be creative in your presentation.
  2. Using Scratch, create a Christmas or holiday animated message. Think about your audience – is it one for your prep buddies? A peer? Grandma? Thank about what you want it to do and plan out briefly before starting the programming. Get a friend to test it out – does it do what you had hoped? How can you refine/change it?


Homework for this week continues the same as last week…

  1. Read 5 times, record what you read, how long you read for, how many pages you read, date the entries and get a parent or caregiver to sign.
  2. Literature Circle homework. Remember we are planning to do our Literature Circle discussions on Thursday this week because of year 6 transition and Buddies excursion.
  3. Scratch Project reflection (Keep working on this at home and school).

Getting to know each other

Post a comment down below with 5 things about you…..we have to guess who you are….don’t make it too easy or too hard….

  • Make sure you AREN’T logged on (normally when you comment you should ALWAYS log on- your comments will be deleted by the teacher otherwise)
  • Fill in the name with a name that won’t give away who you are (e.g. ‘someone123’)
  • Put in an email address-either one you own or ‘someone @something.com’
  • DON’T put in a website
  • Write a comment that says 5 things about you that are real.
  • Fill in the antispam word
  • Submit comment
  • Now login (if you don’t remember your login, you may ask Ant to login for you
  • Keep refreshing your page and the comments will start appearing- as they do, write a list and see if you can guess who each person is


Homework Due Monday 27th November

  1. Reading Log – at least 5 times for week
  2. Literacy Circles homework – read and prepare for group discussion (Check the expectations for your role)
  3. Poetry Sharing – check the roster
  4. HotMaths task assigned
  5. Grade 6’s – Valedictorian Speech to be emailed to Libby by THIS WEDNESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER
  6. Watch the following video and respond in the usual way for a BTN reflection 3 Facts, 2 Questions and 1 Wondering. Don’t forget to colour code your responses.                                                               BTN Story on Coding School

Homework Week 6

Well done to those students who completed all homework tasks – AND remembered to have their homework book at school for checking. I know free time didn’t happen today, but it will later in the week.

This is this week’s homework which will be checked on Monday 20th November.

  1. Reading log filled in and signed at least 5 times this week. Make sure you record the dates, pages read, title of book and have it signed by a parent or guardian.
  2. Hotmaths task is set.
  3. 100 Word Challenge
  4. Literacy circle reading and role preparation
  5. Poetry sharing
  6. Grade 6’s don’t forget you should be working on your valedictory speech (due Wednesday NEXT WEEK).


Apologies to those dedicated students who have been carefully watching this space to see what homework they are expected to do.

Literacy Circles MUST be ready for sharing on Wednesday 8th November.

Next Monday, 13th November, I will be checking

  1. 2 weeks worth of reading log entries, signed by your parent or guardian (so 10 entries in all over the 2 week period)
  2. HotMATHS (1 session only)
  3. Poetry Sharing (check when you are on the roster)
  4. 100 Word Challenge (you only need to have done one by next Monday, although bonus points if you do 2)
  5. Grade 6’s should be working on their Valedictorian Speech, due Wednesday 22nd November.