UNSW English & Spelling Competitions
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) English assesses reading and language skills in a range of contexts. The following aspects of texts are assessed and reported: reading for meaning in literary texts, reading for meaning in factual texts, textual devices, syntax and vocabulary.
Students read a variety of texts which narrate, describe, explain, argue, persuade and review. The types of texts include extracts from picture books, novels, poems, play scripts, transcripts of interviews, letters, diary entries, advertisements, webpages, feature articles, opinion pieces and comics. These texts cover a range of topics and may include tables, diagrams, maps and other visual information.
To find out more about the English skills assessed, download a PDF copy of the ICAS English assessment framework
The International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) Spelling is an independent spelling assessment developed in conjunction with Macquarie Dictionary. It assesses and reports students’ skills at spelling words in four different contexts: dictation, proofreading, error correction and applying rules and conventions.
The words tested range from frequently-used/common words with simple spelling patterns to less frequently-used/less common and technical words with difficult or unusual spelling patterns. These words can be organised under four types of spelling knowledge:
- Visual - using memory of the visual features of a word
- Phonological - using sound-letter relationships
- Morphological - using parts of words to build word families
- Etymological - using word origins and derivations
To find out more about the spelling skills assessed, download a PDF copy of the ICAS Spelling assessment framework.
Kids Conference is a programme run at six different schools in the Fountain Gate Cluster. Maramba Primary school has been a part of this programme since the idea began, in 2005. Six students are selected each year from Grade 5 to represent our school and their goal, along with the teacher guiding them, is to find an Opportunity for Improvement within the school. This goal is something that they can upgrade, improve or create. In the past years, Maramba has seen an upgrade to the Grade 5 toilets, a new fitness programme and an improvement to the You Can Do It programme. The students attend two workshops, in which they learn to use different problem solving skills to find a way to achieve their goals. The Kids Conference programme is an opportunity for school children to present in front of an audience, work as team and create solutions.
This year’s Kids Conference children have selected an upgrade to the art room as their goal .They feel the art room supplies aren’t treated with enough respect; the room is messy and lacked organization. As a result of the workshops, they have made signs and labels to hang around the art room to create more organization. Their main focus is to teach the junior year levels at Maramba how to read the labels and put supplies in the right places. They also are planning a big clean out of the art room to create more space.
The Maramba students have learnt to work together, have gained confidence and have new methods and problem solving skills.
The teacher involved is Christine Oltvay and students involved this year are:
Luke Waddell Ashley Riezinger
Chloe Sutherland Gauri Sawant
Metta Ransfield Courtney Fakiki
Musical Production (Grades 4-6)
Each year, Maramba performs a musical theatre production at Cranbourne Community Theatre. Students from Grades 4-6 are invited to be involved. Students also work backstage and also controlling lights, AV and sound.
Children visit the Life Education Van and participate in sessions related to their specific age level. The van has attractive technology that assists in motivating children to value health, their bodies and their individuality.
Our school implements the Bike Ed program which has been designed by the RACV and VIC Roads with a focus on developing children’s road safety.
We begin the program in Grade 4 and continue through to Grade 6.
Road safety is most effectively learned when first hand experiences of real traffic situations are experienced under supervision by specifically trained teachers. The on-road activities take place on local streets chosen for their low volume of traffic and for their variety of traffic situations (left and right turn intersections, roundabouts). Trained instructors, other teachers and parent assistants supervise these activities closely.
The 8 day inclusive program will aim to develop skills and knowledge of:
* driveway and kerbside ride outs * turns at intersections
* negotiating roundabouts * riding in single file and pairs
* riding in a variety of road conditions * riding in a straight line
* knowledge of road rules and cycling procedures
The overall aim of the road safety program is to provide education that prepares children and young people to become safer road users. Our focus is not just on skill development, but also on safe decision making and riding practices.
‘Breakfast is considered to be one of the most important meals of the day providing a significant proportion of the day’s total nutrient intake.’
‘Breakfast helps learning as you are better able to pay attention and are more interested in learning. Eating high fibre breakfast cereals also reduces fatigue. It is also well researched that skipping breakfast can diminish mental performance.’
To support our students in nutrition and learning, Maramba Primary School Staff are introducing a Breakfast Club. The club will be running each morning, opening at 8.15am - closing at 8.45am sharp, in the new gym, they are assisted by grade 6 students.
There is no cost involved to attend, but as we subsist solely on donations we appreciate donations from families for any of the following items: bread, packet English Muffins, jam, honey, Vegemite, margarine (NO PEANUT BUTTER OR NUT SPREADS), a tin of milo or fruit juice.
Students from Grades 2-6 have the opportunity to participate in our lunchtime Planet Savers club which meets each Tuesday. Headed up by our Grade 6 Environmental Captains, this group takes on a number of tasks including education the school community about how we can reduce consumption of water and energy, encouraging people to minimise the amount of rubbish and waste generated, publicising mobile phone and battery recycling schemes and taking on community programs such as clothing or shoe collections to divert these items from going to landfill. Energy monitors make ‘spot checks’ some recess and lunchtimes to ensure that heaters, air conditioners and lights are not left on in empty rooms.
Christian Religious Education
A non denominational religious program run by Access Ministries.
Maramba Singers and Rock Bands
Students who undertake lessons or show a talent with their instrument can create a rock band. These bands rehearse at lunchtime have have opportunities to perform throughout the year. Students who enjoy singing can be lead singers for each band.
In 2015, we have three rock bands. Two grade six bands, "Karate Duck" and "British Sloths", and one grade five band, "Steel Injection".
Instrumental musical program
Mrs Joane Clarke teaches keyboard lessons on Fridays, during lunch, afternoon sesions and after school.
Pony Music provide our instrumental teachers. Ben teaches guitar, vocals, bass guitar and drums. Alanna teaches vocals.
Mrs Peterken's Compost Army
Each classroom has a compost bucket where children are encouraged to put their fruit and vegetable scraps. The staff room also has a collection bucket. On Fridays the compost scraps are collected by our Grade 4 students. we weigh the fruit and vegetable scraps, sort it all and cut up any large pieces of fruit before mixing it with dry leaves or shredded paper. We then shovel it all into our Aerobin and let it 'cook' away for a few months until it turns into a rich compost. We then empty the Aerobin and dig the compost into our vegetable garden which is tended by our grade 3 and 4 students.
Science Club is open to all children from Prep to Grade 6. Once a week children from a selected year level can choose to come and have fun learning about science and participate in a number of different science experiments.
If your child asks lots of questions about how the world works and loves to make discoveries then Science Club is ideal. Our activities include exploding volcanos, making Mentos fountains, designing flying objects, finding hidden animals, making gloop, bouncing polymer balls, moving animals, wind vanes and giant bubbles just to name a few.
Come and venture into the world of science!
This year, the grade three and four students with Mrs Hall, have been working in the vegetable garden as part of their Friday Rewards Club. While winter isn’t the best growing season, we have still managed to grow silver beet, leeks, snow peas, beetroot, broccoli and lettuces. Students have been involved in weeding and planting seedlings. Digging for potatoes is a popular activity. Many students have taken home parsley plants that have self-sewn to plant in their own gardens. For our spring crop, we have just planted a variety of lettuce, endive, spring onions and bok-choy. We are waiting for the warmer weather so that our strawberries start to flourish again. The compost collected from classrooms by Mrs Peterken and her helpers is dug back into the garden to provide nutrients for our plants.
The objective of the AMC is to create, encourage and sustain interest in the study of mathematics. There is also some emphasis on problem solving.
The competition is accessible to all students from Year 3 to Year 12.
Further information available on the Australian Mathematics Trust website