Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52Quarterly magazine of The Peninsula School 32 The Middle Years: Year 5-8 Reflections from Muriel Bakker, Head of Middle Years Year 6 report on olympian gold medallist Emma McKeon EMMA McKeon is a famous Australian competitive swimmer who competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics. Emma won a bronze medal in the women’s individual 200m freestyle and a gold medal in the women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay. In 2014 at the Commonwealth Games, she won 4 gold medals and 2 bronze medals. Emma was born on the 24th of May 1994 and is now 22 years old. She has an older brother named David McKeon who competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics Games, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. This year Emma and David were the first brother and sister to swim at the Olympic Games since John and Ilsa Konrads. Emma McKeon is an amazing swimmer, but she has had some challenges and disappointments to face. To start off Emma is a junk food addict! Emma says her favourite food is ice-cream and her favourite drink is a caramel milkshake. Which is pretty bad because Olympians are meant to have a balanced and healthy diet. So eating junk food wouldn’t help her to be fit and healthy to swim in the Olympics. The craft of writing in the Middle Years IN an increasingly complex society where multimodal forms of communication are emerging every year, writing and editing remain essential skills for all students regardless of their year level or ability. In Term 3 we have seen some exemplary student writing that has astounded and entertained the teachers and students alike. The Australian Curriculum requires students to be taught a variety of forms of writing at school. The three main text types (previously called genres) that are taught are imaginative writing including narrative writing, informative writing and persuasive writing.. NAPLAN assesses the full range of student capabilities expected of students from Years 3 to 9 in a writing task each year. The task will be one of the three text types listed above. The same marking guide is used to assess all students’ writing, allowing for a National comparison of student writing capabilities across these year levels. In 2016 students Emma McKeon has also been faced with lots of disappointment in swimming. One day she was winning a gold medal then the next qualifying second. After that it all went downhill, she swam in the 100m butterfly and came seventh. Emma was trying to hold back her tears when Channel 7 interviewed her after this event. Even though Emma is a quick swimmer, in the 2012 London Olympics she wasn’t selected to be a part of the Australian swim team, although her brother David was selected. Not being selected she would have been very disappointed, but she kept working hard and reached her goal to get into the 2016 Rio Olympics at the young age of 22. Emma and her swimming relay team has just beaten the World Record by 33 milliseconds. Her relay team was made up of the two sisters, Bronte and Cate Campbell, Brittany Elmslie and herself. They were in second place for the first two laps, but soon over took other swimmers and beat them by a full body length. Gold to Australia! Renee Janke, Casey Wines & Tess Sheppard Year 6 Reflections from our Learning Areas - Year 5-8 were asked to write a narrative from the prompt Imagine for Years 3 and 5 and The sign said for Year 7 and 9 students. A narrative is a time-ordered text that is used to narrate events and to create, entertain and emotionally move an audience. Other purposes of narrative writing may be to inform, to persuade and to socialise. The main structural components of a narrative are the orientation, the complication and the resolution. At TPS our students are presented with endless opportunities to hone their craft of writing. Rarely is this limited to the discipline of English or Literacy but is instead evident across all subject areas whether that be a Practical Report in Science, a monologue in Drama, an analysis in Humanities or a reflection in Positive Psychology. Please enjoy these samples of exemplary pieces of writing from students in the Middle Years.