Month: December 2015

Celebrating the #hourofcode at @IonaPrimary

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The Hour of Code is a global event involving millions of students from over 180 countries. During the week of Dec 3-12, students (and teachers) around the world are encouraged to spend an hour learning how to problem solve, create, and collaborate with code. Not every child is destined to be a coder; however, we believe that the fundamental skills they learn through coding can make a real difference later in life.


Here at Iona PS, we took the opportunity to introduce students in Year 2, 3 4, and 5 to coding via, robotics, and a variety of age-appropriate iPad coding apps. We were delighted by students’ extremely positive response to the Hour of Code. Many are already looking forward to coding activities next year!

Learning how to control Sphero
ScratchJr proved incredibly popular (and powerful)!
The Year 4’s loved the Minecraft Hour of Code Challenge
The certificates went down well too!

“We believe you don’t have to be a boy to be good at robotics!” – LEGO Robotics 2016

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Earlier this term, Mr Graffin, and several Year 5 girls attended the WA tournament of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL), held at Curtin University. Run by FIRST Australia, this tournament is part of a national and international student robotics competition which focuses on high level problem solving, critical thinking, coding, and finding solutions to real world problems, such as natural disasters, and trash.


Today, we are delighted to announce that our upper primary robotics girls have been successful in their application for a FIRST LEGO League Robotics grant. Awarded by FIRST Australia in partnership with Google, the FLL grant includes a LEGO EV3 Mindstorms robot, a practice challenge kit, and free FLL registration -worth about $1200.

At this stage, we plan to take at least one team of Year 6 girls to the FLL 2016 competition. More details on this exciting opportunity will be released at the start of the 2016 school year. Stay tuned!

We would like to thank Tim Keely, from Curtin University Engineering Outreach, for inspiring our girls’ successful application to compete in the FIRST LEGO League.


Indonesian Cultural Visit from Iona Presentation College

On Monday, a group of Year 7 Indonesian Immersion students from Iona Presentation College visited our Year 3, 4 and 5 classes, introducing students to Indonesian culture. The students taught the children a traditional game called congklak, which is played with a wooden game board. They also played a game called “Bing, Bang, Bong”, exploring how to count in Indonesian.

In 2016, Iona PS will be trialling the introduction of Cultural Studies, which will involve the teaching of Indonesian culture and language from PP to Year 6.

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