From the Deputy Principal and the bIBliotechApril 13, 2018
It has been an incredibly busy first term across the College and I would like to extend my congratulations to all students on the manner in which they approached their learning, across all years.
Our Junior School students have been engaged in their first (and now their second unit is under way) unit of inquiry. Students have been encouraged to be asking ‘big questions’ of their teachers and of each other; from some parents we also know that this line of question has also made it home which is wonderful. I have had the privilege to visit a number of classrooms immersed in inquiry and one of my highlights was in the kindergarten class when in their quest to explore ‘Who We Are’ one child who was sitting with her educator was almost beside herself when her home on Google Earth was displayed for her – the dialogue which transpired was simply magical.
Our Middle School students have settled into their classes and the Year 10s have continued on their Personal Project journey; research has been completed, criteria established by students developed and products underway.
Our Year 11 and 12 students have been engaged in either their ATAR, General or Certification courses, and encountering much success. I would like to acknowledge our Year 12 students who are currently studying their Certificate IV Preparation for Nursing in addition to their regular studies – each student is to be highly commended on their application to this course.
Teachers of students in the NAPLAN years have been working on preparations for the online mode in May, with all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 completing practice assessments and visiting the public demonstration site for additional practice (https://www.nap.edu.au/online-assessment/public-demonstration-site). It is important to remember that NAPLAN is a point in time assessment and that all progress of our children needs to be taken In context of work completed over the course of the year. We hope our children try their best, as they would do on a day to day basis.
The bIBliotech continues to be a hub of activity throughout the day (and of course after school). This term has seen areas such as the ‘genius zone’ take off with play based learning for all ages taking off with the dress up and ‘photobooth’ area, lego extending the minds of our young people, the upcycle room encouraging students (and staff) to repurpose items (we are always looking for donations) and of course students are engaged in their studies in various collaboration areas.
We are also featuring developments in each of the learning areas throughout the year, with English being initially showcasing the journey of writing and now Mathematics being featured, with samples from Year 1 to Year 9. In Term 2 for our senior student’s fortnightly yoga lessons will be run at lunch time to allow students to have some needed down time. Breakfast club was well attended by our Junior School parents as they explored the world of the iPad. Next term we will be changing direction and sessions will be led by team leaders regarding history, robotics and visual art.
We wish all our students and families a safe and restful break and we look forward to our second term together.