To celebrate our last community access excursion for Term Two, D7 students from the Support Unit, Mrs Houley, Mrs Zell and Mrs Cottrill ventured to Feathers Café to indulge in hot chocolates and milkshakes. Students have gained valuable life skills from participating in this program in areas including literacy and numeracy, road safety, shopping and cooking. Such a program has allowed students to develop their skills and independence. We look forward to community access continuing next term.
Throughout Semester One, students in D7 have been working on a gardening unit in Technology. This has included the planting of sunflowers, beans and peas in our garden. Growing our own produce has many benefits including encouraging students to eat healthier, relieves stress, improves focus and memory and positively improves student mood and wellbeing. Students have enjoyed learning about the requirements necessary for a plant to grow. Our beans were sprouted in cotton wool then transferred to soil outside, and we are currently growing beans in a maze inside shoe boxes, to see whose bean will reach the light first. These will also be transferred to our garden once they sprout.
We look forward to being able to eat our produce in our cooking lessons.
These unique top hats were made by D2 students during Technology as possible costume accessories for the School Musical.
They used duct tape and plastic bags, which were ironed together, created patterns and pieced it all together with decorative details, proving that incredible results can be achieved with simple materials.
Students in D1 continue to work well on their class projects in Visual Arts. The ‘De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats’ major project has been completed and hung in the Senior Quad area of the school. Students have now also finished tiling and grouting the sections for the FISH! Philosophy project, which is coming together very well. In Science, students are focused and interested learners. They are currently studying the ‘Living Systems’ topic, starting with plants and then moving on to human systems.
Students have nearly completed their first class project (Six Thinking Hats) in Visual Arts in D1, with one more coat of varnish before it is ready to be hung in the Senior Quad area of the school. Each student has made a positive contribution to this project and they should be proud of their efforts.
The next class project, which has been started, is the FISH! Philosophy mural, which stands for ‘Be There’, ‘Play’, ‘Make Their Day’ and ‘Choose Your Attitude’ – all positive ways of interacting with others. This installation will feature mirrored tiles, which will reflect the sun and hopefully work towards brightening up D1 outside wall
D1 students have been working on a group project major work in Visual Arts, based around the De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats concept. This week they finished the tiling and the grouting of the hats (with some very good mentoring from Ms Rankmore, Head Teacher Support), next the title will be completed and then the work will be polished and varnished before it is hung outside the D1 classroom. Students have demonstrated some excellent teamwork skills throughout this project and should be proud of their contributions.