The Year 1s were keen to show the Year 5s (their buddies from last year), some of the mathematical activities they’ve been undertaking this term. They read a Time Schedule booklet they’d created that had analogue and digital times with sentences and pictures to outline the different times of the day they undertake various activities. The children then shared a treasure map they’d created. In this activity they used directional language and mapping features to formulate written clues to lead their buddy to their hidden treasure. It was lovely to watch the children interact with each other as they shared their learning.
Year 1s and 2s Learn About the Salvation Army
This week, the Year 1 and 2 students heard about another important community organisation, the Salvation Army. Our guest speaker was our very own Bellarine maintenance staff member, Andy Allen, who is also an active member of the Salvation Army. Andy spoke to the students about the work that the Salvation Army does to support those in need in the community. It was fantastic to hear the students’ questions at the end of the presentation, as they had considered the links between what they had learned from Andy and our Term 4 Integrated Studies topic ‘My Local Community’.
Year 2 Investigations Expo
On Friday the 11th of November the Year 2 students hosted their family and friends in the Auditorium to view the extensive work they have been undertaking in their Investigations learning time. Students have spent all year working collaboratively to complete projects in this specially allocated time. The first project the students undertook was a diorama that was based on the life cycle of a minibeast. To demonstrate this life cycle, they used a sphero robot. The next project involved the students creating a dancing robot using an NXT robot. Their work involved cross-curricular learning in Investigations, Art and Integrated Studies. We were so impressed as the students have navigated all the challenges and broad learning with such enthusiasm.
On the day of the Expo parents and friends got a taste of what the students have been creating and working on during these sessions and were as proud as we were of what they have achieved.
Healthy Heroes – Year 5 and 6 Leaders Celebrate a Year’s Work
On Wednesday, the Healthy Heroes representatives for Year 5 and 6 had the opportunity to present their yearlong community impact project. Our students, along with 11 other schools throughout the region met at the GMHBA stadium to showcase their projects and celebrate their hard work. Cameron Ling hosted the event, and each school presented their journeys on PowerPoints or videos.
Our students chose to focus on two projects this year: healthy eating and physical activity. They did this by promoting ‘Fresh Food Fridays’ as well as organising team sports in the gymnasium at lunch time. Our school leaders enjoyed learning about other school projects. A few that stood out included: providing better food options during breakfast club, making smoothies to encourage fun ways to eat fruit, building garden beds, and incorporating a ‘Golden Lunchbox’ to the class with the healthiest lunchboxes each week. The ideas were innovative, and the presentations were engaging and humorous.
Drummers Take the Stage!
This week our percussionists and drummers took to the stage at the RW Gibson Centre at Senior School. Showcasing over 20 students from Year 1 to Year 12, it was a joyous night of energetic and inspiring performances. We also enjoyed celebrating our Year 12 Students Hayden and Ravi who did their last concert after many drum nights over the years! Please click here to enjoy this compilation of some of our performances from the evening.
Semester 2 Weekly Maths Challenge Number 17
Welcome to the number 17 of the weekly mathematics conundrums and logical questions. Each week a different maths question is posed to share the fun of mathematical trivia. Share the delight with your family and friends and amaze them with your maths skills!
Did you get last week’s answer? Check out the solution below.
Challenge Number 16 Solution
There is a patch of lily pads on a lake. Every day, the patch doubles in size… … If it takes 48 days for the patch to cover the entire lake, how long would it take for the patch to cover half of the lake?
Did you get this one? The easiest way to work backwards. So, if it takes 48 days to cover all of the lake and the day before it was half the size, therefore, it must have been day 47 when half of the lake was covered.
Year 5 Newspapers and Artefacts
Year 5 students have been learning about the Victorian Gold Rush and Eureka Rebellion. We explored the importance of these events to the history of Victoria and impact they had on the way we live today. The students were tasked with creating an artefact that would have been found on the goldfields. Some of their artefacts included the Eureka Flag, minecarts, gold ingots, mining tools and diaries of miners.
The students also wrote a number of newspaper articles around topics that were relevant to this period of time. We studied the structure of articles and looked at how a newspaper would have looked in the 1850s. Each student was placed in a group that came up with their own newspaper, naming it and writing major articles about the important events of the time.
It was fabulous to see some of the students’ learning brought to life and watch them be creative with their thinking.
Engineering Principles and Systems at Year 7 – Drone Boat
This term in Systems Engineering, the Year 7s have been experimenting with sensors, and specifically control systems, to understand motion. They have been continuing to program their EV3 robots to explore all its different sensors.In Digital Technologies they have been implementing, modifying, and debugging programs involving the general-purpose programming language Python while looking at some of the fundamental concepts of programming.
I was impressed with Charles and Evan who put some ideas from prior learning into action by making predictions, testing, and evaluating different options, and reconsidering approaches to a complex and unfamiliar problem posed to them by their teacher; “Can you extend, program, design and create a remote-control extension for the solar boats that the students build in Year 5?”
Videos for Change Film Festival – a Winner!
With five CCG entries from Year 7 making the Junior Top 10 in this year’s Video for Change competition, on Thursday this week we invited our finalists and their families to a ‘viewing party’ to watch the live announcement of the award winners.
Videos for Change empowers Australian high school students to create a one-minute video to raise awareness and inspire change on a social issue they are passionate about and gives them a platform for their voices to be heard. Our entries were created as a part of student learning across both Humanities and English in Term 3.
Our finalists were:
Aniela Crook: Just Say Hello
Alex Norgard Reagan McKenzie, Rebecca Penfold and Willow Smith: Change
Amy Harper: The Hooded Plover Project
Annie Long: One Plastic Bag
Eve Hicks: Help Her
Year 8 English: The Moon and the Purpose of Protest
On Tuesday this week, the Year 8 cohort took part in a mock protest that saw us participate in a large group protest march around parts of the Middle School areas of the Bellarine campus. This connected to this term’s focus text, Footprints on the Moon, and saw students make their own placards expressing a clear point of view about an issue or theme in the novel they related to.
To add to the authenticity of this event, students were encouraged to bring in ‘theatre blacks’ (plain black clothing) and accessorise this with any items they had access to (or could replicate) from the time the book is set – the 1960s.
As well as an authentic way to engage with the text, we hoped this also helped develop student understanding of the purpose of protest and citizen voice and, from the conversations we are hearing that have been happening at home about war, conscription, discrimination and equality, we think it has.
Year 8 English Team
Canteen not Open on Last day of Term
Please note that on the last day of Term 4, Friday December 9, the canteen will not be open.
Thank you to all volunteers for your fantastic help during the course of this term, and throughout 2022.
Recycling Uniform Items
As part of the transition to our new College wardrobe it was important that we consider the environmental impact of clothing items no longer required. Whilst it is still possible for students to wear items from the traditional uniform, when items are no longer able to be worn, they can be recycled.
Any such items can be dropped off and placed in recycling bins at each campus. We are working with our wardrobe manufacturer to ensure that these can be recycled as part of the introduction of our new wardrobe over the next 18 months.
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
Things can get hectic at this time of the year, often throwing a random curve ball, making you skid out of control. At first your reaction will be extreme. That's ok. Once the panic is over, stop and breathe. Regain control. Don't judge it. Give it space to unfold... and then inspire you 👍😊
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