What’s Happening at Middle School
Week 3, Monday 18 October 2021
Mon 18 Oct – Fri 22 Oct – Year 7 onsite learning
Mon 18 Oct – Year 7 Gardasil Immunisations
Tues 19 Oct – Wed 20 Oct – Years 8 & 9 onsite Learning
Thurs 21 Oct – Fri 22 Oct – Years 5 & 6 onsite Learning
Fri 22 Oct – Years 5 & 6 Library Dress Up Day
Week 4, Monday 25 October 2021
Mon 25 Oct – Fri 29 Oct – Year 7 onsite learning
Tues 26 Oct – Fri 29 Oct – Years 5, 6, 8 & 9 onsite Learning
Tues 26 Oct – Year 9 Author Visit – Mark Smith
Sounds of Joyful Noise!
Although we are currently in the midst of a staggered return to onsite learning, it has been an absolute joy to hear and see our beautiful campus community once again coming to life.
Alongside visiting students in class, my favourite moment of the day has been watching the knowing smiles of teachers as they hear the laughter, squeals of delight and excited voices of students wafting in through the Chapel doors and windows during our morning devotions.
One highlight for Years 5 and 6 students on campus, was the ‘Tug Of War’ and ‘Bootball’ round robin competition during Wellbeing time on Thursday. After tuning in to classes and year level assemblies via Teams earlier in the week, this changing context for learning, interaction and connection clearly illustrates the shift back and forth that all students and staff in Years 5, 6, 8 & 9 have adapted to throughout the week.
As we look ahead to our second week of staggered on-site learning, we hope that our Years 5-9 students have returned home to their families echoing the joyful noise that we as staff have been blessed to hear throughout the week.
The rhythm of school life on Campus is slowly but surely returning to Middle School Highton and it’s not a moment too soon!
Mining for Riches
The Year 5s went mining this week to find their riches!
To conclude our Mathematics Unit on Money the Year 5 students are completing a Gold Rush Project. This project integrates our history learning with Maths and has been an extension of the learning we began while on camp at Sovereign Hill.
It started by having students earn their Miners License. To do this they need to earn points by solving money related problems. Students then went to the long jump pit to mine for gold. Using shovels, sieves, and pans they were able to find small and medium nuggets with one lucky student singing, “Eureka” after finding a large nugget. Students then weighed their gold to find its value and will now complete an investigation which includes budgeting, rounding off and problem-solving.
Students enjoyed this hands-on activity during their first days back on campus and were able to use some panning and mining skills they learned at Sovereign Hill. They will be able to finalise their investigation while working from home and we look forward to sharing their projects when on site again next week.
Reminder for Year 7 Families
Barwon Health Immunisation Service is once again providing the second round of GARDASIL (Human Papillomavirus) vaccinations for all Year 7 students on Monday 18th October.
An email has been sent regarding withdrawal from this immunisation if a student has or is to receive a COVID-19 vaccination 7 days either side of the 18th October. This needs to be communicated directly to Barwon Health at Immunisation.User@barwonhealth.org.au if not done so already.
Students are required to wear sport uniform on this day. Parents with any questions or concerns about this immunsation service are encouraged to contact Jacob Sharp, our Campus Immunisation Coordinator via email a firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 52411899.
GMHBA Healthy Heroes Parent Event Invite
Parent Workshop Series: 12PM Daily Monday 18th – 21st October
This year the GMHBA Healthy Heroes are hosting a week long series on Positive Parenting, led by our resident Healthy Hero Wellbeing leader focusing on creating a PERMAH Culture for your families
Wellbeing is multi-dimensional and can be complex to navigate and support, particularly during times of rapid change and uncertainty. Passionate about helping parents to better navigate the natural ebbs and flows of wellbeing, we want to share with parents our Positive Parenting with PERMAH workshop series.
Using the PERMAH evidence-based framework, which comes from the field of wellbeing science, we will share with you the latest research and small actions that you can take that will help you and your family more skilfully and actively steward your collective wellbeing, and thrive. Come and learn about the PERMAH pillars of wellbeing and engage with simple bite-sized, trialled and tested activities that are sure to help you and your family’s wellbeing.
Monday: PERMAH Framework
Tuesday: Healthy Lunch Box Demonstration
Wednesday: Getting Active Together with AFLW players
Thursday: Wellbeing with Child Psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg
Friday: PERMAH Summary
Please see attached document for further details.
A MYTERN Thought for the Week
Giving is a wonderful way to regain control of your steering wheel.
To give unconditionally is a blessing for not only the person receiving, but for the giver as well.
The best gifts are usually the ones you can’t wrap – a hug, a smile, or a kind thought/message.
Who can you give to today? 😊