What’s Happening at Middle School
- Mon, 21 Nov – Cross Campus ‘Chess Competition’
- Wed, 23 Nov – Year 5 Highton Class Music Concert and Learning Celebration
- Fri, 25 Nov – Year 6 Market Day
- Fri, 25 Nov – Hooptime State Finals Future Stars (Years 5 & 6)
- Wed, 30 Nov – Year 9 Christmas Service
- Wed, 30 Nov – Year 9 Formal
- Thurs, 1 Dec – Year 9 Activity Day
- Fri, 2 Dec – Yr 9 Students and Families BBQ lunch
- Fri, 2 Dec – Year 9 Graduation Ceremony
Year 7 Writers Workshop
On Tuesday the 15th o f November the Year 7 Writers Workshop students had the opportunity to explore Deakin University Waurn Ponds. A break in the dreary rain this week allowed us to walk down to the campus from mid dle school, once we arrived, we spent some time in the Deakin Library exploring the kaleidoscope of books and pondered what secret worlds might be beyond the bookcase staircase we found. After some imagination and exploration, we headed to a private study area to complete some personal writing, envisioning what life might be like as a medical student studying for the final exam or as a survivor of a post-apocalyptic world living in an empty concrete overgrown jungle. After our imaginations had run wild for some time, we attended a lecture in the Peter Thwaites theatre. Professor Toby explained his theory on Cars 2 and provided some interesting points about how unrealistic the depiction of oil to power the car characters was in the film. After taking some diligent notes on the topic we then headed to the cafeteria to have a real university student experience. Hot chips and some soft drinks provided much delight and we snacked on these with excitement. When noticing the rain was threatening to drown us out again, our intrepid teacher decided that we may need rescuing and our college bus driver appeared like a knight in shining amour to save us a swim back to middle school.
Ayo kita masak!
It is that time of the year when our Year 9 Indonesian students are on the verge of bidding us farewell from Middle School as they embark on a new journey at Senior School. To celebrate their success in the program, students had a hands-on experience cooking various Indonesian classic dishes and dessert this week. With the generous support of Food Studies instructor Ms Felicity Rogerson, students participated safely in the Food Studies room. Six groups created three different types of dishes, which included Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice), Mie Goreng (Fried Noodles), and Lumpia Pisang Cokelat (Banana Chocolate Spring Rolls). Throughout the cooking process, students learnt a great deal of vocabulary related to ingredients, method of cooking, and cooking utilities. Overall, students did an outstanding job. The presentation of the food at the end looks “luar biasa dan enak!” (extraordinary and delicious!). The sessions concluded with all students enjoying their Indonesian lunch.
Did you know?
Nasi Goreng is often served in Indonesia for breakfast to reuse the leftover rice from the night before.
Thank you to all parents for your support and cooperation. Without this, we would not be able to make these meaningful and rich learning experiences happen.
Pak Zacky dan Ibu Nani.
On Thursday November 17, Middle School enjoyed running our cross-country track around the Highton campus. The weather was somewhat on our side with only a few light showers in the morning, perfect cross-country conditions! The distance of this event was 2km, a little shorter than a typical cross-country track but this made the event achievable for all, including the teachers!
The Year 8s started the day with great participation, and medal presentations made by Mr Glen McKeeman. After recess the Year 7 students and ran, followed by a very competitive Year 9 event. The day concluded with theYyear 5/6 students running hard. There was also the AFL Premiership Cup on campus during the afternoon! Students and staff enjoyed holding and taking a photo with the cup.
Reading for Pleasure
It is such a privilege to have dedicated time in the week that is purely for reading! In our busy lives it is wonderful for our students to be able to stop, relax, be mindful and just read. One of the most important factors in encouraging students to read for pleasure is giving them the opportunity to do so. Also important is access to a library collection that meets their needs as readers and learners. The Reading for Pleasure program is giving students the opportunity to read as well as access to a collection of excellent books. The library team collaborate with classroom teachers to assist students with their selection of books during their weekly reading for pleasure session. The students get comfortable and enjoy their opportunity to read.
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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