Over the last fortnight, 38 boys and girls made four visits to the Primary Campus for their transition days to get ready to commence in our two Lasallian STARS (Student Transition And Readiness for School) classes for Term 3. Nerves quickly disappeared and all students were excited to visit as they enjoyed play-based activities in the classrooms and exploring our nature play areas. Students enthusiastically met our specialist teachers who gave them a mini-taster lesson in Art, Music, Italian and PE. The Year 6 buddies have formed wonderful relationships with the Lasallian STARS and assisted them in settling into class each visit. We look forward to welcoming and working with these new students and their families in Term 3.
Mrs Linda Story, Ms Belinda Melville- Jones and Ms Elicia Burford, Lasallian STARS Teachers
This term for our inquiry we have been investigating the unit ‘Staying Alive’ and ‘Animal Habitats’. Throughout this unit, Reception students have been learning about different animals, what they need to survive and a range of habitats. Students designed and created their own habitat boxes. They researched what animal would live in this habitat and communicated this by filming in front of the ‘green screen’. Please enjoy our movie below!
Last week the Year 8 Leaders visited the Primary Campus for a Girls Empowerment Mentoring session. Our Reception students’ focus on health this term has been around building ‘healthy habits’ where we have looked at moving our body and eating well. In line with this theme, students got busy baking ‘Healthy Oat Muffins’. It was an enjoyable morning with evident bonds between the leaders and their Reception buddies. This program has provided the Reception girls with the confidence that will also assist the new mid-year intake Reception students to feel welcomed and supported.
Ms Annabel Lampard, Health and Physical Education Teacher – Primary
Teaching & Learning – Guardians of the Galaxy Style?
“We must be guardians of spaces that allow students to breathe, be curious, and to explore the world and be who they are without suffocation”. – Brene Brown Dare to Lead (pg13)
So, here we are at the end of Semester 1, 2021 and yet again the world is feeling just a little strange. However, at the Primary Campus as teachers, (Guardians of the Learning Galaxy!), we have completed reports as students prepare to take a pause from formal learning. I would like to encourage all of us to reflect on all the ways we have been curious and wondered this semester.
The cool things that happen every day at school are due to the way the ‘Guardians’ create the space for the students; whether it be in the nature play area, the Innovation Centre or the flexible learning zones of a classroom.
If you were a fly on the wall and buzzed around the Primary Campus this semester you would have been greeted with some things that made you wonder too!
Year 5 students have been on a ‘Mission to Mars’ and encountered some tricky design challenges. Whilst the Reception students wondered about what type of animals were coming to visit the early primary area. We’ve also been lucky to have Martin Pascoe as an Artist in Residence working with Year 4s to help them work out the big questions of who we are and how we are all connected. As always, Year 3 students have been cooking up a storm with diverse recipes from zucchini brownies to power chips (polenta apparently!). The Rainforest came to life for the Year 2s with a deep dive into all that happens in that eco-system. And you should see how healthy the Year 1’s are after their inquiring minds have wondered about healthy habits! In Year 6 the struggle for power has seen students grapple with concepts of government and democracy. A few of the Year 6 squad put leadership into practice and raised $186 for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation demonstrating how education can transform lives.
Underpinning these units are some great opportunities to develop the core skills of literacy. Inspired by their ‘Guardians’ various classes have been using a pedagogical approach called ‘Book Making’ or ‘Writers Notebook’ to develop their independent writing skills. Watch this space as we continue to develop this powerful approach to writing.
Let’s not forget the Guardians of the Environments!
This term we raised enough money to plant 74 trees and donated the funds to WoodWild. We took care of our Mums with the Eco Making Day and we hope they enjoyed their gifts of natural pampering products and Kokedamas (Japanese moss balls).
The Youth Environmental Leaders (YEL’s) have been working hard behind the scenes to ramp up our nude food situation aided and abetted by some intense waste warriors from Reception! Thank you to the Year 2s and 5s as the garden is fully planted with winter veggies, and just in case you need more natural nurturing there are always chicken cuddles!
Some final thoughts inspired by this quote shown to me by a well-respected colleague, “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count. Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace which is right for each individual”.
I am not sure where this quote comes from, but it encapsulates a mindset that focuses on the ‘Power of Yet’. As you read your child’s report, examine what they can do at this moment and celebrate that. Make sure that as their first educators you are also the guardians of their galaxy and give them the space to explore, wonder and grow.
Ms Joanne Gilmore, Director Teaching & Learning – Primary
SPIRIT RECYCLING CHALLENGE – WEEK 2, TERM 3
Brought to you by the Primary Campus Youth Environmental Leaders (YEL’s). Please refer to the SchoolStream post.
Jake & the YELs