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YEAR 9 FOOD TECHNOLOGY – SEASONAL AND SUSTAINABLE COOKING

Garden tours and sauce making
As part of a focus on seasonality and sustainability, the Year 9 food technology cohort took part in a garden tour with Sustainability Support Officer, Mrs Robyn Palmer. The Year 9s gained an understanding of the seasonal produce that is grown in the St Michael’s vegetable garden and were able to use the produce in the kitchen for their collaborative gnocchi recipe design task.

One lucky Year 9 food technology class also got to experience the making of a homemade tomato sauce which was then used in several of the Year 9 gnocchi creations.

“The sauce making demonstration was new to me. I had heard all about the process from my friends. I was excited to learn about the way some families make their sauce and I was happy to be involved. Working outside in the college garden was a nice change from the classroom. Thanks to the Mercurio family for their involvement and for providing us with the hands-on experience”. – Suzi Manzella (9GPC-05)

“I have made pomodoro (tomato) sauce using traditional methods with my family but to experience the process at school with my friends was fun and informative. Every family seems to have slightly different techniques and processes in order to produce the best sugo (sauce). Isabella Gagliardi (9GPC-04)

Excursion to Sprout Cooking Studio

In Week 7, the Year 9 food technology classes took part in a dynamic, food preparation excursion to Sprout Cooking and Health Studio. Students watched a demonstration before cooking a delicious pulled chicken tostada with pineapple salsa recipe. Students then participated in a nutrition lesson on the importance of using seasonal produce and sustainable practices in cooking and gained tips to use when creating their own gnocchi recipe.

“We enjoyed the hands-on practical experience on the excursion. Watching the cooking demonstration, it was clear in what we had to do, and we picked up a lot of tips when working in the kitchen and using seasonal ingredients in cooking”. – Sam Mills (9BPC-04) and Mason Devries (9BPC-06)

Collaborative design project – Seasonal and sustainable gnocchi recipes
The Year 9 Seasonal and Sustainable topic culminated in students collaboratively producing their own gnocchi recipe in the kitchen showcasing seasonal ingredients and served in sustainable packaging.

Ms Liesel Dunstan, Food Technology Teacher – Secondary

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YEAR 11 COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN

In Year 11 Computer Aided Design (CAD), our class was assigned a creative skill building task of designing a ‘Patience Game’. This task included learning how to use numerous software such as, Inventor, VCarve and Adobe Illustrator. Provided with a piece of radiata pine with a maximum surface area of 220mm x 220mm x 19mm, we were given the choice to design either a square, triangle or circle shaped maze. Achieving the final product involved many steps and obstacles. Firstly, the maze had to be designed through Inventor, then cut out using VCarve and finally a clear acrylic lid was inserted on top of the maze using Adobe Illustrator. Through this skill task I was able to improve my understanding of using the program Inventor when designing my maze. I learnt how to use VCarve when needing to cut out my puzzle and Adobe Illustrator when laser cutting my chosen design on the clear acrylic lid for the top of my puzzle. After placing three small balls to run through the trenches of my maze it was complete. I enjoyed watching as all the different parts came together to make the final product. Being able to design and create a real 3D ‘Patience Game’ was enjoyable. Learning how to use different software and programs further strengthened my abilities in CAD and I am now very confident when using these programs. I loved the excitement throughout the process and the final satisfaction of a great achievement. Reading through the task sheet before I completed this skills task was quite daunting initially so I was thrilled once I had made my ‘Patience Game’ as I surprised myself!

Please go for a walk through the front office and test them out.

Written by Year 11 student, Lina Ciampa (11PC-06)

PROJECT COMPASSION

A group of Year 11 students, with the support of Year 12 College Leaders, came together this Lent to support Project Compassion.

The students ran three stalls selling Zooper Doopers, icy poles and ice-cream cones! Thank you to the St Michael’s community, students were able to raise $610! Well done to the students for coming together to support such an important cause.

Ms Anna Porcelli, Year 11 Director

YEARS 7-9 LEARNING AND WELLBEING CHARACTER STRENGTH FOCUS

Week 11: Creativity

Charles H Duell was once the commissioner of the US Patent Office and has been quoted to have said that the patent office would shrink in size and eventually close because “everything that can be invented has been invented”. That was reported to have been in 1889!

Sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? Whilst there is some controversy about who said this and the context, it raises some interesting ideas about creativity and our ability to see beyond the horizon of current innovation. Either way, it seems hard to fathom that this could have been a genuine thought at the time, especially considering the volume of change that we have navigated since then! Have you seen the curve on the graph of the rate in technological progress? It’s incredible.

My mother-in-law who is in her eighties, remembers the elderly people in her village in southern Italy saying that when, “people flew in carriages in the air, the world would come to an end!”

There are many amazing examples of creativity in the world, both past and present. We live a more comfortable life because of them, and in some cases they have complicated life too. We can think of artists, musicians, scientists, inventors, builders, storytellers. These include people like Einstein, Da Vinci, Curie, Jobs, Spielberg, Rowling, Tolkien, and many more. They disperse colour and hope into our lives.

In our own community, we see amazing examples of creativity in the learning experiences and opportunities offered to our students, not just in the vast range of curriculum areas in classrooms, but also outside of the classroom through many opportunities to grow, including MAD and Eco Squad. Our Sustainability Support Officer, Mrs Robyn Palmer, never saw herself as creative growing up because she felt she wasn’t any good at Art, and preferred being outdoors. With time, and without even realising it, she found the joy of creativity in the garden. Being creative comes in many forms and can be in any environment. For our Eco Squad, it’s in designing and planting new garden beds. It’s in reusing old materials to create beautiful new items. It’s bringing colour and life into a previously unused space. That’s so significant!

Robyn says, “never count yourself out when you think of creativity. Find something that you enjoy doing and you may surprise yourself in how easy it is to become creative in a space of your choice”.

So, how do we define creativity and how do we get some more of it?

Creativity is about taking our ideas and dreams and turning them into reality. People who are creative are often able to see hidden patterns, they connect things that may not seem related on the surface and create innovation. It’s a strength that supports problem-solving and is also highly appreciated by the business and employment world; as a fundamental to the ability to get new business started.

Sometimes creativity can seem to occur accidentally without us even trying. Apparently many people have creative insights in the shower! I wonder how many of us have experienced a lightbulb moment under the stream of hot water when we least expect it! It seems that activities we do alone, like showering and walking alone, facilitate creativity.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the author of the book ‘Creativity: the Psychology of Discovery and Invention’, says that when we are completely engaged with creating something new, such as writing music or some sort of creative activity, we don’t focus on how our body feels or current problems. This state is known as flow – it’s what happens when we are completely engaged in something, so much so that time seems to pass in the blink of an eye. Engaging in flow helps us to feel happier and more fulfilled. It connects strongly to our vision statement at St Michael’s …confident to explore curiosities…learners and leaders of the world.

It seems that we can lose our creativity over time, which can be a bit scary. According to George Land’s ‘Creativity Test’, children are creative geniuses, and as people, we become less creative as we get older. The research consisted of 1,600 five-year-olds being tested to measure their creativity. 98 percent of participants were deemed to be creative geniuses, thinking like Picasso, Mozart, Einstein and other creative personalities. They were retested at 10 years of age, and at this point the number dropped to 30 percent and at 15, it had reduced to 12 percent. The same test administered to 280,000 adults resulted in only two percent being creative geniuses! That’s a big difference from the original 98 percent!

The flipside to this revelation is that when we think we could use some more creativity, research also says it’s possible to reteach ourselves to be creative and get back into the habit of looking at life through a creative lens. That’s inspiring!

How can we boost our creativity?

Whilst there are many websites that respond to this question, with lots of helpful advice, click here to access a podcast that connects to many other useful and interesting resources.

Have a wonderful break ahead… maybe some extra time for creativity!

Mrs Tonia Carfora, Year 7-9 Learning and Wellbeing Initiatives Leader

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