It may sound like it is a superhero book but it is actually about sea animals and a sea crazy family. Fish Kid is a brilliant story and there is also some very interesting facts about sea creatures! I think this book is mostly aimed at 7-11 year old boys but girls can also read it! Did you know that a sea cucumber [yes, there is such thing as a sea cucumber!] breathes through its anus?
This book is the very last in the Stella Montgomery series and is even better than the first two! Most girls aged 9-12 will have read the first two and will love this one just as much as they loved the others. These books are mysterious and magical and I recommend that you read all of these books, as they are some of the most brilliant books I have read!
Another school captain who lives here is Lukas Egger.
She shared positive comments about her course, her accommodation and her decision to take a gap year after finishing school. She worked at Oakham, where many of our gap students come from.
At the same time, the amazing Amy Steer (whip cracker) – class of 2018, talked to students interested in studying Agriculture – she attends the University of New England. Some keen attendees picked her brain!
The brief is to teach Science, the subject, the Solar System. So far we have worked on the International Space Station – having a go at the Minecraft Challenge to design a new module, watching Commander Chris Hadfield as he cleans his teeth, goes to bed and eventually comes back to earth with a thud and eventually holding the whole universe in our hand courtesy of the Merge Cube.
It’s been a steep learning curve this term for all of us!
The VIBE Festival is on again – the annual event that allows visitors to join us and see what College is like. As always, the Senior School offered a range of events, two of which occurred in our Winifred Berry Information Centre.
Our theme this year was Spies and we talked about Nancy Wake (The White Mouse) and her heroism in World War 2. Nancy recently passed away in her nineties. She is Australia’s most militarily decorated woman of all time.
Nancy was not alone. There were 10,000 people working on code breaking at Bletchley Park in the UK and over 75% of them were women. In Melbourne, and Brisbane: “The secret work that took place in Monterey – and complementary intelligence slog in a suburban house named Nyrambla in Ascot, Brisbane – changed the course of the war in the Pacific.” Tony Wright, who grew up near Portland and went to school in Hamilton, has recently written about their work, click here to read more.
This book is perfect for fans of David Walliams and it is even perfect for people who haven’t read his books. It is really funny and exciting with interesting characters. The plot is well planned and there are twists in the story that are unsuspected. This book is a definite must read for kids aged 8-12 because even though the book may look thick it hasn’t got heaps of difficult words! Tony Ross does a brilliant job of illustrating the book and the pictures work well with the text. If you have read David Walliams books before there is a well-known character in this book….. Raj the newsagent! In this book David Walliams certainly lives up to his expectations.
This book is absolutely brilliant. I think that this is one of the best books I have read. It is a story about discovering new things and losing people close to you heart. Even though it might sound sad it is actually a really happy story with a bit of sadness. The words describe scenes and the characters very well so you can easily imagine what happens. This book will take you on a rollercoaster ride about the preciousness and brilliance of life. It is aimed at 10-13 year-olds but adults can read it too!
Last Thursday a group of College staff participated in the inaugural DISA event, run by the Shire of Southern Grampians. It was a first in so many ways, but led by the fearless Mrs Alana Brown, we put together a plan and negotiated our space and our presentation to demonstrate that we are one school from Early Learning through to VCE.
The event allowed us to demonstrate the work we do in classrooms in terms of coding, working in online environments, collaborating and creating. It was a huge logistical exercise and we realised, yet again, how lucky we are to have proficient and learning focused technical support from Mr Mitchell Clode and Mr Ian Cook.
These are the things we shared:
For a different perspective, this” is from Dougal in Grade 5 (brother of Ned mentioned above):
“How lucky were we! Charlie Hawthorne and I attended the Digital Technologies Hub as students presenting on behalf of the Hamilton and Alexandra College Junior School on Thursday last week. It was a great experience, something I certainly will not forget in a hurry. There were many stalls showcasing technology which included virtual reality and game designing. My personal highlight was definitely the drones. Deakin University had a stall where you got to fly the drones through an obstacle course. If you were skilled enough to complete the course you won a prize – a reusable coffee cup or a drink bottle. We proudly demonstrated the great work that we have been doing in Minecraft and the many different ways that it can be used in the classroom. We all created models and were lucky enough to see them come to life through a 3D printer. I would like to thank Mr Mirtschin and Mrs Simkin for giving us this awesome opportunity and Mrs Brown for taking photos and organising everyone.”
National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual celebration reading and sharing a picture book by an Australian author, which takes place across the nation at 11am on the designated day.
This year the chosen title is Alpacas With Maracas by Matt Cosgrove, and we celebrated across the school and within our local community.
Given the nature of school programs and accessibility, some of the readings were either a little before 11am or a while later, but the main event, described first, took place at the official time!
The Student Representative Council at the Junior School ran an event with a mystery reader.
Our very own Mrs Kelvy was the dramatic figure behind the mask.
She read with flair, pleasing all who were there!
The event was well received and much fun. Thanks to Mrs Callinan and the SRC for their organisation.
The Prep students, in their alpaca head dresses headed over to share the fun with the Early Learning Centre 3 year old group.
Early Learning Centre 3 Year old group took a very different angle as can be seen in the photograph below!
A little after 11am the Senior School attendees participated in the Library.
They had to listen to me, but they soon became part of the performance.
Thanks to Miss Hodge, Mrs Bradbeer and Ms Couchman for bringing their classes, and Ms Couchman for taking the photos. The Year 9 English classes returned to their classroom with a tub of 20 picture fiction titles and enjoyed sharing books with each other.
The Final event in the day took place at lunchtime. A group who regularly visit The Birches, a local aged care facility, to read to and talk with the residents, took Alpacas with Maracas to read and donate to their audience.
Here is the report from Mrs Bernadette Milich, our Deputy Head of Junior School.
“We had fun sharing Alpacas with Maracas at The Birches (an aged care facility adjacent to the hospital). We even borrowed maracas from Mrs Christie (our Music teacher) to play at the appropriate time. We also gave them to most of the residents who played them throughout the story.
Tom Templeton was our reader and he did a great job.
He also wrote a little message in the book we gave them.
The students were from Years 2, 3 and 4.
It is lovely to see the younger students interacting with older members of their community. They have really embraced this opportunity and every time we go I have to leave many volunteers at school. They are so keen but numbers are limited.
After the group reading of the story, there was still time for our usual story and conversation time where quite a few residents had the story reread to them.”
What will next year’s title be – and how will we celebrate?