This year’s VIBE Festival activity was titled Planking The VIBE. It was set up so that groups of students were challenged to construct a specific object from a pile of planks. Planks are all the same size and weight and come from a Melbourne Company called Green hat Workshop.
Working in small teams and within a tight timeframe, students were challenged to construct a bridge, a face, a word with minimum length, and copy a picture from a card.
The collaboration between students from our school and visitors they may not have met before was wonderful.
The challenge, make a face saw Donald Trump joining us!
The method of constructing face varied between 2D and 3D:
Our intrepid judges would issue the challenge, start the timer, then make structures of their own, in between checking out the action and warning of the impending end of time. Thanks Angus and Lach!
The last devious test set up by the judges was to construct a word to describe the session of more than 6 letters. We had some creative solutions:
Well done everyone. Thanks to Cam at Green Hat Workshop for suggesting the timed tasks.
This week the Library staff have assisted Mrs Ogle with a different type of learning experience. Students worked in teams to unlock three different boxes containing activities and information relating to the Cold War.
This is what they see at the start of the process:
One lock was opened by cracking the right word, one required a key, which was issued once a complete ticket was handed to the teacher, and one required the correct numbers deduced from a cryptic clue that led to a date. It is interesting watching the way students solve the problems, and often the best results are obtained by those who may not generally excel with typical written exercises. In addition to content students learn how to apply critical thinking and collaborate, both useful skills for real life. Watch the students agonising over the task!
Last week the whole school celebrated Wellness. Perhaps we offered too many options for celebrating! Of the specific Library offerings the only one actually taken up was the mindfulness colouring. There was plenty of action with Minecraft in the IT end though: multiple ages of males (not one female except me!) all interacting with each other and the screens.
The other excitement was generated by the visit from the Conga line, ably led by Tom of Year 6. They were dancing fast so the photographs are blurry but the energy and excitement is obvious!
Last week we received an exciting email advising us that we had been selected to represent our country and state in a global climate action project. There will be over 200 schools from more than 59 countries involved. The project will start in October and run for the first three weeks of Term 4.
While we await further information we have convinced Mr Rob Drummond, who has been acknowledged by the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria as an outstanding Geography teacher, and is also a world renowned photographer specialising in birds to be our local celebrity. You can see examples of his work here.
The other day I was delighted to receive a booking request from Mrs Nettleton relating to a smaller than usual class due an event, and the amazing box of 1000 planks. Planks are small pieces of timber which are weighted identically and our set is all the same colour.
It was a busy afternoon for study so I had some concerns about how the activities would co-exist. These turned out to be baseless.
I chose two activities on the basis of the number of planks required, and the number of groups of students working in pairs or threes for which we had to cater. The students receive a photograph of the construction with the number of planks required, and that’s all – no recipe for this activity!
Some students worked on the boat.
Others had a small farmyard with outbuildings. This one proved to be far trickier.