Year 7 Breakout EDU Ancient China

Two of our year 7 classes have studied History in Semester 1 and their year finished with a challenging task.

Three boxes, three types of keys, four groups. Who was most cunning? Who was most frustrated and who solved problems fastest? One thing for sure, the tasks were devious!

Some students were straight onto the number, while others were quicker on the word. The final lock revealed another puzzle identifying errors in an image from a book by A.J Wood called Errata 

Well done Year 7!

Cold War BreakoutEDU with Year 10 History:

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!

Wellness Week Celebrations

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!

Climate Action – a Global Project

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.

Our Year 5 Class – participants in Climate Action

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.

We are all very excited. This links to recent work with Year 5 Library on the United Nations Sustainable Development goals.

Last week we also linked the content to Book Week through sharing The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clark, Illustrated by Van T Rudd, which has been nominated for best Picture Book of the Year.

 

 

VIBE – its a Great Sensation!

Years 5- 7:

Vibe festival has been and gone in a flash! We had fun today with some challenges which started like this:

The VIBRARY challenge:

Our session started with: You need to crack the code to access what’s inside your group’s locked box. The clues are quite close by!

Then you should work together with your team to create the item specified using the materials with which you have been supplied.

There was then a list of statements about the Library at the Senior School which led to the code to open the locked box for each group.

Once inside the box, students found a range of materials: Strawbees, Planks or Makedo tools! We now have some great creations in our Library space!

Mrs. Nettleton, working in the Reference Area ran a session using Makey Makeys

Here is how the day unfolded!

Strawbees
Green Hat Planks
And when the recipe fails, make it up!
Nearly finished and the roof fell in!
Strawbees and concentration!
Makedo kit workers!
How do you use these??
Go the mast up and then it all fell down!
Makedo owl in flight!
Makey Makey music
Proud makers of an owl in flight
Cracking the code.
Not quite Makey Makey music yet!
Code cracked, box open – unpacking the Makedo screws.
Head right in the job here!
Every photo of this group has captured someone moving fast to get the job done.
Kangaroo wins, boys defeated!
Floor tactics
Chair tactics

Immersed in their Strawbee construction!
Proud makers of an owl in flight
Concentration

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