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!
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.”
This book is a two part story about a boy called Patrick and a lonely puppy named Oz. The book starts off with Oz’s story and then Patrick’s. Eventually the two’s stories are connected and Oz finds a true friend. But Patrick has to deal with a family problem. This brilliant story is a must read for children who love dogs and music.
Pablo Picasso, Taylor Swift and others. They’re all famous in some way. But have you ever wondered how they became famous? In this book you can learn all about how they became celebrities and the ways you can become like them. It doesn’t have to be singing, drawing or athletics.
All these children in this book are heroes in one or another. In the book you can learn how they became heroes and you can learn about ways to become like them.
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.
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.