Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Week 3

Week Three Fun

Hello Everyone! Here's a rundown of week 3.

This is our last week of projects and the children have been super engaged in their learning, it has been a real hiss and a roar and a whizz, bang, pop!  We have two chemical reaction groups, one focussing on kitchen chemistry, making hokey pokey and play dough so far. The other has been making carbon dioxide boats and testing different acids. We have a project group looking at animals, another studying the solar science and the stars and our final group is looking into sound and vibration.Their focus has been research, questioning skills and presenting their findings. Once the projects are complete we will work on getting our learning journey wall complete.

Art is a passion of many of our students and our LC3 teachers. This week we have been learning about the work of Van Gogh. We have created our impression of ‘Sunflowers’ using a range of mediums. Please come into our common and check out our art wall displays.

Basic Facts are a real focus in numeracy this term. Please make sure your children are learning their basic facts cards during the week. We are setting up lots of cool activities around the common to help promote their numeracy skills.

PINS ran wonderfully this week. The students were organised and are really getting the hang of running their own workshops. If any parents are able to join us on a Friday in running these that would be fantastic. Some of our students have also run cooking classes with our international students!

We are all looking forward to an action packed and engaging term of learning.

Angela, Jody and Ashley

Sunday, 6 August 2017

WEEK 2, Term 3 2017

This week we have had our second session of gymnastics, which the children are really enjoying.  It is great to see the children challenging themselves and trying something new.  We are continuing to work in our project groups, following the questions that the children have brainstormed.  Some children have already made some great reflections on their learning so far.  On Friday during our PINs sessions, some children led a workshop for the very first time - we are very proud of you!  We were very lucky to have some of the international students lead workshops for our children - learning Chinese and playing Chinese games.
In the afternoon we finished off our week singing with LC1 (led by the very talented Sharee).

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Welcome to Term 3!

A big welcome back to our students and families for the start of Term 3.  We have lots of exciting learning planned for this term.  For the first four weeks we will be working on our projects - the children have chosen their area of interest within the science strands and will be working hard to answer their many questions.  

Monday, 12 September 2016

Immersion Block 3: Changes

We have started our new concept for this block of learning. We are looking at Effective Communication through the context of change.

Some of the big questions that will drive our learning are:
  • How important is change?
  • Can kindness change the world?
  • Can one person change the world?
Last week we introduced the concept, discussing the changes that are just around the corner (e.g. changing learning commons, schools, friends, etc).

This week our students will understand that to manage change they develop knowledge, understandings, skills and attitudes to maintain and enhance personal well-being and physical development.  Today each LC3 student became a "parent" adopting an egg for the week. We are looking into responsibility and taking care of something greater than ourselves. Already we have had some interesting parenting styles. Check out the pictures from this morning:

Over the week we will be looking at different aspects of responsibility. On Friday we will be having the Nest team come and lead the positive puberty sessions. This will be a full day programme (year 5 & 6's together and the year 7 & 8's together) however, for parts of the day the girls and boys will be separated.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Sharing our Projects

Today LC3 & 4 shared their Inventive Thinking projects and the process they have gone through to complete these.  It was great to be able to share these with family members who were able to make it. The kids were really nervous beforehand, but with all the fabulous feedback, loved the experience.

Below are some pictures from today.  Each student has documented the process online, so feel free t ask your child to share this with you.

Friday, 19 August 2016

Term 3...busy, busy, busy

Trust License
Next week students will be issued a trust license. We have co-constructed what this will look like with the students. We have three levels of license - learner - restricted - full. With each license, students are given different permissions around the learning common and school. Students have identified which license they feel they should be awarded and together with their LA's, these will be given out next week.

We are well underway with our class projects. All students are working in a group and will be finished in the next couple of weeks.  We will send out details closer to the time for you to come and see the process they have undertaken and the finished products.  

Persuasive Language
Most Literacy groups are going to be focussing on persuasive language for both reading and writing. Be prepared for some persuasive conversations coming your way!

Lights Out...Power Out!
By Darroch
On Wednesday the world nearly ended, the power went out in the school. No internet, no air conditioner. Horrible I know, but in our hours of dire need a teacher/hero rose and made us do school work that didn’t require power. Amy (the Hero) got us try and sell a product written on a piece of paper which was really fun. Next, she got us choose a side so we could debate it, also really fun. Finally, we got  into teams and were given a side and a debate, we had 20 mins to write a debate and debated our point against another team. All and all Wednesday was great and I hope it happens again.

By Chanel

Last week we had our first round of MasterCheferchef 2016. Masterchef is a cooking competition where groups of 4 get together to come up with a recipe and cook it in the short amount of time given. In this years MasterChef competition there are 8 teams of 4 competing. All 8 teams are split into two groups so group 1, 3, 5, and 7 would compete in week one then groups 2, 4, 6 and 8 would compete in week two and so on. Each week the groups are given a different challenge, there are challenges such as  limited budgets or limited ingredients every week the groups will have something new to challenge them. All the groups are judged on 4 important things: teamwork, cleanliness, presentation and taste. All of the teams have to find a recipe that will meet the expectations of the judges and the challenge set for them.