On Monday 31 March James, Milly, Charlie and Timmy travelled to Sydney with Mrs Reade to attend the Halogen National Young Leaders Day. There were five key speakers who shared their leadership strategies and skills. They were Mike Martin, Bob Carr, Coen Ashton, Ita Buttrose and Andy Griffiths. Over 6000 students from across the state attended the day.
We learned things about leadership – you have to earn respect, keep everyone you are responsible for safe, lots of people look up to you for advice, act responsibly, trust is the mark of a true leader, really good leaders have empathy and leaders need to be able to communicate well. The important message was that somebody can do something – we are all somebody, so we can do things.
We all had a fun day, Andy Griffiths made us laugh a lot, we learned some valuable lessons and have brought what we learned back with us to use and help us in our leadership roles at school.
By Charlie, Milly, James, Timmy and Mrs Reade
On Friday 28 March we had help from five lovely volunteers from Mount St Thomas Public School. The volunteers came to our school and loved our school grounds and garden area - they loved it so much that they offered to assist in a clean up and weeding of the vegetable garden area. This took a few hours of their time but they enjoyed themselves and had a few laughs and great conversations together. It was great to see the difference only five people could make in such a short amount of time. We are hoping that there are more people like this from our community that would like to offer their time to make our school beautiful.
A big thanks to Rosemarie Bowden, Mike Blake, Keith Howson, Cath Geering and Shellie Easterly for your time and effort in our school garden.
All classes have attended the Anti-bullying program with Patty Rose this week. They have learned about being Upstanders and what victims of bullying are feeling when it happens to them.
This program supports the PD unit of work all classes are completing this term about bullying.
Patty Rose came to our school to tell the students about bullying. First we had a game of upstanders, targets, bystanders and bullies. First five girls were the bullies where we had to roll little balls at Frog who got hit 25 times. Then it was the boys’ turn. Frog got hit many times by them. But we all made it up to Frog.
After that we had upstanders. When the girls were the upstanders, Frog got hit only 3 times. See the difference between 25 and 3! You have to be an upstander. To be an upstander you have to understand why people bully. Help the target and be with people that are alone.
Bullies only bully because something bad has happened to them. Do not be a bystander and do not be a bully, but be an upstander so you can shine like a star. By Freja – 1M
After some rain in the morning, the Cross Country got underway after lunch and the weather remained on our side, allowing all races to be completed before recess. Students had a great time with the extra activities of parachute games, Rob the Nest, Dodge Ball and other ball games. The Cross Country course provided some challenges for each age group and everyone completed their race. Thank you Mrs Hickey for organising the day and congratulations to all the students who will be going on to represent our school at the District Cross Country early next term.
On Friday 21 March our school celebrated Harmony Day. During the week classes made orange balloons and class flags for display around the corridors. They look fabulous and have been added to the masks we made in 2013.
Stage 3 students participated in a session called Excuse Me, developed and run by a group of Year 11 students from TIGS. We drew things related to our culture on paper hands, participated in a quiz, worked in groups to write poetry, songs or information about our cultures and listened to the TIGS students and learnt that its okay to be different and we should be proud of our heritage.
We all brought in some food from our own cultures for everyone to share and try. There
were lamingtons, damper, Scottish tablet, semolina cake, greek salad, moon biscuits and much more.
By Tearne and Aliyah
On Thursday 13 February we had a school swimming carnival at the school pool. The first event was 50 metres freestyle followed by 20 metres freestyle, 50 metres breaststroke, 20 metres Breaststrokes, 50 metres Backstroke, 20 metres backstroke, 50 and 20 metres butterfly and then the novelty races.
Most students competed, earning points for the house each time they entered a race.
Tearne and Connor
On Wednesday 19 February 4W investigated whether full cream milk or skim milk will make a better effect when we put together a few drops of food colouring and one drop of washing detergent. My groups hypothesis was that skim milk would make a better effect than full cream milk.
Results: Our hypothesis was correct. Skim milk made a better effect. When the full cream milk made it’s effect it looked like planet earth.
By Zane H.