It's been hectic! Dressing-up; addressing us and racing ahead!
Our much loved Book Week Parade was a treat, with every student decked out as a character from their favourite read. This year, after introducing themselves students 'got into' their charater when parading. It was a cracking success....... whip-cracking, that is! Thanks Jack, impressive.
The Pulic Speaking Competition was an incredibly emotional event this year, as students shared their experiences, journeys and passions with us. As always, well prepared to present they very polished speeches. We felt it all.... from laughing to crying and everything in between. There wasn't a dry eye in the house. Students were very proud of their efforts, as were the parents and teachers. Chloe, Noah and Georgie went on the the District Competition, representing us admirably. Well done everyone. The adjudicators had an extremely difficult task, splitting hairs, sometimes seconds, to agree on the finalists. Thank you Mr Steven Dean and Mrs Liz Harmon for tackling this challenging task.
And that's not all .... our successful relay team raced off to Coffs Harbour and running fourth in the final. Congratulations Georgie, Corey, Delta and Myah an excellent achievement - we're very proud of you. They have trained consistently since the beginning of the year with Mrs Roach who focused on correct running technique and style during our Daily Fitness Program.
This semester students are looking at waste and how it's managed in our communnity, sustainable living practices and our unique biodiversity. Students travelled to the Sustainability Center, the Recycling Center and the Stotts Island Resource Recovery Center to learn about the current new 3 bin initiative in the Tweed. Tarra Mantel, the Education Officer, shared ways we can make a difference by reducing the waste going to landfill. At the Material Recovery Center, students viewed the system for sorting the contents of the Yellow Recycling bins, feeling the 'sand' produced from recycled glass.
World Environment Day was the focus for all students on Monday 5th June. Mrs Mason coordinated and prepared engaging activities, to broaden our knowledge; raise awareness and promote care of our beautiful environment.
The activities began with some short videos demonstrating the current management practices for dealing with our waste - landfill! It also reminded us about the dreadful harm caused to our marine animals from plastic that finds its way into the waterways. It was also inspiring to see the invention of a 17 year old student who created a way to collect and remove much of the accumulated pastic from the ocean!
Three groups of students experienced the following learning activities:
1.Rubbish Relay (Mrs Mason) - students 'speed' sorted a collection of waste for the Yellow Recycling Bin, then review their accuracy!
2. Gardening (Mrs Harper) - lead the activities to get the winter crops planted. 3. Art in Nature (Mrs Ward) students worked in pairs/threes to create a mandala pattern from an assortment of sticks, stones, flowers, bark, banksias etc to create a unique piece of artwork that was returned to the environment when we were finished.
Athletics is the focus for P.E. preparing for our carnival later in the term. Students are revising and refining their techniques for these events on Fridays. Daily Fitness will continue building on coordination, stamina and strength development. Mrs Harper will be teaching numerous 'tips and tricks' during skipping preparing students for Jump rope for Heart later in the term. Zumba is the activity for Wednesday during this term with Mrs Dean.
It has been a busy term. The excursion to the Science Center in Brisbane was a highlight.
Senior Citizens and students alike had a wonderful exchange of ideas and experiences, exploring old and new activities together. A variety of activities including, jigsaws, digital games, board games and card games were followed by a delicious lunch, hosted by our senior students.
School leaders for 2017
Congratulations to the leaders for this year:
School Captain - Juanita
Cedar House Captain - Delta Vice Captain - Georgie
Beantree House Captain - Evan Vice Captain - Corey
Everyone had a wonderful day at Tallebudgera, look for student reports this week!
Year 6 flying high at Bornhoffen
Mr Townsend accompanied student to Bornhoffen to experience a range of activities designed to develop self-confidence as part of the Personal Development program.