Term 1, Week 6
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Halfway Through Term 1
We’re halfway through Term 1 already, with some busy and exciting weeks ahead. Both the High School and Upper Primary are holding their Sports Days, and the High School will be competing in SACSA and SSSA Interschool Athletics Carnivals in the coming weeks.
Beyond the Classroom
Outside of the normal classroom activities, there are five different camps in the second half of this term. These times provide a great way for students to connect and learn outside of the normal school environment, as they continue to develop themselves as young people.
Mr Peter Thomson, Principal
A Wonderful Start for Receptions!
This week marks the beginning of full-time school for our new Reception students. The first five weeks of school are a big adjustment, with many new routines to learn, and many new faces for the children to meet and get to know.
Our Wednesday rest days have helped the children to make a smooth transition to school, however we are now looking forward to having the children at school every day.
We have many new adventures ahead, as we learn and experience new things together. In Week 4 we enjoyed a Teddy Bears’ Picnic with our new Year 5 buddies, and we’re looking forward to learning more with them throughout the year. This week we will be going on our first school excursion to Northgate Reserve where we will be exploring our surroundings and collecting little treasures from nature to stick onto “nature crowns”. We are all particularly excited about this special day.
We are also excited about the re-opening of the Junior Primary Nature Play area near our classrooms. This area has been out of action for a number of weeks while we waited for the construction of a safety fence around the new building site. The Nature Play space has had to be reconfigured for 2019, and we are now able to enjoy the added benefit of activities on the shaded grass area, under the large trees. The new building will, no doubt, be under way soon and we will be able to watch the construction progress closely from the windows of our classrooms.
Coming in 2020
The new building will include spaces for Science and Art, as well as our Cedar Learning Improvement Centre (CLIC), and also some new toilet facilities. These toilet facilities will greatly benefit the new Reception children each year, as they will be directly opposite our classrooms, allowing them to stay close by during class time. We look forward to enjoying everything the new building has to offer in 2020!
Mrs Sharlene Tirimacco, Junior Primary Co-ordinator
Year 4s let off STEAM
We have been enjoying some creative STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) activities in Year 4 this year. STEAM is a lot of fun and provides students with the opportunity to learn creatively, think innovatively, develop problem-solving skills, resilience and teamwork.
One Small Step for Lego-man
This past week the students were given the task of designing a parachute out of everyday materials, for a Lego Minifigure. We looked at real-life parachutes, discussed what made them work and applied those ideas to our designs. We had a control Minifigure without a parachute and timed his fall off the Library balcony.
One Giant Leap for Lego-kind
The students then launched their brave Lego Minifigures off the side of the balcony. We measured success by comparing our drop times against the “control drop”. We had a range of successes. One poor figurine* was taken by the wind before he was even launched, and could be seen flying away towards Fosters Road! The students also had the opportunity to reflect on their design, taking into consideration what worked well, and looked at what they could improve. It has been wonderful to see some deep learning take place as a result of when things go to plan, and also when they don’t!
*No Lego Minifigures were hurt in these experiments!
Year 8s Rule the Kitchen
All three Year 8 classes have enjoyed a busy time in the kitchen this week, preparing meals for a special family member in the Home Economics dining room.
If there’s one thing that television cooking shows have taught us, it’s that cooking for a large group presents a number of challenges that are not usually considered when cooking for just 3 or 4 people. While the Year 8s have focused on their safe food preparation and handling practices, and also pre-tested the recipes, the real-life lunch service always provides new learning experiences.
The tasty Thai Green Chicken Curry with rice, and Chocolate Self-Saucing Pudding, required students to calculate the correct cooking time and procedures, in order to keep to schedule. The added responsibilities of taking orders, serving drinks, and ensuring that the kitchen is kept clean and safe, all contribute to the students’ experience and skill building.
For students who would like to further their food skills in Senior School, Cedar College offers a school-based VET program, Certificate II in Kitchen Operations, which provides 40 SACE Stage 1 credits as well as preparation for the Hospitality industry, and structured workplace training.
Sports Day off to Early Start
The race for team honours at the High School Sports Day got off to an early start this week, with the 1500m taking place on Wednesday.
Enjoying the cooler weather, the distance runners had the opportunity to compete a few days out from the main event, allowing for more recovery time before the big day on Friday. Congratulations to Isabel S and Marcus W, for winning their respective Open Division races, and to all of the other division winners who put in a great effort on Wednesday. With the new Community Group House Team structure in the High School, all of the teams have been readying their lists in anticipation of hot competition on Friday.
The four House teams received some extra incentive to aim high, following a visit from 2017 Cedar College graduate and Port Power rookie, Connor Rozee. Connor, who captained Bradman in his final school year, inspired the High School students as he talked about achieving his AFL dream, through hard work and commitment to both his football training and his studies. The entire High School is proud of his achievements, and we look forward to watching him show his skills in the AFL this year.