Wooooooooo!!! Today the OC attended a special event at the University of Newcastle – Woo, New & You! We listened to lots of experts in the field of maths, science and STEM, with the highlight being an inspirational talk from Australian of the Year and teaching superstar Eddie Woo. Eddie’s presentation was titled Reimagining Maths and focused on the ideas of mathematics being about playfulness, exploration and teamwork. We got to meet Eddie, who was incredibly generous with his time, and all received a copy of his amazing book Woo’s Wonderful World of Maths!
Today the OC enjoyed a visit to Life Education to learn about respect, relationships and online safety. A definite highlight was meeting Harold, the cheeky giraffe, who managed to bite a few fingers and rock a Tighes Hill hat!
It’s hard to believe it was only this time last week that the OC headed off for their first excursion to the Outdoor Education Centre at Morisset. Despite the hot weather, spirits were high and it was great to see everyone have a really good go at all the challenges and give lots of encouragement to others. Enjoy our photos below!
What a massive 3 days it has been for our Stage 3 students on our Canberra excursion! We’ve had a wonderful time and got to experience so many wonderful things that Canberra has to offer. We hope you enjoy all of our photos from the last 3 days. Lots of laughs and memories made. See you at home in a few hours!
Thank you to all the Year 6 students who accompanied me to the GRIP Leadership Conference on Thursday. It was such a pleasure taking out a group of beautifully behaved, hard working and polite students. We had lots of fun doing a range of activities and learning about leadership qualities. One activity involved students writing similes about leadership. Some of our favourites are below:
Leadership is like a garden because it grows every time you work on it. – Amie
Leadership is like a pair of headphones because people listen to you. – Will
Leadership is like a star because it can guide you when you’re lost. – Chelsea
Leadership is like a car because it takes you places. – Jules
Leadership is like a fire because it’s there when you least expect it. – Archie
Leadership is like a tree because the roots are like the old captains, still there to remember them. – Keita
The OC had a fantastic time on Friday attending the Newcastle Writer’s Festival. We enjoyed a session with author, Tristan Bancks, who spoke about his inspiration and writing process. In the afternoon we took part in writing workshops. Year 5 worked with local writer, Jess Black and Year 6 worked with Paul Russell. We also enjoyed visiting the amazing book shop! Thanks for a great day OC and thanks to Mrs Derricott for coming along with us.
We had our very first excursion in Week 1 to the Outdoor Education Centre at Morisset where students displayed lots of skill and courage tackling the high ropes and giant swing. Thank you OC for your wonderful effort and to Mrs Derricott for attending in my place.
Congratulations to our awesome OC who had a great day at the Mini EV Festival yesterday! A huge thank you to Steve (Blade & Fin’s dad) who helped us build and solder our carts throughout the term. Well done to team Lightning Llamas: Celeste, Raquel and Liana, whose cart placed 1st in the Pursuit Race and to team Eclipse: Eleanor, Amie, Eliza, Emma, Ember, whose cart placed 2nd in the Solar Sprint Race. We also brought home trophies for best team spirit and enthusiasm and 2 for engineering design and innovation. Well done, everyone! Click below to see our photos (and turn the sound up to 11!)
Congratulations to the OC who were the winners at today’s Science & Engineering Challenge! Students did a fantastic job working through a series of STEM challenges which included bridge building, creating a bionic hand, designing a chair, creating an earthquake-proof tower, wiring a city with electricity and creating secret coded messages to send via fibre optic rods. Well done to everyone for their team work, problem solving and creativity. It’s been a huge week, so enjoy a relaxing weekend!