Look what’s been happening in the Specialists Programs…
Visual Arts - During first term we…
Foundation – has been practising the correct grip for scissors, whilst cutting carefully along straight and curved lines. Our focus has been on learning the skills necessary for joining papers of various types, whilst discovering their textures. We also experimented with watercolour paints.
Junior School – examined how different varieties and textures of paper can be used to enhance personal artworks. We have trialled paper manipulation techniques and discovered colour mixing when using watercolour paints.
Middle School – learnt about colour, line and shape when arranging media to form collages. We discovered surprising results when exploring the basic technique of tie-dye. We enjoyed learning how to make ‘God’s Eyes’ with yarn.
Senior School – demonstrated our understanding of positive and negative shapes and our skills in combining detailed pattern drawing with our paper craft. Our focus was to manipulate yarn, using it to form colourful braids and more complex ‘God’s Eyes’.
ICT - During first term we…
Foundation – started to learn how to log in to our school computers, what the different components of a computer are called, how to use a mouse and a keyboard and how to take a picture on an iPad.
Junior School – learnt how to independently log in to our school computers, further developed our typing skills, practised opening a word document and began to learn how to change the font style, size and colour and learnt how to make a video recording on an iPad.
Middle School – revised how to change the font style, size and colour in a word document. Learnt how to accurately save a word document and further developed our typing skills. We transformed a story we had typed up into a cartoon using the iPads.
Senior School – revised how to save a document or picture to the desired file/folder. Setup our own student Google account that is linked to the school but can also be accessed from home. Discussed the best ways to use a search engine to find accurate information. Worked on a group project using Google slides about Disneyland.
Health & Physical Education - During first term we…
Foundation – started to learn about the basic fundamental motor skills. Students practised running, jumping, skipping, throwing and dodging in a fun game based environment.
Junior School – learnt how to take a catch with our fingers pointing down. Revised how to throw a ball underarm. Practised hitting a ball with a two handed strike (tee-ball) and discussed the key elements associated grip, stance, rotation of upper body.
Middle School – revised our low catches and overhead catches. We further developed our ability to throw overarm accurately and discussed correct technique. We practised two hand and one-handed strikes (Rounders and Tee-ball). Students were also involved in the Bike Education Program.
Senior School - revised a number of our catching, striking and throwing skills and discussed the key elements involved in each skill. Students had to demonstrate correct technique and then use those skills and make adjustments in game settings e.g make adjustments to stance when hitting a ball to ensure that you avoid fielders etc. The senior students were also involved in the Bike Education Program.
Performing Arts - During first term we…
Middle School – Students were involved in improvisation and role play activities where they were required to work with others to act out a scenario. Students also worked on vocal skills including the enunciation and projection of their voice so that the desired audience could hear and understand them. Students had some fun attempting tongue twisters trying to ensure that their speech remained audible and understandable even with some speed.
Senior School – Students were involved in improvisation and role play activities. They used facial expressions and body language to portray emotions. They worked on their vocal skills including enunciation and projection. The term’s work culminated in their performance of a well-known children’s story to the foundation and junior classes. Students worked with peers to prepare and rehearse their play, organise props and stage positions. They gave and accepted feedback from peers.
Science – Biology - During first term we…
Foundation – developed our observation skills to identify features of natural objects. We also learned about our senses and identified characteristics of living and non-living things.
Junior School – revised living and non-living things and established the three resources living things require to survive – water, food and shelter. We found materials that can be used to build shelters and the natural resources they originated from. We tested materials for strength and water resistance. We recorded our observations in our special science journals. We had visits from “Steve the Scientist” to help us with our learning.
Middle School – learnt about animals and identifiable characteristics that can be used to sort animals into groups – number of legs, body parts, body coverings, habitats, backbones etc. We learnt the scientific names for groups of species and completed a small project about an animal of their choice to assess their comprehension of what had been studied.
Senior School – have focused on the adaptations of species of animals that assisted it to survive. Examples are camouflage, living in a range of habitats, protection mechanisms, living in packs, migrating, prey and predators etc. We researched the Amazon rainforest, a marine environment and a savannah in Africa. Our assessment of understandings has been in the form of the students creating their own species of animal and explaining all its adaptations to allow it to survive. A rubric has been a reference point for the students to be aware of the requirements of the task.
Dates to Remember
Pizza Meal Day
Middle School Swimming
Senior School Swimming
District Cross Country
Middle School Swimming
Senior School Swimming
Queen’s Birthday Public Holiday