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18 September, 2020

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Year 8 Subject selection 2021

Last week parents of current Year 7 students received a communication with a link for their child’s Year 8 (2021) subject selections.  Please complete these as soon as possible and if you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact Middle School Reception.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School


 

Year 7 Dean and Nance Education Outdoors experience

On Monday and Wednesday this week all Year 7 Dean and 7 Nance students had a one-day Education Outdoors experience in the Trevallyn Nature Reserve.  The students made their way from the Hoo Hoo Hut to Aquatic Point, stopping for morning tea at the Trevallyn Dam.  They learnt about the flora and fauna of the area, with an emphasis on the use of plants for medicinal purposes.  After a picnic lunch at Aquatic Point, the students engaged in teambuilding initiatives and were required to use their problem-solving skills to build a stretcher from rope and logs.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School


 

Year 7 Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Over the past two weeks, all Year 7 students have participated in Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops presented by an external organisation Mind Your Head.  The students engaged in various scenarios and received information about seeking support from a trusted adult when they are concerned about a friend.  The workshops have been well received and considered a valuable learning experience by the students and staff.

Julie Kemp
Head of Middle School


Reflective writing

Below is a reflective piece from our Year 8 Odyssey program where students discussed the history of Tasmanian Indigenous people and how students today connect with their natural world. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings through your written word Kulani.

Mark Munnings
Director of Education Outdoors and Sustainability

“Bury Me Here”

Unseen footsteps of six thousand children,
Of the land, the trees and river,
Chanting words left unheard,
In the ashes of the fire.

Their bones were that of stark gum trees,
Grounded to the land,
Uprooted from their only home,
With reaching desperate hands.

A sole survivor floats alone,
On a hidden secret river,
Dark hands clasped in begging stoop,
Her voice begins to quiver.

“I have seen our footsteps,
Loved the land, the trees and river,
Promise me, in the deepest waters,
Bury me right here”.

Kulani Somarathra
Year 8


Inspiring talk from Toby Thorpe

We would like to thanks Toby Thorpe for his inspirational talk on climate change. Year 6 and Year 7 students listened in awe as he shared his amazing story.

Toby is a passionate climate change advocate and through guest speaker appearances encourages future generations to take action. He founded the Tasmanian Climate Leaders Program while still at school and building on this success assisted in leading the Tasmanian Youth Delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2018 and 2019.

It was incredibly rewarding to see students engaged in question time and observe a number of students approach Toby afterwards to talk about how they could make a difference within the school and wider community.

Clyde Goosen
Teacher


 

Explore Year 8 (EY8) Project

Year 8 student Eve Chugg was recently interviewed by a nationwide horticulture magazine about her EY8 project to create bee habitats down at the Scotch Oakburn wetlands.

Eve’s project aims to help native Tasmanian bees to thrive, as well as raising awareness of the importance of bees to healthy ecosystems and food production. Eve has been building specially designed ‘bee hotels’ for native bees, who usually do not form hives and instead nest inside the hollow stems of plants. Native bees are smaller than the introduced European honeybees and most species do not sting.  Many of Tasmania’s native flowers are specifically adapted to being pollinated by native bees and can suffer destruction when the larger introduced bees attempt to pollinate them. Worldwide, bee populations are on the decline, raising serious concerns for food production. In some parts of the world where excessive pesticide use has eliminated pollinating insects such as bees, farmers have to hand-pollinate fruit trees with paintbrushes dipped in pollen, which is incredibly labour intensive and only around 30% as effective as pollination by bees.

To aid her project, Eve conducted a raffle and has also been selling hand-made honey-covered almonds to raise funds to buy native plants that produce plenty of pollen and nectar for bees, which she plans to plant at the wetlands. David Allen from Allen’s nursery donated over a dozen Tasmanian native plants for Eve’s project and presented them to her at the wetlands. It is great to see that Eve’s project not only benefits bees but has attracted interest and engagement from the wider community.

Mark Hassell
Dean of Students


 

Year 6 Enter Narnia

In Year 6, our classes regularly come together for team teaching opportunities. It allows our students to strengthen or create new friendships, together with then having the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students in small groups. Year 6 Goosen and Year 6 Auton have been using Term 3 to read as a group the novel The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Students worked through in small groups on comprehension activities pertaining to the novel, as well as a range of drawing and creative responses. They then watched the movie and analysed the differences between the two. The students together with their teachers created their own Narnia right in their classrooms! Which just made reading and experiencing this magical world even more real.

Fiona Auton and Clyde Goosen
Teachers


 

Year 7 Textiles

This semester Year 7 students have been developing many skills in Textiles. They have created design solutions that offer protection, provide transport of materials and that can hide secret information! The joy of observing students using a sewing machine for the first time and creating and producing something they can use is so rewarding.

Julie Heggarty
Teacher


 

French Posters

This term, Year 7 French students have completed a unit on Family and Animals. The unit comprised of learning the verb ‘avoir’, animals, adjectives and adjective agreement as well as the awareness of French sentence word order.

As part of their assessment on this unit, students were required to get a bit creative and to design a lost pet poster showcasing the linguistic skills that were covered in class.

Stephanie Morris
Teacher

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