“Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I will learn” – Benjamin Franklin.
Being engaged (involved) as a learner is a key indicator of achieving goals and fulfilling your potential. Sometimes this is referred to as ‘motivation for learning’. The intrinsic desire to question, to challenge, to participate and to celebrate are some of the ingredients required to feel connected, included and engaged as a person and as a learner in the Middle School.
We learn through doing, through our emotions and through ‘play’. Play is the highest form of research and we are never too old to ‘play’. Our current Middle School community has many ‘experts’ in ‘play’. Every day I receive questions, statements and wonderings from students about their learning, their group investigation or a challenge for us to think about. This is why we should never judge or preconceive who is the expert is, as often the ‘experts’ are at ‘play’ finding ways to connect deeper, find a new method or simply prove that an old method still works.
A major focus for the Middle School curriculum is to firstly recognise the power of ‘play’, to ask questions, to investigate, to synthesise and then make reasonings. We can all become ‘experts in play’.
This belief is supported by Education researcher A.J Juliani; who states that “our ‘job’ as teachers, mentors and parents, is not to prepare students for something, collectively our job is to help students prepare themselves for anything!”
Ben Green Head of Middle School
Swimming Season – in full flight!
Congratulations to our Middle School students for their enthusiasm and House Spirit during our Year 7/8 Carnival and Year 6 Carnival respectively. Thank you to our Year 8 Peer Leaders for their leadership across both carnivals. I wish the students who are in our squads every success as they prepare for the NSATIS and NIJSSA representative carnivals in coming weeks.
Ben Green Head of Middle School
Lunar New Year Celebrations
Thursday 11 March marked the start of Lunar New Year celebrations across many East Asian and South East Asian countries and for countless people throughout the world. At Scotch Oakburn College, many members of our community including students observe, in some way, the Lunar New Year holiday period.
Various activities were organised throughout Friday to share the diverse cultures and traditions behind the New Year festival. These included a dumpling tasting and inquiry session in Early Learning led by Mrs Lutong Cordell, various dumpling making experiences for Year 6, 7 and 9 lead by Mrs Doreen Liang and a Lion Dance across the Penquite Campus led by various TCE students and organised by Mrs Joy Russell; a big thank you to all those people involved. All these experiences were extremely popular with the students with some tasting a dumpling for the first time, learning about what’s inside Red Pockets or the significance of spending time with family.
I am sure we can all agree that we hope the Year of the Ox is a more positive one for the world! Happy Lunar New Year of the Ox!
Leigh Cordell Head of LOTE
Reminders from the Middle School
Parent-Student-Teacher Interviews A reminder that Parent-Teacher-Student interviews will be held on Tuesday 23 February, from 4.00pm to 8.00pm in the Middle School for all Year 6 and Year 7 families. Please ensure you have made your booking via the Middle School Reception.
Year 7 Immunisation Forms A final reminder that Year 7 Immunisation forms need to be returned to Middle School Reception by 22 February regardless of whether your child is having the immunisation at school. Forms are being collected by the City of Launceston early next week.