Engagement in Learning
Engagement in Learning is a reference to the level of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism and passion that students display in their learning. Often this is referred to as a ‘thirst for learning’ or community vibe! The following examples are just some of the weekly opportunities that provide learning ‘engagement’ within the Middle School:
Minecraft Monday – interactive Virtual World Games in Da Vinci 2 Studio, facilitated by Mrs Hughes
Tuneful Tuesday – Middle School Choir Members collaborating with Senior Choir Groups in the Performing Arts Centre, facilitated by Ms Parry and Mr Prideaux
Welding Wednesday – hands-on workshop experiences for the makers of our Middle School in the Design Technology Centre, facilitated by Mr Nicholls and Mr Dobson
Thursday Thinkers – Australian Maths Trust Problemo, Mathematical challenges, facilitated by Mrs Tattersall
Our Middle School students also have weekly lunchtime learning engagement opportunities with Public Speaking Sessions, Creative Writing Clubs, Impromptu Singing/Busking, Sports/Fitness training, library monitoring and a Makers Club. All of these are aimed at ‘hooking-in’ the learners, helping students find their passion and their tribe so that their overall wellbeing (social, emotional and cognitive) development is enhanced by an ever-growing sense of positive self-esteem and resilience.
I encourage every student to keep trying these opportunities as he benefits maybe just life-long!
Hot Choc & Chat
Today was the inaugural Middle School Chaplaincy CONNECT Initiative ‘Hot Choc & Chat’. Our Year 8 students enjoyed an early morning Hot Chocolate in the Middle School Café. This is a weekly event throughout Semester Two, rotating each Middle School Year Level to celebrate a positive week, supported by Rev Grace and me. The aim is to encourage conversation and further develop a sense of connection and belonging for all.
Head of Middle School