Principal’s Message – Experience is a powerful teacher

Over the coming weeks, we will see the launch of some innovative experiential learning programs in the College.  These programs are specifically designed to support the core academic curriculum, giving students a breadth of experiences to grow and to develop their capacity to solve problems, adapt and to be inventive.

Guided by the Scotch Oakburn Vision for Learning, these programs will aim to genuinely support students in their quest to hone their capabilities to become inquiring and reflective thinkers, effective communicators, self-directed, well-balanced and ethical people, responsible citizens, world contributors and informed, lifelong learners.  Learning that is real, active and purposeful will authentically […]

Student Achievement

Lucy Jones (Year 11) has been named Cross Country Captain for the Tasmanian Athletics Cross Country team for the upcoming National Championships next weekend. We congratulate Lucy on her selection to the team and being awarded this leadership position.

Kate Croft
Deputy Principal  / Head of Senior School

2018-08-17T13:16:48+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

What is Learning?

Students in Year 2 Ballard have been investigating this question and this week they shared some of their work in LIVE@Elphin. Learners are:

Thinkers: considering carefully things they are working out or problems they are trying to solve.

Collaborators: working together, working as a team, sharing ideas and sparking others ideas

Communicators: talking to others, listening to others, singing, writing, messaging and using sign language or symbols.

Researchers and Explorers: asking questions, looking for information in books, looking carefully at things in the world, using laptops to find out things, investigating ideas.

Self Regulators: concentrating, staying calm, stopping and thinking before going ahead, avoiding distractions, […]

2018-08-17T13:07:34+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Book Week – Find Your Treasure

Children’s Book Week, 18-24 August, offers another special opportunity for us all – students of all ages, including adults – to focus on books and reading. The theme for this 99th annual Book Week of ‘Find Your Treasures’ invites readers to seek, find and enjoy the magic of quality literature from picture books to novels, fiction or non-fiction.

Children’s author Claire Saxby,  and author and illustrator Anna Walker will be visiting the Junior School to lead workshops for students during Book Week. On Tuesday 21 August there will be Family Reading Picnics at school for Early Learning students – 9.30am-10.30am for […]

2018-08-17T13:00:47+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Early Primary Learning Celebrations

All families of students in Prep and in Early Learning Erina classes (EL Tandy, EL Black and EL Hurd) have been invited to share the mid-year Learning Celebration events next week.

For Prep students, the first 100 days of fulltime school is celebrated on Tuesday 21 August from 8.45am-11.00am, and for EL Erina students the mid-year sharing of learning is Wednesday 22 August from 9.00am-11.00am.

Both celebrations will enable families to share in the student’s excitement of personal 2018 learning progress, to experience firsthand examples of learning which students are immersed in daily, and to see a little more of the breadth of […]

2018-08-17T12:59:01+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Robocup

Year 4 robotics teams will be participating in the State Robocup event at UTas in Hobart on Saturday 25 August. This draws together almost 3 term’s work for students in teamwork skill development, creative thinking and designing, construction, computer programming, journal writing, as well as interview technique and presentation planning.  The teams will have a full and challenging day of interviews and public presentations of their work in what is a valuable learning experience in itself.

Thank you to Mrs Marissa Saville, Mrs Naomie O’Loughlin and all parents who are supporting the 53 students involved.

Lachie Wright
Head of Junior School

2018-08-17T12:57:06+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Let consequences do the talk

by Michael Grose

 


Behavioural consequences are a parent’s best friends. When consistently applied, behavioural consequences will improve kids’ behaviour and increase personal responsibility.

Too often parents will over talk or repeat themselves to get cooperation from their kids. Too much talk and most kids tune out.

Alternatively, parents who protect their kids from the consequences of poor or selfish behaviour aren’t doing them any favours as they are robbing them of terrific learning opportunities.

I love the notion of behavioural consequences as they teach kids to take responsibility for their lives and to make smarter choices. They are also a non-punitive discipline measure, […]

2018-08-17T11:38:08+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

RACI Titration Competition

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Science week activities in the senior school included many science students from TCE Physical Science and Year 12 Chemistry, taking part in the RACI Tasmanian Titration competition. During the day, we conducted over 45 titrations and used 15L of solution to discover the mass of unknown samples.

Fiona Taylor
Teacher

2018-08-17T11:55:52+00:0017 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Science Week with Dr Karl

Last Friday, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki appeared at Albert Hall as part of National Science Week. He captivated and challenged over 800 teenagers with a range of Science facts and predictions. He explained the current research in fields such as Engineering, computing and nanotechnology. It was a great opportunity for our students to learn.

Fiona Taylor
Teacher

2018-08-17T15:23:28+00:0016 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |

Middle and Senior School Athletics Program

The Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival is being held on Tuesday 4 September at St Leonards Athletics Centre. The program is now available (without student details).  Transport details and other information needed for the day will be posted in next week’s news.

Download the program here – 2018 Middle and Senior School Athletics Carnival program

Rob Jeffery
Sports Administrator

 

2018-08-16T19:52:56+00:0016 August, 2018|Categories: Term 3 2018, Week ending 17 August 2018, Weekly News 2018|Tags: |