Junior primary history units have been operating throughout the term
- discussed their own personal histories
- brought a toy they enjoyed as a baby and shared their stories.
- brought their family celebration photographs and stories to share
- discussed the changes that occur when they grow, new skills and abilities
The library supported the history program in 4 junior primary classes. Displays of the student's work is evident in the classrooms.
Students from room 22 continued their inquiry into celebrations around the world. Each student selected a celebration or festival from different parts of the globe. After making a postcard inviting a friend or family member to the festival, the students filmed each other discussing the features of the celebration. They evaluated each other's oral presentation.
80% of the students demonstrated an improved understanding of the importance of celebrations in different cultures and an increased ability to speak publicly.
Year 7's have been continuing their research into the ancient world. They have been developing an insight into archaeology and historical concepts.
Ms Bament ran a successful Jump Rope for Heart Campaign which involved an art competition and a series of MasterChef classes in the library.
Each lunchtime for 4 days, the library was turned into a demonstration kitchen where over 150 students came to watch cooking demonstrations and tastings. A very busy fun time with a healthy message.
Students improved their public speaking skills and confidence to perform in front of an audience.
Quotes from students involved.
"Master Chef was interesting, fun and creative". Liam P
"Very well organised". Michael
"A good learning experience." Lochie
During term 2 Beryl, a past Children's Book Council of Australia's judge, spoke to year 3 to 7 students about different book titles and authors suitable for their age and interests. Her talks were appreciated by the students and an increased interest in books was evident. Many students have planned books to read as part of their 40 book challenge.
Quotes from students.
"She's really inspiring. I would love to listen to her again". Amanda J Year 4
"Beryl had a lot of interesting books". Mason F Year 3
"Beryl is a friendly person who taught us about books". Agok G Year 4
Rooms 9 & 10 were involved in the dairy industry’s promotional and informational program called “The Great Wall of Dairy”. The students researched the topic “Farm to plate” and also designed the art work for their own blank cow mini statue. The class collectively made a display based on a “Milky Way” theme to fit into Book Week’s “Read Across the Universe” focus this term. We had to send a learning journal of our efforts into the Dairy Foundation.
On Tuesday 23rd July, 8 student representatives from the class went with Mrs McAskill ( who was actually on leave at the time ) and myself to Brunelli’s Café on Payneham Road, to show our dairy display and compete with another 9 schools for the winning exhibit. Competition was tough indeed and Sheidow Park Primary School were the winning school. We were very proud of room 9 and 10’s efforts and especially impressed with the students who represented Ardtornish Primary School at the function.
Our display will be in the library for the rest of the year for everyone to enjoy.