Our Year 5 and 6 students have been journeying out into their local community to continue their Inquiry focus throughout Term 3.
The Year 5 students travelled to Healesville Sanctuary to explore natural habitats, and the Year 6 students explored the Glen Eira wetlands and planted trees as part of their sustainability focus. The focussed exploration of all things Science will conclude with both classes taking a journey to Scienceworks at the end of Term 3.
35 of our students also journeyed to the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) last Friday to undertake the Hoop Time basketball tournament against other local Primary Schools.
Most played four games and performed amazingly, with our Elite All-Stars team coming very close runners-up against a strong St Joan of Arc line up. Many thanks to Mr Ben Ahern, Mr Andrew Kearns and Mrs Anette Phillips for their help on the day.
Year 7 Braingrow
The Year 7 students have been exploring a neuroscience approach to student wellbeing called Braingrow as part of the DLS DNA course, undertaking six individual lessons based upon how the human brain develops and its impact on positivity, resilience, decision-making and optimism.
The program stresses the importance of developing safe and socially connected learning environments to access higher-order regions of the brain. The overall hope is that participants make better decisions both in and outside of the classroom, and use ‘thinking’ parts of their brain rather than ’emotional’ parts. We have been looking at examples at school, at home and in the local and global community to drive this understanding. For more information please visit the Braingrow website.
Year 8 Progression and Transition
In recent Year 8 assemblies we have discussed the type of learner students will need to be in preparation for moving to the stand-alone Holy Eucharist Year 9 campus next year. At this stage of their learning, we are hoping the students begin to develop a sense of who they are, how they learn best, and how they contribute to their community.
Our academic program focuses on developing the different traits of a lifelong learner, including problem-solving, collaboration, creativity and higher-order thinking skills. We want to develop their curiosity, extend their interest to the world around them and encounter new situations with confidence. As a result, our Year 8 student leaders will be taking a lead role in organising R U OK? Day on the Tiverton Campus on Thursday 12 September this year.
Some of the activities will include a presentation to all Year 5 — 8 students, as well as a Library display, sausage sizzle, staff vs student’s basketball game and a live music band at lunchtime and recess. We hope to raise awareness in our local community about issues that trouble our students and the importance of talking and asking each other R U OK?
The Holy Eucharist Open Day is in Week 1 of Term 4, on 10 October and we encourage all current Year 8 students and their parents to attend in preparation for the 2020 school year.
Mr Martin Gibbs
Director of Students — Middle Years