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Year 2 Students Celebrate National Garden Week

Year 2 students recently visited the Hunter Region Botanic Garden as part of National Garden Week celebrations.

Students learned about Indigenous Australians’ use of plants, looked at snake and goanna tracks, learned some interesting plant facts they walked around the various sections of the gardens, and  recognised some of the plants that we have been growing in our Year 2 gardens this year.

Some students also got to have a picnic lunch with their parents during the visit to the gardens.

Year 4 Students Explore Historic Sydney

On Thursday 5th September, we travelled to Sydney to learn about Convicts and British Colonisation. We had to be ready for the bus by 5:55 am, and we were all very tired. Some of us even slept on the bus! It was a 2 ½ hour drive with lots of chatter, especially when we saw a skywriting plane writing words in the clouds! Finally, we arrived at Milson’s Point. As we got out of the bus we saw a mix of sights. The beautiful harbour waters, the magnificent Sydney Harbour Bridge and unfortunately, rubbish. Plastic water bottles, containers, chip packets and more! We were taken aback because of how much we care about our environment and what we had learnt about sustainability in class.

While we waited for Rosman Cruises, we ate recess on some concrete steps near the entrance of Luna Park. We enjoyed the views of the Harbour’s beautiful waters and a bridge to the ferry wharf.   On the boat we sat down and a lady named Elizabeth spoke to us about the history of the harbour and and how the convicts and Aboriginal Peoples were treated when the English arrived in Australia. We were each given a map of the Harbour to take home with us. We saw Bennelong Point, the place where his hut was that is now the Sydney Opera House, then we saw Barangaroo Point. We also saw Pinchgut Island, an island were some convicts were placed and starved.

When we got off the boat we had lunch in First Fleet Park. We had to defend our lunch from the fearless ibis who did not care about personal space! Lots of us were looking at our ibis-eaten sandwiches as Mrs Tenhave and Mrs Lis shoo-ed the pesky birds away.  After lunch we walked to a takeaway shop and waited for the tour guides. When they arrived they gave us our costumes that we had to wear for the whole walking tour! We quickly got over how embarrassing it looked and got into character. We were assigned a real person from the 18th Century and if we were a convict, we learned what crime they committed, their punishments, their sentences and their story.

After our walking tour we hopped on the bus and got a rest as it was a big day for all of us. We thank the teachers and our school for a wonderful experience.

Jack W, Elizabeth M, Marcella S and Emma H

Kindergarten students embrace native wildlife at Oakvale Park

Kindy visit to Oakvale Wildlife Park

‘Moo’, ‘baa’, ‘cheep cheep’ came the sounds as our Kindergarten students entered the Oakvale Wildlife Park.  Walking through the nocturnal house the children found slithering snakes, bearded dragons and tiny lizards lazing, before squealing with delight as they received bottles of milk to feed baby lambs, goats and piglets. Some students even got to milk a cow!

Everyone clambered onto the tractor for a bumpy ride, and to observe the many animal enclosures from on high. Students then enjoyed a cuddle from a soft koala.  After lunch the students enjoyed a gentle stroll to visit each animal enclosure and feed kangaroos with bags of pellets. The highlight was seeing some cute joeys in their mother’s pouch.

Thank you to all the parents and grandparents who accompanied us and helped us all to have an amazing day.

Junior Students investigate identity and Aboriginal culture

On Friday 9th August, Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing, Senior Lecturer University of Newcastle, visited students in Years 4 and 6 for some special presentations about Aboriginal culture and history. 

Year 4 students were challenged to identify an array of animal sounds, and then heard some dream-time stories about different animals.  Dr Collins-Gearing also fielded dozens of questions from the students and shared stories with the students about totem and Aboriginal spirituality.

Sharing is really important to the Aboriginal Peoples. You do not have your own possessions as they belong to everyone. You do not have to ask to take something because it is there for everybody to use with respect. There are a lot of dreaming stories that speak about greed and respect. It was to make sure not only people survived but the country survived for future generations.  Eliza M (4T)

The Aboriginal people discovered this land and have taken care of it for a long time.  We can respect them by doing the same.  The land to them is “country” and they have passed it down from generation to generation, while sharing stories and traditions. Jackson C (4L)

Year 6 students learned about the importance of storytelling, personal identity and community identity.  They heard about the stolen generation and the subsequent impacts on shared knowledge and traditions following the removal of children from their families.  Students quizzed Dr Collins-Gearing on relationship to country, Aboriginal heritage, language and customs, coming away with a deeper understanding about Aboriginal peoples.  Students then proudly showed their guest their recent dot paintings produced on bark collected from trees around the Campus.

Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing
Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing Dr Brooke Collins-Gearing

Junior Students Inspired to Pursue MC Robotics Club Opportunities

Over 70 students Years 4-6 have flocked to an opportunity to join the MC Robotics Teams in 2019.  On Thursday at lunchtime, Mr Chris Swafford hosted an information session for students to check out the VEX IQ robots, learn about the MC Robotics program, hear about the various team member roles, and use the robots to navigate the course and its obstacles.

It was a fantastic turnout to the first information session, about the program which will run throughout Terms 3-4.  VEX Robotics competitions fall within the STEM and Digital Technologies curriculum, and delivers hands-on, project based learning through which the engineering process is taught – and experienced – in a uniquely engaging way!

The program will feature intraschool competitions between MC teams, which will test the students’ skills before progressing to competitions against other schools later in the year. 

We acknowledge the support of the Macquarie College PTA for their contribution to the investment in the robot devices.