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Senior Choir Continues to Grow and Inspire

On Thursday 6th February, the Senior Primary Choir had their annual Choir Retreat in the Campus Church complex.

We started the day in worship with Pastor Brad and then played some fun interactive games, demonstrating the importance of working together as a team. Other activities included choral score reading skills, sectional rehearsals, singing through new repertoire and of course, pizza!

This year’s Senior Choir is our largest ever, consisting of 63 members and they are already sounding wonderful together.

Year 1 & 2 Students conquer the Bubble Baffle

Year 2 have been participating in ‘Flora and Fauna Fridays” each week during Term 4. This is a time where students work on their communication and collaboration skills. Year 1 students now join us as part of their transition into Year 2.

Our recent Bubble Baffle activity was a time of experimentation and investigation which featured students choosing their ingredients and creating their own bubble mix, so that they could blow bubbles that lasted.

The students also needed to create their own bubble wand – they had the choice of straws and pipe cleaners. Students recorded data about their bubble mix ingredients, recorded their bubble wand shape, and the shape of the bubbles that were subsequently created by the wand.

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.