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Year 1 Immersed in Science Discoveries

On Wednesday, Year 1 had a blast with our friend David from the Newcastle Museum. We learnt about the science of sound. We discovered that we need vibrations to make sound and that sounds travel through the air as vibrations into our eardrums and then to our brains.  We participated in exciting experiments. Like scientists, we made predictions and then completed the experiments to see what would happen.

To finish we made a band with mini percussion instruments, demonstrating the sounds of various animals.

Carter, 1E: “George tapped bottles of water. The big bottles made the most vibrations.”

Ava, 1E: “I liked the laser beam. When he did a deep voice, there was a big circle. And when David did a low voice, the circle went smaller.

Abbey, 1W: “David showed us about vibration. Vibration is when something moves and causes another thing to move.”

Our next science incursion was with our very own Mr Woolley from Senior School.

We had an exciting and different start to our week on Monday. We got to visit a science room in Senior School. Mr Woolley’s science lab was amazing. He talked to us about Sound and Light. We learnt that Sound can travel through a solid, even train tracks. We learnt that at midday, the light is more white.

Simi, 1M: “I loved seeing bunsen burners in the room. There was even a shower and some gas taps.”

Lachlan, 1M: “I learnt that the faster a tuning fork vibrates, the higher pitched the sound is.”

Holiday Vacation Care Commences April 2017

Term 1 & 2 Holiday Vacation Care Program Now Open

Registrations for Term 1 Holiday Care Program close Friday 3rd March.  Book to reserve your place today.

Vacation Care prices are $55/day per child
(plus additional charges for incursions or excursions to be booked during Care times).

For all enquiries about the upcoming program, please contact the team at
Wallsend Mini Miracles OOSH at Macquarie College
Mobile: 0423 015 501

Year 5 Excursion to Maitland and Morpeth

At 8:15 am our class group of excited students boarded the bus headed to Maitland. We arrived at our first stop Maitland Gaol 45 minutes later. At Maitland Gaol we experienced and saw what life would be like in a Gaol.

We learnt that inmates measured their years in Goal by counting their desserts. They got dessert pudding each Sunday and special cake for Christmas. If a man had been in Gaol for 3 years and 7 weeks he would have had 3 Christmas cakes and 7 puddings. Once the prisoners had woken up each day they all would go outside and line up on one of the three lines that were marked on the ground. If one of the prisoners misbehaved the guards would do a warning shot with their rifles.

After we left the Gaol we went to eat recess and Mr Schultz came to talk to us about Morpeth. He spoke to us about Stockade Hill which was where the army was stationed. We then got on the bus and started heading towards Morpeth.

When we got there we split into our groups and started to walk up the trail that was marked on our maps. My group walked up the hill towards the Morpeth Sourdough bakery which used to be the old Arnotts Bakery. When we were in the front of the bakery we saw a special tile on the bakery floor which had been there since 1850. We all tried to copy the tile which was green with gold painted words on it.

Our group leader bought us some sourdough bread to taste and it was absolutely amazing. The Morpeth Sourdough bakery was such an enjoyable experience that I would love to do it again. My favourite part of the bakehouse was seeing the special tile and smelling the fresh cooked bread, which was magnificent.

We continued on walking down the street until we got to Bronte Guesthouse. It was an old looking place and was quite interesting to see and was built for Mr Paterson who started Soul Paterson chemist. Once we crossed the road we walked straight up the pathway to get back to the bus.

Afterwards we all drove up to a little undercover shelter made out of brick and ate some lunch. The little place smelt funny and felt strange. Once we finished lunch we got back onto the bus and passed Caroline Chisholm’s house on the return trip to school. Caroline Chisholm was famous for all the work she did taking care of the poor. Caroline Chisholm was also on the old Australian $5 dollar note.

The bus trip back to school felt like it went by quickly.   I thought about all the different things that I learned and saw and I must say, it was an amazing excursion.

Report by Kendra (Year 5Q)


Students Participate in Global Hour of Code Program

We live in a world surrounded by technology, and whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

Many classes throughout Macquarie College will be participating in the Hour of Code during the last few weeks of term.  The Hour of Code is the largest global learning event in history. Since it began in 2013, our students have participated in this event each year with more than 100 million others worldwide.

Macquarie College has a school-wide commitment to giving students STEM coding opportunities that combine Maths, Science, Engineering and Technology in meaningful ways to develop their critical problem solving, computational thinking, and technological fluency, empowering them with essential 21st century skills.

Participating in The Hour of Code is one way we do this, and is also something you can encourage your children to continue doing on computers at home, or you can even get involved and do some activities with your young children also!  Students are so excited about seeing their basic coding activities translated into on-screen action, we encourage parents to engage with children about what they are doing as part of the Hour of Code.

The Hour of Code website (www.code.org) offers a diverse range of fun, interesting and challenging guided and self-directed interactive coding and computer science learning opportunities.  These are suited to children aged from three to 18. We encourage you to get involved in The Hour of Code with us in 2016.

Mr McElevey and Mr Cox
Digital Technologies Facilitators

Sculptures by the Sea Inspires Year 6 Students

My favourite sculpture was the adaptation by Niharika Hukku.  I like it because of the colours used, the vibrant blues and aqua with the white made the sculpture look magnificent.  The materials used were porcelain, steel and phosphorescent paint.  I also like the sculpture because of its meaning, representing how the reefs and oceans have had to adapt to survive.  Also, how a lot of the corals have been alienated because of our lack of care and pure laziness.  We really need to pick up our ac t or soon all our corals and reefs will no longer be beautiful.  They’ll be dead.  I think I could one day make an ephemeral art sculpture but it would be very challenging and need a lot of determination and perseverance. Aliyah (Year 6S)

My favourite sculpture was the Three Vessels – Amphora, Pug and Torpedo.  It represents how humans have made containers for many years, and asking us to think about what they are for and why do they make them?  I like this sculpture because of the mixture of colours placed onto the vessel, also because of the shape and how none of the three vessels were the same.  The materials used were clay, paint, steel and cement.  I think that from making ephemeral art I could make one of those art works one day but it would take a lot of practice and patience.  Karla (Year 6L)