A Window with a View
Week two of Term 4 has been a delightful week, with happy faces, lots of laughter and even some rain! The HSC exams are off to a good start, and we welcome Cath Walker back as our Presiding Officer for the second year running.
A highlight of this week was visiting primary and high school classes with twenty-two Principals and visitors from Hangzhou, China. The visitors were taken aback by our students’ ability to articulate what they were learning. They were not sitting at desks and putting up their hands in an orderly fashion.
In Year 5, children were creating their own species of animals as part of their focus study ‘Adapting to Survive’ and were most impressively able to explain the features of their animal and the survival systems they had in place for adapting to their environment. They could discuss the Latin biological names for their animals! Next in Year 2, children were writing and drawing around six seasons of Kakadu, listening to the story ‘My Home in Kakadu’ by Jane Christopherson, and then illustrating elements of the narrative and animal characters.
In Year 7, the students held their own as they worked in small groups, discussing how they would run the high school assembly next Tuesday, which guests they had invited, the agenda, the learning that they would share, and their interests. Finally, in Years 9 and 10 English classes the topic was film study, where Kelly and the students were exploring the elements of the Mise-en-sene, or what makes up a shot to create an intended story. The students engaged in discussion and mimed camera angles for effect.
We experienced a cross section of learning at Korowal, and it was illuminating for our Chinese visitors. We thank the students and staff for welcoming our guests. While walking around the grounds the added bonus was the presence of a lyre bird near the creek!
What a beautiful environment we inhabit at Korowal.
Finally, a reminder that conjunctivitis has taken hold in some high school classes and we request that all students stay home if they have symptoms. Unfortunately, even with thorough hygiene in place, two of our office staff contracted it after tending to students who came to sick bay. It is highly contagious.
May you enjoy time together this weekend,
Bush day cubbies.