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A Window with A View
After spending Sunday burning the undergrowth in the bushland on Korowal and the surrounding bush perimeters to our north, we enjoyed several visits from the fireys as they kept a watch on the hazard reduction zone throughout Monday. We commenced Week 4 with smoke rising from the peat in our bushland, and the occasional sighting of a lyrebird turning the parched soil.
On behalf of us all, thank you to the city and rural fire services who successfully conducted a huge hazard reduction burn through Sunday and Sunday night. It is a great relief to us that this has been conducted after being scheduled, on and off, for over ten years. The volunteers in our RFS are wonderful community minded people, and we owe special thanks to them.
Friday was the final day of Semester 1 for our high school, so Monday will see changes apply to the timetables. Year 7 will commence Japanese and Year 8 will commence Drama, while Years 9&10 may continue with the same electives or change in some cases. Alistair will step across to teach Year 8 English as Kelly moves from this and into Drama. It was delightful to be entertained by the Drama elective group on Thursday afternoon and Friday evening, as they presented ‘Nightfall’ with Edgar Allen Poe. Kelly and her students created an evocative atmosphere and engaged us with Poe’s haunting poetry. Congratulations to you all!
A Window with a View
The joy of writing this weekly post comes in reviewing the week and registering how many great things are happening at Korowal. Week 3 was again dynamic, filled with opportunity for our students and community.
On Monday our Pathways Years 11 and 12 students were overjoyed as a labradoodle named Daphne visited them. Daphne is part of a pets for therapy program and several staff have been keen to introduce our senior students to this program as the HSC exams approach. Reducing stress is the aim. It worked a treat and we are keen for a return visit.
The Naplan tests were run with over half of our primary parents electing to withdraw their children. We hope that this is the last round of Naplan tests as discussions around the reform of the current system progresses. We acknowledge that we do not teach to the test. We provide the opportunity for the students to see papers, to test themselves against the clock, and to understand the nature and meaning of the questions likely to be posed. For many of our students it is the first test they encounter, which is why we ask Years 7 and 9 to give it a serious attempt. It is for them to understand how they respond to testing requirements, working to a time limit, sitting quietly without distracting others if they finish early, and having a go at a challenge. To this end we can report that our students aced Naplan!
Lower Mountains Neighbourhood centre will be hosting Dr Kristy Goodwin as part of their Think Big - Ideas Forum.
Dr Kristy Goodwin helps parents and professionals working with families (educators and health professionals) find the best ways to use technology to support, not stifle young children’s learning and development. She marries the latest research from a range of disciplines (including neuroscience, developmental science and technology research) to provide a comprehensive and cutting-edge perspective about the impact of “digitalised childhoods” on young children’s learning, health and wellbeing.
Kristy shows parents and educators that technology isn’t necessarily toxic or taboo and it won’t damage your child’s development if it’s used the right ways. Kristy arms parents with facts, not fears, about the impact of screens on kids' learning, health and development (without telling you to digitally amputate your child). ! Parents will learn about the latest risks to kids’ online safety (including current cyber-safety threats, pornography exposure, introduction of phones and social media), as well as the health, learning and development implications of young kids (5-12 years) growing up in a world of screens.
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