Another 2014 leadership opportunity. This time it is for our school’s Green Team. This year the team has been coordinated Nude Food day, Walk to School November, National Environment Day. They’ve also ensured each class collects their daily compost for our veggie gardens, they’ve maintained the worm farms and finally been able to cook with produce picked straight from our veggie gardens.
The Green Team leaders will also drive our school’s involvement in the Coastal Ambassadors Program which Luca and Molly successfully participated in this year.
To apply for the role please download this application outline (Green Team application). It explains the elements you are to discuss in your application. You will need to hand your letter to Leigh by next Monday, the 9th. Good Luck!
Recently many year 5 students applied for the position of 2014 school captains. After reading their applications to their peers students voted and a short list of candidates was created. This group will now meet with our Principal, Assistant Principal, SCR Coordinator and this year’s current school captains.
Taking it up a level, rather than submit a written application they’ll face one on one interviews and be asked to respond to questions along the following lines.
“What things have you done in the past that would help you in this role?”
“How do you see the values of our school incorporated into how you will do this job?”
” Why do you think the job of school captain is important to our school and to you personally?”
The standard of initial responses was high and I’d love to be a fly on the wall during the up coming interviews. The candidates are all confidant, articulate and engaging individuals. The panel have a tough decision ahead of them, best of luck to all candidates.
With the end of the year fast approaching there are a few key events to prepare for. For our year sixes none is more important than graduation. A key element of the evening is the valedictory speech.
As Grace Fleming explains on About.com the terms “valedictory” and “valedictorian” come from the Latin valedicere, which means (or pertains to) a formal farewell. Grace goes on to explain “the valedictory should fulfill two goals: it should convey a “sending off” message to the members of a graduating class; but it should also inspire graduating students to leave the comfort and security of their school with a full heart, and to embark on an exciting new adventure.”
This year all year 6s will be expected to write a speech, even if they don’t intend to deliver it on the night. Those who wish to be considered for the opportunity to speak on graduation night will need to read their speech in front of all the 5/6s next Monday, the 9th. You will need a printed copy of your speech to be handed to your teacher on Monday morning.
For some suggestions go to Grace Fleming’s full article at http://homeworktips.about.com/od/speechclass/qt/valedictory.htm
Day 1 (Tuesday)
Day 2 (Wednesday)
Day 3 & 4 (Thursday & Friday)
Day 1 Resources
Day 2 Resources
“I just wanted to write and say what a great excursion GTAC was. Not only was it really interesting but very well presented and all the staff did a great job, both involving and engaging the kids. The fact that it was so hands on, and allowed them the opportunity to create slides and use professional microscopes, gave them a great opportunity to learn new skills and acquire knowledge of the forensics process.
GTAC, as a whole, is an impressive organisation that seem very focused on quality scientific education for kids. They successfully manage to bring complex processes and ideas down to the appropriate age level yet make it challenging and intriguing at the same time. The activity the kids worked through was well set out and really engaged them over several hours, and also gave them the opportunity to work collaboratively in pairs, and as a team. I was really impressed at the way in which the groups took on the challenge, as well as the level of questions they asked, the knowledge they displayed, and the interest they showed in learning new concepts that were not always easy.
All in all it was a really worthwhile excursion that definitely ignited the kids interest in forensic science – even I learnt something new!”
Jen (Amelia’s mum)
For more reflections check out our student blogs which can be found by following the links on the left hand side.
A few you may want to start with are:
to find out more about GTAC itself go to http://www.gtac.edu.au