Similarly, I had the great delight to visit Year 1 as I’d been noticing Ms Zeina Chalich’s fantastic tweets about the coding and creating that they’ve been doing. When we speak about technology, it is really important to look at this positive aspect of students as creators and not just zombie consumers fixated on devices. None of us want that for our children. Instead we have Year 1 successfully building and coding a froglet, for example using Lego robotics, with the extension task of “transforming it into a frog”. In this same Year 1 class that I visited, their artwork was on display, featuring both naturalistic, and “abstract” self-portraits. The children’s excitement when they talked about their artwork and their STEM was infectious. Our Primary teachers are talented and creative professionals, and really enrich the learning environment for all of our students.
Our second IB Diploma Programme cohort in Year 11 participated in Relay for Life last weekend at Cronulla for their CAS (Creativity, Activity and Service) project. Adopting the name “IBelievers”, the IB girls started working on this CAS Project from their very first CAS lesson last term. Our IBDP Coordinator Ms Julie Harris joined them for their last section of the relay, and her words of commendation deserve quoting:
“What an inspiring group of students and such a supportive set of parents. The rain abated until the last 10 minutes and still, they walked, laughed and danced around the track. As a group, they raised just over $11,000 for this worthy charity. Such wonderful ambassadors of the College”.