We assembled in the main room while Iona explained the rules of the camp to us. After this the teachers told us our rooms and we went to unpack. We then had our lunch and began our first rotation of activities. Mrs Kebbell was taking the “Nature Art” activity which is why there are so many photos of students doing this activity!
The other activities were Archery/Mini Golf, Damper Making, Shelter Building, Ropes Course and Initiatives. The teachers ran all of the activities and they were all lots of fun!
At the end of our fist day we had a go at Bush Dancing with Ken Hook. It was really, really fun!!
We were very lucky to have Martin Heppel from “The Resilience Project” visit us today.
Martin spoke to us about gratitude. He told us about two young people he knew who were the happiest people, yet they did not have what many of us take for granted. One boy, Jeremy, could not eat or drink and moved around mainly in a wheelchair, yet he had the greatest sense of humour and was always looking for the positive side of things. The other boy live in Nepal and thought that he was incredibly lucky to be able to go to school even though he only got to go for 2 hours a day and there were no pencils, paper or rubbers at his school.
Martin told us about flipping our mood by thinking of the many good things that happen on a daily basis rather than focussing on the (very few) negative.
He believes that four things are integral to everyone’s happiness and these are; laughter, dancing, music and exercise. He also touched on mindfulness and meditation which he suggested we should all try to do more often.
Outside our classrooms we are lucky to have thriving vege gardens. Mr Haslam and Mr Burdess tend to these gardens and at this time of the year they are blooming with kale, broad beans, lettuce, silver beet, parsley and much more.
We picked kale and silver beet. After washing germs, Sunny’s mum came and set up the staff roo. For us all to cook! We rolled, chopped, broke eggs, mixed and whisked. Our frittatas were put into the oven. At lunch time, Sunny’s mum delivered the frittata to us in the classroom. The verdict?
Today we were lucky to have Gerrard Cafe from School Performance Tours come to our school. He told us stories about Australian history and folklore. He explained to us that these things have shaped our identity. Many students were able to go up onto the stage and participate. There was a didgeridoo, sheep shearing and lager phones to make up a bush band.
We learnt about Bush Rangers and some students got to put a tucker bag and billy on the swagman as quickly as they could!
Gerrard told us about Australian heroes including the Anzacs, lifesavers, firefighters, farmers and sportspeople. This complemented this weeks character strength focus on courage. Heroes are people who have believed in themselves and had the courage to reach their goals often when faced with adversity. They are people who others look up to and admire.
Gerrard sang songs and read some poetry. He was really funny, we laughed a lot but we also learnt a lot!
This week we have been learning about Persistence, one of the 24 Character Strengths.
Persistence means working hard to finish what you start and not giving up.
We had fun learning how to juggle. Juggling is an activity that requires persistence and we are going to practise our juggling until we see some improvement.
We read “The Most Magnificent Thing,” a book about a girl who shows determination and persistence to reach an outcome.
Persistence is closely linked to “Growth Mindset”.
We’ve enjoyed watching the “Growth Mindset” series on Class Dojo. These short videos were put together by Carol Dweck, the lady who developed the idea of “Growth Mindsets” to help children to learn.
People with a growth mindset understand that through effort and persistence you can change and grow your brain to achieve success. The more you try, the brainier you will become because the brain has the ability to grow and change. It is good to make mistakes because mistakes enable us to improve and learn. Instead of saying “I can’t do it”, people with a growth mindset say, “I can’t do it yet.” The final film is about “The Dip” which is like a hole that you can fall into when you first try something new. Although it might be frustrating, people with a growth mindset are determined and eventually climb out of the dip. They end up proud of their effort.
Can you think of a time when you had a growth mindset?
3A have been working hard to publish their information reports and I am sure that everyone will agree that the finished reports are impressive!
Information Reports consist of information or facts. Students researched their topics, took notes and then made sure that they used their own words (so that the writing sounded like their voice). They organised their information into paragraphs with headings and they wrote in the third person. Students revised and edited their writing and drew pictures on their finished report to enhance them. Everyone did a great job of using the 6+1 Traits of writing.
When you next write an information report, what topic do you think you will choose?
WOW! What an amazing morning we had celebrating the opening of the Olympic Games! 3A dressed in the French colors of red, white and blue. Each class (country) got to parade around the arena just like the athletes in the Olympic Games. We had drum players, doves (pigeons) released into the sky and even a cherry picker with the symbol of Rio on it. The Olympic Flame arrived on a motorbike (Mrs Booth and Steve) and a person from each grade level got to run around the arena with it. Mr Roskosch came back and was our master of ceremonies. We enjoyed having lots of parents join in too!
What was your favourite part of our opening ceremony?