We congratulate Maddison Hibberd as her entry in the ‘Lunch box muffins Years 7-12’ - 2017 Junior cookery section received a Commendation from the judges at the Royal Melbourne Show. Thanks for encouraging your Food Tech 'Best in Show' elective students to compete Gabby, and well done Maddie!
As part of their studies of Natural Disasters and after the Ash Wednesday bushfire presentation by Kelvin and John, the Year 5/6 students were given a homework task to discuss a fire evacuation strategy for their family with their parents and siblings. These discussions resulted in bushfire plan posters which reinforced the advice to be prepared in the event of a bushfire. Students also produced brilliant pop-up books to showcase their learning on Natural Disasters which will be on display at TAP’s On!
Enhancing their 21st century and coding skills, our Year 7/8 Coding elective students tested moving the roly-ploy Sphero robots then guided the robots around courses with their tablets.
To see more evidence of Natural Disasters in our region, the Year 5/6 students visited Mt Leura which is part of a large volcanic complex called Leura Maar that was formed over 20,000 years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions. From their vantage point at the summit of Mt Leura, students could see across the third largest volcanic plain in the world that offered magnificent views of the district’s many volcanic cones and the very fertile agricultural land that resulted from the numerous eruptions. Thank you to Graham Arkinstall and members of the Mt Leura and Mt Sugarloaf Management Committee for a very interesting tour and for the volcanic rock souvenirs for students!
More relationship building between the social support group at the hospital and the Art in the Garden group at Timboon P-12 School. Yesterday we visited taking our half completed mosaic projects to show and discuss. At the same time we traced each others hands in preparation for Hollywood stars style mosaiced paving stones. We also helped to plant up some big pots already sitting in the courtyard. Thanks so much Kathy and Linda. So lovely to see the relationships building between the oldies and young ones. Sarah Mackieson
The Year 7/8 ‘Best in Show’ Food Technology class are creating Lunch Box Muffins for the Melbourne Show! Before planning their own creative muffins, students learnt to make traditional muffins with a wide range of recipes in the classroom. Students were given a planning sheet to enable them to brainstorm possibilities and come up with a final recipe plan. Each student was asked to think about great flavour combinations and use ingredients that they liked. They had to think about colour, flavour and type, we also talked about different types of wholegrains, having some tastings and a brainstorming session. Good Luck to all!! Gabby Theologous
Continuing their Natural Disasters theme, the Year 5/6 class hosted Kelvin Boyle and John Mahony who recounted their first hand experiences of the tragic Ash Wednesday bushfires that devastated the South West on 16th February 1983. The bushfire that swept across our region was introduced with a DVD presentation by the Moyne Shire Youth Councilors which commemorated the 30th anniversary with a documentary which outlined the events of the day. John recounted his role as Fire Controller during the blaze and Kelvin detailed how procedures and fire fighting have changed based on the lessons learnt from that tragic event.
As part of their studies of Natural Disasters, and despite the mild August in the southwest, our Year 5/6 teachers were still interested in investigating the Flood Maths unit of work as introduced by local farmer, Chris McKenzie. Chris described the situation on his Cooriemungle farm in 2016 when floods took out some of his fences, laneways and paddocks and challenged students to determine what it cost him to replace and repair the damage to his farm. Coincidentally, as Chris was describing the location of his farm and the damage sustained in September 2016, several school bus routes had to be altered to allow for flooded roadways and paddocks this September as well!
The Year 7/8 Pajama Party Textile elective students have risen to Gabby’s challenge to create handstitched sleep masks and matching pajama pants in flannelette or cotton. Some students are even considering entering their creative PJ sleepwear in the Camperdown Show, keep an eye out for them and George the Farmer who will be a special guest!
In 2016 the TAP and Science Department applied to the Origin Regional Community Development Program to access financial assistance and inkind support from Origin to promote students’ STEM skill development and source educational opportunities. To this end, Origin coordinated the innovative Reegioneering - Engineers Without Borders workshop and hosted our Year 11 chemistry students earlier this year. We were also fortunate enough that Origin were able to fund our Robotics in the Classroom project which means that our classes have access to a Junior Robot Pack of Ozobots and a Senior set of Lego Mindstorms Ed EV3 packs. Thank you to Anne Frazer and Origin Community Development Officer, Linda French for producing and supporting our application. Watch this space for some exciting coding experiences!