Despite the restrictions imposed by COVID - 19 our remote Family Science Week featuring Deep Blue: Innovation for the Future of our Ocean was wonderful! Thanks to Mrs Maxwell students met a real life, local mermaid, swam underwater near the 12 Apostles, migrated with majestic whales in the Southern Ocean odyssey, performed aquatic experiments and learnt about the Southern Rock Lobster with George the Farmer. Deakin University provided access to a live panel including a marine biologist, a drone engineer and a seaweed scientist who shared what inspired them to pursue their career and their career highlights along the way. Throughout this week we have heard about peoples’ connection to the Deep Blue, learnt how to keep it protected and ideas for the future of our oceans.
As part of the TAP, today our remote learning VCE Food Tech class explored Technology in Agriculture using technology in teaching to learn about the latest technology in food production! Students learnt that there will be 10 billion people in the world by 2050 and that man was no longer the limiting factor in food production. Autonomous robot pickers, bug spreading drones, robotic milkers, weed killing lazers, Internet of Things IoT, vertical farming, alternative sources of protein, genetic manipulation, cultured meats, swarm bots, completely autonomous farms, automated thermal imaging, precision ag, bees with backpacks and GMOs were introduced to students as technology that can be employed in the farms of the future.
Due to COVID restrictions, our P- 6 Family Science Night looks a little different this year as we introduce you to our Remote Science Week 15th - 23rd August with the brilliant theme of "Deep Blue: Innovation for the future of our oceans". Mrs Maxwell introduced the online sessions with a regional ocean challenge and activities were uploaded onto Compass for families to participate in during Science Week. So dive right in and delve into the Parks Victoria activities and keep checking Compass for more Science Week family fun!
Some remote learning tasks are quite a lot of fun as you get to play with your toys AND do your school work as the Year Prep class discovered when they investigated their ‘Rosie’s Walk’ maths activity. Using the Rosie’s Walk story as a guide and pictures from ‘Rosie’s Farmyard’, students had to create their own map of Rosie's travels. Students could make a walk outside using things in nature or their toys to demonstrate where to go and some students drew maps showing where Rosie walked. The photos and maps returned for the Learning Task are going to be collected for a class book to demonstrate how clever our Preps are…the fox won’t get them!
This week’s iso challenge for our Year 3/4 Paddock to Plate students was to make curds and whey out of milk. You may have heard of this before, does this rhyme sound familiar? “Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey. Along came a spider, who sat down beside her, and frightened Miss Muffet away”. Students had to follow the instructions on the experiment sheet to explain as best they could what happened and include a labelled diagram showing the different stages. This is a great background for our guest speaker in a few weeks!
Inspired by the Menindee Central School's MKR task, Timboon P-12 School and the TAP (Timboon Agriculture Project) proudly introduce the TKR (TIMBOON KITCHENS RULE) Family 'Iso" Challenge!
We are looking to support and engage with our school families and maintain our sense of community during the COVID-19 restrictions. The Timboon Kitchens Rule (TKR) family ‘iso’ challenge is designed to encourage students to cook, teach life skills, provide entertainment and a creative cooking opportunity for families.
If you wish to be a part of our challenge your family is required to-
Our clever Year 3/4 teachers and students are constantly looking for ways to combine literacy, science and creativity in their lessons as they learn about Paddock to Plate. The students were tasked with creating a recipe for a ‘Super Shake’ and using their imagination they were to give it an inspirational name, describe how it tasted, and recall what that experience reminded them of. What a delicious way to learn!
One of the first remote learning tasks during the second round of COVID restrictions for the Year 3/4 class was for students to make their own butter as part of their Paddock to Plate Science / Literacy studies. The assigned task required students to half fill a jar with cream, add a marble and shake vigorously! Students then completed a procedural writing piece documenting the process for making, and producing home made butter for the whole family to enjoy!
The Year 3/4 Paddock to Plate unit covers science, history and literacy as students described how farms, especially dairies operated in ‘olden days’, used descriptive words to describe their dairy tasting exercise and reported on the work of French biologist, Louis Pasteur, who developed the pasteurization process. Students were given photos that depicted early dairy practices and researched how dairy has changed over time. One student recorded that, “In the past maids and gentlemen would have to hand milk. They would sit on a large bucket under the cow’s udder and gently squeeze the teats”. A student’s report on Louis Pasteur recounted that he was a French scientist who discovered that food spoiled because of bacteria and he developed vaccines for people and animals to stop them from getting sick. A cow’s silhouette was the medium used to convey students’ thoughts about their dairy taste testing exercise with some incredible descriptive words used. Check out how clever and creative our Year 3/4 students and teachers are!!
Despite the current COVID restrictions our Year 12 Legal Studies class was fortunate enough to be a part of a Webex session with Richard Riordan the Liberal Party member for our electorate Polwarth. The Year 12 students are currently investigating the roles of the Crown and the Houses of Parliament (Victorian and Commonwealth) in law-making and Richard described his background and his path into politics. Richard was always interested in this field and indicated that his unsuccessful attempt to enter politics at 24 was beneficial because it gave him the opportunity to experience life, be involved with footy clubs and schools, raise a family, learn how people think, governments work and how to work with people with diverse opinions. He described his role as working for the people of the electorate and airing their concerns in Parliament about things like local planning issues and homelessness amongst the elderly whilst working with the Opposition and Government. Richard explained that leading the community’s response to the recent COVID 19 outbreak in Colac was intense with case numbers going from 0-60 in just 11 days and clarified that an equivalent metropolitan number would have been 25,000 cases. Richard was candid on many areas and we were very grateful for his input at this time.