Today some of the students tasted the radish sprouts we have been growing in our aquaponics garden.
You can probably tell what they thought from these photos 🙂
Apparently they were quite peppery!
Yesterday we had a guest from Wipe Out Waste who assisted the school with a rubbish audit. The results were very confronting. Several of the class actually helped sort out the rubbish for the audit.
Here are some statistics ….
Of all of the dozens of garbage bags of general waste (landfill) that was collected in just one day at Holy Family only a bin about this size (small waste paper basket) actually needed to be in the landfill waste…..
We followed up the visit yesterday by watching a short episode of War on Waste on the ABC. It added to our thinking and made us think carefully about our ecological footprint….
Today as a class we discussed some of the action we could take in response to this information
Some ideas included
The children then worked individually and in small groups to devise a personal action plan in response to the provocation ” So what can I do….I’m only 9/10 ”
We encourage you to talk with your children about their personal action plan.
Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder
Several of our students entered a short story into the Salisbury Writer’s Festival Competition. If your child entered the competition and would like to attend the launch they have formally been invited. Please see the details below.
Mr McCarthy was the replacement teacher for Mrs Hawkes on Monday and Tuesday this week. This allowed us to visit the Fish Farm to feed the fish and to see all the recent changes and additions to the Fish Farm. We also compiled an informative report on the Yabbies and then started our own animal inquiry. We learnt a lot about the Yabbies, especially how they get their colour and also that they can move fast on class carpets.
Our Math’s focus this week has been on solving money problems. Students have been asked to find solutions to a number of real life situations involving mainly the addition but also the multiplication of money amounts.
This term we will continue our focus on reducing our environmental footprint and exploring sustainable practices.
Last term we were excited to win the aquaponics aquarium which we completed setting up today. We now have 2 guppy fish in the aquarium and have planted some micro herbs to grow.
We have also started using the SMART Cara.
This is a portable and compact composting system that rapidly turns fruit and vegetable scraps into a concentrated compost powder.
We are then going to use our powdered compost to add to the soil in our next round of gardening.
Last term BH planted a selection of seeds to raise plants with the hope of selling some of these at Spring Fair. Our seeds are now little seedlings and next week we will be transplanting them into bigger pots. Our plan is to plant some chilli plants next to see how we go with them.
We have also been managing the Holy Family Produce stall for the last few weeks. We are attempting to ensure that none of our lovely produce is wasted and offering fresh picked herbs and vegetables in return for a small donation. It is not about raising money, however the donations go towards buying new seeds, soil and pots to keep our gardens cycling through the growing phases. So far we have sold : tomatoes, onions, basil, mint, parsley, beetroot, cauliflower, spinach and lettuce.
Mrs Hawkes and Mr Elder
As we prepare students to once again undertake the CLARA survey and explore their learning powers, we have been looking at the characteristics of the different learning powers. This week we have focused on Sense Making.
Sense making is making connections between ideas, memories, fact – everything you know – linking them and seeing patterns and meaning. Its about how ‘learning matters’ to you, connecting with your own story and things that really matter.
As part of our inquiry yesterday students had to use their sense making learning power to recognise, find, make, and build connections between several images. It was very interesting to hear the different ways that the children made sense of the pictures. The different connections they saw and identified. They were encouraged to use their 100 languages to explain what ‘sense’ they made of the images.
Hope that all makes sense 🙂
Mr Elder and Mrs Hawkes