Today our class participated in Group Dynamics activities that promoted collaboration and teamwork, as together we took a stance against bullying and anti-social behaviour.
Our first challenge for the day was a Survivor style scavenger hunt around the school grounds. There were 6 checkpoints that needed to be located, at each location a package full of letters was awaiting collection. Once all packages were found teams made there way back to the class to solve the phrase.
After recess, our teams embarked on their second group challenge which was a quiz game. The questions were based on Holy Family Pillars for learning and identities as well as learning that had occurred throughout the first 6 weeks.
We commenced our third activity just before lunch. This was an engineering task – groups worked to build the highest and strongest tower out of straws. The challenge was to make a structure that could hold a handball without collapsing.
At lunchtime a group of students from our class invited others to join them in activities including slime making and mindful colouring which promoted the opportunities that exist if they choose kindness.
After lunch we worked in our groups, putting on our creative hats as we made a series of photos that promote the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence .
Have a look below at a highlights package of pictures from throughout the day.
Tomorrow is National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. The national day is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools; schools are called to imagine a world free of bullying. An important part of the day is to stimulate conversations around bullying and violence and where to seek assistance if students need it. https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/nationalday has fantastic resources to support the work in bullying if you need.
Orange is the colour for the day so we have highlighted this throughout some of the activities planned for the day. One of the aims of the day is to bring additional awareness of bullying and violence and to start conversations with and amongst students:
- Jayne and Sue have kindly offered to only serve orange snack foods at recess and lunch.
- Yr6/7HM and Yr6/7ND will incorporate elements of No Bullying and Violence in their assembly.
- At lunchtime we will have some student led lunch time activities – Pleasingly students from our double have committed to foregoing their own lunch to run activities for their peers. Well done Vanessa, Grace, Aurora, Kiara, Maria, Ferlisa & Evelyn.
In 6/7NB & MS we will be recognising the significance of this day by partaking in group dynamics tasks across the course of the day, where we are challenging the children to use their learning powers of collaboration, belonging and hope & optimism while also drawing on character strengths including teamwork, fairness, kindness, bravery and leadership as they work in groups to achieve positive outcomes. We look forward to sharing photos of the day shortly.
Continuing along the theme of sporting related posts. I’m pleased to report a very successful day at the Northern zone T20 blast cricket tournament today. There were 22 students from our double who helped represent the school with 4 boys teams and 2 girls teams. It was a day of firsts for many who had never picked up a cricket bat or ball before, never read the rules or fielded at fine leg. That did not stop some exhilarating performances and wonderful participation from all. A special mention to one of our girls teams, made up entirely of girls from 6/7MS & NB that went through the tournament undefeated, taking out the winners trophy for the girls competition. What a fantastic result. A big thank you to the parent helpers for the day, the donation of your time really helps for a smooth running of events like this and allows them to occur, for which we are very appreciative.
To cap off a very eventful day, this afternoon many of the senior students at Holy Family presented passionate speeches to their house group peers as they vied for the captaincy positions for the four respective houses: Franklin, O’Loughlin, O’Sullivan and Travers. It was so wonderful to see so many students looking to fill these leadership roles and all should be commended for the delivery of their speeches. It was also really great to see the way they all congratulated the captains when they were announced just before home time today. Well done to the 2018 House Captains:
Kim Anh Tong
Today was a very busy day for students from 6/7NB & MS. While our assembly was taking place this morning we had a large handful of students who were representing the school at the district swimming carnival. Their efforts helped Holy Family to secure first place overall. Well done to the following senior students that contributed to this victory.
Kim Anh Tong
Stay tuned for where this story will take our learning. Here are our reflections upon our first reading of this story written by author Margaret Wild