Holy Family Australia & EPiC Elementary USA collaboration

Over the past two years we have been working with fellow Apple Distinguished School EPiC elementary in Missouri. We have shared learning in areas of Geography, Ecology and the Sustainable Developmental Goals. Recently, EPiC heard of the devastation of the recent bush fires and the impact on the animals, people with their homes and land. They created and made their own pouches and sent them over to in Australia. When the pouches arrived it was up to our students to pass these onto the right agency. Mr DePalma’s and Mrs Norris / Ms Braiotta’s classes decided to take on the challenge and researched the agency called ‘BurnAid,’ who suggested we contact ‘Minton Farm Animal Rescue Cenrtre.’ After making contact, yesterday we were able to pass on the pouches to Bev at the rescue centre. Today we were able to video chat with EPiC for their Open Night. It was truly amazing to connect the students that worked together on this amazing project which made a ‘real’ positive impact on animals impacted by the bushfires.

Welcome to 2020!

How exciting is it to be back!!!

I’d like to welcome all our new and existing families and students to Holy Family in 2020!

On the weekend we participated in two special events.

The first event was last Saturday we had a Fish Farm fundraiser at Aggies Aquariums to raise funds for our MUDLA.

The second event was the Biannual Salisbury Parish Multicultural Carnival where we organised Soccer matches for our Year 2, Year 3/4 and Year 5/6 students. The whole day was a huge success in bringing together the community for a great purpose.

 

Global Action Team connection

Over the past year at Holy Family we have been working as a Global Action Team with Apple Distinguished schools in America and Mexico.

As a result of this our students have been working together and sharing their learning with each other.

Recently, the two American schools in the group from Arizona and Missouri created presentations for our students on their climate and what they have been learning about.

Our students were very grateful to receive these presentations that were created for us.

The Holy Family students are now working on adding their own learning to share with the schools in America.

 

 

 

 

Welcome to 2019!

I’d like to welcome all students, staff and families in our learning community back for the 2019 school year.

I’d especially like to welcome our many new students who have seamlessly transitioned into our school.

It has been great to hear all the wonderful stories from the new students about how they have made new friends, enjoyed the learning opportunities and the resources available to extend their learning.

The teachers have done and fantastic job of setting up the learning spaces with flexibility, engagement and curiosity in mind.

 

 

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Visit to Fluid Solar House

Yesterday a group of 30 students nominated to visit Fluid Solar House.

The group was shown around the amazing three story commercial building which is ecologically friendly and runs ‘off the grid’ to support its own electricity needs.

The children had many ideas regarding the engineering aspects of the building and came up with ideas to make our school more ecologically friendly. One idea was to get a bicycle which could create energy to charge a laptop.

Outdoor Classroom Day

Today the whole school participated in ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ which is a global event for children around the world to learn in the outside environments. Some of the activities the students participated in included:

Tent construction

Ninja Warriors

Fishing and Angling

Mud play

Nature Art

Kuyangani – Kaurna for ‘the place where fish congregate’ – Holy Family Fish Farm 2017

This year the staff and students have been engaging in learning to develop aquariums for a range of fish and underwater creatures. What started off as small tanks for goldfish has evolved to bigger aquaponics areas using waste from yabbies to grow plants and herbs. This week children assisted in the creating a new tank for a class turtle. Overall it has been great to see the learning that has evolved from introducing barramundi, silver perch and murray cod. Feel free to come have a look!