Cycle 4 News
This Term, the Middle School students have had a unit of inquiry based on architecture. Students were tasked with having to build a scale model of a house they designed to fit on a 400 square metre block of land. They had to adhere to some strict ‘council regulations’ set by the teachers, as well as considering passive, contemporary design to ensure that their houses were energy efficient.
We ensured that all teaching areas linked back to the architecture task. For example, in Mathematics, students have focussed on units of measurement, shapes and space, geometry and perimeter, area and volume. In Humanities and Cultural Learning, we have studied climate change, passive design and sustainable living. Students looked at the different angles of the summer and winter sun, and how that effects their dwelling. These were all things our students had to incorporate into their model. We are now in the final building stage, with students carefully bringing their plans to life with balsa wood. These impressive pieces will be on display at our repeat of the ‘Orientation Evening’ on the 4th of April.
Another Occupation that has proved very popular has been the ‘ASX Sharemarket Game’. Students in Years 8 and 9 have taken place in the twice annual, student version, of real life share trading. The game gives students $50,000 to spend in the share market, and everything replicates real time trading. The rise and fall of shares happens in real time, as happens exactly in the market. Students have spent a lot of time researching different companies, how the market works, learning Mathematics behind investing and why companies are listed with the Australian Stock Exchange.
Every Wednesday Middle School student’s cycle through the opportunity to cook lunch for the group. Students make healthy, nutritious food for the whole group and share a lunch with their peers; this has proved very popular. Some of the lunches have included Thai green curry, frittatas, stir fry’s and vegetarian burgers.
It has been a very rich and busy Term, we look forward to the challenges of next Term. Enjoy the holiday break.