Term 2 has been full of rich experiences for K-6. The primary classes have been on a number of excursions in the local area. The children have enjoyed visits to The Farm, Mullumbimby Community Gardens & Historical Museum, Minyon Falls, a local produce farm, and a viewing of the Aboriginal art exhibition ~ Bunjalung Country. Class 6 expanded their knowledge of the galaxy with a trip to the Brisbane Planetarium & Science Museum, followed by a stargazing sleepover at school. Class 5 had a fabulous week of outdoor activities at Tyalgum Ridge.
Class 5 & 6 started their mornings by jogging a circuit around the school in preparation for the annual cross-country race.
In addition to these forays out into the wider community, we were lucky to have several visitors to the school.
Bothmer specialist Dan Freeman brought his expertise to the school with lessons and games for the children and ideas and observations for the teachers. John Billings played two Lyre concerts, including some Irish folk songs that were very familiar to the children.
There were visitors for teachers and parents to learn from too, with Dr Simon Bednarek giving a presentation on the 9-year transition. Lou Harvey Zahara shared some gems on creative discipline, and Nathan Verinder kept parents up to date with tips on Cyber Safety.
Within the school there have been various festivals, performances, and fundraisers including the launch of the Kitchen Garden Program and the popular Bush Dance. The sharing and enjoyment of the Class 4 & 5 Strings concerts was a pleasure for parents, and the Winter Festival, a soulful and evocative celebration of the season. The coming of the light dramatized so beautifully in the Aboriginal myth of the Sun.
The teaching staff continued to develop their professional skills with an intensive on Bothmer Gymnastics, an AIS Child Protection workshop, training in First Aid & CPR, and the Camp Out for Kids.
Happy Holidays everyone!
Below are pics from the Class 2, 3, & 4 Term 2 excursions.