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Camp photos

Camp was great. Students had lots of fun.

Thanks to our photographer, Bec.

Other news: Yay! New headphones ordered and should arrive later this week. Again thanks to all who contributed to our Friday market. We had enough money to buy ten.

Sci Fi Showcase

Congratulations to all of our amazing film makers!  As you can see from the photos, the students were very proud of their work.  They enjoyed showcasing their projects and received lots of positive feedback from parents, 123 students and staff at BEPS.  In case you missed it, we will be uploading the films on to our private Youtube site by the end of next week.

The students have learned lots through this process, and some have now elected to share their knowledge by helping our preps to make their own films.

The showcase was a great conclusion to our Space inquiry and we’re looking forward to our new inquiry into Diversity this term.  Watch this space!

Lit. Fest

Busy! Successful! Fun! Intriguing!


The above image captures it all. We had so many interesting characters in our LC, it was great. The students were amused about being taught by our teaching team, including our student teacher, who were dressed up as pick pockets from the story ‘Oliver Twist.’

We had a busy timetable, full of engaging activities. We would like to thank all our wonderful parents who volunteered their time and skills to run workshops for the students.

  • Phil – Scary Stories workshop
  • Jacinta – Radio skills workshop
  • Libby – Interviewing skills workshop
  • Guido – Oral presentations workshop
  • Jane – Formatting workshop

Also thanks to Mandy, Eileen and Peggy who helped us to edit some of the amazing Sci-Fi stories that the students have written this term. We will be sharing the stories and films with you next term. Jacinta and Kirsty H helped to assist with the Triple J workshop. Thanks to everyone for making it such an interesting week.

As well, Mel, who works in the radio room with students from il Nido, organized workshops.

  • Bernard Caleo – Cartoon drawing
  • 100 Story building – story boarding
  • Jo – Triple J Radio presenting

Below are some photos from the various workshops.





A little bit of everything

Il Nido News 

Firstly a big thank you, to all the parents who helped serve and set up the Friday market, to all who contributed food and of course to all our wonderful and enthusiastic students who provided entertainment or also helped sell food. It has taken awhile but our final total was given to us this week – an incredible $476. Whoa!

Literacy Week is happening at BEPS this term in week nine, beginning June 6th. Our students will be participating in some great activities organized by Mel, our radio teacher. The students will learn about script writing, participate in an oral story telling session with Uncle Bill Nicholson as well as learning about writing comic books with Bernard Caleo.

We would also like to invite any of you who have special literary skills to run a workshop with some students. You could share some writing tips, talk about your own process of writing, editing or publishing or you may like to facilitate a writing session with our students. Come on, volunteer.

You may have heard, or not, that writing is a big focus in il Nido this term. There was a literary buzz in our LC yesterday with all the students tapping on keys and talking about ideas for their group’s sci-fi story. We have been impressed. Some groups are very close to finishing their first draft and ready to begin the editing process. All groups are aiming to finish next week and then moving on to making their digital story. Of course there will be a time allocated to sharing it all with you.

The Tinker Lab is, as I am sure you would expect, proving to be popular with our students. In il Nido for the first few sessions, the students are building a space base and preparing to launch to the moon using Minecraft. Some students have also expressed an interest in participating in lunchtime activities. A timetable will be worked out soon. We also are lucky to have access to some 3D printers. The students have been invited to have a go at designing something at home, such a ‘bag tag’, using the program ‘Sketch Up.’ It can be downloaded for free at They can then bring in their design on a USB for Rob to print. Thanks Rob!

It has been great to hear feedback about students being engaged with our space inquiry. If the space fever is infecting the whole family you might like to book tickets to go see a retro sci-fi theatre production at the National Institute of Circus Arts. It looks great but unfortunately it would be an expensive excursion. Check it out for yourself at Thanks to Colleen for the heads up.

Some pics from the Tinker Lab below

Our Space Odyssey

‘Scienceworks’ always has great programs to stimulate our thinking and our recent excursion certainly stimulated lots of thinking and curiosity. In the planetarium we watched a film “The Problem with Pluto.” Lucy and her teenage friends, who lived on various planets in the Solar System, went on a journey to discover if Pluto is really a planet or not – the debate and search for a final conclusion continues, with scientists . We also watched the projection of star constellations. There were lots of student mutterings of,“Wow” and some students were unsure as to whether it was us or the dome rotating.

While not related to our space inquiry, the opportunity to learn about electricity at Scienceworks, could not be missed. This week Bec has been following up with some static electricity experiments, which have been lots of fun. Some students have also chosen to research about electricity in ILT (independent learning time).

At the moment the students are involved in the publication of one of their research topics, exploring creative ways to present their knowledge; 3D forms, mobiles, dioramas, pop up posters to name a few and next term they will present another area of interest to them in a digital form. The students are really engaged in so many different aspects of our solar system.

Given the high level of interest in space, if you are looking for school holiday ideas, keep an eye on Scienceworks because two upcoming programs that many students might like to visit are, ‘Black Holes: Journey into the unknown’ and ‘Capturing the Cosmos,’ about research being carried out by Australian astronomers in Australia.

The space odyssey continues…  the force is strong with these padawans!


Welcome to il Nido, 2016

We are off to a great start.  The kids new to the area are loving having more independence and responsibility – especially their own tubs!  The old hands have settled down well, too, so the whole LC is humming along nicely.

This term we are inquiring into the wonders of the universe.  At this stage, we have generated enough questions and “wonderings” to keep us going for light years!  The kids are researching into their particular area of interest – black holes, dark matter, humans in space, our own solar system – and beyond.  The NASA website is an invaluable resource for us, providing facts, pictures and videos.  Check it out!  The trip to the Planetarium will be an important part of our learning in our 2016: A Space Odyssey.


As one of our first activities, we asked the kids to create a 3D (artistic) representation of things in common with one or two of their friends.  They look fantastic, as you can see in our photos here.  They are on display in Il Nido if you want to see more.




Every second Wednesday we have our garden experience, with groups going out for an hour to get their hands dirty.  Friday is our sport day – whole school sport in the morning, then Peter taking activity groups in turns for the remainder of the day.  And with all this – we still do lots of English and Maths learning in workshops, inquiry and Maths Menu.

So, yes, we have lift off in 2016!

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