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Welcome to Term 4.

At the end of our first day back we asked the students what their highlight of the day was. Many enjoyed the opportunity to run and play with their friends on the freshly cut grass of the oval. The introduction of some old tyres saw Imaginations run wild. Can you spot an artists’ studio, a nap time companion and a reluctant pet? New games were created and old and new friendships flourished.

We imagine that at the end of Monday there were some very TIRED students. I couldn’t resist the pun.

Stay tuned for a wrap up of all the exciting things that have occurred during remote learning in term 3

Minecraft in Maths groups with Chloe… News updates from Admin Group I … and an interview with Julia fresh out of quarantine.

2020 Term 2 Oyo de Dios

Any wrap up of of Term 2 this year would not be complete without mentioning the craze that swept through il Nido during the final days of the term. As you can see from the images below it was wool from one end of the L.C. to the other. Everyone was caught up in the craft movement. It was a wonderful shift from all the time spent on screens during remote learning earlier in the term.

The youtube clip below runs you through the basics of how to create one of these God’s eyes. There are more elaborate designs and the students in il Nido quickly wanted to challenge themselves to create more intricate patterns. Try them at home!

The video below shows you how to make a more complex design.

2020 Term 2

Remember when we came back to school for those few weeks? We were very busy in Il Nido. One of the challenges we set about solving was designing Social Distancing hats.

Firstly we had to come up with a design using materials such as straws, cardboard and plastic.

Then we had to construct our design.

Finally we got to test our designs and then model them on the specially constructed il Nido catwalk. Listen to the soundtrack to our fashion show to get in the mood.

2020 Term 1.

Remember all the way back in Term 1 when we were able to work together and create solutions to problems like the Marshmallow Challenge. Look how much everyone has grown.


First set of photos from camp – more to be uploaded!


Colour Run!

il Nido 2019 photos!

We have had such a wonderful year in il Nido!

As we are nearing the end, we will be adding lots of photos from throughout the year – thanks to the whole il Nido community for making 2019 such a good one!

To get us started, here are some backstage photos from our wonderful production of Romeo and Juliet.

Il Nido Term 3 Wrap-up

The year has been speeding by and here we are almost at the close of Term 3!

It’s been an eventful term with some brilliant highlights:


Our competitive debating group continued to develop their skills this term with ongoing teacher-led sessions, inter-LC debates, and a debating excursion.

Alex, Lois, Ari, Lily, Olive K, Nadia, Felix, Leonhard, Oliver, Andrew, Milo M, Ed, went with Robyn to Clifton Hill Primary School for inter-school debating on Wednesday 12th September. It was a terrific experience for all and our team had some excellent results, winning three of the five debates, with several students earning best speaker.

Some quotes about the experience:

Olive K “We felt really good about the blind debate, since we were able to get everything prepared and still have time to practise. It was really enjoyable being in debating and helped me improve my skills a lot.”

Lois “I enjoyed doing it at a different school, and practising in front of other people.”

Nadia “I enjoyed writing the blind debate under pressure. We only had an hour and forty-five minutes to write the debate then we had to speak in a shorter debate.”

Angus “The thing I like about debating is that we compete against the other classes and it’s a lot of fun preparing and getting ready.”

Lily “I think it’s good for kids to do it. It helped me with my public speaking. I usually speak too fast – it helped me slow down. It helps you see things from different perspectives and each side can have good points.” 


This year Il Nido completed 3 group project entries for the Maths Talent Quest:

“All about Moreland and our Local Area”

and “The Human Struggle: a Global Solution” both won credit prizes;

and “How will Australians adapt to the future Australia” won a distinction!

Congratulations to all our wonderful Il Nido Mathematicians!

Some representatives from the Future Australia group will be selected to attend the awards ceremony on Thursday 18th October at La Trobe University.


Thanks again to everyone for contributing to and supporting our Friday Market. Once again our Learning Community has been successful and raised an extra $350 for the LC, which we have elected to spend on the purchase of new educational games.

Well done!

PORTSEA CAMP Monday 15th – Wednesday 17th October (Term 4 Week 2)

We are in the process of finalising the last few details for our camp and are getting really excited now that it’s so close. The final camp note will be handed out at the during the first week back in term 4. For anyone who needs an extra packing list, we will attempt to attach this below as well as put a copy on the Il Nido 2018 Google Classroom.

Il Nido Camp packing list 2018


To close, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy school holidays, and send you off with a poem:

Spring Awakening by Lily Baker

Spring is the magical time

When the rainbow lorikeets hum and the honey suckles


When I actively bounce down the sand dunes

And onto the pea green grass,

The waratahs and the wattles bloom,

And my heart opens to the riot of spring.

I love this time when everything comes to life,

Nature triumphs in the trees, swaying freely in the wind,

Stealing my train of thought

And making my imagination run wild.

I am inspired by this heavenly kingdom,

The tranquillity of dew droplets falling,


The mastery of the rain.

I feel connected.

Tree sap trickles down the bark of native gum trees

I examine this , calmly, curiously.

Sometimes the wind whispers to me at dusk

Giving me confidence within my body

I promise

I will always make the most of springtime.

Source: Poems written by Australian children in masterclasses on The Four Seasons using The Hathorn Technique led by Libby Hathorn.

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