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.”
VICTORIAN MATHS TALENT QUEST 2018
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.
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.
To close, we’d like to wish everyone a safe and happy school holidays, and send you off with a poem:
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 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.
See https://ozpoemaday.wordpress.com/2012/08/12/spring-awakening-by-lily-baker/ for more.