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 http://www.sketchup.com. 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 http://www.nica.com.au/event-tickets.php?cPath=379. Thanks to Colleen for the heads up.
Some pics from the Tinker Lab below