In the last newsletter, we reported on our students debating at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod. We are very proud to announce the following results:
Year 5/6- Out of 44 Teams
Brydie Steel, Evie McCosh
3rd Best Debating Team:
Evie McCosh, Brydie Steel, Ellie Trussler
Year 7/8- Out of 30 Teams
Warrnambool College vs Kings College
Livinia Benfell, Heidy Fleming and Ally Thomas
Congratulations to all of the teams that had the courage to debate.
Year 5 English
This term, Year 5s have been learning how to write biographies. To begin with, we learned the feature and style of biographies through studying exemplar texts like Gloria Houston’s My Great Aunt Arizona. Each student then interviewed an adult in their life. Students are currently in the process of writing their biographies. I am really thrilled at the quality being produced. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles and neighbours who shared their time being interviewed.
Year 5 Coding
Year 5 students, Addie, Sammy and Matthew, have just completed a 'Choose Your Own Adventure' App. Using some sophisticated coding in the App Lab in www.code.org, they created a user interface for a digital story called ‘Adventure of Knight’. They are 3 very keen coders who have collaborated creatively to produce a fantastic result. Well done!
Year 5 and 6 Police Education
Year 5/6 Warrnambool Police Education Visit
At the beginning of the month, year 5 & 6 attended a really informative session on cyberbullying with members from the Warrnambool Police Education Unit. Students learnt about the risks of social media, how to be a responsible digital citizen and strategies for staying safe online.
Year 5 and 6 Volleyball
On August 7, King’s sent four teams to an inter-school Volleyball competition called “Spike Zone.” Our teams trained well over several lunchtime sessions and showed great improvement over that time. On the day, two of our teams advanced to the finals, which was a great effort. Thank you to all those involved, including our coaches from the Senior School.
Year 7 Humanities
Year 7 have been studying Economics this term. They are learning about the importance of budgets for individuals and organisations. The difference between needs and wants, particularly for some that we do not need the latest video game. They are also learning about entrepreneurs and how they have shaped our shopping landscape. Students worked in pairs to analyse a business and discuss the success and challenges of small businesses.
Year 8 English
We are currently working through a unit in English on Visual Language. This has involved exploring the way meaning can be conveyed through images as well as written language, and how these work together. We have explored graphic novels, comics and picture books.
We read ‘The Red Tree’, by Shaun Tan, to consider how a picture book is not necessarily targeted at children but may often have significant meaning, through the visual and written elements, for all ages. Part of understanding the relationship between visual and written language was to create visual representations of elements from ‘The Red Tree’ story in our own way. This process can be seen in the photos. We are now undertaking the task of creating digital storybooks to further develop our skills in intertwining visual and written language.
Year 8 Maths
Over the past 2 weeks, Year 8 have been working on projects that have allowed the students to explore topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Design with a Mathematics perspective.
Students chose their fields of interest and formed groups to conduct research, which they then worked on collaboratively to create different ways to present their findings. One group explored the difference between pole fishing and net fishing and created a model to represent that demonstrated the different effects both fishing methods have on fish populations.
Over the last 3 days, Orchestra Victoria has been holding a workshop in Hamilton for students that play an instrument at AMEB grade 4 and above. Maggie Zheng joined 31 other students from South West Victoria, including 7 of our Senior School students, playing her violin almost non stop. On the final day all of the students performed in an evening concert. Congratulations Maggie on being one of the youngest students participating in this fantastic opportunity.