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26 August 2019 Art Show creativity celebrates God’s creation Through a reading of Genesis, Catholic Tradition teaches us that all of God's creation is good. Our learners celebrated this goodness by creating artworks for our 'Days of Creation' themed Art Show. Every learning community was engaged in developing a different aspect of each of the seven days of creation showcased in this year's Art Show on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 August. This also provided a logical sequence for the Art Show walkthrough. "I definitely feel that learners at St James gained a great appreciation of art by learning about other artists and using them for inspiration, by experimenting with a wide variety of materials and techniques and seeing what is possible by viewing work displayed from all year levels across the school," said Delwyn Castellano, one of the school's visual art teachers. Over the course of the semester, every student creating at least two items for the art show - one two-dimensional and one three-dimensional piece - by worked individually or in groups. Some of these artworks were inspired by ideas from different cultures and indigenous or other famous artists. [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="1907,1906,1905,1904"] [gallery columns="2" link="none" size="full" ids="1908,1910,1909,1911"] Some of the techniques used included collage, printmaking, 3D construction, watercolour painting, air-dried clay, marbling, papier-mâché and puppetry. [gallery columns="2" size="full" link="none" ids="1913,1914,1915"] Visual arts teacher, Jess Naidu, commented that, "It was exciting to see the final display of the huge amount of work that the learners had completed throughout the year. The school was filled with colour and there was a buzz of excitement as students began to journey along the 'Days Of Creation' art show walk. They loved seeing their pieces on display and were very proud and eager to show teachers and their families their artistic achievements." School principal, Mary Abbott, was excited about the way that students engaged in the experience. "It was great to observe them reading about the days of creation and explaining to their parents about what they had done," she said. Read More
15 August 2019 Super readers are superheroes! Boom! Zap! Kaplow! It was superpower central in Hoppers Crossing as students and staff all got into the spirit of this year's CBCA Book Week theme. Each year level at St James the Apostle School learnt a superhero song as part of the much-loved Book Week costume parade, with the Ramones' Spiderman and Aqua's hit Cartoon Hero being performed with gusto. The Year 6 team went even further, dressing as Ghostbusters as part of their performance. Some students and teachers were also keen to create their own superheroes with special reading superpowers, like Double Denim Decoder and the Comprehension Squad. Everyone had a blast, showing off their amazing powers and sharing their love for reading. [foogallery id="1876"] Read More
08 August 2019 Robotics, coding, science and technology National Science Week takes place from 10 to 18 August. In Year 3, students are being given opportunities to explore the world of coding and robotics. Over the last week, students in Year 3 have been using Edison robots to learn about coding. They learnt that the Edison robot has a sensor, which can be used to scan a barcode. These barcodes activate a pre-recorded code. Our excited learners looked at barcodes that kept the robot inside a barrier and also did some sumo wrestling! There was also an exploration into how instructions needed to be specific when writing our own code. Through experimentation, learners discovered  that they needed to adjust the time each action took to get the robot to travel along a road to the finish line, turning at the right point. [foogallery id="1864"] Eventually the Year 3 learners will be programming robots to travel along a small model city to participate in a parade that links to their Inquiry topic of celebrations and commemorations. Read More
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