Maths / Science
Maths / Science
English / Humanities
English / Humanities
Well done to all the Year 7 students and parents on a very busy first term of high school. Students have successfully adapted to their timetables, use of lockers and ICT whilst attending classes in multiple buildings around the college. They are consistently displaying the college expectations: behaving safely, showing respect, aiming high and valuing our community.
Ride your bike to school day was a great success this term. Congratulations to students in the Wattle community who were winners or out Ride Your Bike to School Day trophy and an extra PE session. Please encourage your students to ride, scoot or walk to school. Scooter and bikes may be stored in the bike racks during the day with a lock. Helmets must be worn, and can be stored in student lockers.
Students have also had the opportunities to cash in their rewards tokens. Staff versus Year 7 students basketball match was a big hit with students across the college. Our very talented Year 7 players however could not match the staff. Better luck next time Year 7’s!
In English this term, students have focused on a number of different areas of study. They studied debating where everyone had the chance to argue their point of view on an issue. The quality of the debates were fantastic and demonstrated the students strong persuasive skills.
In Maths this term, students focused on topics related to both Measurement and Geometry. Students applied their knowledge of area and perimeter to solve a variety of problems, such as finding the dimensions of a paddock that is cheapest to fence when presented with a given area.
In Humanities this term, students have been learning about Federation and Parliament. We have written letters to people from the perspective of someone living in Australia during Federation and also made models of the layout of The Senate or House of Representative. Students participated in a referendum in class to vote on whether we should have a bell or not, the results were surprising with one class voting ‘yes’ to the change and another class voting ‘no’ to having a bell. We also learnt about the responsibilities of each level of government and the role of the Governor General.
Mathematics has been extremely productive in Melaleuca. One of the highlights was preparing for the Year 7 Probability Fair. The study of Probability begins for students in their elementary years, allowing them to make sense of experiences and the language involving chance. As students progress into the Middle Years, they devel-op important skills such as questioning and making conjectures, applying these skills to formulating and solving real life problems in a variety of rich and interesting contexts.
Our creative Year 7 mathematicians celebrated their learning of Probability with enthusiasm by organising a Probability Fair, which featured games of Chance they created by working collaboratively in groups, bringing the concepts of Probability learnt to life. Students from the Wattle Community were invited to ‘come and try their luck’ by playing and evaluating these games, scoring points and prizes, as well as providing our students with valuable feedback, all in the name of fun!
With Term 3 rapidly approaching it’s end, our Year 7’s can reflect on the fantastic work that they have accomplished for English. They have studied film as text with a particular focus on the film Paper Planes. This has culminated in them writing a text response essay. Some of the essays have been incredibly sophisticated and students have shown significant growth. They have also been working on grammar and spelling each week using our marvellous LearningField resource.
Some students have also been taking part in The Debaters Association of Victoria’s Junior North Western Program where they have had an opportunity to compete against other local schools. Next year we are seeking to expand our debating club even more so watch for more updates. All in all it has been a fantastic Term 3 for Year 7 English and Term 4 will be even better!