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Firstly a warm welcome back to Term 2!

This term we launched a School wide positive behaviour (SWPBS) acknowledgement system where students can earn points for their house groups by demonstrating the following behaviours :

  • Above and beyond expectations
  • Full school Uniform
  • Showing Kindness or being an upstander
  • Staying focused in class
  • This is a fantastic opportunity for students to be recognised for their efforts and rewarded for their positive behaviour.

This week I have also witnessed many examples in the middle school of teachers and support staff acting as positive role models to our students.

“Teachers can act as key role models, who can influence the attitudes, values and behaviours of their students.  A positive role model serves as an example–inspiring children to live meaningful lives. Teachers are a constant presence in a child’s life. They influence children as much as—if not even more than—parents do.”

Inspired by Jesse Harberger in the PE team I thought that I would lead by example and practice my role modelling by joining the 7C students in a game of bench netball. Fun was had by all.


Silvana La Leggia
Middle School Leader

Positivity Award Winners

Year 7 and 8 students who have received positive reports from teachers on Compass are entered into a raffle to win a chocolate from the  Year 7 and 8 Team Leaders.

Congratulations to the following students for winning this month’s Positivity Awards:

  • Cooper Steen Year 7
  • Ella Gartner Year 8

Year 7 Humanities

Year 7 Humanities students have been studying about water; the uses, its importance in our lives, and how to conserve it.

Edrolo, an educational consultancy company, selected Fairhills High School to trial some teaching materials on water. The Edrolo consultants were very impressed by 7A’s willingness to engage with the materials via class discussion.

7A students Tori, Maya, Scarlett, Claire, and Declan produced some awesome posters explaining and promoting uses, conservation methods, and water safety methods.

Year 8 Statistics Project – Maths

Year 8 students were given a Statistics Project for Maths where they had to come up with a lot of fun and creative questions to ask their peers, teachers and family.  After collecting the data for their questions, they analysed it using frequency tables and histograms.  From this activity they learned a lot of interesting facts about the people, including:

  • someone spent 10 hours per day on tiktok 
  • some people only sleep for four hours on average
  • someone owns 40 pairs of shoes
  • someone has 30 doors in their house

It was a great way to engage every student, and apply the mathematical concepts to their interests and hobbies. It also helped students build better relationships with each other.

Japanese connection with Star Wars

Wednesday last week was May 4 – Star Wars Day! (may the fourth be with you!)

Did you know that Japanese culture heavily influenced Star Wars?

  • George Lucas, the creator of Star Wars, was inspired by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, who directed many period/historical dramas, including The Seven Samurai and The Hidden Fortress. In Japanese, the word for ‘period drama’ is JIDAI GEKI. The term ‘JEDI’ came from this.
  • The helmet worn by Darth Vader was designed based on a samurai helmet.
  • In Star Wars, the light sabres used in battles are long and narrow like samurai swords. The style of fighting with the light sabres looks like the Japanese martial art of Kendo (Japanese fencing).
  • The character, Yoda, speaks using word order similar to Japanese. (English: He is playing in the park. Japanese: He in the park is playing.)

Year 9 Connect

1000 Steps

Our first all day excursion for the term was held at 1000 steps in Upper Ferntree Gully. This day provided students with an opportunity to socialize outside normal school hours and to participate in some rigorous climbing activities.

Foothills Community Centre

The Connect students have been approached by Foothills Community Centre to make a range of soups for some of the more needy local Ferntree Gully residents. The students have enthusiastically collaborated and made a selection of soups over the last two weeks. Their enthusiasm and willingness to make a significant contribution to the wider community is to be commended. I can see we have some budding Year 9 chefs.

Year 9 Careers interviews rescheduled

Year 9 students who have completed their Morrisby Online Careers quiz but have not yet had their follow up interview are scheduled to complete this task on 12 May and 10 June.  Check Compass for more details.

Each student who has completed their quiz and interview will receive a comprehensive printed report. Reports will be sent home with students. Could parents/carers please ask to see these reports and spend time talking to your child about the content. Career planning and management start with a comprehensive understanding of self. Often students don’t recognise their strengths and focus on their weaknesses. This program provides a positive focus and information to helping to open up the conversation and enable students make informed decisions in the future.

 

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