Last Monday, as part of our Talent Development, we had some fun.
We are creating a movie documenting Surviving for 3 days in Sandy Point.
So for a test we created hobo tins, portable camp cookers, using empty fruit tins. Using pliers and power tools, we cut out holes for ventilation and to allow space for burning paper and dry wood. We cooked a couple of tasty sausages to test. The burners worked perfectly.
We are aiming to go out to Sandy Point for 3 days and to learn more survival safety skills, such as building a bivouac.
By Ethyn, James and Jackson
Check out our home page to view our Flash Mob performances and the fun activities we've organised to celebrate Gifted Awareness Week 15-21 June.
Today a group of students investigated reactions and applications of these in chemical processes. We mixed yeast with warm water, salt and sugar. The fermentation process took about 15 minutes. Then we added this yeast mixture to the flour. We did not have time for the bread to prove so we just baked it. The heat during the baking caused permanent chemical changes in the ingredients and stopped the yeast action.
Today students enjoyed discovering some hands on experiments and developing an understanding of liquids, solids and properties of starch. They also discussed Sir Issac Newton's theories and discovery of a property being in a state of 'suspension'. We also inflated balloons using the gas produced from vinegar and baking soda. The facial expressions say it all...
The architecture team brainstormed some of the key features of a house:
Using these as criteria, the students were asked to design their dream house using the creative mode in Minecraft.
Below are some of our student samples created within 20 min of design time.
Today we started more rotations linked to our Universal Concept - CHANGE.
Students in small groups had to conduct an experiment called Elephant Toothpaste. They then had to discuss what happened and research the exo- thermic reactions.
It was SUPER FUN!
The students have been exploring some Personal Development tasks over the last two weeks.
These have revealed many personal characteristics and traits that they share as a Gifted & Talented individual.
They have really thought about their responses and shown depth and complexity in their analogies.
This week they have compared them selves to Seasons and had to justify why they are like Autumn or Summer.
They have compared themselves to food types, hot or cold, colour, numbers and sports.
The language they are using is rich and descriptive.
The staff are all enjoying getting to know more about each student through these tasks.
As they are quite personal we are not able to share many of them.
But we have selected a few, common fears are the dark, spiders, heights and creepy crawlies.
During this work the students have discovered many different ways to present their work, we have loved Prezi and Emaze. They are learning Google slides and importing images, changing backgrounds, fonts, colours and being mindful of elements of effective Visual Language.