The first year Bridge students were lucky to interview Mr Russell Pearson, who works in the Roading department at the Invercargill City Council. The students had gathered a range of unanswered questions to ask Russell, ranging from what are the most common bridges built in the city to who decides where a bridge is built. One of the councils most recent bridge project was the strengthening of the Tiwai Bridge which took over a couple of years and cost around $12 million dollars. Russell is keen to come back and test the bridges the students are currently designing and constructing in class.
Our students learning about bridges went for a wander in the city today to
We were interested in looking at one of our oldest bridges in the city that crosses the Otepuni River.
Our salmon are becoming more active and are in search for food. A big thank you to the kids who are testing the water quality on a daily basis.
Students have selected different contexts to continue learning about our Universal Concept Patterns. Some students have selected Human Settlement to find out more about the ways which human communities developed in particular places. Studying settlement patterns helps us understand why people established their communities in particular places and to predict which communities may thrive and which may die out. In this invention challenge students are being challenged to use their imagination and think creatively to design and make a futuristic settlement on a remote planet. There are two significant difficulties that are posed:
1. You only have a limited amount of organic resources and material carried with you from earth.
2. The new area is prone to meteor showers on a regular basis.
3. You will need to think about a water source, an energy source and a food source.
Students are embracing this challenge!
Following the team attending the World Council for Gifted & Talented Children Conference in Sydney, we planned some Mindfulness sessions for our personal development strand of the Mindplus curriculum. One session we attended spoke of the difficulties our G&T students experience with their social and emotional development. He listed a number of self soothing techniques , TEACH SELF SOOTHING TECHNIQUES - meditation, mindfulness, yoga, journaling, singing, grounding practices, wet grass, bare feet, bush walk, breathing deeply in nature.
Dr Manoj Chandra Hanra was one of my favourite speakers, we wished he had been a Keynote session, a very exceptional man! He spoke about fostering students spiritual creativity and allowing time to get connected to their inner selves. and listed these strategies.
Use inner knowledge - provide time for reflective thinking
Seek to understand self - Use journal writing
Be sensitive to social problems - Use for open ended discussion of issues
Develop a capacity to care - Study lives of people who have made a difference
Close to nature - Use eco - environmental studies
We liked the app.smilingmind.com.au/sessions/18/126/
The students have really embraced these short sessions of relaxation, you can use these at home if your child needs some chill time to calm the mind before sleep!Focussing on the breath is a powerful life long strategy we would all benefit from! Enjoy....