2018 Term 2 Week 13 18 May 2018
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Guardians,
It has been a busy and rewarding week with our Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 students involved in the annual NAPLAN testing.
The students are to be congratulated for their positive efforts throughout the week and the strong desire to give of their best.
NAPLAN is a narrow, but important measure of student development at a point-in-time in their schooling. It needs to be viewed in the context of school-based assessment and reporting and the more broad and indepth learning that occurs on a daily, weekly and annual basis across multiple learning platforms in our school.
At Lindisfarne, we embrace every aspect of a young person’s development and a total educational program that promotes academic learning in all disciplines, sport and physical development, the creative and performing arts, well-being and leadership development, social purpose and citizenship, personal and spiritual development as these aspects of learning assist the development of young people who will be equipped to move into life beyond school in an ever-changing and complex world.
From the Deputy Principal
From the Chaplain
Camp Week Nerves!
As camp week approaches for students, staff and families, there are a lot of unknowns and nerves, which is completely normal when you face something for the first time. Think about all of the “firsts” which you would have already faced in life and reflect for a moment on your perception and opinion before and after the experiences.
Recently, our Year 7 students faced the dreaded wait for immunization needles, and as one of the supervising staff, I can tell you that the nerves and tension in the waiting area were intense. However, every student successfully faced the challenge, and many of them reflected on how they had built it up in their heads to be so much bigger and more difficult than the lived experience turned out to be.
This seems to be a common phenomenon in life; as we approach a new experience, we “write the story” before we live the experience. Sometimes what we write or imagine is bigger and better than what actually happens, and other times we approach something with fear and trepidation because we convince ourselves that whatever we are about to face is going to be terrible.
I often wonder what it would have been like for Jesus’ disciples to have been called to follow him, and whether they imagined what they were stepping into was going to be enjoyable and pleasurable, or challenging, or a combination of both? The gospel stories certainly portray both extremes as being a part of the lived experience, and it seemed that living through challenges taught them a whole lot more than the moments of joy, celebration and euphoria.
Part of the process of building character and resilience is about facing the things we find challenging and realising that we are capable of doing more than we think. That does not necessarily mean that everything goes really well, but we are able to learn from our challenging experiences and being pushed beyond our comfort zone.
Franciscan priest Richard Rohr says, “Success doesn’t really teach you anything; it just feels good. The real learning in life come through our wrestles, our struggles, our failures, and the things we overcome.”
I know that some of our students and parents are hesitant and nervous about camp week, not because the camps are going to be terrible, but because of the unknown factors which lie beyond the comfort zone.
My hope and prayer for all of us next week is that we embrace the new experiences, new conversations, potential new friendships, new challenges, and that we continue to build and grow character and resilience into who we are and who God is calling us to be.
Rev Chad Rynehart
Parents & Friends
P&F News and Events
It has been a chilly week in the community and I hope everyone is keeping warm.
A couple of events to mark on your calendar:
Firstly, if you have not yet placed your order for the Melamine plates, get cracking as today is the final day for orders!
Athletics Carnivals are just around the corner and the P&F will be organising sushi for the Senior event and kebabs for the funday with our Juniors. Keep watching for order instructions so your child won’t miss out.
Our exciting Golf Day ‘par-tee’ is happening on 22 June and teams are filling up quickly. Give yourself a kickstart for the weekend with a friendly (perhaps competitive) game of Friday golf. Grab some friends, get online and book your team in today at www.trybooking.com/341249.
P&F Golf Day
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Whole School News
Enrolments 2019 and 2020
Lindisfarne is the school of choice for families in the southern Gold Coast, Tweed Coast and northern New South Wales.
Our enrolment growth has seen additional classes for 2018 added in both Kindergarten and Year 7, with many other year levels, including our Preschool, nearing capacity, a sure sign of confidence in the future of our school.
We are urging all current families who are considering enrolment for a sibling at any year level for entry in 2019 and 2020 to make contact with our Registrar, Jenaya Mulley, via email@example.com
Download an enrolment form or pick up a copy from either the Sunshine Avenue Reception or the Mahers Lane Reception.
Director of Community Engagement
Dean of Studies
How Strengths-based parenting Helps Young People to Thrive
Amplifying strengths helps children reach their full potential and improves wellbeing.
Parenting can be a difficult business and what often draws parents’ attention is
children’s weaknesses – their faults, flaws and the tasks at which they struggle.
Perhaps your child isn’t good at being patient or they find it difficult to make new friends and keep up in maths class.
While there’s no doubt that parents can help children improve in these areas, an emerging field of research reveals that focusing on children’s strengths means they’re more likely to reach their full potential and enjoy high levels of life satisfaction and wellbeing. Here’s what you need to know about strength-based parenting.
What is strength-based parenting?
Strength-based parenting is an approach to parenting that prioritises children’s
strengths above their shortcomings. It’s about connecting children with their inner resources – character strengths like generosity, kindness and empathy as well as talents such as musical ability and writing – to help boost life satisfaction.
We often assume we don’t need to do much about kids’ strengths precisely because they are the things children do well. However, research shows that instead of taking strengths and positive qualities for granted, deliberately amplifying and building up these strengths helps children to reach their full potential and enjoy high levels of wellbeing.
Children whose parents use strength-based parenting techniques cope better with conflict, use their strengths to meet homework deadlines and have lower levels of stress. Unsurprisingly, they also have a better understanding of their own strengths. During the vulnerable teenage years, strength-based parenting is associated with higher levels of life satisfaction, positive emotions and confidence in the ability to cope with stress, which is especially relevant given one in four young Australians is affected by a mental health condition.
How does it differ from other parenting styles?
Let it be said that strength-based parenting is not a branch of positive parenting or much-maligned helicopter parenting. Positive parenting focuses on praising children and helping them to always feel good about themselves. The problem with this approach is that it can lead to a child having an over-inflated ego and sense of self, and always expecting things to be positive in their life.
Strength-based parenting is different because it helps parents get to know children for who they are – what they’re good at and what they’re not good at – and teach them how to navigate the world through their strengths. Unlike the false praise often associated with positive parenting, strength-based parenting focuses on real praise.
Strength-based parenting is helpful during challenging times such as friendship troubles or the loss of a pet because children can draw on their strengths to work through problems. In these sorts of situations, positive parenting isn’t much more than a band-aid solution. Likewise, strength-based parenting differs from helicopter parenting because it isn’t focused on clearing the pathway for children. Rather, it’s about helping children develop inner resources and strengths that allow them to clear their own pathways.
The more parents engage in strength-based parenting, the more aware they become of their children’s strengths and the less anxious they feel about children not being able to cope. Ergo, they’re less likely to engage in helicopter parenting.
Strength-based parenting in action.
Strength-based parenting comprises three main processes: seeing strengths,
growing strengths and celebrating strengths. Let’s say you notice your child shows an aptitude for creativity and art. You might try to create environments where your child can play to their strengths by enrolling them in an art class and making sure you’ve got good quality pencils and paint at home. You could display the artwork in your home or suggest that your child give it to a family member as a gift.
Strength-based parenting is particularly helpful when children are experiencing
problems. Let’s say your teenager daughter is going through friendship issues. You might talk to her about the strengths she has that will help her navigate the problem, such as forgiveness, empathy or bravery. Discuss how she’s managed stressful times in the past – perhaps she’s a good listener, negotiator or, in a worst-case scenario, makes new friends easily.
For families keen to delve a little deeper, a free 15-minute survey developed by the VIA Institute on Character helps parents and children aged 10 to 17 identify their strengths.
Professor Lea Waters Maps
President Elect of the International Positive Psychology Association
Early Learning Centre
This week, students in Year 3 participated in the National Assessment Program. At the Junior School, we see these assessments as a tool to evaluate the teaching and learning that is happening in classrooms. The data collected from the results informs teachers on areas of strength and areas to focus our professional development towards.
I want to congratulate all of our Year 3 students for the efforts this week. The Year 3 teachers were especially impressed by how calm and relaxed our student were when completing the assessments.
Assistant Head of Primary - Curriculum
This week, Healthy Harold visited the Junior School. Students from Preschool to Year 4 headed off into the Life Education Van and discussed issues around living a healthy life. The van and Healthy Harold will return in two weeks time for those classes that are yet to visit.
Students covered topics from healthy eating, safe storage of medicines, caring for others, peer pressure and cyber safety. If you would like to discuss these topics further with your child, please visit https://www.lifeeducation.org.au/ for more information.
Assistant Head of Primary - Curriculum
Valuable Apps to Engage in Educational Activities Outside of School
All too often we are bombarded by apps that at first glance look great for our students and children though when we delve deeper into them are not quite what we are looking for. How can you navigate through the minefield of free and paid apps to ensure that your son is using these tools to help him along his educational journey?
An excellent free resource that is available to all is through Common Sense Media (https://www.commonsensemedia.org/). Here, is a large selection of articles about navigating technology with your children. Also the site publishes a large amount of articles around tried and tested educational apps. Through the reviews, consumers are able to hand pick the apps that are right for the children. It contains a comprehensive summary of the app including both positive and negative comments.
With a simple search on Common Sense Media you are able to pinpoint exactly what you are looking for. On a recent quest for quality Maths apps I found a comprehensive list here http://bit.ly/2lyYisM. We all know that if our children are spending some time on their devices it would be beneficial to have them participating in an educational way.
If you would like to find out more about resources and references online, please do not hesitate in contacting me.
Assistant Head of Primary - Curriculum
Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden
Year 5 News
It has been a busy week for Year 5. While NAPLAN was the main event this week, Stage 3 commenced their Term 2 Sports Program. All students had a choice of Tennis, Golf, Ball Games or Soccer.
The opportunity to select their sport for the duration of the term was a new experience.
Here is what some of the students in 5B had to say:
“Tennis was fun, they showed us how to use our backhand which was great!”
“Soccer was fun and taught us about teamwork and working together.”
“I really liked golf with all the competitions and games. Eventhough I didn’t win anything, I still had a lot of fun.”
“I really enjoyed doing ball games on a Friday. It made me better at sports that I didn’t know how to play.”
Friday afternoon sport is a highlight of the week in Year Five and we are looking forward to many more memorable experiences.
Year 5 Teacher
Year 8 Camp
Camp is fast approaching – the anticipation of time away from home and the range of activities for some holds heady excitement. For others, the same experience means a little anxiety around the unknown.
Here at Lindisfarne, camp is about creating new relationships and developing current friendships through engaging in all of the activities on offer. Support and connection is forged in the most unlikely circumstances and the memories created at camp will be ones that last a lifetime.
Year 8 students will have roll call at 8.20am in the Breezeway (students should bring their bags down to the same area so that they do not get placed onto the incorrect bus) and will depart for Tyalgum Ridge Resort. Normal school drop arrangements are fine for Monday, 22 May 2018.
We will be back on campus by 3.00pm on Thursday, 24 May. Parents may collect students from Mahers Lane from this time. Please note that there is no supervision for students available on Friday, 25 May.
Students have been reminded of their responsibilities whilst they are away on camp and we are looking forward to having a great time.
Year 8 Coordinator
Middle School Science
Do you like dinosaurs? Everyone likes dinosaurs. It is fun imagining what it would have been like living in a world where these incredible creatures roamed the land, sea and sky. Dinosaurs completely dominated the Earth for about 150 million years and then something terrible happened. They disappeared around the time that an enormous asteroid collided with the Earth. The crater from this catastrophic impact lies deep under the Gulf of Mexico and the object that made it had to have been about ten kilometres in diameter. It would not have been nice to be around at the time that it hit. However, the dinosaurs were tough. They had been through a lot during their 150 million years, and they should have been able to survive the asteroid strike but they didn’t. There is a lot of argument about what happened to the dinosaurs but most of the ideas involve the climate change that would have followed a major impact event. One of the more intriguing ideas is that the boy dinosaurs ran out of girl dinosaurs to help make baby dinosaurs.
The idea goes like this: We know that dinosaurs laid eggs and that they were closely related to today’s reptiles. Modern reptiles, like turtles, lay eggs in the sand and the temperature of the sand determines if the eggs hatch as boy turtles or girl turtles. If the sand is consistently warmer than 31 degrees celsius the eggs become girls, if it is consistently cooler than 28 degrees celsius the eggs become boys. If the temperature goes up and down there is a mix of boys and girls. Now, what if global temperatures went way down after the asteroid struck? What if there were no girl dinosaurs hatched for years and years? If the world didn’t warm back up quickly enough, there may have been no girl dinosaurs and no more eggs. The curious thing about the impact of the asteroid is that mammals didn’t go extinct and neither did the amphibians, the fish or the birds, just dinosaurs. Amphibians and fish both lay their eggs in water where temperature doesn’t change quickly, mammals produce live babies and birds sit on their eggs to incubate them. It was only the dinosaurs that seemed to get into trouble.
This idea is impossible to prove but it has implications for us today. Remember the turtles? Well, the number of boy turtles has been steadily declining as the average temperature of the nests has been increasing. The world has experienced a series of warmer than average years in a row and marine biologists are already worried that the numbers of boy turtles and girl turtles is getting out of whack making the future of these beautiful animals uncertain. One of the reasons that we study fossils is to try to learn things from the past that will help us understand our world today. The dinosaurs are silent now, turned into stone, traces of their existence left in rock the only suggestion of their former glory but maybe they can still help us to learn about what happens when global temperature changes.
Listen to the rocks, they have stories to tell.
There were lots of responses to last week’s quiz. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy seems to be a favourite. Even Mr Godden jumped in with the answer to the meaning of life which of course is… 42.
Now for this week’s question: One of the most popular dinosaurs is Tyrannosaurus Rex. This creature would have been truly terrifying to come upon in the woods. Which modern day animal is most closely related to the fearsome T-Rex: the Tasmanian devil, turtles, a chicken, the Komodo dragon, or the crocodile?
Send your answer in to firstname.lastname@example.org and have FUN on camp next week.
Caring for Caitlin
Last Saturday, 5 May a group of current students, Alumni and parents gathered together to respond to the need of a Lindisfarne community member, Caitlin Ambrose, who finished school in 2014.
Caitlin is suffering from a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing Sarcoma. She has had 17 rounds of chemotherapy, followed by surgery and seven weeks of radiation. Unfortunately even with this punishing regime, Caitlin’s cancer is not in remission.
The School was approached by her classmates to see if we could support her in some way and support her we did. Credit must go particularly to our senior students who immediately stepped up in so many ways; as musicians, serving, purchasing tickets and making donations. It proved to be a wonderful evening filled with so many emotions where our Lindisfarne community actively showed their compassion and empathy - and in the process, raised $14,000.
Caitlin is now in the US undergoing Immunotherapy treatment.The medical trial and travelling to America for this treatment are expensive but we are all hoping and praying it cures Caitlin’s cancer.
There will be a further fundraiser on Sunday, 27 May at the Cabarita Beach Bowls and Sports Club called 'Gig 4 Caitlin' (please see the flyer above). This will be another opportunity to have a great afternoon of entertainment as well as help raise money for Caitlin. Please get involved.
You can also donate on her GoFundMe page which has so far raised over $55,000: https://www.gofundme.com/caitlin-kicks-cancer.
To quote Coretta Scott King: "The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members." Our Lindisfarne community epitomises her vision as we draw together in support of one of our members and her family.
Head of Senior School
Year 12 Careers News
Kickstart HSC Revision at the University of Sydney
Book now to secure your Kickstart hands-on HSC revision workshops for 2018. You can sign your class up for workshops in HSC biology, chemistry or physics. We cover areas of the syllabus that are hard to tackle practically at school, such as superconductors, Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, and Genetics. More information at http://sydney.edu.au/science/outreach/high-school/kickstart/index.shtml.
ACU Community Achiever Program early entry applications now open
ACU’s Community Achiever Program (CAP), formerly the Early Achievers’ Program, is open to students who volunteer their time and energy to help others. Successful applicants receive an early conditional offer and may benefit from a reduced minimum ATAR requirement. Applications close on 31 July 2018. http://www.acu.edu.au/community-achiever.
Bachelor of Exercise Science and Psychological Science coming to Southern Cross University
This new four year full-time course will be hitting our Coffs Harbour, Lismore and Gold Coast campuses for Session 1, 2019. For more information you can visit www.scu.edu.au.
Southern Cross University Taster Days coming July school holidays
Year 11 and 12 students are invited to visit Southern Cross University campuses to get a ‘taste’ for study and career opportunities in the July school holidays. Students will get behind the scenes and participate in hands-on sessions in their chosen discipline and be inspired by the possibilities with Southern Cross University. This is a fantastic day for students to get an idea of what studying their dream course could really be like! Any questions, please contact email@example.com.
CADETSHIPS, APPRENTICESHIPS, TRAINEESHIPS
Engineering and Technology Cadetship applications now open
Applications for the Engineering and Technology Cadetships (ETCAD) Program opened on 30 April and close on 22 June. By that date, both the student Application Form and School Assessment are due. Engineering Cadets work at Cubic Transportation Systems and Technology Cadets at Macquarie Group. Applications for the Business Cadetships Program close on 16 May. Business Cadets work at UBS.
Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Education Scholarship Program
If you are a high achieving school leaver and interested in business, then the Bachelor of Accounting Cooperative Education Scholarship program has been designed just for you. It provides you with a multi-skilled accounting degree with strong emphasis on both accounting and financial management, both essential business tools. Apply at www.bachelorofaccounting.com before Friday, 1 June 2018.
Year 12 Post School Interviews - Camp Week
Just a reminder for Year 12 during camp week, when you are in one of your study sessions, then I am also available for post school planning during this time.
Director of VET and Careers
Lights, Camera, Action!
Announcing the Stage 2 musical for 2018 - Roald Dahl’s adaptation of The Three Little Pigs.
A twist on the classic tale, this musical is fun for all ages! Based on the poem featured in Revolting Rhymes… The piggies are in a tight corner – who will save them?
This musical was chosen for its funny interpretation and its delightful orchestral score.
Years 3 and 4 will work through the core of this performance in their Performing Arts sessions this term and next. Auditions will be held for the lead roles in the coming weeks with notice given.
We will ensure that this is an inclusive experience for everyone involved whilst uniting Stage 2 in appreciation of music, drama and dance.
A team of helpers is essential for set design and costuming. If you can help in any way please email Mrs Amy Skene:.
The anticipation has been building for this announcement and we are all excited to working together with students, teachers and parents to bring this musical to life!
Jesse Edwards and Amy Skene
Musical Director and Director
Homework Help with the Learning Enrichment Team
Every Wednesday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, the Learning Enrichment team will be running a Homework Help session for students in Years 5 to 12 in the Mahers Lane Library.
All students are welcome to come along if they are requiring assistance with homework or assessment tasks. Please register your interest via email to Jodie Duggan firstname.lastname@example.org (Middle School) and Kim Denny email@example.com (Senior School).
Lindisfarne Recording Studio
Important Dates and Reminders
- FNC NSW Primary Netball Cup (Years 4 – 6) – Mullumbimby – Friday, 25 May
- Tweed Netball League Round 5 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 26 May
- FNC NSW Secondary Netball Cup (Years 7 – 10) – Lismore – Thursday, 31 May
- Tweed Netball League Round 6 – Arkinstall Park – Saturday, 2 June
- NCIS Touch Championships – Lismore – Monday, 4 June
Good luck to all runners at the NCIS Championships in Ballina on Friday.
Football - The Bill Turner Cup – Round 3
Lindisfarne 7, Mt St Pats 0 Each year, the boys seem to be matched with our local rivals at Mt St Patrick College and this year was no different. This time around, the boys were ready, and put on a stunning performance for the home crowd. They were dominant from the outset, first to every ball and found the back of the net seven times. Behind a Ryan Simpkins hat-trick, a Quinn Butel brace, a goal from Finnegan Wagner and a stunning header by Gus Edwards, the offense was potent all day. Flynn Curtis was sharp when needed and he and the back line kept a second straight clean sheet. Next up will be an away fixture against the winner of Byron Bay HS and Shearwater Steiner. Thanks again to the officials, groundsmen, students and parents.
Surf Life Saving
Well done to the SLS team who performed so magnificently at the Queensland School Surf Lifesaving Titles in Mooloolaba. We had a number of top five finishes but the highlights of the day were: Jacob Sands in all if his events. Maddison Jones coming third in the U16 Female Board Race and second in the Iron Woman. Rupert Fahy placed third in the beach sprints. Ruby Meehan for second in the U15 Female Iron Woman, second in the Board Race (competing up and age group) and second in Age Championship. Beau Meehan also received first in Age Championship.
The team finishing first in the U15 Cameron Relay - Beau Meehan, Ruby Meehan, Ginger Allen and Jacob Sands. Beau Meehan dominated the day, winning gold in the U15 Male Surf Race, Board Race and Iron Man.
More photos below. Click 'Expand Article' to view.
“On the beach side of events, the all age relay (Oliver Jeffrey, Rupert Fahy, Sven Loemker, Beau Meehan, Maddison Jones and Jacob Sands) managed to come fifth overall which was much better than what we originally anticipated. The U15 Beach Relay also took out 5th place and Jacob Sands came out with fourth place in both Beach Sprint and Flags. It was a great day and all of us are happy with our results!”
On Sunday, Callum Wines competed in round six of the Northern Rivers District Golf Association nine hole competition at Maclean Golf Club. Callum finished in joint third place with a nett score of 36. The result keeps him in second place in the Order of Merit, one point behind the leader.
Well done to NCIS hockey players: Polly Meehan, Kate Sands, Bridie Bedford, Charlie Evesson, Zoe Marshall, Olivia Forde and Uma Upritchard in Sydney yesterday. Particular mention goes to Kate and Bridie who were selected to represent the CIS Primary Hockey Team.
Still on hockey - Kendra Fitzpatrick and Jesse Reid have been selected in the National Under 21 squad. Fabulous news!
Good luck to those competing for Lindisfarne in the FNC Schools Surfing Competition at Lennox Head, this Friday.
Congratulations to Lily O’Sullivan who won silver at the State Secondary Swimming Championships last Thursday. She now swims the 50m Free at the Nationals! Sick with a cold, Lily was inspired to swim her 27.7 second race by Samantha Riley’s speech just days before at the Sport Academy Evening.
At the CIS AFL Trials in Sydney, Nilayah Cannon was named in the Squad and Harrison Kirkwood made Possible/ Probables. No mean feat when there were 100’s of players present!
At the PSSA Primary Tennis Championships in Albury, Caspian Tuckwell was part of the winning CIS boys and overall team.
5A student Zane Wilhelm finished in third place at the Young Guns Karting Championships held over Friday, 13 April to Sunday, 15 April at Lismore race track. Zane qualified in pole position for the race meet, an outstanding feat on its own. The race is very prestigious and has racers from all over the country vying for the coveted title. Young Guns is the biggest and most competitive junior event on the Karting Australia calendar. Zane topped the time sheets in both practise sessions on Saturday, then went on to put his CRG race kart on the front row of the grid by being the fastest on the track for qualifying. Saturday afternoon saw Zane win both his heats against 21 of the country’s best Cadet 12 kart racers. On Sunday, Zane finished second in the pre-final and third in the final. His race team made some changes to his kart which, unfortunately, didn’t work so well and although disappointed he didn’t win the final, Zane should be very proud of his outstanding efforts against some of the best racing talent in the country. Congratulations Zane!
On Saturday, 12 May, Mason Noakes (Year 8) won first prize in Junior Division at the Tilapia Buster at Cabarita. He reeled in the largest Tilapia weighing in at 1.38kg caught on a spinning lure. The tilapia is an exotic fish species from Africa. They have been described as the cane toads of Australian waterways as they out compete native fish for habitat and food. The Tilapia Buster event helped put a dent in the local population and promote awareness about the species and how their spread can be controlled.
Director of PDHPE and Sport
Term 2 at OOSHC
Employment at Lindisfarne
What Are You Reading?
Every staff member and student at our school is a member of our wonderful Lindisfarne community. We are also a community of readers. Each week, we will feature a ‘What Are You reading?’ section to discover what we're reading for pleasure. Perhaps you will discover your next favourite book too!
This week, we spoke with Year 2 Teacher, Miss Sarah Rolfe.
What are you reading? Fish in a Tree
Who is the author? Lynda Mullaly Hunt
A brief review: Fish in a Tree is an uplifting, inspiring story that makes the reader question the notion of "fitting in". Ally struggles at school and it takes the understanding and passion of a very special teacher to help her realise that "great minds don’t think alike". This book celebrates uniqueness and diversity and promotes overcoming struggle with perseverance.
Who would you recommend read this book? I think that many of our Middle Schoolers would enjoy this book, but I also think it is a powerful book for teachers to read.
Do you have a favourite quote or passage from the book? The book is centred around a popular quote attributed to Albert Einstein: "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid". This is a powerful quote on its own, but once you have read the book, in my eyes, it becomes even more profound.
Thanks for sharing, Miss Rolfe.
NT Teacher Famil
During the school holidays, I was the guest of the Northern Territory Government for their annual teacher famil. 10 teachers from various backgrounds are chosen from throughout Australia. I was lucky enough to be part of a group that included geographers, historians, and scientists from South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Queensland. During the trip we were exposed to the educational opportunities that the Northern Territory provides.
We started our journey in Alice Springs where we toured the local accommodation providers, Royal Flying Doctors and School of the Air. That night we had the opportunity to visit the world-famous Kangaroo Sanctuary at Dusk, where I experienced a Northern Territory sunset holding a baby kangaroo, simply breathtaking. That night we dined with many of the other Alice Spring providers where we learnt about countless opportunities for our students.
The following day we toured local aboriginal communities and took part in a range of activities including learning about their history and art. This experience was especially heart-warming and educational. The following day we made our way to Kings Canyon where we did a five hours hike up, down and around this amazing site. We started our hike at 5.00am so we could be at the top for sunrise, an unforgettable experience.
We then travelled to Curtin Springs to a cattle station that had been converted to accommodation. This site includes a working cattle station and a paper mill. The site also includes massive salt lakes and Mt Conner, which is as important to Aboriginal spirituality as Uluru.
From Curtin Springs, we headed to Uluru where we again were able to spend time with local Aboriginal communities followed by a breathtaking sunset and the field of lights display.
The next day we visited Uluru, riding bikes around the base. That night we had a dinner with all the local providers followed by a tour of accommodation providers. Our final activity was a camel ride during sunrise around the base of Uluru.
The trip was an enlightening experience, in the coming weeks I will share information with stakeholders throughout the School, with the aim to plan a Northern Territory experience for our students.
Director of HSIE