On Tuesday, 4 February during their scheduled Visual Arts periods, Grade 5 students visited the Grade 9 Visual Arts students with an aim to provoke discussions on key concepts of 'limitations', 'inspirations' and 'reactions'. These concepts are pivotal to the current Grade 5 unit in the transdisciplinary theme of 'How we express ourselves' with the central idea of Creative expression involves inspiration, limitation and reaction. The Grade 9 students had the opportunity to share their current artistic pieces and prompt discussions about their creative process. Here are a few photos of the visit.
The first Drone Club After-School Activity, hosted by The Global Air Drone Academy happened on Tuesday afternoon! The students will spend the next eight weeks in 'STEAM' (Sciences, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) activities utilizing drone technology while simultaneously preparing them for a future full of technological opportunity!
The Global Air Drone Academy said, "we aim to accomplish 3 goals in all of our programming: First, we want to introduce youth to the wonderful world of robotics, drones, and coding. Second, we teach them about the many career and entrepreneurial opportunities that are emerging in the drone industry. And last but not least, we have fun flying!"
They have taught over 6,000 children worldwide, and their workshops have been proven to increase interest in STEAM education and careers. AISL is looking forward to the next eight weeks of exploration!
On Monday 26 January the American Library Association announced this year’s Youth Media Awards. For book geeks this is a much-anticipated event! Our library already has many of this year’s award-winners, and some that were published after the date of our big order are on our next order.
The Youth Media Awards comprise a large range of award categories. Some of these categories (there are many more categories than listed here!) include:
The Randolph Caldecott Medal: "given to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children"*
The John Newbery Medal: "given to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children"
The Printz Award: given to "a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature."
The Alex Awards: "given to 10 books originally written for adults but that have special appeal for youths roughly ages 12-18"
The Coretta Scott King Awards: "given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values."
The Schneider Family Book Awards: "honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences."
* Award descriptions taken from American Library Association's Youth Media Awards website
On Wednesday morning, Kindergarten students shared their learning about 'The journeys we take help us learn about the world' as part of their Unit of Inquiry, 'Where we are in place and time'. Students enthusiastically shared their work with their parents and demonstrated the knowledge and understanding in a variety of ways. Thanks to all families that came out to support their children - see below for some photos of the event:
This morning, our ELC families had the opportunity to connect with their child/children as part of their Celebration of Learning. The students were very excited to share a variety of provocations with their parents, inviting them to join in with painting, patterning, creating and construction activities. They also shared cookies with their parents - that they had made and baked themselves in class this week! Thank you to all of the families who were able to come and support this special morning for the children.
Last Friday 6 December, the Kindergarten students showcased their learning in a Performing Arts Showcase. They adapted the story of 'Stone Soup' to highlight how our journeys around the world to different places are so much better when we are kind and share with the people we encounter along the way. Through acting, dance and singing the students demonstrated that we can build a community wherever we are through our kind actions and words. Well done Kindergarten students!
Since the beginning of the year a number of Primary students have been walking the track before school to get exercise, chat with friends and to start the day in a healthy way. Nora and Noa from 5NC have analysed the data collected from the track walkers and have written the report below.
Students have been running around the primary field every morning. We have been keeping track of how many laps each student or adult completed. The adults ran 218 laps. The average amount of laps per person is 72 laps. Grade one ran 158 laps. The person who ran the most laps was Bryce who ran 104 laps, which is four times the average. Grade 2 ran 491 laps in total. The average amount of laps per person was 25.8 laps. The student who did the most laps was Caitlin. She ran 88 laps. Grade 3 ran 921 laps - this is the most laps per grade! Well done, Grade Three. The person who ran the longest distance was Milo. He ran 162 laps. Grade 4 ran 350 laps. The student who ran the longest distance was Aurielle who ran 59 laps, three times the average amount. Grade 5 ran 258 laps. The average amount of laps per person is 19.8 laps. The person who ran most was Rayna with 75 laps and Coralie who had the second most laps.
In total, our school ran 609 km which is roughly the travel distance to Hwange National Park. We think that Rayna, Coralie and Aurielle show a great example of why you should come to school early and run some laps. Caitlin, Bryce, and Milo all have parents that work at this school so they come early too. In conclusion, the students at our school have been doing a great job at being committed and doing something that helps them stay physically active.
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