Learning by doing
We know that our learning can be enhanced when we develop skills in a hands-on way. Recently, our students enjoyed many practical activities in different subjects. Years 9 and 10 iSTEM students flew drones according to the programs they coded. It was lots of fun as the drones flew over super enlarged maps of Sydney Harbour, “landing” on iconic sites and buildings, such as the Opera House.
The Science Showcase was a great example of students learning by doing. It was interesting to hear the girls talking through their original hypotheses, the challenges they encountered and their eventual conclusions. The photo below shows Natalie Kim, Year 9, who investigated how the ripeness of bananas affects the density of banana muffins. Natalie questioned her initial understanding as a result of her work, demonstrating effective learning.
Similarly, our Year 11 Hospitality students learned so much through their recent work placements. During the year, students spend two separate weeks working in Hospitality to learn on the job. They engaged in food preparation and plating food for service, and learnt how to collaborate with colleagues in a work environment. Operating within tight deadlines and in commercial settings provided excellent learning opportunities for our students.
Congratulations to Year 12 students who submitted Major Works over the last few weeks. Music compositions and essays are due for submission next Monday. Next week, HSC markers will be at School on the dates below. We wish the girls well in their HSC performance examinations and for the marking of their Major Works.
- Monday 5 September: HSC Music 2, performance examinations and compositions and essays due
- Tuesday 6 September: HSC Music Extension and performance examinations
- Wednesday 7 September: HSC markers assess Design and Technology Major Works
- Thursday 8 September: HSC Music 1 and performance examinations
Year 11 Examinations are well underway and conclude on Thursday 8 September.