Inspirational tours, lessons on King Tutankhamun, 'chips n chat', Horse Wisdom and much more: it's all been happening at Gunnedah Public School and Quirindi High School.
Gunnedah Public School
Chips n Chat
Gunnedah Public School's Mrs Robinson was so excited to see so many happy faces at Chips n Chat. Well done to everyone who was picked to go. Keep up the great work.
Students have learnt about 'boundaries' at Horse Wisdom. Students learnt to read all the signs the horses give us to tell us about their boundaries and how they can use these skills in life.
Cultural and language lessons in 2A
2A has enjoyed having culture and language lessons with Miss Renee this year. Students learnt about what Aboriginal people would be doing at this time of the year to prepare for winter. They also completed a guided drawing of Deni Dhinawan to represent our school values.
Quirindi High School
The Quirindi High School (QHS community would like to extend a huge thank you to its amazing managers, teachers and staff.
In these unusual times, it's the calm professional attitude of teachers and staff that sets the tone, atmosphere and direction for students and the school community.
All parents/carers and wider community members are encouraged to continue to support the school's staff and teachers as it navigates the future together for the best possible outcomes for all.
Write like an Egyptian
The thrilling Tut roadshow was a hit with QHS students and teachers alike on Wednesday. The all-day immersive experience saw students from years 7, 11 and year 12 ancient history engage in curriculum-based learning.
QHS students were able to view and touch real artefacts from Egypt and ancient Rome - some of the artefacts were 4000+ years old.
Utilising archaeological techniques learnt today, students also investigated pretend human remains and entered a life-size replica of Tutankhamun's burial room, as well as immersed in an audio visual display of the story of King Tut.
Wednesday's learning also included: maths from ancient Egypt, recreating art from Egyptian tombs, creating Egyptian clay seals and even write like an Egyptian.
A big thank you to Mrs Valentine for coordinating the amazing interactive experience and to fellow teachers and staff for supporting the event.
The QHS Aboriginal girls leadership group toured the Qantas Link Hangar No.1 and undertook a tour of local villages as well as a cultural experience.
QHS students, teachers and supporters visited the Qantas Link Hangar No. 1, which offered a great insight into the aircraft engineering world today. One year 7 student expressed that she has a passion to become a pilot and/or an engineer.
"Providing insight into different industries initiates positive conversation for our students and also encourages our youth to achieve great jobs. We toured the Qantas Link Hangar No. 1 with an aircraft being serviced, engineers in full swing before us and over 5000 documents of safety procedures in filing cabinets that looks like years of work," Mrs Outerbridge said.
The students were also able to tour inside one aircraft before the engineer started the engine so everyone could see the operation.
"We then toured to Walladabah General Store for lunch to support our surrounding towns before proceeding down to Colly Creek to view a significant scar tree. It was a tour of many places, as we all need education experiences from other people and places," Mrs Outerbridge said.
Cupboard of consideration
Year 9-10 hospitality QHS students on Thursday 'created from the cupboard' under the guidance of head teacher girls, Mrs Lawson.
"We spoke as a group on how we can support locals during this time of extra demand on food availability - due to the flow on effects of the pandemic - and students decided they wanted to make something from supplies already in the school pantry. They did this as they elected to leave available food at supermarkets for other members of the community," Mrs Lawson said.
Mrs Lawson was impressed with the students consideration, unification and creativity.
"Students wanted to not only learn baking skills, but they wanted to have fun as well, so they decided to get creative with cupcakes. It was terrific to see them all so engaged and supportive of one another," she said.
"We should be very proud of our students, their consideration for others, unification in their task, and wisdom in utilising products from our pantry is commendable, they did all of this and had great fun while doing it."
QHS year 9/10 PASS class - physical and sports science based class - students are currently undertaking a unit of study on the cardiovascular system.
Students are researching the circulatory system, types of cardiovascular diseases and heart friendly foods through a sequence of self-paced lessons accessed through an online learning platform called Google Classroom.
One lesson gave students an opportunity to put their learning into action by preparing a heart healthy lunch.
"Students worked in small groups to cook their dish and share it with their peers. Each student also undertook peer evaluation on their meal, and contributed to class discussion over lunch, on how their meal supports heart health," said teacher Mrs Sutherland.
The outcomes of this activity cemented the students' understanding and application of how best to eat for a healthy heart.
"It also adds an essential 'string in their bow' to their set of life skills they will walk away with upon completing their schooling and entering into the real world," Mrs Sutherland said.