Gunnedah Public School students have been grinning ear-to-ear after many received awards for safety, responsibility and respect this week. Meanwhile, Quirindi High School's HSC students have been receiving one-on-one coaching.
Gunnedah Public School
NAIDOC Week celebrations have begun at Gunnedah Public School, with students and teachers enjoying traditional Indigenous Kupp Murri food.
The students helped out in the preparation of the food, with Braeson Foley preparing the coals for the vegetables.
Many students also received positive behaviour for learning awards, especially for being safe, responsible and respectful at school.
Congratulations to all award recipients.
Quirindi High School
Focus on healthy foods
Quirindi High School's (QHS) canteen manager, Mrs Kathy Crouch, has outlined some of the healthy food choices on offer at QHS.
"With fresh healthy food made on premises, the school 'hot box' lunches from Tuesday to Friday - based on seasonal vegetables and locally sourced ingredients - is proving very popular with students in these cooler times," she said.
"We offer a range of healthy snacks including veggie sticks and homemade hummus, fresh granola, with fruit and yoghurt, homemade soups and more."
Research shows, that students are able to learn better when they're well nourished, and eating healthy meals has been linked to higher grades, better memory and alertness, and faster information processing.
One reason for this is that foods that are rich in fibre, protein, and healthy fats such as eggs, yoghurt, apples and oatmeal keep the body feeling full longer, providing enough energy to focus and stay alert throughout the entire day.
If any student requires a canteen voucher, please talk to head teacher wellbeing, Mr Saunders.
Mr Michael Turner's Year 7 music students are working on chord-progression when composing their melodies as well as ensuring a smooth flow and pitch to their work.
Learning to play and compose music has a strong correlation to academic success, including that the comprehension of musical language can benefit a child's overall mental development.
Musical training physically develops the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language and reasoning.
While understanding the musical language or learning to play an instrument can be challenging at times, those who learn music also learn to be disciplined in their focus and practice.
Through music, Mr Turner is teaching QHS students valuable life skills including some of our key 'learning dispositions' of self-regulations, reflection, curiosity and persistence.
QHS is proud of the ongoing one-on-one HSC coaching offered to our students - with one of our many talented teachers offering invaluable assistance.
"Students are encouraged to continue making the most of this amazing opportunity offered by QHS, many schools don't offer this, and given the changed learning environment due to COVID-19, making the most of this coaching could make all the difference," QHS HSC coaching coordinator, Mrs Stenner said.
QHS captain Jock Barnett has been making the most of the weekly coaching with his mentor principal Ian Worley.
"It's positive to have the assistance of our HSC coaches at the school and is greatly assisting with our exam preparation, school work and study flow," Mr Barnett said.
Mrs Stenner said students have been gaining a great deal from their face-to-face coaching.
"HSC coaching continued through the 'online at home learning', with coaches in contact with their student in via phone, email or Teams. The return to face-to-face coaching is reinforcing students skills on how to best organise their time and much more," she said.
With the HSC Trials commencing August 17, students and their coaches are working on strategies for best exam preparation.
"Coaches and students are meeting weekly and students are encouraged to speak to their coach if they have any issues. They are currently undertaking feedback tasks to maximise results and see where any student learning gaps may be," Mrs Stenner said.
The celebrations have begun!
The Kupp Murri was delicious! Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen.
Photo 1 - Braeson Foley preparing the coals for the vegetables.
Photo 2 - The camp ovens ready
Photo 3 - everything cooking underground
Photo 4 - the finished stew
Photo 5 - it was yum!
Positive Behaviour for Learning
Many students have been safe, responsible and respectful at school earning their awards.
Photo 6 - Bronze Awards for Ethan Loker, Kaydan Watton & Ella Herbert
Photo 7 - Bronze Awards for Reece Gray, Kayleb Lancaster & Ella Davis
Photo 8 - Silver Awards for Torsten Williams, Haakon Williams, Ruby Gordon, Troy Cutmore & Kobe Kelly
Photo 9 - Silver Awards for Toby McInerney & Jax Cheetham
Photo 10 - Gold Award for Mia Slater & Silver Award for Sarah McInerney
Photo 11 - Our first Gold Award recipient this year, Flynn Royall. Well done Flynn!