Girls in Year 6 hoodies were given a whole sheet of newspaper this afternoon and were allowed to sit at the front of the room. Girls without a hoodie on were given half a sheet of newspaper and were asked to sit down somewhere behind the girls in hoodies.
They were asked to scrunch their newspaper up in order to try and get it in the bin at the front of the room, but they had to sit down on the floor to throw it. The students without the hoodies immediately started arguing: “That’s unfair!”, “I can’t even see the bin!”, “The girls at the front are in a better spot!” They could see the students in front of them had a much better chance of getting the paper in the bin. In contrast, the girls with hoodies, who were at the front of the room, said nothing.
When the girls swapped places, there were feelings of empathy and guilt mentioned by those in hoodies. “I should have thought about the girls at the back of the room instead of just myself.” The girls experienced first hand what it feels like to be discriminated against just because of what you look like.
Part of the ‘population’ had a privilege but weren’t aware of it. Education is a privilege that not all children get. It is up to the girls to be aware of this privilege and do great things, all the while advocating for those in the rows behind them.
This week Year 6 have been developing their leadership skills through Peer Support Training. We have focused today on communicating effectively, building relationships with others and recognising our own leadership strengths and weaknesses.
This term Year 6 got to choose a form of communication and inquire further into it. We had to come up with a few lines of inquiry about our chosen topic and, using technology, convey historical research findings to create an informative, creative and engaging presentation.
I chose sign language as my topic and I created a Powtoon to represent my findings.
Maddie inquired into hieroglyphics and used Google Slides to present her findings.
Not all our presentations can be accessed via our blog but if you ask us we can show you in person. Some presentations can be accessed though. Sienna F created a website about her research on the English language which you can visit via this link: http://communicationevolution.weebly.com/
This week, an initiative of Sienna (Year 6) and Ruby (Year 5) was launched. They proposed that we have a student newsletter called “A Pocket full of Rosies” where all students K-6 can enter submissions to be published in a student newsletter. The girls have been busy discussing what should be submitted so stay tuned for details.
Our new principal was inducted recently. We had an enormous assembly and there were many encouraging words for and from her. She told us how she came from a family of farmers. Like a farmer grows a crop, a teacher grows by learning. All the teachers and other staff members were there and they all wore black cloaks; all the hoods of the cloaks were different colours to represent the University or College they studied at. It was amazing to congratulate her as she became a principal. She reminded us of Colossians 3:12 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
After reading The City of Ember’ the girls investigated creating their own pipeworks using a packet of straws, 2 cups and masking tape. Many creative designs were collaboratively constructed to design and make a 60cm pipeworks to transfer water from a high point to a low point. They really enjoyed being engineers and testing and refining their constructions.
These are some images that we created to express ourselves and some explanations to explain what the messages behind them convey.
This image shows me sitting on an earbud. I have chosen to represent myself like this because music is connected to me. When I’m in the car and at home I love listening to music loudly. I am one out of a billion who listen to music and connect with the internet. The internet is a big part of the technological world so this photo represents that the digital world is a lot bigger than me. Jaemi
In Art, we have used Photoshop to express ourselves. My image is about me showing courage and determination throughout my day. I decided to choose lion cubs instead of lions because they were small and to be on one of their backs I had to be small. I feel this shows little ideas can turn into big ones and everyone can do great things. Kayley
My image is about me being a risk taker. Life can be like a rollercoaster at times and some things can be a bit hard. This image shows that you need to keep your eyes focused on looking ahead when life has its ups and downs. Be optimistic rather than looking down as God is in control. Hannah
My image shows me expressing my passion of dancing and collecting pokemon. I chosen the background of a pencil to represent my artistic side. I decided to change this image to black and white so that I stand out, representing my brightness in the world. The silhouette is included as it represents my desire to fill the void with my dreams and aspirations.Dakota
If you had to create a Photoshop collage about yourself, what images would you include?