Two weeks ago the Year 7 humanities classes went to Flamingo Beach to carry out fieldwork on the ocean processes and the impact that human activities have on the ocean. They carried out tests to establish whether longshore drift was taking place and also to analyse the type of material found on the beach. They followed this by carrying out a beach clean up and collecting 22 large bags of garbage which was mainly plastic, cans and glass.
Despite this tremendous effort by the students, some of the teachers returned to the same spot the next day to find more plastic. The students have been asking some difficult questions about this issue such as:
- If we know that plastic is so bad, why are we not doing anything about it?
- How did it get here and where will it go?
- What’s the point?
- How can we change this?
For 11 and 12 year olds this can seem like a daunting proposition but students have already been taking action and considering action that they and their families can take. Below are some links to learn more about the impact of plastics and how we can reduce our consumption of them.
Watch “A Plastic Ocean”
Last week the LIS community celebrated the opening of the Year 13 DP visual art exhibition. Congratulations to the seven students who curated their own exhibitions as part of the assessment for two year course. They were very proud as they showed the audience around their individual spaces and explained each artwork.
Yesterday was our third of four Year Level Half Days. Year Level Half Days are important components of our Secondary School Wellbeing Program and are opportunities for students to make connections and building community in a non-academic setting. During the morning, all LIS Secondary students participated in different Year-Level specific community building events.
Year 7 students began the morning by finishing their conversations about changes experienced during puberty. Teachers also addressed related student questions. Afterwards, students had a chance to play “Tell Me Your Story” – a community building initiative designed, organised and run by Year 7 students.
Year 8 students talked to each other about the values that make up their identity and how they prioritise these values in their lives. Afterwards, students started creating a digital vision board based on their values and a personal vision statement they wrote in previous wellbeing lessons. The morning ended with a Year Level Birthday Party hosted by 8.1 students.
Year 9 students were supposed to go on their all-day hiking trip, but it was cancelled due to rain, thunder, and lightening. Instead, students played a giant game of Capture the Flag and then spent time learning more about and preparing for their South Africa trip in May.
Year 10 students spent the first part of the morning preparing for their outdoor education experience next week. They learned how to set up camp and how to operate a camp stove. Afterwards, students explored issues surrounding gender identity, expression, and spectrum. They looked at media representations of sex and gender and examined gender stereotypes and the impacts they have on us.
Year 11 students culminated their inquiry into a global issue by creating a video explainer to share with the Secondary School community. Examples will be shared out in the future. Stay tuned!
Year 12 students participated in activities related to exploring one’s passion. Students then watched the Year 13 theatre students perform their collaborative project, which is a final examination. In the final session, Mr. Oscar and Mr. Duffy will guide them through a series of tasks on ‘how to clean up their digital footprint’.
Year 13 students enjoyed a morning of reflection, mindfulness, and pursuing their passions. The day began with students reflecting on their recent mock examinations and creating study goals for the next two months to prepare for the final IBDP exams in May. After completing this reflection, students participated in a mindful breathing session, followed by an exploration of their personal and career passions in preparation for university study. The students then had the privilege of watching a Y13 DP Theatre performance, and ended their half day by preparing for graduation with Ms. Bradford.
Congratulations to our recipients of the Principal’s and Director’s Honor Roll Awards. At LIS, we recognize that excellence comes in many forms and wish to celebrate the commitment and effort of our learners for their academic achievement this semester.
- The Principal’s Honor Roll Award. Awarded to students who achieve grades of 5, 6, or 7 in all their subjects for the semester.
- The Director’s Honor Roll Award. Awarded to students who achieve grades of 6 and/or 7 in all subjects for the semester (with one grade of 5 allowed).
A very big thanks to all who were able to attend and participate in today’s Coffee Morning. For your interest, or if you were unable to attend, please click below to view the presentation.