Year 7: Transition and leadership were the focal points for year 7 during the year level half day. Year 7s led the year 6s through transition activities in anticipation of their move to the Secondary next year. There was a lot of learning about schedules, systems, and locations as well as some tips for success.The rest of the morning was used as an opportunity to look back on the year, provide feedback on the well-being program, and think about how we can end well. Overall, it was a great morning together.
The final Year 8 Level Half Day started with a Cup Stacking Challenge to conclude Unit 3 of the Well-being Curriculum: Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens. Students then engaged in a Chalk Talk activity to reflect on lessons learned in Well-being classes this school year. During break, 8.2 generously hosted our Year Level Birthday Celebration for students born in April, May and June. During the second half of the Year Level Half Day, students participated in Gift-giving, a fun improv activity where they learned to show appreciation and express positive comments towards one another. Thereafter, they composed a Year Level Poem entitled “If I had this school year to live over…” as a pre-writing activity to their final task of the Year Level Half Day, which is to pen a “Letter to Self, August 2018”.
The Year 9 focused on healthy communication, resolving conflict and transitioning to Year 10 for the half day. The first activities were led by Ms. Nicola and students discussed and practiced effective strategies for communicating needs and having empathy. After break, they got together in small groups with Year 10 students and discussed topics specific to Year 10 and got advice and tips from those who have just experienced it, on how to best prepare for it.
Year 10 students spent the first part of their half-day reflecting on their Outdoor Education trip to South Africa and their week off-timetable. Students wrote feedback and reminisced on their time away. Students also received the letters they wrote to their future selves while on their trip. They had the opportunity to look back on how they felt about their Outdoor Education experience and how they’ve grown from it.
Finally, the Year 10 students wrapped up their half-day with their Year 9 colleagues by running a series of team-building activities and engaging in transition activities. The Year 9s were given the opportunity to chat with the year 10 students about their experience in the Upper Secondary and to ask questions about what to expect next year. Students in both Year Levels facilitated quality conversation and meaningful dialogue as an end-of-year exercise.
Year 11 have just completed their work experience rounding off a year rich in learning for them. This year, there was another great range of options on offer and our students were able to sample the world of work from a diverse group of organisations. From construction to health care (both animal and human!), mass communication to aid work and all aspects of the retail industry from packaging to sales. On their return to LIS, Mr Ali ran a reflection session where students shared their experiences. As part of this session students write a message of thanks to their “employers” and send a reflection of their experience home to their parents. It is clear from these – and the replies – that our Year 11s are fantastic ambassadors for LIS and that their parents are rightly proud of them.
Year 12: For the first part of the day the year 12 students helped prepare for the year 13 graduation ceremony. This has been a tradition over the past years. We are proud to say that this will be a very special event thanks to them.
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”
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).
Image from: New York Public Library website
It’s not long now until the December vacation begins. Whether you’re travelling or staying put, holidays are the perfect opportunity to unwind with a book.
Reading not only boosts vocabulary and intelligence, it also makes people more empathetic, according to psychologists David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano in a report published in Science in 2013. Now, who doesn’t want to be smart and kind?
To help inspire your tween and teen readers here are a few lists of some of the best books published in 2017, as well as not-to-be-missed classics. Books also make great holiday gifts, so load up the Kindle, visit a bookstore or go to the library, and get reading!
Ages 11 – 13
8 Book Recommendations for Kids Who Loved “Wonder” (Read Brightly website)
Book Lists & Recommendations for Ages 11-13 (Parents Scholastic)
Best Books for Kids 2017: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing (New York Public Library)
The 100 Best Young-Adult Books of All Time (Time.com)
Introducing the Best Books for Teens 2017 (New York Public Library)
17 of the Most Exciting YA Novels to Read in 2017 (Read Brightly website)
Adult books that teens enjoy
Adult Books for Teens (School Library Journal)
Not sure if a book is appropriate for your child? Visit the Common Sense Media website to see their reviews of books, movies and more.
Happy reading! (Thanks to Mrs Boreham for putting this together!)