We would like to introduce some of our fabulous student leaders for 2020. They will act as the Aveley Secondary College student voice, putting forward ideas, concerns and causes on behalf of our student cohorts including assisting with fundraising projects. Our student leaders have already started to brain storm some innovative ideas to meet our students social and emotional needs through home room and lunchtime activities. A new initiative for 2020 is our year 9 student leaders mentor program; where they will lead and offer guidance to our year 7 and 8 student leaders. Thank you to Mr Wheeler for helping to coordinate our student leaders.
Some of our Year 9 students are loving learning all about World War One in their HASS classes. They have been working on developing their source analysis skills, and are becoming experts at annotating symbols and messages in propaganda posters. They are learning so much about the factors that influenced young men to enlist in the war. We are all looking forward to learning about the triumphs and tragedies of WW1 that will follow in the coming weeks.
We would like to share some examples of the excellent photographic work our Year 9 students are producing. Students have explored exposure, focus and composition experimenting with shallow depth of field in and out of college.
The first stage of our selection process for our 2020 Sporting Elite Pilot Program launched yesterday, with information and application forms sent home to all parents/caregivers of eligible students at Aveley Secondary College. Application forms are to be returned by 4pm Tuesday 9th June. Good luck to all of our Sporting students!
Our Year 8 students in HaSS this term have officially become historians i.e. people who study history. Students are learning about medieval history, with the focus in week 3 being medieval castles. After learning about the continuity and change of medieval castle designs, students applied their critical and creative thinking skills to build their masterpiece medieval castles on “Minecraft for Education”. Students setup servers in teams on their iPads to work together to construct their castles. These medieval castle designs featured feudal villages, moats, fortified walls, watch towers and draw bridges. It was great seeing the students working collaboratively, creatively, and excitedly while linking a game they love with a subject they are interested in.
In term one Mrs Preston ran an Academy on Medieval Castles. The HaSS team are looking forward to running more Academies that students love when they resume again in term 3.
In some of our HASS lessons this term our year 7’s had great fun digging up dinosaur fossils and gemstones during an excavation activity after learning about archaeology.
To acknowledge National Sorry Day yesterday, Room 4 watched snippets of the Rabbit Proof Fence before creating bracelets using the colours of the Aboriginal flag. We discussed the significance of National Sorry Day for Indigenous Australians and what each colour of the flag represented.
We have had a fantastic start to Term 2 in Visual Arts and Photography. The Year 8 students have been introduced to the artwork of Melski McVee and have started to create their own drawing portfolio sheets. The Year 9 Printmakers have been cutting their print blocks and printing their excellent Tarot card designs. Year 9 photographers influenced by the photographic work of Thensure Yang have explored structures and experimented with exposure and focus. We can not wait to see what the students create next.
This term in our Year 9 Food Technology class, we are looking at the theme of “Good Food Fast”. The Year 9 students have been creating their own versions of popular foods to prove how easy it is to make their own at home. In Week 3 we looked at the process of creating bread and made our own rolls, scrolls and other shapes, which could be used to create burgers and more.
Our Year Sevens have been learning how to sew using both the hand technique and a sewing machine. For the last two weeks of the course, students combined these skills to design and create their very own Emoji Keychain. We have been very impressed by the Year Sevens enthusiasm for learning about textiles!