YAS News-Week 4 Term 4 2022
A note from the Principal
Last week, Pak Muhlis, from our sister school in Makassar visited for the week. This offered a fabulous opportunity for some students to achieve their SMART goals of speaking about the weather with an Indonesian! Pak Muhlis also worked with a small group of Year 2/3 students in preparation of a Makassar/Yankalilla Indonesian mural.
Our 8/9B HASS students visited the Keswick Barracks last week. Students enjoyed multiple hands-on and real-life learning experiences such as: being able to hold rifles, lifting backpacks that the soldiers carried and crawling into trenches. It was a value learning experience for all!
We had our Amaroo Farm Open Day on Thursday 3rd November. Community guests were taken through the areas of the farm, with Middle School students and Bu Taylor explaining what happens in each section. Guests tried damper cooked on the fire with dukkha and YAS olive oil, bbq sausages and milkshakes. The International Students from Hallett Cove enjoyed experiencing country life and in turn, the Middle Years students responded very well to their speeches. Another great opportunity was provided to build connections between schools. Well done to all involved.
The Lions Speaking Contest Grand Final took place on Wednesday in the Performing Arts Room. Well done to all staff involved in getting our students ready for the competition.
Year 12 exams commenced this week – we wish all of our Year 12s all the very best of luck!
Transition visits for reception student’s start on Monday so we look forward to seeing some excited young faces around the school.
Don’t forget – Cockatoo Café is open each Wednesday from 10:00 – 11:30am.
Preparing for a Bushfire
Our school has detailed plans in place to keep your child safe on catastrophic fire days or in the event of a bushfire.
To help us keep your child as safe as possible, parents and caregivers can prepare for the fire danger season by:
- making a bushfire survival plan with your family
- providing us with your up-to-date contact details
- advising the school/preschool if your family’s personal bushfire survival plan will impact school attendance
- talking to your child about what will happen in a bushfire emergency
- liking the CFS, SES and SAPOL pages on Facebook
- adding the emergency information hotline 1800 000 279 to your contacts.
Parents and caregivers should also read and save the new bushfire and your child’s school or preschool brochure. This resource explains what our school will do on a catastrophic fire day or in the event of a fire.
Amaroo and International Student Visit
International students from Hallet Cove and Amaroo Farm Open Day
Last Thursday saw the farm showcased by students, Ms Symonds, Bu Taylor, Trudy and Graham. Community guests were taken through the areas of the farm, with Middle School students and Bu Taylor explaining what happens in each section and the learning they are doing. The International Students from Hallet Cove had an Amaroo bingo to complete, which used all their senses from listening to smelling! Once complete, they were awarded a Caramello Koala. Along with the caramello, guests tried damper cooked on the fire with dukka and YAS olive oil, bbq sausages and milkshakes. While some students were on the farm tour, others presented to the year 4-10 classes, sharing about their home countries, their own interests and sometimes even a bit of language. Students from both schools had an excellent learning experience, with YAS students finding the presentations impressive.
The Hallet Cove Internationals enjoyed holding a baby kangaroo, thanks to Sharyn in the Senior School, and loved the farm. They thought the pies and pasties from the bakery pretty good too!
The supervising teachers from Hallet Cove and Woodville are keen to make it an annual visit and discussed overnight stays as a future learning venture between our sites.
Middle School Lion's Speaking Contest
The annual Lion's Speaking contest was conducted this week in Performing Arts, with students, parents and visiting guests being entertained with speeches that students had written about a topic that they were passionate about or an issue for change in the Year 6/7 competition .
The Year 6/7 finalists delivered rousing speeches ranging in topics from why everyone should have a dog, why we should learn coding, to women's rights. The speeches were varied and delivered with expression and lots of thought-provoking information. Winners in the Year 6/7 category were Chloe Campbell in first place, Jasmine Shippard, second, Charlotte Steer, 3rd and the Judge's commendation went to Blair Clark.
In the afternoon we were inspired by the speeches of the Year 8/9 finalists. These students definitely showcased how public speaking should be done! With the topic "What change do you want to see?", again the audience was treated to compelling and memorable speeches on personal, local and global issues. The quality of the final was of extremely high standard and the judges found their task of scoring the participants really tricky as the competition was so close. In the end, we had a tied result for first place, with Katie Jones and James O Flaherty taking out the honours, and a three-way tie for second place; Lilly Wenham, Lauren Vales and Ebony Beacham scoring equal points. The judge's commendation went to Sienna Rodrigues.
These finalists, in both competitions demonstrated what it takes to deliver a speech with a clear message, crafted to draw the audience in. Well done to all the finalists, thank you to our special judge Mr Buttery from the Lion's club and our year 6/7 and 8/9 hosts and timers. Special thanks to the Lion's Club for their continued support and donation of prizes and to parents, caregivers and friends who supported all the students in their speech writing quest.
Pak Muhlis from Makassar visits
Pak Muhlis, from our sister school in Makassar visited us at Yankalilla last week. This offered a fabulous opportunity for some students to achieve their SMART goals of speaking about the weather with an Indonesian and to have the chance to ask questions we have been practising all year! During his visit, Pak Muhlis also worked with a small group of Year 2/3 students in preparation of a Makassar/Yankalilla Indonesian mural. Pak Muhlis said he had a great learning experience and was impressed with our Indonesian but he found our weather extremely "dingin" (cold) as when he left Makassar, the temperature was 35 degrees!
We look forward to having real time link ups over teams with the classes at SMP Makassar soon.
Creating Graphic novels with Remy Lai
As part of the Oz Asia Festival, we were lucky enough to secure a session with Australian graphic novelist and illustrator Remy Lai. Rotation art students and some keen Remy Lai readers from the 3-4 and 4-5 class joined Remy on teams to learn how she creates her novels. We had a drawing session where she taught the group how to draw some of her characters and took requests for things to draw. Our Remy fans also had the chance to ask her some very thoughtful questions. It was another excellent learning opportunity
8/9 B Excursion to the Army Museum of South Australia
After learning about World War 1 in HASS, the students chose to visit the Army Museum of South Australia located on ANZAC Highway.
It was a learning-packed day with multiple hands-on and real-life experiences such as: being able to hold rifles, lifting backpacks that the soldiers carried and crawling into trenches.
We were all inspired after hearing war stories and interesting facts from passionate and experienced volunteers.
A big thank you to Puk Muhlis, International Teacher, who joined us for the day. Also, a big thank you to the volunteers of the Army Museum of South Australia for making this educational program available to students.
I suggest that you all go and visit the museum at some stage as it is an experience you will never forget!
Kindness: the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate
KINDNESS: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
This week, I went on a bit of a search in pursuit of KINDNESS.
Kindness and Respect go hand in hand... they really don't cost much but can truly help to get you through the day.
Research is showing that people who are kind and respectful are more satisfied with their lives, have better physical and mental health, and have stronger relationships. Being kind and respectful can help other people, and make you feel good too.
Small acts of kindness can have enormous power for both the giver and the receiver.
Many studies have found that kindness, respect, compassion and giving are associated with improved happiness, good mental health, a stronger immune system, reduced anxiety, stress and depression, improved relationships and a longer life.
Research also shows that the happiness people get from giving to others, creates a ‘positive feedback loop’. The more you give, the more positive you feel. This, in turn, fuels greater happiness, and so it goes..
People who witness or benefit from someone’s kindness and compassion are also more likely to be kind themselves.
Showing kindness and respect may include:
paying it forward – treat someone to something, like buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in the café queue
sending notes of gratitude – hand-write a thank you note to someone you admire or who has helped you out
post a sticky note – stick post-it notes with nice messages written on them around your house or your classroom
volunteering – being a volunteer helps others and is good for you too
simply smiling at others
letting people know you care about what they do – this could be someone you know or people you admire, like a teacher, parent, check out person, postie.
I have a favourite saying that was taught to me when I was growing up "take every opportunity to good to everyone'. Trust me, it isn't always an easy thing (some people drive me crazy) but it is something to strive for.
HAPPY WORLD KINDNESS DAY November 13th.
Bless your week..
R-12 Learning Improvement Gallery of SA
The R-12 Learning Improvement Gallery of SA excursion we went on Friday 28th October. We went to look for artistic inspiration for our art topic and to evaluate art pieces. It was a great day out. Taniqa enjoyed the ‘wave’ installation the best and the train ride was enjoyed by all students.