The school bird aviary is like a nursery this week with the arrival of baby quail and diamond doves. The bird aviary is one of a number of special clubs and leadership oportunities that have offered students the opportunity to explore special interests. A pathway has been added to the aviary at a recent working bee and a new chook house will arrive shortly.
The green thumbs group led by Shannon Drysdale have reworked a section of our garden into a fairy garden and has planted vegetables in the new wicker gardens outside our primary building. Projects like this aim to build on student interest and builds pride in their school.
Year 7 students enjoyed the autumn sunshine today as they learnt about the cartesian plane and formed linear equations by each representing a cartesian co-ordinate. Each student represented a number on the x-axis and the class was then given an equation – such as y= x + 1; they then had to work out the y value for their number and move to appropriate point on the cartesian plane. Students could easily recognise if they had the correct value, if they were in line with the other students.
Hawkesdale hosted an Open afternoon and evening this week, which was well attended by current and prospective parents and students. We are very proud of the year 12 school captains, Rebecca Beard and Jack Keegan, as well as all the current year 7 students who spoke about their experiences at Hawkesdale P12 College and what they have enjoyed during their time here. To celebrate Education Week, parents and teachers enjoyed morning tea in the library. We have had a Book Fair in the library this week – many students have written down their wish lists for parents to purchase books, or used their pocket money to add to their reading collections.
Thanks to Steven Stewart and Danny Keane for digging over the vegetable garden to prepare it for some winter plantings. Year 7 and 8 students may be the first to plant broccolli, cabbage, carrots and potatoes.
We wish Anne Mirtschin all the best for her trip to Kuala Lumpar this week. Anne departed Thursday to attend the 2009 Microsoft Innovative Teacher’s Awards.