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By proadAccountId-382438 18 Aug, 2017

The Year 8 Lego Mindstorm students have been building mini robots using core Lego kits and adding on with extension kits. Students are required to follow detailed plans and instructions to add on to their robots with the extension kits.

The Lego Mindstorm class lets students design and build programmable robots using motors, sensors, gears, wheels, axles, and other technical components. By using hands-on and project based robotics, students will learn to:

· Problem solve, design, build, implement and analysis their robotics structure

· Produce simple sequences and commands that link cause and effect using input/output devices.

· Integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) using physical constraints, units of measurement, coordinate systems, minimum, maximum, mean, and linear applications.

· Use their imagination and develop team work skills.

By proadAccountId-382438 18 Aug, 2017

The Senior School stage band Crescendo performed to the Junior School this week. The performance featured a range of styles from Swing and Latin to Rock and Roll. The band has been rehearsing regularly on Wednesday mornings and has already performed for students at a full College assembly.

Also featured was the Year 8 Elective Music class who performed ‘Bucket Drum Two’. This is the group’s first outing and will hopefully be the first of many public performances.

The timing of performance at 3.00-3.30pm was selected to allow parents and families the opportunity to see the students in action at a convenient time. It is hoped that this initiative will catch on and allow for some regular ‘pick up time’ entertainment on a regular basis.  It was wonderful to see the Junior School students enjoying the music and getting up to have a dance around.

By proadAccountId-382438 18 Aug, 2017

Over the past few weeks the Year 3 students have been making cards for students at Sparsh Academy.

Sparsh Academy is a not for profit school with an aim to impart Christian love among the Garhwali people of India. Sparsh Academy focus on:

·      Education

·      Community Development

·      Health & hygiene

·      Children Development program

·      Literacy program

BalCC is dedicated to a partnership with Sparsh Academy to uplift the school both spiritually and financially to support underprivileged children through education and a nutritional program.

Raising money for Sparsh Academy is achieved by fundraising at the College by students, teachers and donations from parents.

The cards will be delivered to the students by a BalCC family who will be visiting the Academy in a few weeks.

By proadAccountId-382438 18 Aug, 2017

Junior School students will be presenting an evening of music on Thursday, 14th September from 6.00-7.30pm and have been busy rehearsing in class. This week the Year 1 class spent some time practicing their singing and dancing. The theme for the evening is “All God’s Children”. Students will be dressing up in national dress and performing items from around the world. We look forward to a wonderful evening of entertainment.

By proadAccountId-382438 18 Aug, 2017

On Monday 21st August , students in Prep to Year 5 will participate in literacy rotations from 9:00am-1:00pm. Class teachers will focus on a CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Shortlisted or Notable book, and students will do literacy and craft activities related to that book.

On Wednesday 23rd August our Prep to Year 2 students will be walking to Kardinia Church in Sebastopol for a 45 minute literacy-themed presentation by one of our Year 2 teachers, Amelia Weir.

On Friday 25th August , to coincide with the theme Escape to Everywhere, Junior School students are asked to dress from a particular genre. Each class has been given their genre. These are:

  • Prep - Animals
  • Year 1 - Family
  • Year 2 - Historical Fiction
  • Year 3 - Australia
  • Year 4 - Mystery
  • Year 5- Adventures

On this day, a Book Week Parade will be held in the Multi-Purpose Centre at 9:00am . Parents and Carers are welcome to attend.

We look forward to these times of fun and learning.

By proadAccountId-382438 18 Aug, 2017

This week BalCC students participated in National Science Week. Year 3-5 students visited the Science lab and experimented with displays prepared by the Year 9 and 10 students. The interactive displays included catapults, coloured liquids of different densities, volcanoes, models of DNA, rubber eggs and static electricity.

The Prep-Year 2 students watched an experiment by BalCC Laboratory Technician, Zachary McKee before moving on to their classrooms to partner with their buddies from Year 3-5 for Science activities.

National Science Week is Australia’s annual celebration of science and technology. Running each year in August, it features more than 1000 events around Australia, including those delivered by universities, schools, research institutions, libraries, museums and science centres. These events attract a wide audience from children to adults, and science amateurs to professionals. Over one million people participate in science events across the nation.

Established in 1997, National Science Week provides an opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of Australian scientists to the world of knowledge. It also aims to encourage an interest in science pursuits among the general public, and to encourage younger people to be fascinated by the world we live in.

By proadAccountId-382438 11 Aug, 2017

As part of their Integrated Studies units and studies in sustainability the Prep and Year 1 classes visited Back Creek Farm recently.  Following are some writings from the Prep class about their day at  Back Creek Farm:

I went to a farm and I saw a pig and I saw chickens. Abbie

I liked when I went on the jumping hay. It was fun and big. Christian

At the farm I saw cows and lambs and pigs and chickens. Evelyn

At the farm I was going down the straw slide and it was fun. Oliver

At the farm I saw lambs in a cage. Joseph

I liked when I was sliding. Ezekiel

I went to Uncle James farm. I liked the chickens. Asha

At the farm I saw vans. I went on one. It was red. Phoenix

At the farm I went down the slide. It was fun. Kuoth

At the farm I played with the chickens. Alex

I liked the hay slide. It was fun. Duke

At the farm I saw chickens in their hutch. Rachael

I liked the pigs and the lambs. Shakira

By proadAccountId-382438 11 Aug, 2017

Over the next few weeks Junior School students will be participating in several literacy activities relating to Book Week. The theme for this year is Escape to Everywhere”.

On Monday 21st August , students in Prep to Year 5 will participate in literacy rotations from 9:00am-1:00pm. Class teachers will focus on a CBCA (Children’s Book Council of Australia) Shortlisted or Notable book, and students will do literacy and craft activities related to that book.

On Wednesday 23rd August our Prep to Year 2 students will be walking to Kardinia Church in Sebastopol for a 45 minute literacy-themed presentation by one of our Year 2 teachers, Amelia Weir.

On Friday 25th August , to coincide with the theme Escape to Everywhere, Junior School students are asked to dress from a particular genre. Each class has been given their genre. These are:

  • Prep - Animals
  • Year 1 - Family
  • Year 2 - Historical Fiction
  • Year 3 - Australia
  • Year 4 - Mystery
  • Year 5- Adventures
On this day, a Book Week Parade will be held in the Multi-Purpose Centre at 9:00am . Parents and Carers are welcome to attend.

We look forward to these times of fun and learning.

 


 

By proadAccountId-382438 11 Aug, 2017

The Year 9 & 10 Textile students have been learning how to knit, and have just finished a baby blanket composed of knitted patterned squares with long knitted edges for a border with pom-poms on the corners. The students will donate the blanket to the Ballarat Base Hospital’s intensive care nursery in the hope that all the love and care they put into the blanket will be passed on to a family in need.

In addition to baby blankets, the students have worked on scarves and beanies during these winter months, some in matching school colours, and others in designs of their choice. The students are learning about the different textures of the different fibres, and learning about the myriad of ways one can use knitting to create useful, economical, beautiful and warm creations.

The students will be delivering the blanket during a Textiles excursion on 12th September. The students will also visit the Creswick Woollen Mills, have a nature-walk and lunch at St. George’s Lake, and finish with a wool-felting session at the Creswick Neighbourhood Centre.

By proadAccountId-382438 11 Aug, 2017

This weekend two of our Middle School students Year 8, Yaye and Year 9, Nyajima will be trying out for the Ballarat Basketball JET’s (Junior Elite Team). The students currently compete in the BalCC Under 18’s Bullets Basketball team. Yaye also competes in Netball and Nyajima is involved in Athletics. Congratulations girls and we are all cheering you on.

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