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LIGHT YEARS AHEAD
Whether it is Preppies working with
Year 12 students in a science lab to learn
about reflection and refraction or Year 1s
exploring life in our oceans with support
from Secondary School educators, RGS
learning opportunities are becoming
more collaborative across the School
During Term 4, Year 1 students’ ocean
studies and related activities were
supported by a field trip to Ritamada
to discover what is happening on our
coastline and a classroom visit from
Secondary School Science teacher, Mrs
Emma Plumb, who shared her marine
knowledge and personal experiences.
There are important advantages
to being in an environment where
the Primary and Secondary Schools
are co-located according to Year
1 teachers Mrs Judy Scarpelli
and Mrs Jennifer Tapp
“The fact that we have access to
people with expertise in various areas
is invaluable. We can benefit from
an amazing wealth of knowledge
and experience which helps create a
wonderful learning environment for
the children,’’ Mrs Scarpelli said.
“We all have strengths in different
areas. For me, personally, I love literacy
and creating a stimulating learning
atmosphere while Emma’s strength is
her scientific knowledge and skills.”
“People like Emma are living the
experiences, such as snorkelling
at Great Keppel Island and Biology
field trips to Heron Island, that we
are talking about with the children
in the classroom,’’ Mrs Tapp said.
Listening to Mrs Plumb, the children
were “involved, engaged and interested”.
They studied photographs of coral
and discussed what can harm coral.
They investigated different types
of animals that live in the ocean
and immersed themselves in videos
produced by the School’s Secondary
students which extended their
exploration beyond classroom studies.
The students developed deeper
learning about the ocean by writing
different styles of poetry, including
cinquains and shape poems as well as
reading literature related to the ocean.
Student Tileah Billman’s favourite
sea animal was a starfish because
it was shaped like a star.
“We are learning all different
types of things,’’ Tileah said.
William Nothdurft, 1S, loves
writing poems about the ocean.
“My favourite thing is learning about
the animals that live in it. This is known
as their environment,’’ William said.
Predators, scary, dangerous, and
territorial are just some of the words
the students confidently used in
their discussion on sharks.
Their conversation expanded to
include a shell collection on the science
table, the importance of coral and the
beautiful fish the children made using
aluminium foil to resemble fish scales
Year 1s soak up any opportunity to
learn said Mrs Plumb, who attended
a reef health workshop in September
in conjunction with the University of
Queensland’s Coral Watch programme.
“Bringing this knowledge back to
share with staff and students makes
teaching students more meaningful,’’
said Mrs Plumb, sharing photos and
videos secondary students had taken on
a recent dive and snorkelling trips to
Cairns, Heron Island and the Keppels.
“[When we do this] Primary
students get to know teachers in
the Secondary School and hopefully
feel more comfortable when they
transition to Year 7.”
An ocean of teachers
Year 1 students dive into learning about environmental science with the Secondary School
A COMMUNITY OF LEARNERS
Picture: Year 1 teacher Mrs Judy Scarpelli (left) and Year 1 students (pictured from left) Alexis Rogers (1S), Ben Hilber (1S),
Lucinda Evans (1T) and Harrison Reck (1T) are visited by Secondary School Science teacher Mrs Emma Plumb.
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