Principal’s Update – 25th September

Merit Award recipients. Congratulations to all our Merit Award recipients for this week: Robbie V, Chayse W, Cooper D, Jemima J, Eadyn T, Nathan M, Bethany D, Blake C, Ryder E, Aiden T, Chantelle K, Finley S, Aniela Z, Lachlan W, T’Ana C, Saphire Y, Jarrod P, Kaden L, Abbie R, Jacob K, Aoibheann R

Junior Block Merit Award recipients
Middle Block Merit Award recipients.
Senior Block Merit Award recipients.

Area 7 and Area 8 – STEM task – Creating 3D shape structures
The Year 2 students in Area 7 and Area 8 have been learning about 3D shapes and their properties. After spending time looking at different 3D shapes and their nets, the children’s investigative task was to use toothpicks and chickpeas to create their own 3D structures. Using their models, they were able to record the number of corners, edges and faces for each of their shapes. The children are very proud of their creations and they are on display for viewing in the middle block.

Zones of Regulation. Area 4 have been talking about the ‘Zones of Regulation’ in the Japanese room. We have had fun using Japanese words to express how we feel. We used characters from this greetings song and aligned their feelings to the Zones of Regulation.

Tournament of Minds

This year Woodvale Primary School Entered a team into the Tournament of Minds Competition. Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. The aim of the tournament is to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.

This year we entered the students in under the STEM discipline.  The combination of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics principles provides an integrated approach for students to deepen their conceptual understanding and use their creative and critical thinking skills to solve the challenges within an authentic context.

The Objectives of the Tournament were to:

  • Provide the stimulation of real, open-ended challenges
  • Develop creative problem solving approaches and techniques
  • Foster cooperative learning and team work
  • Promote knowledge and appreciation of self and others
  • Encourage experimentation and risk taking
  • Expand and reward creative and divergent thinking
  • Stimulate a spirit of inquiry and a love of learning
  • Develop enterprise
  • Celebrate excellence

The team was required to devote some of their lunch times and were required to work together on a Long Term Challenge for six weeks without assistance from teachers, parents or peers. They were encouraged to explore possibilities and experiment with ideas as they endeavour to produce their best possible solution. They developed a creative and original way to communicate their solution to others, working within predefined parameters such as limited materials, complex challenge criteria and a deadline to have the solution presented by.

Feedback for the judges included: “You had excellent incorporation of STEM principles throughout your solution and this was a major strength in your presentation.” We would like to congratulate our Tournament of Minds team: Riley, Caleb, Makayla, Hirusha, Partick, Theo and Saphire.

Literacy Pro. Congratulations to Cameron M. for achieving 1,000 Literacy Pro points. A fantastic effort, well done, Cameron!

Have a great holiday, everyone.


Neil McCallum