Congratulations to our amazing Wakakirri team of students, teachers, and parents. Your skills in dance, drama, public speaking, art, hair, make-up, stage-handing and so much more were essential in getting us there. This year, we earned awards for participation, public speaking, the spirit of Wakakirri, and the social media competition for our week – what a buzz!
Extended cut: includes video of our performance and speakers:
Highlights: photos only
Harmony Day is on 21 March, 2016 and it is a day to celebrate Australia’s diversity. BSPS will be combining Harmony Day with Crazy Hat and Hair Day next Thursday (24 March).
Class Banks are preparing for Harmony Day by joining in activities that explore the ideas of belonging and inclusivity.
You can learn more about Harmony Day here.
Thank you to Ms F who worked with Banks students in creating a diversity display (see below).
This week, stage 1 have been attending excursions to the George’s River Environmental Education Centre, with a side-trip to Simmo’s Beach. Bamboo and Wattle went today (Monday), while Jacaranda and Violet go tomorrow (Tuesday).
We got to see, touch, and learn more animals (alive and once-living) and plants, build hides and attracted bird-life to view through our binoculars using bird-calls, and used nets to skim the river surface for lifeforms to inspect with our magnifying glasses. We even got to see a real live koala sleeping high in a tree near our lunch area!
Thank you to our amazing parents, community, and teachers for putting this fantastic event together – what a great way to celebrate!
This term we have been learning about Japan in our HSIE unit and Electricity within Science. We applied our learning from these two subjects by creating paper cranes with a series circuit running through them.
Our class found that “In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and is believed to live for a thousand years. As a result, in the Japanese, Chinese and Korean culture, the crane represents good fortune and longevity. For thousands of years the Japanese culture has treasured the crane as a symbol of honour and loyalty. “
We have been studying the traditional clothing and leisure activities that Japan has to offer. We incorporated the Kimonos that Geishas wear into our paper cranes. Everyone has illustrated their own patterns based on various patterns of Kimonos around Japan. We began by drawing on our regular paper and then finalised our art on rice paper.
After this we constructed a series circuit to light up the inside of the crane. Our circuit runs under the blue foam board. We tested the circuit several times prior to creating it within our art.
Finally, we attached the crane, blue foam board and circuit together to create a paper crane circuit which illuminated in the dark.
We found circuit making time consuming but it was worth constructing as the final product was eye catching. The paper crane circuit was finally completed and was put on display at our multicultural art gallery at Belmore South PS.
We would like to thank our teachers for assisting us in creating our very own origami masterpiece.
PAPER CRANE KIMONO
Our class S3Olive have been studying Japan for HSIE and Electricity for Science. So we decided to mix the two and create cranes with kimono patterns on them. Then we added circuits with working light bulbs.
We needed batteries, a couple of wires and light bulbs to create the circuit. Our junior electricians and teachers made circuits which took them hours to put together.
We used rice paper to make the cranes; the rice paper was very soft and delicate. We used textures and pencils to draw our kimono patterns or designs on the rice paper. Then we were taught how to fold the origami cranes by watching a YouTube video on how make paper cranes and, we also learnt from some origami masters among us in S3Olive.
Next up was constructing the circuits to light up our cranes. We cut a hole in the bottom of the cranes so they sit nicely on top of the light bulbs. We then tested and with a stroke of luck the circuits worked.
What we assume that you are looking at right now is the finished product of S3Olives hard work.
Have you visited the library lately? New lanterns have been created to represent some of our favourite stories and characters to go with the theme of our Creative Arts Extravaganza: “Light Up Our World”. Which stories and characters do you recognise?
KGumnut have been preparing two artworks for the BSPS Art Show!
- Artwork 1 – ‘gumnut babies’ based on our class name and the famous Australian book characters Snugglepot and Cuddlepie
- Artwork 2 – candle holders, based on our learning of Diwali (festival of lights) and other multicultural celebrations
It was a very exciting process – please have a look below!
Gluing the gumnut on a clothes peg
Painting the eyes on the gumnut baby
Getting ready for our gumnut babies to dry
We also drew smiles on the gumnut babies
About to put the gumnut babies in their leaves
Decorating the candle holders
We enjoyed painting!
Experimenting with colours and patterns
We feel both very proud and excited to share our artworks with the school community!
S1 Jacaranda has been taken over by Pop Art! To prepare for the BSPS Art Show we have been learning about the work of pop artist Keith Haring. We have been talking about how he uses lines, colours and shapes in his artwork. Most importantly, we have been talking about how his art makes us feel. Here is what S1 Jacaranda had to say:
“I want to dance”
“It’s making me smile”
Keith Haring used his artwork to ‘light up’ dull places and to make people smile. We have created our own artworks in the style of Haring and we hope they ‘light the way’ and make you smile!
S1 artists tried recreating Haring artworks with their bodies.
Here are some photos of the process:
Come along and see the finished artworks at the Art Show!