As Term 2 finishes for Secondary we reflect on another amazing term filled with a lot of highs and funs time for the students.
We welcomed three new students to our Year 9 classes, all fitting in very well and all the other students are making sure that they feel welcome. It’s a joy to watch new students come on board, as they realise that our school is different and that we provide individual learning for them.
We asked one of the students how their first term went with WAYS:
“I wasn’t happy about coming to WAYS. Well, I was not happy about going to school in general. But my few weeks it was very different, and it felt like I have found a place where I belonged this time. I really struggled in school and found that I could not keep up with the other kids, which is where my internal frustrations started. Emma and the teachers worked with me and made me feel like I could get help when I needed it”.
We were able to adventure out this term with an excursion to Hyde Park Barracks to learn about the history of the building. The students were amazed by the history and couldn’t believe that the building was used for so many avenues -convict houses, immigration depot, asylum, law courts and government offices.
This term we are trying to teach the students about sustainability and wastage, and one of the tasks was to show them how to make banana bread with the bananas that would go to waste. This is one of the reasons why we love our school, as we can show them the educational side to a subject and teach them a practical side as well.
One of the key elements that we try and show the students is trust and team building. We firstly taught the kids about trust exercises by blindfolding half of the students, and the rest directing the blindfolded around obstacles. Of course, it was hard at first, but in the end, they started to communicate and had a few laughs as well.
Year 10 have busy created projects for their social justice classes and we have been teaching them about reconciliation week.
Year 11 have been learning about the historical investigation project and of course, they have preliminary exams coming up.
Frankie and T, two of our year 12 students were able to showcase their talents at the Mini Blitz in June.
We are so proud of them, and we have been encouraging them to sing in front of an audience for a while.
“Frankie and T were so cute, you could tell they are good friends and that were enjoying themselves, and they accompanied each other so well”.
We will have more to update on Year 12, next term, as we start to talk about their exams and what’s next for them.