Our thriving enrichment program has had a busy and exciting few months!

Write A Book in a Day

On Wednesday 20 June, SMGS entered five teams in the ‘Write a Book in a Day’ competition. This exciting enrichment event was a creative and challenging team competition for students in Years 5 to 12. Teams of up to ten students had just ten hours to write, illustrate and edit a children’s book from start to finish with allocated parameters. Our five teams worked with enthusiasm and diligence and displayed an outstanding level of collaboration to produce five very entertaining books. The titles of these books were: The Cheesy Cruise, The Right Decision, The Getaway, Rockstar’s Misguided Adventure and Lawn Bowl Chaos. These books have been donated to children in hospitals all across Australia to brighten the lives of those struggling with illness.

In addition to producing these magnificent books, the families and friends of our participants raised just under $2000, with all funds raised going to The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity with a mission to support scientific research to help children with cancer. Congratulations to all students who participated in this event. While the results are not announced till November, we are certain that the event was both a fulfilling and rewarding experience for you all, regardless of the outcome! As a school community we are so proud of our students who consistently strive to both enhance their skills and to bring hope to those less fortunate than themselves.

 

The Personal Passion Project (PPP)

The Personal Passion Project is an initiative designed for Junior School students that embraces project-based learning and provides the opportunity for students to study an area of personal interest and passion not provided within the realms of the traditional classroom curriculum. Participating students in Years 4–6 have been encouraged to develop their own unique project in any areaof personal interest. They have worked independently and conscientiously throughout Terms 2 and 3, learning to enhance their skills, set small achievable goals, manage their time and resources effectively, and to pursue their passion!

Their diligent efforts are clearly evident, with the impressive projects being assembled in preparation for the presentation afternoon in Week 10. Some of these projects include:

  • Max Forrest – a programmable robot that pours drinks
  • Abigail Blyth – a research project on the black cockatoo
  • Aiden Moore – a feasibility study into the extension of a railway line to Jindabyne
  • Tristan Scott – the construction of a Tech Deck skate park
  • Georgette Philpott – the construction of a model of the Eiffel Tower
  • Alex Hearn – the construction of a robotic arm
  • Poppy Bressington – a sculpture of a dancer and a study of different styles of dance.