Throughout the year, Albert Street provides various opportunities to enhance students learning through extra curricular activities such as incursions (in school) and excursions (out of school). So far this year our students have had the following experiences:
Michael Salmon (author) Visit
During our book fair in term 3, we were very fortunate to have Michael Salmon (children's author) visit our school. He spoke about the characters in his books, how they came about and showed us an example of a book in its very early stages of production. He also drew some of his characters and drew caricatures of some of our students, he was very entertaining. After his presentation, children were able to get his autograph in a book or on a bookmark.
Edward Hunter Reserve visit
During term 2, the middle unit visited Edward Hunter Reserve as part of their work on sustainability. They did a pond study looking at micro and macro organisms. They also walked through the bush with a guide observing the bush environment focusing on native plants in our area as well as insect life that depends on its surroundings for survival.
At Albert street we alternate between camp and our whole school performance each year. In 2016 our years 3-6 students visited Forest Edge camp and enjoyed rock wall climbing, giant swing, flying fox, bush walking and bush art. They also learned how to build huts (pictured below).
Whole School Performance
In 2017 our whole school production was "Read all About It!". Each class focused on a different section of the newspaper. Our school production was co-ordinated by Melissa Lia, and includes dance acts the children learned from the incursion provided by Dance Mob.
DGoGo and KB from Melbourne visited our school over a 4 week period to teach our students the art of "Hip Hop" and "Break Dancing". The children really enjoyed themselves and learnt some great moves that will be incorporated into our school concert this year.
Year 5 and 6 Excursion to Loy Yang
During term 2, our senior unit visited Loy Yang power station to learn about electricity. They learnt how brown coal is converted into electricity, got to touch and examine brown coal under a microscope, toured the power station and visited the control room. Afterwards students were able to create their own electricity to power a light globe and use microscopes.
Lego Land Excursion
In September, our whole school attended Lego Land Discovery at Chadstone Shopping Centre. The children enjoyed building and racing cars, workshops, a 4D movie and some rides. Their building skills were tested on the moving platforms and they also enjoyed the interactive displays.
Each year, Albert Street Primary School competes in the Bike Ed Challenge held at the Morwell Traffic School. This year we entered 2 teams who competed against other schools in the region. The program is open to children aged 9 to 13 years and helps develop the skills they need to ride safely and independently on roads and paths. The students learned about road rules, bike control on different surfaces and bike safety and maintenance. Whilst only 14 children competed, all children were involved in the program at school giving them the opportunity learn and enhance their riding skills.
TOM - Tournament of Minds
TOM is a problem solving program for teams of students and aims to enhance the potential of our students by developing skills such as enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work together within a competitive environment. Teams solve challenges from a choice of areas including: Science Technology, Engineering Mathematics, Social Sciences, and Language Literature
This year our team of 7 students were asked to design a bingo type barrel that was modified to improve the odds of selected numbers being drawn. Students built their own machine, made selected balls thicker by adding extra layers of paint to ensure the selected numbers were drawn. Students then had to prepare a scripted presentation and present it to a panel of judges at Federation University.
Rotary Junior Community Award
Each year our year 6 students are given the opportunity to complete the Rotary Junior Community Award as part of their leadership development. Students complete a skills diary detailing their work over a 6 month period which includes Community Service, Physical Recreation, Social Experience and Skill Development. This year our students visited Narracan Gardens each week for 10 weeks as part of their Community Service. This allowed the students to develop relationships with the residents, build their social skills and hear about some amazing life experiences through their conversations. Our students were able to share their skills and knowledge by teaching the residents about technology through the use of our IPADs, playing games with them and showing them photographs and stories about our school. To complete the award, our students developed a Power Point presentation and presented this in front of family members and Rotarians.