Have you heard about Friday lunchtime yoga? Every Friday, qualified yoga instructor Samantha from Mandala Yoga gets bendy with our students and the benefits are enormous!
Derived from the Sanskrit word “yuji,” meaning yoke or union, yoga is an ancient practice that brings together mind and body. It incorporates breathing exercises, meditation and poses designed to encourage relaxation and reduce stress. Practicing yoga is said to come with many benefits for both mental and physical health.
‘Art is too important not to share.’
In artist Anya Brock sharing her beautiful budgies with the world, our student artists were inspired to created their own works of budgie-art. This in turn enabled them to inspire the Year 2s of Kilkenny Primary to create theirs, and connect our schools with The Brocas Youth Engagement Centre.
We have three new fully qualified level 1 Baristas ready to start work at ‘I Love Coffee’. Sophie, Jett and Braedan absolutely nailed their nationally accredited training at HG Coffee School. They learnt how to make the entire Australian coffee menu and even competed in a ‘latte challenge’ requiring the simultaneous creation of two perfect ‘ready-to-serve’ lattes!
Cutting Edge is back and big things are happening!
The Edgers are developing a range of technical and transferable skills through Cutting Edge projects. Our coffee Caravan will soon be fitted out with gleaming new bench tops, made from salvaged wood. This project requires students to put their numeracy and critical and creative thinking skills to the test to make the old wood into something new!
Our Peace garden is taking shape with the new seating – made possible by a DfE grant – already constructed. This team drew on their team work and literacy skills to work out which bit went where, and the seats look great!
Let’s Cook Outdoors!
To mark World Environment Day the Outdoor Cooking Club and students from The Palms headed out into our beautiful, sustainable garden to enjoy the natural space and fire up the Pizza Oven. This successful Club have cooked up a storm using a variety of outdoor cooking methods! From damper, the pancakes to pizza, they have learnt so much from their involvement.
SA Space History!
Last week our school launched into SA space history as Graduate 1 students Amira and Evelina represented the entire Findon High School community as the winners of the SASAT1 Space Services Mission satellite naming competition.
The winning name – Kanyini – was submitted by our Reconciliation Action Plan group. Kanyini is a Pitjantjatjara word that describes the principle of responsibility and unconditional love for all of creation.
Premier Steven Marshall thanked the students for contributing to South Australian space history, saying that any student currently studying at school wanting a career in space – are exactly where they need to be.
“Today, these students are naming the satellite, in a few years they could be working in one of the thousands of jobs expected to come online right here in South Australia – the space capital of Australia,” Premier Marshall said.
“The launch of Kanyini will be a significant achievement in South Australia’s space endeavours, and I congratulate the Findon High School students for their creativity and thoughtfulness.
Minister for Education John Gardner said the calibre of entries was impressive.
“This is a fantastic initiative that supports the state government’s goal of inspiring and growing our next generation of space industry leaders through STEM education and activities,” he said.
“The response to the competition has been tremendous, and it has opened the door to conversations and learnings about future career opportunities in South Australia’s exciting and thriving space sector for thousands of students.”
A panel of local space industry leaders, along with an Aboriginal language expert shortlisted the numerous entries, which were de-identified to ensure an objective and transparent decision-making process by the SASAT1 Steering Committee.
APY Lands General Manager Richard King has welcomed the satellite’s APY Lands connection.
“All communities on the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands are proud that the word ‘Kanyini’, a tenet of our ancient language, will be used for the new satellite,” Mr King said.
“The combination of ancient Australia and modern Australia coming together in this new space frontier will be a matter of great celebration for the first South Australians of Central Australian Deserts.”
Findon High School Principal Steve Atsalas said the school was thrilled to have their submission chosen for the SASAT1 Space Services Mission.
“The decision to submit this name was one that included all members of our school community and it is a reflection of our school’s commitment to celebrating First Nations cultures and taking active steps towards reconciliation,” Mr Atsalas said.
“This new SA satellite named Kanyini can be a symbol that acknowledges how vital the principle of Kanyini is for all humans living on Earth to ensure we care for and take responsibility for our natural resources, as the new satellite will enable us to do, more effectively.”
The satellite will be designed, built and tested in South Australia by local company Inovor Technologies, while Adelaide headquartered company Myriota will provide Internet of Things (IoT) services for the mission, collecting the data and returning it to Earth. The SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) is leading the mission as well as application prototyping.
The satellite will provide vital data for every-day South Australians, such as assisting farmers to monitor water levels and more accurately predict future crop yields, or offering emergency services personnel greater oversight to monitor, manage and even mitigate emergencies like bushfires.
Our students will now work together with designers and APY Lands representatives to create the logo for Kanyini before it is launched into low-Earth orbit in 2022.
Follow Kanyini’s journey and subscribe for updates at www.saspacemission.com.au
To see a new high-res video of what Kanyini will look like in orbit, please follow this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bqdbsdfjn9gepm5/SASAT-1.mp4?dl=0
Eddie is Findon High School’s newest enrolment; he’s a fully qualified Assistance Dog and you’ll be seeing a lot more of him around our school this year! Eddie’s worked in a range of schools where he has connected powerfully with students, even improving school attendance and wellbeing! He works alongside Niki, our school’s newly appointed social worker who has a long relationship with Eddie; together they will work to support students both one on one and in small group settings. Eddie was trained in a school environment as a Therapy Dog, so he isn’t your usual Assistance Dog that can’t be approached or touched; he loves a pat so make sure you say hello when he you see him around!
House Netball Action
The Hoffman Hawks soared to the highest heights, taking out the House Netball tournament. The Flynn Falcons fought hard but just didn’t have what it took to overcome the might of the Hawks. Most impressive was student leader’s organisation and like always, our school community turned up with huge amounts of school spirit and House pride!
Our school marked Reconciliation Week in a range of ways this year. Out in the courtyard our ASETO, Steve created a fire pit with help of Alexis, Wesley, Lincoln and Lila. They dug a huge hole and stoked the flames until all that was left was hot coals.
By lunch time students were drawn to the fire and they had a lot of questions!
The Intermediate Drama Students Hit the Stage!
Findon High School’s Intermediate Drama class performed ‘Romayo and Julie’, a comedic interpretation of Shakespeare‘s Romeo and Juliet.
The play explores the theme of overcoming conflict, with two teams of 7th and 8th grade students pitted against each other as they compete in an intense hall decorating contest.
The show was enjoyed by a large audience and was a unique opportunity for students plan and present some live theatre.
Our New and Improved Learning Exhibitions
To end the Semester on a high note, Foundation and Intermediate students shared their learning at Learning Exhibitions.
This year the presentations have transitioned to Google Classroom technology with each student creating a website that they will use to reflect on their progress as they continue their secondary education.
It was brilliant to see parents and caregivers engaging in the process, participating in their child’s learning journey.
International Education Services Tertiary Expo at Flinders University
It was for our International students as they explored all the tertiary options open to them during a visit to Flinders Uni!
They got the latest on new facilities at Flinders University during a campus tour, heard from the experts through a range of tertiary info presentations, enjoyed the delicious food options for lunch in the student hub and met heaps of new people!
How do you achieve success in career planning? Engage in the Pillars!
Pillars to Success is a The Brocas initiative that kicked off last term at the City of Charles Sturt Civic Centre.
What was covered? The opportunities for employment that exist within council, how to identify key employability skills and connect them to your personal experiences and tips and tricks for marketing yourself to employers in a competitive employment market.
Our students networked with Seaton High School students and key council staff, developing not just their known of the job market but also their interpersonal communication skills.
The program concludes with a week of Work Experience in an area of council that relates directly to each student’s unique strengths and career interest area.
Courtroom Drama at Findon High School
All the drama of the classic tale ‘Snow White’ played out in our courtroom this Term.
Intermediate ‘Young People and the Law’ students had a dress rehearsal in preparation and then stunned the jury (the Foundation Global Studies class) as they brought it to life!
I’m sure you’d agree that they really look the part and not only that, their knowledge of the law and court proceedings shone through in this real world learning environment!
A trip to the theatre for Graduate 2 English
‘Creation, Creation’ is a show for anyone who is curious about the mysteries of the universe and our place in it. It’s fun, it’s thoughtful and you’ll leave feeling like your head has grown two sizes.’
The Graduate 2 English class grew their heads at least two sizes today as they headed to the Space Theatre to check out this example of immersive Documentary Theatre. It is part of the Dream Big Festival, and was written & directed by the Windmill Theatre company.
They laughed, they cried and they learnt a lot about life, and how the real world can inspire some amazing stories!
The Cutting Edgers put the finishing touches on the grandstand seating they’ve been creating over the last ten weeks.
They have learnt so much along the way about safe power-tool use & OHSW, a wide range of wooden construction skills, numeracy in context, team work and communication skills and goal setting & career pathway links.
Students who successfully completed the program will achieve 10 Stage 1 SACE Credits.
The team will be back on-site next Semester for another exciting project.
The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre
Over eons of time, the Kaurna people of the Adelaide Plains have gathered at Warriparinga. The Living Kaurna Cultural Centre was built here to ensure that Kaurna culture, and the Dreaming Story of the Land, is passed on from generation to generation.
Students from Findon High School visited and gathered so much new knowledge from our tour guide, Tom.
From bush-tucker, to scar trees, to fish traps to bio-chemistry, the knowledge of the Kaurna people is relevant and so important in understanding the history of the place that we call home.
The students will use this knowledge to create a range of texts to teach a lesson that always was and always has been, important.
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