The Morning Verse

I look into the world 
Wherein there shines the sun 
Wherein there gleam the stars 
Wherein there lie the stones 
The plants they live and grow 
The beasts they feel and live 
And we to spirit gives 
A dwelling in the soul.

I look into the soul 
That living dwells in me 
God’s spirit lives and weaves 
In light of sun and soul
In heights of worlds without 
In depths of soul within.

To thee o Spirit of God, I seek and turn myself, 
That strength and grace and skill 
For learning and for work
In me may live and grow.

Year Seven

TREM 3 Overview

Year 7 starts back to a busy term three. Students will start to engage in their first secondary school performance, which will be ‘King Arthur’. Students have a greater responsibility within this production, and this will see them organising costuming, sets and music. This responsibility also manifests as greater expectations within their individual performances. Gesticulations, articulation and actions will need greater thought, and therefore convey greater meaning.

From this point, students will then further engage their higher thinking capacity by exploring Pythagoras and Algebra. Students will get a chance to explore the order of nature, through practical experiences and experiences with mathematical truths. Logic will also form a key role within this main lesson, and this speaks to students developing conceptual thinking, thus allowing algebra to play a practical role in linking conceptual mathematics to practical problems, patterns and forms within nature.

Students will finish the term with the Health and Nutrition main lesson. This main lesson comes at a pivotal time in each student’s physical and mental development and focuses on student lead care of self. Through the lenses of nutrition and then health, students will explore how food, sleep, self-care and addiction impact upon the body, and its development. This is also a time for students to start discussions and learning experiences relating to the changing nature of their bodies.

During this term, students will also experience the ski program, which encompasses both cross country skiing and a choice of either snowboarding or downhill skiing. Students will experience both Mt. Sterling and Mt. Buller whilst engaging in highly physical tasks. This program is an important part of term three, and further develops students will, endurance and physical capacity.

TERM TWO OVERVIEW

Year 7 students continue to be challenged this term, by placing themselves within the lives of those in the Middle ages, and exploring the tumult, beauty, superstition and migratory nature of this epoch. In their second main lesson for the term they will be introduced to chemistry by exploring the properties of fire. Students explore chemistry as a process, through experiential learning and will continue to refine the ‘scientific method’. Student’s understandings of social structures and orders will be challenged, as will their spiritual and ethical beliefs by exploring Indigenous Societies and Civilisations in their last main lesson for the term. This main lesson allows for the blending of the real and the imagined, as well as instilling a healthy respect and care for nature, the world around students, and themselves.

We also start to tap into their developing analytical minds and introduce more and more abstract concepts during main and practice lessons. This allows students to start to reflect upon how other people, and they themselves, think and view the world. This key development will help to create a strong foundation for social cohesion and community development later this year, and in the coming years.

Term two sees Year 7 students embarking on their first secondary school camp. Taking place in the Victorian High Country, the Secondary Art camp combines physical activity, mountain biking, with students’ artistic capabilities. Students work with the world around them to create wonderful designs, and crafts. They also work together with both the years 8s and 9s for the duration of this camp.

 FRENCH POETRY COMPETITION

The annual Berthe Mouchette French poetry recitation competition will be held this year on Friday May 10, during the school day, with classes 3 to 9 participating.

The students have begun to memorise their poems, with slow and fast video versions available below for students to practise. Ask your child to show you their poem. The Alliance Française website is also worth having a look at too afmelbourne.com.au

– Jen O’Donnell  French teacher K-10

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Images du soir
Pierre Gamarra

Tu fermes les yeux. Iris.
Tu fermes les yeux. Brioche.

Tu fermes les yeux. Corail, violettes, cheval feu.

Tu fermes les yeux. Musique, tambourin, merle, mésange.
Tu fermes les yeux. La pluie sautille sur les salades.

Tu fermes les yeux. Les fées brillent au fond des miroirs.
Il neige au-dessus d’un soir de caramel et de pomme.

Tu fermes les yeux. Les lèvres de maman disent des mots de velours,
de frites blondes, de chemins verts, de soleil

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Images du soir
Pierre Gamarra

Tu fermes les yeux. Iris.
Tu fermes les yeux. Brioche.

Tu fermes les yeux. Corail, violettes, cheval feu.

Tu fermes les yeux. Musique, tambourin, merle, mésange.
Tu fermes les yeux. La pluie sautille sur les salades.

Tu fermes les yeux. Les fées brillent au fond des miroirs.
Il neige au-dessus d’un soir de caramel et de pomme.

Tu fermes les yeux. Les lèvres de maman disent des mots de velours,
de frites blondes, de chemins verts, de soleil