Creativity And Celebration In Lockdown

The lockdown season in Term 3 has seen our teachers explore new and exciting ways to provide their at-home classes with stimulating learning activities. Here were just a few of them.

Design to manufacture: Junior School students designed their own 3D name tags and watched online as they were manufactured by the 3D printer…

3d printer Junior School Learn From Home

Our version of MasterChef: mouth-watering chocolate cupcakes, delightful pancakes and tasty wraps prepared by Middle School students over nine weeks. At the halfway mark they celebrated their achievements by baking for a Zoom morning tea with their classmates…and it ended with a big finale - hosting a family dinner party!

“I wanted to show the students that there is a positive side to this lockdown. COVID is providing us with new opportunities and one of them is having the time at home to try new things. The students really love it, it has added new excitement to learning from home, and their parents are just as excited, not only because of what the students are learning but also because they have to wash up and clean the kitchen after every session”, said teacher Mr Lees.

PHCS Masterchef

Pet Show and Tell: bringing your pet to school took on a whole new format as students paraded their dogs, cats, birds and guinea pigs past their Zoom cameras…

Rube Goldberg machines: students designed, built and filmed unique domino-effect machines made from everyday household items such as books and Hot Wheels race tracks, whilst learning more about energy transfer and transformation (next term this might become an all-school competition involved both students and staff!)…

Ruby Goldberg machine by phcs student

Authoring: Junior School’s Book Week included a scavenger hunt, dressing up in costumes and retelling story books in different ways…

Connecting with the lonely: Middle School made sure that COVID would not hinder them from providing ongoing community service and they decided to “meet with” residents of Anglicare’s Flinders Village via Zoom technology. Mrs Razey, the Assistant Head of Middle School, said that one of the residents had tears in his eyes.

“Hopefully we brought a little bit of joy to their lives. Our students were truly amazed at some of their stories. We are making this an ongoing connection time of service for our students and the residents are very keen to see us again.”

Meanwhile, Year 1 students were asked in English class to write a letter to their grandparents.

Year 11 and 12 students made use of digital technology to record a collective video for RUOK Day which encouraged their peers to look out for each other.

Big Celebration

The big highlight of the term was the Year 12 Celebration Week with its Student Drive By (to pick up packs of information and goodies) and online sessions: lunch with the Pastoral Care Leaders, Worship Night, Captain’s Assembly and Thanksgiving Service. These were in place of the traditional end of term activities. We received a lot of messages of appreciation from parents including this one…

“I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you that Ash was so excited about arriving at school this morning to a welcoming committee and receiving the care package. She showed me all the beautiful messages from teachers, photos and little gifts. It was the highlight of her year so far!”

Year 12 2021 Celebrations

At the same time, we celebrated the appointment of the 2022 Captains and Vice Captains. Thomas Langton, Emma O’Neil, Joshua Baker and Sophia Yi received a surprise Zoom call from the Head of Senior School Mr Driscoll and Assistant HOSS Alyssa Smith which ended with their parents pinning on the badges.

Class of 2021 celebrations