Echuca College News
Twenty students from Year 9 and 10 had a great time at Falls Creek recently, cross-country and downhill skiing. Boort Secondary College shared the experience with our students, with students from the two schools working well together in skiing groups at Falls Creek and work groups at the Bogong Outdoor School. With many students having not seen snow before the first day of cross-country skiing was a thrill with snowball fights high on the agenda! Day two and three were spent on the downhill slopes with mousetrap, wombat’s ramble and highway 83 the most popular runs. A lesson from a ski instructor from Cairns was a bit weird – do they have snow in Cairns?, but she had everyone snow ploughing in no time. The Outdoor School program is all about sustainable living actions with the students learning about the alpine region and what everyone can do to preserve our environment. Interacting with pigmy possums and frill necked lizards was another highlight of our stay at Bogong, as was the action packed pool games. Hopefully families have noticed their children having shorter showers, packing nude lunchboxes and turning off lights around their homes! Students who attended were Kimberley Masterton, Jess Gould, Bella Talbot, Jemma Mills, Kiara Dean, Holly Coutts, Bec Richardson, Jess Ireland, Shaylah Lummis, Matt Meager, Ryan Newnham, Kyal Accurso, Jordan Dalziel, Justin Fleischer, Matt Hilet, Kade Faulkner, Mitch Lake, Archie Reid, Nic Lambrecht and Asher Jones.
Staff - David Pearson & Zoe Dannatt.
It is with great sadness we inform our community of the passing of a former student and the son of a current staff member. A number of College staff and students will be attending the funeral on Thursday afternoon. On Thursday 1st Sep, town students will be dismissed at lunchtime 12:50pm and bus travelers will work an alternative timetable for periods 5 & 6.
Thank you for your understanding.
The Echuca College 2016 Makers Fair “Drones, Droids and Robots” showcased a number of exhibits that incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and 21st Century Learning. Our student leaders guided primary school students through the various stations, enabling them to “make, code and design” as they moved around.
We trained a team of 35 students from Years 7-9 to use the various pieces of equipment including 3D Printing, MaKey MaKey, Hummingbird Kits, Arduino, Turtle Art, LittleBits Electronics, Drones, Holograms and Spheros.
We incorporated the Makers Fair into our transition program and invited all our senior students from our feeder primary schools – over 520 primary school students from across nine schools. Visiting students had the opportunity to use coding to drive and manipulate drones and robots. They worked with circuits, Spheros, electronics, robotics, holograms and much more. Students were encouraged to discover, explore and problem solve.
The aim of the Makers Fair was to build on students’ curiosity and connect STEM learning to solving real world problems. Students worked collaboratively and experienced individual learning that was hands-on and inquiry-based and supported the achievement of deep knowledge. A focus on creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration is essential to prepare students for the future.
‘Making’ brings to life the curriculum elements in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) approach to learning and teaching. The event had a very strong science theme and coincided with Science Week 15th –18th of August.
Please visit our YouTube Channel to see footage of the event: https://www.youtube.com/c/echucacollegeviceduau