Home' Focus : Focus Magazine Spring 2014 Contents Year 8 leaders shine
As part of the Round Square IDEALS, all students in Year 8 at
Scotch Oakburn College are given the opportunity to develop their
leadership skills through the Year 8 Leaders Program.
This involves two students from each house being allocated a three
week period where they undertake a series of activities that range
from attending planning meetings, organising fund-raising events and
inclusive activities for students of the Middle School.
Examples of activities have included an indoor soccer competition,
a ‘Middle School’s Got Talent’ event, a Year 6 basketball competition
and a decorated cupcake competition, just to name a few.
They also take responsibility for the Middle School flag raising and
lowering, the table tennis set up and the Middle School libraries,
along with the management of Café 8.
Each group of eight students elects a male and female student
coordinator, along with a Round Square coordinator. All students are
presented with a Year 8 Leaders badge in Assembly, which they wear
for the remainder of the year.
The groups have also been involved in supporting external
organisations, with students selling Daffodil Day merchandise for the
Cancer Council, providing ushers for ‘Singfest’ and selling badges
during Legacy Week this term.
Another group arranged a speaker from Guide Dogs Tasmania in
Assembly and followed up with a very successful fundraising money
line and milkshake sale, raising over $150. Other groups have elected
to donate the proceeds of their fundraising activities to the Sick Kids
Fundraising activities have ranged from a lolly guessing competition
to sales of home baked treats in Café 8 to a sundae bar, which
proved most popular in the warmer weather. All students have
planned and advertised these events by creating posters, speaking
to class groups, presenting in Assembly, putting notices on the CIDS
panels and in the online news.
All groups have been excellent to work with. Ideas, initiative and
energy have been the ‘order of the day’, with many showing well-
developing leadership skills. I look forward to working with our next
group of Year 8 leaders and am sure they will rise to the leadership
Coordinator Year 8 Leaders Program
Sustainability on St Johnstone
Renowned international sustainability expert and natural scientist,
Warren Flint, once said: “Sustainability requires maintaining life-supporting
natural capital in order for our socioeconomic goals to be met”.
Flint’s words form the foundation of the St Johnstone land care project
that began in 2012 and continues today, involving a group of students
who have progressed across those three years from Year 5 to Year 7,
making it a highly educational longitudinal study.
The project continues to develop learning and understanding about
our role in our natural environment, but specifically that of sustainable
agriculture, competing influences that affect our ability to maintain
biodiversity, and protecting our planet for the future generations.
The 2014 group spent an exciting overnight excursion at the St
Johnstone’s farm, hosted by Scotch College old boy Gilbert Taylor (’80)
and his wife Kate, to workshop these concepts with the help of many
members of the local Natural Resource Management team (NRM North).
Guest presenters from Habitat nursery, Herbert and Sally Staubman,
and water bug expert and author of The Water Bug Book, John
Gooderham, assisted students to better understand their natural
environment as they tested, investigated, and analysed the soil, water,
animals and remnant native bushland in the area to allow them to
continue to collect data.
This data will be compiled over the coming years to allow students
to look for trends and changes in the environment as the shelterbelts
2014 saw the first planting of trees propagated by students during last
year’s St Johnstone’s project, as they continued the development of the
rivulet shelterbelt planting project.
Shelterbelts build biodiversity in paddocks, protect soils from erosion,
build soil nutrient and moisture levels, provide shade and windbreaks for
livestock and crops, habitat for native animals, improve soil and water
quality, and add to the aesthetic value of the land.
Our Year 7 students should be very proud of their continued efforts as
they build their knowledge and understanding of these vitally important
concepts as the future generation of Tasmania.
This year group will return to St Johnstone in 2015 as Year 8 students
to continue the project’s development and build on knowledge from
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