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Year 8 students break out and get into the field

The Year 8 cohort took their learning outside this week by participating in the combined Science/Humanities Hilliards Creek field trip.

The Creek borders the College property and provides an excellent resource for students to apply their understanding of catchment environments and collect data in the field for transformation and analysis. Using the expertise of outside providers such as Monique Gastaldin from the Redlands City Council's Indigiscapes Centre, as well as specialist staff, students examined the features of this important local resource.

The day's work will be used to complete a field report that will act as the students' assessment task for both Geography and Science for Term 4. This innovative approach allows students to immerse themselves in the topic more deeply and provides them with the opportunity to produce high quality analysis. Opportunities like this enable students to investigate real world issues in their local communities that foster authentic learning.

It was not all hard work though, as students also had the opportunity to use their skills in a treasure hunt style geocaching activity utilising smart phone technology. There was also the culmination of the hotly contested inter form class Tug of War competition. The day's work would not have been possible without the dedication and cooperation of the Year 8 Science and Humanities teachers.

Just another Ormiston day of making learning an exciting and fun filled experience!

Ian Burgess
Head of Humanities Department