Stu­dents con­quer their fears

Every­one was up for a chal­lenge

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DENI­SON STATE SCHOOL

Camp Fair­bairn shares life mes­sages for Year 4 By D. Waine-Bar­clay

LAST month, Year 4 stu­dents from Deni­son State School at­tended their an­nual camp at Camp Fair­bairn.

Dur­ing the three days, stu­dents were def­i­nitely chal­lenged through a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing rock wall climb­ing, ca­noe­ing, cat­a­pult build­ing and team build­ing chal­lenges.

The teach­ers at Camp Fair­bairn showed pa­tience and gen­tly guided our stu­dents to do the best they per­son­ally could and work co-op­er­a­tively as part of a team.

We took away a few im­por­tant mes­sages to help us in life:

1. Lis­ten when in­struc­tions are be­ing given.

2. Give every­one a chance to speak. We all have some­thing to of­fer.

3. Speak nicely to oth­ers to get opin­ions and ideas across.

4. It’s okay to fail as long as we keep on try­ing.

5. Re­silience is one of the most im­por­tant traits we can have.

What a great few days we had.

Cen­tral High­lands Re­gional Eisteddfod By Kiarra Toole and Kelly Hunter, Year 6

This year, our school par­tic­i­pated in the an­nual Cen­tral High­lands Eisteddfod for 2017.

It was an amaz­ing week for all stu­dents and com­mu­nity mem­bers in­volved in this ex­cit­ing oc­ca­sion! We are also very pleased to say, on be­half of Deni­son, that we have done ex­tremely well this year, tak­ing first for se­nior choir and in­ter­me­di­ate choir, sec­ond for se­nior/folk choir and third for ju­nior choir.

In the in­stru­men­tal sec­tion, Deni­son was awarded first for recorder band, third for Deni­son’s flute en­sem­ble and highly com­mended for our wind en­sem­ble and con­cert band.

We also re­ceived third for boom whacker band, as well as sev­eral stu­dents from each grade do­ing solo or duet per­for­mances with their peers, whether in vo­cal sec­tions, the­atri­cal vo­cal sec­tions, verse speak­ing and/or in­stru­men­tal sec­tions.

We would now like to con­grat­u­late all stu­dents and schools across the Cen­tral High­lands who were a part of this year’s eisteddfod.

Deni­son looks for­ward to see­ing you again next year.

Pi­ano suc­cess at eisteddfod By Jor­jia Wendt, Year 5

This year, I com­peted in the Cen­tral High­lands Eisteddfod with my brother, Con­ner Wendt.

We both did a pi­ano solo. Con­ner came highly com­mended and I got a par­tic­i­pa­tion award. We also did a pi­ano duet to­gether and came first place!

Con­ner played his solo called Cops and Rob­bers and I played Cubanera. For our duet we played Comin’ Round the Moun­tain. It was an awe­some feel­ing win­ning first place.

At first Con­ner wouldn’t go to eisteddfod be­cause “there are too many peo­ple”, but we man­aged to per­suade him. Con­nor and I re­ally en­joyed eisteddfod this year and can’t wait till next year!

In­au­gu­ral Deni­son Art Gallery Ex­hi­bi­tion de­lights all By H. Marslen

Last week the hall was abuzz with Prep and Year 2 stu­dents’ first ever Deni­son Art Gallery Ex­hi­bi­tion. The gallery was full of art­works the stu­dents had cre­ated dur­ing their Vis­ual Arts and Maths In­quiry units.

With more than 500 art­works on dis­play, rang­ing from sculp­tures to di­rected draw­ings, the gallery was full of creative di­ver­sity that had some­thing for every­one.

With the gallery at­tract­ing more than 150 sup­port­ers, it was a huge suc­cess where fun was had by all.

The pride was clearly vis­i­ble on the stu­dents’ faces as they pulled on the hand of some­one special around the gallery to find their cre­ations.

The gallery was de­rived from the Prep Maths In­quiry unit, where in class stu­dents ex­plored what the best pic­ture cre­ated could be us­ing 10 of the same item. They had time to De­cide, Dis­cover, De­vise, De­velop and then De­fend their art­work.

Dur­ing this ex­plo­ration, the stu­dents took time to ex­per­i­ment with dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als and dif­fer­ent pic­tures to cre­ate their fi­nal mas­ter­piece.

Along­side the Maths In­quiry unit, the Prep stu­dents have been look­ing at Vis­ual Arts and ex­per­i­ment­ing with dif­fer­ent ways to rep­re­sent weather pic­tures.

Af­ter the ex­cur­sion to the art gallery in town, we thought what a won­der­ful way to cel­e­brate all the stu­dents’ learn­ing and ef­forts and dis­play them in our very own Deni­son Art Gallery Ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Year 2s were also work­ing hard in their class­rooms on their Vis­ual Art unit, which ex­plored us­ing re­cy­cled items to cre­ate a sculp­ture of a bird. With all their hard work and ef­fort, they did not want to miss a chance to dis­play their de­signs in the art gallery.

Thank you to every­one who made this night a huge suc­cess – par­ents/car­ers, teach­ers, ad­min­is­tra­tion and, most im­por­tantly, our tal­ented artists.

Yippee at Yep­poon! By L. Robin­son

Smiles were across the faces of the Year 5 stu­dents from Deni­son State School as they headed to the PCYC Capri­corn Coast in Yep­poon for the week.

Ac­tiv­i­ties chal­lenged the stu­dents, en­cour­ag­ing group work, lead­er­ship and fac­ing their fears.

“I can’t” was a swear word and the in­struc­tors pushed the stu­dents to the lim­its to take just one more step up the rock wall or up to the next log on the high ropes.

“Climb­ing that high was ex­hil­a­rat­ing and the view was amaz­ing. I had to trust my peers and felt safe as they held on tightly to the rope,” Car­taar said.

Trav­el­ling to Great Kep­pel Is­land was a highlight and the stu­dents loved see­ing the co­ral through the glass­bot­tomed boat and hand feed­ing the trop­i­cal fish.

“It was good be­ing a kid and play­ing in the white sand,” said Car­taar.

At the end of the week, 63 very tired chil­dren and teach­ers made it back to Emer­ald, know­ing that they con­quered some of their fears and if they don’t give up, they can achieve greater re­sults.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

IS­LAND ES­CAPE: Year 5 stu­dents es­caped school and en­joyed the sun­shine at Fish­er­man’s Beach, Great Kep­pel Is­land.

Laine Fuller gear­ing up for an af­ter­noon of fun at the Year 4 Fair­bairn Camp.

Year 5 Deni­son State School stu­dents en­joy­ing the sun and sand at the Year 5 Yep­poon camp.

Con­ner and Jor­jia Wendt won the pi­ano duet and Jor­dan Schulz played beau­ti­fully in the pi­ano solo.

Year 5 stu­dents face their fears at the rock climb­ing wall at the Yep­poon camp.

Fair­bairn Camp chal­lenged our Year 4 campers with cat­a­pult build­ing.

Sam­muel and Alis­ten San­son, Harvey Tay­lor-Sidu, Char­lotte and Mia McEwan, So­phie Inch and Char­lotte Clar­ri­coats.

The cricket team.

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