Students conquer their fears
Everyone was up for a challenge
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.
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.