Soak­ing up lo­cal his­tory

Stu­dents learn about orig­i­nal town set­tle­ment

Central Queensland News - - LIFE | SCHOOL NEWS - — Ri­ley Carey

BLACK­WA­TER NORTH STATE SCHOOL

Year 2 ex­cur­sion

AS PART of the Year 2 his­tory unit “Ex­plor­ing our Lo­cal Community” the chil­dren vis­ited the Lions Park last Friday to learn about rea­sons for the orig­i­nal set­tle­ment of the town of Black­wa­ter.

The chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to view some of the mon­u­ments ded­i­cated to the set­tle­ment of the town, in­clud­ing the pet­ri­fied wood dis­play, old steam train and orig­i­nal rail­way sta­tion.

The chil­dren found out about the ori­gins of the nam­ing of the town and the pro­gres­sion of the rail­way line west of Rockhampton to sup­port the pas­toral in­dus­try that had al­ready been es­tab­lished.

Prior to the min­ing in­dus­try the pas­toral and rail­way in­dus­tries were the main ar­eas of em­ploy­ment.

The pet­ri­fied wood dis­play is a mon­u­ment to ex­plorer Lud­wig Le­ich­hardt, who first dis­cov­ered coal along the banks of the Macken­zie River in 1845, although the in­dus­try didn’t take off un­til the 1960s.

To­day Black­wa­ter is the coal cap­i­tal of Queens­land, with many of our par­ents be­ing em­ployed in the in­dus­try.

The chil­dren had the op­por­tu­nity to com­pare the tech­nol­ogy of the past with the tech­nol­ogy of to­day by view­ing the old train and dis­cussing how it was pow­ered.

Prep tran­si­tions

THE magic of Kinder­garten tran­si­tions and learn­ing has started to un­fold over the last few weeks.

Pre-Prep stu­dents have be­come im­mersed in rich learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties while vis­it­ing our school set­ting.

We un­der­stand and value as a school that fam­i­lies play an im­por­tant role in sup­port­ing the tran­si­tion to pri­mary school.

It is im­per­a­tive to high­light that start­ing school is not just about the first day. It is a process that be­gins when prospec­tive stu­dents and their fam­i­lies start to pre­pare the year be­fore and when first vis­it­ing.

Our teach­ers pro­mote ac­tive, learner-fo­cused and cre­ative learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences in­side and out­side the class­rooms.

Year 3C news

THIS term we are writ­ing po­etry.

We have been look­ing at lots of dif­fer­ent po­ems and iden­ti­fy­ing the po­etic de­vices in them, such as rhyme, rhythm, al­lit­er­a­tion and ono­matopoeia.

We will be us­ing all of th­ese to write our own po­ems later in the term.

This week we had our first go at writ­ing some of our own po­etry. We are writ­ing about what we can see at a park.

On a Satur­day in the sun, at the play­ground hav­ing fun. I can see:

Dogs jump­ing over logs Kids singing to a five times sum Some hor­ri­ble an­i­mals. YES! They are frogs And crazy adults drink­ing ap­ple cider rum.

PHOTOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

LOOK TO THE PAST: The Year 2 his­tory ex­cur­sion to the Lions Park was a les­son in the ori­gins of Black­wa­ter.

Test­ing the Prep fa­cil­i­ties for 2018.

Year 3C poet Ri­ley Carey.

Stu­dents play on the old steam train.

Year 2 class soak­ing up the his­tory of Black­wa­ter.

Stu­dents vis­ited the Lions Park to learn the his­tory of the town.

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