Soaking up local history
Students learn about original town settlement
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.
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.
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.