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Learning Journeys

By School Updates

On Wednesday morning we welcomed our parents into the school for the first of our ‘Learning Journeys’ for the year. This provided our parents with a wonderful opportunity to hear the story about their child’s learning.

As learners ourselves, we know that we are more motivated to learn when we are genuinely interested in or curious about the subject or when we have a problem we need to solve. Our students’ parents gained an insight into how we create learning environments that cultivate curiosity and grow all of our students as confident, capable and creative inquirers.

From the conversations that were taking place between parent and child it was a delight to hear the sense of wonder that has been nurtured in each of our students. To hear the vivid descriptions about why and how their learning had taken shape. To see the delight in a parent’s face about how quickly their child had launched themselves into all that is on offer in Kindergarten and how their child can detail why they are learning.

All of our students are obviously growing as thinkers, collaborators, self-managers, communicators and researchers as they inquire. It was a delight to have our parents hear and see their child’s learning journey after just a few weeks of the new school year. We look forward to the continuation of these journeys and will welcome our parents back in each of the remaining Terms this year to see the next part of their child’s learning journey as it unfolds.

School’s Back for 2016

By School Updates

Our new school year has started and we have enjoyed welcoming the many new families and their children to the school this year. Last year we started with just 33 students and we have the privilege of welcoming 32 new students and their families for our 2016 school year.

On Wednesday night, we had a wonderful evening with our family picnic on the oval. It was a tremendous way to start our new school year and see the excitement on the children’s faces as they met their new teachers and classmates.

As well as welcoming new students and staff we have also grown to now have Year 3. In welcoming our new students and staff we have people who have joined our community from near and far. Many, of course, have come from the local Googong and Queanbeyan communities but we have also welcomed families that have moved interstate and from overseas to join our Googong community.

We started our school year with our new prayer:

Prayer for Students

God of Light and Truth, thank you for giving our students a mind that can know and a heart that can love.
Help them to keep learning every day.
Let them be aware of your presence.
Encourage them when work is difficult and they are tempted to give up;
encourage them when their mind seems slow and the way forward is difficult.
Grant them the grace to put their mind to use exploring the world you have created, confident that in you there is wisdom.

Amen

Image courtesy of Michael Leunig.

End of the School Year

By School Updates

It’s hard to believe that our first school year has now concluded… and what a fantastic year it has been! We celebrated the achievements of our founding students at our Awards Ceremony yesterday, where each and every student was recognised with their Pioneer Award – an award that will not be given to any other student after this year.

We recognised our students with this special award because we believe that these extraordinary children are the pioneers of The Anglican School Googong. They have had to take the lead in creating this school and without them the school would not be what it is today.

As a teaching facility, we can provide the classrooms and some great resources in our wonderful teaching staff but these children are what really make the school – and it’s a school for which we should all be so proud.

We were very fortunate to have Cr Tim Overall, Mayor of Queanbeyan, present the Pioneer Awards to each student in recognition of their efforts in founding The Anglican School Googong. We also recognised a select number of students with the following awards, which were presented by the Chair of the School Board, Professor John Richards:

Class Awards

Douglas Mawson Award for Knowledge and Exploration

This award is presented to the student in each class who has taken our core aspiration to ‘Know and discover’ and put this into practice. They have taken the knowledge they have learnt and used this to explore the possibilities of what this could lead to.

Kindergarten Year 1 Year 2
Trystan Readman Toby Howden Zoë O’toole

Connor McLeod Award for Great Ideas

This award is presented to the student in each class who has taken our core aspiration to ‘Understand and dream’ and come up with an idea to solve a problem they have seen. They wonder about the world around them; entertain possibilities; consider ideas and imagine widely.

Kindergarten Year 1 Year 2
Elliot Brown Trigby Raine Isis Nitschke – Stevenson

Whole School Awards

Elizabeth Kenny Award for Christian Character and Service

This award is presented to one student from Kindergarten to Year 2 who has demonstrated integrity and honesty in their interactions with others. This student has displayed servant leadership within the school and has clearly put the needs of others ahead of themselves.

Riley Howatson

Richard Tognetti Award for the Performing Arts

This award is presented to one student from Kindergarten to Year 2 who has demonstrated commitment, enthusiasm and distinction in the Performing Arts both in the classroom and in the co-curricular life of the school.

Mathilda Davies

Shane Gould Award for Sporting Achievement

This award is presented to one student from Kindergarten to Year 2 who has upheld the values of sportsmanship whilst achieving success across a number of sports.

Owen Willis

We would like to take the opportunity to thank each and every parent for your involvement and support this year. You have also played an instrumental role in the establishment of our school and we are so grateful for your continued support.

On behalf of everyone at The Anglican School Googong, we wish you a very blessed and merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Advent Has Arrived Early at Googong

By School Updates

The end of the school year is fast approaching and that means Christmas and the time we celebrate the birth of Jesus is too! For that reason, the advent season has arrived early for us here at Googong!

This week marked our second week of advent which is where we heard about Mary and Joseph making their way to Bethlehem. This was a difficult journey for Mary over what was a very rough and dry region, with the help of a donkey when she could walk no more.

Our students are busy making their Christmas stars in preparation for our Christmas tree in few weeks. We are beginning to get excited about this and look forward to presenting our stars to our parents on the last day of school in December.

 

Year 2 Camp

By School Updates

The Year 2 students had their overnight camp last night and the fun has continued well into today.

The students took off on bikes and scooters yesterday afternoon, beginning their camp with a ride around Googong. The students pedalled up the hill and explored a whole bunch of new roads and ovals where new residencies are going to start being built in Googong.

All that riding got the students pretty hot, so it was time to cool down with an ice cream at Yellow Belly Café – thanks, John! With a bike ride and an ice cream stop already underway, it appeared that Year 2 camp was off to a fantastic start!

After their ice cream, the students head back to school as it was getting close to dinnertime. Thankfully, with some prior planning, the students had spent some time before their bike ride preparing homemade pizzas, so all they had to do was put them in the oven to cook.

The students had fun playing in the ELC while waiting for dinner, then everyone came together and enjoyed their very own homemade pizzas in the teacher’s staffroom.

After dinner, it was time to set up camp. Unfortunately, due to the rain, the camping ground was moved inside, but that didn’t stop the students from having fun building barricades out of furniture around the tents to ensure everyone was kept safe throughout the night.

It was an early start this morning with a buzz of excitement in the air… Now, all the fun really started! Today was the day that the Year 2 students were building their trebuchets and battling it out with water bombs on the oval against Year 1.

Using poles and ropes the students built their trebuchets and ensured the square lashings were tight. Lots of teamwork and tremendous effort was involved but it certainly paid off when they managed to throw the water bombs the full length of the school oval and hit their target!

The students learnt some great new skills during their camp; they exercised some creativity and worked as a team but most importantly; they had a wonderful time!

The way we teach is changing

By School Updates

Authentic learning is the future of teaching but what is authentic learning?

It is real life learning that involves the natural instincts of students to achieve meaning and practical educational outcomes for each student. As the children make meaning for themselves they will begin to understand how they learn and through this they will become more confident learners.

We invite educators to join us and explore authentic learning and the wondrous learning environments that have been purposefully designed to allow teachers, children and our community to connect, learn and grow. Imagine being in a school where children know and discover, understand and dream and grow in faith.

We are opening the doors to our Early Learning Centre and Junior School learning spaces so that you can see firsthand how our innovative and flexible learning environments are meeting the needs of a new generation of learners. We want to start a conversation with educators about how we can engage children in meaningful experiences on daily basis.

Open Night for Educators
When: 6-7 pm on Thursday 18th June
Where: The Anglican School Googong, 136 Gorman Drive Googong (parking off Rosa St)

For more information please contact:
E: principal@tasg.nsw.edu.au
P: 6299 1000

Creating our kitchen gardens

By School Updates

So much has happened in the first term of this year. We’ve celebrated the official school opening, the first day of school and our first sports day.

Another recent achievement has been the planting of our kitchen garden. The gardens, planted by the children, are part of teaching sustainable and healthy lifestyles.

Years 1 and 2 have enjoyed giving their ‘green thumbs’ a workout by planting salad greens: lettuce, rocket, shallots, basil and parsley.

They are excited to watch their seeds grow and are enthusiastic about harvesting the rewards of their labour in early May. Their produce will be used to prepare a salad as part of our ‘Thank You BBQ’ for the builders and architects.

The students are looking forward to this event as our way of saying thank you to all those responsible for creating the learning spaces we have at the school.

Our kindergarten class has planted pansies in their own small pots.
These are being nurtured each day so that each student will have some potted colour ready for Mother’s Day (shhh! – this is a surprise).

Official Opening of the Anglican School Googong

By School Updates

Yesterday we were joined by our families, members of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra-Goulburn, Bishop Stuart Robinson, Mayor of Queanbeyan Tim Overall, Member for Monaro John Barilaro, Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Dr Peter Hendy and NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson for our official opening.

It was wonderful to be joined by so many of the people who have supported us over the years from original concept to the completion of construction.

Our Foundation Principal Ian welcomed everyone and we were very fortunate to have Ngunawal Elder, Ruth Bell conduct the Welcome to Country ceremony.

Bishop Stuart Robinson delivered the welcoming and closing prayer. The Lord’s Prayer as presented by the children of The Anglican School Googong, proved to be one of the most heart-warming and memorable parts of the day.

A highlight for many at the ceremony was the presentation of the Aboriginal, Queanbeyan, NSW and Australian Flags to our first 4 enrolled students. We were also presented with a challis and paten for us to use when we celebrate communion together.

There was a true sense of community surrounding the event, marking an important moment in the school’s short history and one everyone wished to celebrate.

Click the image below to open a slider of images from the day.

Our First Day at The Anglican School Googong

By School Updates

Yesterday we were pleased to open our doors for the first day of school; a first for both our students and for us! As with every first day of school for preschoolers and kindergarteners there were some tears (and not just from the students).

However, the buzz of excitement could be felt as students began to explore their new environment that was full of surprises, even for the parents many of whom had not yet seen the school.

When you walk into our school the first thing you’ll notice is the large open learning spaces, the purpose-built furniture, the easy flow between rooms and best of all the way the children are interacting with each other and their surroundings. These features will facilitate a new way of teaching that will change how students learn and interact with each other and teaching staff.

The classrooms are flexible, open, modern, practical and more importantly, a reflection of the real world. There are no desks in rows, chalkboards on walls or teachers standing in front of classes. The teachers play an active role as guides, mentors and experts working with the children. At The Anglican School Googong, the children discover for themselves and make meaning of the world around them every single day. This is what Googong Learning is all about!

Our first day was well attended by media as the day marked an important achievement for the Googong/Queanbeyan region as the first educational institution with a High School to open in 39 years.

We’d like to thank everyone for the ongoing support while we establish the school, especially those who were able to attend the ceremony on Wednesday.

We look forward to becoming a large part of the community and will always be welcoming of new enrolments. We are excited about our team of teachers growing and we are eager for the year ahead.

School Open Day/Tour – Sunday 19th October 2014

By School Updates

The Anglican School Googong is pleased to announce that we have been able to arrange a School Open Day/Tour for you to have a sneak preview of the site as we continue to prepare for next year. There will be 6 tours on offer during the day with each tour lasting approximately 1 hour. Unfortunately, as the School is still a construction site, these tours are only open to persons over the age of 18 years. If you would like to book please use the link provided below.

We look forward to seeing you on the 19th of October and allowing you the chance to walk around the learning environment of tomorrow’s global citizen’s.

Bookings available at: http://bit.ly/1pWMeIZ


For those of you who can’t attend please enjoy some recent photos from the site.