Angurugu School is continuing its Fun Fridays as a strategy to engage community and increase attendance. This particular Friday, students were treated to a special performance by the world famous Chooky Dancers. They were visiting the community to dance at a birthday party and agreed to dance at school. Their traditional dancing skills are being put to good use dancing to contemporary music with their own blend of irreverent humour. Coming from Yolngu country in North East Arnhem Land, they have quite a world following, especially in Greece. Students and community also go to dance to Groote’s own Eylandt band. Finishing up a with a community bbq, an excellent and fun filled Friday was had by all.
The 2/3 classes have been having a fantastic time cleaning up the community and collecting the plastic bottle tops.
After washing them really well to get all the germs off them, the students used them to produce individual pieces which they eagerly took home to show their families.
Teachers John and Sonia the project was great because it melded cleaning up the community, maths, and design together to make some lovely necklaces and bracelets.
The Transition/Year 1 class have been studying a new Accelerated Literacy text “Rosie’s Walk.” To put the book in context for the children, teacher Sarah Harrison took them on an excursion. They went to Sarah Petith’s house in Alyangula and for a walk through the chicken yard, meeting all the hens and treasure hunting for eggs. There was more excitement in the day when Sarah P brought out all her other pets, fish, birds, snakes, lizards and turtles for the children to see. Swimming lessons finished off the day and a great day was had by all.
In February, Transition and Year 1 students from Alyarrmandumanja Umbakumba School and Alyangula Area School travelled to Angurugu School to participate in a day of fun activities, singing and sport. The students had a chance to socialise during play activities and then each class shared something they had been doing at their school. The Alyangula students delighted the crowd with songs about the days of the week, Umbakumba kids shared the work they have been doing on the book ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ and the Angurugu children demonstrated a collection of their favourite sing-along songs. The group shared a healthy lunch and then participated in a range of fun sporting activities including a ‘tunnel ball’ tournament and ‘stilt racing’.
As part of the nationwide campaign, students at Angurugu School took to the community to help ‘Clean Up Australia.’ Students, teachers and parents visited particular areas of the community in an effort to remove rubbish and heighten awareness of pollution. Students watched video clips highlighting the danger plastics and other rubbish plays in the environment, especially in the oceans, where it may be consumed by wildlife. They also saw examples of how some rubbish can be re-used or recycled and re-purposed into new items. We even saw one family in Colombia that had built their entire house out of rubbish. With this inspiration in mind, one group set out to build something out of all the rubbish they could collect along the nearby river. The end product was a river monster – part quad-bike, part metal sheeting, part wheel barrow and bunch of other junk to make this fierce some creature. Another group re-purposed plastic bottle caps and fittings into jewelry. See the pictures below for more on this project.