Students and staff from the Berry Street School enjoyed returning to face-to-face classes in Term 4 and have been reconnecting with each other through several celebration days, events and excursions!
Here are some of the highlights from each of our campuses.
With the easing of restrictions, the Morwell campus enjoyed celebrating NAIDOC Week with a visit from a Gunai Kurnai Elder. There was a smoking ceremony, a yarning circle and a young Gunai Kurnai male playing his didgeridoo. The highlight was that some of our students were part of the family who ran the activities, so it was a joyous occasion celebrating connection and community.
Students have also enjoyed being able to go offsite to the tennis courts and the gym for boxing and HIIT workouts. Classes have also celebrated by going on an excursion to Blue Rock Dam where they went stand-up paddle boarding and fishing, and shared a BBQ lunch. It was a wonderful way for each group of students and staff to finish off the year.
The Shepparton campus celebrated NAIDOC Week with a mural that was painted at the campus by Aboriginal artist Eric Brown and students. The symbols in the painting represent the students and teachers in a learning circle which is continuous throughout their life. The painting also shows nearby Reedy Swamp and the 2 totemic animals of the region that represent the 2 traditional owner groups: the Yorta Yorta and Bangerang people.
This term students were able to go on an excursion to Bright where they participated in a 30km bike ride and BBQ lunch. They also went to Murchison for swimming and games.
Technology has been a focus for the junior students with them creating robotic vehicles using Lego WeDo and doing some programming. VCAL students were productive in completing their final assessments for the year.
This term our student garden project was opened by Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King. The garden has been the focus of the students' hands-on learning program for 2020.
During the year students learnt useful work-related skills for future employment, such as gardening, bricklaying, woodwork and landscaping skills.
To celebrate NAIDOC Week a separate Indigenous garden was completed with rare Murnong Yam daisy planted along with other local varieties.
Noble Park Campus
The Noble Park campus celebrated NAIDOC week by creating a wall of handprints to represent the number of years Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have owned the land. Students spent the week honouring significant Aboriginal people from Victoria and celebrating their achievements in the school’s hall of fame.
Staff and students came together for a special Halloween celebration that the VCAL class organised for the juniors, including spooky food, activities, a cackle-off and a shared spooky movie.
The students visited Homie, the social enterprise that supports young people experiencing homelessness with their clothing, and also celebrated with a shared lunch. They are excited to finish the year - visiting tree-top adventures and having a roast Christmas lunch on the last day.