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2022 Stage 2 Kaleidescope Science Incursion

On Tuesday the 2nd of August Stage 2 took part in a Science Incursion. In our Science Incursion we learned about matter. We had someone from Kaleidoscope come over and teach us about the three states of matter. These states are called Solids, Liquids and Gases. We also learned more about atoms. We had some different experiments, like dry ice turning into gas and the ice didn’t even melt! Then we had two of the same square plates. They were exactly the same except one was metal which made it cold and one was plastic which made it warmer so we put ice on it and the metal one warmed it quicker! We also got to see an experiment with plasma! The guy got one bottle and put two screws with it and then got his toy plasma ball and put them together and it made plasma inside of the bottle. Another cool thing he did with the dry ice is he put them in little containers of warm water and then POP! They went flying. Then he did one with carbon dioxide where he put it in a bottle and then put a balloon on the top and then, because the carbon dioxide had nowhere to go, it filled up the balloon and the balloon popped! Then he brought out mercury and then poured it into a heart-shaped chocolate mould, put it in a cooler and then it froze. Tatjana Paku

2022 Stage 1 Sydney Zoo Excursion

On Friday the 20th of May Years 1 & 2 went to Sydney Zoo as part of their learning for their Living Things Unit this term. They had an amazing time! Here are some photos of Year 1's adventures. 🐍🦓🐘🦘🦒

2022 Lego We Do Kits Stage 1

Year 1 and 2 have been learning about Living Things during our Science unit this term. We have been exploring how living things change and grow, and have used life cycles to represent this. Using this knowledge, we modelled the life cycle of a frog over its different stages of life using the Lego WeDo kits. First we made the tadpole, then changed it to a froglet by adding the back legs. We were able to code the froglet to move using the Lego WeDo app. Then we had to think how we could change it to the next stage of a frog, many students were able to add the front legs and remove the tail to show these changes. How amazing to see the students using technology skills for their learning!

2022 Stage 3 Fizzics Incursion

On Yhursday the 5th of May Years 5 & 6 students got to enjoy taking part in some experiments with Fizzics Education for their science incursion. This was an awesome experience for the students to help them make connections in their learning about Solids, Liquids and Gases this term. 🧪👩‍🔬🧑‍🔬

2021 Makey Makeys in Creative Arts

In Creative Arts lessons this term Kindergarten and Year 1 are learning about Drama and storytelling. Years 2-6 are exploring the Makey-Makey. The Makey-Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material you can control the keyboard of your computer, such as the space bar, arrow keys and left click of the mouse. It allows all students to be creative, inventive, and imaginative. The Makey-Makey is an easy and fun way to learn about science and coding in a creative way. The students in Years 3-6 have explored playing the piano with fruit and vegetables and also created game controllers with play dough, foil and lead pencil! Year 3 and Year 2 are also building their typing skills while using the Chromebooks. We can’t wait to share our creative projects using the Makey-Makeys at the end of the term. 😀 Mrs Willemse

2019 Coding Club

In Term 3 last year, Stage 3 students were lucky enough to learn from the expertise of our school IT Trainee, Mr Nicholas Adams by joining our very first OLOL Coding Club. The students enjoyed coding with scratch and learning basics such as binary coding. The few dedicated students who remained in the club towards the end of the year were able to watch Mr Adams take apart a computer, learn about each part and ask lots of questions about how computers work. It was an awesome learning experience for all! We are so lucky to have Mr Adams helping us with technology at OLOL and look forward to more work in the coding club this year.

Western Sydney schools plug into solar power!

Nineteen Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools have `switched on’ to free solar power and energy efficient LED lighting, under a program tipped to reduce carbon emissions of 2,442 tonnes each year across the schools. Read more...