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Chapman Kindergarten Learn through Nature Play

Posted on 14 Oct 2016

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Chapman Primary School’s Bush Kids is a program designed for students to learn ‘hands on’ from developing skills in the natural environment. Now in its second year, kindergarten students spend every Wednesday afternoon during term three in a defined area on nearby Cooleman Ridge playing in all kinds of weather. Students investigate plants and animals they find in the bush, make use of natural resources and observe the changing seasons and bring their learning experiences back to the class to share. On a recent rainy Wednesday, more than 80 students splashed in muddy puddles, collected worms and clambered over boulders and fallen rocks and had great fun. Parents have been very supportive of the program, despite the mud marks students may take home. The Bush Kids program is based on the forest school learning style developed in Wisconsin in the United States in the 1920s. The concept spread to Sweden and Denmark and was introduced to the UK during the 1990s.

Book Week

Posted on 29 Aug 2016

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Awesome August is almost over and what fun it has been. Yesterday’s Book Week assembly was a wonderful celebration of our love of books. The variety of costumes worn by children from preschool to year 6 and by our teachers, thoroughly embraced this  year’s theme “Australia! Story Country”. We had heros, gumnuts, bounty riders, koalas, wombats and even Grandma Poss! We had a great day.

Step into Limelight Art Exhibition

Posted on 03 Aug 2016

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Last night Mark Shiels, Jasmine Chin and her dad Evan and I attended the opening of the Step into Limelight Art Exhibition at the School of Art Gallery ANU. Once again Chapman was well represented with eight stunning pieces of art on exhibition. Works by Alice Pash, Arlo Manolis, Charlotte Yeoh, Evie Pepper, Holly Katsoolis, James Webb, Jara Ward and Jasmine Chin along with works from preschool to college student across ACT Public Schools are on display from 27 July – 6 August.

Canberra Public Schools Commemorate ANZAC Day

Posted on 27 Apr 2016

Canberra Public Schools Commemorate ANZAC Day

Numerous Canberra public schools either commemorate ANZAC Day at the end of term 1 or at the commencement of term 2. One of the largest local events for schools is the Combined Primary Schools ANZAC and Peace Ceremony, hosted by the Returned and Services League (RSL) of Australia, Woden Valley Sub-Branch. Approximately 450 primary school students and teachers in the Woden Valley and Western Creek regions attended the ceremony, along with veterans and members from the RSL and the ACT Public Schools Senior Concert Band. The Directorate was represented by Ms Meredith Whitten, Deputy Director-General Organisational Integrity. An official address was given by Mr Llewellyn Roberts, the Deputy High Commissioner for New Zealand. Florey Primary School also hosted a very special ANZAC assembly with VIPs, Dr Brendan Nelson AO, Director of the Australian War Memorialexternal link Warrant Officer Gerrard Gough and Major Kendall Crocker from the Australian Army; and Ruth, the explosive detection device dog.

Year 5 Chapman Primary School student, Hayley Bissett, is pictured receiving an award for her ANZAC Competition Essay.

ANZAC Peace Ceremony

Year 5/6 Camp Cooba

Posted on 10 Mar 2016

Our 5/6 students thoroughly enjoyed Camp Cooba where they experienced working as part of a team and confronting new challenges.  Activities included the assault course, team manoeuvres, the leap of faith and dragon boating on Lake Jindabyne.  A fantastic time was had by all!

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