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Art/Sci Days – Artist in Residence 
Earlier this year, we were provided with the opportunity to collaborate with the EcoSciences Centre on an Art/Sci project, facilitated by their Artist in Residence, Nadine Schmoll.  Nadine is an artist and educator who experiments from the in-between world of art, science and technology.  She creates interactive, collaborative and sustainable arts learning experiences that evoke wonder and an appreciation for the natural world using colour, light and shape.  Her work examines our relationship with nature and the use and management of resources.
Over the past two days, students from 4/5A, 4/5B, 5/6D and 5/6J have engaged with the scientists and artist below to facilitate the project.  Students in 4/5 have focused on life cycles while 5/6 students have focused on soil and water: remediation, pH of soils and chromatography.
Gail Zerk:  Gail works as a Chemist with the Department of Environment and Science.  She is part of Waters and Organics laboratories of the Chemistry Centre at the EcoSciences Precinct and works on method development and analysis of various analytes in water, plant and soil samples.  Prior to working for DES, Gail studied Chemistry at the University of Queensland.
Angus McElnea:  Angus is a soil scientist with the Department of Environment and Science.  He currently runs the soil and plant section of the Chemistry Centre at the EcoSciences Precinct.  Before that, he conducted research on acid sulfate soils, including East Trinity near Cairns, where his group’s job was to fix a derelict and acidified sugar can land.
Brogan Amos:  Brogan is a PhD student at University of Queensland and has a passion for insects and fungi.  Brogan’s focus is the small hive beetle (SHB) Aethina tumida, which is a serious pest of European honeybees in Australia and the Us, as well as being an emerging pest of the native Australian stingless bees (Tetragonula spp.)
Karen Benjamin:  Karen is an emerging, eco-friendly artist who combines issues surrounding caring for the community with caring for our environment to produce thought provoking art.
The artwork produced will be launched on August 13 and be visible in the EcoScience Building.
Ready Reading Volunteers 
Registrations are now open for the Ready Reading Program.  Training and support for volunteers will be provided through the Reading Centre and Volunteering Queensland.   If you or someone you know is interesting in being a part of this, you may find more information here:
Crazy Hair Day 
Our Student Council have organised a Crazy Hair Day for Tuesday 19 June (Week 10).  Students who would like to participate are asked to wear full school uniform, but come to school with crazy hair in return for a donation of school resources e.g. exercise books, pens, pencils, felt pens, dictionaries or teacher resources.  These donations will be sent by the Department of Education to schools in need in Papua New Guinea.  Please note:  Students should arrive at school with their hair already crazy.  Any hair spray, colour etc at school will be confiscated.  Any colours used in student hair should be easily washed out.
As an added incentive for donations, any students who bring in donations in Week 9, will have their name go into the draw to ‘crazy Mrs Goodwin’s hair’.  This will be done during second break on Tuesday 19 June.  Donations should be taken to the 5/6 D classroom.
Visit by Registered Nurse for Prep Vision Screening 
Good vision is important for a child’s educational, physical and social development. Vision screening is therefore vital in early childhood, particularly for conditions such as ‘lazy eye’, which if not detected early can lead to blindness.
A Registered Nurse will be visiting the school in November 2018 to commence vision screening for all Prep Year children.  If you wish to have your child participate in this vision screening program, please complete and sign the consent form sent home later in the year.  You will be advised in writing of the outcome of your child’s screening.
Please note that if your child has had a vision assessment in the past 12 months it is not necessary for him/her to participate in this screening program.  If this is the case, please complete the consent form and indicate that you do not wish for your child to participate, and ensure that you follow the schedule of reviews recommended by your eye health professional.






Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program
Child and Youth Community Health Services
Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service
From the Classrooms:  Slippery the Banana Peel by Nicholas in 2/3 S 
One day in the park, a boy was eating a banana.  The banana was called Slippery.  Slippery didn’t like his sinner-self to be eaten, so he shouted in the boy’s face, ‘STOP EATING MY INNER-SELF YOU OVER-GROWN GIANT!!!’  After Slippery finished shouting, he took three deep breaths.  Slippery’ s breaths were very long. 
‘Just stop eating that banana,’ said slippery.  But just then, the boy finished the banana. 
‘Noooooooooooo!!!!’ said Slippery.  ‘All this time, I was happily living a good life……’ 
PLOP! ‘What was that?!’ said Slippery.
Slippery was in a bin.  A dark bin.  A very dark bin. 
‘Tasty, said a voice.  ‘Who said that?’ said Slippery, who was now very scared. 
‘Who said that?’ said the voice.  ‘I asked first’, said Slippery. 
‘I said it,’ said the voice. 
Slippery turned around and saw A RAT!  Slippery was so SCARED now, he was sliding all around the bin. 
‘W-w-wait,’ said Slippery.  You were going to eat ME!!!’
‘No, I wasn’t,’ said the rat confused.
‘I was going to eat the drink you were holding.’
‘Oh, here you go then,’ said Slippery, who was still a bit scared.
‘Now,’ the still-a-bit-scared Banana peel said, ‘Can you help me get out of this place?’ asked Slippery.
‘I can’t….’ said the rat, ‘but this pile of rubbish can,’ he added.
So they made a plan.  When they finished, it looked like this: 
‘So, you ready?’ asked the rat.

‘Yep,’ said Slippery, he now seemed more convinced than ever.  They tried and tried but no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t make it up the pile of rubbish. 

‘What do we do now?’ said Slippery who was all puffed now.
‘Well, I was saving this for an emergency, but….’ Said rat anxiously.
‘What was it already?’ said Slippery.
‘I call it the JUNK-MOBILE,’ said the rat.
‘OOOOOHHHHHH!!!’ said Slippery.
So they drove up the pile of rubbish in no time flat.
‘We’re freeeeeeeee!!!!’ shouted Slippery who was SO HAPPY now.  He was so happy, he jumped on a swing and started swinging but he was so light, he flew off the swing and into another bin.
‘UH_OH,” said Slippery.  ‘Does anyone have a JUNK-MOBILE?’
Nicole Goodwin