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Inaburra Pivoting to Online


Since Inaburra’s inception, the study of media has continued to be one of the key pillars of the school. A fully equipped and operational Media Centre located in the Performing Arts Centre, including a live television and recording studio, enables students to acquire skills in sound recording, video production and camera work using high-quality industry-standard equipment. Many students who have completed the IT Multimedia Technologies course for their HSC have gone on to pursue successful careers in the media industry.

Meet the Media Makers

Current students are given first-hand insight by visiting professionals at the ‘Meet the Media Makers’ event. This year (pre-COVID) it included a visit from Jamie Cohen, founder and anaging director of Clockwork Films, Sam Beckman, who has his own YouTube channel, and Will Liston, senior editor for Neil Crompton Motorsports. All these professionals are Inaburra alumni and each spoke of their journey into the industry, rapidly changing technology, and advice for students on how to find their niche in this highly competitive market.

Meet-the-Media

Pivoting school events to online platforms

Inaburra’s Media Centre has also come into its own with the restrictions brought about by coronavirus, with nearly all the School’s onsite public events either cancelled or limited in numbers. Over the past few months, thanks to the ingenuity of the Stage and Screen Faculty and the benefit of wonderful facilities, we have seen many its school activities ‘pivot’ to online. Media staff, technical support staff and students have all risen to the challenge of creating events across a range of digital platforms.

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From websites to Livestreams to videos

Instead of attending a subject selection information night in person, Senior students and their parents have been able to watch subject video outlines through a custom-built mini website. The TV Studio has been fully booked as teachers from all faculties record video overviews of their specialist areas.

Inaburra is now hosting its ‘Meet the Principal’ events through the Livestream platform, with registered participants able to ask questions of key staff in real time. Inaburra has also implemented the Livestream platform for online school assemblies that are projected into every classroom for students to watch in their Homegroups. There has also been the opportunity to record promotional video campaigns for charity fundraisers such as the recent Red Shield Appeal for the Salvation Army. Inaburra is currently in the process of recording a multimedia music performance in lieu of a live concert for its music ensembles from K-12.

Inaburra certainly looks forward to the time when it can welcome visitors back to the school in person. In the meantime, the school is blessed to have provision for providing alternate means of communicating with its community and student cohort through the digital space, and thinks that, post Coronavirus, there are some events that will remain on this platform rather than reverting to their previous ‘live’ format.

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Four wins, three continents


With four regional wins on three continents, the Barker Redbacks is attracting a lot of attention globally, as the team currently sits in the top 10 of robotics teams in the world.

In April, the Redbacks took out their latest Regional Title at the New York City FIRST Robotics competition. The team was also awarded the Chairman’s Award for its worldwide contribution to robotics.

Earlier in the year, the Redbacks was the only Australian team to compete at the inaugural Shenzhen Regional FRC Competition in China, where the team of nine students did a sensational job building a strategy to win the tournament.

In addition to that Regional title, the team also came away with the Innovation in Control Award.

The Redbacks again took out the Regional title against 28 other teams from Australia, Taiwan and China, as well as winning the Excellence in Engineering Award. At the South Pacific Regional the following week, the team took out its third title from a pool of 43 teams, and was awarded its second Excellence in Engineering Award.

“We are currently the only team in the world to have won four regional competitions,” says Barker College Robotics co-ordinator, Lael Grant. “Our students have put in endless hours designing, building and coding their robot for this year’s competitions and we are incredibly proud of their achievements.”

At the world championships in Houston, Texas in late April where they competed against teams from NASA and other world-class universities, the Redbacks made it all the way through to the Hopper Division Finals and achieved a final ranking of 10th.

With six Blue Banners in a single season, it places the team in equal second place for the World Record.

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Home » School News » The importance of strong values

The importance of strong values


 

Words: Ms Linda Douglas, principal

You may have listened to Simon Sinek’s talk Millennials in the Workplace as it did the rounds on social media. It has some important messages for all of us and is well worth a listen. Understanding the addiction to social media and the effect it is having on people, particularly our youngest, is essential.

Simon discusses the addiction, the instant gratification, the lack of engagement in the present and the way it can hamper development of deep and meaningful relationships, the building of social skills and confidence. And the use of the word addiction is deliberate and necessary. Swiping right instead of engaging in the highs, lows and intricacies of falling in love is a good example given by Simon that social media usage needs to be well managed and balanced. As is the fact that we are increasingly addicted to checking our phones and devices before and during meetings, boosting our own importance yet missing vital opportunities to deeply engage, be mindful and strengthen our relationships.

The instant gratification of social media is undermining our ability to stick to something, to show grit and persistence. Simon talks about people giving up jobs as they don’t feel they are making an impact after only eight months; that we want to get to the summit without climbing the mountain; that we are losing sight of what it really means to have an impact.

Most importantly, he talks about the environment: that we need to develop environments where we can help the next generation build confidence and the skills of co-operation and collaboration; places where they can overcome the challenges of the digital world and find balance; to gain an understanding of the fulfilment you get when working for something over a long period of time; and the fact that we can only improve our world with a truly sustained effort.

In his book Together is Better, Simon notes that a team is not a group of people working together, it is a group of people who trust each other. We need to remember that when we encourage our girls to work collaboratively. How do we ensure they develop trust in each other first?

He reminds us that working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress, while working hard for something we care about is called passion. How do we ensure that learning is relevant, challenging, meaningful and engaging for our girls so we ignite their passion?

If we fight against something we focus on our hate, but if we fight for something we care about we focus on the things we love. This is what we need to engage our girls in if they are to make a difference in their world.

As a school community we have the ability to grow a strong future: the next generation. And in our work we can never underestimate the importance of strong values. They form the culture and very essence of Ruyton, a platform on which we build the future while we respect the past. They shape and define the Ruyton woman and the way she leads her life.

  • Character – to be resilient and to act with confidence and compassion
  • Citizenship – to affect positive change through civic and environmental action
  • Endeavour – to be curious, creative and courageous learners seeking to achieve personal best
  • Integrity – to live a life with honesty and virtue.

The Ruyton community lives by these values, providing support, role models and a sounding board for our girls as they make their mark in the world.

Want to know more about Ruyton? Have a look at their School Choice page by clicking here: Ruyton Girls School

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Storypark


 

Storypark is an online community portal for updating parents on student learning. Creating partnerships with families in order to communicate their children’s learning is an important aspect within our centre.

Teachers in our Early Learning, together with the Digital Learning Mentor of Early Learning and the Junior School, undertook research to engage more effectively with families and to collaborate with them about their children’s learning. The online portal, Storypark, was chosen to be trialled.

We have been pleased with how our community has engaged with this initiative and parents are also sharing, through comments and photos, the learning the children achieve outside of Ruyton’s Early Learning. As the trial has progressed parents have increasingly commented on their child’s activities, both within and outside the Early Learning environment. There is still the opportunity to document and highlight the essence of the program in traditional ways, but Storypark offers an instant link to parents and grandparents alike, which they can access. This is another example of digital devices and technology being integrated seamlessly into our programs to enhance a student’s learning experience and parents’ insights into this. Storypark has been so successful as a tool for collaboration and communication, we are exploring ways in which it can be extended to the other Early Learning groups at Ruyton.

Here is an example of how Storypark works:

The Henny Penny Hatching Program has arrived

At lunchtime today the girls were very excited to see the chickens and eggs arrive. “Oh they are soo cute,” said Alexandra. The three chicks were placed in the brooding box in the curious garden with some food, water and a light for heat. The 12 eggs were placed in an incubator and we now watch and wait to see them hatch over the coming days.

Comments:

Steven (parent)

‘Welcome to the world, little chicks! They are so cute!

Are they keeping warm?

What are they eating?’

Mrs W (Girls’ Pre Prep teacher)

“Thanks for these great questions, Steven. I asked the girls for their answers.”

They are in a hot cage,” said Chloe F.

They are eating seeds,” said Natalie.

They are in an incubator,” said Georgia.

“Just like they were under their mummy hen’s bottom,” said Eloise.

“They are very cute now, though they were wet when they came out,” said Emerson.

Ms Teresa Wojcik, acting director of Early Learning

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