On the 18th we (Year 7’s) went for our camp. Our camp site was located at SWIM (Short Workshop In Mission). It is located between Lunga River and the Henderson Airport. The theme for our camp is The Arts and Music. We were split up into 3 groups which were Red Pandas, Blue Flames, and Black Knights. When we arrived at SWIM, we started unpacking and we went to our dormitories. The first activities were team building activities which were a few different types of ball games, later we finished playing all the games we had our lunch. After lunch we were split up into small groups then we started preparing our stories and puppets for our next activities which was called puppetry shadows. The preparation took us up to 5:00 pm. After all the preparation the Black Knights and Red Pandas cooked a delicious dinner (mince and rice). After dinner blue group did the cleaning up. Then we made our way to the leaf hut where we had our puppet show. All the groups came up with humorous performances. After the show students who wanted to have supper had Milo with biscuits. When it was 9:30 pm we went to our rooms and slept.
In the morning Blue Flames and Black Knight made breakfast and Red Pandas did the cleaning up afterwards. Everyone got themselves ready for the day. Each group made their way to the leaf hut and waited for the teachers to give instructions. The first activity was making musical instruments out of coconut leaves. Two ladies from the Western province showed us these fantastic skills. After we all got together and played our instruments. The next activity was the egg parachute. We made it out plastic bags, straws, tape, string and natural materials then we had a group competition to see which parachute was best engineered and Blue Flames won. After all those activities we cleaned up and went on to the motu preparation. Everyone had different types of jobs and together we made the most amazing motu ever! After making all that mess we all cleaned up and some groups started getting their items ready for the entertainment at the bon fire and others prepared firewood for the bon fire. When motu was all cooked we ate that delicious dinner and then we all made our way to the bon fire where we had 6 items which in all the groups sang different types of songs and we played musical chairs. Then we went back to the house, had supper which was milo with biscuits or marshmallows and then went to bed.
We woke up and the Blue Flames cooked breakfast. After breakfast we got ready and had a sports day. Then we had BBQ and hot dogs for lunch. After lunch we had free time, where some went on the swing and some went to the field to play soccer. After free time we played two different types of games, we played soccer and volleyball. Then our bus came, it was time to leave, most people complained about wanting to stay late. But we packed up and left SWIM. We arrived at school at 2:45 pm. We unpacked our bags from the truck and went back home.
Last week, Wednesday the 25th of May, the Year 8’s of Woodford International day went to the CBSI compound out in Aruligo for a 3 day camp.
Every student was at school by 8:00 am with their bags and tents, before loading the bags the whole class got together just to go through what would be happening at camp and etc. As soon as they finished everyone loaded their bags as well as the food and other stuff that would be needed at camp, when finished, we all hopped into the bus with the teachers and off we went. The drive to Aruligo was much longer than usual because we had to make a few stops here and there to grab a few things but we still made it there safely. As we all got off the bus, the teachers asked us to gather around so that we could go through the rules and what had been scheduled for the day. We were then told to go and pitch our tents and have rest and have a good lunch which we had brought before we all started walking to the Vilu Museum. It took us about 45 minutes to walk from the camp site but what we saw as we reached there was worth it. Mr. Anderson (The owner) showed us all the machine guns, planes, missiles and etc that were left on the island from WW II and gathered later. After our tour of Vilu Museum we headed back to the campsite.
When we reached the campsite , everyone was exhausted and decided to rest for awhile, after resting the Red group had to cook dinner which was Mince pasta with coconut rice and apple/orange juice, while the reds were cooking, the rest of us were playing games, sharing a laugh with fellow classmates and etc. At around noon after everyone had showered, dinner was served and was devoured by everyone. An hour or so after everyone had finished eating and washed their utensils, we played a game, where we had to do a scavenger hunt for the things that were listed on a list given by the teachers. Red team had found the objects before the Blue and Black teams, after that the teachers had made milo and set out biscuits for everyone to have before heading to bed in their tents.
Our second day of camp began with the Blue team preparing breakfast. This took longer than expected because of the preparation of the bacon and therefore it was 9am before we had set off to go to our destination of the day, Aruligo Primary school. We loaded ourselves and our bags into the back of the school truck and the ride to the school. The ride only took around an estimated 10-15 minutes. We arrived and began to go to the classes we were assigned to teach. The teaching lasted around half an hour and maybe even more. We all enjoyed it incredibly much. Afterwards we began to set up tabloid sports games we had designed for the students. There were around 276 students at the school and after splitting them into main groups of 46 per activity and then further halving that into sub-groups of 23 we had managed the students. Each group of 46 students were at one of the activities for 10 minutes before they were rotated clockwise to the next activity. This continued for around 60 minutes before the sports time came to an end. Then came the time to farewell the school. Speeches were made and we donated gifts we had brought to the school. Aruligo Primary school students sang us its school song and then after exchanging a few further goodbyes, we left. We had decided earlier to walk back from the school to our campsite and we began the trek. We left the school at around 1pm and returned at 3pm. Our groups made a late lunch and we relaxed until 6pm. Then we began to make a Motu style dinner. We weaved plates, prepared the food and enjoyed a delicious feast. Together we all spent time around the campfire before setting off to bed.
On our last day of camp, we woke up to a beautiful and chilly morning. Many of us woke up and sat by the sea shore, basking in the sun awaiting breakfast. The Red Bandanas were responsible for breakfast and were assisted by other non-Red-Bandana students in preparing a quick, yet scrumptious variety of foods to choose from. There were stacks of bacon, eggs (with & without tuna), a variety of fruits such as paw-paw, starfruit, etc., cereals and bread.
After breakfast, we got changed into our swim wear. Then it was time to pack our things and put down our tents. When suddenly, a pack of dolphins paid us a visit. They swam really close to the shore, closer than before and did their special flips and jumps; I guess they came by to say their last goodbyes.
As the last tents were put down, the Blue Thunders were washing dishes and cleaning up the mess hall, while the barbecue lunch was being cooked by our generous security guards. Not long after, all tents & bags were loaded onto the 3-ton school truck along with the supplies we brought with us on the first day and our readily cooked lunch. We had a little free time to play and relax before we got on the bus and headed to Mbonege beach for a swimming extravaganza and lunch.
When we arrived, some students were still sleepy and weren’t in the mood to swim while a few hopped off the bus, ran towards the ocean and started swimming immediately. Some of us took our time and ate some sugarcane (given by the Aruligo Primary school the day before). We swam out in all directions possible, and enjoyed it to the fullest. We played chicken fight, volleyball, games like how long you can hold your breath underwater, etc. We also had fun with the sand: building castles, constructing cars and the classic sand-fights. We enjoyed so much under the sun that a majority of us were sunburnt all over. Then we had our delicious Barbecue lunch.
Afterwards, many of us swam again until they blew the whistle (meaning it was time to head back to School). And on our way back, we were pretty worn out, hence some of us slept during the bus ride. When we arrived at school, we unloaded our things and awaited our rides. In the meantime, students were either lying down somewhere in the hall or playing out and about; until everyone headed back home.
The Board met on 1 June, excited that in this year of planning we have already commenced activities to gain information and structure needed to guide WIS into the future. This term the School’s Board has been busy planning through it’s sub-committees.
The Strategy sub-committee has started preparatory work towards developing a new strategic plan. The focus during this term has been gaining a realistic picture of where Woodford is currently and investigating opportunities for the school to further develop. The sub-committee will be conducting market research with the WIS internal and external community to gain insight into opportunities for WIS in the next 5-10 years.
The Policy sub-committee is focusing on strengthening the school’s governance framework. The first major element of the governance framework, a “Strategic Policies Compendium”, was adopted by the Board at its 1 June meeting. The Strategic Policies articulate parameters within which the Board and the Head of School (and his team) are to exercise roles and responsibilities under the WIS Constitution. This document will assist in clarifying the Head of School’s responsibilities and Board delegations. The Strategic Policy Compendium is available for all members of the WIS community to read on the website or by clicking HERE.
In addition to the Strategic Policy Compendium, the Policy sub-committee has also drafted a Board Governance Handbook. The Handbook seeks to institutionalise and standardise key Board practices and procedures that, if followed, would satisfy the Board’s and its members responsibilities under the WIS Constitution and Solomon Islands law. The draft Handbook is being reviewed by the Board and will be formally considered at its next meeting.
The Audit sub-committee has commenced developing a Financial Procedures Handbook. This Handbook will provide WIS with guidance and structure in financial matters.
This is an exciting year for the Board, while we focus on strengthening the school’s governance framework and identifying opportunities to build on WIS’s many strengths. The Board wants to guide WIS towards a future that reflects the aspirations and priorities of our diverse WIS community. If you want to be involved and assist in any part of this process, please contact any Board member or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By: Pauline Rose Vitualla (Year 7)
The glinting speck of your plane
Vanished into the horizon,
Wordlessly we turned to go,
For the sad trip home.
Since you went away
Our home is a hollow shell
Even your child was subdued of laughter.
My thoughts of you
Are long as evening shadows;
Please come home soon,
Let shine the sun shine.
On Friday 6th of May Woodford Primary students celebrated mothers’ day with Woodford mothers during the assembly. Student made cards, read poems and performed dances to show appreciation for our wonderful mothers and all the things they do. It was a time where the students had the opportunity to share their love and show how important their mother is to them.
Thank you to all the teachers, students and parents who came to celebrate this special event.
In week five Woodford International School had its first STEM week. The purpose of STEM is to give students the opportunities to do hands-on activities that apply the knowledge and skills from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. From Monday to Thursday in the lower school the students participated in different activities. The year four and year five classes experimented with adding weight to paper airplanes and observed the effects of weight placement on aerodynamics. The prep and year one classes experimented with balloons and used air pressure to power boats. The year two and year three classes developed catapults and balloon powered cars. In the high school students developed their own robots and investigated the human body and the environment. The ECE students did activities too, like the string telephone.
There were also activities at lunch. Mr. Lesley ran an experiment for the students to participate in and the students also experimented with using rubber bands to break open watermelons. On Friday afternoon the parents were invited to the school to see what the students had done with STEM and learn about the activities. We are looking forward to next year’s STEM week.
YEAR 2 and 3 STEM WEEK
Year 2 and 3 had a great STEM week, all of the students were getting involved and very enthusiastic about all the different activities.
Science- for this activity students learnt about buoyancy and density of water. They experimented with eggs water and salt finding out that the eggs sunk in normal water but floated in the salty water.
Technology- for this activity students were given Popsicle sticks, paper clips and rubber bands. They were told that they had to make an object move from the object. We then explained how they could make it and that it was called a catapult, they had a competition to see who could move objects such as counters and coins the furthest.
Engineering- students were given cardboard, bottle tops, straws, kebab sticks and a balloon. They were advised to make a car out of these objects using the balloon to power it. When they got this working students had car races with each other on Friday when people came to visit.
Mathematics- for this activity students were given cardboard and were asked to make robots out of 2D and 3D shapes. Topics that were being covered in both the year 2 and 3 math classes. They enjoyed showing their master pieces and using their creativity skills.
Middle School Science (STEM)
Friday the 13th of May was STEM Day. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Over the past few weeks the school was busy preparing their experiments and making their projects. On Friday we displayed our experiments in the A Block. The Middle School science group displayed their projects in A3. Third prize went to Mahdi, Ava, Mikaella, Rachael and Harrison. They did a smog and a lung poster and a demonstration. Second prize went to Jamie, Eros, Leo, Jacob and Charlie. They did a volcano demonstration. First prize went to Ann, Delencia, Leila and Audrey. They did an ecosystem diorama on the Marine life.
In robotics we were designing robots for STEM Week. Each robot was designed to perform a particular task. Every group designed their own unique robot. We used motors and sensors to make the robot move and detect objects. Once we had built the robot, Mr Rakesh helped us program them so that they would perform their particular task.
After STEM Week we continued to work on our robots so they could perform more complex tasks. We did things like adding gears to adjust the speed and strength or adding sensors so the robot became more capable of detecting objects.
Zoe Terril (Year 6B)
Year 7 Maths
What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of the word math?
Numbers, tessellation, shapes and algebra are just some of them. On STEM Day the secondary students did an excellent job in math.
The Year six students made enormous 3D shapes out of cardboard. The year sevens made calendars with tessellation and some made posters about the Roman numeral system. The Year 8’s taught people about ratios, algebra and some other topics. Year 7 and 8 prepared questions for parents, teachers and students in order to keep them entertained especially the primary students. The prize for getting the questions correct were homemade calendars by the Year 7’s and lollipops.
Chris Hong Le(Year 7B)
The Prep class’s third Unit of Inquiry is about the growth of cities and the opportunities and challenges affecting cities around the world. During their assembly the students highlighted some of these opportunities and challenges. They did a role play about the different opportunities in cities. Some of these opportunities are: jobs, better education and resources, health and medical services. They also talked about the challenges such as money, traffic jams, limited land space and pollution. The assembly ended with a dance song about money. We would like to thank the parents, teachers and students who attended the assembly. Our biggest thanks goes to the Prep students for all their effort and a job well done!
Woodford International School offers the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE). This two-year course is offered in our Year 9 and 10 classes (IGCSE 1 and IGCSE 2). The IGCSE is predominantly exam-based with exams that test knowledge in individual subjects. Over the last two weeks of May, IGCSE 2 students took ‘mock exams’ in preparation for the real IGCSE exams in October/November. The question is though, why do we put our students through this?
1. Motivates students to do revision early
Deputy Head for Learning (K-PSSC)
Excerpts taken from http://www.innerdrive.co.uk/Release_Your_Inner_Drive/the-psychological-benefits-of-mock-exams/
In week 3, Year 2 shared what they have been learning in class. They shared parts of their Unit of Inquiry including facts about The Amazing Human Body through presentations and a small skit. They also presented their persuasive posters on how to be healthy, particularly types of fruit and vegetables, some included a small skit to also share. At the end all the Year 2’s showcased the Skeleton dance, and everyone else joined in. It was great fun!
by Ann Falasi (Year 7)
Friends are there for you
Especially when you’re sad
Never lets you down
Loves and comforts you
Is what they will do for you
Keeping your secrets
Laugh and cry with you
Through happy times and sad times
Staying close to you
Friends stand up for you
When someone is teasing you
Because they love you