Mildura Weekly : Friday August 12 Vol 10 No 40
16 NEWS MILDURA WEEKLY FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2016 FROM ‘tweeting’ NBA legends, to speaking with the Australian netball coach, Irymple South Primary School Grade 5/6 students weren’t afraid to dream big when it came to their Term 3 passion projects. As part of the school’s ‘genius hour’ initia- tive, students were set the task of researching a subject they were passionate about, with their findings then presented to their peers. Given four weeks to investigate and pre- pare their presentations, students explored a variety of subjects including animals, sport, machines, magic, chemistry, disabilities and gravity. Impressed with the calibre of the presenta- tions, ISPS Grade 5/6 teacher Tim Smith said students were encouraged to think outside the box. “We looked at the students being global citizens,” Tim said. “We said we aren’t limited to our school or local community. Let’s go big! “They were sending emails off to national and international representatives, one of the kids was doing basketball and he shot off an email to try and contact ‘Magic’ Johnson and Michael Jordan.” With presentations finishing on Monday, Tim said the passion projects gave students the opportunity to explore their curiosities. “One of the boys was keen on magic, so he contacted a few magicians and got onto one in Melbourne, who gave him heaps of infor- mation,” he said. “As part of his project he ex- plained a fair bit about magic, but then he also showed us a few tricks he had learnt.” Through her passion project, ISPS student Maria Petrolo, 12, got the chance to speak with Australian Diamonds coach, Lisa Alexander, and player Caitlin Bassett, an experience the rising netball star won’t forget any time soon. “My overall question was how do you go from a local club to an elite team?” Maria said. “I found out from talking to Lisa Alexander and Caitlin Bassett who I contacted, that you need to work really hard and be determined.” Passionate pupils at Irymple South • PASSIONATE PUPILS: Irymple South Primary School students Isabella Jung and Cooper Waylen, both 11, show off their passion projects, while fellow student Maria Petrolo, INSET, got the opportunity to speak with Australian netball coach Lisa Alexander. THE Sunraysia Garden Club will hold its an- nual Spring Flower and Floral Design Show next weekend. The event will showcase members’ floral designs and cut flowers, and will be open to the public from 12.30pm next Saturday, Au- gust 20, and from 10am the following day at the Sunraysia Masonic Centre in Irymple. Organisers say the Floral Design section is one of the more competitive categories, with entries from beginner level right through to the Open section, where those with more ex- perience arranging flowers can showcase their talents. The Sunraysia Garden Club Champion- ship and Kath Hocking Memorial Trophy for Champion Camellia competitions meanwhile will challenge even the most experienced gar- deners in the district. Camellias in particular will provide plenty for both competitors and members of the public to see with vast improvements by ‘hybridisers’ now resulting in many different colours, sizes and types, available in whites, reds, pinks and soft creamy lemon. They can also be grown in striped, semi double, formal and informal varieties. Daffodils meanwhile have emerged from their winter slumber and are blooming beau- tifully this season, with more exciting colour combinations expected this year following the work of specialist nurseries and hybridists. Australian native trees and shrubs are spectacular at this time of year along with spring blossom trees, all of which will be showcased next weekend, including vases of flowering shrubs and trees, decorative foli- ages, native and non-native blooms on the show bench. These and many other varieties of flowers and designs will be on show next weekend at the Sunraysia Masonic Centre. Entry is $3. Spring flower and design show promises a riot of colour • COLOURFUL: Ethan Dalla Santa has been helping out in the garden ahead of next weekend’s Spring Flower and Floral Design Show. Did you know? SURGERY www.tankarddental.net.au Mildura 155 Langtree Ave Ph: (03) 5022 2933 Ouyen Britt St (Hospital Site) Ph: (03) 5092 1121 Robinvale 160 Bromley Rd Ph: (03) 5026 3536 Berri 11 Crawford Tce Ph: (08) 8582 2796 Looking after your child’s dental health is a big responsibility. After Hours Emergency 0419 381 125 when available Child Dental Medicare Scheme If you have a child aged 2-17 years you may be issued a dental voucher from Medicare to the value of $1000 and there are no out of pocket expenses if eligible.
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