Learning through Collaboration

2018 04 11 Think Tank 33 of 88Think Tank is a group of 7 Hills Districts Schools that have combined to provide high quality extension activity days for K-6 students from each of the schools. Pacific Hills hosted their first event on Wednesday 11th April for Stage 3 students called “Think like a Scientist”. We had 26 students from our schools and the other member schools come to learn more about Chemistry.

There were four events altogether, including Debating at Hills Grammar, Moving to the Beat at Rouse Hill, Maths at Tangara Girls and Chemistry, which was hosted at our very own school!

Pacific Hills Science teacher Daniel Chew, along with our Lab Technician Gloria Quee, presented the students with a problem. It was suspected that the Principal’s lunch had been poisoned! The students learnt about what Science is, how to ask great questions and then set about solving the case! They separated the suspect powder and did several tests on other powders to determine what the suspect powder was in the principal’s lunch.

The students had a great day being challenged, learning new skills, making new friends and developing their love of all things Science.

A group of year 12 Chemistry students were also an enormous help in the lab. As part of Community service day for Years 9 to 12, they worked with the students, setting up equipment and also hung out with them at lunch. #thinktank #extensionactivity #science #thinklikeascientist

We had students and staff members from our Junior and Middle School visit other schools.
Chris Hall accompanied four students from Years 1 (Obi Milne and Lola Perrin) and Years 2 (Joshua Ng and Alice Tan) to the ‘Think Tank Mathematics Extension Workshop’ at the Tangara School. It was a great day full of many practical mathematical activities and competitive team challenges. There was a big focus on working in a team with students from neighbouring schools in order to solve many difficult mathematical problems. The PHCS students especially loved the conclusion to the day where they got to design and create their own mathematical board game.

Emily Sze accompanied 4 boys from Years 3 and 4 (Lachlan Moore, Jack Cameron, Leif Jackson, Isaac Palmer) to a Think Tank workshop called ‘Moving to the Beat’ at Rouse Hill Anglican College.

Some highlights and activities included:

  • Using iPads and an app called See Saw to connect with other students
  • Learn the Cup Song in groups and recorded themselves doing it
  • Choreographed dance to represent stomping in the mud
  • Shared dance moves with other groups and added props
  • Performed dances to audience, recorded onto See Saw
  • Made friends with students in Year 3-4 from other schools

Betty-Joy Petshack accompanied four students from Year 4 (Isla Castle, Ryan Kwok, Caleb King & Sarah Clayton) to Hills Grammar School yesterday to attend the debating Think Tank.
Activities included:

  • Students learning how to rebut and develop their own arguments, and how to prepare for a debate.
  • Learning about the importance of listening to both their own team’s points of view and to the viewpoints of the opposing team.
  • During the day, all the students were involved in working with a team of students from other schools, to prepare and then participate in an actual debate.

Isla was chosen to speak in the final debate, which was about nine year old students having mobile phones at school. She was the second speaker for the affirmative side and was especially skilful at rebutting the opposing team’s arguments. Well done to all four students who were actively engaged throughout the day and proudly represented our school.

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