MARIA MONTESSORI’S BIRTHDAY
On the 31st of August, the Adolescent Program had an afternoon tea to celebrate Maria Montessori’s birthday. All of the students set up tables and chairs in the plaza and each Advisory presented a bit about Maria Montessori. Karda (my Advisory) read some of her lecture called ‘The Social Newborn’ and changed it into our own words to present to the school. Kwila performed a skit, which was funny.
Then the Hospitality students served the food that they had been preparing for the previous weeks. There was sushi, pastries and cakes. As we ate everyone engaged in conversation.
It was the first time the whole school has gathered together to celebrate Maria Montessori and I thought it went well. Everyone played a good part in organising, preparing and cleaning up.
On the 24th of August we went on an excursion to Remida.
Remida is in Perth so we met at Warnbro station. From there we caught a train to Perth, then walked to the Perth Busport and caught a bus to a stop near Remida. We then walked to Remida and waited outside.
A person then came outside and briefed us about Remida. She told us what it is and what we were going to do there today. She told us that Remida is like a recycling centre where you can take things and build something out of them. She told us that we were going to make a steampunk hat. Then she said that we weren’t even allowed to use glue or sticky tape. It was really hard to make a hat.
When we went inside and grabbed our materials. There were so many different things that you could make your hat out of. There were two rooms that were filled with heaps of random things.
I grabbed some random materials and started trying to make a top hat. It was really hard to make a hat without glue or tape. I used this weird black material to make the hat’s base and top. I then used these biohazard stickers to stick the top to the bottom of the hat. When we were close to leaving my hat fell apart so I had to put all of the materials which I used back to where I got them from.
We then left Remida and walked to a shaded area so we could have a break to eat some food. After we finished eating the food we walked to the closest bus stop. We then caught the quickest bus to the Perth Bus port.
We then walked to the Perth Art Gallery which is close to the museum. The only problem was that we didn’t have much time because we misjudged how long it would take to get there. We only went into the Art Gallery for around ten minutes so we could see all of the art on display.
After that, we walked back to the Perth underground train station and caught the first train we could. We then were on the train until Warnbro station where we all got off.
YOHFEST SUMMARY 2023
The day finally came and went, and I could not be prouder of this group of 19 young people. Eight months in the making to get a little idea to the stage which was no easy feat! The majority of this group have never set foot on stage or done dance before let alone put together an 8-minute production to perform in a professional setting to over 750 people (ManPAC was sold out).
16 performers and 3 backstage student helpers from years 6-10 made up our group in the end. We performed on Day 2 of 4 of the Peel regional heats. Our day saw a Yohfest record breaking 270 high school students descend on ManPAC.
This was phenomenal! Over 3,000 students compete in Yohfest across the state.
Connection Culture Celebration
Our Act Belong Commit YOH Fest message tells an intricate story of Respect which represents many of our community. It begins with our story set in modern times where youth and adults alike are distracted and disconnected from each other by technology. Our team portray being disconnected and not showing respect for their physical or mental health by being addicted to technology. They explore this message through a contemporary dance piece choreographed by the students.
We then move on to welcome our team and our audience back to the Country with our Australian and New Zealand Indigenous students performing traditional pieces to connect us all back to the land on which we are performing. Our cultural celebration begins with our students showing how they connect with or appreciate the diverse cultures within Australia. Students are free to express themselves and be proud of who they are and where they come from or appreciate the beautiful diversity within our school community. What makes us different also connects us along with respect and appreciation of our combined diversity.