Recently, our Year 7 ILP students presented to parents a showcase of their investigation into the Murray Darling Crisis. Working in groups, Year 7 have undertaken research into specific aspects of this complex and emotive issue. Some chose to investigate a specific aspect of the problem such as climate data, the impact of drought on river communities, environmental concerns, the role of agriculture on water extraction rates, or indigenous connection to the river system. As a year group, they also focused on ways they may be able to help those living through what has now been labelled as the worst drought in NSW history. Over the term, students planned and participated in video linkups with students at Coonabarabran High School, to learn first-hand what it was like to live through this drought. Other students made contact with ex-student, Luke McPhan, to discuss the environmental impact of the crisis. Luke recently completed a doctorate on riverine ecosystems and was a great resource for our students. Another group, extended an invitation to our local federal member, Emma McBride to participate in a student led forum, to learn more about the political position in relation to the crisis.
Whilst there was much knowledge and understanding to be gained with this topic, a key priority for ILP is to develop in students the core skills of collaboration and communication. Using this investigation as a vehicle, these skills were reinforced with many students demonstrating growth and an increased capacity to work together as a team and to communicate their ideas to an audience. Character strengths were also evident with many demonstrating resilience and a capacity to work independently to solve problems.
A big thank you to those parents who were able to make it to the showcase mornings. Your support is greatly appreciated. And of course, congratulations to our Year 7 students for their positive approach to learning.
Mr Ian Burke
On behalf of Year 7 ILP teachers – Kelly Li, Lisa Wilkins, Wade Marquart and Tom Goodwin.