Science Week at St John’s School, Silkwood

St John’s School, Silkwood students Scarlett Santariga and Tayla Zammit.

ST JOHN’S School, Silkwood, students recently celebrated National Science Week with a fun-filled day focused on this year’s theme, Food: Different by Design. 

Australia is a leader in food production, and students enjoyed exploring the role science and technology play in food production and design. 

Coinciding with the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, students assessed their skills by making a healthy and tasty pizza, and taste-tested heathy alternatives to traditional ice-cream, including plant-based ice-creams and smoothie bowls.

Students also explored the production of food on farms using Minecraft Education and learnt about the role science plays in sustainable aquaculture.

The Year 6 leaders at St John’s organised these activities as part of their learning in science. 

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our school leaders to present to an authentic audience and focus on communicating scientific concepts in an engaging and firsthand way, that their young audience can understand,” said Penelope Irvine, Teacher, and science week coordinator. 

Feedback received from the younger students was that the Year 6 students did an amazing job teaching and assisting them throughout the day.

Children from the Silkwood Community Kindergarten paid a special visit to the school where they learnt about the significant role bees play in helping our food grow. 

“It was a wonderful opportunity to engage the Kindy kids in some fun, firsthand learning, to expand their knowledge about the world around us,” said Principal Mrs Peta Bryan.

St John’s School, Silkwood, was one of 266 schools awarded a 2021 National Science Week Schools’ Grant. 

These grants help schools to run activities and events during Science Week, with coordination by the Australian Science Teachers Association, and funding from the Australian Government, through the Inspiring Australia Program. 

“It’s fantastic that we can use our Science Week grant to encourage our students to develop a love of science,” advised Principal Mrs Peta Bryan.

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