Kids of St Andrew’s

Year 1 and 2 Craft Competition

In September, Lucian Hamilton (2B) ran a craft competition for Year 1 and Year 2 students to raise money for St John’s Ambulance Service. At the end of Term 3, Lucian along with Ms Heather Wood, Deputy Principal – Learning and Teaching judged the entries and awarded a winner for each year level.

The winners were announced at the end of term JP assembly.

Ethan Zhang 1B
Rafi Malik-Wauchope 2E

Year 1 winning entry submitted by Ethan Zhang 1B

Year 2 winning entry submitted by Rafi Malik-Wauchope 2E

Ethan was chosen by Lucian as he liked the shape of the jellyfish and it was made to stand up on its own. Rafi’s entry was selected as he had put in extra work to share information about the glass squid.

We chatted to Lucian about how he came up with the idea and how the competition worked out.

How did you come up with the idea?

I love crafting and making things from recyclable materials found around my home so I came up with the idea to have a crafting competition so others would do it too.

How did you go about running the competition?

I spoke to Ms Wood about having a competition in Term 1 and we started to organise it but then I couldn’t do it because of COVID-19. When I found out about the theme for Science Week, I thought that would be great for the competition.

I put lots of notes together and made a plan to give to Ms Wood about how I wanted to run the competition. I chose Years 1 and 2 so it was easier to run, and came up with some rules like it had to be made of recyclable materials and you had to do it yourself without lots of help from a grown up. Also, the projects had to be about the Science Week theme Deep Blue: Innovations for the Future of our Ocean. We put a note on SeeSaw to ask people to do it.

Why did you choose St John’s Ambulance Service as your charity?

In Term 1, I wanted to help the emergency services after the bushfires happened early this year. But then once COVID-19 happened I saw the doctors and the nurses on the TV and they looked like they needed help. Ms Wood made me a list of different charities to choose from and I chose St John’s Ambulance Service because they help the doctors with sick people.

I hope St John’s can use the money to buy more things and help people who are sick. Maybe they can use the money to buy a defibrillator to keep people alive.

How many entries did you get?

I had 34 entries from Year 1 and 7 entries from Year 2.

How much did you raise?

I raised $213 from entry fees and other donations.

How did you feel after you successfully finished the competition?

I feel proud that I did a good job and raised money for St John’s.

What did you learn from running the competition?

I learned that one idea can make a huge difference. I am making a difference to the Ambulance service and I’m helping people.

Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Heather Wood, reflects on Lucian’s craft competition and process…

Student Agency is a key component of the IB Primary Years Programme. Agency is the power to take meaningful and intentional action. Students at St Andrew’s are given opportunities to:

  • have voice, choice and ownership
  • influence and direct learning
  • contribute to and participate in the learning community

As Lucian has shown, young students are capable of making a significant, positive difference to the world through their actions.

Photos of other entries submitted and Lucian selecting the winners

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Year 4 students interview COVID-19 anti-microbial material inventor Harrie Schoots

Students from St Andrew’s School were given the opportunity to interview and speak with Harrie Schoots, a textile chemist working for Ascend Performance Materials in America and President-Elect of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (www.aatcc.org) this month. The Year 4 students are currently studying a unit on Materials in Chemistry and Harrie’s specialty field made him the perfect person for the students to talk to.

“It is very important that students make real life connections to their classroom learning.” Ms Carla Moffat, Year 4 teacher said.

Harrie has been working in the apparel and textile industry for over 25 years both in manufacturing and as a specialty chemical supplier. He has patented over a dozen technologies which aim to lower the environmental impact of textile processing. Harrie’s most recent project was inventing a new anti-bacterial/anti-microbial fabric which has just gone on the market in America to help fight the spread of COVID-19.

Students spoke to Harrie during two different sessions via Skype. The Year 4 classes brainstormed a list of questions to ask Harrie about his background, why he chose to be a scientist, how people process colour and how he invented the anti-microbial material, Acteev Protect™. Harrie explained what his role as a textile chemist looks like, saying it’s much like being an artist in addition to a scientist. He is inspired to create an industry that is as environmentally sustainable as possible. In his role, he has saved trillions of litres of water, through innovation and refined processes that demand less water and have less impact on our resources. Harrie also explained how people process colour, the dyeing process of fabric in the industry and how he used a zinc element in creating his anti-microbial material to the students.

“I am drawn to sharing textile chemistry and apparel science with students because it’s such a rare skill set, yet we all wear clothes!” Mr Schoots said.

Its important students, who eventually become consumers themselves, become educated in how the textile industry impacts the environment and how they can learn to reduce negative impacts through their buying habits.”

Retailers and brands are listening, and when consumers speak, either literally or with their wallet, they will implement change to satisfy a consumer request”

After this session, the students were given an opportunity to reflect on their learnings including what they learnt with students saying, “I learned that zinc can kill viruses because the virus thinks the zinc is good for it and different types of fabric can have a different result to the virus. Changing fabric is a science but also an art.”

Many students also found the presentation inspirational saying “He inspired me to help people and animals” and “He inspired me to be a scientist”.

During Harrie’s second session, students from other Year levels were invited to attend. Harrie spoke exclusively about his anti-bacterial/anti-microbial fabric which COVID-19 cannot survive on. Masks are currently being produced and sold using this fabric at www.blendedhuemanity.com.

This was a one of a kind experience for the students who were able to not only hear from a real life scientist but also participate in an interview process from beginning to end.

“Harrie was the right person to inspire the students to not just be the best they can be in their chosen line of work, but to make the world a better place.” Ms Moffat said.

He inspired many of the students in science and additionally, to be a person who cares about people, their impact on the environment and making the world safer in general. His invention of the COVID-19 killing fabric is testament to this.”


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New ‘Flexible’ Furniture for Upper Primary Students

This year, St Andrew’s students in Years 4 and 5 have been enjoying the benefits of new furniture in their classrooms, the aim of which is to support collaboration and flexibility of learning.

Commenting on how the new furniture promotes flexibility, student choice and collaboration, Year 4 teacher Mrs Moffat said, “The flexibility the new furniture provides for the structuring of my lessons has been an asset to my students’ learning. They collaborate in circles, and reason and problem solve on the white board tables. They discuss and plan on the lower table. They can make good choices for their learning by choosing desks with less distraction. The students’ enjoyment of this new space is evident.”

We also spoke to some Year 4 students who shared their opinions of their new furniture.

What do you like about the new furniture?

Cowen: The new furniture is more comfy and softer.

Majd: We can draw on the whiteboard tables. The chairs are lighter and we can move them more easily.

Nina: The old furniture wasn’t very comfortable and you couldn’t lean back in the old seats. You can push back in the new seats and relax in them more. If you want to meditate you can meditate and feel quite comfortable.

How does the new furniture help you work more effectively?

Cowen: The higher tables help because you can draw on them. You can use them for math, design, drawing and practicing when you want to do something.

Majd: In Maths, we write things on the whiteboard tables to help us figure out answers. We can also move the furniture around for group work.

Nina: Now we have tables that we can write on; we can use them for figuring stuff out in Maths. The higher tables are easier to work on.

What else do you like about the furniture?

Cowen: It’s more relaxing. The chairs before were more hard and now you can go back in them.

Majd: Sometimes when you’re working really hard you need to sit back for a second. With our old furniture we had to lean back really hard in the chairs and it would only go back a little bit and now you can easily lean back.

We look forward to Term 2 when the Year 3 students will also acquire new furniture in their learning spaces.


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Year 2 Colouring-in Competition

A group of enterprising and socially conscious Year 2 St Andrew’s School students took it upon themselves to propose and run a Junior Primary colouring-in competition with the aim of raising money for charity. In the end, they decided to distribute the funds they raised to the School, Anglicare and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

We spoke with them about how they came up with the idea and how the project panned out.

How did you come up with the idea?

We wanted to do a competition about drawing and animals because we wanted to raise money for the School and charities like Anglicare and the World Wildlife Fund.

How did you go about running the competition?

First, we wrote a letter to Ms Wood explaining what we wanted to do. Then we thought about posters and we made a poster explaining the competition. We also went into classrooms to tell students about what we were doing.


We had to choose people to judge the drawings so we chose Mrs Puckridge because she’s an art teacher and we chose Ms Wood because she’s very fair.

How many entries did you get?

We had 64 entries from Junior Primary students. We had a lot of entries.

How did you present the prizes?

We handed out prizes at assembly and shook people’s hands. People who came third got Chuppa Chups; people who came second got a book and stationery; and people who won first prize got a mini fan, a Chuppa Chup, and a stationery pack.

How much money did you raise?

We raised $335 (two of the five students in the group pictured below with the jar containing the money they raised).

How did you feel after you successfully finished the competition?

We felt proud of ourselves for doing the competition even though we were nervous at the beginning.

Deputy Principal – Teaching and Learning, Heather Wood, reflects on the students’ colouring-in competition…

I was very impressed by the boys’ ability to articulate what they wanted to do and how they would go about it. For some students, a proposal won’t progress beyond the initial letter and meeting with me when they realise there is actually quite a bit of organisation and work required to see through a project to the end. This is fine because taking the first step of putting forward a proposal is a significant milestone. But for this group of students, they translated their idea into action and followed it through to completion.

The boys had some important learnings along the way; for example, after getting their poster out they realised it was missing some important information and so they had to take steps to rectify this. The presentation of the prizes at the Junior Primary assembly was a wonderful culmination to a successful learning journey and we were very proud of the boys.

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  • St Andrew’s School is a South Australian independent, co-educational specialist primary school providing excellence in education from playgroup through to early years and on to Year 7. Principal Jackie Becher – an International Baccalaureate School – UNESCO Associated School.