Retaval Wahroonga, Tangara's founding site, will sadly be closing at the end of this term. The classes from Reception to Year 1 will be moving permanently to the Tangara campus at Cherrybrook. There is an opportunity for families and friends to say a final farewell to Retaval on Sunday 7 May at 100 Fox Valley Road, Wahroonga, from 10 – 2pm. All are welcome.

Thank you Retaval for the wonderful memories!


 

 

On Wednesday 26 April, the first day of Term 2, Tangara staff and students from K-12 commemorated the service men and women who have given so much to our country during a special ANZAC Ceremony. Squadron Leader Brett Clarke delivered your moving words and a prayer was shared my Fr John Flader as the students stood in silence. Thank you to all those who helped organise this ceremony. Lest we forget.


At the core of Visible Thinking are practices that help make thinking visible: Thinking Routines loosely guide learners' thought processes and encourage active processing. Visible Thinking began as an initiative of Harvard's Graduate School of Education's Project Zero, a research-based approach to teaching thinking dispositions. The approach emphasized three core practices: thinking routines, the documentation of student thinking, and reflective professional practice.

I've always believed that deep learning only happens when there is deep thinking and understanding. In Year 7 English we use many of the Visible Thinking routines to think about what kind of thinking is needed to understand the themes of the novel we are studying. We work collaboratively, taking in each other's ideas and interpretations. We also used Visible Thinking routines to understand the symbolism behind colours and images, as well as how to choose the best quote to back up our ideas on the theme of friendship. We know that whatever ideas we put forward will be followed by the question- "What makes you say that?" because it's important to see the reasons behind our opinions and ideas. Seeing the girls so engaged and interested in their learning is wonderful! Discovering, valuing and "visibly seeing" the insightful and creative thoughts each one has is delightful and exciting! Time flies when you're thinking deeply!

By Katrina Alvir, REAL Co-ordinator, High School English and Religion Teacher, 8N Class Teacher, Tutor



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