What's Happening at SPAN?
Realtime Learning with our resident engineer
SPAN has embarked on an exciting venture with Realtime Learning which brings together our grade 1-6 students with an Engineering Undergraduate from RMIT one day each week. In an amazing turn of events our undergraduate is Pasindu Wijenayake is a former student of SPAN. So far this year the 5/6 classes have worked on Tinkercad to learn about circuits and 3D design. Our 3/4 students have been developing their computer and technology skills and working with LEGO sets and even managing to build cars and program them to move and turn. Our 1/2's have been learning the basics of coding and robotics using BeeBots. This is an amazing opportunity for our school and we are looking forward to more great things in STEM this year.
Pasindu is also helping support our STEM Mad teams in the design process and to develop prototypes to submit into the 2023 STEM Mad competition later in the year. Stay tuned to find out more about these amazing real life projects!
New Community Partnerships in 2023!
This year we have developed some exciting new partnerships to strengthen our relationships with our wider community. We believe it takes a village to raise a child, additionally that everyone has something to offer. Our students can learn so much from people in the community and they also have so much to offer.
Melbourne City Football Club
Our partnership with MCFC provides an exciting opportunity for students to participate in football tournaments, Respectful Relationships lessons, PE classes, walk on the field with the players at AAMI park and even meet Matildas and Socceroos players!
Viewhills Manor Aged Care
As part of our 5/6 Leadership Program, each month a small group of students visit and spend time with residents at Viewhills. After the Covid-19 lockdowns we learned that many residents weren't having many visitors. We never like to see a need without doing something about it, so we began a new community outreach program in 2023. Our students read, play games and talk with residents to bring joy and companionship to those living at the Aged Care. It helps our students learn about the experiences of others, develop humility and empathy and a sense of responsibility for people in their community.
As Catholic educators, we have a moral, mission driven, and legal responsibility to uphold and actively promote the wellbeing and safety of every student entrusted in our care.
Our commitment to the protection of students is enabled in nurturing, respectful and safe communities where the uniqueness and sacred dignity of every young person is celebrated and they are able to flourish in their learning and development. This vision is driven by the gospel message of love, justice and abundance, beautifully reflected in the words of John.