Before Your Feet Ever Leave the Ground!

As many of you know, I am an English teacher BUT every now and then I like to pop into Ursula’s Science lessons and offer to explain to students the science vocabulary that happens to appear on the whiteboard that day ‘based on my own interpretation’. The students enjoy the benefit of my foolishness for a few minutes and perhaps appreciate just how much they have learnt in Science at the same time. Similarly, I had an opportunity with Julia and Amy’s Year 1/2 class to pop in and try to convince the children that the 2D shape ‘triangle’ should really be called ‘sandwich’ (with little success… fortunately!).

So, this week I have engaged in some real science and mathematical learning. It centred around the question;

‘Does most of the energy of a jump happen before your feet ever leave the ground?’

An interesting question could follow; If Newton’s law of physics is true, i.e. ‘To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.’ – then is the person jumping exerting forces on the ground OR is the ground exerting force on the jumper? WOW – What a great wondering! I know some of you are really fascinated now and I will leave you to read the science of the five phases at https://www.whatsmyvertical.com/the-physics-of-the-vertical-jump/… I am also happy for you to assume that I read this document and fully understand it.

I am trying to get to a point that actually has no scientific bearing but does resonate with me. Our Strategic Plan (in all four Priority Areas) and our steps in exploring possibilities over the past two years is leading us to continue to think bigger and I can affirm that we are being met with the positive force of opportunity in return.

This past month, the open conversation through our Parent Dialogue group has perfectly framed other upcoming events (Reflections from Reggio, An Evening with Maggie and Whole School Focus). It is also note-worthy that Bold Park Community School was singled out as one of the most progressive schools in Australia in Schoolhouse’s video introduction… how exciting.

This week, our Team Leaders will be meeting over Friday and Saturday to consolidate additional initiatives and ideas together. I think we have every reason to be very excited! There is a positive upward force at work within our community and I hope you will jump forward with us!

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“The shrewd guess, the fertile hypothesis, the courageous leap to a tentative conclusion - these are the most valuable coins of the thinker at work. But in most schools guessing is heavily penalized and is associated somehow with laziness.”

Jerome Bruner

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