Everyone's Talking about Communications Day

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THE STUDENTS of Mundaring Christian College celebrated National Science Week by investigating all aspects of communication at the College’s ‘Communications Day’ on August 17.

The College’s Primary Campus hosted an exhibition of communication-focussed stalls, covering everything from sign language to journalism, maritime flags, and communication with animals.

Radio station 98Five conducted an outside broadcast of their Drive with Mel and Jeziel show from the school, and the Guide Dogs WA attended to discuss with students how guide dogs can help people communicate and interact.

The day also marked the launch of the College’s student-run Digital Newspaper, the MCC Inquirer, for which the College received a funding grant from National Science Week.

Head of Primary at Mundaring Christian College, Mrs Antoinette Wilson, said that this major event to cap off National Science week is an important, and genuine, part of the students’ learning.

“Communications day involves every child, and focuses on a key 21st-century competency”, said Mrs Wilson.

“Students have found out that communication can be anything from a sporting umpire’s hand signal, to an international video conference call, to stones left in a pattern such as in historical societies. 

“The effort it takes to create these events is extremely worthwhile. It is far more than a fete -  along with deep and hands-on learning, the day’s positive experiences become lodged in students’ memories”, she said.

Students investigated communication throughout history and in many different contexts, with a number of presentations to the entire student body before students visited the expo of activities.

Student Caitlin Hannen-Williams told the audience that by learning to use braille over the last two years, she is able to communicate and complete her school work more effectively. 

“I use braille to read things with my fingers, instead of my eyes”, said Caitlin.

“Braille has really helped me catch up to everyone in the class, and get better grades in English, which involves lots of reading.

“I use a device that connects to my computer and it converts whatever is on the screen into braille”, she said.

While touring the expo of communications activities, Year 5 student Katya mentioned the day was about celebrating communication.

“We learned about communicating through braille and text messages”, said Katya.

“With my buddy, we wrote limerick poems, puppet making, and also took a drone photo on the oval. 

“Mr McNeill [the College Principal] also told us about how important it is to be clear when you speak”, she said. 

The day concluded with the launch of the College’s student-run digital newspaper. Students counted down to the first edition being sent to their colleagues, parents, and other members of the community; and watched pins appear on a map as people opened and read the digital edition. 

Two editorial teams, one each at the Primary and Secondary campus, collected over 20 articles from students, covering news to recipes, profile pieces, interviews and an all-important comic.

The stories also made the most of the digital medium by including YouTube videos created by students, and a video interview between the paper’s Chief of Staff, student Claire Stanwix, and Minister Ken Wyatt of the Australian Government.

The interview with Minister Wyatt, along with the rest of the digital newspaper, can be accessed at www.mccinquirer.news 

THE STUDENTS of Mundaring Christian College celebrated National Science Week by investigating all aspects of communication at the College’s ‘Communications Day’ on August 17.

 

The College’s Primary Campus hosted an exhibition of communication-focussed stalls, covering everything from sign language to journalism, maritime flags, and communication with animals.

 

Radio station 98Five conducted an outside broadcast of their Drive with Mel and Jeziel show from the school, and the Guide Dogs WA attended to discuss with students how guide dogs can help people communicate and interact.

 

The day also marked the launch of the College’s student-run Digital Newspaper, the MCC Inquirer, for which the College received a funding grant from National Science Week.

 

Head of Primary at Mundaring Christian College, Mrs Antoinette Wilson, said that this major event to cap off National Science week is an important, and genuine, part of the students’ learning.

 

“Communications day involves every child, and focuses on a key 21st-century competency”, said Mrs Wilson.

 

“Students have found out that communication can be anything from a sporting umpire’s hand signal, to an international video conference call, to stones left in a pattern such as in historical societies.

 

“The effort it takes to create these events is extremely worthwhile. It is far more than a fete -  along with deep and hands-on learning, the day’s positive experiences become lodged in students’ memories”, she said.

 

Students investigated communication throughout history and in many different contexts, with a number of presentations to the entire student body before students visited the expo of activities.

 

Student Caitlin Hannen-Williams told the audience that by learning to use braille over the last two years, she is able to communicate and complete her school work more effectively.

 

“I use braille to read things with my fingers, instead of my eyes”, said Caitlin.

 

“Braille has really helped me catch up to everyone in the class, and get better grades in English, which involves lots of reading.

 

“I use a device that connects to my computer and it converts whatever is on the screen into braille”, she said.

 

While touring the expo of communications activities, Year 5 student Katya mentioned the day was about celebrating communication.

 

“We learned about communicating through braille and text messages”, said Katya.

 

“With my buddy, we wrote limerick poems, puppet making, and also took a drone photo on the oval.

 

“Mr McNeill [the College Principal] also told us about how important it is to be clear when you speak”, she said.

 

The day concluded with the launch of the College’s student-run digital newspaper. Students counted down to the first edition being sent to their colleagues, parents, and other members of the community; and watched pins appear on a map as people opened and read the digital edition.

 

Two editorial teams, one each at the Primary and Secondary campus, collected over 20 articles from students, covering news to recipes, profile pieces, interviews and an all-important comic.

 

The stories also made the most of the digital medium by including YouTube videos created by students, and a video interview between the paper’s Chief of Staff, student Claire Stanwix, and Minister Ken Wyatt of the Australian Government.

 

The interview with Minister Wyatt, along with the rest of the digital newspaper, can be accessed at www.mccinquirer.news