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Gawa Christian School

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Elcho Island


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The children always enjoy exploring and creating arts and crafts from cultures other than their own. We looked at the ancient and beautiful craft of Fijian Masi Barkcloth used for traditional clothing, mats and decoration. We spent several weeks working on our own small pieces of Masi using traditional yolu techniques and a few new materials and ideas. The kids made their own paper using paperbark pulp as a base. We looked at both Yolu and Fijian designs and painted our paper using ochre that the children collected and made themselves. The children were very proud of their final pieces! Gwa Christian School, PMB 257 Elcho Island via Winnellie 0822 Northern Territory phone: 08 8987 9239 email: gawa@ntcsa.nt.edu.au News from down south speaks of huge seas, floods, blizzards and snow.... and what am I doing on this winters night? I am sitting in a grass skirt, in the sand under the Southern Cross, on an exotic island, surrounded by friendly, smiling faces. I am enjoying a Fijian feast fit for a king, warmed by the light of a campfire, viewing an extraordinary dance display surrounded by carefree, laughing, excited children. Is she in Fiji you ask or on a Hawaiian island? No its Gwa! Paradise on Earth. What a blessing! Our Fiji night was a wonderful party to celebrate the work we have completed this semester. Everyone helped make this night special. From those who caught the fish, collected the firewood, made the fire, cooked the meal, served in the kitchen, served the visitors, made the costumes, decorated the kitchen, taught us the dances, encouraged those who were embarrassed to dance and joined in paw paw throwing- everyone helped. Wow! What a night and another great party for the children and families of Gwa. By Mandy Cupcakes, honey joys, popcorn, slices, milkshakes and milo! These are some of the tantalising snacks that became a regular feature of Friday movie nights. Gwa has been so richly blessed and as part of our focus on Fiji this term, we wanted to support a special cause, and this was Fiji Kids. So began...The Bulla Snack Bar and thanks to the generous support of the Gwa community, we were able to raise $1,210.00 to help less fortunate kids in Fiji to go to school. The students really embraced the snack bar and in the process helped, served, ate lots and sharpened their maths skills!! Why Accelerated Literacy? Success, success, success! What a joy it has been to observe an entire class being drawn into the world of Literature as their teacher gives a pre- reading orientation. The characters, setting and storyline come alive as illustrations are examined and the use of language is interpreted. No, fidgeting or talking now - students are engaged! With a wealth of knowledge about the text students feel confident to participate in comprehension activities. Heads that once hung low with tiny little voices too shy to say a word, now respond eagerly, giving answers. Any fear caused by the stress of not knowing erased. Understanding the author and his/her style has greatly enhanced writing activities with more and more students grasping the concept of planning and using a framework to produce their own stories. Writing can be fun! This is a far cry from big brown eyes looking up, pleading, questioning nothing on the page. It is a great achievement to obtain a happy, confident classroom environment and AL has proved to be a vital and well loved programme by both staff and students at Gwa. The results shout its success! By Salome Fijian Art.... Fiji Community Dinner Bula Snack Bar Accelerated Literacy By Grace By Matt

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