HSP: ‘Wildlife HQ’ Zoo Visit

Greetings from the HSP class at Lexis Sunshine Coast! We have been very busy recently with a rapidly growing class of students from China, Japan, Taiwan and Brazil. Last week we had the opportunity to visit the local ‘Wildlife HQ’ zoo, and the students had an amazing time! Let’s take a look …

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SOME AUSSIE ANIMALS

Wildlife HQ Zoo had a collection of Australian animals, farm animals and exotic animals from around the world. The students loved walking around and looking at them all, and trying to figure out which animals were Australian … and even feeding some of them too!

And a few of the more iconic Aussie animals …

EDUCATIONAL TALKS

While we were there, our students were able to listen to some of the zoo keepers give some informational talks on some of the animals at the zoo. Although they were challenging, our students had information sheets to fill out, and were intrigued by the talks. First up was the Koala and Meerkat talks …

After those talks came the African Painted Dog and ‘Malay’ the Sun Bear talk. Malay was born in 2008 and is the first Sun Bear to be born and raised in Australia. Her parents were rescued from the illegal wildlife trade in Cambodia. WildLife HQ support the rescue of Sun Bears and other animals which are abused and even killed in their native countries.

What a day it was, looking at and learning about some really cute animals, ordering food and drinks from the cafe (wow, some of these boys can eat!!) and running around after emus and wallabys! We hope they all had a wonderful time and learned a lot about Australian and other exotic wildlife.

Join us next time as we take yet another trip to Mt. Coolum!

Until next time …

– Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

Weekend Adventures

Looking for something to do this weekend?

There are a lot of adventures you could have on the Sunshine Coast.

 

The Buderim Forest Waterfall Walk Buderim-Falls

Less than a ten minute drive from Cotton Tree and you’ll find yourself at the foot of Buderim Forest and at one of two entry points to the Buderim Forest walk. Access at this point is off Harry’s Lane which runs of Lindsay Rd. The track winds it way through a rainforest of trees beside bubbling Martin’s Creek interrupted by small waterfalls and cascades until you reach what is unofficially known as “Serenity Falls”. Take a moment to listen to the sounds of nature or hold your breath and plunge into the refreshing rock pool.

 

Sunshine Plaza

Sunshine PlazaCentral to all locations, Maroochydore’s Sunshine Plaza is the major shopping centre for the Sunshine Coast. Apart from being home to a number of the major retailers, a vast array of coffee shops, cafes and restaurants can be found within the centre. A number of these are positioned along the boardwalk overlooking the water. The major cinema complex for the Sunshine Coast is also housed within the complex along the boardwalk area. The Plaza is a liesurely walk away from Cotton Tree or a take a bus and be there within minutes.

 

Australia Zoo

Located an hour north of Brisbane, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo is a Australia Zooteam of passionate conservationists working around-the-clock to deliver an animal experience like no other.

Steve and Terri Irwin’s vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world, and there is no other zoo like Australia Zoo!

 

Sea Life Sunshine Coast

Underwater WorldSEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is a multi-award winning, all weather visitor attraction. Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths. Get up close to over 10,000 ceatures including Australia’s largest collection of jellyfish. Meet our rare weedy sea dragons, our resident seals plus over 20 species of shark and rays.

 

Ocean Street Night Markets

On the second Friday of every monthOcean street markets

Ocean St Maroochydore comes alive

with the best artisan and food market

on the Sunshine Coast. Next markets

our on Friday 9th March from 5pm.

 

 

Solbar – Maroochydore Ocean Street

SolbarFriday Night – High Tropics at Solbar from 8pm

Saturday Night – Solbar Got the Blues – Little Billie, Dan Horne, Minnie Marks from 8pm

Sunday Afternoon – Sol Sundays – Tay Oskee Live + Mark Hutchison Guest DJ set from 4pm

Grab a cold drink and watch the live music!

 

What’s on this Week…

Have a look at the exciting activities we are doing this week at Lexis Sunshine Coast!

 

On Wednesday the 7th March we will be playing beach cricket if anyone would like to join us. Please come to reception and write your name down.

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On Thursday if you are wanting to improve you English, why not take our Grammar class! It’s FREE and on Level 4, Room 2.

Grammar Workshop

 

On Friday why not try a game of Ultimate Frisbee. See if you have what it takes to win the game! Don’t forget to sign up at Reception to reserve your spot and meet on Level 6.

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Hope to see you all on the activities!

Mount Coolum

Such a beautiful afternoon activity

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Mount Coolum offers spectacular coastal views, rare and threatened plants, wildflowers, birdlife and geology feature.

The impressive dome-shaped Mount Coolum, which rises 208m above sea level and is visible from many locations across the Sunshine Coast, is a central feature of this small park.

Such a beautiful way to spend the afternoon and it looks like everyone had an amazing time.

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Looking forward to seeing you all on our next afternoon.

HSP: Bonding with Japanese Students

Over the last few weeks we have been busy enjoying the company of another study tour from Japan. Many new friendships were created with these beautiful young people, and we all had a whole lot of fun during the three weeks they were here. It was an exciting few weeks and it was difficult to say goodbye! Let’s take a look at what we got up to with our Japanese friends …

CASTLES IN THE SAND

In groups, students were given the task of building the best sand castle in order to win a prize. What we got was pretty creative …

Although the groups were pretty competitive, I think they all had a great time!

The finished sand castles …

… and the winners …

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We were lucky enough to join the Japanese students as part of our Aboriginal Studies unit to try out our Aboriginal art skills on boomerangs.

… hmmm, not quite ‘aboriginal’ art!!

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Take a look at these finished projects …

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SPORT WITH THE JAPANESE

Or course, we HAD to play as many ‘Aussie’ sports as we could! We started with ultimate frisbee (not really ‘Australian’ but definitely NOT Japanese)!

Then we ended up with cricket!

It was such a great experience with such a lovely group of Japanese people! We had a great time and we were so excited to meet you and join in the fun with all of you. We hope you had a great time in Australia, on the Sunshine Coast!

Join us next time as we welcome some new students who will be visiting us from China for 3 weeks, we can’t wait to meet you! We will also be saying goodbye to one of our longest running HSPers, Boss. Don’t miss it!

Until then …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

HSP: UFOs And The Unexplained

Recently there was a post from the HSP blog featuring photos of the students graduation ceremony. In those photos, students are holding their certificates along with a mystery photo. There have been questions as to what these photos are, so I would like to clear up any rumours that may be circulating.

THE UFO STORY

It was back in week 17 when the class went out to park for a casual hunt for the unexplained, objects in the sky, mysteries … unidentified flying objects (UFOs)! Several students caught glimpses of some wizzing by in the sky and some even took snapshots of them mid-flight. Here are some of the UFOs that were caught on camera by some of our students:

We were all very excited about the discovery and the photographic evidence that we had of these UFOs, however, before we could celebrate there was a sudden turn of events. the UFOs we were chasing … suddenly began chasing US! There was a rush of loud noises and lights everywhere, and although none of us can remember many details about the event, I was lucky enough to snap this picture:

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It’s clear from the photo that we were all very lucky to have a narrow escape from these UFOs. I think we must have upset them a little too much after taking photos, but one thing’s for sure, we will all certainly have a very big and a very strange story to tell!

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)

HSP: Speeches and Other Stuff!

This week was a little more focused on expanding our students skills in public speaking and delivering speeches. Rather than having the students stand up and blurt out another boring speech, we did this ‘HSP style’ … with fun, fun, fun!! Let’s take a look at some of the games and activities we did this week.

THE THREE-HEADED FORTUNE TELLER

As a warm-up to our public speaking activities, three of our students got the chance to answer other students questions about their future. The catch was that the three students had to take it in turns saying only ONE word at a time. Needless to say, the class was in hysterics as we heard some strange and quite twisted stories of our futures!

THE SPEECH GAME

With 4 table groups in the class, students took turns choosing a topic at random and delivering an impromptu non-stop speech for 45 seconds! The rules were; the can pass on a topic 2 times, non pausing or stalling, stick to the topic, speak for 45 seconds. Points were given based on their performance and how many rules were broken. The nerves were quickly settled once we got started and realised how much fun public speaking can actually be!

SCIENCE: PRESSURE / DENSITY

This week’s science focus was on pressure and density, with particular regard to water. Students learned about the workings of a submarine, how it dives, how it resurfaces, and all of the forces that help it to operate underwater. They then got to make their own submarines using a 1.25L bottle of water, a pen lid and some blutak (plasticine). The pen lid, with the blutak stuck to it for weight, floated on the the water at the top of the bottle. But as pressure was applied to the sides of the bottle, the pen lid sank to the bottom. How does it work?? Well, I’ll let you do the research or even the experiment for that one! Here’s a look at the students at work.

STUDENT SURVEYS

We had the privilege of joining with another class to answer some survey question they had made earlier. Their questions focused on mobile phone and internet usage, with questions like, ‘When was the last time you used the internet?’, ‘How often do you use the internet each day?’, and ‘Do you check your phone as soon as you wake up?’. To be honest, some of the answers from my students surprised even me … and that’s saying something!

MELBOURNE CUP DAY!

It was the Melbourne Cup day this last week! What is the Melbourne Cup?? It is the biggest horse race in Australia, and is also the biggest excuse to win/lose money on betting, dress up in high fashion and wear an over exuberant hat! For the Melbourne Cup day this year, our HSPers learned the history of the Melbourne Cup, and were set the task to make a hat for the Lexis fashion show. Although they didn’t win any prizes for the best hat, our students had a great time and they actually made some pretty cool looking hats!

Then there was the fashion parade which was taken out by the lovely ladies in red! A special acknowledgement must be made to Taka (bottom left) for showcasing his extravagant fashion!

Then it was time for the race that stops a nation … the Melbourne Cup! What a race it was, and a nice little taste of Australian culture!

In the end our students had a great time and found the taste of Australian culture very interesting. It was a great afternoon for everyone and yet another chance to mingle with the entire student population of Lexis showing off some crazy hats and enjoying a fashion show!

Join us again for some more crazy adventures in High School Preparation!

Until next time …

Owen (Teacher of H.S.P.)