Farewell to a fantastic team!
It was all over far to soon as we woke up to ISC's last morning at the Hazelhut. After breakfast, bags were packed and loaded onto the trailer.
Then the students rotated around 3 groups: exploring ideas in the artroom, making their own packed lunches and enjoying the fresh air and sunshine one last time.
We had a snack and then the teachers and students filled out the reflection forms - we are so happy that they enjoyed the trip so much, as it has been a great pleasure for us to look after 18 polite, enthusiastic and hard working individuals.
The Hazelhut is very quiet now and we are missing the happy sounds of these 3 days together. Many thanks to the staff and students of the International School of Como for coming all this way. We hope to see you all again soon.
Day at the Baths
It was an early rise for most of the children at the Hazelhut today..... so we had an early breakfast too!
Then the children tidied their rooms and had the chance to explore their surroundings. At 9.15am we went to meet Marius at the bus for our trip to the baths.
It was another lovely day and the children had a lot of fun being like true ancient Romans - relaxing and socialising in the health giving waters. Later we had a snack and a walk to look at other the other Roman ruins from the settlement.
Back at the Hazelhut James had been busy organising a barbeque and many of the children helped to prepare the lunch.
The sizzling sausage sandwiches were enjoyed by all.
After lunch things got serious as we carried out the summative assessment discussions...
As a reward for their hard work, the chiildren enjoyed chocolate baked bananas by the fire - accompanied by the banana song of course!
Then we all changed and got our creative heads on for the tune in to the exhibition unit on 'How we express ourselves'. The main focus was on using sketch books as a study recording tool. The students listened really well and showed great enthusiasm for the new unit. They really took to their sketchbooks and were full of ideas.
After that we went for an evening walk to get some inspiration from our beautiful surroundings.
Then there was a surprise for us at the pizza restaurant - a birthday party for one of the children and tons of food! After a very big feed we made our way back for a good rest. A domani!
Like a brand new pitch!
A newly improved building and fantastic spring weather!
But where are the children?
In Rome, of course! The Grade 6 students from the International School of Como had traveled all the way to Rome for a tour of the sites as part of a unit on ancient civilizations.
James had planned a whistle stop tour of all the most important and inspirational sites, but first he had to check that all the children were honest at the 'Bocca della Verità'. There was so much to see, learn and think about.
The students were great listeners and stayed together in the busy streets.
They were grateful for the chance to buy an ice-cream and a souvenir at the end. The bus picked them up and they headed north to Ronciglione and the Hazelhut! It was evening when they arrived and heard the rules and then settled into their rooms. When we were ready for dinner, darkness had fallen.
But that didn't bother these kids!
We all made it to the restaurant in time for a delicious dinner of pasta, veal and potatoes followed by home-made crostata - YUM! Happy children and happy teachers.
It was wonderful to welcome back the prep class from St. Thomas's for a trip about building and materials. They all braved the high winds and strong rain to come to the Hazelhut. We loved seeing them all one year on and could tell from the first game that they hadn't forgotten how to have fun!
The students showed some great thinking and inquiry skills when looking at the materials used to rebuild the Hazelhut.
Outside they listened to our builder, Remo, when he explained how all of the materials were used and what properties they have.
The students loved exploring the building materials outdoors and they especially enjoyed the chance to run around the garden!
They showed some lovely manners at the table during snack and lunch time,
and they were VERY creative in the art room.
Later when they were using tools, they showed courage and took care not to hurt themselves.
What a great day we had with these hard-working, fun-loving students; come back soon!