Somerset Times

Junior School News

2017 - W5 - T2 - beliefs excursion

Year 4 Beliefs Excursion

By Nicole Fann, 4F PYP Classroom Teacher

Students in Year 4 have been inquiring into the diversity of different belief systems around the world. The students are encouraged to develop an awareness of different perspectives from major belief systems and ultimately to understand their own personal beliefs and values. As part of their study, the students were invited to experience the Chung Tian Buddhist Temple in Brisbane and the Gold Coast Islam Centre in Arundel. During their time at the temple, the students were provided a guided tour of the grounds in small groups, and were encouraged to explore the many different buildings and their offerings. It was wonderful to see the students respectfully listen and pay attention to the ways and rituals that were being modelled during their time at the temple. Whilst it was a damp rainy day, Year 4 still managed to enjoy a well-deserved lunch picnic at the nearby Temple Gardens.

Clover Connect

By James Enwright, Year 10

The point of the Clover Connect program each Wednesday morning at 8am is for Senior School Somerset College students to read to Year 3 Clover Hill State School Students. During the program we get to interact with students and help them increase their learning. The best part is the warm fuzzy feeling you get when you help someone else become a better reader. In addition, there are also lots of fun moments when Somerset and Clover Hill students share stories and interact as they read together.