Summer School a hit with pupils
STUDENTS planning to join James Nash High's Extension Plus class next year explored and excavated their way through the 2013 Summer School activities.
About 30 talented students from Gympie's primary schools chose either Archaeology in a box or GPS in the cemetery for a three-hour Saturday morning workshop.
For the archaeology program, teacher Wade Ness set up eight boxes, with themed items buried in layers of sand.
Students were required to excavate 10cm spits (layers), record their finds on a grid, set up a display and speculate on what type of room they may have been excavating.
Teacher Diana King said that some students were so keen to get to the bottom of their box that they didn't want to stop digging and have morning tea.
GPS in the cemetery, run by teachers Robyn Bowman and Tina Haylock, had students learning about the history of Gympie's three cemeteries, and laying a trail of waypoints using handheld GPS devices in the oldest section of the Two Mile Cemetery.
Each waypoint was identified by a visual clue as well as the GPS location.
Students used specialist language to write their clues and create questions, which finders had to answer to prove they had found the correct location.
Teacher Ben Tarlinton said the group's energy and focus was great and was a good indication of the curiosity and commitment of the students.
Organiser deputy-principal Cheryl Greinke said she was pleased at how quickly students reserved places in the Summer School, a sure indication of the popularity of James Nash's Extension Plus classes.
Mrs Greinke was grateful to the history and geography teachers, and teacher aide Corinne Owen, for choosing to spend Saturday morning with the Year 7 students.