As the first term of 2021 wrapped up this week, Bulahdelah Central School principal, George Frangos said the start of the start of the middle school program was fantastic.
Mr Frangos praised students for what he described as outstanding teamwork and enthusiasm, which was demonstrated on Wednesday mornings in the school hall.
Every Wednesday, Year 7 students are randomly divided into groups to participate in team challenges, he said.
"Inclusive practices have been employed to ensure that each week the groups are made up of different members.
"This is to break down barriers, encourage communication across the year group, and enables students to learn about each other.
This is to break down barriers, encourage communication across the year group, and enables students to learn about each other.George Frangos
"Students have come a long way in such a short time in their group work skills.
Every week team leaders are also randomly selected and it has been rewarding and interesting to witness students listening, working co-operatively and taking on leadership roles."
Under the guidance of deputy principal, Elizabeth Bate, students learn about their character strengths.
Some of the more exciting challenges have included speed dating, where students learned about each other; crossing the river saw each team collaborate to cross a lava pit of 10 metres using only four pieces of A4 cardboard.
Olive's team was victorious.
The egg challenge involved teams constructing a vessel capable of carrying an egg from the art room verandah to the ground below.
They used straws, tape, string, a sheet of newspaper, a balloon, glue and blue tack.
Two teams, led by Bailee and Sheena, were successful.
Paper towers of four metres plus were innovatively designed and constructed using only newspaper and tape.
Delilah's team was the most successful, but interesting ideas were utilised in all of these creations.
Marooned on a desert island involved teams debating about eight essential items necessary for survival and presenting to the entire group.
Interesting items included chickens, flares and life straws.
The raise the brick challenge proved puzzling as students debated how to raise a brick 10cm from the ground using only two pieces of paper, tape and a paperclip.
Students were also excited to learn about medieval warfare practices and then created inspired warrior costumes using newspaper and tape.
This was followed by a fashion parade.
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