Our Learning, Engagement and Acceleration Program (LEAP) has been a hive of activity this term as it continues to offer innovative, exciting and challenging opportunities for our students. On October 16, five of our high level writers in year 4 and 5 attended a writing session with children’s author, Christine Bongers. Engaged in the topic, “The Trick to Short Story Writing”, our students learnt many interesting and alternative tricks in capturing the essence of ideas critical to a short story’s success. Flynn, Danny, Declan, Ethan and Bella all returned to school enthused and motivated to work on their own promising future publications! Small groups of carefully selected students are currently engaged in Projects such as: ‘The Spirit of ANZAC Art Project’ – challenging students to explore, design and create an artwork on a 2.7metre x 1.2metre board representing their interpretation of the spirit of ANZAC for The Livingstone Shire Council, ‘Contemporising the Emu Park Song’ in which students are using innovative software to rewrite and update the sound of the actual music score of the original song “Down on the Sands at Emu Park”, and ‘Spatial Awareness and Manipulation of Graphic Tool Software’ - a mutual beneficial mentoring program through which year five students are learning how to improve their communication skills and software knowledge by guiding and enticing year two students to work outside their comforts zones in exploring new skills and applying new knowledge across multiple programs. Additionally, our prep teachers have been involved in delivering a number of rounds of Pre-Prep Brain Gym courses to kindergarten aged children within our catchment area. These courses have been ideal in helping young children to not only exercise their bodies and minds but to also become familiar with following instructions and experiencing prep classroom activities they may encounter when they start prep next year!