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English Excursion to Making Waves Immersion Day
Around 30 students from Years 9 and 10 attended the Central Coast English Teachers’ Associations immersion day last Friday at The University of Newcastle, Ourimbah Campus, accompanied by Mrs Titheradge and Mr Kent. Students pre-selected their activities for the day from a range of workshops, all designed to be hands on where they created and imagined while producing their own pieces of work.

The day was designed for students to enrich their English skills and understanding in dynamic workshops. Creative writing with Will Kostakis was popular after he delivered an entertaining keynote address, inspiring students to write and embrace a love of literature. The performance poetry workshop with Caitlyn “Skilla” Saunders also proved to be a favourite, with students sharing their work at the end of the day about heaven and what it means to them. The Story Factory’s Tony Britton lead students for some Deadly Lyrics workshops, and St Edward’s English teacher Mr Le Page skilled students in stop motion filming. Stage fighting and performing Shakespeare with ‘Fights, Camera, Action’ made for very entertaining and convincing fight sequences fit for a Hollywood movie. Podcasting with The Skill Engineer allowed the students to learn how to create a podcast which will be streamed on Spotify over the next couple of weeks. We will post a link to the two podcasts created. One podcast focussed on The World Cup and the other was a Christmas Special keeping in line with the time of the year.

The Central Coast English Teacher’s Association is led by St Edward’s own Ms Nowalinski and Mrs McDonald who both said that they day was a huge success and something they are looking forward to continuing into 2023.