The science center really struck me, obviously. Only 6 months young, the center houses 4 open classrooms, a multitude of science technology and a very well designed view of the wetlands, which is only a stone's throw from the back of campus. The wetlands looked to be a healthy ecosystem with a lot of potential for study and student engagement. Although this is Australia, so engagement in the wetlands may be quite dangerous! SNAKES!
After the campus tour, we enjoyed morning tea and were taken on a technological tour through the school's attendance software. I was impressed with the thought that must have been put into designing the system to keep track of student attendance throughout the day. The software allows the teacher the ability to quickly take attendance without taking much time from the class. I realize that this may be a dated statement since most schools have this type of software, but it was different. The whole interface was carefully put together and seemed to flow from task to task, everything from logging maintenance issues to checking for school updates.
Lunch would later be served for the new teachers with the administration at the Main Hotel Bistro in town. I figured that fish and chips couldn't have been a bad choice, especially in this area! It wasn't.
After arriving home from the short day at school, I decided to take a short bicycle trip down to Mitchell River to clear my head before diving into all the reading material from BSC. Even in an overcast day, the Australian sun was brutal and only after a half hour biking, it was a clear decision to head back home.
The handbooks were an easy read and aligned well with my teaching philosophy and classroom management strategies. I think it will be a great fit here.