This week continued with our theme of bullying: How to recognize it and what to do. Last week, two Castilleja students led us through an introduction of the topic. They taught the students to differentiate between physical bullying, verbal bullying, and cyber bullying. Then, we all shared our experiences and suggested some courses of action for these instances. This week, we built upon what we’d learned by acting out common scenarios, so the students could practice their solutions. It is evident that bullying is still a major issue in these girls lives. Hopefully these sessions have given them the tools they need to now handle these situations comfortably and confidently.
Last Saturday, September 26th was Halford's first Science Saturday of the year. Once a month, Halford sisters meet at Castilleja to work with the robotics team. To start off, we split the 4th graders and the 5th graders into two groups. Then the 4th graders went to do interviews to learn more about the Castilleja big sisters while the 5th graders went to make drawing robots. After a brief lesson on circuits, conductivity, and electricity, the girls were tasked with building a drawing robot out of 2 markers, a motor, a battery and a small cup or box. Working together, the sisters constructed super cool robots that drew patterns when activated. Once every girl in 5th grade had completed her robot, the whole group came together for a classic Castilleja game of Spy before switching stations, so the 4th graders could try their hand at robotics. All in all, it was a really fun day both for the Big and Little Sisters, with the bonus of a souvenir to remember all of the hard work.