Welcome to the start of Term 2.
It is great to be back and I am gradually getting around to meeting all of our new Year 7 students and catching up on the recent events at the school after being away in Term One on Long Service leave.
I would like to congratulate Claire Purcell who was elected by the School Board to the position of Board Chair for 2019. The role of the School Board includes governance over school processes, approving school policies and reviewing the general progress of the school.
I am proud to advise that the school has received national recognition for our outstanding NAPLAN results for 2018. The Australian Curriculum Assesment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) recognises our well above average improvement in student results in Numeracy and Reading from Year 7 to Year 9. Less than 5% of schools in Australia receive this recognition that relies on data meeting strict criteria.
Congratulations to Year 10 students and all staff on an outstanding effort at OLNA (Online Literacy and Numeracy Assessment). Our most recent OLNA also indicates this great work in Literacy and Numeracy is bringing excellent results in Year 10 to 12.
Term two is a very busy term for all students
- Year 7 and Year 9 NAPLAN exams on Weeks 3 and 4.
- Year 11 and Year 12 exams on Weeks 6 and 7.
- Year 10 exams at the beginning of Week 8.
- And the lucky Year 8's still working hard but without any exams to sit this term.
Exams can be a stressful time for students. It is important they still get regular sleep, exercise and eat well. If you have concerns about the stress your child is under, please contact the school so we can assist wherever possible.
Year 7 and Year 9 students have been completing NAPLAN online last week and this week. The school was a NAPLAN online pilot school in 2018 and the experience was less stressful for students than the previous paper version. With last years' experience we were well prepared for online NAPLAN, but as you might be aware an Australia-wide glitch caused connectivity problems for some of our students. The connection issues disrupted some students experience during the test. Understandably, these students may have been impacted to an extent that may have affected their performance.
We reported the connectivity issues to the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCASA) who administers NAPLAN and they have advised that the affected students will have the opportunity to re-sit the tests if they wish to. Parents of Year 7 and Year 9 students who might have been impacted will have received an e-mail.
The school is about to start a reticulation upgrade. This is a big project that will cause some disruption around the school. The aim is to bring all our reticulation stations together and will include a new bore. The end result will be smaller stations that can be better managed and we will conserve water.
Congratulations to all of the students and staff involved in the recent school production "American Montage". I am sure those of you who attended the performance will agree it was an entertaining, worthwhile show. A particular mention to Isobel Lacy our Drama Teacher, who put in a great deal of effort and gave up a lot of personal time to ensure its success. Many thanks to all other staff members who also gave their personal time and additional effort for the students and their production.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that Semester One reports will be out at the end of term. On Tuesday 4 June we have a pupil free day (this is the day after the long weekend). Even though this is a pupil free day, Year 11 and 12 exams will begin on Tuesday 4 June. The students received their timetables at the beginning of week 3.
Mr B. Wallwork, Principal
Science and Technology Academy- An Approved Specialist Program
This Term, 19 Year 8 and 9 STA members are participating in the Mind Mash robotics program. The program is centered around programming EV3 Lego Mind Storms to complete a series of tasks in a set amount of time. Students have already started breaking down each of the tasks and writing code to program the robots. The workshops allow students to develop their problem solving, coding and cooperative learning skills.
Term 2 Challenge: Human Impacts on the Environment
To complete this challenge, students are to carry out research and produce a report about a human impact on the environment.
Step 1: Carry out research to find at least 3 ways humans impact the environment.
Step 2: Chose ONE impact and develop research questions. What information do you want to convey to the audience in your report? You should develop at least 4 research questions that you will use as headings or sections in your report.
Step 3: Carry out your research to answer the research questions you have developed. Make sure you record your sources of information in a bibliography.
Step 4: Create your report. You can produce a video news report, booklet, leaflet, Word document, newspaper article or any other way to convey your research. Support your writing with diagrams, pictures or charts. STA points will be awarded for creativity.
Step 5: Submit your report through submission on Connect or in hard copy by the end of Week 9 Term 2.
Further information and guidance is available on Connect.
STEM Literacy Challenge
Students, particularly those in Year 7 and 8, are encouraged to participate in the STEM Literacy Challenge. This is an opportunity to develop your reading and comprehension skills while learning about STEM topics that are of interest. Students should aim to complete up to 10 article reviews per term and include these in a scrapbook or folder. Scrapbooks can be submitted in Week 10 for review and the award of STA points.
Results of the Term 1 Challenge: CO2 dragsters
During Term 1 STA members worked in teams to build a CO2 dragster using balsa wood. Testing took place during two after school sessions. Mr Mackenzie and Brendan S. (Year 9) were in charge of setting the cars to go, and a number of students timed the cars to determine the fastest.
STA points have been awarded for the following:
- Participation and attendance at after-school workshops
Speed challenge winners:
- 1st place (60 pts): Charlotte B., Charlotte CR., Jaidyn W.
- 2nd place (40 pts): Dilusha M., Kaveeshan M., Arnav S.
- 3rd place (20 pts): Seth T., Arian Z., Taine N., Judd M.
STA points were also awarded to the winners in the following categories:
- Best Constructed: Matthew C., James H., Brayden C., Sarvesh SP.
- Most Aerodynamic: Roquaya A., Jacinta C., Alice J.
- Prettiest colour: Dylan A., Jorja K., Jade R.
The 9.4 nations initially stated their commitment to addressing the water crisis, agreeing in principle to each country donating 0.0001% of GDP to water crisis fund and then distributing the resultant $8 Million to countries based on their water needs and development status. Sadly, once individual country’s financial contribution and fund eligibility became clear, some forgot all about the big picture. As 9.4 moves into their final day of negotiation, will a lunch time meeting help them to put aside their short term self interest to solve the water crisis together?
Last week we saw prize-winning writer Matt Ottley present a very intimate workshop regarding his multi-modal text, Requiem for a Beast. We are one of very few schools across WA who were given the opportunity to talk with one of Australia’s most famous children’s authors.
With the Year 11 ATAR cohort in attendance, Mr. Ottley explained what inspired him to write such a controversial text; based on his own experiences during his time as a stockman and coming to terms with what it meant to be a real man in the Queensland outback, ringing cattle day in and day out. He also discussed his motivations for having it published, which came down to wanting to show the world how harsh station life can be.
Mr. Ottley delivered an emotional anecdote about the poor treatment of livestock, and how the overbearing need to be tough often outweighed the need to show compassion, resulting in him having no other choice but to leave. He also added in the regret he felt for not saying anything when he had the chance. This struck a chord with most students as we understand what it’s like to have society’s expectations being placed on us whether we like it or not.
japanese geography 日本のちり
Last week our Year 7 students learned about Japanese geography with a twist; the students went “sightseeing” around Japan (i.e. the classroom). The students enjoyed the kinesthetic approach to learning about famous attractions and destinations in Japan. After they had “visited” each destination, students chose a place of personal interest for further research.
Spring in Japan is synonymous with cherry blossoms or sakura (さくら). Our Year 7 students created their own さくら using the art of “kirigami”; a variation of origami that includes cutting paper, rather than solely folding. Together their kirigami contributed to a class さくら tree.
Children’s Day こどもの日
The 5th of May is Children’s Day in Japan. This is an event to celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children. Carp-shaped kites known as koinobori (こいのぼり) are flown; the carp symbolises courage and perseverance. The Japanese Club members created their own miniature こいのぼり using origami paper and straws.
The students performed with commitment, skill and passion and I have been delighted with the reception and thanks that the production has received from many of those who attended. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate those students who performed and also worked behind the scenes to make this show a reality. I also want to express my appreciation for those staff who helped backstage and those who chose to come to the show. Thank you!
Ms I. Lacy, Drama Teacher
Music Camp - May 8 to 10
Music Camp 2019, held in the picturesque location of Serpentine, was a fun-filled adventure for all students who attended. Students had several focused rehearsals with their ensemble teachers and this enabled them to get a head start on new repertoire in preparation for concerts and festivals. We are very grateful to our IMSS staff for attending the camp and running these rehearsals. Outside of rehearsals students participated in team-building games, a movie-night, and a bush walk to see the local kangaroos. Feedback from camp has been overwhelmingly positive and our music students had many laughs, formed new friendships, and improved their musicianship. Additional thanks goes out to Marietta Damos, Carl Lanzel, Bettina Carter and Brody Koelewyn for being there in support of this event.