Dear Parents, Student, Staff and College Community,
Term 3 is now behind us, as we start to see the beginning of the build up with hopefully some rain sooner rather than later.
The tradition of dedicated CSC teachers giving up their time during the October break to support students with revision programs and assignment completion will continue. A number of staff are providing extra tutoring during the break and I would like to recognise their commitment and hard work in supporting our students. Our staff will continue to give students every opportunity to successfully complete their Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training right up to the moment the final deadline for assignments arrives.
Our Third Year students are with us for 3 more weeks in Term 4, during which time they will be completing exams, final assessments and enjoying the celebrations that come with reaching the final day of senior schooling. Some students will also have external exams to sit and therefore need to continue to be focused until those commitments are completed.
I look forward every year to the mature manner in which our Third Year cohort say goodbye and the dress up day is a CSC highlight. CSC continues to set requirements for the Third Year students to be invited to participate in the end of school activities, including the Awards Evening and Formal. To earn an invitation, Third Year students are required to have maintained a high attendance rate and work ethic. This has been communicated frequently and will be an approach CSC continues to ensure students recognise the high expectations CSC sets.
I will have more to say to our graduating students at their final assembly and the Third Year Awards Evening, but I do, of course, wish our capable, responsible, courageous young adults all the very best as they journey into life beyond school.
While the Third Year cohort is about to depart, school life continues for the rest of us and our First and Second Year students will need to finish the year with as much success as possible to increase their choices for subject selections in 2020.
I had the privilege of being in the audience to watch the final practical performance of our Stage 2 Dance students who presented a specular event. My thanks to the staff involved in supporting our students and those fortunate to be in the audience were able to see the showcase of months of hard work and commitment.
I look forward to the interviews for the incoming 2020 students and also those as part of the subject selection process, which commence early Term 4. If you are aware of students who are looking to join CSC next year, please encourage them to book an enrolment interview as soon as possible and maximise their chances of securing their first choice subjects.
Remember that your feedback is valued and I look forward to the final term of the year and following the success of all of our students.
Around the College
Third Year Community Studies B Art Exhibition
Congratulations to the Third Year Community Studies B Art students for their art exhibition opening held on Thursday, 12 September at the brand new CSC art gallery. It was a fabulous night with a large turnout of parents, carers, friends and community members. Well done everyone!
Imma Claire Elivera - International Science School (ISS) 2019
During the July holidays, I got the once-in-a-life time experience to become 1 of the 2019 scholars of the Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS); that only occurs every 2 years. It gathers 140 top science students from Australia and around the world to participate in lectures by world-renowned scientists and in-depth science activities in and around Sydney University. In 2019, scholars from across Australia, India, UK, USA, China, Japan, and Thailand were chosen based on the criteria of their previous academic achievements, extra-curricular achievements, who they are as person, interest in science and why they would make valuable alumnus of the ISS based of a 500-word personal statement and school recommendation that they were recognized as one of the top science students in their grade. I was fortunate enough to 1 of 5 NT scholars to attend the 2-week program.
Our daily schedule consisted of 2 lectures by world-experts in their respected fields to demonstrate what science with real world application looked like in society and some unexpected life lessons learned from their own personal lives pursuing their passion for science. Guest-speakers ranged from: Australia’s Dr Karl, Jocelyn Bell who discovered pulsars in the universe, and Matt Abbott, the current flight director of NASA that has led 70 of the space missions, and many more. In between lectures, activities that were held by Sydney University that enabled us to experience the process of lab research and have hands-on practice with exclusive equipment to conduct such researches, such as: separating parasite worms from animal waste, extracting DNA from strawberries, witnessing collision of neutrons and protons, and many more. After the lectures and activities, social activities were held for us scholars to bond. This included: movie nights, Sydney Harbour cruise, bush dance, talent night, bowling, Sydney Observatory tour, Taronga Zoo, and many more. The International Science and Engineering Challenge was also held at the end of the first week, which my team (The Prime Numbers/Blue Team) unexpectedly won overall and was able to each bring home a glass trophy to celebrate.
The ISS was truly an unforgettable experience where not only did I learn so many things about the science field and how it requires such a rich diversity of people but also a few life-changing lessons that I will take wherever I go. I made a lot of precious friendships and memories with high school students from around the world. These memories ranging from: unexpected dance and rap skills, the ability to steal each team’s mascots, karaoke during the bus rides, and the hilarious memories from the social activities where the ISS staff remembered that no matter how intelligent we appeared during the lectures and activities, we were still high school students.
I highly recommend applying for this program, as I know everyone that attended definitely benefited in some sort of way. Whether it was suddenly changing future careers, a new-found passion in a new field of science, learning the philosophy and ethics of science, or a change from a personal level.