I would like to thank our families who helped host the students from our sister school in Japan, Hadano High School. The visitors had an exciting time and thrived on the hospitality of CSC and our host families. It was amazing to see our students and the Hadano students overcoming the language and cultural divide and connecting so quickly. I would also like to acknowledge the work of Dawnie Tagala, Peter Ralph and Reiko Kawai for making the visit possible. Our students are getting excited for their return visit back to Japan early next year.
The noticeable change in the weather indicates the Dry Season is coming to an end, which also signifies a buildup in workloads for students and staff, especially our Third Year students. What can parents and caregivers do to support students during this time? Finding the balance between giving students space and support is one way to assist your sons and daughters with managing stress. Providing reassurance, support and a sense of perspective is a good starting point. You can also encourage students to get organised, eat healthily, sleep well and undertake some physical activity each day to get the endorphins flowing to help reduce stress. If needed, the College has a strong student wellbeing support team, so please contact the relevant Year Coordinator or our Counsellor if you feel your son or daughter needs additional support.
Thank you to all those parents who have relocated to using the Moil Street car park for student drop offs and pickups and a reminder for others that the Parer Drive car park is not to be used for student drop off or pickups. We appreciate your continual input to make improvements to this process and will be implementing some new signage and give way signs to improve overall traffic flow for the new pick up and drop off space.
Our journey to continue to provide the best opportunities for our students continues with the changes we implemented in 2018 are now in full swing. We have seen a growing number of Second Year students pick up Stage 2 subjects which will greatly reduce their stress and assist them in planning pathways for Third Year. This gives students longer to achieve their NTCET, allows some students to accelerate quicker through their NTCET while providing more choice in subjects for students across all year levels.
A reminder that the ‘Your opinions matter – The NT School Survey’ are now live.
Casuarina Senior College values the feedback from our students and families. We welcome and encourage you to share your opinions about school performance, culture and services by participating in the NT School Survey.
The survey opens from Monday 12 August to Friday 30 August and is an opportunity for us to hear from you about your school experience for you and your child.
The School Survey is anonymous, simple and easy to access, taking 10-20 minutes to complete. It can be conducted online by simply following the link below.
The results of the survey will help inform the College about your experiences and provide valuable information about what it is doing well and where it can improve.
Around the College
Stage 1 Indonesian
On Tuesday 6 August, Bapak Vikar, a professional dancer from Banda Aceh, along with Ibu Mira, Ibu Mila and Ibu Shena from the Darwin Indonesian Consulate, visited CSC to share Acehnese dances, songs and language with our Stage 1 Indonesian class.
Students studied the Ratoh Jaroe dance. This can be viewed via the link below.
Students also had an opportunity to play the Taktok Trieng and Sarune Kalee, both traditional instruments of Aceh made from Jackfruit wood. The visit highlighted the strong bond CSC shares with the Indonesian Consulate and broader Indonesian community.
In celebration of Science Week in Week 4, students participated in a range of fun and interesting activities at Break 1 and Break 2 each day. Activities included:
- Projectile Basketball Shot Challenge
- Drawing the Solar System down the Breezeway
- Pin the Rocket on the Moon
- How Far Can You Whisper
- And an after-school activity of SCINEMA, featuring screenings of varying science-related films.
Hadano CSC Visit 2019
Hadano High School returns to CSC for their annual visit to their sister school in Darwin.
Their students and staff were treated to the uniquely NT lifestyle including a visit to the NT Wildlife Park, Leanyer Waterpark, The Parliament House and The Crocosaurus Cove. Guests also attended classes at CSC to experience life as a student in Darwin. In turn, the visitors prepared cultural sessions for their CSC hosts and buddies comprising of Japanese lessons, ramen and sushi making, Japanese traditional games, origami making and yukata wearing. Tearful goodbyes were shed at the culmination of their visit but the anticipation of the Japan Winter Cultural Trip 2020 gives them something precious to look forward to.
If you are interested in hosting Hadano students in their next visit and/or in joining the next Japan trip, please send your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hadano Clontarf Visit
Monday 19 August provided an opportunity for Eight Clontarf students to give an Australian Rules Football education session to the Handano visitors at the College oval.
The Clontarf students demonstrated the required skills of the popular sport, including kicking, handballing, marking and goal kicking in which the visitors tried their best at performing each skill. The session concluded with a goal kicking competition. The lucky Hadano students who kicked accurately for goal were rewarded with the footbals as a memento of their visit to the Clontarf Academy.
The Science and Engineering Challenge
The Science and Engineering Challenge returned to Darwin in Week 1 this term. The Top End secondary schools battled it out as part of the nation-wide STEM competition to see who could construct the strongest bridge, most agile model hand and most efficient city power plan, amongst other activities.
The CSC Centre for Excellence Students rose to the occasion as always, coming top of all the senior schools and second place overall.
Our all-female bridge-building team took out joint first position, with their bridge withstanding every stress tests until finally succumbing to the infamous ‘bridge-buster’.
Congratulations C4E Health and STEM students!
Stage 2 Outdoor Ed: The Northern Quoll by Jordan Wright
Australia’s northern quoll, one of the world’s rarest carnivores, it has developed a feeding habit that puts its very existence in jeopardy. It is the size of a small cat that approximately weighs 240 – 1120 g. The tiny marsupials diet consist of smaller invertebrates such as spiders, beetles and cane toads, they also tend to feed off dead carcases. The northern quoll lives in the most northern parts of Australia living in tree hollows, log hollows and rocky areas. The average lifespan of a quoll is from 2 to 5 years which is significantly low with smaller quolls having shorter lifespans compared to larger quolls. The northern quoll is categorised as a critically endangered species with the numbers in northern quolls rapidly declining, they are on the brink of extinction.
Ecology of the Northern Quoll
Northern quolls are nocturnal predators of invertebrates and vertebrates (invertebrates don’t have a back bone and vertebrates have a backbone), their diet consists of small mammals, reptiles, fruit, carrion, birds and large insects. The northern quoll is omnivorous, virtually always including insects in their diet but also consuming a wide range of vertebrates and fleshy fruits when they are copious. The consumption of plants peak in March-April, the consumption of vertebrates peaked in July-August and invertebrate consumption peaked during September-February. Both sexes showed a similar pattern of seasonal variation when it came to food consumption. Northern quolls become sexually mature at the age of one, the mating seasons are from June to September. Males will often use most of their time and energy to fight off other males and in most cases the losing male will not survive and will not breed for a second year. Females will raise a litter with an average of 8 younglings. During the nursery period, females used more termite mounds for shelter when they have young, and less log dens and rocky areas. Northern quolls will create themselves den using recourses from their habitat such as leaves and bark to nest, females den themselves in tree hollows, hollow logs and rock crevices.
Threats to the Northern Quoll
Northern quoll populations have declined for various reasons such as introduced and invasive species, fire patterns and introduced species. Quolls appear to have been declining in the NT for at least several decades and have a varying list of threats which contribute to the rapid loss of the species. Feral cats are the main impact of the species loss. The medium sized predator is known for killing off native species, cats alone in Australia kill roughly 75 million native species daily. The northern quoll are also vulnerable to cane toads. Cane toads are an introduced species which have an extremely large impact on native wildlife. Frogs are a main food source for the quolls. When quolls mistake toads for frogs, they ingest the poison from the toad, which more often than not leads to the death of the quoll. They also compete with quolls for food and shelter. Fires can destroy den sites and vegetation and decrease the availability of prey for the quolls. A change in the frequency or type of fire can affect quolls. Fires reduce ground cover and hence shelter for small mammals making it hard for the quoll to live and find
Conservation for the Northern Quolls
The northern quoll is currently classified as endangered by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) due to all of the predatory activities involving the northern quoll. In 2005 it was listed as endangered under Australian Commonwealth legislation (EPBC Act). A major threat to the quoll in the northern and western portion of its range is the spread of cane toads many other native Australian species are poisoned after eating or mouthing cane toads the northern quoll is part of that category. Cane toads were originally introduced in Queensland, but have now spread towards the Northern Territory, including Kakadu National Park and Darwin. Immediately after cane toad raided Kakadu, quolls became extinct at one study site and declined from 45 individuals. The northern quoll may cease to exist in most areas in the Northern Territory once the cane toad population over took the northern quoll's range. AWC (Animal Welfare Committee) works to reduce the impacts of cat predation by improving ground cover, by applying fire management to reduce the frequency of widespread late season fires. AWC’s taste aversion training project in the Kimberley aims to prevent the extinction of northern quoll populations by teaching quolls to avoid cane toads. The program allows quolls to taste smaller cane toads to help them teach their pups to avoid eating cane toads, and in return reduce the amount of cane toad related deaths.
The northern quoll is a huge contributing mammal for the Australian wildlife. They happen to be one of the world’s rarest carnivore species and, they help clean up dead animal carcasses. Their diet places the northern quoll on the endangered species list due to eating cane toads. Although the current research notes that there is a rapid decline in the species due to various components, more information needs to be made available to educate the public about the loss of a native species and what they can do to help prevent it. The conservation camp is doing an amazing job at teaching quolls the dangers of eating cane toads but the loss from predatory action is still an issue that needs to be recognized the changed. Fire patterns destroy quolls homes, leaving the quoll exposed to larger predators. Clearly more action is needed to help with conservation efforts to save the northern quoll.
Northern Territory Literary Awards
On Wednesday 24 July, winners of the 2019 Northern Territory Literary Awards were announced and presented with their prizes at the Northern Territory Library.
Jacob Fajzullin (CSC teacher) won the CDU Essay award, with his essay titled The Effects of Online Sexual Activity on Adolescent Development and its Implications for Northern Territory Middle and Secondary Schools.
Thomas Midena was also the shortlisted for the Brown Mart Theatre Award, with his submission titled Not all Dreams Wear Capes.
Congratulations to both candidates on their success, you’ve done the College very proud.