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ICAS Science & Digital Technologies

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s ICAS Science and Digital Technologies competitions. Students received their certificates today at our weekly assembly and there were some very impressive results!

Science

Participation – Grayson, Ty, Ember, Eleanor (top 49%) and Blade (top 49%)

Merits – Eliza (top 37%), Griffin (top 43%), Duncan (top 43%) and Amie (top 43%)

Credits – Celeste (top 19%), Chelsea (top 32%), Fin (top 12%), Dexter (top 32%), Emma (top 21%) and Sam (top 30%)

Distinctions – Raquel (top 5%), William (top 8%), Oscar (top 2%) and Noah K (top 2%). Principal Awards to Noah K and Oscar!

Digital Technologies

Participation – Eliza, Ty and Fin (top 50%)

Merits – Duncan (top 45%)

Credits – Emma (top 19%), Raquel  (top 26%), Grayson (top 19%), Jayden (top 34%), William (top 13%), Amie (top 26%), Ember (top 20%), Griffin (top 20%), Blade (top 20%), Eleanor (top 36%) and Sam (top 36%)

Distinctions – Dexter (top 8%), Celeste (top 6%) and Oscar (top 2%)

High Distinction & Principal’s Award – Noah K (top 1%)

Tasty Science

This term we have been learning all about the Solar System and Space and this week we all enjoyed a rather delicious lesson about the moon. Have a look at our photos below of students replicating the phases of the moon using Oreos. Students also have an optional homework task of completing a Moon Tracker for a month.

Planetarium visit

To tie in with our Science unit this term on the Solar System, Mrs Bowman has organised a terrific opportunity for all our students with an incursion to the Planetarium. The OC’s visit is booked in for Tuesday 30th May (next week) so please ensure your note and payment has been returned. It’s going to be out of this world!

Thinkfest Success!

Congratulations to the OC who did a wonderful job at our Thinkfest event today. Excellent performances, team work and enthusiasm from all groups and lots of awards! If you would like to watch students perform their skits, our English and Visual Arts group will be performing at our Week 7 assembly and our Science and Maths group will perform at our Week 8 assembly.

Well done to our Visual Arts group – Griffin, Ember, Sia, Eleanor, Elsie, Eliza and Layla (who did an amazing job stepping in for Eliza today) – who were the overall winners in their category and also won Best Backdrop, Best Visual Diary, Best Script and Best Skit Solution. 

Well done to our English group – Sophia, Celeste, Mila, Cai, Freya, Chloe and Layla – who won Best Backdrop, Best Script and Best Video Trailer.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell done to our Maths group – Vincent, Calvin, Ty, Patrick, Sachin, Oscar, Blade and Zander – who won Best Backdrop, Best Performance Skills and Highly Commended for Teamwork.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWell done to our Science group – Sam, Jarvis, Liana, Sam, Elijah, Noah and Duncan – who won Best Backdrop, Best Script and Highly Commended for Teamwork. 

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Year 5 STEM Festival

Well done to the Year 5 students who attended yesterday’s Hunter Valley STEM Festival to compete in the Jaguar Primary School Challenge for 2016. Students headed off first thing in the morning to the Forum at the University of Newcastle to race their model Jaguar race cars that they have been busy designing, constructing, and modifying for the past 2 weeks. This has been a fantastic opportunity for students to experience another application of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills and for them to be part of their own mini pit crew. Students were put into teams consisting of a ManagerEngineer, and Graphic Designer. They worked together to develop a design for their Jaguar race car and research modifications that could be made to add wings and spoilers that could potentially give their Jaguar an advantage on the track. Yesterday, students were able to see how well their modifications had worked by placing their cars on a tether line and inserting a compressed CO² canister into the back of their Jaguar. Students then had the challenge of trying to achieve the best reaction time possible at the start line as their Jaguars zoomed down the track. Students were also able to look at a host of interactive exhibits from High School challenges.

Congratulations to the Melissa McCARthys team who scored the best reaction time and race time for Tighes Hill! Here are photos and videos from the day. Enjoy!​

Mini EV Festival

Well done to everyone who came along to Cameron Park Raceway yesterday to participate in the Mini EV Festival! What a great day – it was wonderful to see the sun shining and lots of families, friends and puppies come out to support us! I was so proud of the fantastic effort all our students made during this project, working on their carts, making team shirts and exhibiting enthusiastic team spirit. A huge thank you to our wonderful volunteer, Bob, who helped us each week with this project. Enjoy the photos below.

It’s Raining Eggs!

We completed our STEM Spectacular this afternoon with a combined Stage 3 activity – The Egg Drop Challenge! Students weegg dropre tasked with designing and making a contraption to support an egg (yes, a raw one) during a high drop. Thanks for your efforts and generosity donating recyclable materials for the challenge. There were lots of interesting items, including plastic bags, balloons, bubble wrap, cardboard, foam, bottles and boxes! It was great to see lots of creative and innovative designs and many secure contraptions that helped their egg land safely. Thank you to Mrs Bowman for organising this wonderful activity for us today!

STEM Spectacular!

stemWhat a fabulous way to celebrate Education Week today! Despite the miserable weather, it was great to see so many grandparents, parents, friends and family attend our STEM classroom activities and shared lunch! Congratulations to our Year 5/6 students who were undoubtedly the stars of the day. I was so proud of the wonderful job our students did presenting their activity for our younger grades and our many visitors. Thank you to everyone who came along today and supported this terrific event! Check out the photos below of our mini-scientists in action…

ICAS Science

Well done to everyone who took part in this year’s ICAS Science competition. We had many students take part and this year’s papers were 300-px-2000px-Science-symbol-2-copyquite comprehensive and challenging so it was great to see students do their best. Students received their certificates at our assembly today. Well done to Ty, Elsie, Sophia, Freya, Eleanor and Eliza (top 47%) who each received a Participation certificate. Great work to Celeste (top 41%) and S Willson (top 41%) who achieved Merits. Well done to Oscar (top 15%), Duncan (top 24%), Griffin (top 19%), Blade (top 19%), Sachin (top 15%), Sia (top 33%) and Vincent (top 21%) who all achieved Credits. Lastly, congratulations to S Walsh who achieved a Distinction for placing in the top 6% and to Noah who excelled, earning a High Distinction for placing in the top 1% and was also awarded the Principal’s Award. Wow!

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