Archive | June 25, 2013

It’s Academic

This week permission notes were sent home to OC students about the excursion to Foxtel Studios to take part in the Channel 7 television program, It’s Academic. Our recording day has been confirmed for Week 6 next term, Tuesday 20th August. In the lead up to this event we will be practising using example questions from past episodes. Our school will be represented by 15 students (5 teams of 3) plus 2 reserves. Some students have already expressed an interest in preferring to remain behind camera instead of in front. Regardless of this, all students are welcome and encouraged to attend this excursion, cheer on our school, learn about the television production process and enjoy some star treatment in the green room (I wish!). If you have any questions, please let me know. A copy of our permission note is also attached for you below.

It’s Academic excursion note


Super Science!

Today we received a visit from our class scientist Dr Graeme Puxty. It was a terrific session where students got to participate in two exciting science experiments. The first, called Dehydrating Sugar, involved mixing sugar with sulphuric acid. This process caused the oxygen and hydrogen to be sucked out leaving only carbon behind. We ended up with a huge lump of black coal! The second experiment, Coke Can Crush, involved heating an empty coke can with a teaspoon of water in it on a hotplate. When heated the steam pushed the air out of the can. Dr Graeme then turned the can upside down and put it into a tray of water. The steam condensed creating a vacuum, resulting in the can being crushed. Awesome! A big thanks to Dr Graeme for his time and sharing his expertise with our class.

MsArmstrong's dr graeme t2 album on Photobucket

Bag Hooks have arrived!

Today was an exciting day at Tighes Hill with the arrival and installation of bag hooks outside our classrooms! Since the whole school refurbishment several years ago both staff and students have been wanting bag hooks for their belongings and also to keep our school looking tidy. A big thank you to Mr Burgess for installing these for us and to Mr Selwood for making bag hooks a reality!