Congratulations to our super OC who did a fantastic job at the regional Opportunity Class Thinkfest event today! Students have worked so hard this term in preparation for Thinkfest, which is all about problem-solving, team work, research, creativity and innovation. The process has involved researching their topics/problems, creating a skit, writing a script, making a key prop, designing and painting a backdrop, filming a video trailer and maintaining a visual diary of the Thinkfest journey. It’s always such a fun albeit stressful project and students excelled this year with our English team winning their category and our Maths and Science teams receiving Runners Up. We also received lots of certificates for Best Prop, Best Backdrop, Best Visual Diary, Best Script and Best Skit. Well done to Emma who received our school’s medal for Best Thinkfester this year for her outstanding commitment, leadership and team work during the project. What a day! Enjoy a well earned rest tonight OC, I’m so proud of you!
With the Australian Maths Competition coming up early next term, have a look at the images below courtesy of AMT, and see if you can solve the problems…
Click on the images to enlarge them and post your answers in the comments. Good luck!
We’re still taking entries for this year’s ICAS!
The competition closing dates and costs are below. If you haven’t yet entered, there’s still time. Entries for Digital Technologies close this Friday!
Digital Technologies – $9 – entries due by Friday 16th March
Science – $9 – entries due by Friday 6th April
Spelling – $18 – entries due by Friday 6th April
Writing – $19 – entries due by Friday 6th April
English – $9 – entries due by Friday 6th April
Mathematics – $9 – entries due by Friday 6th April
On Wednesday we had lots of fun taking part in the International World Maths Day competition. The competition measured speed in arithmetic and numeracy skills on the Live Mathletics platform over a 48 hour period and was open to all schools around the world. The best part was challenging each other – with several students very pleased at beating the teacher! Well done, OC!
We also helped support UNICEF by earning points by answering questions correctly. These points are then into cash and donated to fund UNICEF supported schools in Zimbabwe, bringing education to children in need. What a great reason to be involved!
This term students have worked hard on a major maths project for the Statistical Society of Australia’s National Schools Poster Competition. This project involved students working in teams to create an informative poster presentation based on the collection and interpretation of data towards addressing a practical research question. Students began by brainstorming a topic of interest, then formulated a hypothesis to address. Some groups created surveys while others collected data or conducted tests. When the data collection was complete, students used Excel to analyse their data and report their findings. Well done everyone, it has been a tremendous amount of work and I’m very proud of your efforts! A special thank you to Dr Elena Prieto-Rodriguez from the University of Newcastle for being our mentor throughout the project.
Well done to all of our Stage 3 students who took part in the Newcastle Permanent Mathematics competition last term. Students received their results at yesterday’s assembly and they performed exceptionally well!
Merits (top 45%) – Dexter, Mika, Jules, Grayson, William, Ty, Chloe & Duncan
Distinctions (top 15%) – Raquel, Hamish, Edie, Noah G, Emma, Fin, Chelsea, Ellen, Eleanor, Liana, Sam & Blade
High Distinctions (top 100 – out of 9,146 year group participants) – Celeste (70th), Amie (97th), Layla (54th), Oscar (12th) & Noah K (5th).
A special mention also to Noah K, whose amazing achievement earned him a District Prize award.
Congratulations to Noah, Connor, Akira, Hunter and Corey who represented our school at the Interschool Chess Challenge State Finals on Thursday in Sydney. The boys played extremely well given the fierce competition and 5am start, placing 7th in NSW. A great achievement, we are all so proud of you! Thank you to all the parents for your support, chaperoning and time.
Congratulations to the OC who were the winners at today’s Science & Engineering Challenge! Students did a fantastic job working through a series of STEM challenges which included bridge building, creating a bionic hand, designing a chair, creating an earthquake-proof tower, wiring a city with electricity and creating secret coded messages to send via fibre optic rods. Well done to everyone for their team work, problem solving and creativity. It’s been a huge week, so enjoy a relaxing weekend!
Congratulations to everyone who had a go in today’s Premier’s Spelling Bee event. It was wonderful to have so many students from our class be brave and give it a shot. It was a tough event, with our 4 top spellers – Emma, Celeste, Noah and Chelsea battling it out for the top spot. Well done to Chelsea who claimed 1st place, followed by Noah in 2nd and Emma and Celeste equal 3rd. Chelsea and Noah will join our Stage 2 winners in representing our school at the regional finals later this term. Certificates for all participants will be awarded at Monday’s assembly. Thank you to the parents and grandparents who came along to watch and support our children today.