Senior School News

Senior School News

Gala Day

Senior School students enjoyed Gala Day on a beautiful winter’s afternoon at the end of Term Two. They had an early lunch break and enjoyed a sausage sandwich and drink with their House. After lunch the games commenced, organised and run by the College Captains, Prefects and House Captains and House Vice Captains. This year these included an Egg and Spoon race, Gum Boot throwing, Dodgeball, Tug of War, a Sack race with a difference and a Skipping challenge. The students competed in their Houses against their year group. Thanks to everyone involved, your efforts and contributions made it a fantastic event for our last week of Term Two!

Ms Jodie Liddiard – Coordinator of Pastoral Care


Year 10 Collaborative Challenge!

How can you build a tower to hold as much weight as possible in two periods? Well you need to work smart, work collaboratively and trust your peers to be good at what they do! The Year 10 champions of the Collaborative Challenge this year was Kimberley, Blake and Jaxon. Their tower was the only tower to survive every weight in the workshop and therefore are declared the winners for 2020. The engineering challenges of the future are clearly in good hands. Congratulations!

Mr Gregory Thornton – TAS Coordinator


Students Detect an Earthquake!

Over several years, our Earth and Environmental Science students have built, improved and operated a seismometer. On Thursday morning, 30th July, a spike was visible in the data.

Year 11 EES students calculated the spike occurred 19 994 seconds before downloading data at 10am, corresponding to an event at 4.30am that morning. A check of the Geoscience Australia website revealed the source of our data, a 2.3 magnitude earthquake near Douglas Park at 4.33am.

Mr Sven Barter – Science Coordinator

A Mock Trial Win! 

The recent round via Zoom saw the first competitive action since schools reopened. The College team comprised of Years 10 and 11 students and defeated TIGS by 3 points! 
Mock trialling (also known as mooting) is in its second year at the College, it has had a strong start under the leadership of Ms Ten Kate and students in Years 10 and 11 have proved adept at learning the court room processes involved. The competition involves two teams taking roles in a fictional court room scenario provided by the Law Council of NSW and under the adjudication of a legal professional such as a judge, solicitor or barrister.
In this scenario, students defended a fictional person accused of driving under the influence where the evidence was ambiguous. In the next round the College team will be competing against Woonona Highschool.
Mr Jon Seccombe – HSIE Coordinator

REACH Science Assessment

After sixteen consecutive years of participation in the ICAS Science Competition, Senior School Science will be trying something different in 2020.

ICAS Science is an extraordinarily well written and valuable test of our students’ scientific skills. All of our students have experienced some degree of success in ICAS but it is a global competition and as such, some of the questions are set at a very high level in order to discriminate between the top Science students in NSW and internationally. This provides our elite students with a wonderful opportunity to test their skills in a competitive context at a high level.

In 2020 we’ve been offered an opportunity to trial the REACH Assessment in Years 7-10. REACH assessments are similar to ICAS in style and they assess the same scientific skills but REACH is intended to be more accessible to a wider range of students. It is therefore potentially a more valuable assessment for whole cohorts. The REACH assessment mark will not contribute towards students’ final Science marks in 2020 but teachers may use the feedback provided to inform reporting.

We are encouraging our students to view our 2020 trial of REACH as a valuable opportunity to develop their Science skills. It will also be used to support our other assessments in measuring student progress in Science skills. We will be entering a limited number of students into the ICAS Science Competition later in the year and REACH will inform our selection of students to enter. A thorough review of our REACH trial in 2020 will guide our future participation.

Sample questions and additional information are available on the REACH website. If you have further questions, please contact me at school.

Mr Sven Barter – Science Coordinator

Year 11 on ABC Q&A

Students from Year 11 Economics participated in the ABC’s Q&A when they asked a recorded question of the panel.

The class has been investigating Labour Markets and have been considering the record debt incurred by the government in responding to the economic consequences of the COVID emergency and the plans for how this might be repaid in future years.

Economics is being offered for the first time at the College in 2020. We hope students may elect to also study this further at University as it is a rewarding discipline offering excellent job prospects in both remuneration and diverse potential for employment. Students who undertake this as a career can expect to be placed in highly stimulating environments with an opportunity to influence policy in Australia both in government and in private corporations.

You can view their segment: (28.14 into the broadcast).

Mrs Cheryl Brennan – Economics teacher