Senior School News
Year 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh students completed an 18km expedition on Friday, travelling from Helensburgh Station to Otford Lookout (return). We were blessed with a beautiful (albeit windy) day on the track, with students visiting sights such as the Hacking River, Garrawarra Farm, Burning Palms Beach and the Palm Jungle. Students had the opportunity to consolidate their map reading skills in preparation for their Qualifying journey in Term Four.
Mr Nathan Alterator – Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator
Science is an empirical subject. That means our learning is based on observations and measurements. Earth and Environmental Science is best taught and learned by getting out into the field and directly examining the Earth and the Environment, so that’s what we did last Saturday, visiting several local sites of geological interest during a field trip that’s become known as Rock Safari. Sites visited included Carrington Falls, Minnamurra River and Bombo Quarry.
Our final stop was a spectacular frozen lava tube near East’s Beach, where the students took great pride in spotting the feature without needing (much) direction! Our only regret was our inability to stop at the Robertson Pie shop due to COVID precautions!
Mr Sven Barter – Coordinator of Science
Years 11 and 12 Design and Technology students enjoyed an incursion. Patrick Peardon (alumni 2011) winner of the iAccelerate Business and Innovation Design Award in 2019 for ‘BATLOC’ a fully patented mobile safe which ensures maximum security for the tradie’s battery and charger. His journey from student to entrepreneur and designer had the students’ captivated.
Lauren Smee (sister of Mitchell in Year 11) shared her story of becoming a Materials Engineer with BlueScope Steel. From a young graduate to project manager and having experienced being part of the engineering team to select Australia’s new submarines, her passion for learning and taking every opportunity was inspiring.
Mr Gregory Thornton – TAS Coordinator
The Senior School Chess Team represented the College in the fourth round of the Country Secondary Schools Chess Competition v Nowra High School. This round took place online again and all students played well with determination to challenge our opponents. Unfortunately, Nowra High School were triumphant on the day. Congratulations to the following students for representing the College well – Jamie Smith, Oscar McAdam, Samuel McLennan as well as Andrew Schumacher.
Mrs Cassie Garrett – Teacher in Charge Chess