There is so much currently happening is Senior School!
Our Year 10, 11 and 12 students are in the final stages of their exams. Year 10 and 11 students have finished their coursework for the year and we are about to commence the Head Start Program to prepare our students for their 2017 studies!
Senior School Exams
To conclude Semester 2 studies, both our Year 10 and 11 students undertake an extensive examination period. During this examination period students complete an exam for each of the semester studies they have undertaken.
Evidence indicates that the more opportunities students have to study for and practice under examination conditions the better prepared they are for the rigors of VCE study and subsequent end of year exams at the conclusion of Year 12. Therefore, this examination period is aimed at equipping our students to gain these vital skills in readiness for their Unit 3 and 4 studies. It also provides the opportunity for our students to consolidate the key knowledge and skills gained over the course of their semester studies.
I would like congratulate our students for the preparation and diligence they demonstrated throughout the Semester 2 examination period.
Each year Scoresby Secondary College runs a Head Start Program to support our Senior School students in getting the most out of their upcoming 2017 studies. We have found that this program appropriately prepares our students for the demands of the year ahead and gives them a great opportunity to get a head start on the completion, in a VCE system that places our students against other students from across the state.
The 2016 program will provide our students with the opportunity to attend numerous classes for each of the studies they will undertake in 2017. Giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their units of study, ask questions of their teachers and begin the coursework in readiness for a big 2017.
During the initial two days of the Head Start Program, time has been allocated for MIPS interviews to take place with selected students. If students have not been asked to attend a MIPS interview during this time, they will not be required at the school. However, if students wish to meet with the Careers Coordinator during this time they will be able to do so, provided they prearrange a meeting time in advance.
To help the program in running smoothly please follow the specified deadlines for returning any indemnity forms to the college in relation to this program
We are look forward to working with all our students throughout the upcoming program as we prepare with excitement for the year ahead!
As from the 18 November 2016, I will be taking Long Service Leave and heading overseas with my family.
Upon my return I will be commencing in a position as Assistant House Leader at Dandenong High School. As such, I would like take to take this opportunity to thank the staff, students and families I have worked with during my 11 years at Scoresby Secondary College.
I have learned countless lesson from so many individuals within the school that will stay with me throughout my career and have been able to come to school each and every day with a passion to see students growing, developing and learning.
Thankyou and farewell Scoresby Secondary College!
Head of Senior School
Forensic Science at KIOSC
Year 10 science students attended a day of Forensic Science at KIOSC on Monday 7 November. They adopted the role of trainee investigators and were given the task of assessing evidence in order to solve a crime. The crime was based on an actual case, however, the names and some events were changed.
Students performed a number of tests which included: analysis of footprints, powders, tyre marks, finger prints, soil and blood. They then had to present their case to the two judges. The discussion that ensued was lively with students becoming immersed in the task.
Infectious diseases - Bacteria vs Humans
On Thursday 27 October, the Year 10 Biology/Psychology class participated in a Webinar organised by Convergence Science Network & John Monash Science School.
This was the third Scientific Convergence and Innovation in Schools Cluster (SCISC) event. SCISC focuses on the promotion of STEM education and its importance in society to drive research, innovation, growth and development.
The presenters were:
- Dr Renae Walsh, Senior Medical Scientist, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. Her scientific expertise is in the fields of virology and protein biochemistry.
- Josh Newson, Graduate Researcher, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity. He is a graduate researcher, working towards a PhD on the molecular mechanisms of Salmonella pathogenesis.
Bacteria are everywhere - they live all around us in the environment, on our skin, and even inside our bodies. Most species of bacteria are harmless to people, and others are even helpful. But some bacteria can cause disease - they infect the cells that make up our bodies, grow to large numbers, and spread on to infect new people. How can microscopic creatures have such a powerful effect on our bodies, on our health, and on our society? Over millions of years they have evolved incredibly specific and powerful tools to take control of our cells. This talk focused on a few different species of bacteria that cause disease in humans. Even though these bacteria infect different parts of our bodies and cause different diseases, their tools and tricks for controlling human cells are very similar. The scientists looked at some of the science and technology behind how they investigate these bacteria, how they uncover their tricks for causing disease, and how they're looking at helping human cells fight back.
Following the presentation by Dr Walsh and Mr Newson online conference attendees were invited to ask questions via the virtual classroom environment using WebEx chat or twitter.
The Year 10 class was very attentive during the session and made the following observations:
- I found out that there’s more than one path you can take to become a scientist. – Marie
- The structure of Salmonella and E.coli are similar and have the same way of inserting themselves into a host. – Mikayla
- Today I learnt that Salmonella digs itself into cells and makes a protective pocket. – Dylan
- The field will never stop doing what it does because bacteria keeps changing and becoming immune. – Aaron
- Scientists work collaboratively across the world. – Jacob
- I found out how Salmonella and E.coli work. – Evan
- I discovered that equipment used in these fields can be extremely expensive ($200,000 plus) and it’s a lot of work to apply for a grant. – Jake
- Does Salmonella kill in large numbers? – Chris
- I learnt about bacteria. – Joel
- The infection rate of Hepatitis B is greater in the very young as a child’s immunity is still growing. – Jazmin
- Bacteria adapts and becomes immune to antibiotics. – Joel
- Salmonella can be passed on in salads if proper hygiene is not followed. – Kirrily
Science & Year 11 Coordinator