Q-NEWS

15 July 2019
Issue Two
From the Principal
Chaplaincy News
Theatre Studies
3in6 Film Competition
Biggest Morning Tea       
Congratulations Sera Smith
Debating
Drama
Engineers without Borders
International Student Garden
Year 10 Girls Physical Education 
Year 11 Legal Studies
Mathematics
Physics
Pyjama Day fundraiser
Sports
Science Talent Search  
Treadmill Challenge
Year 10 Pathways
Kew High School
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From the Principal

During this term there were so many opportunities for students to really challenge themselves, to be their best, to be above mediocre. Some however, decided to just cruise.

Metamorphoses allowed students to think outside the square, to put on a production like no other. They transformed the Theatre, building a pool and adding their own interpretation to the Greek myths. Students learnt many life skills, from practical hands on skills to working in a team. They worked collaboratively and creatively.  As Michael Brandt stated, “What they created is something that

 

few schools or even professional theatre companies would ever attempt”.

At the mid-year concert, we showcased our music students- from those just beginning in the band to the highly skilled members of the senior guitar ensemble, senior strings and senior concert band. Some students stepped forward to play a solo in front of the live audience. Each one of the students pushed themselves and took a risk.

The research tells us that we should all break out of our comfort zones at some stage, even though it is not easy to do as we are making ourselves vulnerable. It is hard to kick your brain out of your comfort zone

 

but by doing so you give yourself a chance to increase productivity, harness your creativity and deal with change - something which occurs throughout life for us all.

We need to move from what we are used to through the fear of failure; of ridicule and of making mistakes; and the feeling of panic which comes from dealing with the unusual – all in order to grow. The advice put forward by experts is to stretch your boundaries, move from the familiar but take time to return to your routines and reflect on the process.

 

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Chaplaincy News

Greeting from the School Chaplain

Term 2 has been a fantastic 10 weeks; there have been a wide variety of programs for students to take part in. These programs have included the ANZAC day services and the Chaplaincy Dinner.

The Year 7 Peer Support Program came to a close for another year at the end of term 1. Over Semester 1 the 40 peer support leaders have worked hard to help integrate the year 7 students into high school life. The   program   finished   with  a new exciting event - a colour run. The students ran a two km course while the Peer Support leaders    covered    them    in coloured powder.

 

Chaplaincy Fundraising Dinner –    Thank you to everyone who supported the Annual Chaplaincy Dinner held on Friday 31st May. 110 people attended the dinner which raised over $8500 towards the costs of employing the school chaplain. The dinner was held in the school’s VCE Centre - an excellent location for a night of fun and celebration. On the night we were entertained by the Kew High School Jazz Band and served by students and SRC leaders. The dinner was generously supported by the local businesses in Kew who donated thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes for the auction and raffle. Thank you again to everyone who helped make the dinner a huge success, special thanks to the Friends of Chaplaincy Committee, Staff and Helen Hendley who helped cook the soup and desserts for the evening. The Dinner definitely is a wonderful evening full of music, food and community. Watch out for the event next year.

KHS remembers the ANZACS – As the chaplain I had the privilege this year to work with the school leaders to organise the Anzac Day Commemorations. On Wednesday 24th April the Captains, Dean Damevski and Alan Whitehead, lead the school Anzac service which was attended by the Hon Josh Frydenberg (Federal Member for Kooyong), Tim Smith (State Member for Kew) and members of Yarra Bend Rotary Club, Kew High School Council, Q Network and the Friends of Chaplaincy Committee.

Theatre production a great way to learn – This term we have enjoyed the opportunity to present a number of great theatre productions and guest speakers at the school. Cyberia (for year 8 students) which focused on cyberbullying; Batyr (for year 11 students) which focused on mental health; and Verbal Combat (for year 7 students) with a focus on bullying. Students love the experience of learning in this creative way.

If you would like to find out more about school chaplaincy, or are willing to become involved with the chaplaincy committee or as a volunteer in the second-hand uniform and book shop, please contact the school chaplain.

Rosemary Carter – School Chaplain

Theatre Studies

Firstly, in alignment with the VCAA Theatre Studies Study Design for Unit 3 Area of Study 1, students had to complete a practical assessment in which they interpret a script for performance to an audience. Students were challenged to work collaboratively, creatively and imaginatively on the development of the production of Jane Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses. Students  choose two roles from a list of acting, direction, design activities to specialise in throughout the process. Including theatre make up, production properties, set design and construction, lighting design, costume design or sound design. The process is then broken into three phases where the students are assessed on planning, development and presentation.

In the planning phase, students create an individual and creative interpretation of the script through their specific production role, influenced by research into the context of the play and suggested theatrical styles. From there the development phase began. Students began to work collaboratively to create a unified vision of the script. Practical activities begin, such as the making and trialing of sound effects, until the desired production    vision   of Metamorphoses is achieved for  the final presentation phase and students are assessed on their production roles in a performance setting.

Anyone that knows me also knows how incredibly passionate I am about this subject. Theatre Studies is one of those unique subjects that not only pushes students to their creative limits, but also galvanises friendships and results in class members becoming a family rather than just a class. The last seven years teaching this subject have been some of the fondest memories of my career, which is entirely due to the amazing young thespians I've had the pleasure of working with. It is the way they have always trusted me to guide

them through the incredibly difficult process of producing a full scale piece of theatre; it is the way that they have embraced and celebrated the differences of all members within the class; it is the way they have professionally presented themselves on stage; but most importantly it is huge amount of fun we've had along the way.

This year's group have been nothing short of amazing! Their work ethic, dedication and the

way that they have invested themselves in the ethos of this subject has been inspiring to watch. What they created throughout this process was something that few schools or even professional theatre companies would ever attempt, but they did it without ever questioning whether or not they'd be able to. This confidence and enthusiasm resulted in what audiences were lucky enough to witness over the course of three nights; something I’m sure they'll never forget!

It must be recognised that without the amazing group of students that made up our crew, this show would not be possible. The theatre technology team did a wonderful job in sourcing and organising sound, music and lighting design that enhanced and supported the theatricality of ‘Metamorphoses’. Behind the scenes they also had dedicated stage managers who ensured all was flowing smoothly on stage, sometimes improvising to find a creative solution to any unexpected problems.

Thank you to everyone who helped us along the way and ,most importantly, thank you to everyone that came to watch.

Michael Brandt

3in6 Film Competition

Hollywood AND Cannes comes to Kew High school again!

Kew High school got a taste of Hollywood and Cannes when it once again ran the annual 3in6 film competition on the 23rd May. This competition is an important date for many students and some unlikely teacher ‘actors’. This year over 100 students participated in the competition, in which students have approximately six hours to make a three minute film. The students are required to form small groups - production teams - and write, rehearse, shoot and edit a short film incorporating the clues provided at the beginning of the day. This year’s clues were revealed in a short film directed by Mr Danny Gesundheit, edited by Mr Huu Tran, and starring Mr.Craig Metcher and Mr.Xavier Ndour. The clues were: Myki card and FOMO (Fear of Missing Out). By the end of the day, an incredible 24 films were submitted for judging! The winners and prizes will be revealed in a ceremony and screening in the first week of term 3 in the library. Make sure you don’t miss this! A big thank you must go to the support team behind the day including  Mr.Bennett, Mr.Tran, Mr. Ferretti, Mr.Whitney and Ms.De Leon. Thank you to our superb actors, Mr.Metcher and Mr.Ndour. Thank you also to the judges of the films who volunteer their time to watch them. They include the 3in6 team as well as Mr.Crawford and Ms.Bartosy. Thank you also to Ms.Entwisle for continuing to support and encourage this great event. Finally, thank you to all of the students who were involved on the day. You make this event possible with your enthusiasm, creativity, sense of fun and your wonderful behavior. See you at the Oscars. Oops, the lunchtime ceremony!

3in6 team!

 

Biggest Morning Tea       

On the 23rd of May, Kew High took part in Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea by selling an assortment of homemade sweets and treats to students and staff at lunchtime. It involved a huge effort from our student leaders who baked over 30 different desserts, whilst hot  chocolate was provided by Ms Carter, all available at a low price. The abundance of sugar delighted students and was at a quality high enough to make George Calombaris drool. A total of $501.30 was raised, all to be donated to the Cancer Council to provide life-saving research, prevention, support programs and information. A huge thank you to all our student leaders who baked and contributed on the  day.

 

Hosting a tea is a fun and rewarding way...

We have a long-standing tradition at Kew. It began well over a decade ago. A small group of staff co ordinated our  coming  together around the tables in the staff room for the Biggest Morning Tea as a fund raiser for Cancer. Sadly one of those original staff members, Cathy Volpe, has since died of cancer. We have all been touched by cancer during our lives and this occasion provides us all with the opportunity to gather round, offer warmth, support, strength and positivity, reflect for a moment on life and remember those we know who have passed away or are having treatment. This year staff donated $846.60 to this very worthy cause. Hopefully efforts like ours will make a difference, improve detection and treatment and assist with the  research to find the causes and provide the cures.

 

Congratulations Sera Smith

Congratulations Sera Smith

Sera Smith, a Year 9 student, has been awarded an Indigenous Scholarship to the St. Kilda AFL Football Club as part of the Club’s Next Generation Academy program.

The AFL Next Generation Academies (NGA’s) are a joint initiative between the AFL and AFLClubs aimed at the attraction, retention and development of all talented players (male & female) whilst growing participation in the under- represented segments of our community. A key objective of the NGA’s is to increase the talent pool of multicultural and indigenous players.

 

This will be Sera’s first year playing AFL and we wish her all the best for the year ahead.

Debating

Throughout Term 2, the Kew High School Debating teams have been working hard preparing for and competing in debates in the DAV regional competition. Debaters have developed their critical thinking and logic skills, and improved significantly their ability to think on their feet, especially when writing rebuttal arguments. Working in a team is an essential part of debating, and it has been wonderful to watch members of all teams collaborate with and support one another while preparing for competitions, as well as during the sometimes stressful debates themselves.

Our B Grade team were victorious in their first secret topic debate in May, where they had only an hour to plan a debate arguing ‘that new buildings should have to pass a beauty test.’ Our 6 D grade teams, made up of students from year 7 and 8, have won a number of debates, with many others losing by only a point or two. Topics debated this term include ‘that we should abolish standardised testing (eg. NAPLAN)’ and ‘that convicted criminals should not be allowed to publish accounts of their crimes’. Several students have been named ‘best speaker’ by the adjudicator of their debates, after receiving the top score for their debating matter, manner, and method. Students awarded best speaker include Robert Garner, Elizabeth Rogers, Sunday Booth, Leo Lewi-Smith, Ferdinand Faeth, and James Pringle.

Teams will participate in one more debate in term 3 before the end of the regional competition. Well done to all those who participated.

Expect more public speaking events and opportunities in semester 2

 

Drama

Year 9 Drama

On the 11th of June, twenty one Year Nine Drama students took part in the annual ‘Drama Victoria Theatre Festival’ at Billanook College. The festival, which is in its 5th year, is open to Year Nine and Ten students across the state, and is designed as a forum to discuss and engage in drama and performance in a professional setting. The students begun their journey by working with a number of other schools at Deakin University at the  beginning  of  the  term. The students then worked diligently for seven weeks to devise and create an original theatre piece inspired by Robyne Latham’s artwork ‘Remembering  empty Coolamans’. http://www.robynelatham.com/ Up against some tough competition - we were the only state school involved in this part of Melbourne - the students piece entitled ‘Lost

Cause’ focused on a modern investigation of the legacy of the ‘White Australia Policy’ and how removing influential mentors and parental figures can lead to a negative outcome.

The students’ final piece was ultimately the most complex and genuinely funny of the cluster. As the largest group competing we managed to balance the inclusion of a spectrum of ideas as well as providing a clear message firmly centred on the stimulus. An excellent outcome for a talented and vibrant group of students!

Year 10 Drama

NARRATOR . What we are going to do for you right now is return these fairy tales to their original glory. We have assembled the greatest troupe of actors the world has ever seen and we – (Actor emerges, halfway in costume, scratching himself)

ACTOR. I thought there was supposed to be catering back here?

NARRATOR. There is like a beef thing somewhere ACTOR. Where?

NARRATOR. I don’t know, in the back somewhere ACTOR. Is there anything to drink?

NARRATOR. No

On the 13th of June the Year 10 Drama class channelled their favourite Monty Python cast member to present the mad capped antics of Don Zolidis’s ‘The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon’. The play, chosen by the students, was unique opportunity to celebrate both the beginning and end of an exciting theatrical journey.

After honing their skills through the junior and middle school program the performance was possibly the last time some students will choose to take to the stage. While for other students it is a platform for them to take the next step into the sophisticated and rewarding world of VCE Theatre Studies. No matter what path the students are about to take, the night represented a significant achievement.

A One Act play is a big jump from the 15 minute devised performance that they completed in Year Nine. Student took a hands-on approach, involving themselves on every facet of the production;  in fact on the night no teachers were present backstage! The students organised and operated the theatre tech, organised and painted sets, designed costumes and wrote extra material, offering up a plethora of creative ideas that made their way to the stage and foyer.

The performance itself was spectacular, reflecting the students’ talent and hard work.

Congratulations to all involved!

Stuart Crawford  -  Drama Teacher

Engineers without Borders

Over the second week of May, we were lucky enough to have all our Year 7 science classes participate in a workshop run by the Monash University chapter of Engineers without Borders.

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) is a member- based, community organisation that creates social value through engineering. Through partnership and collaboration, they focus on developing skills, knowledge and appropriate engineering solutions particularly within third world environments. Their School Outreach program sends teams of trained EWB volunteers into schools to run creative, hands-on workshops designed to open young people’s minds to the challenges facing developing countries. They also highlight career options available to engineers and technical professionals and the power of humanitarian engineering to create positive change.

The workshop, Water Filtration - how we create clean water systems, was based on their Cambodian program and linked to our present Science unit, Separating Mixtures. Students were assigned into teams, given a design brief and working within certain resource and budgetary constraints designed and built a simple water purification system.

Here are a few student reflections

On Wednesday the 8th of May, the Engineers without borders taught us how to make a simple water cleaner. They each gave groups a certain amount of money and what country you were. Depending on how wealthy that country was, that determined how much money you had, an example being my group who was Ethiopia with only $20 (the least amount of money given, second poorest being Vietnam  with$40). Then we had to follow the instructions on the sheet they gave us on what materials we would need to buy for the construction of the filter, unfortunately the poorer countries couldn’t read making it much harder. We could ask for money from richer groups but majority of them wouldn’t give anything. After a lot of begging to no avail we started to buy, we got what we could Fortunately halfway through buying we found $20 dropped on the floor buy a richer country, this helped greatly because it doubled our starting amount of money. To make the filter we used a mixture of many things, like the frame of the filter, which was half a water bottle upside down, so the filtered water could come out where the lid usually was. With no instructions beside for the diagram, we bought rocks and sand, along with a few other things and put them in. While pouring the sand in, majority of it got to the bottom, which would and did make the water foggier since it was the last thing the water would pass through. After construction, the Engineers poured the very mucky dark water in each bottle. The result was surprising due to the fact our water was very similar, and in some cases even lighter than the richer  countries water. Overall, the activity was fun, and we got to learn numerous things about things engineers do and what type of engineers there are, like mechanical or civil engineering. Personally, I thought It was an amazing way to show engineering and I would definitely do it again.

Liam 7D

We learned about the different kinds of engineering, like mechanical, aero dynamic and robotic. Engineers Without Borders in the USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs but it also incorporates other wealthy countries, like Australia. Engineering without borders (EDW) makes it possible for people to live more easily and comfortably because we allow people to do more, with better certainty, less effort, less consuming of material resources and less energy. Therefore, we did an experiment about draining water, which showed us making the water filtration out of only a few resources. We were given a sheet and money on the sheet there was our country name (Indonesia)   and   were   given only$50. I know that seems only a littleamount, but other countries balance was only $20 but then again there was the occasional countries with higher amounts. On the sheet wasn’t only our country name it was accompanied on the sheet by the prices to all the martials we were given. Surprisingly we won for the cleanest water of course you could not drink out of it but it was still the cleanest water.

Stella 7D

They did really well on explaining what we had to do and having a great learning environment by making the activities lots of fun. I learnt so many new things and I would love to do the activity again.

Jade C. 7D

In this incursion, we learnt multiple things. First we learned about the different types of engineers such as a Mechanical engineer and a Civil Engineer. We then moved onto the main part of the incursion, making a filter. We were given different amounts of fake money and a bottle each. We could then “buy” our materials to make the filter. I learnt a lot about how filters work and really enjoyed the incursion as a whole.

Harrison O. 7H

I really enjoyed the Engineers Without Borders program because we got to work in groups and tried something different. I also liked how we had certain challenges within the main challenge e.g. the budget that we had, the price difference for the countries and the language barrier for some groups. Plus, I liked how we had to plan first so you are prepared for jobs and tasks. I liked the introduction to the lesson because they gave us some good information on engineers and what type of engineers there are and what they do. I also liked that they were there so they could give us one on one advice in person.

Fintan 7D

International Student Garden

International Student Garden

This term Vincent Wu (Year 12), Harry Nguyen (Year 12), Alice Chen (Year 11) and Cathy Liu (ELC) assisted Phillip, the Maintenance Officer, to change over the garden beds from summer crops to winter vegetables. This required harvesting the tomatoes, beans, zucchinis, cucumbers, eggplants, silverbeet and spaghetti squash. There were also supporting crops of corn and sunflowers. The raised beds were dug over with compost and pine bark mulch added.
The students sowed seeds in propagating trays which were placed on heat trays. Germination took place quickly then they were later planted in the vegetable beds. The season changed from warm and dry to cold and wet, so growth has been slow.

Last spring a plantation of corn, beans and pumpkin was put in near the VCE locker bays. This system is known as The Three Sisters comes from the Indians of North America. We harvested
35 Japanese pumpkins. They were used in the Pumpkin soup served at the Chaplaincy Dinner on the 31st May.

Phillip Naughton

Year 10 Girls Physical Education 

Reflections on Year 10 Girls Physical Education Semester 1 2019

This subject provided us with many opportunities to experience recreation activities in the local community. These leisure activities were a great way for everyone to get to know each other, develop our communication skills, break out of our ‘comfort zone’ in challenging activities, build our resilience and confidence, and obviously to have fun with our friends outside of the school environment.
The main reason why I chose Girls PE is that I wanted to focus on my physical health and I was drawn to the fact that Girls PE enables girls to have more opportunities to play sport without any judgement or feeling negative thoughts about how I performed. I have definitely found that in Girls PE I felt that it was a safer and more supportive environment too.
 

 

I knew that I would participate more in girls PE then a mixed class because I was more comfortable in front of my female peers. I also wanted to have a better opportunity to be involved in playing sports, as  last year in PE I felt that the boys would dominate game situations. Girls PE gave me the opportunity to actively participate and have fun, instead of running around but not getting as much of a turn.
I would recommend Girls PE to Year 9 girls looking to continue with Physical Education as it will give them a better opportunity to participate and also to learn about cultural sports they've never played before.

 

I also really enjoyed researching current issues such as media coverage of women in sport because I was able to get a greater insight on challenges that female athletes experience in the sporting community and it definitely raised awareness for me of current initiatives that are changing the landscape for female participation in sport.

 

      By Jasmine, Gemma, Grace and Fynlee

Year 11 Legal Studies

Visiting County Court of Victoria

On Monday 27 May, Year 11 Legal Studies students attended the County Court of Victoria as part of the Schools Program. The program seeks to provide VCE Legal Studies students with a first-hand experience of the Victorian justice system. Students were provided with a unique opportunity to meet and interact with a County Court judge - Judge Judge Marks - and observe legal processes  in the courtroom.

 

 

Students also had the opportunity to engage with a Judges Associate on a range of topics, including the role of the judge and jury, the right to a fair trial, the workings of the court and other matters relevant to their legal studies course


Mathematics

It has been another busy semester in the Mathematics department! Many students opted to challenge themselves by participating in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. This involved students solving six complex tasks, each testing their understanding of mathematics whilst utilising their problem solving skills. We haven’t received any results yet, however we are so proud of each student who took this challenge on and gave it their very best!

 

We also had some eager students who participated in OzCLO (the Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad). This is a contest for high school students that challenges them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages.
This is the first year that we have had end of semester mathematics  tests  for  all Years 7 to 9 as a Common Assessment Task.  The feedback thus far has been positive, with parents and students alike appreciating the practice of preparing and revising for the inevitable exam situations in year 10 and onwards. The Mathematics Department has enjoyed working with students  and building on their note taking and revision skills so that each student has the opportunity to do well. We encourage students and parents to keep an eye on the newsfeeds for the upcoming competitions and challenges that we will have coming up in semester 2!
 

Physics

The Girls in Physics Breakfast

The Girls in Physics Breakfast event was a very eye-opening experience. The guests at my table (Shanika Galaudage and Elycia Wallis) both shared very inspiring stories about their experiences within the workplace as well as how they got there. After participating in an ice-breaker activity which involved us pairing up in order to build the tallest tower possible, the speaker, Dr Suzie Sheehy told us about proton collisions, and how physics can be used in order to eliminate cancer. Overall, it was a great activity which I would highly recommend for any other girls interested in physics and uncovering other STEM related careers.

Written by Ella McKeag

 

 

Year 10 Engineering Excursion

The Arduinos Excursion was a wonderful experience that allowed our Engineering class to experience and work through problem solving situations that are common in many fields of work that our elective subject could potentially lead to. We attended a course at Latrobe University that taught us to code a programmable application called an Arduino board, using Scratch, and work through a range of challenges that taught us to troubleshoot and rewrite faulty circuits. We learnt about the function of a range of components, which included: switches; buttons; potentiometers; and LDRs. At the end of the day we culminated our learning to create a circuit resembling the game ‘Bop-It’. This course was a great way to apply the practical skills we have learnt in class in a working environment.

By Imogen Groenhout

Pyjama Day fundraiser

Pyjama Day fundraiser

Boroondara House hosted their Pyjama Day fundraiser on the second last week of term 2. Students were asked to dress in their comfiest pyjamas and had the opportunity to participate in a number of different activities at lunch time including a fashion parade and a coin toss to win some treats. VCE students were also invited to attend a movie night in a bid to raise more funds.

Boroondara chose to raise money for the SOT Mission that was introduced to Kew High School by Ms Lobb as the leaders found it to such an important cause to help the vulnerable whilst knowing exactly how the money raised would be used. The mission is located in Kakamega, West Kenya and aims to empower and improve the standard of living for vulnerable women and children in the community. All of the proceeds raised by the students will go towards providing basic hygiene and sanitary products for girls, books and stationery, and school uniforms.

The VCE Bordoonara captains did an incredible job organising and hosting the events and should be proud of the amount of money that was raised through the activities that wouldn’t have been possible without their help and commitment!

Elisa Catanzariti – Boroondara House Leader

Sports

Region Cross Country

A great day at Westerfolds Park saw 20 students compete in the Eastern Orienteering Championship, many students competing for the first time. Some outstanding results including; Champion School in Easter region Milla Key – 1st in Junior Girls Jensen Key – 1st in Senior Boys 8 students through to state championships.

 

State Orienteering Championship

A great day at Westerfolds Park saw 20 students compete in the Eastern Orienteering Championship, many students competing for the first time. Some outstanding results including;

  • Champion School in Easter region
  • Milla Key – 1st in Junior Girls Jensen Key – 1st in Senior Boys
  • 8 students through to state championships

Beautiful weather treated 8 students competing in the State Orienteering Championship on Friday the 24th of May. Held in You Yangs Regional park students faced some challenging courses, but achieved amazing results. Some of the standout results of the day were as follows;

  • 2nd overall school in the state
  • Will Davey – 3rd Senior Boys
  • Laura Cuthbert – 3rd Senior Girls

Division Cross Country was held on a wet, cold and windy Melbourne day with over 60 determined competitors tackling the difficult conditions. Some of the outstanding results were as follows.

  • Ed Thyer and Jensen Key -2nd,3rd respectively senior boys
  • Marlena Lange Pirrie -1st Senior Girls
  • Jal Wishart and Mayan Bhaskar -1st and 2nd respectively U/13 boys
  • Milla Key – 2nd U/13 girls
  • Mia Dal Pos – 1st U/15 girls Will Cairns – 3rd u/16 boys
  • U20, U/16, U/13 boys champion team

Science Talent Search
 

Science Talent Search

During Term 2, Kew High School’s young scientists have continued to work hard on their various Science Talent Search Projects. The nature of the competition means that students are required to complete the majority of work outside of class, during lunchtimes or on their weekends. Some students have travelled as far as Lake Nagambie to conduct their projects. In order to acknowledge the hard work of these students, an exhibition of their work occurred in the library during week 5. During the exhibition our students had the opportunity to show their work to their peers and teachers  and answer a broad range of    questions     relating     to  their understanding of the key science concepts within their project. During Term 3 most of these students will have to present their projects to the competition judges, so the exhibition provided an opportunity for them to practice answering questions relating to their project.

A model of a Challenger tank by Harry Forbes of 7A

An experimental research project investigating Why does Brasemia live in exclusive clumps? By Archie Critchell and Zelin Teng of 8E.

The Miracle of Magnification by Daniel Senn-Sanger and James Christopoulos of 9G.

Treadmill Challenge

Treadmill Challenge

On Tuesday 7 May, students and teachers of Kew High School showcased their athletic prowess and hidden dress-up talents in the inaugural “School Treadmill Challenge” in aid of Very Special Kids. In what can only be described as a herculean performance, the Kew High community raised an amazing $3,796 on the day.  This amount was then matched by Daimler (event sponsor), who contributed $10,000 in recognition of schools participating in this first-time event. This money will go towards children and their families dealing with life threatening illnesses in Victoria.

For the duration of the day, 4 treadmills continued non-stop with participants running for 15 minutes at a time. It was a great opportunity to generate some friendly competition amongst the houses, to see some of our teachers in a different light and, of course, raise money and awareness for such an important cause.

This was a huge success for a first time event and one we look forward to supporting well into the future

Year 10 Pathways

The Pitch

As a part of the Pathways course, our Year 10 cohort participated     in     an     all- day program called The Pitch on Wednesday 29 May. This program was designed to equip students with the key skills, tools and knowledge critical for their future success in learning, life and work. A highlight of the program was an opportunity for students to engage in mock interviews. Students had time to develop  a personal pitch before promoting themselves one to one with a prospective “employer” (volunteer staff members). This was a highly rewarding experience for all. Another highlight was a group pitch where students had to "sell the unsellable." It was fantastic so see students step up to the challenge and come up with such innovative ideas

 

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