2020 – Term 4

8 December 2020

Our Year 8 Academic Extension students were treated to a special Physics presentation in Science class today. The students’ questions on the Big Bang, the origin of energy and the ever expanding Universe were all answered by our resident Physics expert, Mr Solomon.

He also spoke about black holes and what it means to get ‘spaghettified’. The students enjoyed gaining an insight into Physics phenomena and are encouraged to continue asking big questions.

A Year 11 student assembly was held today. Students discussed leavers jackets for next year and were also informed of some expectations for 2021 as they will be the leaders of our school.

Congratulations to Mr Curtis, Sam Said, Jordan Dordieski and Aliyah Nieass who received “Welcome to the Hall of Shave” certificates from the Leukaemia Foundation.

Award certificates were presented to students who have recorded 90% and above for attendance in Semester 1. Congratulations to you all.

Congratulations to Emerging Artist Award finalist, Annie Frencham (Year 7).

Annie’s artwork is titled ‘Still Land’ using acrylics on canvas. The artwork is a landscape painting based on a watercolour study at a local wildlife reserve featuring native Australian trees and a small lake in the background.

The City of South Perth’s Emerging Artist Award provides upcoming artists and arts students with the opportunity to exhibit their work to the wider community.


Outdoor Recreation Camp was held at Ern Halliday Recreation Camp during week 7.

Students had lots of fun making their own meals and participating in the abseiling, flying fox, surf life saving and orienteering activities.

Students cycled 13km’s from school to the venue. They had a fantastic time and Mrs Johnson said “They were an amazing bunch of kids who made us proud”.

Well done to our Year 9 Outdoor Recreation students!

Ms Dines Year 7 and Ms Austin’s Year 9 students completed a lesson about Instructional Writing.

Students were asked to write detailed instructions of how to ice a cupcake, swap with a partner, and then follow those instructions. In doing so, students realised the level of detail required in order to support the reader. Some of the students’ instructions appeared to be written on the basis that people had more than two hands!

Mr McPherson’s Outdoor Recreation Camp was held in week 8 at Manjedal Activity Centre in Karrakup.

Students prepared and cooked their own meals and participated in raft building, canoeing, high ropes, confidence course, orienteering and flying fox activities.

Mrs Keep attended the camp and congratulated Mr McPherson and his assistant Makala for a “brilliant, professional and well-run camp with an incredible group of year 10 students”.

Well done to all, it looks like everyone had a great time.

On Tuesday, Mr Ramsay’s and Ms Manera’s Year 9 students had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker, Ms Olivia Skalko from Murdoch University.

Ms Skalko spoke to the students about the difference between studying at school and university. She reflected on her own journey to attain a place at university and the different pathways which can be taken to get there. She advised the importance of being proactive, to manage their learning and to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of how to progress in their career.

Another point that Ms Skalko highlighted was the importance of students doing some work experience in a variety of fields in order to get an understanding on which career they would choose. She spoke about her journey to choosing her career and how her sisters chose their career pathway.

Ms Skalko used her sisters’ experience as examples of how students can change and combine electives after they have entered university which enabled them to reach their set goals. She also highlighted the importance of adapting to the ever changing digital and globalised world and how to ensure that students reflect on the prospects of their chosen career.

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