Recap – Advanced Learning Open Night 2017

On Thursday 2nd November, William Carey held its annual High School Advanced Learning Open Night.

The night provided numerous demonstrations of the broad skills and interests of our high school students. Ten students on the night presented to an audience on projects they have spent the entire year working on. The projects covered a range of topics and skills:

  • A 12,000 word novel
  • Preliminary Theological Certificate (Moore College)
  • The Bible and Aliens
  • Marketing a product
  • Quantum Theory
  • Fractal art
  • An English writing course
  • Bacteria
  • Age and its impact on conformity
  • The effects of music on study

Information was also presented by participants about the many current extra and co-curricular opportunities that were available to all high school students throughout the year such as the TAS Forensic Science camp, Tournament of the Minds and the Australian Brain Bee challenge.

Awards were given to the students who participated in the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians and the Gateway 8 Gala Day.

Parents and students were also provided with a glimpse of some of the new and exciting opportunities for 2018. Well done to all students who presented on the night. You did a terrific job!

Below are some photos of projects presented on the night

A video played on the night that provides an overview of all the events of 2017

100 word short story competition winners!

During Term 3 the 100-word short story competition ran for a fourth year.

Every year we had double the entries compared to the previous year. It was great to see so many students submitting entries. Some of the stories were funny, some were scary and some were sad. All were written well and demonstrated wonderful imaginations.

A big thank you to Mrs Crickitt and Mrs Fuller for doing the hard job of judging and choosing the winners. In the end there were two clear winners – both stories were exactly 100 words. Both winners received a certificate and an Itunes voucher.

Winner #1  – Lydia Vale Year 9

I surged into the air with a single beat of my wings, exhilaration coursed through me as wind tore past my scaled body. I rushed up to meet the clouds, elated as I drew closer with every powerful wingbeat. I stretched out my arm to let my talons run along the side of the wispy nimbus. The cloud felt light and cool, and I found myself diving into it, emerging covered in puffs of white. I had never known such joy when I was tethered to that cliff, longingly gazing up at the sky. I felt unstoppable. I was unstoppable.

Winner #2  – Charlotte Clark Year 8

Broken Pieces

She picked up the prism pieces that reflected slithers of darkened light. The echoes that whispered oozed out, criticizing her as they fell. Her impression that the fragments left stayed, battered and distorted. Her eyes gazed to the light as if to find solace but instead it cast shadows upon her. Cuts began to appear on her hand despite not being cut. Seeping speech drained from the wounds surrounding her in anguish as she heard others torments that dwelled within her, her cracks deepening. Picking up the prism pieces she bitterly saw her reflection and crumbled into several broken pieces

Below is the video played at the end of the term assembly

Advanced Learning Update – Term 3

GATEWAY 8 ACADEMIC GALA DAY

In Week four, two talented teams of eight students represented William Carey at the Gateway 8 Academic Gala Day. The theme of the day was Connectivity with teams completing a number of subject based challenges around the theme.

This is the sixth year that William Carey has participated in the Gala Day. Both the 7/8 and 9/10 teams had a great time competing against similar students from private schools all over Sydney.

The Year 9/10 team achieved 1st place in the Music task and 3rd in the Design and Technology task. The Year 7/8 team achieved 1st place in the Science task and 2nd in the Design and Technology task.

A big congratulations to the Year 7/8 team who achieved an overall place of 3rd out of 26 teams. Well done!

Year 9/10 team

Kaysia Y, Lauren M, Georgia M, Siobhan M, Emily N, Jenna H, Alisha G, Sonia J

Year 7/8 team

Benjamin G, Daniel V, Zachary B, Grace N, Imogen S, Xavia W, Neha J, Xu Qi

Below is a picture of our Year 7/8 team

 

AUSTRALIAN BRAIN BEE CHALLENGE

After passing Round One in Term Two, Jasmine S (Year 10) represented the school at Round Two (regional finals) of the Australian Brain Bee

Challenge, a competition for high school students to learn about neuroscience. In addition to participating in live questions at the final, she also experienced a day of activities to educate her about neuroscience research at UNSW.

Although Jasmine did not make it to the next round (national finals) she did a great job representing the school.

TOURNAMENT OF THE MINDS

In Week five a group of students from Years 7-10 participated in the NSW Regional Final of the Tournament of the Minds.

The group had five weeks to create and design a solution to a Maths and Engineering challenge. They also had to create their props and write a ten minute script.

Although they didn’t make it to the next round, the group greatly impressed the judges with their device and their excellent costumes.

Congratulations to Kurt S, Jenna H, Jacob M, Xavia W, Xu W, Min Ki S and Jerusha J on a fantastic effort

 

TAS Forensic Science Camp

In the July school holidays, three Year 8 students traveled to Armidale to participate in the Talented Students’ Forensic Science camp, run by the Armidale School.

Over an exciting four days, the girls worked in small groups to solve a ‘crime’, learning a number of skills such as cryptography, microscopy and fingerprint analysis. After solving the crime, they then used the evidence they collected to prosecute the criminal in a committal presentation of the final day, which was open to parents and members of the public.

Read about the camp from the girls below….

Olivia S

“I went to the Forensic Science Camp because when I found out about it and did a bit of research about it, it seemed like a very exciting and interesting experience. We were involved in a murder simulation that took place over the course of five days…and we were the detectives. It was our responsibility to interpret the physical and written evidence we received in ways that would enable us to make the connections necessary to find the killer.

 One of my favourite parts of the camp was testing the blood on the evidence to determine  whether or not it was real, as well as testing and matching the fingerprints we recovered from evidence. When we needed additional information, we could search for it in the criminal database or request it from Police Headquarters. This was very surreal as we had to ensure that all requests were written in a formal style. It was so much fun comparing ideas and coming up with new mind blowing theories. The camp was a challenging, exhilarating  and unforgettable experience. I highly recommend it to any future Year 8’s as it is a camp that challenges you and forces you to stretch your mind in ways you could never expect, all while having so much fun and making heaps of new friends. My experience at the Forensic Science Camp was definitely an incredible and unique one that I would repeat in a heartbeat.”

 

 

 

 

 

 Grace N

“I went to the Forensic Camp in Armidale and it was one of the best camps that I have been on. The entire experience was something that I have never done before. For one thing, the camp was completely run by students who had participated in the camp previously. The camp was focused on a major crime, and a main portion of the day was working on solving the crime, using real forensic equipment to find and investigate clues. The crime was very complex and wasn’t easy to solve unless you had all the pieces of the puzzle, and to find the pieces, it took numerous trials and errors to get right. As well as solving the crime, there were many activities to fill the day, which included sport, trivia, mind puzzles, and many other activities. There were many kids at the camp, and I made many friends that I still in contact with. I would recommend this Camp to all the future year 8 students-  it’s a new and exciting experience, where you learn a lot and have lots of fun. I would do it again and again if I could.”


The camp will be running again in 2018 so stay tuned!

What’s on in May

The following opportunities are available this month and are being promoted in the Figleaf. Why not get involved in something?

Tournament of the Minds

Tournament of the Minds has started running in Term 2, meeting every Thursday after school in K5.

TOM is a problem solving competition for students in Years 7 to 10 in which teams compete against other schools by solving a mixture of challenges.

William Carey will be sending a team to represent the school at the regional finals in mid-August.

Philosophy Program

The Philosophy Program has started running in K5 every Friday lunchtime in Week A. So far we have looked at logical loops, paradoxes and ethical issues. Any interested students in Years 7-11 are welcome to come along!

Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs)

A number of students started working on a project in Term One. We currently have 24 students working on an ALPs and 10 teachers supervising.

Some of the projects students are working on this year include CREST projects, creative writing, learning a language, psychology, photography and online courses.

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians is targeted towards students who have demonstrated a talent in mathematics and would like to develop this further.

The challenge lasts for 16 weeks between April and September. Students have begun working through a number of difficult mathematical problems!

What’s on in March?

The following opportunities are available this month and are being promoted in the Figleaf. Why not get involved in something?

Tournament of the Minds

APPLICATIONS CLOSE end of term one

 

Tournament of the Minds is again running in 2017! TOM is a problem solving competition for students in Years 7 to 10 in which teams compete against other schools by solving a mixture of challenges.

Tournament of the Minds will begin in Term 2 and will be sending a team to represent William Carey at the regional finals in mid-August. Any students who are interested in participating can collect an application form from Miss Smith.

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

Applications close Friday 10th March

The Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians is targeted towards students who have demonstrated a talent in mathematics and would like to develop this further.

The challenge lasts for 16 weeks between April and September. The program focuses on teaching additional mathematics not traditionally taught at high school and students are encouraged to develop their ability to prove results not just get the correct answer. The program is very challenging and students should not expect to easily master the skills involved.

Interested students can see Miss Smith for an application or download one here

Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition

APPLICATIONS CLOSE end of june

Talented poets are invited to enter the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards, the oldest and largest poetry competition for students in Australia. Students can enter their own original works or a poem based on the theme for 2017 ‘All over the World’   Winners receive $500, a trophy and a prize pack. Poems on any subject are accepted. Any students who are interested can see Miss Smith for an entry form.

‘What Matters’ Writing Competition

APPLICATIONS CLOSE 5th May 2017

What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 7-12 students in NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today. Write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to you and why. Winners can earn up to $350 and may see their work published in a magazine. If you have an opinion and are a good writer – have a go!

Any students who are interested can see Miss Smith for an entry form.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

Round One will run in 13th-17th March

The Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC) is a competition for high school students in year 10 to learn about the brain and neuroscience. Students complete Round one at school before qualifying for the Regional finals which take place at UWS.

 

 

Applications for Advanced Learning Projects are now open!

Applications for Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs) are now open. If you are achieving well in your classes and would like to complete a challenging, interesting and open ended project of your own choice come and see Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom for an application. Involvement in the program will appear on your report as an additional unit of study. You can also download an application here 

Students – ALPs 2017

 

Welcome to 2017

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This year we have a whole host of activities available for high school students to get involved in to broaden and deepen their learning and also have some fun.

In order for students to get the most out of their time at school they are encouraged to find something extra that they are interested in and get involved in the activities the school offers.

For further information about advanced learning in the high school or to register your interest, contact Miss C Smith at smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

ADVANCED LEARNING PROJECTS (ALPs)

The Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs) are a special program of study intended for students who are achieving well in their current studies and who want a little bit more – more interesting, more challenging, more feedback, more open-ended. Entry to these projects is open to all students via application. Students will be required to demonstrate (in their application) that they are independent and motivated learners to be considered for these projects.alp

These projects provide a very flexible approach to learning, allowing students to choose or design their own field of study and work one-on-one with a mentor to develop their skills in this area. Students will negotiate with their mentor all aspects of the project. A student’s project will continue over the entire year and count as an extra subject on the student’s report involving three assessment components (participation, a written component and an oral presentation).

Some past student projects include: software programming, creek health analysis, CREST science investigations, writing a fiction novel, producing a graphic novel, learning Spanish, completing a Moore Theological Distance Education course and many others. Applications for projects will open mid-Term 1.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians

Run by the Australian Mathematics Trust, the challenge is open to high achieving students in grades 6-10 and runs at various levels (based on age and previous experience with the program). Even the best students will find this challenge difficult. The program involves a detailed study of the works of a famous mathematician. Students are given their own textbook on the topic to help them learn new techniques which they then must use to solve a fortnightly challenge question. Students will be provided with ongoing guidance and support to assist them to reach their own levels of excellence in mathematics – however, the program is designed to be mostly self-directed learning.

mathsThe aim of this program is to encourage and foster a greater interest in and awareness of the power of mathematics as well as a discovery of the joy of problem solving in mathematics. This program will run over term 2 and 3.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Philosophy Program

Selected students from Years 9 to 11 will be invited to join the Philosophy Program running from Term 2 to the end of Term 4. Students will meet once a fortnight during lunch to learn about and discuss various philosophical issues. It is a program designed to push high achievers to think through issues on a deeper level than they would in the classroom. As participants in the program, students will encouraged to complete an ALPs on an issue of philosophy that interests them and participate against other schools in a Philosothon against other schools.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

GATEway 8 Academic gala day

gatewayThe GATEway 8 Academic Gala Day is a competition in which students participate in a number of academic challenges based around a theme. Creative challenges may involve designing and planning a video game, creating an advertisement or movie trailer, participating in drama and sport challenges or composing their own musical composition using instruments and technology.  GATEway 8 is a great opportunity for talented students who perform well academically and would like to compete against similar students from other schools. William Carey will be sending a Year 7-8 and a Year 9-10 team in Term Three, allowing the opportunity for students to meet with and compete against other similarly minded students from other schools.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Tournament of the Minds

Tournament of the Minds is a problem-solving program for teams of students in Years 7-10. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from the following disciplines:
• Applied Technology
• Language Literature
• Maths Engineering
• Social Sciencestom

Tournament of the Minds provides opportunities for students around the country with a passion for learning and problem-solving, to demonstrate their
creative skills and talents whilst competing against other schools. A Tournament of the Minds club will run in Term 2 where interested students can learn the skills required for the program and try out for a spot on the team.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

CSIRO CREST awards

Creativity in Science and Technology (CREST) is a non-competitive awards program designed to help students develop their scientific investigation skills. Students can attempt CREST awards at three different levels, bronze, silver or gold depending on their previous levels of experience with independent investigations.  In this program students design and complete their own long term science investigations with the support of a teacher. Participation in the CREST program may allow students to submit their CREST project as a class assignment in place of a regular task and may also duplicate as an ALPS project if the student also gives a presentation of their findings once complete. CREST projects are open to all students.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Faculty Based Competitions

Throughout the year a number of faculty based competitions will be run within the high school for interested students. These competitions are open to all
students and winning students receive a gift voucher, an academic award and their merit is acknowledged in their yearly reports. In 2015 the high school ran these faculty competitions:

  • 100 word short story competitionpoetry
  • Poetry competition
  • Photography competition
  • Mathematics competition

These competitions will be run in Terms 2 and 3.

To register your interest: email smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Extra – Curricular Competitions

Opportunities will be provided to students to participate in some of the many extracurricular activities offered to students in NSW. Information will be provided on the advanced learning blog (http://blogs.willcarey.nsw.edu.au/alp/) and on the noticeboard in K5 as they become available. Students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular opportunities that will enrich and develop their skills and interests.

In 2016 students participated in:Australian Brain Bee challenge

    • State crystal growing competition
    • Australian History competition
    • NSW Science Competition
    • NSW Mathematics Competition
    • ‘What Matter’s’ writing competition
    • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Competition


To register your interest in any of these competitions, please email Miss C. Smith : smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Recap – Advance Learning Open Night

On Thursday 3rd November, William Carey held its annual High School Advanced Learning Open Night.

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The night provided numerous demonstrations of the broad skills and interests of our high school students. Nine students on the night presented to an audience on projects they have spent the entire year working on. The projects covered a range of topics and skills:

  • Research on human anatomy and microbiology
  • Learning Japanese and dubbing a piece of anime
  • Creating a hypothetical business
  • Composing an anime piano piece
  • Alison Online Course: Diploma in Legal Studies and Psychology
  • Preliminary Theological Certificate (Moore College)

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Information was also presented about the many current extra and co-curricular opportunities that were available to all high school students throughout the year.

Awards were given to the students who participated in the:

  • Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians
  • Gateway 8 Gala Day
  • Tournament of the Minds

Parents and students were also provided with a glimpse of some of the new and exciting opportunities for 2017.

Well done to all students who presented on the night. You did a terrific job!

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Some of our Year 6 students who received an award for participation in the Maths Challenge

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Some of our Year 7 students who presented an ALPs

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One of our Year 7 students who presented an ALPs