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!

Philosophy Program Update

 

 

Philosophy
The Philosophy Program started running again in Term 1 and students have already delved into a number of philosophical issues.

Selected students from Years 7-11 have met once a fortnight to discuss and examine different aspects of Philosophy. So far the students have learnt about:

  • Knowledge and the mindPicture1
  • Logic and paradoxes
  • Aesthetics and philosophy
  • Friedrich Nietzsche and his ideas
  • Blaise Pascal and his ideas (‘Pascal’s wager & imagination)
  • Søren Kierkegaard and his ideas

One of the benefits of the Philosophy Program is that students are given the opportunity to consider what they believe, why they believe it and challenge the ideas of others in a positive environment whilst developing a love of wisdom.

Below is a link to a Crash Course Philosophy video that was watched and discussed by the students in the program recently.

 

Applications for the Philosophy Program are now open!

philo program

The Philosophy Program is running once again this year.

Philosophy chiefly examines the nature of knowledge, reality and existence as an academic discipline. It is studied at university and was once offered by the Board of Studies as a distinction course for gifted and talented Year 12 students. Most selective schools and schools with Gifted and Talented programs offer a philosophy program.

If you are in Years 7 – 11 and would like to meet once a fortnight to learn about Philosophy and debate philosophical issues, see Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom for an application form or download it here

Philosophy Program Invite

We meet during lunchtime once a fortnight and will start in Week 6.

 

Philosophy Program Update

philosophy

 

The Philosophy Program started running in Term 2 and students have already delved into a number of philosophical issues.

Over the past 6 weeks, selected students from Years 8-11 have met once a fortnight to discuss and examine different aspects of Philosophy. So far students had learnt about:

  • The nature of Philosophy
  • What is logic?
  • The questions philosophers ask: ontological (study of what there is in the world), epistemological (study of knowledge and belief) and axiological (value judgments)
  • The parts of a philosophical argument (premises and conclusions)
  • Thought experiments (imagined situations used to investigate the nature of things)

One of the benefits of the Philosophy Program is that students are given the opportunity to consider what they believe, why they believe it and challenge the ideas of others in a positive environment whilst developing a love of wisdom.

Below are some videos containing different ‘thought experiments’ that were discussed in Week 5 by the students in the program.

 

 

Tournament of the Minds news

On Saturday the 23th of August, a group of students from Years 7-9 represented William Carey in the NSW Regional Final of the Tournament of the Minds.

The group had five weeks to create and design a devise that could distribute a precious material to four distribution points simultaneously. They also had to create their distribution map, 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 creative script and use of props.

Congratulations to Henry N, Lincoln L, Esther P, Dayanara C,

Timothy N, Maurizio P and Cades C on a fantastic effort!

Tom students

 

Some of the designs created by the team

Tom designs

Applications for joining Science Club are now OPEN!

Applications are now open to join the 2013 science club at WCCS. This club is open to year 7 and 8 students who are interested in getting some more hands on experience with science. The aim of this group is to encourage students to develop a greater interest in and awareness of science and the amazing way our world works. We hope to bring back some of those old experiments from ‘the good old days’ that have left permanent inspiring marks on scientists around the world (and the roof of C3).

For more information see the Science blog or the student note.