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

 

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.

 

 

Gateway 8 Academic Gala Day 2016

In Week 4, two talented teams of eight students represented William Carey at the Gateway 8 Academic Gala Day. The theme of the day was ‘Time‘ with teams completing a number of subject based challenges around the theme.

This is the fifth 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.

A big congratulations to the Year 9/10 team who achieved an overall place of 3rd out of 23 teams. Well done!

Below are photos of the day and the students that participated.

Gateway 8

Year 9/10 team

IMG_3929

Year 7/8 team

 

Australian Brain Bee Challenge

Capture

On Monday 22nd August, Esther P (Year 10) represented William Carey Christian School at the 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 UWS.

Although Esther did not make it to the next round (national finals) she did a great Brain-Facts-PDFjob representing her school.

Well done Esther!

Tournament of the Minds 2016

Capture

Tournament of the Minds is again running in 2016!

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 in the HSIE staffroom or download one here

What Matters?

WhatMattersGenericv3

‘What Matters? is a writing competition that gives Year 5 – 12 students
in  NSW and the ACT a chance to say what matters to them in society today.

Students write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to them and why. Entries must be typed on A4 paper.

‘The Years 7/8 category winners will each receive a full-day creative writing workshop donated by The Writing Workshop, conducted by award-winning author Bernard Cohen.

The Year 9/10 category winner will be invited to spend a day at the Inspire Foundation, meeting the ReachOut.com Crew and receiving professional training. They will also be offered the opportunity to be paid $200 to produce a feature article for the ReachOut.com website.

The Year 11/12 category winner will receive a 1 Year Membership to the NSW Writers’ Centre, and the opportunity to participate in a one-day writing workshop donated by the NSW Writers’ Centre. The Year 11/12 category winner will also receive a book voucher to the value of $100.

If you would like to enter, collect an entry form from Miss Smith in the HSIE staffroom or download it from the link below.

Entries must be returned to Miss Smith by the end of the term for you to be able to enter!

Click here for the entry form

2015 Poetry Competition winners

During Term 3 the Poetry competition ran again for a second year. We received double the number of last year’s entries which was really encouraging to see.

A number of creative and thoughtful poems were entered that covered a range of topics from nature, creation to love.

The poems were all read and judged by the English faculty and after much deliberation two winners were chosen; one from Years 7-9 and one from Years 10-12.

Congratulations to the following students

Junior Secondary (Yrs 7-9) winner

Felise L “Rose”

 

Senior Secondary (Yrs 10-12) Winner

Neysha S “Genesis”

 

Runners up

Arad B “Uncaged”

Dayanara C “Wound”

Below are the winning entries.

Rose

Careful, careful,

I’m fragile,

Soft and sweet,

Careful, careful,

I’m sharp,

Don’t let me hurt you,

Careful, careful,

Not too tight,

I’ll break,

Careful, careful,

Not too much,

I’ll drown,

Careful, careful,

Not enough,

I’ll wither

Careful, careful,

Stay by my side,

Don’t let me fall,

Careful, careful,

I’m fragile,

Soft and sweet,

Careful, careful,

Take care of me.

 

Genesis

Shrouded in darkness,

light pours through my veins.

Segments of the universe spread out before me.

Endless amounts of rain

leaks from my eyes and 

settles into the small crevices of my soul,

while parts of me dry up

absorbing the dewfall. 

From the depths of knowledge, imagination flowers,

bearing fruit that tastes of kindness and warmth.

Branches of undeserving love stretch out to brush my cheek,

combing through my hair with endless compassion.

The best parts of me

spill from my heart

scattering itself in the sky.

Dirt presses into my knees as I cry out when

the sky illuminates itself in a splendor of bashful beauty. 

Sitting on a throne of enflamed grace is a

jewel brighter than any

inkling of joy.

Sinking, it is replaced by an 

iridescent light who shows

herself in secret, like a 

whisper in the dark.

Shadows stir from a gentle breeze as these 

lovers cloaked in light fight for a place in the sky.

My ribcage cracks open as

creatures conjured from dreams of

disheveled illusion

escape my thoughts.

Swimming through my hair,

soaring towards the crystals sprinkled on the horizon.

While others gnaw on my bones,

trample on my toes until all that is left is 

gentleness.

That’s when they come.

Squeezing into my heart.

Making a home of my soul.

And together,

he and she dance in this 

Cirque des Rêves

Immersed in the goodness laid out before them,

As they embrace, I see Him.

And His smile causes my heart to explore.

For his eyes hold such a love for what He had done.

Threading goodness and purity into my hair,

He twirls me into everlasting light,

whispering under His breath,

“It is good.”

 

Sydney Writers Festival

CaptureThe Sydney Writer’s Festival is currently looking for stories about the everyday lives of young people from across Western Sydney. The stories can be submitted in written form as an audio recording or a story in pictures. A selection of stories will be published on the Sydney Writer’s Festival website from the beginning of November. The first round of submissions close Friday October 23.

Click http://www.swf.org.au/my-story/about/
for more information.