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

 

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 application 2016

 

Welcome to 2016

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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 7 to 11 will be invited to join the Philosophy Program running from late Term 1 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 phila 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.

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
  • Science competition (International Year of Light)

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 2015 students participated in:

  • Sleek Geeks Science Eureka competition
  • State crystal growing competition
  • Australian History competition
  • NSW Science Competition
  • NSW Mathematics Competition
  • ‘What Matters’ 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

 

 

 

Design an Ad Competition

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Students are invited to collect information kits for our annual ‘Design an Ad’ Competition.

To enter the competition students need to design (draw/paint etc) an advertisement poster for a specific company in our local area (details in the kit). That company will choose their preferred advertisement(s) which will then be published in local newspapers.  Participating companies pay for the advertisement and winning students receive a large cash prize of $800 for first place, $350 for second and $100 for third.

William Carey students have regularly won this competition and our students’ work is in high demand!

This competition is open to both primary and high school students. Students may (and are encouraged to) submit multiple entries.

See Mrs Layfield in CS Lewis, Mr R Jackson in Science or your Art teacher for more information.

 

Udacity: Online courses

Would you like to learn something new and get it credited on your yearly report? Udacity offers several online (free) courses that you can have a go at, including:

  • Introduction to Programming (Java)
  • Introduction to statistics
  • Introduction to the design of everyday things
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Algebra (at three levels of difficulty)
  • Introduction to Physics
  • Introduction to Genetics

and many more!

If you’re interested in having a go contact Mr Jackson to get signed up and started.

You can browse the courses online here: https://www.udacity.com/courses#!/all

Courses are designed to be easy for students who have left high school – hence, there will be difficult parts for you, but achievable! See Mr Jackson if you get stuck. You’ll work at your own pace  online with quality video lectures and interactive modules.

 

 

Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs)

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Overview:

The Advanced Learning Projects (ALPs) is 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.

These projects are academically challenging and require students to work independently on their chosen project over a long period of time. As there are a limited number of available mentors entry into these projects are based on student applications and prior demonstration of academic achievement.

See the brochure here for more information on how the ALPs work.

High School Extra-Curricular Opportunities for 2013

Welcome back to school for 2013! 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 we strongly encourage each student to find something extra that they’re interested in and get involved with the extra-curricular activities the school offers.

As you’re beginning 2013 we encourage parents and students to have a look at the following activities that are being planned and consider which ones you might enjoy.  Some students have the tendency to avoid doing anything extra, whereas other student have the tendency to try to do everything extra – parents are encouraged to assist students in making decisions as both extremes are typically unhelpful in the long run.

Over the year we will be advertising many events, competitions and challenges for students and we encourage you to subscribe to this blog!

Here’s a quick taste of the things on offer for this year:

Student 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.

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. For more information contact Mr R Jackson (jacksonr@wccs.nsw.edu.au )

Reading Olympics

This year we will be running an open reading Olympics challenge for all students – starting in a few weeks. Students can collect a booklet from their English teacher (or the library or Miss Smith) with details of all the reading events they can compete in. Events vary in level of difficulty and time requirements, ranging from simple ‘read a book’ type events to ‘write an alternate ending’ or ‘draw a book cover’. Participation in Reading Olympics events will earn students house points and go towards winning the house trophy and BBQ lunch at the end of the year. Students may casually participate in just a few events that look interesting, or they can push themselves to win bronze, silver or gold medallions for earning enough points for their house.

Contact Miss Smith for more information smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Science Club & CSIRO CREST awards

Science club is open to year 7 and 8 students who are interested in getting some more hands on experience with science. The aim is to let students chose areas of interest for us to investigate and experiment on together. 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). Over past years topics of investigation include: explosives, dissections, astronomy, rockets and more!

As part of this club we hope to encourage students to participate in some serious science. To help students push to these levels we’re offering participation in many competitions and award schemes, particularly the bronze, silver or gold level CREST awards from CSIRO. These awards are given for long term science and/or technology projects and investigations. Participation in the CREST program may allow students to submit their CREST project as a class assignment in place of a regular task. Students do not need to be a part of the science club to enrol in a CREST project, however, time in science club maybe used to assist with these projects. CREST projects are open to all students.

The club will aim to meet once a fortnight after school on a Wednesday from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Students will need to be picked up from school shortly after this time. Applications for joining will open mid-Term 1. For more information contact Mr R Jackson (jacksonr@wccs.nsw.edu.au )

‘Nerd’ Club

Nerd club is a weekly group that meets after school on a Thursday from 3:30 to 4:45pm. The group is learning some fundamental programming skills. Students will focus on web-based programming (HTML 5, with some Ruby and Python) and will learn to integrate Facebook, Twitter, gPlus and WordPress widgets into webpages; as well as data manipulation using JSON and XML. Once these skills have been developed students will be able to make their own website (using PHP or ASP), or focus on making games (in HTML5), or for a mobile platform (iOS or Android).

Joining Nerd club is open for students in years 7-10 by application as numbers are limited. Students who are very keen may use Nerd club as the basis for an ALPs project. Students will be encouraged to compete in a programming competition that University of Sydney runs later this year.

For more information email snelsona@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Mathematics Challenge

This year we are running a program developed by the Australian Mathematics Trust called Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. Entry is by invitation only as the program is particularly difficult. Top mathematicians in grades 8 and 9 will be selected and invited to participate. The program involves a detailed study of the works of Euler and students will attempt challenging problems on elementary number theory, arithmetic sequences, congruence, and pigeonhole principle among others.  Students will be provided with ongoing guidance and support to assist them to reach their own levels of excellence in mathematics.

The aim of this program is to encourage and foster a greater interest in and awareness of the power of mathematics, a desire to succeed in solving stimulating mathematics problems individually and in groups, as well as a discovery of the joy of problem solving in mathematics.

Serious participants will also be given the opportunity mid-year to sit for the annual Mathematics Olympiads developed by the same national body.

For more information contact Mr Ichwan (ichwanj@wccs.nsw.edu.au ) or Mr R Jackson (jacksonr@wccs.nsw.edu.au )

GATEway Challenge

The 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 and composing their own musical composition using instruments and technology.

GATEway 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.

Contact Miss Smith for more information smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Tournament of the Minds

Tournament of the Minds is a problem-solving program for teams of students. Students are required to solve demanding, open-ended challenges from the following disciplines:

  • Applied Technology
  • Language Literature
  • Maths Engineering
  • Social Sciences

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. Students will be invited to try out for a place in the team early in Term Two.

 

Contact Miss Smith for more information smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

History Club

History club is open to students in Years 7-9 who have an interest in History and would like to participate in hands on activities. The aim is for students who already enjoy history to learn about fascinating topics not studied in the classroom and develop their skills. Students who join History club will have the opportunity to participate in:

  • Historical re-enactments
  • Cooking unusual recipes from the past
  • Armour making
  • Watching and creating historical films
  • Making models
  • Forensic archaeology
  • Creating an archaeological dig using real artefacts!

 

The club will meet once a fortnight in terms two and three after school on a Thursday from 3:15 – 4:15pm. Contact Miss Smith for more information smithc@wccs.nsw.edu.au

Creative Arts Activities:

  • Music tutoring
    School regularly has a variety of music tutors on site. Contact Ms Reece for more information if you’re thinking of learning an instrument or want practice performing. Tutoring is currently available for: violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, French horn, trombone, guitar, piano, vocals and drums.
  • Musical – The Wizard of Oz
    Auditions have begun, see Miss Morphett for ways to assist and get involved!
  • Concert Band
    Meets Friday at 7:45 am in G2, see Ms Reece if interested in joining
  • String Ensemble
    Meets Monday lunch in G2, see Ms Reece if interested in joining
  • Flute group
    Looking to start, please see Ms Reece if you play or are interested in playing the flute.
  • Drama Club
    Applications for years 7-8 students to join the weekly drama club have opened. See Mrs Morris for more information.

Other Activities

Keep your eyes out for the many other activities that are happening:

  • Book Chat
    Book Chat is held in the library with Mrs D Smith discussing and looking at books that students are enjoying and what to read next.
  • Debating
    Debating teams have formed in various grades and competitions will begin shortly. See Mr Engel (years 7 & 8) or Mrs Brendish (years 9 to 11)for more information.
  • Mock Trials
    The mock trial senior team has just begun meeting as they prepare for their first competitions. See Miss Morphett or Mrs B Jackson for more information.
  • Duke of Edinburgh
    Duke of Ed. is a great challenge for students to take on at either the bronze, silver or gold levels and the award is an excellent addition to any student’s future résumé. This award scheme involves students volunteering some community service, learning new skills, participating in physical recreation and completing an expedition. See Mr Kennedy or Miss Aitken for more information.
  • Engineering Challenge
    The engineering challenge will be open for students in grades 9 and 10 and involves a day long competition in designing and building solutions to a variety of problems. Entry will be by application and will begin sometime in term 2. See Mr D Ellerman for more information.