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!

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


New Thoughts on How to learn!

Psychology experts have recently examined the various ways that students study and have ranked them based on how effective they are. Take a look at the article below for an outline of their findings.

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn!.

If any staff are interested in reading the original research behind these grand claims, email me and I can forward you the paper (Dunlosky et al., 2013, Improving Students’ Learning With Effective Learning Techniques: Promising Directions from Cognitive and Educational Psychology, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 14(1), 4-58).