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!

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

 

High School Advanced Learning Open Night – Report Back

On Wednesday 31st October, William Carey held its first High School Advanced Learning Open Night. The night provided numerous demonstrations of the broad skills and interests of our high school students. In his opening speech, Mr Jackson reminded us of the value of curiosity and how important it is to build on and satisfy our interests. A group of ten students on the night demonstrated a wide range of interests and presented to an audience on projects they have nearly completed. The topics presented on included:

  • Ideologies of Macbeth
  • Writing a short fantasy novel
  • Architecture: Designing a beach house
  • A picture book demonstrating the importance of culture and environment
  • A study on the structure and function of the brain
  • A cooking show in Spanish with subtitles
  • Microbiology and natural antibiotics
  • Multi-site creek water quality comparison
  • Introduction to the Bible – Moore Theological College
  • Programming with HTML 5 – simple computer games

These outstanding presentations were the culmination of a lot of time, effort and research. Each student has been working on these projects with a mentor over the past term.

Additionally on the night, Miss Smith and students presented information about the many current extra and co-curricular opportunities available to all high school students such as Science club, Drama club and debating.

Parents and students were also provided with a glimpse of some of the new exciting opportunities for 2013! Next year, students can look forward to:

  • A Reading Olympics
  • More Advanced Learning Projects
  • Tournament of the Minds
  • Access to an online calendar of events and extracurricular opportunities

Advanced Learning Projects will be available again next year and all students will be invited to apply for a mentor to complete a project in their own area of interest. Students completing a project benefit from one-to-one assistance from a mentor in their chosen project as well as additional feedback and practice on their presentation and writing skills. Student’s completing a project will have an additional comment on their report indicating their level of success and achievement in their project.

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

 

Stay tuned for blog updates on the completed projects!

 

Images from the night