TAS Forensic Science Camp

In the July school holidays, three Year 8 students traveled to Armidale to participate in the Talented Students’ Forensic Science camp, run by the Armidale School.

Over an exciting four days, the girls worked in small groups to solve a ‘crime’, learning a number of skills such as cryptography, microscopy and fingerprint analysis. After solving the crime, they then used the evidence they collected to prosecute the criminal in a committal presentation of the final day, which was open to parents and members of the public.

Read about the camp from the girls below….

Olivia S

“I went to the Forensic Science Camp because when I found out about it and did a bit of research about it, it seemed like a very exciting and interesting experience. We were involved in a murder simulation that took place over the course of five days…and we were the detectives. It was our responsibility to interpret the physical and written evidence we received in ways that would enable us to make the connections necessary to find the killer.

 One of my favourite parts of the camp was testing the blood on the evidence to determine  whether or not it was real, as well as testing and matching the fingerprints we recovered from evidence. When we needed additional information, we could search for it in the criminal database or request it from Police Headquarters. This was very surreal as we had to ensure that all requests were written in a formal style. It was so much fun comparing ideas and coming up with new mind blowing theories. The camp was a challenging, exhilarating  and unforgettable experience. I highly recommend it to any future Year 8’s as it is a camp that challenges you and forces you to stretch your mind in ways you could never expect, all while having so much fun and making heaps of new friends. My experience at the Forensic Science Camp was definitely an incredible and unique one that I would repeat in a heartbeat.”






 Grace N

“I went to the Forensic Camp in Armidale and it was one of the best camps that I have been on. The entire experience was something that I have never done before. For one thing, the camp was completely run by students who had participated in the camp previously. The camp was focused on a major crime, and a main portion of the day was working on solving the crime, using real forensic equipment to find and investigate clues. The crime was very complex and wasn’t easy to solve unless you had all the pieces of the puzzle, and to find the pieces, it took numerous trials and errors to get right. As well as solving the crime, there were many activities to fill the day, which included sport, trivia, mind puzzles, and many other activities. There were many kids at the camp, and I made many friends that I still in contact with. I would recommend this Camp to all the future year 8 students-  it’s a new and exciting experience, where you learn a lot and have lots of fun. I would do it again and again if I could.”

The camp will be running again in 2018 so stay tuned!

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 2017


Welcome to 2017


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


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 9 to 11 will be invited to join the Philosophy Program running from Term 2 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 a 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 and participate against other schools in a Philosothon against other schools.

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


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

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 2016 students participated in:Australian Brain Bee challenge

    • State crystal growing competition
    • Australian History competition
    • NSW Science Competition
    • NSW Mathematics Competition
    • ‘What Matter’s’ 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

Congratulations Kirti!

Runner up in the What Matters? Writing Competition 2016

Kirti Sharma’s (Year 10) entry Human Trafficking – A Crime Against Humanity was selected byKirti the judges as the NSW/ACT runner-up in the Year 9/10 category.

The What Matters? Writing Competition is run each year by the Whitlam Institute. Entrants write a 400-600 word opinion piece on what matters to them and why. This year the institute received a record 3754 entries!

Kirti has been invited to attend an awards ceremony in August where she will receive a prize and participate in a writing workshop conducted by author Bernard Cohen.

A big congratulations Kirti on your achievement!

Read Kirti’s prize winning entry below.




In a world that has embraced man’s unconditional control over another, the gratuitous enslavement of human beings embodies a profligate crisis facing the globe.

Human trafficking is a crime against humanity, it involves the act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harbouring or receiving a person through the use of force or coercion for the purpose of exploiting them.[i] It is a global phenomenon that is found in every nation and manifests itself in the forms of sex trafficking, forced labour, domestic servitude and organ harvesting.

A form of modern day slavery, human trafficking threatens the dignity of persons.[ii] The Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states in Article 4 “No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.”[iii] Through this declaration, it is evident that this is not universally accepted in society, as human trafficking is a far more pressing problem in the modern world than originally thought. Officially, worldwide slavery ended more than a century ago. Unofficially, it’s a growth industry that will continue to expand.

Poverty and gender discrimination lies at the heart of human trafficking.[iv] In sex trafficking, women and children are diminished to the status of a gratifying sexual commodity and are commonly trafficked into the commercial sex industries. On the other hand, men are usually trafficked into tough labour jobs, while children are trafficked into labour positions in sweatshops and domestic industries. It has become an organized billion dollar industry that generates thirty two billion dollars annually and has at its core, investors, recruiters and corrupt public officials as participants. Globalisation has given birth to a service industry completely devoted to providing transportation, forged documents and accounting assistance.[v]

Human trafficking is a system based on greed, control and power.[1][vi] Victims are threatened to, lied to and beaten. Traffickers use deception, fraud, threats and other psychological coercion to make promises of improvements in getting jobs, education and a better life. They prey on the vulnerabilities of people who are poor, uneducated, neglected, unemployed or immigrants.[vii] Escape is inevitable and almost impossible. However, all this can change, as life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change. For starters, human trafficking is a global problem that requires a global solution. Raising awareness in countries where human trafficking hits the hardest, can help start the change that the world needs to see. Educating and helping individuals in understanding the nature of trafficking can encourage civilians to look for signs of trafficking in a person. It should not take a little motivation to encourage the community to take action, it should be in our character and personality to help those who need it the most, to show compassion to those who need it and to help people recognise the difference between right and wrong. It should be in our humanity.

There is no doubt now that the world we know will always exhibit in creating disconnected individuals everyday. Human trafficking is one of the greatest ethical challenges facing modern times. Eradicating human trafficking needs to start with change and if humanity is willing to allow that change to occur. The human mind is the most complex organ belonging to any species on earth. But in the complexity lies the thought of enslaving others for profit. Caught between the sadistic system are the lives of thousands of men, women and children who are innocent and are trapped in the clutches of a sea of oppression, as their freedom, rights and dignity are stolen from them.

[i] United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. (n.d.). Retrieved June 28, 2016, from https://www.unodc.org/nigeria/en/human-trafficking.html Definition of Human Trafficking

[ii] Resources on Human Trafficking ‘Against Humanity’ (n.d.). Retrieved June 28, 2016, from http://www.catholicreligiousaustralia.org.au/index.php/news-a-views/our-stories/item/2065-resources-on-human-trafficking-from-against-humanity

[iii] Human Rights No Slavery: UN Universal Declaration Violations & Abuse, Torture & Slavery,. (n.d.). Retrieved June 28, 2016, from http://www.humanrights.com/what-are-human-rights/violations-of-human-rights/slavery-and-torture.html

[iv] “Human Trafficking” by Sandhya Bhat and Catherine Pushpam Joseph. (2012). Retrieved June 28, 2016, from http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/0149

[v] “Human Trafficking” by Sandhya Bhat and Catherine Pushpam Joseph. (2012). Retrieved June 28, 2016, from http://www.carnegiecouncil.org/publications/articles_papers_reports/0149

[vi] What is human trafficking. (2016). Retrieved June 28, 2016, from http://www.stopthetraffik.org/uk/page/what-is-human-trafficking

[vii] Victims of Trafficking – Florida Department of Health. (2015, February 02). Retrieved from http://www.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/community-health/refugee-health/_documents/victims-of-trafficking.pdf

100 Word Story winners!


During Term 2 the 100 word short story competition ran for a third year.

We had even more entries this year from both seniors and juniors.

As with last year, a number of creative, imaginative and well written stories were entered, providing firm proof that it is possible to write a compelling story with only a limited number of words.  As a result, the talented entries made the task of choosing a winner quite difficult for the judges.

However, after much deliberation, two winners were chosen. Below are their winning entries:

Senior winner – Elizabeth H (Year 12)

The scent of caramelised applies invades the house, filling her nostrils as she opens the door. This is a bad sign – Mother always bakes when she’s troubled. Bustling back and forth, flour dusted across her knuckles, flecks of sugar on her nose, as if a tart will save her. Except there is smoke swirling around the ceiling, the cinnamon smells burnt and she swallows twice, heart clenched. She steps into the kitchen, an avalanche of insanity poured into pastry, tables heaped with gleaming meringues, perfectly iced gingerbread men. Her mother lay on the floor, spatula in open hand, gun in the other.

The blood looks like jam.

Junior winner- Lauren R (Year 9)

I show her reflection as she stares into my waters. She does not see how my body is boundless as I constantly meander past. She is absorbed in my shallow exterior but beneath that layer of serenity I am a lifeline to multitudes. She stares and does not consider the  magnificence which I hold below. She fleetingly acknowledges my  visible resplendence but depreciates  the depth withheld by my façade .

Raging beneath her reflection is a tempestuous universe that is my very  own. She departs, unaware of my brilliance.  She can only see my surface, just as I only show hers.

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