Academic Excellence 

Year 7 – 9 program

This week saw the start of the Academic Excellence Program for Year 7–9 students for 2020. An enthusiastic group of students met early Tuesday morning to get to know each other and to learn what was in store for them this semester as part of the program.

 

When asked why they chose to participate in the Academic Excellence Program we received a range of responses: “I want to learn something new”, “I want to challenge myself”, “I want to be the best I can be” and “My mum made me”.

 

The Year 7-9 students will meet weekly to learn in depth about organisation, study habits, philosophy, engineering of bridges and debating, amongst other things. Each term students will be immersed into at least one research project where they can use their new skills.

 

Year 10 - 12

It is our aim to assist Year 10-12 students with what they see their needs are, whether it be focussed study skills, information about different pathways and occupations, or even meeting to discuss the world around us in a philosophical debating format.

 

Students will be asked to complete a survey in the near future so that we can gather this information and best assist them.

 

We will also continue to participate in many challenges and competitions throughout the year.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge (ABBC)

In March a group of Year 10 students will compete in Round 1 of the Australia Brain Bee Challenge. Prior to the challenge, students will need to complete online tasks to study numerous facts about neuroscience. Their knowledge is then tested by completing an online quiz.

 

If students from Year 10 Advanced Science classes would like to participate could they please give me, or their Science teacher, their name by Thursday 27 February.

Australian Geography Competition

Later this term, students in Year 8-10 Humanities Extension classes will be sitting the Australian Geography competition. They will be testing their geographical knowledge and competing against each other and thousands of students across Australia. I hope the students enjoy this challenging event.

 

Mrs L Cardenia (Academic Excellence Coordinator)