Earlier this month, the two Year 11 Biology classes and the Year 10 Accelerated Biology class undertook their mandatory excursion to the rocky shore at Hastings Point. This excursion then formed the basis of further research.
The students spent the morning completing a transect study investigating the distribution and abundance of the organisms that live in the intertidal zone. The students then went to the newly renovated Marine Discovery Centre at the North Star Holiday Park, Hastings Point. Students were able to observe more closely the specimens from the rocky shore as well as discuss their specific adaptations and niche within that habitat.
Thanks goes to Mrs Jo Burnett, Mrs Renee Burns for attending the excursion as well as Rhett from the MDC who guided us through the day.
The whole experience is best summed up by the students themselves:
‘The excursion was probably the best I have been on. It was very educational yet fun and laid-back. It was easy-going and adventurous and I really enjoyed it.’
‘The excursion was very good because we were able to get up close and personal to the natural ecosystem of all the living organisms. Definitely the best excursion I have been on due to the fact we were able to be independent.’
‘The biology excursion to the Rock Shore was very educational and enjoyable. I specifically liked doing the quadrants and photographing the animals.’
‘The excursion was very fun and educational. It was good to get out of the classroom. Our guide was very knowledgeable and I learned a lot about Hastings, an area I've lived near for so long.’
‘The excursion was a great experience and was really helpful with getting information for the assignment. I had a lot of fun hanging out with some friends and seeing and learning about some animals I have never seen before.’
‘I discovered so many new things about our surrounding rocky shores and all the organisms that live within them!!’
‘I enjoyed being able to explore the rocky shore freely and observe all the living organisms’
Ms Fiona Murray
Earlier this term many of the Years 7 and 8 junior science classes as well as the accelerated science classes participated in the 2021 Big Science Competition. The test was a 50-minute online competition testing science knowledge, critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
Congratulations to the following students who received a Credit:
|Maggie Clark||Charlie Simon|
|Sienna Matty||Jacob Olsen|
|Lily Blundell||Jaimee Canellis|
|Lois Diver||Cooper Flaherty|
|Olivia Fleming||Vrndi Gibbons|
|Saige Hall||Ayla Jordan|
|Bailey LeBrese||Oska MacFarlane|
|Charlotte Martin||Caleb Matheson|
|Layla McKee||Georgia McNamara|
|Abigail Oehlmann||Abbey Olsen|
|Ryan Thompson||Fallon Twindley|
|Bronte Vandermaat||Luke Young|
|George Barton||Amelia Cane|
|Brooke Cherry||Lorenzo Da Silva|
|Reuben Dennes||Evelyn Elias|
|Lucy Green||Tayla Hall|
|Finley Harman||Mitchell Hopwood|
|Benjamin Joyce||Rhys Langheim|
|Keelan McLaughlin||Darcia Robinson|
|Isabella Sala||Sebastian Trimboli|
|Jenna Walker||Hannah Windhorst|
|Oliver Wortmann||Stephanie Wynia|
Also congratulations and well done to those who received a Distinction:
A special mention to James Petherbridge in Year 8, and Seana Connolly in Year 10, who both received a High Distinction.
Well done to all those who participated. All students will receive an email to download their certificate.
Ms Fiona Murray
Assistant Leader of Learning – Science