In May 2015, 100 Science students from Years 7 to 12 were entered into a “Big Science Competition” in order to extend and challenge some of our talented and gifted students.
These students sat a 60 minute, 30 multiple choice quiz based on the Australian Curriculum with the Years 11 and 12 students competing on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 and the Years 7 to 10 on Thursday, 21 May 2015.
I am pleased to report that 44 (44%) of these students achieved Credit, Distinction and High Distinction Certificates with the breakdown, shown in the table below.
A High Distinction was awarded to those students who achieved 85% or more in the competition, and we had three such students: Caitlin MacRitchie (Yr 11), Sarah Cappi and Katie Sanders (Yr 10).
12 students earned Distinctions by scoring between 70% and 84%: Catherine Porter, Jakson Forbes and Sophie Bushe-Jones (Yr 7); Brenna Karipa, Jennifer Blay, Kobe Wilson and Sarah Evans (Yr 8); Tabitha Holt and Samuel Dicker (Yr 9); and Jami Outram-Baggs, Riley Johnston and Abhirath Sarvagya (Yr 11). 29 other students received Credit Certificates (scoring above 65%) and the remaining 56 with Certificates of Participation.
On 23 June 2015, two teams of three (Team 1 - Yr 12 students): Katherine Oakland, Isabelle Macdonald and Jessica Donaldson; Team 2 - Yr 9 students): Fletcher Wilson, Caitlin Whittle and Jessica Gillibrand) participated in a Titration competition at Curtin University. The Year 12 team finished 42nd out of 160 teams whilst the Year 9 team, being the youngest group managed to finish 125th. The Year 12 team were not far from the winning school as a mere hundredth of a millilitre decided the positions. The Year 9 team gained valuable experience and will be setting their sights to improve their position over the next few years.
In other news for the semester, from the start of Term 2, all Years 7 and 8 students at SVACS trialled a new Science software package ‘IntoScience’ which allowed students to interact with their Science curriculum in an exciting way and with the hope of enhancing their learning.
General feedback from our IT manager, Rob Krueger:
“The IntoScience looks great. From an IT perspective it is exactly as we would like to see: Cloud-based software available from any device, anywhere, any time – so that we are future-proofed for any platform or device changes”.
Based on the success of this trial period, the Science faculty will decide if the wish to purchase individual registration so that students can have a whole year access.