Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Athletics Carnival Video

Here is the awesome video our Media students with the help of former student Harrison Wiles and Mr Beckman put together for the Athletics Carnival.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Science Update

Introducing STEM Time for:

  • Year 10 students who are preparing their Science projects for competition entry or on display boards; 
  • all students who wish to test or prepare prototypes or experiments for Entrepreneurs Club; 
  • all students who wish to work on models for entry in the Innovations and Models -Young Scientist Competition. 

Come and work safely under a teacher’s supervision using materials and equipment, including electronic sensors, glassware, measuring instruments and craft materials, from the Science Faculty storeroom. Monday afternoons in Term 2 and Term 3, 2.45pm -3.45p.m. in 223. More details from Mrs Gordon

Work Experience
James Manning from Year 10 completed his work experience week in the Science prep room under the supervision of the laboratory assistant, Mrs Jenny Watts. James spent the week researching and developing demonstrations for teaching. At the end of the week it was exciting to see him demonstrate his extensive knowledge and model of DNA electrophoresis to Year 12 Biology. It was a great assistance in understanding the use of this technique in DNA profiling as Year 12 studied their option module, Genetics – the Code Broken? Thank you, James and Mrs Watts.

Science resources for catching up on missed lessons
Parents are reminded that Year 9 and 10 students have access to digital Science textbooks, iScience 9 and iScience 10. Year 7 and 8 students have access to the interactive program, Education Perfect for Science. Students keep a record of their own learning and apply their learning in workbooks or loose leaf folders. Reference material, including KUDos, is available for each class on Moodle or Google Workspace. KUDos are the essential knowledge, understanding and doing for students in Years 7 to 10. Students who miss lessons due to illness or other commitments are encouraged to be responsible for catching up and extending their learning by using these resources. Contact class Science teachers if there are difficulties getting access to resources for Science.

A lesson with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki 
Physics classes are looking forward to their Skype lesson with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki from ABC Science on the 7th June. Thanks to Mrs Homola, Dr Karl will bring his unique approach to communicating science to an Inaburra classroom. Students will be ready to show their enthusiasm and put their physics questions to Dr Karl.

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Athletics Carnival

Our annual Athletics Carnival was held at Barden Ridge on Tuesday this week. We were blessed with beautiful weather and it was fantastic to see so many students getting involved in the day. Special mention to Year 12 who had a theme of Old and Gold.

Work Experience

In Week 3 of this term Year 10 took part in Work Experience. Students got the chance to see what it is like when they leave school as they shadowed adults in a large range of professions. This is the first year we have moved Work Experience to before the subject selection process and we hope this experience will really help students as they plan for the studies at the HSC.

Frequently we have a number of students who actually do work experience at the school. James Manning is one such student who spent the week working with our school Lab Assistant in the Science faculty. Here is a report that he compiled on a project he undertook during the week.

As part of the work experience program, I spent the week in the Inaburra science laboratory with Mrs Jenny Watts and the major project I worked on was DNA Gel Electrophoresis. It is an experiment used to examine 2 sets of DNA to see if the 2 are identical. The experiment consisted of; 5 9V batteries to make 45V of electricity running through cables to 2 stainless steel electrodes submerged in a 0.2 Molar Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate solution with an Agar Gel made from the same solution with 5 wells in it to hold the samples. To make the samples, we extracted the DNA of a kiwi fruit which takes about an hour itself. Tto actually see the DNA during the experiment, we stained the DNA with Methylene Blue. Initially, we did the experiment with food dyes to separate the colours, but when we found everything worked, we decided to use DNA. After we had tested it a few times, we tried it with DNA and got it to a teachable standard. I then demonstrated this process to Year 12 Biology on the Friday afternoon.

35th Anniversary

Here are some images from our 35th Anniversary celebration on May 24.

Music Education – A Process of Partnership and Perseverance

Our musical year has started well and we are already noticing significant artistic development in our students. Maintaining this valuable momentum requires intelligent outcomes, highly competent staff and a student clientele which is resilient and industrious. These qualities are most potent when linked to optimistic parental mentoring and partnership.

We have high expectations of the students that we teach and the ensembles that we run. Consistent practice and weekly attendance at rehearsals is foundational to the excellent results we are achieving. 

Below are some ideas on how you – as mentor and parent – can encourage your child to persevere in this exciting journey of Music Education.

  1. What should I do if my child wishes to quit? Don't give in! –– Particularly in the early stages of involvement in the program. There are so many great reasons for persevering with music. It is an investment of both parental time and resources. Investment involves: devoting time, effort, and energy to an undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result. 
  2. What do I do when my child becomes frustrated with their progress? Ensure that they are practising regularly. This single factor will solve most of their problems. It is not easy learning an instrument. It is just hard work (for all of us). 
  3. Get them to listen to professional recordings of music they are studying. This exercise implants the right sound into the student's mind, clearly modelling the sound that students should be aiming for. Their private teachers are a great sound model resource. 
  4.  A little practice everyday is better than none at all. It is rare that a child will want to go and practice on their own. Frequently they will need you – the parent – to supervise and encourage them. 
  5. Be physically present for some of your child's practice sessions. Offer suggestions, to show your child that you are listening to them. You may not be ‘musical’ but that does not matter. You will need to be a part of this journey with them, regardless of your musical expertise. 
  6. Keep going –– consistency and involvement in your child's music education will bring success to the student and certainly vicarious joy to the parent. 

Remember –– Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard!! 

Partnership and perseverance is the key – it is worthwhile, so let us continue the good work. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss ways in which you can assist with the development of your child's musical progress and success.

Kind regards,

Miss Jennifer Geering

Friday, 5 May 2017

Year 11 Music Compositions performed by String Quartet

This week the Year 11 music class had their compositions performed by a professional String Quartet. This tradition has continued for many years now and is one of the highlights of the year for the students who get to hear their works performed in front of the whole school at the Senior School Assembly.

Peer Tutoring up and running for 2017

As the saying goes "to teach is to learn twice", and if the adage is true, the peer tutors at Inaburra today were not simply learning the material better, but were also learning how to be teachers. The Peer Literacy Tutoring Program that is currently running alongside the after-school study sessions, is a nationally recognised course that benefits two student cohorts; the Stage 6 tutors and the Stage 4 tutees. Tutors develop leadership skills, communication skills and improve their understanding of the core work. Tutees benefit from working one-on-one with a more senior peer and may concentrate better on the task in the more comfortable environment. Best of all, peer tutoring also helps develop personal relationships between the tutor and the student. So a win, win for everyone!

Senior School Cross Country Photos

Year 12 Geography Excursion to Cairns

Inaburra's Year 12 Geographers were in Far North Queensland on a field trip last week. They have been investigating two Australian ecosystems at risk: the Daintree and the Great Barrier Reef. Then travelling south of Cairns they visited the Pacific Coast eco banana farm (you might know these bananas as the red tip ones) where Frank, Diane and Alana explained how their farm was operated. Students finished their four-day field trip looking at the way the suburbs of Cairns have taken over the sugar cane fields. They had the opportunity to meet with developers and the local Council who are overseeing this change in Cairns.