Friday, 1 June 2018

Media Students Filming at Baptist Union Conference

 In week 3, a crew of six media students from years 9, 10, 11 and 12 operated live vision equipment at the NSW & ACT Baptist Union’s 'Celebrate 150' conference and celebration held at the Navarra Venue, Le Montage, Lilyfield. 

The vision from three cameras operated by our crew was ‘live’ switched for projection at the event and live-streamed for participants around the state, during the 4 sessions held through the day and into the evening. The professional crew working alongside our students were hugely impressed with their capabilities and work conduct.

Chamber Strings Ensemble at Sydney Eisteddfod

We were very proud of our Chamber Strings who competed at the Sydney Eisteddfod performing at The Concourse in Chatswood. Up against the big schools of Knox and MLC and we held our own! Great ensemble directorship by Irena Dimitrovska

Fete and Open Day

How good was Inaburra's Open Day and Fete? We trust you enjoyed the day, picked up a bargain, a book or a BBQ egg and bacon roll for lunch.

It was great to see the diverse range of skills and talents in Senior School students throughout the day. 

Thank you to our Student Leaders, Prefects and students who ran tours. The band members and choir members who performed throughout that day were spectacular, and we hope you had a chance to see our Media students on the big screen running presentations throughout the day. 

Great job Senior School on showing the community what a great contribution you make to Inaburra. 

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lessons of Caring for the Environment for Year 9 Science

In Science this week, Year 9 have been concerning themselves with the environmental impact of ocean acidification.  They have learned about the impacts of acid rain and the increased acidity of lakes and oceans as excess carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere. 

Class 9B carried out investigations to assess the loss of mass from different shells when they are exposed to acid.  The shells effervesced and were visibly more fragile after ten minutes. Weighing them revealed a 30-50% loss in mass. The results were a beautiful eye-opener to the importance of caring for our environment.

- Mrs Peach

A Junior Genius joins a Year 10 Science Class!

Last Wednesday, one of our Year 10 Science classes was joined by Axel from Year 4.  Axel, a pocket rocket in his giant high school lab apron, joined in to help teach Year 10 about rates of reaction and what happens when you heat things up. Working with Tom they timed the reaction of sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid at different temperatures. Axel joined in the wrap-up and helped discuss the conclusions.  

Bringing the junior school into the senior school was a brilliant experience and as Tom said, “he’s much better at drawing graphs than us.” As a successful experiment, we look forward to welcoming more junior school students visit to experience science and add their talents to our team.  Well done Axel!

- Mrs Peach

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Yr 11 Geography Field Trip to Lane Cove River

On Friday Year 11 Geography students went out to do some field research to further enhance their learning in the classroom.

They have been investigating connections within ecosystems and the impact we have on these ecosystems.

We visited 3 spots along the Lane Cove River looking at the habitats along the river,
Testing the water and looking for macroinvertebrates to show how healthy the river is.

- Miss Southwell

Yr 11 Earth and Environmental Science - Experiments in Crystal Growth

The Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science class have been investigating how to get different crystal sizes in igneous rocks.  They have grown their own crystals by evaporating saturated copper sulfate solution at different rates.  Their results are beautiful.  They now know why intrusive igneous rocks that formed by cooling slowly have the largest crystals, and extrusive igneous rocks that cool rapidly have tiny crystals.

- Mrs Peach

HICES Debating Round 2- Thomas Hassall Anglican College

On Thursday afternoon in Week 7, 23 senior school students travelled to Thomas Hassall Anglican College to compete in the second round of the HICES Debating Competition. Two of our three Middle Division teams won their debates, with the other defeated in the Inaburra vs. Inaburra match. These students debated the topic ‘That the government should censor social media to protect the users’ and were commended on their impressive maturity and sophisticated arguments by the adjudicator. 

After only an hour of preparation without technology, our Senior and Open Division teams also established and defended strong and insightful cases on the following topics: ‘That learning music is more important than studying Shakespeare’ and ‘That social media has the responsibility to self-regulate’.  These debates showed our students’ ability to think beyond their years and articulate persuasively and passionately. Both teams won their respective debates. Congratulations to all students for their outstanding efforts.

-Ms Aliferis

Yr 11 and Yr 12 Legal Studies Excursion to Wollongong Court House

On Monday 19 March, Year 11 and 12 students participated in an excursion to Wollongong Court House. The day largely consisted of hearing cases from the Local, District and Supreme Court. This allowed students to witness first-hand the court process and the legal personnel involved, see how evidence is examined and how decisions are made.

The students also met His Honor, Judge Hunt of the District Court who shared his insights about the importance of the jury system and the importance of early intervention for those that are susceptible in becoming involved in criminal activity.

- Mr Low

Year 10 Geography Excursion to Homebush Wetlands

Year 10 Geography were out at the Wetlands in Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush on Thursday. 

They were investigating the natural mangrove environment and how we as humans have impacted it. Lastly, they had the opportunity to explore management strategies to improve the wetlands now, and into the future.

- Miss Southwell