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BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

They are the two Gold Coast inventions that could win a big youth Science prize – and save lives.

Since 1981 the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards have been Australia's most prestigious school Science awards. They reward young people who have used technological innovation to design a new invention or who have undertaken practical research projects that demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures.


Students projects from across the country compete to become a national finalist in this elite competition. A total of 26 finalists have been selected from across Australia.

Marymount college students Lachlan Zidar and Jared Crowley are both 2018 finalists.

Read more: BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards

Peace Performing Arts Centre Opens to Applause

Peace Lutheran College's Peace Performing Arts Centre has showcased its very first recording artists with Year 8 student, Dean Brady singing "Hallelujah" and Year 9 student, Holly Cummings performing her original composition, "Jealousy". This state-of-the-art building boasts boutique performance space with the latest AV and lighting, recording studio, seven practice rooms and two customised music-teaching spaces. The performing arts centre is a wonderful addition to our College facilities and will be well utilised by our Arts students and their teachers.

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STEM in the early years

In 2016, a group of educators from Catholic Education Western Australia explored Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education with young children. Sarah Denholm, the recently appointed Director of Ruyton Early Learning at Ruyton Girls’ School, documented and shared their journey through the publication of the iBook STEM in the Early Years: A Journey.

Young children are capable and competent learners who have their own theories and thinking about the world around them. Educators should acknowledge children’s prior knowledge and foster their natural curiosity for STEM. Early experience with STEM helps build skills for problem solving, research, investigation, creativity, design and construction.

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Inaburra School unveils new learning spaces

Inaburra School unveils new learning spaces – the classrooms of the future

The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, Member for Cook and Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Australia, will
unveil the new 4-storey building including a state-of-the-art Stage 3 Learning Centre for Years 5 and 6, a
Senior School Learning Commons, additional facilities such as STEM room (for integrated Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics classes), a new glass-walled Principal’s Office and Junior School
sensory playground.


The Stage 3 Learning Centre: An open plan learning space for 112 students in Years 5 and 6. Photo: Stuart Wood.

Read more: Inaburra School unveils new learning spaces

Northside Christian College Recognised As A Leader In Education Innovation

Northside Christian College

Northside Christian College has been named one of Australia’s forty most innovative schools by The Educator.

The award recognises outstanding educators who are improving teaching and learning outcomes through technology and innovative practices.

The College has strategically prioritised innovation and creativity to ensure its graduates are equipped for the job market of the future.

Read more: Northside Christian College Recognised As A Leader In Education Innovation

Principal of Ruyton Girls’ School, Ms Linda Douglas, reflects on the power of conversation.

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Ursula K. Le Guin, writer, explored the vulnerable process of conversation in a piece titled Telling Is Listening. It focuses on understanding the art of conversation, where the message involves both the speaker and the listener, but is also a relationship between the two. The message is a complex code: a culture, in which the language, the speaker, and the listener are all embedded. Le Guin describes face-to-face human communication as intersubjective, a continuous interchange between two consciousnesses. Instead of alternating between the roles of speaker and listener, between the active and the passive, it is continuous and goes both ways all the time.

Read more: Principal of Ruyton Girls’ School, Ms Linda Douglas, reflects on the power of conversation.

Trinity boys learn the art of selflessness

Year 11 and 12 students from Trinity Grammar School, dedicated themselves to providing service to those most in need, as part of Trinity’s annual Service Week programme. One of the beneficiaries was Jervis Bay School whose students revelled in the attention provided by Senior Trinity boys.

Service Week is an initiative of Trinity Grammar School designed to encourage students to consider the impact they can have as both an individual, and as part of the School, on the broader outside community. The programme’s activities serve to raise awareness amongst the boys of the inequalities that may exist outside their own immediate sphere. Activities provide practical hands on experience by allowing boys to work collaboratively alongside a variety of charity groups, community volunteers and schools.

During the week-long annual programme, Year 11 and 12 students commit to a variety of activities such as feeding the homeless, serving the elderly, assisting to educate young people, and supporting charity centres and community support initiatives.

At Jervis Bay School, located near Nowra on the NSW South Coast, two Trinity students were placed in each of the four classes to assist students one-on-one and in small groups. Although they concentrated mainly on literacy and numeracy, the Trinity boys also helped Jervis Bay students prepare meals for family and friends as part of Harmony Day celebrations.

Read more: Trinity boys learn the art of selflessness

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