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Year 9 & 10 Marine & Aquaculture Technology Visit to Sydney Aquarium

In the final weeks of term one, Year 9 and 10 Marine Science classes attended the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium and Wildlife Sydney Zoo.

Students were able to get up close to marine life and explore the 9 different zones including, The Great Barrier Reef and Arctic Zone with king penguins. Students could walk through tunnels that enabled viewing of Pig the Dugong, Sting Rays and lots of tropical fish. Students visited Shark Alley which included some pretty close up encounters. Another highlight was the Sea Horse breeding and other conservation programs that marine biologists have in place. 

There are over 700 different species of marine life in the aquarium and students learnt about the filtration systems that maintain the 2,000,000 million litres of water.

Following the aquarium, we had a short visit to Wildlife Sydney Zoo, where students could get up close to our native animals.

Thank you to Miss Ashley Ruddy for organising an engaging experience and the support of Mr Doyle and Mrs Isherwood on the day.

Desley Sharman, Marine Teacher

Year 8 tech girls workshop for enterprising girls

Last Thursday, 28th April – a group of Year 8 girls had the opportunity to attend a ‘Tech Girls’ workshop as part of the Academy for Enterprising Girls and techgirls movement.

The girls had the opportunity to identify issues important to them and brainstorm ways that an app could be used to help solve this problem – pitching their ideas to the group.

Thank you Tech Girls and RDA Hunter for providing this valuable experience.

Year 10 Science and Engineering Challenge

On Thursday the 31st of March, thirty-two Year 10 students from San Clemente took part in the annual Science and Engineering Challenge run by RDA Hunter and the University of Newcastle.  The challenge is a set of fun and competitive events involving principles of science, engineering and technology that enable students to extend their knowledge and skills working on complex real-life problems in a setting outside the school, with university staff and students from other schools. 

San Clemente submitted eight teams each containing four members, into various group activities. Some of these activities included Bridge Building, Future power, Grasping Straws, Helter Skelter and Stringways. Each team completed these activities throughout the day, where skills such as participation, teamwork and communication are valued. Participants thoroughly the experience and to top it off – San Clement came a close 2nd in the bridge building competition. Well done S&E Doves!!