Secondary School

Year 7 AIT

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2016 has seen the introduction of an Applied Information Technology course involving two streams – Robotics and Programming.

Four classes are currently running, with two classes learning to program in Scratch, and two classes learning to program Edison robots. At the start of Term 2, the classes will swap streams and cover the topics the other classes were doing in Term 1.

The Edison robots are a low-cost means by which students can learn to apply programming to help them solve real-life challenges. With the use of the Edware programming software, the students can learn the basics of programming and problem breakdown.

It is planned to continue a programming stream into Years 8 and 9 using other, more complex languages.

Mr Andrew Twine
Math/ScienceTeacher

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Congratulations

Cody Chittick in Year 8 recently spent six weeks in the US, training at Millsaps Training Facility. Millsaps is a full-blown facility that provides first class facilities and state of the art motocross training programs in Cairo, Georgia. 

On the weekends Cody competed in the six week Motocross Florida Winter Amateur Series in which he finished 1st overall in the 85cc 12-13 year old class, 85cc 12-15 year old class and 2nd in the 85cc 9-13 year old class.

Cody’s family and friends made his trip to the US possible by assisting him with fundraising. He would like to thank his sponsors: Derek's Earthmoving, JC Motorsports, Mandurah City KTM, Dunlop, Cambridge Electrical Co. and Xtrac Racing.

 

2015 Year 12 Perspectives

Congratulations to graduate students Aleisha Allen, Darcey Schouten, and Esther D’Sylva who had their 2015 Year 12 artworks selected for the Year 12 Perspectives exhibition at the Art Gallery of Western Australia 

The exhibition opened on Tuesday 15 March and runs until 13 June 2016 and features the top 50 artworks in WA for the graduating class of 2015. Over 300 artworks were submitted from schools around Western Australia, and it is an honour to have had three artworks selected from Swan Christian College this year.

Darcey’s piece Timber, which was exhibited in the College’s Arts Showcase last year along with the pieces from Aleisha and Esther, was chosen as this year’s Packers Prize at the Perspectives exhibition. http://www.artgallery.wa.gov.au/exhibitions/year-12-perspectives-2015.asp

The exhibition is open to the public and entry is free so make sure you head to AGWA and take a look!

Miss Cherie Tucker
Arts Teacher

Visual Arts Excursion 

This week the Year 10 Visual Art students attended an excursion where they had the opportunity to view some famous Australian Impressionist artworks. After being inspired at the Art Gallery of Western Australia they had a go at painting their own Impressionist landscape paintings at Kings Park.

It was a wonderful, creative day that was thoroughly enjoyed by the students. The Year 10’s will be displaying their landscape paintings at the College Art Exhibition in Term 3.

House Swimming Carnival

On Thursday 3 March the Senior School held the annual House Swimming Carnival at Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre. The weather was great and it was so pleasing to see many of the races filled and students striving to do their best for their House.

After leading for most of the day, Bell House fought off a challenge from Kennedy to take home the trophy this year.

There were also lots of individual award winners on the day and a number of records broken. The students performed exceptionally well on the day - to view the champions from each year group click here.

A huge thank you to all the parents who came along to support on the day and also to our staff for helping make the day run smoothly.

Mr Sam Tweedie
Deputy Head of Health, PE and Sport

Inter-School Sport Sign ups

Next term Swan Christian College will be continuing its participation in the ACC Sports competition. The sports on offer in Term 2 are Soccer for boys and Year 10-12 girls, Netball is also offered for girls in all age groups.

The ACC Sport format will run the same as this term in that the Year 7s will play on Tuesday afternoons, the 
Year 10-12s on Wednesday afternoons and Year 8-9s on Thursdays. 

The competition starts in Week 3 so if your child would like to sign up for any of the following sports please ask them to come to the Physical Education Office and register their names.

Mr Sam Tweedie
Deputy Head of Health, PE and Sport

Swan Languages Champions

Seven SCEA schools competed in the first round of the SCEA Languages Championship (Education Perfect Program) from 29 Februaryto 6 March. The friendly battle was fierce to the last minute between rival individuals, classes and schools. There were some tired hands and brains by the end of the week!

Average scores are calculated for each school and each class. This year, the College topped the leaderboard. This was a great team effort by all our Languages students and a great encouragement as we prepare to fight the second round in Term 2, during the 2016 World Languages Championship.

Seven top students were given special recognition at a Monday all-school assembly.

Gold status (over 3000 points) - Anika Wheat, Romy Cheeseman, Eilish Dunn, Alysia Taffurelli

Elite status (over 10,000 points) - George Hadland, Amabel Hadland, Chloe Neesham.

May all our Languages students be inspired to aim high in their studies and enjoy discovering other languages and cultures in God’s amazingly diverse world. 

Mrs Madeleine Goiran
Teacher - French

Year 12 Charity Ball

This year, the Year 12 Charity Ball was held at Frasers in Kings Park. It was an event that the girls had been preparing for, for months, while many of the boys only thought to get their suits the day before.

On 4 February, excitement buzzed through the air. Limos and party buses pulled up to houses, teary parents took a million photos and soon we were on our way. Upon arrival at Kings Park, shouts of, “you look amazing” echoed through the grounds and a million more photos were taken as we met up with more friends. We had a year group photo taken and then it was time to head inside.

We all sat down at our tables of ten, and immediately noticed the small bowls of Red Frogs that were in the centre of each table; these were quickly eaten. Then the College Captains, Erin and Caleb, along with our Principal Mr Scott, opened the night and the Ball officially began.

After dinner a representative from Red Frogs Charity stepped up to the podium. She told us about how WA Red Frogs volunteers offer assistance to students who celebrate ‘leavers’ in WA and Bali and how they are recognised by handing out Allens Red Frogs. While she was speaking, the bowl of frogs was topped up and quickly polished off again.

Then it was time for photos and dancing. There were two photo booths where we could have as many professional photos taken as our hearts desired, and a dance floor to show off our new dance skills that we learnt at Year 12 camp. The teachers from Humphreys Dance Academy were there to refresh our memories and lead the dancing. Although the dance floor got a little crowded at times, it didn’t take away from the fun.

We had a buffet dinner and then we could dance and have photos taken again. Looking out of the long windows surrounding the ballroom, you could see a spectacular view of Perth city, all lit up as the night wore on.

All too soon, it was 12 midnight and the Charity Ball was all over. It was an amazing night that we will remember, as the Year 12 graduates of 2016, for many years to come.