Cross Country

This morning we held our 2020 Cross Country carnival with 288 students competing across the six year groups. In the perfect conditions there were a number of year group records broken, as well as the overall course record being beaten with a time of 13:24.73 by Nick Holmes (Alethea Year 11). First across the line for the girls was Crystal Edwards (Carana Year 11) with a time of 16:50.13.

The overall house results were as follows:

3rd: CARANA 1029 points 

2nd: ALETHEA 1249 points

1st: TIMAE 1276 points.

Congratulations Timae!

 

 

 

SPARKING SKILLS

Excited to expand their experience in electrical work, Year 9 and 10 students from Carramar and Duncraig recently attended the Try A Trade course at the College of Electrical Training. Students were given an introduction to domestic lighting systems and circuits, with the College commending students on their excellent attitude towards the course.

REEF RESEARCH

Year 10 Marine Science students harnessed their improvisation skills to create their own ‘mock reef’ in the school grounds to practice their marine sampling techniques. Students used a transect line and quadrats to sample the area for abalone while weighing and measuring a hypothetical fisherman’s catch of abalone.

VIRTUAL REHEARSALS

Rehearsals are underway for this year’s online production, The Show Must Go Online! Watch as cast members discuss their excitement to be involved in this unusual musical.
Register for viewing here: https://events.humanitix.com/tsmgo

Plastic FREE July

Plastic Free July kicks off for its tenth year in just under two weeks, and we’re popping into your inbox today to help you prepare. Now we know that for many, this Plastic Free July is going to be a little (or a lot!) more challenging than it has been in previous years, due to the various Covid-19 restrictions in place. This is your reminder that no-one (least of all us!) is expecting you to be perfect.

All we ever ask of you is that you do what you can.

And remember, it wouldn’t be called the Plastic Free July challenge if it was easy!

So yes, it’s going to be a challenge, and we’re going to help you as much as we can. 

QUICK TIPS

  • Start looking in your fridge, pantry and bathroom, and in your general waste and recycling bins, and see what plastic you notice. Choose one, two or three things that you want to try to swap out, and start looking for alternatives NOW (it will be easier than waiting until July!)
  • Don’t forget to complete our ‘Pesky Plastic’ quiz! We created it to get you thinking about where all the plastic is in your life.
  • Get together a ‘plastic-free kit’ for your handbag, bike or car. You could include a water bottle, some napkins, reusable cutlery, reusable shopping bags – whatever it is you think you’ll need!
  • Start the conversation with friends, family, colleagues (the person at the coffee shop, the person at the supermarket checkout…). If you’re shy, you can use our Plastic Free July 2020 image (pictured here) as a Facebook profile picture or Instagram tile to share on social media, and we’ve created a Plastic Free July email signature if you’d like to quietly slide into people’s inboxes 😉

THINGS TO READ

Brand new for 2020… we have started a blog! We’ll be updating it throughout June and July (and beyond!).

Our latest posts:

– Don’t believe the headlines: we can still choose to refuse single-use plastic. Yes, health and safety concerns are a top priority right now. We looked to infectious diseases experts to understand exactly what the risks are, and what we can do to refuse plastic and stay safe.

– It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee (without the plastic lid) Ideas for putting sustainability firmly back on the agenda for 2020. 

THINGS TO DO

Buy our limited edition Plastic Free July reusable produce bags, made by Onya Life out of recycled plastic.These bags are long-lasting and hard wearing, and feature our official Plastic Free July logo. By buying these bags through our exclusive link we receive a small commission that goes towards our grassroots campaign, at no extra cost to you.

Download our free Plastic Free July challenge planner  from our website to start choosing what plastic you’ll refuse this July. Print it out and pin it on the fridge so you don’t forget!

Don’t forget that the ‘Get involved’ section of our website has heaps of tips to help you refuse single-use plastic. Have a browse (here’s the link) and see what ideas you haven’t thought of yet!

If you need more inspiration, have a look at our Stories page to see what others are doing.

THINGS TO WATCH

In 2020, we’re creating much more video content to help you choose to refuse single-use plastic. We’re also trying a few different formats – from YouTube videos to Facebook Lives to Zoom webinars – so be sure to give us your feedback!

Our first video, ‘Reducing Plastic in the Kitchen’ with Lindsay Miles (from Treading My Own Path) is available on our official Plastic Free July YouTube channel now.