ACCLAIMED INNOVATION

The Abydos app, developed by St Stephen’s School and Edith Cowan University, has been named a finalist in the Western Australian Information Technology and Telecommunication Awards (WAITTA) INCITE Awards for the Most Transformative Impact on Education.
The gamification app uses the theme of ancient Egypt to teach primary students about fractions, and research has shown a group of Year 6 students who used the app scored 10.5 per cent higher than those who didn’t after just two sessions a week for four weeks using the app.

Abydos has been integrated into classroom teaching for Year 6s at St Stephen’s.

The finalists were announced on Friday, with the winners to be named in June.

Congrats to all involved – such a coup for our innovative School! Best of luck for the June announcement.

Fishy Tales from the Sea

The St Stephens SCUBA Students were amazing, conditions at Rotto were perfect, a massive pod of dolphins swam around the boat for most of the day and a massive Port Jackson shark chilling in a cave was a highlight. It was a really great day and a fantastic end to the Open Water Course.

Rebecca Hudson & Julian Boland

Science Teachers

“The sea that he made belongs to him, along with the dry land that his hands formed. Come! Let us worship and bow down; let us kneel in the presence of the Lord, who made us.” – Psalm 95:5-6

Fishy Excursion

The Year 10 Marine Science students spent today at AQWA, exploring the various marine habitats of the Western Australian coast which we have spent the term studying.

The students also had the opportunity to Discover SCUBA Diving for the first time in AQWA’s new purpose-built tank. This was a fantastic opportunity for them to experience breathing underwater and the change in pressure which is often daunting for inexperienced divers.

After an immensely successful day there looks like lots of them have caught the SCUBA-bug and will hopefully be taking part in an Open Water Course in Year 11 or 12!”

Mrs Hudson, Mr Boland & Mr Nicholson

Science Teachers

 

“Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:20-21

SSS OW Course

Below are some pics from the pool dives with our SSS OW course this year. The students are year 11 and 12’s from the Marine & Maritime Studies classes and are learning their dive skills in the pool before hitting open water.

Rebecca Hudson

Science Teacher

“Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever.” – Psalm 146:6

Diving at the Rockingham Wreck Trail

Below are some pics of the dive groups we have down at Rockingham Wreck Trail for the first Open Water Dives! All groups had no problems getting to 12m and even though the visibility was average they saw the planes, boat and a sea snake!

Rebecca Hudson

Teacher Science

 

“He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed.” – Psalm 107:29

Year 12 ClassPad Presentation

About 75 mathematics students from Year 12 attended a ‘masterclass’ on the Computer Algebra System (CAS) calculator Thursday. This was presented by national Casio ClassPad 330 expert Charlie Watson.

Charlie’s sessions included trigonometry, functions, probability, sequences and graphing. He looked at basic skills and past exam paper questions and how to simplify them by using the classpad.

The students found it extremely useful and were impressed at Charlie’s presentation skills.

This presentation was organised by Jennifer Prosser, Acting HOLA Mathematics.

STEM Education

Did you know that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations now require STEM skills and knowledge?

STEM education is the learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an interdisciplinary or integrated approach.

As part of science week last week, our School welcomed STEM professionals into their classrooms. Students even participated in a virtual classroom discussion with scientists working in the space industry.

Spray-On-Skin Presentation

The Year 12 students were treated to a two-hour presentation on Spray-On-Skin by the renowned Professor Fiona Wood today.

Professor Wood’s greatest contribution and enduring legacy is her work pioneering the innovative ‘spray-on skin’ technique (Recell), which greatly reduces permanent scarring in burns victims. Professor Wood patented her method in 1993 and today the technique is used worldwide.

Spray-on skin is a patented skin culturing treatment for burn victims, developed by scientist Marie Stoner and plastic surgeon Dr Fiona Wood. Professor Wood’s treatment is under ongoing development.

Thanks to our innovative technology Carramar Year 12 students could watch the presentation live using our extended classrooms.

Biodiversity and Conservation Camp in Busselton

Mr Charles Biddle and Nicola Ross led the Year 11 students to Busselton where they performed transects and investigate the effects of monoculture, invasive species, human interference, and conservation strategies. They also visited Ngilgi Cave.

What an amazing experience for them.

 

Australian Mathematics Competition

We have 215 students that are entered. It is all of our Mathematics 1 students and Yr 11/12 Specialist students.

About the Australian Mathematics Competition

The Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was introduced in Australia in 1978 as the first Australia-wide mathematics competition for students. It has become the largest single event on the Australian education calendar, allowing students to attempt the same tasks on the same day in over 30 countries around the globe.

Running since 1978, the AMC is for students of all standards. Students are asked to solve 30 problems in 60 minutes (Years 3–6) or 75 minutes (Years 7–12). The problems are designed to test mathematical thinking rather than focus on calculations themselves, thus such questions are designed so that they can be answered just as quickly without a calculator as with one. The problems get more difficult through the competition, so that at the end they are challenging to the most gifted students. Students of all standards will make progress through the problems, and also be challenged along the way.

Wishing everyone the best of luck!