What can I...Solve? Learn? Be? Create? Do? Inspire? Try? Challenge?
TAP staffroom noticeboard, ready for Term 3.
What can I...Solve? Learn? Be? Create? Do? Inspire? Try? Challenge?
Chefs, nutritionists, graphic designers, delicatessen owners, transport operators, butchers, tourism operators, industrial chemists, veterinarians, fertilizer spreader drivers, merchandise salesmen, agronomists, real estate agents, engineers, fitter and turners, dairy technicians, account officers and OHS specialists were amongst the various careers discovered during our CCC walking town tour of Timboon. Our survey included Shirley Walker at Total Dairy Service, James O’Brien and Ben Green from Landmark Timboon and Emma and David Pope at The Corner Store Timboon. Our hosts outlined their career paths, the types of businesses they operated, the number of people employed in their business, and as students discovered, even though we only visited three local businesses, the flow on careers related to dairy and agriculture were extensive. Thank you to our hosts for making our students aware of the many career opportunities available to them in the future.
Our Year 7 science students have submitted their entries for the Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition, ‘Game of Drones’. Students grew a small crop of oats and photographed the developing plants to analyze and record plant growth. Other tasks included researching the way drones and robotics are currently used in Australian farming practices and how advances in technology can improve the livelihood of farmers and communities. Some of the topics researched included driverless tractors, drones, Swagbots, robotic weeders, digital farm hands, robotic dairies and farm mapping. Best of luck Year 7s!
Once again our careers session was a highlight of the Year 7/8 CCC science elective featuring panelists David Sheedy, a vet from The Vet Group, Brett Hunger, an agribusiness banker from CBA, Danielle O’Keefe, an agronomist with Grass Growers, Rachel Alexander, a farm services advisor from WCB and Andy Powell, a young farmer. Each panelist described their career path including subjects they took at school, study or education required for their current careers, features of their jobs that appealed to them, any quirks or benefits of their jobs and any pieces of advice for our students. Some panelists bought tools of their trade and interesting components of their job including cockchafers, a steer’s brain and Herd Manager ear tags. All stressed that that it was ok to be uncertain of what you wanted to do as a career but to take on any opportunities offered to you to do what you enjoy doing.
Once again our careers session was a highlight of the Year 7/8 CCC science elective featuring panelists David Sheedy, a vet from The Vet Group, Brett Hunger, an agribusiness banker from CBA, Danielle O’Keefe, an agronomist with Grass Growers, Rachel Alexander, a farm services advisor from WCB and Andy Powell, a young farmer. Each panelist described their career path including subjects they took at school, study or education required for their current careers, features of their jobs that appealed to them, any quirks or benefits of their jobs and any pieces of advice for our students. Some panelists bought tools of their trade and interesting components of their job including cockchafers, a steer’s brain and Herd Manager ear tags. All stressed that that it was ok to be uncertain of what you wanted to do as a career but to take on any opportunities offered to you to do what you enjoy doing. Click on the article "Schoolyards calve out a career in the dairy industry" for more details https://www.standard.net.au/story/5482729/schoolyards-turn-into-dairy-farms-for-three-week-program/
As part of their studies of biochemistry and oil refining this term the Year 11 Chemistry students visited the Beach Energy Otway gas plant. Sue Dwyer conducted an induction session on site stressing that safety was everyone’s duty and then students donned safety vests, glasses and gloves before joining Trevor Van Andel on a tour of the plant. Students learnt that the gas plant is mainly producing methane, ethane, propane and butane and the liquids (condensate) are then sent off for further refining into petrol. This was a wonderful opportunity for the class to reinforce their understanding of hydrocarbons and fractional distillation evidenced in the oil extraction process at this plant. What a interesting community we live in!
Donna Ellis spoke to the Year 7/8 “Have your say” politics / commerce class about the importance of being involved in the community. She was able to link all our previous guest speakers back to community connection and what happens if nobody is willing to get involved. Donna spoke about the importance of volunteering in the community and how bigger things can grow from this involvement. There was also some discussion about what a community would look like of nobody took on volunteering roles….a very boring place indeed. Students were able to share their areas of community involvement and it was amazing to see the range of activities that students volunteer and are involved in at such a young age. Donna spoke specifically about some of her key interests including parkrun, Timboon girls' football and her role as chair of the Community Advisory Committee for TDHC. Thanks very much Donna for your time and wealth of information.
Once again Year 10 students from Timboon P-12 School have demonstrated their proficiency in STEM disciplines! Students competed in the regional section of the South Coast Science and Engineering Challenge at Deakin University against eight other regional schools competing in a range of science / engineering based problem solving activities. Our students not only applied their knowledge and skills but it was their team work and perseverance that really shone through on the day completing tasks like bridge building, developing a robotic arm and launching a sling shot This makes it two wins in a row for Timboon P-12 School in this event. By winning at this level, the class are eligible for the state final later in the year and the School was awarded three Samsung Galaxy Tab S2’s as part of their prize. Thank you to Telstra, The University of Newcastle, Deakin University and Rotary Clubs for your support of the Engineering Challenge. Please refer to the online article in the Warrnambool Standard for a full report and interviews with students. Congratulations to everyone concerned!
Our Year 5/6 Maths class have sent out a request to school families for more pumpkin data for their maths survey to enable them to compare results about the most recent pumpkin growing experience. It does not matter if the vine didn’t grow as true data includes good and bad results. This is an anonymous survey with either 3 or 10 questions, depending on your pumpkin’s survivability and growth! Students and their families are asked to respond to the survey by clicking on the link on either the Timboon P12 School website, Compass or the Timboon P12 Facebook site.
Under the TAP banner of community connections, Chris Stewart, from Ambulance Victoria, was invited into the Year 12 English classroom as they investigated contextualizing local issues and persuasive writing. Chris was able to recount his personal and professional experiences of occupational violence against paramedics and health professionals. He described the sorts of dangers paramedics may face, what it means to feel safe or unsafe as you try to help someone and the impact of those dangers on staff, confidence and well being. Students learnt about the repercussions of recent court sentences on paramedic morale and that health professionals felt supported by the public backlash. Another topical area recently explored by students was livestock exports with the class analyzing arguments, developing further persuasive writing skills and contexualizing issues