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
As part of the Year 1 and 2 science lesson on physics and forces, and to watch some really big ‘sandpit toys’ in action, students were challenged to see what parts of big machines ‘pushed’ or ‘pulled’. Clint from Brown McNeill Contracting demonstrated how the new McHale orbital silage wrapper picked up the silage roll then pulled the plastic around the revolving bale before pushing it off the machine. Tim and Beth Roberts used a Kobelco excavator to demonstrate how levers and pistons could make the arm push or pull and how the platform on a drop deck widener could raise or lower a ramp and expand to fit wide machinery. Thanks Clint, Beth and Tim… Transformers indeed!
Weekly Times journalist, Simone Smith, was invited into the Year 10 Homegroup session ‘World of work’ to help students investigate potential pathways and careers under the TAP umbrella of connecting into our community. Simone outlined her career path which involved lots of work experience in a variety of media outlets before her tenacity lead to her current position at the Weekly Times. She explained that potential journalists needed to be interested in everybody and most things, needed to ask questions and to read, listen and watch the news. Simone encouraged students to develop skills in comprehension, writing, maths, time management, develop the confidence to approach people and to think outside the square, good advice for any career!
Despite being unable to help refence properties burnt out by the St Patrick’s day fires, the Corangamite Trade Training VET Hospitality class are connecting with volunteers working in the community by baking goods for inclusion in Blaze Aid volunteers’ lunches.
It’s not just the Year 9 science students who are abuzz with bees and are budding apiarists! The Year 1 / 2 students have created their own apiary with their monoprinted bees. Students learnt honeycomb is made up of hexagonal cells and each student made a cell by printing with bubble wrap and learnt that this is where the queen lays her eggs and the honey is stored. Students then made bees on a piece of foam and used ink and rollers to print the bees. The bees were mounted on extra layers of foam to make them “pop” and appear more life like and give moment. Students and their teacher are still buzzing from this activity!