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Capricornus Quarterly : CQ Oct 2018
SCHOLARSHIP Maths team challenge success The RGS “mathletes” have embraced another successful year of the Rockhampton District Mathematics Team Challenge. RGS Year 12 and Year 6 teams placed first in their respective competitions with Year 5 placing second. RGS Secondary School Head of Mathematics Mrs Persephone Cook and RGS Primary teachers Mrs Sally Moran and Sonya Whitehead trained the students in the weeks leading into the competition. Mrs Cook said the competition allows students to learn collaboratively on how to solve certain types of problem solving questions and strategies to approach the mental maths speed round. Year 11 student Antonio Vega-Garcia was this year’s recipient of the Rex Boggs Mathlete of the Year Medal. How good is your maths? Primary School example Q: Jacqui gets a 600 piece jigsaw puzzle for her birthday. The picture on the box looks approximately square and the pieces are approximately squares of equal size. She decides to start looking for all the edge pieces. How many edge pieces should Jacqui expect to find? A: 94 edge pieces Secondary examples Q: A text book is opened and the product of the 2 pages numbers is 5256. On what pages was the book opened? A:72and73 Q: Four children are playing with marbles. At the end of the day one child has four less than half the marbles, the second child has six more than one-fifth of the marbles, the third child has one third of what the first child had and the fourth child has one less than the third child. How many marbles are there? A: 50 6 4W students experiment with different ways to help plants grow. News CHARACTER Kiana’s kindness to PNG Prep student Kiana Van Der Loos (insert) has made her birthday a gift for other children. Turning five earlier this year, her parents gave her a choice – a birthday party that featured gifts, friends, cake and games or an amazing party with a jumping castle and face painting but no presents. The ‘amazing party’ was the preferred choice and friends brought a donation to a charity of Kiana’s choice. That charity was Koeabula Mission Elementary School (below) in Papua New Guinea, a school nearby her father’s home town of Alotau. The gifts were books. Kiana said it felt good to “fill their bucket”, a reference to the children’s book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? The book explains how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness. “I hope they feel good reading them,’’ Kiana said. SCHOLARSHIP Their real-world studies are awarded Learning about the land has beared fruit for young agriculturalists and scientists at The Rockhampton Grammar School who have been recognised nationally for understanding the structure of plants and their habitats. Mrs Sonya Whitehead’s Year 4 class was among only 15 schools awarded by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Hermitage Research Facility Schools’ 2018 Plant Science Competition. Participating in a Game of Drones agriculture competition, students acquired insight into what drives research and development. “Growing plants is the best way to learn about them,’’ Mrs Whitehead said. With the help of 4W intern Miss Hilary Fay, the students kept journals about seeds, made critical observations and recorded details about plant growth. It required creativity, problem-solving, mathematics and the use of precise, descriptive language. Earlier this year the same children won a Social Educators’ Association of Queensland local government project award for their video submission. They were tasked with unravelling what local governments do for their communities. “They used their IT, writing and acting skills to create the video entry,’’ Mrs Whitehead said. “It was a real-world task and hooked the students’ interest right from the beginning on a topic that could be classed by some as unexciting.” SCHOLARSHIP Composing musicians RGS students deepened their knowledge of music under the direction of visiting conductor, Dr Peter Boonshaft. The American has led orchestras the world over and is an acclaimed author of music-teaching books. He is currently on the faculty of Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, where he is a Professor of Music and Director of the Graduate Conducting Program. SCHOLARSHIP New leaders RGS Primary and Secondary Schools recognised new School Leaders during Term 3. In the Primary School, Year 6 student Asha Stewart (above, left) received her School Leader badge at the Primary Formal Assembly. At the Secondary School Formal Assembly, Year 12 student Asirini Thotagamuwa (above, right) was presented with her Prefect badge. SCHOLARSHIP & CHARACTER Post school: Student forge links for life You are in Year 12 and trying to get your head around your future. What university will you attend? What course will you study? Will you get an apprenticeship? Where will you be working? Will you be travelling? Then there are the other questions you need to ask yourself about life in general – how to rent, job contracts, relationships, your social media footprint and so much more. The Links to Life programme helped provide this insight for Year 12 students who were not sitting the Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Test. RGS Head of Vocational Education Mr Stephen Brady said Links to Life also gave the students life skills around work. “Right now they might not think there’s anything relevant for them but when they think back and reflect on it they’ll see we talked about a budget, renting a house, how to write a CV, how to apply for a job,’’ Mr Brady said. “It gives them a head start.” Mr Brady said some students at School were already putting these skills into practice in job interviews. The students had to complete booklets and online assignments which contribute to valuable Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) points. Year 12 students Declan Sandilands, Trent White and Kineta Lang were just three of the students working through this course. Declan Sandilands offered his assessment of the programme: The most valuable unit for me within the learning of Links to Life would be the last assignment which is life outside of school and ‘life in the workforce’. This assignment asked us to write about different things that would have to come into play outside of school and in the workforce. These were things such as paying rent, having a new roommate and paying for necessities. It asked us to gather information and whilst doing this it gave us an insight as to what we [could expect] in the workforce, giving myself and others a good idea of what is next. Studying this programme has given us the basics... There are various topics covered and they are all simple and straight forward. These are things such as job interviews and how to approach them or writing a good cover letter and resume. This Links to Life programme has helped me plenty. SCHOLARSHIP & CHAR ACTER: DR K ARL VISITS SCHOOL Dream on and dig deep to explore science RGS Year 7 and Year 8 students dug to a new depth of Science information in Term 3 that left them with more questions and wanting to unearth more knowledge. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki – ‘Dr Karl’, the Australian pop -scientist and author who is on a mission to popularise Science to the broader public, was a guest on Skype at RGS (pictured below). Students’ questions to Dr Karl ranged from ‘Does the sky have weight?’ to ‘Is hydrogen a viable fuel source?’ to ‘What would happen if a human could go to the centre of the Earth?’ Year 7’s Samuel Brown and Kaviya Vignarajah wanted to extract more from Dr Karl. Sam demonstrated a strong interest in entrepreneur Elon Musk’s work; Kavia asked about dreams. “I find it amazing that one person can have all that information inside his head,’’ Sam said. “I was expecting a very different response from Dr Karl. It made me want to find out a bit more about Elon Musk’s work,’’ Samuel said. Kaviya will have to keep dreaming about why we dream. Dr Karl admitted even for himself this was still an area to research. “Dr Karl said there are still things the world doesn’t know about yet,’’ Kaviya said. That is one of the keys to loving Science for many students in that room: Why do things exist or happen? Links for Life curriculum • Social Media • Cybersafety • Contracts • Media manipulation • Volunteering • Networking • Discrimination • Time management • Entering the workforce • Workplace etiquette • Leadership • Health & Wellbeing • Workplace risk taking • Moving out Year 12 students Declan Sandilands, Trent White and Kineta Lang work on Life Skills in the Senior Library.
CQ July 2018