News Stories about Science
A collection of news stories about the study of Science at the School.
Christ Church boys achieved outstanding results in this year’s Australian National Chemistry Quiz including three students, who scored 100 per cent. More 150 Christ Church boys took part in the quiz, which attracts 108,000 participants from 18 countries across the Asia-Pacific region and Europe.
Four medals and 21 high distinctions in the ICAS National Science Competition, along with two students selected to attend the 2013 Olympiad Summer School at Monash University, are examples of an exceptional year in science at Christ Church.
After more than 20 years at Yelverton, this year’s Year 11 Biology Camp moved to a new location at the Perth Hills Centre in Mundaring. The boys enjoyed two days of practical fieldwork employing a variety of biological techniques.
Year 12 biology students had a close encounter with an echidna at Perth Zoo last Wednesday as part of National Science Week. The Conservation Day at the zoo was one of several activities organised for Senior School boys during Science Week.
A group of boys had a rare opportunity to talk to the Administrator of NASA Charles Bolden during his recent visit to Canberra. Christ Church was the only WA secondary school invited to take part in the live, video conference held at UWA.
Students and members of the wider community had an opportunity to hear from speakers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy (ICRAR) about the Square Kilometre Array project and other exciting concepts in astronomy and astrophysics this week.
A group of Year 10 boys met with some of the State’s top scientists and researchers, including Nobel Prize winner Professor Barry Marshall, when they attended the Science Café at UWA as part of National Science Week recently.
Spending two weeks at an intensive chemistry summer school may not sound like a holiday to most but for Thomas Drake-Brockman the opportunity to learn from some of Australia’s brightest minds was too good to miss.
National Science Week wrapped up last week with a visit from world-leading seabird ecology expert Dr Janos Hennicke. Dr Hennicke, the School’s Scientist in Residence for a day, was in Perth for a presentation on the plight of Christmas Island seabirds at Horizon - the Planetarium for National Science Week.
Year 9 Environmental Science students gained an insight into world water usage and sustainable technology solutions during classes taught by UWA engineering students.
The Year 9 Environmental Science class went down to the Swan River on Monday 8 March to do their bit to keep Australia beautiful.
The Year 9 Environmental Science class went on an excursion to study the geology of the Perth region recently.
International Science Olympiads continue to provide success stories for Christ Church. The most recent is Year 12 student Jason Kong’s silver medal in this year’s International Chemistry Olympiad held in the United Kingdom and the selection of four more students for 2010 Science Olympiad Scholar Schools.
Two Year 11 students have been selected for the National Youth Science Forum in January 2010.
As part of the activities to celebrate National Science Week, a group of Year 8 students went to the Planetarium to meet NASA astronaut Megan McArthur.
Science success continues at Christ Church with two Year 12 students selected to represent Australia at International Science Olympiads across the globe this year.
Senior School Science students were last week treated to some classes with old boy Jonathon Sedgwick, who is the Managing Director and Chief Scientific Officer of the Lilly-Singapore Centre for Drug Discovery.
Salinity was the focus of this year’s Christ Church Biology camp in Tammin at the end of Term 1.
Six Christ Church chemistry students were commended for high achievement in the Australian National Chemistry Quiz.
Year 12 student Daren Tan was presented with his silver medal from the International Chemistry Olympiad at assembly this week.
Earlier this year, Year 12 student Sandeepan Mukhopadhyay attended the National Youth Science Forum in Canberra. Sandeepan, who was nominated to attend the summer school by Christ Church and sponsored by his local Rotary Club, joined more than 140 students from around the country at the Australian National University (ANU) for the two-week programme.
Year 12 student Daren Tan has been named in the Australian team to compete at the International Chemistry Olympiad in Hungary in July.
A tethered hot-air balloon ride was the prize for students who won a competition run by the Science Department during Science Week last year.
When Julie Harris asked her Year 8 science class to prepare a demonstration on magnets, as though they were presenting to a Year 5 student, the boys were more than obliging. But when the students had completed the task, they wanted a real class and expected Mrs Harris, the School’s Director of Pedagogy, to deliver.
Christ Church science students have rated among the State’s best performers in two competitions whose results were announced recently. Three students finished equal top in the State in both the ICAS Science Competition and Rio Tinto Big Science Competition.
The Year 11 Biology Camp gives boys an opportunity to work ‘in the field’ – just like real biologists. At the end of Term 3, 15 boys travelled to Kerriley Park, in Yelverton, where they spent three days completing an ecological study of the surrounding bushlands.
Year 10 student Brian Hao won second prize in the Huntington’s Competition – a statewide competition, which aims to increase awareness of Huntington’s disease and the understanding of genetic disorders. As part of his prize, Brian will complete a day of work experience at the Western Australian Institute of Medical Research (WAIMR).
Year 7 boys took part in a full day of hands-on environmental and indigenous activities as part of the WA Gould League’s Freshwater Festival at Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre recently. Acting Head of Biology Megan Pentony said the new excursion helped boys put theory into practice.
Four Christ Church boys were among some of Australia’s brightest young minds taking part in Olympiad summer school programmes and courses during the school holidays.
School Captain Simon Swan has been selected to represent Australia at the Asian Physics Olympiads to be held in Bogor, Indonesia, from 5 to 13 May. Simon is the only West Australian representative on the eight-member team.