Chemistry

Year 8 students are learning about the density of different objects. Density is the measure of the amount of matter crammed into the object. The students made density columns showing the different densities of many common household products such as honey and oil. Less dense liquids float above denser liquids.

Ever wonder why ice floats on water? Why oil sits on top of puddles?

Have you ever wondered why it was easier to float in the ocean than a pool? It's because the ocean contains a high concentration of salt causing the water to be denser and allowing you to float.

Psychology

Whittlesea Primary School students were asked to volunteer to participate in an Empirical Research Activity that was conducted by our Year 11 Psychology students. The research focus was on Jean Piaget’s theory on the four stages of cognitive development in children. Students led our primary school neighbours through a series of four different activities, used to test and compare cognitive abilities of children in the Pre-operational stage (2-7 years) and Concrete operational stage (7-12 years).

Year 12 Media

Students travelled to the Australian Centre for Moving Image at Federation Square to attend a screening of Top Screens, showing the best year 12 Media productions across Victoria from last year. Students were also able to ask questions to some of the film makers and be inspired by their work not only on the big screen, but through their all-important Production Design Plans. If their excitement and enthusiasm is anything to go by we are going to having some magnificent short films for this year’s Annual MediaFest in November! Stay tuned!

Year 11 Media

Students have been exploring how media representations are constructed through codes and conventions. One of the topics covered was experimenting with new media technologies and manipulating messages in media. Here are some great examples of Re-Mixed Film Posters using Adobe Photoshop.

Mural

Last year Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students collaborated with Phil Murray, then Koorie Education Support Officer, and Sarah Perry to create a contemporary mural. This mural is a reminder of past, present and future Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and to recognise the rich Aboriginal heritage of the region and acknowledge the Wurundjeri Willum Clan of the Kulin nations as the traditional custodians of this land.

Bendigo Gallery

Year 12 Art students visited the Bendigo Art Gallery to see the works of Patricia Piccinini and Ben Quilty. Students studied Piccinini's sculpture 'We Are Family' in Year 11. Piccinini is a contemporary artist whose troubling depictions of transgenic life portray many of the complex ethical issues around bioengineering. This year students studied Ben Quilty’s work 'Smashed'. Quilty is undoubtedly one of Australia’s best-known and highly regarded contemporary painters.

Paris, France

A limited number of places have become available for any last minute additions to this tour.

Cost: $5900.00 (includes airfares, taxes, travel insurance, accommodation, daily breakfast & English speaking guide)

Dates: September 7th – 21st 2015

Attractions: Visit Paris, Chateau Versailles, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Villers Bretonneux (Australian War Memorial & museum), Normandy, Saint Malo, Tours and Chartres.

ANZAC Day Students

The Student Leaders from the College were invited to march in the ANZAC Day Parade in Whittlesea again this year. It was a great privilege to be able to be a part of this special day of commemoration, particularly in the 100th year. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the College by Nicholas Spriggs, Brandon Burrowes, Alyssa Gornelle, Joshua Blair and Jackon Abeling. Joining these students in the march were Anastasia Avramopolous, Mikayla Gibbons, Will Kilby and Jack Adams.

Performing Arts

The Performing Arts Department has had a busy start to term 2 with three music performances.

 

Self Portrait - Charlotte Graham

As part of their folio outcomes, Year 11 Art students were asked to find ways to represent characteristics of themselves in their work.

Linus Kay, Shannon Coburn and Nathan Hocking have used a variety of media, techniques and processes to give meaning to their work. Each has developed a way to say something about themselves through a visual medium.

Louise Hannay

Art Teacher

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