2 Shenton Teams in the Debating Semi-Finals

Congratulations to our Debating Quarter-finalists and many thanks to our massive Shenton College audience – it really makes a difference to our students seeing a crowd made up of mostly Shenton supporters.

We are now in the last finals rounds and I’m pleased to announce that two Shenton College teams have progressed to the Semi-finals which will be held here at Shenton College in the Swanbourne and Hollywood Lecture Theatres on Tuesday 18th August from 6pm.

Our Junior Semi-finalist team, Year 10s Natasha Tonga, Xavier Hill Wilson and Paris Javid will face Newman College and will debate the negative side of the topic ‘That the international community should offer dictators amnesty from prosecution in return for their abdication from power’. The Year 10s will begin at 7.20pm.

Our Senior Semi-finalist team, Yr 12s Cindy Shi, Laura Gunning and Ava McLaughlin will prepare an impromptu debate on an unseen topic against Aquinas College. The Year 12s will begin at 8.15pm.

All Shenton students and suppporters are welcome to come along and watch these outstanding teams in action.

Chloe Britton

Shenton Soccer Boys 6-nil victors over Butler College

Today the boys travelled to Butler College in their round of 16 finals match. We lost three of our starters before the match, including Perth Glory squad superstars Daniel Walsh and Samim Fattahi, though we found replacements and restored balance to the force.

The match promised to be a physical encounter and it did not disappoint. The contests were hard and our boys were robust in response, winning the ball and shutting down their attacks. After a few early opportunities went begging, the boys found their rhythm (assisted by the breeze) and piled on the goals. Josh ban gave away a timely penalty (our first penalty this season) and our keeper Jared Teo denied them a chance to get one back. This really revved the boys up and we entered the break 5 goals to nil.

After the break we opened the scoring with another quick goal. We ended up 6-nil victors and are through to the quarter finals. Our next match will be upon the hallowed turf of Shenton College in approximately two weeks, so come down and enjoy the show.

China International Mathematics Competition – CIMC

Over the last week and a half, 8 Shenton students represented Australia at the CIMC in Changchun, China.

They competed against 60 other teams representing 28 countries or regions within countries (eg the Province of Alberta, Canada) and did a great job. India is also represented by a single school, however their school has a Mathematics focus which gives them an edge and their population to select from is 60,000 – so we were up against it.

However, Oscar Murat put in a great effort to secure a Merit Award – basically a fourth place – in his pool in the Individual Competition. Adding to that we won the “Most Friendship Award” which meant we had a lot of fun and made some good friends while there.

The kids were terrific ambassadors for their country and Shenton College and should be congratulated for their efforts. Throughout Term 2 they engaged in weekly coaching sessions run by Dion Alfonsi from UWA as well as engaging in other Maths enrichment programs from Year 8. All power to them.

They also had the opportunity to visit Beijing which was terrific and I’m sure they’ll be able to tell you all about it if you ask.

Congrats to Daniel Boyle, Jai Castle, Matt Loe and Oscar Lam in Year 10 and Alex Truong, Rose Lin, Oscar Murat and Kailin Guo in Year 9 for their efforts in the lead up to, at and following the competition – they were magnificent!

Laurie Saunders

Shenton Robotics Club Students Participate in Their First Robocup Event

The Shenton Robotics club students participated in their first Robocup event on 7th and 8th August at the Curtin stadium. The event was the state competition with around 90 teams from all over the state participating. We fielded 6 teams 2 for each category (Soccer, Dance, Rescue).

Rescue

Shenton Rescue 1 consisting of Robert Crew, Oscar Murat, Jimmy Ohl blitzed the competition in the qualifying rounds to be 90 points clear and ranked number 1 after 4 rounds. Each round the set up was changed with new challenges added and students had to program their robots to complete the challenges by themselves without help from teachers or adults. The students worked well together with Robert Crew leading them with some innovative coding.
Shenton Rescue 2 consisting of Wanter Wang, Aiden Feng, Mosleh Hassanein and Ryan Tan had many problems in getting their robot to comply and and on many occasion it seemed to have a mind of its own threatening to destroy the venue. The lads finished 18th and did not qualify for the finals on Saturday.

We were confident of a very competitive finals campaign on Saturday, however unfortunately overnight the robot that had 100% reliability contracted the virus that plagued Shenton Rescue 2 on Friday. We all felt the pain of Robert Crew. Well taught Felicity. The complexity of his code proved too much to correct under pressure and we ended up 8th.

Soccer

Shenton Soccer 1 consisting of Jai Castle, Thomas Moore, and Rohan Khayech, Isaac Dodd had a tough draw meeting 2 teams that ended up in the top 4 in their qualifying rounds. They lost 2 and won 1 the win coming from defeating Perth Modern. Shenton Soccer 2 consisting of Sean Yeo and Xavier Webber had an easier draw and finished 3rd after three qualifying rounds on Saturday, winning 2 and drawing one. Both their wins coming against Perth Modern and Melville. The boys were hopeful for the finals on Saturday going in prepared with alternative strategies, however an unlucky draw meant they met an all girls team that made it to the grand final and lost 5-2. Very proud of the boys and great leadership from Jai who was the spearhead in coming up with strategies and helping the boys crack the code.

Dance

The two dance teams found themselves in a tough competition from the primary students who put on an awesome display of dance and theatre.
Shenton Dance 1 comprising of Jaxon Gedes, Josh Klem, Ruby Guilfoyle, Jozef Tan, built an amazing robot that drew a lot of attention with many people just happy to stop and stare in wonder and many others requesting photos. Their performance began well and Michael Jackson signature moves drawing applause from the many parents, however when an arm dislodged it proved to be a premature end to what would have been worthy of a finals appearance. Special mention should be made of Jaxon’s efforts in programming and Isaac and Jozef’s efforts to build a robot that was an engineering feat. We will have this on display in the front office and will work on voice activation to entertain our visitors.
Shenton Dance 2 comprising of Jesse Hunt, Ashlyn Pearson, Praveen Thirunavukkarasu, Rhys Mcphail, put on a good performance, however lack of theatrical elements meant they did not score very high on the judges sheet and did not qualify for the finals.

Special thanks to co-mentor Laura Ashbolt for her contribution to the Shenton Robotics Club this year.
Thank you to Sean Hindley and Chantal Simpson for coming along and encouraging the kids and us.
As with every experience we have learnt immensely, we have grown, we are hurt and all I can say at this time to the competitors is “we will be back” in 2016. Thank you to the college community for your continued support of robotics at Shenton College.

Calvin D’Sylva
Teacher Design & Technology

Shenton College – Champion School

Shenton College has had many successes in rowing over the years, but I am just letting you know that Shenton was the Champion School on the weekend at the All Schools Championships.

It is a credit to UWA, Shenton staff and our students to see this program reward and develop so many students.

This year in term 4 we will see all of our Year 7 participate in the Shenton Rowing program and hopefully we will build on this success.

Michael Morgan BSc, DipEd., MBA
Principal