Skiing in the Snowy Mountains

Shenton’s ski trip of a lifetime took over the snow fields of Perisher, the largest ski resort in the southern hemisphere. Every year 50 lucky Year 11 students get to participate in the snow tour.

This year’s group spent the second week of the July school holidays skiing or snowboarding down the slopes of Perisher in NSW, making snow angels, eating snow cones, building snow men, hanging out with their friends and generally having a wonderful time.

For the staff and students who attended the annual ski trip, the snow and the weather were absolutely fabulous – a terrific experience for everyone!

Curtin opens the door to Shenton students

Eight Shenton College students have started their journey to university while still at school through the Curtin University Innovative Schools Scholars Program.

Enrolled in units this semester from creative writing to epidemiology, fine art to programming, the students have extended their learning in their chosen fields.

The staff at Curtin University welcomed our students and supported their enrolment at the Curtin Connect Student Hub at a special orientation event. Students met their professors, classmates and course advisers and took a tour of the campus.

The students, in Years 10 & 11, attend classes either on campus or online, participate in lectures and discussions, and complete all the assessment and learning requirements of the first year units they are studying. The students say the work is challenging and they enjoy the extension. The advice they give is that the key to managing university is to be organised and read ahead.

The Curtin Innovative Schools Scholars Program is a pilot program for 2019, offered to Shenton College through the Innovative Schools Consortium Partnership with the university.

Ben Wyatt visits for NAIDOC Week

Ben Wyatt, the State Treasurer, visited Shenton College in the last week of Term 2 to talk to Senior School students about the importance of NAIDOC Week. Celebrations are held across Australia in July to acknowledge the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This year the theme was Voice. Treaty. Truth: key elements to the reforms set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. These reforms represent the unified position of First Nations Australians. Initially to have a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution and second, a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty processes and truth-telling.

For generations, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have looked for significant and lasting change. The 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart built on generations of consultation and discussions among Indigenous people.

National NAIDOC Co-Chair John Paul Janke believes 2019 is a unique opportunity to hear this nation’s Indigenous voice. This year is the UN’s International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Aboriginal art workshop

   

Sheila Humphries, an internationally acclaimed Nyoongar artist, visited the College in June. She ran an art workshop and spoke to the Year 11 & 12 Visual Art students. She talked about her experience growing up as one of the Stolen Generation and the journey to a successful and rewarding career as an artist.

Sheila showed her work to the students and taught them about the meaning of the symbols used in Indigenous Art. She demonstrated how she composes artworks and taught them traditional dot painting techniques. The students really enjoyed the experience and found the workshop both meaningful and impactful.

Minister Ellery questioned

Year 11 & 12 Politics and Law students had the opportunity to quiz the Education Minister, Sue Ellery, at a Q&A session in the Humanities Department.

Minister Ellery gave the students, some of whom are aspiring politicians, lawyers and journalists, insights into life as both a law-maker (Member of the Legislative Council) and a law enforcer (Cabinet Minister). She spoke on the challenges her role presents and the opportunities to define education and other major government policies.

The Minister took questions on a range of topics, from her working relationship with the Federal Government and its education policies through to the day-to-day challenges of executive government.

Mr Alex Roseveare

HASS

Top of the state Mathematician

Year 10 student Shaun Yap has been awarded a medal in the UNSW Global International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) competition. ICAS assessments are designed to recognise and reward academic excellence in students who demonstrate a deeper and thorough level of learning. Shaun correctly answered all but the last question on the competition paper, thereby achieving the highest score in Year 10 Mathematics in Western Australia.

Principal Mr Michael Morgan attended the ICAS medal presentation ceremony held at Perth Town Hall where Shaun received his medal along with other proud recipients from WA schools. Shaun had recently received a Distinction in the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO).

Fantastic win for Shenton STEMINISTS

What a night for Shenton STEM at the United Nations Association of Australia (WA region) World Teachers’ Day award ceremony, held on Friday, October 26. Shenton College had six finalists in the running for awards and four came away with prizes!

Academic Programs Coordinator, STEAM and Mathematics teacher, Samantha White, and Academic Programs Coordinator, STEAM and Science teacher, Rebecca McKinney, were both recognised for their commitment to teaching STEM and for piloting the Global Citizenship & Sustainability Program at Shenton. Four of their STEMINIST students were finalists on the night, and Year 10 students Lizzie Tweedie and Genevieve Le, won the secondary school category 2018 Global Goals Challenge for their Helios app.

Only recently Genevieve and Lizzie won the WA Innovation Day award for the Helios app and subsequently met with Paul Litwin from Innovation Institute and two representatives from Kleenheat who will be working with them to secure intellectual property and get the app off the ground and piloted at Shenton College in 2019. Helios is an app the girls have created with empathy for the student and their needs, focusing on mental, physical and emotional health. It is the perfect solution to fill the gap of the traditional paper school diary.

Shenton Year 10 students Olivia Dodd and Sophie Styles were also finalists at the UNAAWA awards evening for their Edutunities project. Both projects came out of the Year 10 STEM course that Rebecca McKinney and Samantha White have championed at Shenton College and the awards are wonderful recognition for their hard work and dedication. The night was also an opportunity to gift STEMINIST badges to the Honourable Kim Beazley AC (who is Hollywood Senior High School alumni) and Honourable Dave Kelly MLA.