This week at Hawkesdale………

As usual, it has been another busy week at Hawkesdale P12 College! Very early on Monday morning we bid farewell to Year 5 and 6 students, as they headed off to Canberra for four nights. They have an extensive program including Parliment House, the War Memorial and the Questacon Science Centre. Year 7 students travelled to Heywood to meet other students who have been involved with the “Ping” project – an on-line program where students learn about musical instruments from members of the Symphony Orchestra and create their own musical pieces.

Year 11 students have three days of exams starting today. Year 12 students begin their exams next week. We wish them all the best. During the last two weeks of term, Year 11 students travel to Melbourne for two work experience placements. This program is always memorable and a often assists students to decide their post-school pathway.

Innovations Showcase with DEECD

This morning, Friday 15th May, students from year 7 – 11, were involved in an Innovations Showcase, live link up, with Mrs Mirtschin. Our students were here at school, whilst Mrs Mirtschin was in the Plaza Room at the Crown Casino, in Melbourne, with Ajax and Jason from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Minister for Education, Bronwyn Pike, sat in on a special session with students from year 7, as Jason told us a little bit about the saxophone and the clarinet. This photo shows the screen that the students see using Elluminate software, as well as students busily interacting with the MSO representatives.

Footnote from Anne Mirtschin

These photos show what it looked like from Melbourne. (See comment below this post)

Science and Engineering Challenge

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On Friday 8th May twenty Year 10 students, together with Mr Foreman, Mrs Cameron and Mrs Gow, attended the Science and Engineering Challenge at Deakin University in Geelong. This annual event is sponsored by the University of Newcastle, NSW and Rotary Australia together with the Federal Government. Students participated in a range of activities including:

  • The leprechaun cannon – Build compression cannon from plumbing pipe and fittings to knock over a paper leprechaun
  • Who gets the water? – Design a water reticulation system to meet certain criteria
  • The Dish – Decode a cryptic message from “outer space;
  • “Back to the Future” – Design and construct a turbine to propel a train carriage back and forth along railsnormal;
  • “Ecohabitat” – Design and build a model house that collects rainwater, stays cool, withstands wind and supports a helipad.
  • Hover Frenzy – Design and build a manoeuvrable hovercraft from a garbage bag, polystyrene tray, masking tape and balsa wood.
  • Gold Fever – Build a balsa wood bridge that can transport gold ingots across a bottomless ravine.

Students demonstrated persistence, team-work, creativity, resilience and good senses of humour during the day, despite the difficulty of the tasks. Of the nine schools attending (over 300 students), Hawkesdale came a respectable sixth, with some tough competition. The highlight of the day was the bridge ‘testing’, in which each of the balsa wood bridges that had been constructed was tested using weights – 100g, 200g, 300g, 400, 500g, 1kg and the ‘bridge buster’ – a 2kg weight!

Race Week at Hawkesdale

As usual it has been another very busy week at Hawkesdale P12 College – here is a sample of some of the learning activities taking place:

  • Our Year 7 students started a unit on Cells in science and used the compound light microscopes to observe plant tissue.
  • Prem, one of our year 10 students, cooked chicken parmagianas (with chips and salad or mashed potato and vegetables) for many of our hungry staff members. At $5.00 each, it was a cheap and delicious hot meal.
  • Year 10 students are travelling to Deakin University in Geelong on Friday, to attend the Rotary Science and Engineering Challenge. We have been sponsored by Rotary and Southern Rural Water, so there is no cost to students. This event aims to encourage students to consider a career in the science or engineering fields by offering a range of challenges to plan, create and construct bridges, boats, electricity networks and other activities.
  • Year 7 Science and Year 11 Biology students had the opportunity to dissect rats to observe the digestive, respiratory and reproductive sytems.
  • Year 9 students walked part of the Port Fairy to Koroit Rail Trail and will visit again to assist the Rail trail Committee with revegetation projects.
  • Mr Webb constructed a “Great Wall of China” from play-dough and sugar cubes fin preparation for his junior Chinese classes.
  • Our secondary athletes who qualified for the South West Zone competition attended Brauerander Park to compete in their events.

Year 9 Cafe for Breast Cancer Awareness

Many of our students and parents attended three-way interviews at Hawkesdale College this week and had the opportunity to purchase cappuccino, cafe latte, tea, biscuits, cakes and slices from Year 9 students. Four girls learnt the art of coffee-making and served hot drinks and treats to teachers and parents during the afternoon and evening. Mrs Keith supervised the production of cup-cakes, jelly slice, strawberry pastries, heart-shaped biscuits and yo-yo’s during Food Technology classes. Milk was donated by Joffa (Moyne Milk Supply), coffee by Fresha Fruit Juices and tea, sugar, serviettes and hot chocolate by Julie from the Post Office. Students raised over $200 which will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Watch the girls tell you about their efforts, by clicking on the link below:-

coffee-making for breast cancer awareness.

Moyne Idols perform at the WEC

A comedy re-mix by two Year 9 girls

Sixteen students from Hawkesdale College performed at the Warrnambool Entertainment Centre on Monday night. An audience of over five hundred people was entertained by dancing, musical acts, singing and even karate and skipping! The Moyne Idol competition is in it’s fifth year, giving students of the Moyne Shire the opportunity to display their many and varied talents. Rebecca ( Year 11 ) was a guest artist and congratulations go to Caitlyn ( Year 8 ) who came runner up in the secondary section. Well done to all our contestants and performers – keep on practising to become more confident and learn how to work the stage to really entertain an audience!

Runner-up in the Secondary section - Moyne Idol 2008

Runner-up in the Secondary section - Moyne Idol 2008

"Wild Action" visits Hawkesdale!

Mr Distel wears the latest in animal fashion!

Mr Distel wears the latest in animal fashion!

On Monday and Tuesday this week we had “Wild Action” visit Hawkesdale – Xavier and his menagerie of native Australian animals came to school. It was a fast-paced, action-packed show with the opportunity to touch many of the creatures including a tiny squirrel glider, green tree-frog, stumpy-tailed lizard, short-necked turtle, black-headed python and salt-water crocodile. One of the largest animals was an olivine python – about 3 metres long and growing up to 75 kg in weight! Students from Prep to year 9 had the opportunity to see the show, hear Xavier talk about the classification of animals and their various adaptations, diets and behaviours. Many of the teachers tried out a snake-skin scarf, including Mr Distel, while the students modelled tree-frog hats and turtle-burgers!

Celebrating Literacy at Hawkesdale!

This week is National Literacy and Numeracy Week, so we celebrated with a whole-school activity which involved our favourite books. All of the students from prep to year 12 (about 240 in total) were split into small groups of no more than ten, with a teacher supervising shared reading. It was delightful to see Year 10, 11 and 12 students listening patiently while prep, grade 1 and 2 students read their favourite stories. “Where’s Wally?”, the “Mr Men” series and Dr Suess were very popular choices, as were picture books with animals and car, motorcycle and truck magazines!

Following shared reading each student recieved a fresh baked chocolate-chip, banana or blueberry muffin.