Taking Science Learning to the Next Level

Year 8 students managed to squeeze in one more excursion at the end of an already jam-packed 2018. This was the culmination of their Science learning about Energy, Rock Formation and Body Systems. And so, the year concluded with an exciting excursion to the Murdoch University Anatomy Museum, Algae Research Centre and Mineral Processing Laboratory with real engaging hands-on activities that not only have enriched the students’ educational experience beyond the classroom but also wonderfully connected their classroom knowledge to its real-world relevance.

Our first stop was at the Murdoch Algae Research Centre where we were greeted by friendly student ambassadors and research scientists who walked us through various outdoor facilitates and indoor laboratories used to culture and harvest algae. Meanwhile, they patiently explained to us how they turn these algae into eco-friendly fuels, pharmaceutical supplements and sewage treatment agents. We were amazed by the innovative and wide-range use of such a seemingly insignificant substance.

Afterwards, we took a great tea break at the Murdoch Student Zone where nice food and drinks were served in a comfortable and modern setting. Our students had a good foretaste of the University lifestyle there. We enjoyed the Chatime, ice coffee, snacks and a good fellowship around the table.

We then headed to the Mineral Science Hydrometallurgy Laboratory where students were asked to put on lab coats, gloves and safety goggles for some serious business—copper leaching and electroplating! As they poured acid solution through a ground rock sample, a nice blue solution of copper was leached out into the container. They then passed strong electric current through the solution and observed reddish brown copper sheets forming on the electrodes. The students then gathered at the Pyrometallurgy Laboratory next door to watch smelting and reactive metallurgy demonstrations with explosive sparks.  Our students not only had real first-hand experience with the mineral processing methods, but also observed how the scientific method learned in the classroom was applied in improving the product yield in the industrial practice.

After lunch, we adjourned to the Anatomy Museum which thoroughly impressed us with the comprehensive range of real animal organ systems on displayed around the room. Through these specimens, our students were able to observe the real structures of the body systems that normally could be only be shown in pictures in the classroom. Some specimens could even be held and touched, giving our students a feel of the texture of the organs. In the subsequent interactive session, our students investigated a number of skull bones placed on the table and learned how to identify distinctive features to determine the diet of the animals.

Overall, it had been a memorable day in Murdoch University. Returning back to the college, we reflected upon the day and thanked God for making the day possible despite encountering various obstacles in the months of preparation. We also considered the sacrificial love of the Murdoch ambassadors and volunteers who invested substantial amount of time preparing the amazing activities and even risking their lives performing the dangerous demonstrations for us. Their left us with wonderful models and reminders of Christian service that we ought to render  to our community. We pray that our year 8 students will indeed continue to grow in grace and mature to be grateful Christians who learn to love others in the same way as they have been loved.

Student Reflections

“The Murdoch excursion was both informative and fun. The staff were friendly, energetic and willing to answer any questions we had. I was able to learn alot about the topics that were covered during the excursion. It was a great day, and I really enjoyed going there”

Daniel Wilkinson

“I enjoyed learning about the different ways of preserving animals and parts of the body, like plastination and dehydration. I found it interesting to see the dehydrated lungs, the plastinated heart and the trachea/bronchioles/alveoli that were made from pouring melted plastic down a real lung’s trachea. I also enjoyed watching the men making tin and iron, and I found out that tin could be made of anything that has a large source of carbon. Overall, it was good, except for the algae place, which I found wasn’t interactive enough”

Emily Hobday

“Murdoch was the first university that I’ve visited and it was interesting how we found out that they had a furnace which was pretty cool. I would like to go there again.”

Jonathan Karyahastana

“I really liked the excursion. It was really informative and it was also a really fun way to learn about anatomy and minerals.”

Ankitha Prakas

“The Monday excursion was fun. We saw a lot of the things that we learnt and we got to see how it worked and we got to touch he bones and skulls of some animals and saw the heart and the systems that we learnt. We went to the minerals lab and made copper and that was cool.”

Julia Youn

“I thought going to Murdoch was really interesting. Seeing science explained from a non-Christian view was really interesting. My favourite thing was when the guy made the tin using the coffee grounds. It was a cool way to use recycled materials.”

Maggie Goiran

“The algae place where we started was hot and a bit boring but it was interesting and I enjoyed the CO2 room. The anatomy museum was cool as we could see the insides of many animals. The rocks and minerals lab was fun as we made steel pink and poured tin.”

Natalia Kappert

“I thought it was a very good excursion that informed me a lot about the subjects addressed, and it also informed me a lot about university life, and what a science based career would look like. The one downside was the gay flags and evolutionary talk, but that was uncontrollable on our part. my favorite bit was the smelting stuff and thermite reaction.”

Nathaniel Lobaugh

“The excursion to Murdoch University was interesting and overall, I enjoyed it. The excursion started of with the algae lab and even though it was hot, we still was able it look and learn about the algae research. Later on in the day we saw the displays of preserved animal organs which were fascinating to look at and I learnt alot about how the body works in different types of animals. The mineral lab was great and everyone loved seeing the melted minerals react and leaching copper. During the breaks, we spent the time in the cafeteria enjoying the gourmet food and comfortable seating.”

Sally Mutton

“I enjoyed the excursion very much. Although it was hot it did provide some very fascinating pieces of information for us to take on board and help us grow our knowledge. Huge thanks to Mr Yu and Vanessa from Murdoch who helped organise this trip.”

Tamika Klomp

“On the whole, the excursion provided a relevant and interactive approach to learning. I especially enjoyed the Vet and Anatomy Museum; real (and once-living!) anatomical structures are hard to come by, so I found great appreciation for that segment of the excursion.”

Victor Komaiya

All Monkeys Love Bananas

On Thursday 23 August, the Year 3/4 class went on the bus and drove to Cannington Library. There we met author, Sean Avery. Did you know he wrote, All Monkey’s Love Bananas!?

Sean told us that he loved art and he brought in a sculpture of a chameleon that he made. It was sooooo cool! He also told us what it was like to be an author. It was very interesting to hear him talk. Then we played Heads and Tails and the winner (Juho) got a book signed by Sean. My favourite part was when Sean told us not to give up, because you will learn a valuable lesson.

By Isabelle Lai

A Date with Dad: Pizza in the Park

What’s in the box with the dots? Yummy pizza of course!

In fact, on Saturday 20 October, despite the grey skies and drizzly clouds, a whole bunch of very excited Kindy and Pre-Primary children descended on Mills Park with their AWESOME dads in tow to consume a whole stack of delicious PIZZA!

We had dads of all shapes and sizes come and join in the fun and fellowship!

Did Mrs Botha bring her dad? No, of course not! That is Mr Botha!

Whilst the dads did all the chit chatting…

…the kids did all the playing!

Then the pizza arrived! One box, two boxes, 10 boxes… 20 boxes, 30 boxes or more! Wow, these dads can eat a lot!

We said “thank you” to God for our yummo pizza before we tucked in! It was cool to sing our “Thankyou Song” with ALL the deep voices of our dads!

We also gave a cheer or two for our most awesome dads who had to leave the lawn mowing at home 😉 (as well as mum and all the other kids! 😥) to come and join us on a sacred Saturday arvo! Thank you dads for the love you show us in spending time together! 😘

Munching on pizza with our friends is just the BESTUS!

Thankyou dads for BLESSING us…

…shall we do it again next week?! 😉😝

LEX@R Students Go to War!

Code-breaking, propaganda, Lancaster bombers and Victoria Cross medals have all been on the forefront of the Primary LEX@R students’ minds. This semester, we have been focused on World War II, including a look at the causes and timeline of the War. We’ve broken the Enigma Code, the Pigpen Cipher and looked at how knowing letter frequency can help you crack a code. Mr Beattie explained to us how computer encryption keeps our information safe and we looked at how banks use huge numbers to encrypt bank details.

How do you get someone to think like you do? During World War II, propaganda was key. Students are looking at the techniques used by both sides of the war and some of the propaganda posters that were made famous. Mrs Vivian even wore one of her world-famous t-shirts to teach propaganda!

On our most exciting day, the LEX@Rs took an excursion to the Army Museum of WA in Fremantle, where our guide helped us to understand Australia’s place in a number of conflicts, even into modern days. We were privileged to see six original Victoria Cross medals (each worth around $600,000 and the highest commendation given in Australia) won by West Australians.

After a delicious lunch of fish and chips at Kailis Bros., we headed off to the Aviation Heritage Museum in Bull Creek, which houses an incredible collection of military aircraft. Most impressive is the Lancaster bomber – one of only two in Australia, which we were able to look inside. We learned about the bouncing bombs, dropped by Lancasters, used for a daring dam-busting raid. Also on display were an amphibious Catalina, a Spitfire and a DC3 used for patient transport. We all thought we could have stayed a lot longer, especially as our veteran guides were so knowledgeable and full of stories.

While we still have lots to learn about World War II and its impact, we feel that we have been able to have new insight into that time of history and look forward to learning more together.

Discovering Australia’s Migrant History at the State Library

Year 6 students visited the State Library to hear about the different migrants that have come to Australia over the years.

The students were asked to sit in a group, around a table where a large suitcase was closed and sitting. The librarian discussed some reasons why people would have left their own country and came to live in Australia. Students had to open their cases and find out who owned the suitcase and why they decided to come to Australia. Some students could not believe why someone would want to move to a new country. As they worked through their suitcases, they realised that not everyone has had a blessed life, like theirs.

Everyone enjoyed the day and felt they would like to visit the State Library again to see what else is there.

Thank you to all the parents that helped, I think we even learnt something as well.

Year 1-2 Excursion to CREEC

Pobblebonks and Other Discoveries

The first week of Term 3 started with a bang! Thursday saw us heading off to the Canning River Eco Education Centre (CREEC). At first we didn’t know much about this place they call CREEC, but that was all about to change!

Our day started with big smiles as we packed our bags and boarded the bus. When we arrived at CREEC, we had morning tea and looked at the natural habitat and native animal display in the foyer. We divided into two groups to do different learning activities. Lunch was on the grass where we swapped our Bushwalk and Pobblebonk Swamp experiences. Our day’s activities gave us lots of chances to investigate, ask questions, and share our ideas.

We did animal puzzles and looked at trays filled with animal evidence, such as skulls, feathers and nests. To investigate what lived in the Canning River wetlands, we headed off on a bush walk around the river using little flags to mark anything of interest that we found. After sharing our findings, we recorded our observations by making little clay models of the things we had seen.

The Pobblebonk Swamp was our other activity. We heard different frog calls, some even sounded like motorbikes and ducks. We even met a real frog and learnt about its life cycle and habitat. Our guides told us it is very important we create frog-friendly hangouts if we want to protect our local frogs and see them thrive.

Wow! There was so much we learnt about how we can help to protect our local frogs and wildlife. When our day finally came to an end, we were tired, but filled with excitement for what we had done and all the little discoveries we had made along the way. Our visit to CREEC helped us to understand just how special God’s creation is and how important it is for each of us to care for this wonderful world He has given us as a gift. Our engagement in this excursion provided many opportunities to marvel at God’s amazing handiwork while developing our skills of scientific enquiry.

Students Reflections

“On Thursday 19 July, Year 2s and Year 1s went on an excursion to Canning River to learn about frogs. I enjoyed making the clay animals because it was fun. I made a bandicoot. I felt happy because it was fun” – Joyce (Year 1)

“I liked going to CREEC because we learnt so much about frogs and what they do” – Lucas S (Year 2)

“On Thursday 19 July Year 1s and Year 2s went on an excursion to Canning River on a school bus. I enjoyed holding the turtle shell. I thought holding the animal throw-up was gross. It was gross holding the throw-up because it was already eaten and it came out again. I felt a little bit disgusted because of the throw-up” – Lucca (Year 1)

“It was a fun and nice day, I enjoyed it so much… crossing the bridge and I saw tadpoles” – Roderick (Year 2)

“On Thursday 19 July the Year 1s  and Year 2s  went on an excursion to Canning River to learn about frogs. Dad came to help and I liked it. I felt glad because I liked listening to the motorbike frog” – Leah (Year 1)

“I liked listening to the frog calls and frog sounds. It was my first time there. I learnt so much” – Kira (Year 2)

App-etite for the Digital Future

Digital Technology in the Classroom

Over the past 6 months, our students in Year 7-8 have been learning how to develop mobile applications in Digital Technology. We started from identifying problems in the surrounding, breaking them down into smaller components (Decomposition), exploring the specific needs of the users, and then creating digital solutions that address those needs (User Interface).

Despite being very new to coding, our students rose to the challenge and have done a wonderful job creating fantastic apps. Facial recognition for attendance, PokemonGo apps to navigate around school, a Tamagotchi (virtual pet) type of app to help students focus on studying, game apps to improve mental health in the elderly, a communication app for the mute, and a smart artificial intelligent app that displays the best outfit for specific occasion from the closet – these are just some of the brilliant ideas that the students have come up.

“It is inspiring to realise that coding is extremely relevant and attracts much interest” Mitchell (Year 8) commented. Another student, Ethan, said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed learning to code and developing my own app.”

Students not only have fun coding, they also demonstrate beautiful Biblical Threads as they think seriously about how to create apps that serve their community, imaging innovations that can turn their ideas into reality and overcoming setbacks as coding projects becomes increasingly complex and difficult. Many 21st century learning skills are also nurtured in Digital Technology as students exercise collaborative teamwork, efficient time management, and effective communication in order to achieve their team project goals and meet the deadline.

Rehoboth has also collaborated with two corporations to acknowledge student achievements and extend their learning experience beyond the classroom. Forty individual students who have successfully completed their coding project were awarded with certificates of excellence in Digital Technology and gifted prizes sponsored by WiseTech Global, developer of software solutions for the international and domestic logistics industries and passionate about nurturing young coders. WiseTech has also kindly sponsored our entire College with free Python coding online course for the whole year (anyone who is interested can still register here). In the near future, WiseTech also plans to award the College educational coding devices depending on the number of course completions by our students. Let’s pray that our students will be grateful for this generosity and make full use of such learning opportunities.

Bankwest Junior App Hack

Recently, another twenty top coders from Rehoboth were invited to Bankwest Headquarters to pitch their apps to a panel of Bankwest executives and app developers and receive real time feedbacks. This marks the very first Bankwest Junior App Hack after months of planning and collaboration, and we were thrilled that the event was also picked up  Comment News.

Our students have done a fantastic job and the audience of about seventy people were absolutely blown away by the  calibre of work on display. They even sparked overwhelming post-event online discussions among the Bankwest executives. Lea Cairns, Technology Graduate Program Manager at Bankwest, commented, “How amazing is it when 12-year-olds are creating apps that tackle real-world problems?! I can’t believe the amazing work they did and how quickly they picked up the coding skills required. And their passion really shone through as well as their dedication to the research required to build their apps.”

Paul Lewis, Enterprise Agility Manager at Bankwest, said, “Awesome to see the talent and passion for tech already being developed in these Year 7-8 students! The eloquence of their delivery/pitch, the obvious research involved in addition to the coding, UX skills was very impressive.”

Chief Operating Officer at Bankwest, Shari Cosgriff, commented, “Fantastic to be a part of today’s event! we can learn so much from 7th graders! I’m in awe and kudos to Mr Yu for championing this for the school.”

Judith van der Linden, Senior Manager Communications at Bankwest, said, “I really enjoyed it and was amazed at what the students had created and also how well they presented their apps and responded to the questions from the judges. Not sure I would have been able to do that at their age!”

After the presentation, two Bankwest employees gave inspiring presentations about their journey into IT careers before the judges presented the prize – a top-quality Bluetooth speakers – to the winning team. Each student also received a gift bag full of goodies including a portable charger. The memorable excursion ended with a sumptuous lunch treat, a nice warm cup of hot chocolate on a cold rainy day and a quick tour of the Bankwest HQ.

Victor (Year 8) said, “The Bankwest Junior App Hack was an experience that I will never forget. I was honoured to be given the opportunity to showcase my app and I was truly excited to do so. The judges were kind and gave constructive feedback, which certainly encouraged myself and my partner, Mitchell. The team at Bankwest were very welcoming and as a student, I look forward to my future involvements in coding and my community.”

We thank God for enabling our students to develop and display their God-given talents to impact the community around them. Their God-honouring testimony has certainly left a deep impression upon the hearts of many. The main event organiser at Bankwest, Elle Moog, shared, “Myself and my colleagues were so impressed with how well-behaved, well-spoken, and polite they all were. Even just little things like waiting for people to exit the lift before they got on and waiting until given permission to start getting their lunch. It’s a real credit to their teachers and parents with the behaviour that they showed.”

“I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy. For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” – Philippians 1:3-6.

Year 12 Geography Explore East Perth

Undaunted by the weather forecast of 100% chance of rain, the Year 12 Geography students ventured out for a walking tour of the East Perth Redevelopment Area on Friday 3 August. This forms part of their Planning Sustainable Cities unit, where they study the challenges and processes for planning a metropolitan centre like Perth.

Taking the opportunity of the dry spell before the storm, we walked along the foreshore as far as the Matagarup Bridge, where the students took note of the forbidding sky as well as the scenic views of  Optus Stadium. Being good geographers, we then took refuge at Yagan Square in the CBD for lunch.

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