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Current News and Events
2016 Gifted and Talented ATAR Top Achievers
Gifted and Talented student Jane Song received the fifth highest result in the state with an ATAR of 99.95 and became the second highest state school student behind the Beazley Medal winner. She is heading off to study a Bachelor of Biomedicine with an assured pathway to Medicine at the University of Melbourne.
Jane put her success down to her amazing teachers. She said she was very proud to have received the results with no external paid tutoring or private tuition. Jane received a subject Exhibition in Mathematical Methods, a Certificate of Excellence in Chemistry and Maths and got 100% in three of her subjects.
Head Boy and Gifted and Talented student Owen Stanley is also off to the University of Melbourne to do aBachelor of Bio-Technology after his great result of 99.30 and achieving a Certificate of Excellence inMathematical Methods.
Also in the G&T program was Paul Omodunbi, who has an offer to study Computer Science and Systems Engineering at Curtin University. He received a fantastic ATAR result of 98.45.
Mathematics was a strong suit for most of the Melville SHS top achievers and Jane Song, Owen Stanley, Ruth Bucad, Paul Omodunbi, Neisha Phipps and Obada Al Quran all did very well at Mathematics with the help of teachers, especially Mathematical Methods teachers Mrs Hilary Browton and Ms Randa Collett. Jane received the Mathematical Methods Subject Exhibition (highest exam mark) and Owen received a Certificate of Excellence in Mathematical Methods and an ATAR of 99.30.
Word Mania National Champions
Melville SHS has won the national Word Mania competition finals for Year 7. The Gifted and Talented class had to race against the clock on their iPads to build as many words as possible in three minutes. The class competed with more than 2,000 other schools around the country. During the competition some 63 million words were built Australia-wide. The students, with teacher Ms Madeleine Jennings were very excited to receive a $1000 cheque and trophy from Paul Hughes from LiteracyPlanet, who presented the award in week 9.
Parent Information Evening - Guiding Your Gifted Child
On the evening of 15th of September the school's annual Guiding Your Gifted Child - Parent Information Evening took place in our school library. The evening was a great opportunity for parents of upcoming Year 7 Gifted and Talented students to begin building a supportive network with each other. Parents met the co-ordinator of Years 7 - 9 G&T (Emma Gregory) and also participated in a talk/question and answer session with past and present students of Melville SHS's Gifted and Talented initiative. Our school psychologist Deb Manook presented valuable information addressing practical ways parents can support their children through these important, and sometimes difficult, secondary school years.
Our Winner of Mental Marathon
Congratulations to our Year 7 student winner of the Mental Marathon Pheobe Ko and well done to all participants and contributors.
Book in a Day
In week 6, 50 of our Year 8 to 10 Gifted and Talented students took over the school library for twelve hours to complete five 4000 word, illustrated story books for the National Book in a Day competition. This competition raises funds for the Kids Cancer Project and the completed books are placed in the Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital for patients to enjoy.
The commitment (from 8am to 8pm!) and team work displayed by the students, who must work through the project independent of teacher input, was exemplary with each team member working to share their skills towards the completion of a common goal. The competition allows students the opportunity to develop their talents in creative writing, illustration, graphic design, planning, organisation, editing, negotiation and much more. Everyone comes out a winner in this competition (though we are also keen to see what the judges think!) and it is one that our school is happy to enter annually.
RoboCup by Marcus Widing (Year 8 GAT student)
In week 3 the Year 8 GAT, under the supervision of their science teacher Ms Narvaez, attended the WA Robocup Junior competition held at Curtin University Stadium. Marcus Widing and Sean Beck participated in the Rescue Division of the competition while Callum Hannigan and Ethan Hardy-Atkins entered the dance part of the competition. “It was very interesting because we learned about the different parts of robotics. It was a challenge but Sean and I ended up placing 15th out of 47 in the rescue semi-finals. This, sadly, didn’t get us into the finals.” Marcus said. “Next year I’m probably entering the dance division with my own robot.”
Although none of the Year 8 teams got into the finals, the Year 11 students Ashley and Morgan Ure actually won the dance part of the competition and will continue to the national competition, held in Sydney with their performance “Arduniosaurs.”. This is the second Year they have won the WA section and last year they also won the Australian competition. More information is HERE
In week 2 GAT and AEC students entered the Australian Mathematics Competition. Students were asked to solve 30 problems in 75 minutes and mark their responses on a mark-sense sheet. The earliest problems were very easy and then became progressively more difficult until the end, when they were challenging to the most gifted student.
Year 9 G&T Claymation
Students have created claymation animations of a real scientific concept, discovery or invention. They are then entering the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize for Secondary Film Making.
Late in term 1, Year 9 GAT students were treated to a masterclass on how to use stop-motion animation to convey science ideas as part of their GAT extension project. Students use clay, specialised cameras and SAM animation software to create a short video about a science concept. Groups were then able to share their marvellous creative videos with the class. Watch out Wallace & Grommet!
Year 8 GAT students were given an incursion on robotics and coding by SciTech. Students were enthralled to learn more about coding and the possibilities of computer programming.
Robotics World Tour
Kaden Gallant-Harvey, Year 9, was part of a team that has just returned from the World Championships Robotics competition in the USA. The team first sent a video of their project to Sydney in March for the FIRST Robotics competition with his team Curtin FRC 5333. The team consisted of high school students aged 14 to 18 who worked together to design, build, program and drive a robot.
Year 7 GAT students were treated to a wonderful display of Chemistry fun by Scitech. Students participated in a series of interactive activities where they explored the exciting world of chemical reactions. Following this they completed an experiment, testing the effect of different substances on the solubility of an eno tablet. The students were all enthusiastic and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Have SUM Fun
Three teams of Year 7 and 8 students representing Melville SHS were participants in the annual Have SUM Fun competition for lovers of Mathematics. The students were from Gifted and Talented and Academic Extension classes and Head of Department Ms Randa Collett claimed they ‘certainly did have some fun’.
The evening was held at Trinity College and teams spent the night solving mathematical problems, that get harder and harder as the night progresses. There were 38 teams who were predominantly private schools and Melville 3 came 16th, Melville 1 came 23rd and Melville 2 came 27th.