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TERM DATES for 2013
Term 1 - Tue 29 Jan - Thu 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 15 Apr - Fri 21 June
Term 3 - Mon 15 Jul - Fri 20 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 8 Oct - Wed 4 Dec
TERM DATES for 2014
Term 1 - Wed 29 Jan - Fri 28 Mar
Term 2 - Mon 14 Apr - Fri 20 June
Term 3 - Mon 14 Jul - Fri 19 Sep
Term 4 - Tue 7 Oct - Wed 3 Dec
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Student HighlightsMathematics News
On Tuesday 30 August, six Year 8 students took part in the ‘Queensland Association of Maths Teachers’ Mathematics Competition. There were 11 teams from schools across the northern zone of the Sunshine Coast competed at the Pomona campus of NDSHS. The two St Andrew’s teams placed first and second; Alex Bennett, Alex McClymont and Jake Turner finished just ahead of Jess Maurer, Luana Lima and Sarah Wrigley. The winners head off to the Regional Final in August and we wish them well. Congratulations to all six students and also to Mr Ian Jones, their current Mathematics teacher, who prepared them for and accompanied them to the event.
Mr David Rudkin - Head of Mathematics
Year 9 Debating
Our 9.2 team was thrilled to have won their debate against Unity College on Wednesday 29th May. They had the affirmative side of the topic ‘that factory farming should be banned’. Saskia, Amy and Gigi were articulate and delivered great speeches as well as impressing the adjudicator with their calm composure and convincing arguments. Harry Mark was chairperson and filled in as timekeeper for the opposition.
Our other Year 9 team had a bye.
Year 8 da Vinci Decathlon
On Tuesday, 23rd April, 2013, a group of talented Year 8 students competed in the Queensland da Vinci Decathlon held at A.B Paterson College on the Gold Coast. The da Vinci Decathlon involved students in an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon and modelled on one of the world’s greatest thinkers and scholars, Leonardo da Vinci. The students competed in the following disciplines;Mathematics and Chess, English, Science, Code Breaking, Engineering, Philosophy, Creative Producers, Art and Poetry, Cartography and General Knowledge.
The student’s creative and critical thinking skills were unleashed on the day in the many exciting and challenging tasks presented to them as they competed against 20 of the top independent schools from Brisbane and its surrounding regions.
The students won the Mathematics challenge on the day and came second in the Science challenge which was an outstanding result.
Congratulations to the following students for an exceptional effort in the Year 8 Queensland da Vinci Decathlon;
Sarah Wrigley, Jessica Maurer, Jake Turner, Kai Veary, Leon Zhan, Noah Siever-Kloster, Alexander Bennett, Alex McClymont
Mrs Jillian Green
Head of Thinking
Extension and Enrichment Coordinator
Year 10 Sustainability
This term the Year 10 Sustainability class have been working hard to produce our first crop of vegetables, herbs and citrus fruits. At the beginning of the year the dirt was dry, the air was humid and we had no idea what was in store for us. It was week 2 and a couple of new garden beds had entered our area, ready to be filled. Week 3, nourishing our garden beds with sand, soil, manure and hay. Before we knew it, it was already week 4. The moment we’d all been waiting for arrived. Starting to grow our own produce. From cucumbers to chives, lettuce to tomatoes, green filled our once empty garden beds. From then on our garden began to thrive, our hydroponics unit was set up, the shade-house built and restored and the fruit tree holes dug and ready to be filled with new citruses. Skip forward to week 6 our excitement began to build. A local St. Andrew’s family kindly donated six new chickens. Though we’re still working hard we can start to see it paying off. We can’t believe it’s only been 6 weeks. The difference between then and now is incredible and we never realized our potential of building such a sustainable place. With the help of Mr D we have learnt not to take food or hard work for granted and that we can make a difference to our beautiful Gaia.
We took the time to interview a few people in the yard:
“What do like about Sustainability?”
- “Getting to work and learn outside” (Lauren)
- “Looking after the chickens” (Jay)
- “Getting your hands dirty but still learning something that will last a lifetime” (Sarah)
“What’s the most rewarding thing about Sustainability?”
- “Watching our garden grow over time and being able to see it when it’s nothing and suddenly it turns into something” (Connor)
- “Being able to eat the food that we work hard for and produce” (Chris)
- “Being able to be a part of something that helps us give back to the earth” (Bennett)
Chase Becker’s experience at the Gesundheit Institute
About 4 months ago I applied for a Medical Elective in West Virginia at the Gesundheit Institute. If you have ever seen the movie Patch Adams you will know what I’m talking about. A medical hospital and institute focusing on improving quality of life in America and around the world using unconventional techniques like clowning and a “fun” hospital. I had a wonderful time in West Virginia where it is coming into fall and the leaves are changing colors. I went to the small town of White Sulphur Springs (WV) and was taken to the Gesundheit Institute. The first night was orientation and we learnt that Wildman (that was his name) was Patch Adams' brother and that he would be a "supervisor" at the Elective. The average age was 25 and the youngest after me was a 23 year old. They all had done a medical degree and some were bordering on the end of their degree. They were all very kind and some were from overseas.
More details about Chase's adventures at the Gesundheit Institute can be read here.
Congratulations to Year 8 student, Braden Riggs, who recently won a silver medal for his age and weight in the National Karate championship in Melbourne. Well done Braden!
National Geographic Australian Geography Competition
Congratulations to our students that obtained a High Distinction in this competition - see our Honour Roll for 2012 here.
Ben Hassmann 10G won the Youthsail Saturday Race Series 2011/12 at the Noosa Yacht Club on Saturday 28 July. He only started sailing this time last year so it is quite an achievement. Ben is also doing a Certificate III in Coaching Traineeship at the Noosa Yacht Club with the support of St Andrew’s which he will complete this year. Well Done Ben!
What's been happening in Hospitality
Noosa Food and Wine
Students from Year 10 through to Year 12 Hospitality relished the opportunity to be involved in this year’s Noosa Food and Wine Festival, working alongside some of the biggest names in the Australian Hospitality scene. Each student was placed with popular food critics who competed against each other in the annual competition to win’ Best Dish’ of the festival. Well done to Sam Steffenson for helping his team to victory.
Remi Davey and Sophie Curtis worked tirelessly all day preparing for the live cooking demonstrations on main stage and the auditorium, both girls gained valuable experience from observing the professional’s excellent presentations. Alysha Oglesby and Brittaney Ferguson meanwhile dealt with the pressures of fame by donning their cravats and handling the media with Matt Preston of Masterchef fame and Ella De Ville even got to meet the macaroon man Adriano Zumba.
Congratulations to all the students involved for their enthusiasm and terrific attitude to the work.
Congratulations to Ryan Berns, Ryan Wilson and Julian Farmer, Year 11 Hospitality Students on winning their round of the Eumundi Market chef competition. The boys scored the highest points to put St Andrew’s in a very strong position. Well done boys for a great team effort.
Year 10 Afternoon Tea
The tables were set, the menu planned and the service immaculate for last Wednesday Afternoons Tea party. Around thirty Year 10 students enjoyed the fine food and beverages served by their peers from Year 10 Hospitality. The class decided on the theme, set up and the roles/responsibilities to ensure a smoothly run function.