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Year 9 English Incursion - Poetry in Action

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Following the National Final of the Australian Space Design Competition, Nathan Khoury, Thomas Reid and four students from Catherine McAuley were invited to join Mr Chris Hersey and his team from Patrician Brothers Blacktown to tour America, and take part in the International Space Settlement Design Competition. In a rapid week, our boys will experience Time Square in New York, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and Universal Studios in Florida, before the ISSDC competition begins at the Kennedy Space Centre.

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On Wednesday 26th June, Year 11 Construction students visited the Abergeldie Construction site at the Schofields Pump Station. The program was thoroughly prepared by the General Manager of Abergeldie, Janelle Owens.

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On Thursday, 23 May, 22 students from Years 10 and 11 ventured to Kensington for UNSW’s Secondary Engineering Day. Upon arrival, our students were split into nine tute groups which undertook workshops catering to their interests across the broad spectrum of Engineering disciplines.

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On Wednesday, 15 May, Year 9 iSTEM students visited the Australian Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. The excursion provided students with an opportunity to consider a range of problems faced by Naval engineers. Students boarded the HMAS Onslow (a decommissioned Australian Submarine), and tentatively edged their way through the cramped compartments to get a sense of what it would have been like to serve on the vessel. Our students quizzed the generous ANMM volunteers, and spent much of their time sketching components such as torpedoes, periscopes and turrets, most of which had been cut open to reveal beautifully machined mechanisms.

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While many of us rested following a busy Term One, three of our Year 11 students attended the Cochlear Autumn School of Engineering. For four days Ramzel Liwanag, Michael Evans and Jordan Brownlow were involved in workshops and tours of engineering sites across Sydney. These sites included the RAAF base at Richmond, the ANSTO reactor at Lucas Heights and Cochlear’s Anechoic Chamber at Macquarie Park. Ramzel, Michael and Jordan spoke with practicing engineers and students from the Engineering faculties of Sydney University, UNSW, Macquarie University, and UTS. The program was busy, involving experiences not usually available to the public.

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Year 11 Construction attended their White Card Induction Training for their Construction course. This course now enables the students to work on a construction worksite. Well done to the boys on their attentive behaviour and mature approach.

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A group of Year 11 VET Business & Financial Services students attended a fantastic business program conducted by AUSSIP from 4th April - 10th April 2019, as part of their workplacement. AUSSIP are the registered training organisation that co-ordinates our students work placement. The program, running for the first time, integrated various activities that exposed students to real businesses in the local Parramatta community. The students were engaged in learning about SWOT analysis, job interview techniques, grooming/presentation, communication skills, employment contracts, teamwork building, career pathways and real life problem solving of current business issues. The students were privileged to lead structured conversations with local business managers in the local area, to understand career pathways and business opportunities.

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