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PLC Sydney Annual magazine issue 8: Summer 2012

TRANSIT OF VENUS HOME AWAY FROM HOME ON ROUTE TO BEIJING IS THERE A MATHEMATICIAN IN THE HOUSE?


Cover Image: Students viewing the Transit of Venus. Photo by Mrs Nadia Young.

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Editor Nicole Paull Contributers Sequiatis Velit, Apitint Quam, Dem Quialit, Fuga Itaspis, Nonsequi Volesed, Que Doluptiorum, Vel Moluptis, Voluptam Itemodit, Atemqui Cupit, Andandae Explab, ipsandam Earita Photographers Sequiatis Velit, Apitint Quam, Dem Quialit, Fuga Itaspis, Nonsequi Volesed, Que Doluptiorum, Vel Moluptis, Voluptam Itemodit, Atemqui Cupit, Andandae Explab, ipsandam Earita

PLC Sydney acknowledges the Wangal people, of the Dharug dialect, on whose land the College resides, and pays respect to Elders both past and present. Connect is printed on a 100% recycled paper stock that is accredited to Forestry Stewardship Commission standards which means best practices have been employed in the manufacturing. The paper stock is manufactured with a net zero climate impact and without harmful chlorine gases.

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Faculty Listing English John Smith Boarding Jane Do Transition Class John Smith Mathematics John Smith Science John Smith Music John Smith Art John Smith Sport John Smith Charity John Smith Alumni John Smith

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issue 8 summer 2013 2 From the Principal 3 Transit of Venus 4 The MRC two years on 5 Transition Class gets social 6 PLC Sydney hosts 18th Biennale of Sydney artist 7 Home away from home 9 In the footsteps of... 10 Is there a mathematician in the house? 11 Open Day at The Croydon 12 Boarders' Camp 13 Vietnam Service Learning: New beginnings

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14 Young scientists of the Junior School 15 On route to Beijing 17 60 seconds with Ms Jo Knight 18 60 seconds with Sister Natasha Yeend 19 Murder under the microscope 20 A bumper day in the Junior School

21 A year in Hanoi 23 Josie jumps for Australia 23 Michele on track for success 24 Belinda's success par for the course 24 Elena makes a splash 25 The ESU welcomes a new President

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26 Ex-Students: Where are they now? 30 Former Olympians 32 PLC Sydney visits Young 33 The College reunites with our Alumni 34 Focus on Phillippa Carnemolla 2


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FROM THE PRINCIPAL At Speech Day 2012, we celebrate the achievements and efforts of the students at PLC Sydney. It is a chance to recognise students who have achieved at the highest level, to support young women and girls who display tremendous espirit d’corps, and to gather as a whole community to say thank you for the 2012 academic year. Each family has received an invitation to the 125 Year Anniversary of the College. I hope you are able to join us in 2013 at key events in the year as we celebrate this milestone. At Speech Day we will hear from our musicians and I will address the College succinctly on our future directions and Professor Lynn Cohick will provide reflections on becoming a young woman in both Ancient and contemporary societies. I have had this magazine distributed on Speech Day because it provides an understanding of the personal responses of a range of the girls and young women to a PLC Sydney education, and supplies stories about current students and programmes, staff and exstudents. Real life is not a series of multi-media trends or sound bites. Each person has a story to tell. Life is nuanced and narrative is therefore an effective way to provide a better grasp of who we are as a community. This magazine seeks to capture some of these stories. In this edition you will have an opportunity to find out more about our Junior School Science programme, and what our Mathematician-inResidence has been doing. Our global links are illustrated and the exceptional opportunities across a range of subject areas have been highlighted.

We each experience an education through our children’s eyes. This magazine seeks to develop an understanding of the bigger picture of PLC Sydney College life. Perhaps it will assist some families to encourage their daughter to try something new, to follow a different pathway. It is our experience that the students who are committed to a range of activities and who seek to develop themselves as individuals, are more likely to both do their best with their studies and to enjoy school. Such students develop friendships with girls in other years and interact in a wide range of social spheres. If something goes awry for a time with a friend, they have a broader social network to rely upon. PLC Sydney has many facets. We are involved in a Strategic Alliance with PLC Armidale. Together our two Colleges strengthen each other. We also have a Boarding School. Thus, this campus is a home to many young women. In this edition we seek to highlight not only the academic, cultural and musical achievements, but also who we are as a community. I commend it to you.

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PLC SYDNEY HOSTS 18TH BIENNALE OF SYDNEY ARTIST

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n June this year, PLC Sydney engaged its students in a new and unique partnership with the 18th Biennale of Sydney. In association with the international art event, the College hosted New Zealand artist Tiffany Singh for three weeks through its artist-in-residence programme. written by Ms Jo Knight Curator of Adelaide Perry Gallery & Visual Arts Teacher

During this time students of Year 11 Visual Arts took a hands-on role collaborating with the artist in the preparation of objects for, and the installation of, Ms Singh’s work Knock on the Sky Listen to the Sound. The work was installed across three key Biennale of Sydney sites including Pier 2/3 and Cockatoo Island, where students worked enthusiastically alongside Ms Singh, gaining a variety of insights into contemporary conceptual art practice, a key focus of study in the Year 11 Visual Arts course. Tiffany Singh’s art practice explores aspects of contemporary and ancient Eastern and Western spiritualities through installations that incorporate and celebrate objects of ceremony and ritual from the ‘everyday’. Knock on the Sky Listen to the Sound incorporates hundreds of wooden wind chimes frequently seen in places of religious significance such as temples and shrines. A key element of the work is audience participation and visitors to Pier 2/3 were invited to select a wind chime, take it home, embellish and decorate it, and reinstall it at the Cockatoo Island site. “The process of moving the objects becomes a spiritual journey and pilgrimage between the sites” Ms Singh said. 7

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Knock on the Sky Listen to the Sound was Tiffany Singh’s first involvement with the Biennale of Sydney and she is currently undertaking a similar project in India. The students greatly enjoyed their collaboration with Ms Singh and the experience of being involved first-hand with a large scale high profile art project. Sitat inusda dolenis int laborer unturit, con et quide dit, ut mod quo odit parcit molorepro maior re quid untiatibus cusa quis con rest occae parchillandi cus et, con re, nimus ipicaerum is mo et quo omni dolores Visiting Cockatoo Island: Students Isabella Dabaja netus ut fugias es volestrum, arum sunture (left) and Aniko Michaelis (right) with artist Tiffany Singh at the installation of her work. hendam fuga. Neque perspid quodior sin nihitatis rectis eossinit dolore, Knock on the sky listen to the sound is a Buddhist proverb cus, aut erchiti of spiritual significance, first heard on a journey over the cusciet quam Himalayas in Ladakh, where the sky was so close we felt like we ium lant maio could knock on it. It seems an appropriate title... eos reicatium samenda qui Tiffany Singh nem qui alicill everferatet et plam nonecto con prerchi aborestium cipsam qui quunt volorae comnimusdaes ratioressit as eatinct ibusdam dolupta andi ommolor iamusam aut ea sit quo speliquatur? optatium ipsapererum idus sant, volumque Offici remque doluptae et, nus dellupt asitas optate doluptium ex estiis ero modiassit qui ditiosantota cum simint alias nam volupides diate dolores etusto Usaeria at. Imuscilique doluptatesed ut esequam faccupis dunt magnisin cone id et, comnisi nverum venis quo molenec escipsunt aut licipsa erspedi conet dolupta voluptaqui rae. Solupta nus aernatur, sunt occae ex eaturia tenecture volupti onecto dolo te vita vel ea sa quam, ipid ut quam quia doloria comnimus, optae niam, od qui offic tet volorem oluptatiur volenem olessum as molut volupie niassed sanim sum qui


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Ms Jo Knight Curator of Adelaide Perry Gallery & Visual Arts Teacher

BOARDERS’ CAMP written by Ms Pauline Turner Director of Boarding

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he blinds are pulled down, the lights turned out and the doors of the Boarding House are locked as the Boarders head off for a weekend of adventure and fun at camp.

What do you enjoy most about teaching? Going through the HSC every year... no really. Being a fly on the wall while the girls grow and develop over time to become confident and independent young artists. What is your greatest challenge in the classroom? Getting students to pack up. Once the creative juices start flowing it’s hard to get them to put away the paint! What do you find most rewarding about teaching? Learning is a two way street. I enjoy the exchange of ideas and the sharing of all things art, exhibition and culture. It is such an enriching experience. When a student tells me about an artist they have discovered or an exhibition they have visited I know they have got the ‘art bug’ and are hooked for life. How do you motivate students who are not particularly interested in Art? The imagination needs to be sparked and nurtured. There needs to be a personal connection between the artist and their work. This can happen through all kinds of inspiration – an image, a story or even a joke – as well as through the sheer pleasure of getting your hands dirty (with clay, charcoal, paint, etc.). Have you experienced any lessons that haven’t quite gone to plan? I call these happy accidents! At times when an art lesson doesn’t go to plan an unexpected creative outcome can result. A spill of ink, the wrong click of the mouse or a clumsy moment forces you to rethink a work and come up with a solution which the time).

For the past several years the Boarders and Boarding House staff pack up for a weekend and go to a fun filled location of adrenaline packed activities and personal challenges. This is organised and run primarily by our talented Year 12 Boarders and Senior Boarding staff. This year our destination was Toukley on the NSW Central Coast. The weekend is planned to provide each Boarder with a change to routine, exposure to new locations outside of Sydney or Country NSW. They have experienced the wonder of the Blue Mountain and spectacular Central Coast over the few years we have held Camp. The excitement is palpable as the girls prepare each year with great expectation regarding location and activities. Each Boarder chooses one friend to buddy up with and then they are placed into larger teams with girls from each year group. They learn to work cooperatively within their team throughout the weekend. Why is this important when these girls already live together you might ask? A team teaches reliance and trust as well as requiring individuals to embrace personal strengths and talents to best serve the team. Together they learn to capitalise on these attributes in a way that normal daily life does not generally require. The offshoot being that they learn more about the

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girls with whom they will share life with for the coming year and from time to time are surprised by the talents that others may not have had the opportunity to display. Camp is nonstop activities from the minute we arrive until we roll the girls back onto the bus Sunday night. Over the weekend they could do anything from beach games, great races, giant swings, quad bikes, rollerblading, flying foxes and so much more. Every year we have our Boarders’ Talent Night and over the years we have been surprised by the amazing talent our Boarders exhibit as they organise items of music, dance and short plays as well as having general fun activities. Students who may in a normal day be very shy and quiet can amaze everyone as they shine brightly up on stage with talent that would otherwise be unknown.


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book review:

to kill a mockingbird written by Ms Jane smith year 11 english student

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IS THERE A MATHEMATICIAN IN THE HOUSE? written by Mrs patricia pollett head of mathematics

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n 2012 Dr Burgis installed a mathematician-in-residence in the Senior School to further develop the mathematical understanding of the students. But what exactly does a mathematician-in-residence do? Dr Lloyd Dawe joined PLC Sydney in Term 1 this year to support the work of the Mathematics staff and students in Years 7 to 12. During the year Dr Dawe has made many valuable contributions to both the Faculty and the learnings of the students. In working with teaching staff, Dr Dawe has been sharing his current mathematical readings and investigations, particularly in the history of mathematical ideas at Faculty meetings as well as assisting with reviewing examination questions. He is a wonderful source of advice and staff are appreciative of the opportunity to bounce ideas off such an experienced educator and mathematician. Dr Dawe has been visiting classes and

working with Senior School students of all levels and assisting with their mathematical problems. A focus has been extending and preparing Extension 2 students for the HSC in addition to teaching the Year 7X class each week during Terms 2 and 3. Students in Years 7 and 8 were fortunate to be supervised by Dr Dawe as they worked through the Challenge and Enrichment Stage of the Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians. Dr Dawe has also supported important links between Mathematics and Science. In March, all Year 7 Mathematics students explored the tracking of the sun across the sky at the equinox to estimate the latitude of PLC. Despite the difficulty of getting accurate measurement with a simple shadow stick, the results were excellent close to 34°S. In June, together with the Science staff, students were able to view the Transit of Venus across the Sun. On that day Dr Dawe taught a Year 9 Science class to discuss the measurement of our distance from the Sun, the important mathematical goal of the observation. The students were also able to explore the pattern of the observations from the first sightings by humans in 1639 to the present.

Dr Dawe has a life long interest in Art and Music and their connections to Mathematics. In October, Dr Dawe opened an Art Exhibition at the Adelaide Perry Gallery showing the work of ex-student Phillippa Carnemolla, now artist-in-residence at the Royal Botanic Gardens, and Lisa Jones who have both been inspired by mathematical ideas to create beautiful, thought-provoking work. These connections have been developed into deeper abstract levels with the advent of modern technology, in particular, computer graphics. So what has it meant having a Mathematician-in-Residence at PLC Sydney? It has been a wonderful opportunity for the staff and students at PLC Sydney to gain wisdom from an exceptionally knowledgeable mentor.

About Dr Lloyd Dawe

After 30 years of service at the University of Sydney, Dr Lloyd Dawe has returned to a favourite place – the school classroom. Prior to joining PLC Sydney as mathematician-in-residence in 2012 he held this position at Queenwood School for Girls, Trinity Grammar School and Inaburra School. During his career, Dr Dawe has been a teacher of Mathematics, cepe sustem cone suntium, volupta.

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My favourite subject is Maths After school I usually Do some homework The last book I read was The Bookthief by Markus Zusak

My favourite subject is Maths After school I usually Do some homework The last book I read was The Bookthief by Markus Zusak

My favourite subject is Maths After school I usually Do some homework The last book I read was The Bookthief by Markus Zusak

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rime sites, villians and victims in Hamilton? For six weeks Year 6 students became super sleuths to solve an environmental murder mystery...

Murder Under the Microscope (or MUM as it is affectionately known) is an online game in which Eco Sleuths all over Australia research and analyse evidence to solve an environmental crime. Run by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, the game involves students investigating potential environmental ‘victims’, ‘villains’ and ‘crime sites’ following clues provided via internet broadcasts which the students viewed on the interactive whiteboard (IWB). Each week new clues were revealed by the online characters and students analysed the evidence and then worked toward solving the crime by narrowing down their lists. The students worked individually as well as in pairs, groups and as a whole class to solve the crime. PLC Sydney has been involved with MUM for approximately 10 years and it is run as a competition between the Year 6 classes. As well as watching the broadcasts on the IWB the girls used their laptops for research both in allocated class time and at home. Year 6 teacher Ms Suellen White said that the benefits of participating in MUM were numerous. “MUM provides an opportunity for the students to work collaboratively as well as develop their own independent research skills. The game also provides links across the curriculum from Science and English to HSIE and Technology. MUM is exciting for the girls and is a great team building exercise.”

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When asked about MUM, Maeve Kelaher from 6K said “I really enjoyed the researching. I know it sounds weird, but it was fun when you had something you could research, so if you had a clue I could see if that related to my catchment or my victim or my villain.”

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For Jessica Nikolovski from 6G it has been the highlight of her year. “I really enjoyed having to investigate because I I liked how we read through the messages as a class love investigating and getting involved in things; and then went home and did our own researching and then went back and as a class had a big discussion like issues that involve about it. Australia. It’s sort of like the kids way of learning about topics and exploring and learning.” arum volor moditatur res sectas voluptas Sophie Palmer from 6W enjoyed the whole class and independent work the best. “I liked how we read through the messages as a class and then went home and did our own researching and then went back and as a class had a big discussion about it. I also liked writing information reports on the victim, villain and crime site. It was fun and interesting to hear what others had to say.” And as for the winning class? Congratulations to 6K for correctly identifying the crime site, the villain and the victim. Well done! Ditinctem quas dit dolentibus nonsed ut exernatis maximil int quidign imporrumquis volesequodit eatur

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YOUNG SCIENTISTS OF THE JUNIOR SCHOOL written by Mrs annie martin junior school science teacher

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cience in the Junior School is thriving. Girls from Evandale and Hamilton enjoy hands-on activities with their classroom teacher in partnership with Mrs Annie Martin – the Junior School Science teacher appointed at the beginning of the year. Whilst there are specified topics for each year group, Science is also integrated across the curriculum. Mrs Martin shares some of the highlights that our budding scientists have experienced this year. Kindergarten students made models of spiders and insects to help understand the differences between them. They also enjoyed pretending they were worker bees, acting out the waggle dance as they collected pretend nectar and took it to the queen bee - their teacher! Year 1 students devised a fair test to see if the story about The Three Little Pigs was true. Each class built three houses – one of straw, one of sticks and one of bricks (Lego). The students then acted out the story with puppets and the Wolf attempted to blow the houses down with a hair dryer! Year 2 learnt about moving toys. Every week in Term 2 they studied a ‘real toy’ and the science behind it. They then made their own version of the toy and investigated ways to modify it to make it work better. Year 3 students were exposed to real pig body organs. The children touched brains

(with gloves) and realised how soft they are and hence the importance of skulls. They then related this to the need for helmets in certain sports and made mini helmets for model brains (water balloons), which they then dropped to test their effectiveness. Year 4 girls learnt about different forms of energy, in particular light. They investigated light in action in many ways, including it as a requirement for plant growth in their own terrariums and also by making kaleidoscopes. Year 5 studied invertebrates and to aid their learning a Giant Burrowing Cockroach was purchased as a class pet. The students also made amazing models of a chosen invertebrate, which they presented to their classmates (and some students even showed their model to Senior School students), describing how certain features help with survival. Year 6 focused on the Scientific Method, in particular Scientific Reports, earlier in the year. They undertook several experiments, including cutting a postcard to fit their body through and they also made parachutes to find out if the canopy size affected the time they took to fall.

Red cross bumper day 13 March 2013 It's that time of the year again! Cupcakes, lollies, jewellery will be for sale. All funds raised will be donate to the Red Cross to support their efforts in providing various community services, ranging from blood supplies and disaster services to first aid and refugee services.

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transit of venus

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's the Transit of Venus! PLC Sydney students and staff donned the special 'sci-fi' looking sunglasses to take a look at this rare occurance.

written by Ms fiona hendriks science teacher

had presented at assembly the history and significance of the Transit of Venus to Australians as well as prepared a song and dance to celebrate the transit that would not be on view again until 2117. Year 9A1 had two lessons with Mathematician-in-Residence, Dr Dawes who explained how scientists after the 1769 expedition calculated the distance from the Earth to the Sun from data that had been collected from the transit of Venus. All the TV screens in the Macindoe Research Centre were showing the transit live from around the world.

Students viewed the transit through eclipse glasses and every group of girls squealed with delight as first they saw the Sun and how small it was and then called out that they could see Venus. Telescopes that were on loan from the Betcher and Cooper families, were used for projecting the Sun onto a screen where the girls could also see Sunspots. Mr Coorey brought a telescope that had much stronger magnification that enabled the girls to see Venus closer and more clearly.

“...every time the Sun broached the clouds, there was collective joy and amazement... an air of excitement prevailed... the girls looked the part with special glasses, just like a 50's Sci-Fi movie as one observer put it – it was a real buzz!”

“I learnt about the importance of the Transit of Venus (ToV) to the Australians. If it was not for ToV, then Australia wouldn't be one of the colonies of Britain and we might not be speaking English. ToV changed the destiny of this land. Besides the history part, I am really amazed by how smart the scientists were at that time. Without any modern technology, they could already calculate the distance from the Sun to Earth by watching ToV. This has made me really interested in the method they used and to try it once in my lifetime.”

Wednesday 6 June was a cloudy and overcast day at PLC Sydney yet there was a feeling of excitement in the air. Year 7 had prepared posters that were hung up around the school on the dangers of viewing the sun with the naked eye and through a telescope that did not have solar filters on it. Year 10 had prepared a Transit of Venus themed breakfast, morning tea and lunch to raise money for the East Timor project. Year 9A1

I remember the cool gothic movie like effect of the sun through a solar filter. Theodora Lee, Year 11

Mr Broadhead, Head Teacher Curriculum

“I remember waiting for the clouds to clear so I could see Venus using the eclipse glasses. Even though it was only a tiny dot it was still exciting to see a planet like that with my own eyes. I also remember watching the live stream of the transit and seeing Venus up close." Martina Kempys, Year 11

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Yibing Chen, Year 11 (international student)


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