EYNESBURY TIMES 2015
Special edition to celebrate 25 years, Awards, Safe Schools Coalition, the Great Gatsby Formal and more.
IN THIS SPECIAL EDITION Principalâ€™s Note
Silver Jubilee Celebrations
Wear it Purple - Safe Schools Coalition
Learning the moves in Mentor
CBD Art installations make a splash
Award Winning Creative Writing Piece - Colt
ASX Share Market Game
Chinese New Year Celebrations
The Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial
National Titration Competition
Should the Thylacine be cloned?
Christmas in July!
Hero for a Day - Social Justice Group
Year 12 Drama - Summer of the Aliens
Research Project Expo
The Green Team Special Events
Tribute to Matthew Thomas
Meet New Staff
The Great Gatsby Formal
This year Eynesbury celebrated 25 years! This is an anniversary to be celebrated, as it makes Eynesbury one of the oldest academic based senior secondary colleges in South Australia. It also marks the first year that Eynesbury has had a female Principal and my first year in this role. This year has been a particularly busy one. However, it is gratifying to see that the hard work of our students and teachers has continued to result in scientific awards, poetry prizes, literary pieces being published and artwork featuring on TV, to mention but a few of the outstanding successes. Since the establishment of the College, we have had nearly 3,400 students graduate and it was wonderful to see so many old scholars and families at the Silver Jubilee celebration event earlier in the year. It also prompted many of our Alumni to get in touch. We love hearing about the successes and the different pathways they have taken since graduating from Eynesbury. This year we have seen many new faces join our College community, including fresh faces in the student body, and new staff members and colleagues taking on new roles.
Eynesburyâ€™s supportive environment has embraced them all and I thank our teachers, administrative staff, my Associate Principal, Aldo Longobardi, and staff who have taken on new roles, including Fiona Thompson, Mel Smith, Jackie Robinson, Louise Phillips and the Key Mentors, for their hard work and continued positivity. Eynesbury has always been an inclusive school. This year we joined Safe Schools Coalition. The Coalition is committed to reducing homophobia and transphobia in schools, making it a safe place for them. As we draw to the end of 2015, we say farewell to our Year 12s and soon to be graduates. I have no doubt that their stars will continue to rise and we wish them all the very best with their ATAR results. I know that they will do themselves and the College proud with their persistence and self-motivation, putting them in good stead not only for impressive results but life after school at University. Claire Flenley PRINCIPAL
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SILVER JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS
After the March Open Day, Eynesbury opened its doors and welcomed past and present students, families and the teaching community onto the rooftop terrace for canapes and drinks to celebrate 25 years of the school. It was a warm summer evening and over 100 guests enjoyed live music by 2002 graduate, Todd Sibbins. “Twenty five years ago Eynesbury was created to challenge an ageing educational tradition,” said Tony Stimpson, founding member and past Principal.
“The College’s successes are a mark of the continued commitment by teaching staff and the self-learning principles which set the Eynesbury cohort apart,” said Tony. To mark the event, a large scale artwork was created by students and now hangs on Level Two. It features faces and stories from the past 25 years. A celebration key ring was also created. Please get in touch with the school if you would like one of these commemorative items.
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WEAR IT PURPLE In August, Eynesbury celebrated Wear it Purple Day, which saw the school decorated in a variety of purple hues to match the theme. Students and teachers also baked rainbow inspired cupcakes and a Purple Selfie Booth with colourful props was created. This important event was held to highlight what we stand for as a College community. We believe that every young person is unique, important and worthy of love. No one should be subject to bullying, belittlement or invalidation. We believe in a world in which every young person can thrive, irrelevant of sex, sexuality or gender identity. We want rainbow young people to be safe, supported and empowered in all of their environments.
Eynesbury Senior College is one of only a handful of independent schools in South Australia that have joined the Safe Schools Coalition. The Safe Schools Coalition in South Australia strives to create and provide a positive, inclusive and supportive environment for all young people, regardless of their sexuality or gender identity. The Coalition is committed to reducing homophobia and transphobia in schools making schools a safe place for all.
There are 6 main ways that Eynesbury and the Safe Schools Coalition will work towards reaching our big goals. As a College community we pledge to continue to: EDUCATE Educating society about sexuality & gender diversity CELEBRATE Celebrating diversity ADVOCATE Being the public voice of rainbow young people EMPOWER Empowering rainbow young people to be active in their environments CHALLENGE Challenging harmful social cultures SUPPORT Showing rainbow young people they arenâ€™t alone.
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LEARNING THE MOVES IN MENTOR
One of the most popular Mentor sessions was break dancing.
Dancers usually begin by toprocking, and then continue by going down to the floor.
Students learnt that the basic break dance moves are the 6-step and toprock. The rest of the dance is then founded around these two elements.
The 6-step provides a base for other more complex moves to be formed, as well as power moves.
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Students, and even a teacher, Sandra Cornell, tried their hand at some of the trickier ground moves with some impressive results.
CBD ART INSTALLATIONS MAKE A SPLASH Students worked with local artist, Lucy Bonnin, to create three pop up art installations using colourful plastic cups. Sponsored by Splash Adelaide, an initiative of the Adelaide City Council to improve the vibrancy of the CBD, the three installations celebrated International Youth Day, Science Week, and Book Week. Each artwork was on display for one week and approximately 2,000 cups were used.
“It took us about two hours to install and de-install each time,” explained Lucy. “I think the most effective one was the double helix for Science Week, and I also liked the bookworm for Book Week.” A highlight for students was being featured on Channel 7. Weather Reporter, Amelia Mulcahy, did a live weather cross to showcase their hard work.
SPORTING STARS Snow boarder and softball player, Lauren Beck, juggles travel, training and Year 10 studies but she has had a successful year. Lauren won a trophy in the National Interschoolâ€™s Snowboarding Competition at Mount Bulla and has been selected to play in the Under 17 South Australian School Girls Softball at the Pacific School Games at the end of the year. Her dream is to go to college in America and play softball, so she has been recently working with agents and coaches to help with scholarships. We wish her all the best for the Pacific School Games in November!
SHOOTING FOR SUCCESS Year 10 Student, Clare Reuther, has been competing in archery competitions for three years and is ranked No. 1 in South Australia for Open Match Play Compeition. Clare is aiming to shoot for Australia in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Next year, she will be competing in three international competitions, including the New Zealand Archery Championships in Christchurch, the Trans Tasman Challenge in NZ, and the World Indoor Championships in Ankara, Turkey
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AWARD WINNING CREATIVE WRITING PIECE - COLT
By Tom Calder
The highly competitive University of Adelaide Faculty of Arts Writing Competition receives hundreds of entries a year. Congratulations to Year 12 student Tom Calder on coming Runner Up in this prestigious competition. I’m a forty-five Long Colt. I’m a cut blue steel, six repeating cylindered, mahogany hilted piece, holstered in cowhide and fired against the hazy backdrop of the red American Sun. I’m a Colt peacemakin’ pistol, a once manufactured and now malnourished legend of the forgotten West. In 1875, I was the most desired thing a man could strap onto his thigh; together we’d ride out into the frontier, the great American unknown where danger was assured. To the man who owned me I was his great mechanical prize - amidst the cries and crazy, and the hustlers and the natives, the man would know all was well. He would know I was by his side, ’til the sharp and bitter end that many men befell. And I saw that. I saw a great many men fall. Out in the West I made men that would be nervous content. I gave courage to a friend; his palm a weight to clutch on to. I made the living dead, and bought dead men to life. That’s my
charm, my one and only god defying gift. Six loads of forty-five waiting inside me, and a sure aim with a trigger to pull. That’s the gift that Colt gave me. That’s what I lived by, and dream of to this day; the life of a Colt repeating peacemaker. I’ve been here since the seventies of old, since when America was only just one and land was raw. Maps were small then, and the horizon was an open prospect of adventure. Blank and fresh like untamed mare flesh, bucking and writhing under the denim clad pioneer, his wild cry echoing into the long expansive sand. That was the America that I saw, a beast to be wrangled, a frontier to explore. As a peacemaker, I saw more than most. In the summer I was purchased for thirteen dollars by a lawman, and taken deep into Indian Territory with a posse of twelve behind me. There we fought for the laws our time deemed fit to live by, and those Indians fought because they deemed they weren’t. My first old West gun slinging, I shot two Indians straight dead. One blast through the lung of an elder, and two to the gut of an axe wielding boy. I was untested then, virgin and green. In that night’s skirmish the lawman made me who I am; as the smoke of my cylinder settled and Indian blood turned dirt to mud, there was peace. Those were my first dead. The first of many taken from this earth on a ticket Ah’d punched. The first who sampled my peace. Since then I added more to my name than I can count. Dead men my game. My
very owner expired with me fallin’ from his limp hand, shot by outlaws out by a waterhole near Colorado Springs. But that’s okay. That’s why I’m here. I was forged in wilder times, and life was looser then. I’ma Colt, and I see things differently. I understand. When you’re cast in flesh life ain’t forever. It’s rented and supple. I am pressed and cut steel, loaded with led and brass. I’ma made for shooting flesh; it’s only my frame of old steel can last forever. I give peace. But my steel body won’t allow any of that supple prize for me. Pawned by the outlaws who killed my owner I spiraled into bad company. At one point I belonged to a coachmen who shot six men and women before he were hung. I remember what it was like to shoot those who weren’t necessarily needin’ of it, to fire lead into innocent folk. I was the gun of heroes, a legend of the West. But when my trigger was pulled by the foul, I was shooting my own, the West that I dreamt of, and the dream I once lived by. In the hands of loose yahoos, pumping shells out me like an irate cannon, I lost my pride. Not a true Colt piece, but some wild tool making hustle for folk who don’t deserve it. Times were rough. Two years before the end of the great nineteenth century, I was sold to a farmer to settle a debt. It was there, in that farmer’s barn, that I understood my place. The farmer put me in his mouth. He ate my load of lead and brass, filled me with his blood and let me stew in that hell. His days of adventuring were over, as were mine. The great frontier was settled. It was no place for the old men left there, settlers who’d made through the rough, or their old tools that made it so. That’s what I am, a forty five Peacemaker. And I gave him his peace. I feel no great a cost for it for at least he,
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and all else who fell by the barrel, have what I had promised. Peace. Colt had given me all those years ago the gift of life and death, but I only chose that for others. Never myself. I will never have what I was made for. That peacemakin’ ability is long lost on my steel frame. Unlike the American west, and the adventure the frontier provided, I am forever. Fifty years in a museum, kept in a glass case, my cylinders empty. I feel not the hand of a partner, or the recoil of a fired round. I see not the open land, nor the country that I love and was born to be in. I am in a room to be stared at, a memento of some backwards time, to be ridiculed forever. This is the not the raw land I once knew. This isn’t the America I lived for. Frontiers fall, for that is the way of them. A new land rises, and life before goes along with it. I am of that old land a relic of a bygone era which no one speaks. Peace is forever my curse. Only I am made not to have it. In my dark seclusion I dream that one day someone will open my box, and take me away. I will be melted down for scrap, my old form cast aside, irrelevant, gone, and forged for something again new. I wish to be melted into a starship, to again be an explorer of the great unknown. Man’s last great frontier, the great and eternal adventure waiting to be conquered. In the stars I will remember what I once were, I like to think I would find peace. The West is dead, and I need a new dream to live by, for my America is fallen. I need a new adventure to take part in, a place where dust cannot mar me, where glass cannot hold. I dream that I fly into the night sky as I once rode through the great American West. But space is longer. Some even say infinite. That is a better pairing, we too are forever. My first partner, the lawman, followed the stars when his map failed to serve. Yes. I could follow in his footsteps too.
ASX SHARE MARKET GAME
The stock market plays a pivotal role in the growth of industry and commerce and the Australian economy. The best way to teach students about the share market is to experience it. Through the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) game they can put into practice what they are learning. Students receive a virtual $50,000 that they can invest over a 10 week period in 200 companies listed on the ASX. The prices students buy and sell at are the same prices as they would get in the live market, so this is as close to real life share trading as you can get. Over 50,000 students participate each year and Paul Tran managed to be first at one point. “I decided to stick to a high risk strategy by buying shares in AWE limited and UGL. I managed to make $3,000 profit overnight!” “Even though I didn’t rank that highly in the end, it was beneficial to learn how to research companies, gain a greater knowledge of economics and world events, and discover the importance of wise investment decisions,” said Paul.
YEAR 10 & 11 ACADEMIC CITATIONS Academic citations are awarded to students for their outstanding results and hard work. Fifty seven Year 10 students and thirty six Year 11 students were awarded 130 academic citations in Semester One for their outstanding results and hard work. In particular, we congratulate our highest achievers. Sami Maiolo (7 Citations) Jane Kim (6 Citations)
Overall Academic Citation, Accounting, Biology, Chemistry, English, Research Project (Stage 2), Preliminary Mathematics. Overall Academic Citation, Biology, Chemistry, English as a Second Language, Psychology, Research Project (Stage 2).
YEAR 12 ACADEMIC CITATIONS
Congratulations to thirty one Year 12 students who were awarded a total of 107 academic citations. Well done to the following four students who received the highest amount of academic citations.
Top of the Class Sophie Chen (6 Citations)
Chemistry, English Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, Physics, Academic Excellence.
Jubilee Xu (5 Citations)
Physics, English Studies, Specialist Mathematics, Mathematical Studies, English as a Second Language Studies, Academic Excellence.
Alexandra Christie (5 Citations)
Chemistry, Psychology, Biology, Mathematical Methods, Academic Excellence.
Alexandra Nichols (5 Citations)
Legal Studies, English Studies, French (Continuers), Psychology, Academic Excellence.
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CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
To celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Goat, the Level 2 Concourse was transformed. There were red lanterns and a wishing tree for students to tie their wishes for the New Year onto. Jackie Robinson, International Student Coordinator, was thrilled with the response to the special event.
â€œChinese New Year is an important event for many of our international students so it was great to be able to share the excitement with the whole Eynesbury student body. Everybody got into the spirit and it felt really festive,â€? said Jackie. Next year, Chinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Monkey.
THE LAW SOCIETY OF SA MOCK TRIAL Eynesbury students participated in the 2015 Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial Competition.
Congratulations to Hannah Le Leu and Tate Cowling who received Certificates of Commendation for their Poems in the Young Writers Awards.
The competition is designed to bring young South Australians closer to the workings of our Stateâ€™s legal system while teaching them to present a persuasive argument through competing in a series of simulated court cases contested by students from Years 10, 11 or 12. Coach Claire Oâ€™Connor QC was very impressed with how quickly the students picked up the concepts of argument in openings, closings and cross examination. Students were particularly pleased to hear that Claire thought they were truly equal to the final year Law students that she teaches. The team came sixth overall out of 24 teams, which is a fantastic result considering it was their first year in the competition. Well done to all involved!
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NATIONAL TITRATION COMPETITION Titration is a common laboratory method of quantitative chemical analysis that is used to determine the unknown concentration of an identified analyte. Every year, Eynesbury students receive outstanding state and national results. This year has been no exception, with all four
teams making it through to the National Finals. Congratulations to Nina Nguyen, Pamela Jacub, Sophie Chen, Angel Chai, Tammy Kong, Catherine Ren, Anne Pham, Hang Dinh, Alexandra Christie, Rachel Mynott, Duyen Huynh and Aden Ostovar-Ravare.
SHOULD THE THYLACINE Rachel Mynott BE CLONED? By Year 12
INTRODUCTION Hunted without solid reasoning until their near extinction in 1910, the Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, could one day be brought back from the dead thanks to cloning technology. In 1830, a bounty was offered for the striped marsupial’s slaughter as it was believed they were killing farm poultry and sheep. There are many issues involved with cloning the thylacine. Some believe it is our moral obligation to do what we can to reintroduce a species that was driven to extinction by colonisation. Others say that funds could be better spent on preserving Tasmania’s endangered species and threatened habitats. BIOLOGICAL SIGNIFICANCE In 1866, a thylacine pup was preserved in alcohol (see image below) and there is hope that the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) extracted from this pup’s cells and other pups preserved around the world can be used for cloning. DNA is the code for all living things; it contains sequences of bases that make up a gene to code for a specific protein.
Fragments of DNA extracted from the pup can be replicated at an exponential rate by a process known as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) . PCR is a five step process extracting two full copies of the DNA strand. This process is repeated up to 35 times, resulting in 34 billion copies. Next, a process known as somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT) can be used to clone the thylacine. Some issues arise with the process as scientists do not have the full set of chromosomes for the thylacine. However, it has been done before, most famously the first successful cloning of an adult cell – Dolly the Sheep . Firstly, an artificial cell containing the thylacine’s complete DNA will need to be created and an unfertilised egg cell from a close relative – likely the Tasmanian devil – obtained and both maintained with very low concentrations of nutrients to prevent growth or division . The egg cell is then enucleated, removing its nucleus. The nucleus containing the thylacine DNA is extracted and inserted into the egg, an electric shock causes the cells to fuse, and also triggers cell division. An embryo then begins to grow and is implanted into the surrogate mother. The gestation period of a thylacine is estimated to
be around 21-35 days, the Tasmanian devil 31 days and both permanently leave the pouch after 16 weeks. This similarity may be advantageous if the Tasmanian devil is used as a surrogate mother. IMPACTS – POINTS OF VIEW Accumulating the thylacine genome is estimated to cost around $80 million and Michael Lynch, the Tasmanian Conservation Trust director, agrees that ‘research money would be better spent protecting some of the 637 species on Tasmania’s threatened species list.’ GeneWatch UK also says “the major factor which renders a species endangered is habitat loss. Cloning does nothing to preserve habitat’ , so creating more awareness around the conservation of Tasmanian threatened species like the Masked Owl and Humpback Whale through preserving their habitat should perhaps be a higher priority. The plan to clone the thylacine drew in over $300,000 in sponsorship from the private sector and so enhanced awareness in endangered species could potentially attract sponsorship to prevent the further extinction of native animals. The director at the Australian Museum, Mike Archer, counters this argument, saying Australia has the ability to, ‘[undo] an immoral disaster that human beings precipitated.’ Not only is it our moral obligation to bring back the thylacine, it would also open the doors to further cloning of other extinct species ‘preserved in alcohol that would lend themselves to this technique,’ like the big-footed bandicoots. Finding an appropriate surrogate mother creates an issue in the cloning process of the thylacine. Their closest relatives, the dasyuridae, could provide a host mother with similarities in their DNA to the thylacine. This family of marsupials include the Tasmanian devil, which is the most likely host of the thylacine embryo created by SCNT. The issue that arises in using the Tasmanian devil is the size difference between the two marsupials.
In marsupials, after a short gestation period the juvenile moves to the pouch and feeds off the mother’s milk . If the thylacine embryo is put into a Tasmanian devil, the pup would rapidly outgrow the mother,
meaning it may have to be removed from the pouch earlier than it naturally would. Archer says that at the stage where the thylacine pup gets too big for the devil’s pouch ‘you would take over with artificial feeding.’ These and other environmental factor changes could result in an alteration of the pup’s phenotype, its physical characteristics however the genotype, the genetic makeup, would remain unchanged. If the cloning of thylacines was a success, the next issue would be their reintroduction. It is most likely that the thylacine’s natural habitat has changed since their extinction and so reintroducing them could disturb the new ecosystem. Bob Brown, former Green Senator and environmental activist, believes that ‘the idea of bringing the dead back to life was “dysfunctional” because the habitats occupied by the thylacine are themselves being destroyed.’ This problem could be avoided by introducing populations into captivity or onto controlled islands or even domestication of the thylacine . Despite their extinction being initiated by farmers who believed the animal was responsible for the death of their sheep and other farm animals, this has since been disproven, with the blame on other wild animals. ‘They were not savage’ says Archer, who believes the thylacine are shy, smart creatures and responsive to humans. Animal Australia’s Glenys Oogjes disagrees with Archer’s belief and says ‘a sentient animal would be treated merely as a curio, a circus exhibit,’ suggesting thylacines should remain wild. CONCLUSION From the information presented it can be seen that there lies problems in not only the cloning procedure, but also the reintroduction of the thylacine back into an environment that has changed since their extinction. Although there are moral obligations associated with bringing back the thylacine, it is believed that money could be better spent on preventing endangered species’ extinction.
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CHRISTMAS IN JULY! The end of Semester One tradition continues with celebrations on the Level Two concourse. Organiser and Quiz Master, Mel Smith explains this year’s event. “We expanded on last year’s event to include not only a Christmas themed quiz and pick the Christmas celebrity, but students also had to create a Christmas tree artwork,” she explains. “The pizza lunch afterwards was a big highlight for all, as were the prizes of chocolates awarded for the top teams.” “It was hilarious to see how competitive everyone was!” said Mel. Thanks to all who came along. We look forward to next year’s Christmas in July!
HERO FOR A DAY!
Hero Day is an annual event hosted by the Social Justice Group. The Social Justice Group looks at issues within our society and this year the Committee chose to raise awareness and funds for women and girl’s education in third world countries. “Women and girls in the developing world are often denied opportunities for education,” says Hafiza Garipov. “A lack of education limits prospects, decreases family income, reduces health, puts women and girls at risk of trafficking and exploitation, and limits the economic advancement of entire countries.”
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“Education is a key to improving individual well-being and also societies’ economic and social development.” “We are lucky to live in Australia and organising an event such as Hero Day helps remind us that the smallest effort can help make a difference.” “It was great to see students and teachers in costume to support this worthy cause. Even our Principals got into the spirit! I am not sure how many other Principals would make the effort to dress up for a student event and that’s pretty cool!” said Hafiza.
SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP A Quiz Night was held by the Social Justice Group on Level Two. “It was a good experience organising this event as it was the first time many of us had sought sponsorship,” said Hafiza. “We had to write a Sponsorship Proposal Letter and think about what we could offer businesses in return for their donated items.” The Quiz Night was a fun night and together with Hero Day, the Social Justice Group raised nearly $300 for women and girls in the developing world. The Social Justice Group always welcomes new members and new ideas for events, so get in touch with your Mentor if you are interested in joining in 2016!
YR 12 DRAMA ‘Summer of the Aliens’ was performed by the Year 12 Drama Students at The Studio at the Holden Street Theatres. Louis Nowra, the Australian playwright best known for plays such as ‘Così’ and ‘Radiance’, reflects on his childhood growing up in a Housing Commission Estate north of Melbourne in this semi-autobiographical play. Lewis (Tom Calder) takes a walk through his memories: the desolate paddocks of the Housing Estate north of Melbourne where he lived, the memories of his hardworking mother constantly bickering with his live-in grandmother who was nearing senility, his painful older sister, his sex-obsessed friend Brian, the constantly-fighting couple who lived next door, his best friend Dulcie – the tomboy with a dark secret- and his itinerant father who turned everything upside down when he suddenly turned up out of the blue… Through all of this, the adolescent Lewis indulges his vivid imagination in his fantasy world of UFOs and alien invasions to mask his own adolescent confusion. As he looks back on his younger self he can’t help but question if he was a teenage alien as he remembered, or if he was just human – like everyone else…
“The Time. 1962. Summer. A time when people feared that there was going to be a war between Russia and America. A time when we had beaten the West Indian cricket team. It was the year I developed an obsession with flying saucers…”
“The play is especially good for a young cast as it narrates the story of adolescence. It is not a particularly easy play, with the themes being quite gritty at times,” said Aldo Longobardi. “Shaye Duong and Stephanie Holland did a great job of setting the scene as set and costume designers, and the actors conducted themselves with professionalism which ensured that they kept their audience entertained. Well done to all,” said Aldo.
RESEARCH PROJECT EXPO The Research Project Student Expo was held at the Adelaide Showground in August. “The Expo provided a unique opportunity for Year 10 and Year 11 students to learn about an array of interesting and unique SACE Research Projects and talk to the young researchers behind them,” explained Jackie Robinson.
“With over 100 student exhibitors, it was great to be able to get advice. A highlight would also be chatting to ABC News and being featured on TV. That doesn’t happen everyday!” laughed Year 11 Student, Shannon McGarry. Speak to your RP teacher if you are interested in attending the 2016 event.
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THE GREEN TEAM SPECIAL EVENTS The Green Team focuses on raising awareness and funds for environmental based initiatives.
“It was great to see people supporting this cause by wearing spots and donating to this little known cause.”
“This year we hosted two events. Firstly, we decided to support the Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered species (FAME) and their Save a Quoll Day,” explained Jess Hay.
“The second event we held was the Leafy Sea Dragon Cafe in collaboration with the Eynesbury Music Group.”
“At one time, most of Australia was home to at least one of our four species of quoll. However, now the northern and spottedtailed quolls are today endangered and the western quoll is listed as vulnerable.”
“Level Two was transformed into a vibrant cafe with live music,” said Jess. Leafy Sea Dragons are a threatened species and together with the Save a Quoll Day the Green Team raised over $500 in support of these two environmental causes.
TRIBUTE TO MATTHEW THOMAS
It was with deep sadness that the Eynesbury community said farewell to Matthew Thomas. Forever young, Matthew, a Year 11 Eynesbury Senior College student, was tragically killed in a car accident during the school holidays. Our deepest sympathy goes to his family, Dianne, Shaun and Laura, his extended family and his closest friends. The teaching staff and Eynesbury community are grateful and privileged to have taught and known Matthew. Matthew exuded an air of self-confidence and self-assuredness. He was self-contained too but this was combined with humility and modesty, very attractive traits that are rare in someone so young. As one of his friends put it: â€œMatt knew he was his own person, he never went with the crowd and he would always do what he believed was best.â€? Matt loved his learning and epitomized what an Eynesbury student is all about - he was a self-motivated, independent learner.
A friend remembers regularly coming into the library, sharing a silent smile with him, and then just getting on with the work together. He was aware of his potential and enjoyed his academic success- he knew he worked hard for it and was fortunate enough to get results for his effort. He is the only student, one of his English teachers recalls, who ever challenged her on his B+ grade- because he thought it was too generous. That is integrity for you! Our lives are all different and we all have our time: some of us live long lives, and some lives are short. This reminds us not to think too much about the future, but to live in the now as much as we can. Though his life was short, it was a life well lived and well loved. He was blessed to have such wonderful parents, sister and a loving extended family. Words by Margaret-Ann Copeland, Claire Flenley, Janine Campbell and memories from his friends were shared.
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MEET THE PRINCIPAL’S NEW NOTE LIBRARY LADIES At the end of 2014, Silvana Jenkins and Sara Kennedy retired after spending a number of years supporting the Eynesbury community. They were an important part of our college and continue to be a great support to past students and the teaching staff alike. Sara had been at the College almost since its inception and Silvana’s warmth and quick wit made her a favourite amongst the students and staff. With over 60 years of experience between them, we thank them for their amazing contributions and continued support. Taking over the baton are our new Library staff: Manager, Jacquie McEvoy, and Library Assistant, Sophie Darzanos. Despite having big shoes to fill, they have taken it in their stride since joining the Eynesbury team. We caught up with the new members of staff to ask them a few questions.
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What does education mean to you? “Education plays a vital role in the development and progress of all students. It allows them to grow, advance and learn not only academically but in life and throughout their chosen career pathway. Nowadays, education is important more than ever, for a successful career, lifelong learning and personal growth,” said Jacquie.
What is something people wouldn’t know about libraries? “A library is not merely a physical space in which various materials and media are stored; it is a concept, a tangible expression of a school’s ethos and principles. Its approaches to quality education has the potential to introduce young people to the world of literature, information, lifelong learning and to enable them to develop skills which will enhance their lives as adults. The library provides staff and students alike with unrivalled resources to support this learning. I believe this
personal ethos is the key which actively ensures every student is provided with the best resources and opportunities to reach their full potential,” said Jacquie.
What has been a memorable moment in your career working in a library? “The most unusual moment was stopping a thief from absconding out the front doors from Mawson Lakes library…true story! More recently at Eynesbury (not a library moment exactly), I truly enjoyed attending the school’s play ‘Summer of the Aliens.’ It was a fabulous evening out with new colleagues and seeing the talent of our students,” said Sophie.
What are you looking forward to doing within the Library? “I hope to achieve success in continuing to provide students with the high level of library service they have come to expect at Eynesbury,” said Jacquie. “I am looking forward to a little ‘jazzing’ up of the library environ’ and creating some interesting and interactive displays,” said Sophie. Both Jacquie and Sophie list To Kill a Mockingbird in their top 5 favourite books. So if you haven’t read it, there are copies available in the library.
FRESH FACES This year we welcomed Holly Langridge as the Year 10 and 11 Drama Teacher. She also is the new Year 10 EMP teacher. Tyson Wood joined the team this year, teaching Year 11 Ancient Studies and Politics, and becoming a Year 10 mentor and Research Practices teacher. What inspired you to become a teacher? “As an actor by trade, I studied at Flinders and decided to become a teacher to encourage the next generation to express their individuality. Drama is a great platform for this,” said Holly. “As a part time teacher, I am able to also do some of my passion projects within the acting field. For the students, it is beneficial that I am actively involved in the industry.” Tyson wasn’t always a teacher, in fact he was once an accountant. However, it wasn’t the career for him.
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“I wasn’t enjoying my career as an accountant, with my passion always being the humanities, history and politics. I switched to teaching, because it was the teachers at high school who allowed me to discover myself through education and challenge myself,” said Tyson. “This is now my job to help others obtain self-fulfilment and self-awareness.” “Having recently graduated from uni, both Holly and I can really relate to what students will go through and we are able to connect on their level. We have a lot of enthusiasm and energy.” What were you like as a student? “I was a good student in the subjects I enjoyed. One of my Year 12 teachers, actually now teaches here- Janine!” laughs Tyson. Holly agreed that she did well in the subjects that she was most engaged in. “I think it’s such an important thing to notice as a teacher: when students are engaged they do better. This is something Eynesbury really focuses on and recognises. But given the subjects both Tyson and I teach are elective subjects, usually the students want to do them!” said Holly. When they are not teaching, both Holly and Tyson enjoy cooking. Holly is particularly inspired by middle eastern food, themed dinner parties, and experimenting with recipes. Tyson is a creative baker of sweets, with his signature being a Mars Bar slice which we hope he brings in one day soon!
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TIM WILLIAMS The charming Tim Williams joined the teaching staff this year and he has inspired many students with his practical real life approach to business studies, accounting and economics. Celebrating his 21st year in teaching after having spent the majority of his career in private schools in the northern suburbs of Sydney, he now calls Adelaide home. He brings with him a wealth of not only teaching knowledge but also his experience as a leading writer with Cambridge University Press since 2005. He has coauthored several texts and study guides in Business Studies, including the recent Cambridge ‘Business Studies’ third edition. When Tim isn’t teaching or writing he enjoys being outdoors and active. Earlier this year he went windsurfing in remote Baja, Mexico!
Tim windsurfing,in Baja.
Connor Butterfield, Zidan Nguyen, Samantha Maiolo and Ned Smith.
What do you think is one of the most important aspects of teaching? “I feel it’s important to give students a chance to experience the subjects I teach in a real life environment,” said Tim. “I encourage them to take advantage of attending specialist events such as Meet the Business Leaders.” The Meet the Business Leaders event brought together approximately 150 students to the Ian Mclachlan Room at the new Adelaide Oval. “We got to meet some of Adelaide’s most successful Chartered Accountants and learn that a career in this industry can take you anywhere,” said Connor Butterfield.
“We learnt about the best way to kick-start our careers, with work experience being the key,” said Ned Smith. “We also learnt that skills such as teamwork and instigating work-life balance are important,” said Zidan Nguyen. “They often ‘hot desk’ and use flexible working spaces. Eynesbury has prepared us well for this type of environment as we have lots of spaces like this,” said Samantha Maiolo. They also really enjoyed the food! They highly recommend other students to attend next year if they get the chance.
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THE GREAT GATSBY EYNESBURY FORMAL Eynesbury’s night of nights was held at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday 25 July. The theme was the Great Gatsby and the Events Planning Committee decorated the room with a 1920s feel. “We spent some time in our holidays making table decorations, and Leilani Maldari created the stylish promotional material,” said Lucie Fittock from the Events Planning Committee. “Everything came together so well and it was rewarding to know people liked what we had done. Many people even took home some of the Great Gatsby table decorations we made as a keepsake of the evening!” “DJ Isaac was really great taking song requests, and it was fun to see not only students dancing but teachers too!” “Talented Alexandra Christie made the Macaroons and Cake Pops for the dessert table and they were delicious!” “My only complaint is the night went too fast!” said Lucy.
Congratulations to Cluny Fenner, Lucie Fittock, Paige Ford, Hafiza Garipov, Stephanie Holland, Ayla Langford, Leilani Maldari, Amy Nguyen, Alisha Shaikh and Christie Siatis who put on a truly memorable event. If you want to be involved in next yearâ€™s Formal and Events Planning Committee, please get in touch with Aldo.
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