Wednesday June 6, 2018
Prestigious award for local student Carlos Mendonca from Onslow College is one of two Wellington students selected by the Royal Society Te Aparangi to attend the Future Experiences in Agriculture, Science and Technology (FEAST) in Australia. The five-day residential programme is to be held in Brisbane, at the University of Queensland, at the start of July. It is designed to inspire and inform high school students about the range of exciting and rewarding science careers in the agricultural, animal, plant and food sectors. The students will explore science disciplines through hands-on activities and workshops. They will also attend industry-run sessions. Carlos says he really enjoys science at school but just studying it there isn’t quite enough. He has been a participant for a number of years in the Wellington regional science and technology fair, a participant in regional and international physics tournaments and is studying toward the International Biology Olympiad. He also belongs to the Onslow College enviro-group. He says: “My exposure
to both the physical and biological sciences has been amazing and surreal. “However I am left in somewhat of a dilemma whether to go on and study physics or biology at university. Both seem interesting and fulfilling to me but at the moment I am torn. I think an opportunity like FEAST will help me decide”. Heidi Kristono, a student at Wellington East Girls’ College, has also been selected. She is involved in a number of school activities, including Innovative Young Minds and is co-founder and co-leader of the Wellington East Girls’ STEM Club and is an environmental form leader. She intends to study biological sciences at university and says: “I have a steadfast passion for science. I have been watching documentaries by David Attenborough and other science programmes such as ‘Inside the Human Body’ since I was five years old. At 14, Heidi started to collect science equipment such as a small microscope, a light prism and a Newton’s cradle. “Science stimulates me because I am naturally curious, and it answers the many
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Onslow College student Carlos Mendonca, selected for science conference. PHOTO: Supplied.
questions I have,” she says. Andrew Cleland, chief executive at Royal Society Te Aparangi, says: “Not only is this a great opportunity for talented young New Zealanders to interact with experts at the top of their fields in science but it is also an occasion for students to meet other like-minded students from Australia and to share their passion for science”.
Year 9 Queen Margaret College students participate in a Stomp workshop.
Year 9 music builds on learning and confidence at Queen Margaret College Year 9 students had the opportunity to embrace the noise in May as part of a workshop by internationally acclaimed performance group, Stomp. Stomp was in Wellington to perform at the Opera House and visited Queen Margaret College as part of their outreach to schools programme. The award winning show combines rhythm, theatre, comedy and dance with non-traditional instruments such as brooms and supermarket trolleys. QMC Head of Performing Arts Tim Jenkin says he was thrilled to see Stomp perform for and with the Year 9 students. “We were offered the chance to host them and felt this was a great opportunity for our Year 9 girls to see and work with a world class ensemble,” Tim says. “Stomp did a short introduction and demonstration of their show. They then divided the students into two groups using ‘broom rhythms’ and came back together as a group to use body percussion.” Tim says the opportunity helped students become more confident ahead of future
performances as part of Year 9 Music and Drama. “All of Year 9 will be on stage later in the year presenting their ‘Year 9 Musicals’, so it was a great opportunity for the students to get a feel for what it was like to be up on stage. For some girls this may have been their first time onstage in front of an audience,” he says. The Year 9 Musicals are an annual highlight on the College calendar and see students adapt, plan, rehearse and perform a chosen musical as a class at the end of the year. Tim says the students learn important skills through participating in Performing Arts in Year 9 at Queen Margaret College. “Students learn collaborative skills, teamwork, planning, singing skills, choreography, as well as the history of musicals as dramatic genre,” he says. Registrations are now open for current Year 8 students to attend Experience Year 9 on Thursday 21 June and find out what it is like to be a student at Queen Margaret College. Visit www.qmc.school.nz to register. PBA
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Independent Herald 06-06-18