Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Lessons of Caring for the Environment for Year 9 Science

In Science this week, Year 9 have been concerning themselves with the environmental impact of ocean acidification.  They have learned about the impacts of acid rain and the increased acidity of lakes and oceans as excess carbon dioxide is absorbed from the atmosphere. 

Class 9B carried out investigations to assess the loss of mass from different shells when they are exposed to acid.  The shells effervesced and were visibly more fragile after ten minutes. Weighing them revealed a 30-50% loss in mass. The results were a beautiful eye-opener to the importance of caring for our environment.

- Mrs Peach

A Junior Genius joins a Year 10 Science Class!

Last Wednesday, one of our Year 10 Science classes was joined by Axel from Year 4.  Axel, a pocket rocket in his giant high school lab apron, joined in to help teach Year 10 about rates of reaction and what happens when you heat things up. Working with Tom they timed the reaction of sodium thiosulfate and hydrochloric acid at different temperatures. Axel joined in the wrap-up and helped discuss the conclusions.  

Bringing the junior school into the senior school was a brilliant experience and as Tom said, “he’s much better at drawing graphs than us.” As a successful experiment, we look forward to welcoming more junior school students visit to experience science and add their talents to our team.  Well done Axel!

- Mrs Peach

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Yr 11 Geography Field Trip to Lane Cove River

On Friday Year 11 Geography students went out to do some field research to further enhance their learning in the classroom.

They have been investigating connections within ecosystems and the impact we have on these ecosystems.

We visited 3 spots along the Lane Cove River looking at the habitats along the river,
Testing the water and looking for macroinvertebrates to show how healthy the river is.

- Miss Southwell

Yr 11 Earth and Environmental Science - Experiments in Crystal Growth

The Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science class have been investigating how to get different crystal sizes in igneous rocks.  They have grown their own crystals by evaporating saturated copper sulfate solution at different rates.  Their results are beautiful.  They now know why intrusive igneous rocks that formed by cooling slowly have the largest crystals, and extrusive igneous rocks that cool rapidly have tiny crystals.

- Mrs Peach

HICES Debating Round 2- Thomas Hassall Anglican College

On Thursday afternoon in Week 7, 23 senior school students travelled to Thomas Hassall Anglican College to compete in the second round of the HICES Debating Competition. Two of our three Middle Division teams won their debates, with the other defeated in the Inaburra vs. Inaburra match. These students debated the topic ‘That the government should censor social media to protect the users’ and were commended on their impressive maturity and sophisticated arguments by the adjudicator. 

After only an hour of preparation without technology, our Senior and Open Division teams also established and defended strong and insightful cases on the following topics: ‘That learning music is more important than studying Shakespeare’ and ‘That social media has the responsibility to self-regulate’.  These debates showed our students’ ability to think beyond their years and articulate persuasively and passionately. Both teams won their respective debates. Congratulations to all students for their outstanding efforts.

-Ms Aliferis

Yr 11 and Yr 12 Legal Studies Excursion to Wollongong Court House

On Monday 19 March, Year 11 and 12 students participated in an excursion to Wollongong Court House. The day largely consisted of hearing cases from the Local, District and Supreme Court. This allowed students to witness first-hand the court process and the legal personnel involved, see how evidence is examined and how decisions are made.

The students also met His Honor, Judge Hunt of the District Court who shared his insights about the importance of the jury system and the importance of early intervention for those that are susceptible in becoming involved in criminal activity.

- Mr Low

Year 10 Geography Excursion to Homebush Wetlands

Year 10 Geography were out at the Wetlands in Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush on Thursday. 

They were investigating the natural mangrove environment and how we as humans have impacted it. Lastly, they had the opportunity to explore management strategies to improve the wetlands now, and into the future.

- Miss Southwell

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

HICES Debating Round 1

Last Tuesday, Inaburra School had the honour of hosting the opening round of the HICES (Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools) Debating Competition for 2018. With eight schools and over 100 people in attendance, the event proved a brilliant showcase of debating prowess and provided an opportunity for schools in the South West Sydney region to unite and celebrate the many talents of our wonderful students.

All five Inaburra teams won their respective debates, constructing complex models and arguing topics including the Middle Division topic, ‘That high street retailers should be protected from online shopping’, the Senior Division’s topic, ‘That Facebook has irrevocably altered the nature of friendship’ and in the Open Division, ‘That hashtags trivialise worthwhile causes’.

Our students were exemplary in their code of conduct, warmly welcoming our guests and speaking with confidence, insight and skill. Thank you to all who were involved in making the event a success. We look forward to our next debate in week seven.
- Ms Aliferis

Yr 8 Forensic Science Incursion

This term, Year 8 are learning how to be scientists and how to conduct valid and reliable scientific investigations. To help develop their scientific and inquiry skills, Year 8 participated in a Forensic Science incursion on Wednesday of week 5 in which they were able to play the part of forensic scientists to solve a crime. Throughout this hands-on workshop students also explored the importance of cyber safety, the dangers of drink spiking and the consequences of taking risks. Students enjoyed examining a crime scene to analyse the available evidence including entomology, trace evidence, fingerprints, toxicology and much more.
- Mrs Harte

Year 9 Food Technology Bush Foods Excursion

In week 3, Year 9 Food Technology students visited the Royal Botanical Gardens to participate in the Food in Australia Program. They had a chance to investigate, prepare and taste Aboriginal bush foods and discover how the diet began to evolve when the first settlers first farmed food.