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Address

Links Road
ARDROSS 6153
Western Australia

Phone

(P)+61 8 9314 9393

 

Important News

Important News

Year 9 Soil Science

During a lesson in week 4, Miss Kim’s Year 9 class conducted their third lesson on Soil Science, where they ran soil moisture tests on the samples they had collected from Wireless Hill in Term One.

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Friday Morning Fitness

Students are welcome to come along and do their own workout before starting school on Fridays.

 

Where:     Fitness Room

Day:         Every Friday (during the school term)

Time:        7.20am to 8.00am

 

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During a lesson in week 4, Miss Kim’s Year 9 class conducted their third lesson on Soil Science, where they ran soil moisture tests on the samples they had collected from Wireless Hill in Term One. Students worked in their groups through sets of activities, with an exciting booklet filled with probing questions to make them think.

 

The goal of the first activity was to choose a suitable piece of equipment to match the accurately measure the masses of soil samples. From a choice of: bathroom scale, top loading balance and a spring balance, students discussed the limit of reading and uncertainty of measurements of each to make their decision.

 

The second activity began with the students opening their bags of soil and filtering out the large particles, using sieves and trays. The filtered soil was then used to make the mass measurements, where students were given some time to discuss the importance of increasing reliability of results through replication. The triplicate samples of the soil that students weighed out were then placed in an oven at 105 °C overnight. On the following day, students then reweighed the samples to calculate how much water had evaporated overnight, and hence the moisture content of their original soil.

 

Students were also given the opportunity to  compare the soil moisture content of those from Wireless Hill, with the samples they had brought from their gardens at home. The results certainly made some students proud of the moist conditions of their own soil from home!

 

Miss Ji Hae Kim (Science Teacher)

 

 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page

Students are welcome to come along and do their own workout before starting school on Fridays.

 

Where:     Fitness Room

Day:         Every Friday (during the school term)

Time:        7.20am to 8.00am

 

On a beautiful sunny autumn day, 42 keen Applecross runners travelled to UWA Sports Park for the Interschool Cross Country. With 1779 competitors from around the state, the competition was fierce. All of our runners put in their personal best and crossed the line exhausted, which was great to see. Thankfully, the smiles returned a short while later as the students sat and watched some close finishes under the brilliant sunshine. Well done to Aden Rezvan, Josh Bracher, Theodore Scagliotta (all year 7) and Kevin Yu (year 12) who all had top 50 finishes for their respective age groups. Robert Hughes (year 8) was the highest placed Applecross finisher coming in 20th overall for the boys 13 years. All students learnt a lot about warm ups, nutrition, hydration and cool downs and represented the school with pride. Thanks also to Rob Sciascia for assisting on the day and inspiring runners with his expert running knowledge.

 

Lance Hinds - PE Teacher

 

On Thursday 10 May the Year 7 Applecross Girls Soccer team travelled to Winthrop Oval for the interschool lightning carnival. We kicked off the day with a 4-2 win against Leeming SHS which was a great start. After a break we then went on to defeat Atwell 9-0. Finally we played Gilmore and beat them 11-0, making us the B Division champions. A special mention to Catherine Adams who scored 17 goals and our Year 12 Coach Ella Morrison.

 

Phil Samanek - PE Teacher

 

The Music Department is holding it's Autumn Concerts on Friday 25 May in the Performing Arts Centre at Applecross SHS. This concert features nearly 100 students from our three junior ensembles, along with guest performances by some of our senior Music students.

 

To book tickets visit the TryBooking website. www.trybooking.com/VBJI

 

On Friday of Week 3, to wind down after a long week of NAPLAN, the Year 7 Academic Extension Science class took part in a fun STEAM activity called “Bridge Building Challenge”.

 

The challenge used the students’ knowledge of Physics (forces), which they have been studying this term. They discussed keywords such as weight, gravity, support, balanced and unbalanced forces to plan, design, build and test their bridges.

 

Although this challenge may sound simple, the only materials the students were allowed to use were paper and paper clips. As well as the time limit of one hour, students were given other constraints, such as a budget for purchasing the materials needed to build their bridge, which meant they had to carefully plan and calculate the overall cost of their materials. 

 

Their bridge had to span a gap of 40cm and be free-standing, while weights were put on top of it to determine which group’s bridge was the strongest of them all. Students worked extremely well in groups and went through processes of trial and error to present their best design. One proud group built a bridge strong enough to support 3kg of weight - walking away with House-points for all group members!

 

Ji Hae Kim - Science Teacher

 

 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

DRONE V DOG EVENT

 

Last Wednesday the General Year 11 Career & Enterprise students visited Muresk College near York to participate with nine other schools in the Drone V Dog interschool competition.

 

Tom Darlington was our enthusiastic drone pilot who represented the school along with his cheer squad. Students got to see how science and technology play an important part in the agriculture industry.

 

Muresk Institute’s Drone vs Dog Trials is an opportunity for schools to encourage and promote education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and the pathways to an ever widening range of career opportunities.

 

This excursion was a fun way of exposing students to the agriculture industry and the innovative ways to use modern technology in agriculture and beyond. Hands on activities introduced the relationship between drones and the technology.

 

Students also learned about:

• the basic anatomy of a drone (UAV);

• UAV industry opportunities;

• other technologies used in agriculture;

• careers in agriculture; and

• agriculture course options – short courses, articulation pathways from vocational courses to TAFE and university.

 

Tom Darlington our pilot undertook drone pilot training, and was led by a professional instructor to participate in the timed competition flying a drone through an obstacle course.

 

The pilot who completed the course in the fastest time wins a drone for their school. Spectating students cheered on Tom, but unfortunately we did not win the prize of the $1200 Drone for our school. Maybe next year!

 

Julie Reed

Work Place Learning Coordinator

 

 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page

 

Well done Applecross SHS students and staff.

 

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