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Links Road
ARDROSS 6153
Western Australia

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Important News

Important News

Term 3 Commencement Date

Reminder: Students commence Term 3 on Wednesday, 18th July 2018.

 

 

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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.

 

We wish our year 10 students the very best for their exams.

 

On 07 April 2018 twenty students of French accompanied by Mr Paul Leech, Ms Caroline Crofton and Ms Charisma Valérie travelled to Amiens, France for the 2018 French Exchange Program. On arrival to Charles de Gaulle (CDG) International Airport in Paris, the French host families enthusiastically welcomed the Australian group and it was a great way to start their 19-day journey in the Belle Hexagone.  The students were billeted across the city and in some local villages. They embraced the idea of staying with a French family over the next 13 days. They experienced French school life and the daily routine of the French people. At the welcome supper, the students introduced themselves in French and Mr Leech and Ms Valérie read the official speeches in English and French, respectively.

 

Beyond improving their French and learning about the French culture, the students of Applecross have discovered the gems of Amiens like the Hortillons (Floating Gardens) and the Amiens Cathedral which has been listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1981. They have also bonded with their host while on excursion to Parc Astérix and the 3 hour walk across the Bay of Somme. During the weekend, the different French families organised a wide range of activities. Some went skiing in the Alps, spent the weekend at the family’s beach house and others went to London for the day or had fun at Disneyland.

 

Mr Paul Leech, a former History teacher, organised a private ANZAC ceremony at the Australian War Memorial just outside of Villers-Bretonneux. The students read poems and laid flowers at the memorial site. On the last day at Sainte Famille High School we attended a farewell party and the students sang an English song (Count on me by Bruno Mars) and a French song (Les liens de l’amitié by Kids United). They invited their host sister and host brother to sing the French song and they performed beautifully. Each student gave a speech in French to their host families and a small gift to thank them for their hospitality. The sadness of parting was evident that evening and during the goodbyes at the train station of Amiens the next day. We left for Paris and the second part of our journey began.

 

Besides walking the paths of Molière, Stendhal, Volaire, Balzac, Zola or Proust we did some sightseeing by boat in “La Ville de l’amour”. We visited La Dame de Fer (The Eiffel Tower), the Musée D’orsay, the Louvre, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Sacré Coeur Church in Montmartre, walked along the Champ Elysées and discovered hidden treasures of Paris. We enjoyed the shopping and the gastronomie Française in the little bistrots and cafés.

 

The students have gained a lot in experience and like in the Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the stars have become their friends and they will set off to new adventures in the near future. We now eagerly await the French to come to Perth to return the favour.

 

The French Exchange will be on again in 2020 so make sure to attend the information night in May 2019 if you want to participate.

 

Charisma Valérie

TIC of French and Exchange Co-ordinator

 

 

 

More photos can be found on our Facebook page.

 

 

The Year 12 Drama class invite you to a reinterpretation of Eugene Ionesco’s iconic play Rhinoceros in the PAC on May 8 and 9. Tickets are $10 and available on TRYBOOKING. The students have shaped the piece to reflect a contemporary version in the staging, acting style and exploration of its relevance to a 21st century audience.
We would love to see your faces in the audience and it will also give you an opportunity to see the students in a very different context.  

Click on the link to purchase your ticket.
 

 

During the recent holidays 17 Year 10 students from Applecross SHS visited Canberra accompanied by Mr Dickson and Ms Howlett. Each day was packed with visits to a variety of cultural and political attractions including: the National Portrait Gallery, Parliament, the High Court, the Australian Institute of Sport, the National Museum, the Australian Mint and CSIRO Discovery Centre. Students were involved in educational programs with a focus on Australia’s history, culture, heritage and democracy. The trip culminated with ANZAC Day, starting with a very early rise for the dawn service, a hike down from picturesque Mount Ainsley to attend to commemorative march on ANZAC parade and an afternoon exploring the exhibits in the war memorial’s extensive galleries. The Australian Government provided generous funding to help support this trip through the Parliamentary and Civics Education Rebate program.

 

Raymond Dickson

HASS Teacher

 

More photos are available on our Facebook page.

 

Applecross SHS recently hosted a group of students from Torei Fujisawa High School, Japan. The students attended our school from 26th March to 4th April.

The visiting students interacted with our Year 9 to 12 Japanese class students and enjoyed various activities including conversations in both in English and Japanese.

Thank you to AIIU for giving Applecross SHS the opportunity to host this Japanese group and also many thanks to the host families who supported the Languages Learning Area.

 

 

Visit our Facebook page for more photos.

 

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