National Science Week
L-R: Kathryn Fraser, Head of Science, Old Girl Calida Tang (2014) and Victoria Rennie, Head of Senior School and Deputy Headmistress.
National Science Week is an annual celebration of science in Australia; an opportunity to join together to enjoy and explore science, innovation, engineering and technology. This year at Abbotsleigh Senior School we have had a number of activities and celebrated the achievements of our current students along with welcoming back an Abbotsleigh Old Girl Calida Tang (2014) in assembly.
Calida returned to Abbotsleigh to share her experiences at Sydney University where she is studying Physics and Law. Her current research is with a group at the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science developing new fibre pressure sensors, and she is also involved with the National Sensing Network. She has recently been invited to participate in Quantum Research with Michael Biercuk’s research group and she will be commencing an Honours research project with his group next year. Calida is very passionate about women in this field and is actively involved in the Sydney University Physics Society and has started a group on campus, Women in Science. Calida’s entertaining presentation balanced humour with a strong message of supporting and promoting women in science and more particularly, physics.
We also took the opportunity at assembly to celebrate some wonderful student achievements in Science. The National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) is a highly competitive summer school program dedicated to exposing Year 11 students who are thinking about a career in science, engineering and related disciplines. Two lucky girls from Abbotsleigh, Elizabeth Luu and Hannah Loh with the help of the St Ives and Wahroonga Rotary Clubs respectively, will be attending this year.
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I'm L-R: Hannah Loh, Elizabeth Luu, Victoria Rennie, Head of Senior School and Deputy Headmistress and Kathryn Fraser, Head of Science.
We also presented Holly Yang the Abbotsleigh Principal’s Award for her efforts in the ICAS Science competition. Holly received the highest mark out of the 661 students from Years 7-11 who sat this year’s competition, which tests scientific skills and reasoning.
There were a number of lunchtime activities to celebrate Science Week at Abbotsleigh. There was a scavenger hunt, that had students running all around the School collecting clues in teams with a QR code reader. Congratulations to the Year 8 teams consisting of Yasmin Lin, Alyssa Bateup, Krisha Ghelani, Holy Yang and Kylie Wu for cracking the code.
Trials for the NSW All Schools Paper Plane Challenge saw girls trying to beat the 18 m qualifying distance. The best plane on the day flew 16.62 m and belonged to Katie Ord in Year 10 followed closely by Lizzie Xerri with 15.95 m and Gabby Plunkett with 15.75 m.
The ARTEMIS Robotics Team provided an opportunity see their robot Tigger in action, and also allowed keen students to have a drive.
This year the theme for Science week was ‘Future Earth’ looking at challenges such as delivering water, energy and food for everyone, stabilising the climate, safeguarding the environment and encouraging sustainable consumption and production. The Environment Council decided to use the concept of ‘Science on the sidewalk’ to promote this theme. They wrote in chalk on the pavement around the School and put up posters delivering interesting facts about sustainability and how we can help our future earth.
To tie in further with the theme of Science Week, Years 7 and 8 were treated to a live performance of a science comedy entitled ‘Global Gamble’. The girls really enjoyed it and learned how to be energy efficient in their lives to ensure that they are doing their bit to save the world.
Thank you to all the students and staff who helped bring the activities for Science Week to life. We hope that everyone learned something new and enjoyed celebrating science.