Welcome from Science

Welcome to the 2020s, not the cricket match, but to the decade and to Warwick Science. Science has undergone a bit of a facelift with three new staff joining us in Term One. We say goodbye to Mr Garnaut, who won the position of HOLA at Pinjarra Senior High School, Ms Nguyen and to Mr Dodds. In their place we welcome Ms Balde, who is replacing Mr Dodds while he is on Long Service Leave, Miss Kiara McCauley who comes to us from Eastern Goldfields College and Mr Ralf Chono-Schaa who has spent time at Lynwood Senior High School and Curtin University. We welcome our new members to Warwick Science. The existing staff of Mr Graham Johnson (HOLA), Mrs Gemma Chatterton (Assistant HOLA), Mr Damien Stirbinskis and our Laboratory Manager, Mrs Lena Durbridge and Technician Ms Audra Rimmer, are all returning for another year of discovery.

Just a quick reminder about some key points:

  • Our staff will be using Connect with every class this year so watch out for notifications on tests, assignments and activities going on in Science.
  • We would like all students to have a 96 page exercise book to work in please.
  • Information letters have been sent home in the front for your child’s workbook, that will give you all the information you require about your child’s Science education this year.
  • We must have your signature for your child to watch PG rated videos. This permission slip is on the front page of the student workbooks.
  • We are happy to take your old dry cells (batteries) as we are part of the Mindarie Battery Waste collection program. Either hand them to the front office or your child’s teacher for recycling.
  • Science Club runs after school on Wednesdays and all students are encouraged to attend if they have a passion for Science or want extra help with their work.

 

Making Teacher Contact

We always encourage teachers to make regular contact with parents to keep parents informed on their child’s progress.  If you have any questions regarding your child’s progress, please contact the Science Department on 6240 4413.  An easier way is to make contact by direct email as you will receive a reply more quickly.  A list of staff email addresses is below.

graham.johnson1@education.wa.edu.au

damien.stirbinskis@education.wa.edu.au

gemma.chatterton@education.wa.edu.au

kiara.mccaulay@education.wa.edu.au

Jacqueline.balde@education.wa.edu.au

ralf.chono-schaa@education.wa.edu.au

Yours in Science,
Mr Graham Johnson
Head of Science

International Women and Girls in Science Day

On 11 February, we celebrated International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

Science reflects the people who make it.

The world needs science, and science needs women and girls.

Today, just 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women, and only 35 per cent of all students enrolled in STEM related fields of study are women.

The future is STEAM and that future’s now!

What do 200 billion daily emails, artificial intelligence, robot cars and slow texting students have in common? That would be Scitech’s Beyond the Beaker incursion.

Year 7 students were shown the future that investigated the role of Science and STEM, looking at the skills required for the future workforce. Students pitted their technology skills against staff, easily winning the texting challenge with no letters printed on keys. Not really a surprise to anyone in the audience. Drones, driverless cars and a predictive drawing program called Quick Draw were also on the menu of this look into their future.

Science HOLA Mr Graham Johnson stated the importance of these events as “that students now have the idea that the future is a set of endless possibilities, governed only by their imagination”.

The Science Department wishes all students a happy and successful year in 2020.