Jack heads to Adelaide for Youth ANZAAS

For someone who is mad about science, being able to rub shoulders with some of the world’s top research scientists is a dream come true.

Warwick Senior High School Year 10 student Jack Eaton is one of 60 secondary school students from across Australia and New Zealand invited to attend the Youth Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science (ANZAAS) Youth Conference in Adelaide.

Youth ANZAAS, conducted from 8 to 12 July, aims to give students a broad perspective on the aims and practices of scientific endeavors, ranging from satisfying curiosity and the drive to discover, to the application of science in the real world.

This experience will give Jack the opportunity to visit world-class facilities where research is taking place and meet leading scientists, experiences usually unavailable to the general public. While in Adelaide he will visit local universities and research institutes such as the Defence Science and Technology Group, attend talks from noted scientists and undertake hands on experiments.

Graham Johnson, Head of Science believes that “opportunities outside the classroom, like the Youth ANZAAS program, are really important in fueling students’ passion for science.”

For Jack, Youth ANZAAS will be a great way to see what he can do with science and see what pathways he can take.

“I like science and it seemed like a really awesome experience, one week of being able to see things that you are not usually exposed to will be great and I am really looking forward to heading to Adelaide in a couple of weeks,” he said.

Jack is an active member of the Warwick SHS’s Science and Robotics clubs, and a member of the Warwick Racing team that competes at the Busselton Pedal Prix.

Robyn Cleaver
Associate Principal

Brody wins NAIDOC Empowerment Award

Congratulations to Year 9 student Brody Pickett for winning the Empowerment Award at the 2019 Western Australian NAIDOC Awards on Friday 14 June.

Brody is a member of Warwick SHS’s Specialist Football Program, a member of the Eagles Kickstart team, and a member of the Perth Northern Metros Junior League Baseball team that recently won the 2019 Australian Junior League Championships. He heads to the USA to represent Australia at the World Series in Michigan, this August.

We are all incredibly proud of his achievements.

Caleb Israel Bound

Imagine you’ve just graduated from high school with a keen interest in scientific research and have started your university degree. Now imagine you have the opportunity to work with a team of like-minded students to contribute to ground-breaking scientific research in Israel.

This is the reality for Caleb McKenna (Leaver 2018), who recently learned of his selection to spend a month at the Weizmann Institute of Science’s 2019 Dr Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute, or better known as ISSI.

Each year around 80 talented high school graduate science students from around the world gain selection for ISSI – many of whom will be attending prestigious universities such as Oxford, Harvard and Yale.

Caleb is just one of three Australian students selected to join the program in 2019 and has received a full scholarship from Weizmann Australia supporters, Judy and Sam Weiss. He will travel to Israel from 2 to 25 July 2019.

During the month-long program, Caleb will spend the first three weeks conducting research in the campus labs. The work combines the exploration of scientific problems, and instruction in the use of sophisticated lab equipment such as electron microscopes, advanced computers, a high-energy particle accelerator, and lasers.

“It’s the opportunity to be able to witness how scientific research takes place on a day-to-day basis, not just the big results, but the little tasks and discussions in the lab that excites me the most. Learning about the research of my assigned mentor, as well as getting involved in the other parts of the program, will provide a deeper understanding of the scientific research process,” Caleb said.

After three weeks of being based at the Weizmann campus, Caleb will spend his final week of the program in the Judean and Negev deserts. There he will study the wildlife, ecology, archaeology and history of the surrounding area through extensive hikes, field experiments, wildlife observation and demonstrations.

“I believe the things I will learn in Israel as well as the connections I will make with other like-minded science students will have a great impact on my life moving forward,” he said.

Caleb currently attends the University of Western Australia where he gained a place in the Bachelor of Philosophy program, majoring in Engineering and Physics. He is also one of only 10 Western Australian students to be awarded a prestigious Fogarty Scholarship.

Robyn Cleaver
Associate Principal

Keisha wins Silver in New Zealand

Keisha Kean is one our Year 10 Netball Specialist student. She departed for New Zealand in late May to represent Australia playing Netball and was one of only twelve athletes selected as an All Australian Player after her SSWA 15 & Under national tournament in 2018.

Well done to the team on their silver medal win. By all accounts it was a very exciting Grand Final with New Zealand winning by 1 goal.

What an achievement! We are very proud of you Keisha.

AFL Accolades

Congratulations to Connor Holdaway (Year 10) and Jasper Scaife (Year 9) on their selection in the 2019 State Schoolboys AFL team that will travel to Launceston, in Tasmania, this coming July.

Both Connor and Jasper are members of Warwick SHS’s Specialist Football Program.

Cooper & Brody off to the USA!

Year 9 student Cooper Granland scored the winning run to take his baseball team, the Northern Metros, to America for the Junior League World Series.  The Northern Metro team, who were recently crowned the National Champions, will travel to Taylor in Michigan to represent Australia. He will be joined by fellow Warwick student Brody Pickett.

Congratulations to Cooper and Brody and look out America!