The Science department has been busy this term, with all sorts of exciting activities happening across the year levels.
Year 9’s have been studying Physics. Earlier in the term, we used a Ruben’s Tube (or flame tube) to observe sound waves produced from a speaker in flames. Students enjoyed picking songs that would clearly illustrate what we have been learning about various wave properties.
They also participated in a STEM challenge where they had to build a land yacht. They were given limited materials and began designing, testing and altering their design, before having a final race off in the gym.
Year 8’s built rockets during Science week. They had a blast launching their rocket and predicting which would go the highest.
The year 7’s have been focusing on Biology this term, learning about plant and animal classification. At NASHS, we are lucky to be surrounded by a beautiful bush area with some fantastic examples of native plants across various plant groups. It’s been an excellent opportunity to get out and explore our fabulous school grounds and see the diverse range of plants and animals.
It’s been a busy and exciting term, and we look forward to another action-packed term 4 in Science!
Year 7 School Immunisation Program
During term 4 year 7 students whose parents have given their consent will receive the second of the HPV immunisations. On this day, ensure that your child has a good healthy breakfast and plenty of fluid to drink to reduce the risk of him/her fainting following immunisations.
Vaccinations, like any medication, may cause side effects, most of these are mild reactions. The injection site may become red and swollen; you can treat this by applying a cool damp cloth. Your child may experience some discomfort such as fever, headache or tiredness. For headache and discomfort, paracetamol may be given as directed on the manufacturer’s label. If fever persists, consult your doctor. Seek medical advice if your child experiences a reaction that you are concerned about.
As it has been several months since completion of consent forms, we would like to allow parents the opportunity to inform us of any change to details on the consent form. Do not send notes to school please phone or email me so that I can make the changes immediately on your child’s consent form.
For further information please contact:
Regional Coordinator School Based Immunisation Program
t: 9842 7526
Our students performed significantly in this year’s Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) held on July 30. Billy Marshall, Year 9 was the standout performer, his result was in the top 7% of year 9’s in Western Australia, which earned him a Certificate of Distinction. Contgratulations Billy!Certificates of Distinction have been awarded to each of these students. Congratulations students. Oliver Cullen was in the top 14% and Deva Kusuma the top 19% of year 7’s for Western Australia. Thomas Musk, top 11% of year 10’s, WA. Cameron Pettley-Gray, top 8% of Year 11’s, WA. Uluka Luscombe top 22% of Year 12, WA.
Congratulations students for an outstanding effort.
A further twenty-two students were awarded a Proficiency certificate for achieving a pre-set score. Altogether fifty-nine students participated in this year’s competition. Every competitor will receive an individual performance report.
The 2020 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) was the 42nd annual competition. Hundreds of thousands of students in primary and secondary schools from around 30 countries sat the AMC between July 30 and August 6.
Students from Year 3 to Year 12 compete, making it the largest single event on the Australian education calendar. An Australian initiative, the AMC was introduced in 1978 as the first competition of its kind in schools here. It is now a truly international competition, having become the major school mathematics enrichment event and benchmark for mathematical ability throughout the Pacific and South-East Asia.
It tests everything from basic numeracy skills through to advanced problem-solving. It is the tenth year for awarding Proficiency certificates to students reaching a pre-set standard in both skills and problem solving, using their skills in the world around them.
AMC competition is conducted by the not-for-profit Canberra based Australian Mathematics Trust under the trusteeship of the University of Canberra.
Congratulations to all our award recipients and well done, to all students who participated in the competition.
2021’s competition is expected to be held in July or August. Details are usually available in March.
John Smith, AMC Manager.
NASHS Maths Dept
Image by tjevans from Pixabay
NASHS students who finished in the top three at the school cross country carnival were invited to participate. Fifteen keen students gave up their lunchtime to compete with the group performing exceptionally well. Nine students finished in the top 10 for their year group – with Angus Bowles (5th), Cohen Joyce (5th) and Hamish Wilkes (6th) all placing in the top 10 in a combined South Australian and Western Australian race.
NASHS also entered a team for two age groups, Year 10 boys and Year 9 Girls who finished 1st and 3rd in their respective events!
No. of Competitors
Hello parents and carers,
Here is an interesting link to check how much sugar is the drinks you may be giving your child. Sugary Drinks Calculator. Read on for more updates from the school nurse.
Week 9 has been mental health awareness week at NASHS and RUOK? Day so here is a another tip from Teen Triple P on how to be engaged with your teenager.
Timing is everything- Only talk about problems issues when everyone’s calm and relaxed, not busy, stressed or in a hurry. Schedule a meeting and agree beforehand that as a family, you will calmly explore issues so you can all get along better.
Also there has been some concerns and queries about head lice in students so please find useful tips in Healthy WA link below, Just a reminder School nurses don’t inspect for head lice so parents need to responsible, any age child and adult can get head lice, so it is important to check your child’s scalp for time to time especially if they complaining about it being itchy, you can’t always see them easily from the top or side of the head.
Head Lice Information
Cathy Watson | School Health Nurse, RN/RM
WA Country Health Service [Great Southern]
NASHS held its annual Mental Health Week from September 14-18, which featured many positive events focussing on mental health awareness for staff and students.
The week’s activities started with blue yarnbombing of trees at the front of the school and a gratitude wall. Other activities included the Jogathon, a senior school boy’s leadership breakfast, displays in the library, Yoga, Senior School Chill Zone, Pyjama Party along with Health and Wellbeing stalls run by AYSA and Headspace.
Our month of celebrating books culminated in the Book Week Parade, full of colourful characters from favourite books. Staff and students demonstrated great creativity and there were lots of prizes for the most creative costumes. Congratulations to all participants.
In Week 6 the Library was the venue for an amazing musical performance by the Years 9/10 Rock Band. This talented group of musicians, assisted by Ms Walters, performed an engaging and varied repertoire and held the capacity audience enthralled for the whole of Break 1. We are keen to provide a venue for more of our NASHS student talents to be showcased. Thank you again!
We are currently trialling an addition to our Wheeler’s ebooks, the Wellness Collection. Titles in this collection are designed to empower personal and social capabilities, mindfulness and resilience. Including both fiction and non-fiction, some of the subjects they cover include:
These topics and more, like all of our eBooks, are available 24/7, and special dyslexia friendly settings and eAudiobooks make them accessible to everyone. Simply download the ePlatform App to your mobile device from your App store, find your library – North Albany Senior High School – enter your login: firstname.lastname and the password: Library 1 and you are ready to read.
Mrs Barbara McNeill
Head of Library Services