Term in Review - 1 Apr 2021
- From the Senior Leadership Team
- From the Director of Senior Years
- From the Director of Middle Years
- From the Department of Language and Literature
- From the Department of Language Acquisition
- From the Department of Technology and the Arts
- From the Department of Individuals and Society
- From the Department of Physical Sciences
- From the Department of Life Sciences
- From the Department of Mathematics
- From Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC)
- From the House Dean of Agnesi
- From the House Dean of Curie
- From the House Dean of Da Vinci
- From the House Dean of Franklin
- From the House Dean of Hawking
- From the House Dean of Hollows
- From the House Dean of Jackson
- From the House Dean of Newton
- From the Guidance Officers
- From Instrumental Music
- From the Sustainability Group
- From Corporate Services
- From the P&C
From the Senior Leadership Team
The end of the first term marks a significant milestone for many of our students, as the Year 7 and 10 students are no longer considered to be the ‘new kids on the block’.
It has been a pleasure working with our staff to ensure a smooth transition for them into Academy life. Changing schools can be a challenge, and we are happy to see that our students have settled in very well. The Year 7 and 10 students had the opportunity to establish new friendships at their respective school camps earlier this term. We hold these camps early in the year as a means of providing a unique opportunity to support their transition and to form friendships. Camps are a vital component of our education outside the classroom curriculum (EOTC) and it is an expectation that all students attend. Our Years 8 and 9 students have also made an excellent start to the term, with the Year 9 students commencing their STEM Futures courses and the Year 8 students consolidating their learning from Year 7. For our Year 11 and 12 students, this term has been a busy one, with their focus firmly on the Diploma Programme. The exams that they have been able to complete to date, along with those scheduled for early next term, will provide them the opportunity for valuable feedback on their progress.
The end of Term 1 is also an important milestone for our new staff who commenced at the Academy in January, as part of our school expansion program. QASMT has an extensive induction and training program where new staff are provided with ongoing professional development throughout the first term.
Lastly, our new parent community has also undergone a considerable adjustment as navigating the protocols and communication channels of a school can often be quite daunting. We strive to keep our parent community informed and it is for this reason that we hold regular parent information events. This term, we hosted the House New Parent evening, year group information evenings, Year 7 Parent morning teas, as well as the first of our parent speaker series. Next term, we will be conducting Parent Teacher interviews in Week 3 (Wednesday 5 May) and information evenings for all year levels. Additionally, the Daymap parent portal provides families with much greater access to information, such as the school calendar, a student’s timetable, attendance, subject information and school notices. The first point of contact for parents and caregivers when communicating with the school is the student’s House Dean.
One of highlights of Term 1 is the Academy’s participation in the World Science Festival, which has been hailed by The New York Times as ‘a new cultural institution’. Founded by renowned Physicist Professor, Brian Greene, and Emmy award-winning journalist, Tracy Day, this festival has been held annually in New York for more than a decade and since 2016, held annually in Brisbane. This year, key events took place in the CBD, Southbank Cultural Precinct and the Brisbane Powerhouse. Our science ambassadors and senior Honours program students were lucky enough to attend some of these outstanding offerings.
Another highlight of the term is of course Harmony Week, where our whole school community comes together to celebrate cultural diversity – inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. Harmony Week includes 21 March which is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. This term, we held a number of activities throughout the week with the most colourful being the flag ceremony and Harmony Week Assembly, where many students, and also some staff, are given the honour of carrying their flag to represent their cultural heritage. This parade of over 50 different flags truly encapsulates what a multicultural community we have and how lucky we are to be part of such a vibrant and inclusive community.
Some other wonderful events this term, that we held for our students, included artist in residence day, drone workshop, student leadership conference, Year 12 careers mentoring breakfast, cross country, leadership induction ceremony and awards ceremony - and this is all on top of a busy school curriculum and cross curricular program. No wonder we are all feeling ready for a well-earned Easter break!
As an Executive team, we would like to take the opportunity to thank our wonderful teaching and support staff who give up their time so willingly to provide such a vast array of enrichment opportunities for our students. They truly are an exceptional and committed staff.
Other Operational Matters
A reminder that during Terms 2 and 3, students are required to wear the Winter Uniform as detailed in the QASMT Uniform Policy.
Change to Research Centre Hours
The Research centre is moving to the Winter hours schedule, as outlined in the Student and Parent Handbook. The Centre will be open to students from 7.30am to 5.00pm for the duration of Terms 2 and 3.
Oval Amenities Block
The change rooms and toilets in the Amenities Block, located on the oval, will be open for staff and students to use in Term 2.
Term 2 Commencement Assembly - rescheduled
All students must attend the Commencement Assembly, which has been rescheduled to Wednesday 21 April at 8.30am in the Auditorium. Please note that formal uniform is required. The ANZAC Service Rehearsal will follow at 9.00am.
Parents and students are advised to thoroughly read the Enrichment Policy to ensure that they are aware of the Academy guidelines on participation in enrichment activities. Click here to see the Enrichment Policy At QASMT, we value student involvement in enrichment activities and believe participation develops skills and provides experience that will enhance their education. Participation in enrichment activities and school representation is a privilege that is reliant on students meeting the Academy’s high expectations with regard to academic progress, attendance, effort and behaviour. There are a number of enrichment activities that will require prior approval in order to participate. In order to maximise achievement, it is necessary to provide some boundaries and benchmarks to ensure we are providing the students with opportunities to succeed. If students are not meeting these standards, they may be restricted from participating in enrichment activities.
It is important that our school community has a shared understanding about the requirements for representing the school in enrichment activities. The Academy:
- Believes students should demonstrate commitment to their academic studies, attendance, effort and behaviour in line with the school’s expectations.
- Believes students should find a balance between their academic studies and enrichment involvement.
- Believes there should be transparency in the requirements for selection in enrichment activities.
Students are expected to:
- Be passing all subjects in the previous term of study.
- Have an attendance of 90% or above over the past year to date, with the exception of approved leave, or certified medical absence.
- Have not taken unapproved leave over the past year to date.
- Have not been involved in behaviour requiring disciplinary absence, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct in the past two years.
- Have followed the student dress code as outlined in the Uniform Policy.
Finally, the Executive leadership team would like to wish all families a safe and happy holiday and we look forward to the term ahead.
Kath Kayrooz – Principal, Kerry Bullock – Deputy Principal, Tanya Haggarty – Deputy Principal,
Russell Hams - Director of School Operations, Jane Manwaring – Director of School Culture
From the Director of Senior Years
With 2021 well underway, it is timely to reflect on the achievements of a very busy and productive term for our school community.
Our Year 12 students have been working hard, managing their time and studies to ensure that they continue to meet both IB and school based deadlines. It is important to remember that these deadlines are set to support students in spacing out their study and assessment expectations across the length of the Diploma Programme. I am pleased to report that our Year 12s have made good use of the IB Assessment and Guidance Handbook and have been able to meet these obligations. Of course, the work is not done yet, Term 2 will continue to be challenging and will require our Year 12s to display the maturity and self-management skills they have shown thus far. Students should continue to refer to the IB Assessment and Guidance Handbook for their planning and make sure to access the support from their teachers, House Deans, parents and peers.
Our Year 11 students have well and truly started their journey in the Diploma Programme. Most students have embraced the academic demands, new ideas in Theory of Knowledge and exciting opportunities offered to them. While these demands are new and may seem daunting at first, students have responded well to the systematic implementation of the programme and benefited from the pastoral support offered by our House system. I would encourage students and parents to contact their House Dean if they experience difficulties adapting to these new demands.
I would like to congratulate the Year 10s for successfully adapting to the new environment and routine and taking on the challenging demands of the Diploma Preparation Program. It is very pleasing to see Year 10 students developing a sense of belonging. The Year 10 Camp, InStep activities and Positive Education Program have certainly contributed to forming this valuable bond among the Year 10s. Alongside the building of new relationships and settling into the school routine, our Year 10 students have also been engaging in career research in preparation for their SET planning conversations. This process culminated in SET planning interviews where students had the opportunity to share and discuss their goals and aspirations for the future. Our Year 10 students have also commenced their vocational education and training course on a Wednesday afternoon with a number of students completing the elective course in laboratory skills through South Bank TAFE.
Thank you again for a successful term. I look forward to working with you in Term 2 and wish you a safe and restful break.
Rebecca Skarshewski, Director of Senior Years
From the Director of Middle Years
Our newest Middle Years students have made a wonderful start to their schooling at QASMT. Year 7 Camp was a great success! Even the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of our students, who engaged fully with all set activities and challenges on offer! It is a joy to see their smiling faces light up our school campus!
Middle Years Honours Program – SPARQ-ed
Our Honours students recently visited the SPARQ-ed facility at the Translational Research Institute (TRI) located in Woolloongabba. The facility features a biomedical PC2 teaching laboratory and learning centre, where our Year 8 and 9 students learnt to extract and analyse recombinant DNA from bacterial cells. Below is a recollection of the day by Year 9 student, Imogen.
“We focused on extracting plasmid DNA from E.coli bacteria and adding a pGLO gene that would make the DNA glow green under UV light and using restrictive enzymes to cut the DNA in specific places The UV light is a tool actual researchers use so that they can see samples they are researching. We then put the split DNA in agarose gel and ran electric currents through it so that we could see the length and mass of the DNA.
We used micropipettes to mix certain buffers into the DNA, using a centrifuge to break up the bacteria. Then we filtered the bacteria until it was just the plasmid DNA. After adding a colouring agent so that the DNA was easier to see, we used micropipettes again to transport the mixture into agarose gel. Using a camera and UV light, we then watched the DNA start to show in the gel.”
NAPLAN Online (Year 7 and 9 students)
Our Year 7 and 9 students have completed the NAPLAN practice tests to support their familiarisation with the test format, question types and online testing experience; prior to NAPLAN testing in May.
Key Features of a Tailored Test
One of the main features of NAPLAN Online is that it is a tailored or adaptive test. Tailored tests provide more precise results and have been shown to be more engaging for students because the test adapts to their test performance.
It is important that our QASMT students do not become concerned if they think that the questions are more difficult than expected or differ to what they have previously experienced – this may simply mean that they are taking a more challenging, but more appropriate pathway. Harder questions receive a greater weighting so there is no disadvantage in scoring. This means, our highly-capable students at QASMT have the opportunity to demonstrate what they know and can do, without ‘ceiling’ the test.
This ‘tailored testing’ approach means that a wider range of student abilities can be tested when compared with the paper approach, where all students answer exactly the same questions.
A reminder that parents are asked to plan for their student to attend school during the NAPLAN online test window between 11–21 May.
Parent Speaker Series Term 1
Our first presentation in our Parent Speaker Series for 2021 was delivered by Dr Justin Coulson on the topic of Anxious Children – Turning Anxiety into Resilience at Home.
During his presentation, Justin spoke about the importance of our children developing a sense of identity, and a deep sense of knowing who they are and where they came from.
The following set of 20 questions are designed as a starting point for sharing family stories. I thought I’d share them with you to encourage you to start the conversation in your family by using these questions as a starting point. Please keep in mind that it is not the knowledge of these specific facts that is important – it is the process of families sharing stories about their lives that is important. These questions are a way to begin to ask and to tell, and to begin a family tradition of sharing the stories of our lives. Resilient children have a deep sense of identity.
The 20 Questions!
- Do you know how your parents met?
- Do you know where your mother grew up?
- Do you know where your father grew up?
- Do you know where some of your grandparents grew up?
- Do you know where some of your grandparents met?
- Do you know where your parents were married?
- Do you know what went on when you were being born?
- Do you know the source of your name?
- Do you know some things about what happened when your brothers or sisters were being born?
- Do you know which person in your family you look most like?
- Do you know which person in the family you act most like?
- Do you know some of the illnesses and injuries that your parents experienced when they were younger?
- Do you know some of the lessons that your parents learned from good or bad experiences?
- Do you know some things that happened to your mum or dad when they were in school?
- Do you know the national background of your family (such as English, German, Russian, etc)?
- Do you know some of the jobs that your parents had when they were young?
- Do you know some awards that your parents received when they were young?
- Do you know the names of the schools that your mum went to?
- Do you know the names of the schools that your dad went to?
- Do you know about a relative whose face 'froze' in a grumpy position because he or she did not smile enough?
I hope these questions help you to begin to learn more of your family stories and share them across the generations!
Enjoy the upcoming holidays, and stay safe and healthy. We look forward to welcoming our Middle Years students back in Term 2!
Sandra Davey, Director of Middle Years
From the Department of Language and Literature
The first term of the year has been busy and productive for our students. I want to acknowledge and celebrate student achievement from creative writing to debating, and everything in between. I hope you enjoy the sample of student work that follows.
It has been fantastic to see so many students accessing physical texts from our Wider Reading Space and eBooks from the digital library. So what have our students been saying about their reads?
- Charlie B says that The Works of Aristotle is about, “Finding out what happiness is from one of the greatest philosophers.”
- Ava C says that Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is, “Good for drama. Great for lovers of series.”
- David G says that Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises by Peter Lerangis is, “A fast, funny and smart fantasy.”
A new CAS project also started this term, run by students, for students. Their CAS goal is to promote reading and utilise the Wider Reading Space in lower J Block, so please look out for upcoming activities and events next term.
MYP Language and Literature
Term 1 offered MYP students an opportunity to be time travellers, with the Year 7s imagining themselves as Year 12 students in the year 2026. Year 8 students took on the role of documentary filmmakers to pitch and create an observational documentary. For Year 9, students became poetry critics and produced a literary podcast based on the Australian experience. Our students accepted the challenge with gusto and the results were impressive. Enjoy the two excerpts below.
“Year 12. Already! Everyone was excited for university but dreading exams. So, a welcome break from studying was the Formal. Everyone was buzzing with excitement as we strolled into Movie World, dressed up in elegant dresses and suits, smiling, and posing for photos. There were neatly set tables, but before we ate, we tried some rollercoasters! It sure was a sight, seeing teenagers with their best outfits on, crammed under harnesses, zooming around on the tracks.” Mariah S, Year 7
“G’day listeners! Welcome back to another episode of Voices Down Under, where we explore Australian voices in literature and what they’re really trying to say, what their connection is to people and places. Here at Voices Down Under, we all believe that the only true representation of the Australian experience is found in the beauty of poetry.” Elizabeth L, Year 9
DPP and DP Language and Literature
Forty-eight Year 12 students elected to complete a new Individual Oral in Week 8 of this term to improve their results. I congratulate those students who made this commitment, particularly amongst other internal IB assessments. For Year 12, the focus now turns to the the HL Essay and mastery of Paper 1 skills.
For many Year 10 and 11 students this term, they experienced a jump up in complexity and difficulty. One of the best ways to succeed in English Language and Literature is to engage with the CAR Log and Learner Portfolio.
For the Year 11 Learner Portfolio, for example, each student must complete three entries per month to develop their skills through their own independent inquiry. Please enjoy the following examples.
The junior debating program continues to grow and junior debaters are proving to be accomplished and competitive speakers in inter-school competitions.
In CCA debating on Friday afternoons, 16 teams of mostly Year 7 students, are competing in an inter-House competition that will be used to select a limited number of debaters to represent the school in Year 7 inter-school debating in Term 2. There are currently over 60 aspiring debaters vying for just 20 positions in the QDU competition. It will be a difficult task indeed to decide which debaters earn the right to represent the school. We aim to provide every participant with a stimulating and enjoyable experience. Our thanks goes to the Debating Ambassadors, Nick Saneian and Kanak Relekar, and their assistants for their help with coaching and adjudication.
QDU Inter-School Debating
In QDU debating, three Year 8 teams and three Year 9 teams have completed their first two rounds of competition by the end of Term 1. At the time of writing, QASMT teams have a record of six wins and three losses. We look forward to seeing what these teams can achieve in the two remaining preliminary rounds. My thanks goes to the senior students who are mentoring junior teams and to the parents and caregivers who are supporting our junior debaters in travelling to debate venues.
This year we have fielded the following teams in the QDU Senior competition:
- three x Year 10 teams;
- two x Year 11 teams;
- two x Year 12 teams;
- one x Senior A.
After one round of competition, we have received mixed results. For all teams, their focus was on improving Points of Information during the debate. Our next round focus will shift to team rebuttal and responsiveness. Each round, teams are working on improving their competitive debating skills and we hope for a number of teams to make the finals by the end of round four. We wish all our debaters well as they progress through the competition.
As you have read, students have produced some incredible work this term and it is certainly worth celebrating. We wish students and families an enjoyable holiday break. Oh, and enjoy the English-related safety message.
Zachary Lujre, Head of Department Language and Literature
From the Department of Language Acquisition
ようこそ! Wilkommen! Bienvenue! Bienvenidos! salvete! Welcome!
This term we welcomed the new Year 7 and Year 10 students to our school and welcomed back our other year levels. Our students have all settled well into their language classes. I would encourage students to ensure that by now they have developed a study routine. This is not a job to put off. It is the most important task in order to learn a language. Students’ schedules need to have time for homework, assessments and revision.
Teachers in Language Acquisition
The language acquisition team worked hard and had a busy start to the year with many highlights; our teaching team is listed below.
Joao Baia Soares Vasco
Cecilia Costa Gomez
German Year 12
Term 1 marked an important stage in the lives of our Year 12 German students as they finished their Internal Assessment and began revising for their final IB Diploma examinations in May. I wish them all the best for their final stretch.
Teacher Aides in Languages
We welcomed Greta Cabot (French and German), Thais Gamboni (French) and Clive Greenhill (Japanese) who are working in classes with students as language specific teacher aides. They each bring detailed Language expertise to the classroom and help students achieve their Language goals. In addition to the in-class aides, Languages is now being provided for in the Alumni tutoring program for the senior years. We welcome our new tutors and look forward to the collaboration between teachers and tutors.
Ms Damon, Ms Wilson and Ms Yamaguchi are part of the International Mindedness working parties. International Mindedness is a view of the world in which people see themselves connected to the global community and assume a sense of responsibility to its members. Concepts that fall into this are: Multilingualism, Intercultural understanding and Global engagement. This term they have worked on developing, 'international-mindedness', is in the curriculum and the wider school community.
International Mindedness Student Group
On 18 March, QASMT students were presented with some delicious mochi and matcha cakes as part of a Japanese Culture Day. It was fantastic to see so much interest from our students - the long lines proved how willing QA students were to try the foreign treats, and they sold out at record pace! Hand-made by our very own Year 11 students, the sale of the wagashi was a complete success!
Together with this, a Japanese-themed Kahoot game was organised with some amazing prizes up for grabs! The buzz and feedback from our students was incredibly positive. We hope that our students’ cultural appreciation of Japan has been expanded by partaking in this event.
The Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzClo)
OzCLO is a volunteer run contest for high school students. It challenges students to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages. Any secondary school student who enjoys the sample problems is a potential contestant.
The OzCLO contest is held in two rounds around Australia. The first round is a two-hour competition. Participants work in teams of four on a range of language analysis problems. The competition is held at the school with teams submitting their answers through an online form. The OzCLO 2021 Competition Round One was held Wednesday 3 March 2021 and we had some fantastic outcomes.
The National Round is by invitation to the top three teams for each region. This has the same format as the First Round but is held at a local host university. The winners of the National Round are offered the opportunity of represent Australia at the International Linguistics Olympiad (ILO), which is usually held in late July or early August.
One of our senior teams was invited to join for the National round on 24 March. The team was Brian D, Jahan P, Kelly Y and Michael M, and the National Round was held at Griffith University's South Bank campus. Our QASMT scored third overall for the state, and we are still waiting for the National Round results! It was very tight at the top and the difference was only 2 points! Congratulations!
How is Easter celebrated around the world?
The end of Term 1 brings us to think about the Easter holiday. Easter is a religious Christian festival that is celebrated by Christians worldwide. In fact, due to the lively appeal of the festival, even some non-Christians celebrate it. Most Christians observe Easter on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the first day of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. People celebrate Spring the world over. All over the Northern hemisphere, the customs of the Easter season are more or less alike - the Lenten penance and fasting, carnivals, egg exchanging, eating, decorating and egg hunts. Also, there are Passion plays and Easter parades. However, some follow customs that are special to their country or continent.
またね ! Bis später! A bientôt! Hasta la vista! valete! See you soon!
Sabrina Schmid, Head of Department Language Acquisition
From the Department of Technology and the Arts
The Technology and The Arts department spans a wide range of disciplines from Computer Science and ITGS, to the Arts, Music, Drama and Visual Arts, with Design somewhere in the middle.
On the surface, it may appear that we are a department of opposites: computational vs creative thinking or even decomposition vs composition. However, this is not the case. All our courses require students to create solutions, be these musical compositions, resolved art works, computer programs or digital artefacts. Problem solving requires design thinking, where students are guided through a process of discovery (investigation), ideation (to look for creative solutions), prototyping (trying out ideas) and testing. And with technology firmly embedded throughout our courses, our students are developing as tech-savvy, innovative, problem-solvers - all essential skills for their futures. Here’s a round down of our learning in Term 1.
MYP The Arts
Students in MYP Classroom Music are to be commended with how they have utilised their time to select, arrange, rehearse and perform pieces in groups for an audience. Year 7 students worked hard to present 'bold and beautiful' music for their peers with Year 8 students rocking and rolling in an exploration of rock, pop, jazz and blues.
In Drama this term, we have been busy getting to know one another and learning how to work together in teams in both Year 7 and 8. We have learnt that to put on a really great show we must work together by listening to one another, valuing one another and implementing all creative ideas and team member’s skills. In Year 7 we have been learning and implementing all of the rules of Improvisation into our dramatic performances. We have worked together to create shows based on scenes in Antarctica, Uluru, The Australian Bush, on a Pirate Ship; in the QASMT Resource Centre, Science Labs, and even on Mars. Our characterisation and dramatic story telling skills have continued to develop as we have participated in a variety of improvisation games. We have thoroughly enjoyed challenging ourselves and thinking creatively through these experiences. In Year 8 we have been busy creating our theatrical pitch for Children’s Theatre. We have taken a children’s story book and turned it into a dramatic vision for a production to be performed at QPAC. We have enjoyed working together in our teams and creating these imaginative shows. Who knows, you may even see our names or ideas in lights one day at QPAC in the future?
In Year 9 Visual Art, working collaboratively, students investigated a real-world issue to inform a shared approach to individual contributions to develop a public artwork proposal. Using drawing and digital imaging they pitched a 2D design to inform the making of a 3D miniature that was used to visualise a sculpture in its proposed display location using digital photography and collage.
Students in Year 8 Visual Art have been using visual conventions, students have expressed identity through creative narratives to make experimental portrait artworks. Inspired by artists like MC Escher and Del Kathryn Barton (two-time Archibald Prize winner), students have made self-portraits and portraits of other students to explore techniques and processes using graphite, pen, watercolour paint and digital photography.
In Year 7, informed by research, students have designed hybrid animals and habitats to adapt to survive an environmental issue. Using a range of drawing techniques and media such as graphite, charcoal, conte and pastels, students will use their artworks to develop a digital treatment to pitch their hybrid animal as the lead character for the fictional animated movie 'Improbable Beast'.
DPP and DP Visual Art
On Tuesday 2 March, our Year 10, 11 and 12 students participated in a workshop with Brisbane artist Sophie Munns https://sophiemunns.weebly.com/about.html. Sophie has worked for many years with Queensland school children sharing her art-making approach and a world of knowledge of seeds. The workshop saw our students participate in a frenzy of creativity where they created multiple artworks in just one day. Sophie Munns bought thousands of seed pods for reference and students collected interesting mark-making tools from the campus grounds (sticks, leaves, rocks, bark, and feathers) which they used in diverse ways of drawing and seeing.
Year 9 STEM Futures Design Courses
Our Year 9 STEM Futures Design courses are interdisciplinary allowing students to explore concepts in from other subject areas leading to the design of solutions that address authentic problems.
The Future of Automation (FOA): This term, students were re-introduced to programming Arduino based micro-controllers, developing fundamental skills they will utilise in home automation projects. Students researched the capabilities of sensors and display components to design proof of concept mini-automation projects.
Biomedical Engineering (BME): Our students are learning about the authentic applications of biomedical engineering in regenerative medicine. This innovative course was developed in collaboration with and support from Distinguished Professor Dietmar W. Hutmacher, QUT Chair in Regenerative Medicine, who has developed a lecture series specifically for our Year 9 students. We are currently using our 3D printers to create prototypes of models of bone scaffolds and designing scientific experiments to test these models, as we explore the architecture and properties of bone scaffolds.
Disrupt the Future (DTF): This term we have been learning how to use our new laser cutter and designing products using Adobe Illustrator. Students have been focusing on the promotional aspect of the 4Ps of marketing (Price, Product, Placement, Promotion) and are now exploring designs for 'gimmicky' giveaways such as fridge magnets, party hats and wind spinners.
Computer Science (CS)
Genetic algorithms and heuristics are a challenging way to be introduced to algorithmic thinking. Nonetheless, our Year 11 and 12 students have risen to the occasion to learn the principles of algorithmic thinking and how these can be applied to genetic algorithms. We have had the chance to introduce them to the case study and apply their research and explorative skills to explore solutions to computationally intractable problems. The Year 12 students had had the opportunity this term, to construct their own genetic algorithm in Java, to solve the travelling salesperson problem. Through teamwork and determination, our students have developed a fully functioning algorithm to solve this problem.
Information Technology in a Global Society (ITGS)
This term, our Year 10 students put the G(lobal) into ITGS by exploring the life cycle of a computer: what are the key components (for example, CPU, motherboard, RAM, ROM, SSD), where are the raw materials used in these components are mined, where devices are assembled and sold, as well as the end of the life of the computer in terms of recycling, eWaste and disposal options. We explored questions such as: How do hardware manufacturers and governments support the responsible disposal of hardware?
In Year 11, our exploration of multimedia and project management has led to some interesting and inspiring mini-projects being developed. From a redesign of Mr Freeman's face, to a video entitled 'The Shoe' and even a heated debate of Proprietary vs Open-source software, this term has seen students plan, design and analyse media use in education and business, and hone their development and product development skills.
Do you know the what FOMO is? How about the difference between a passive and active digital footprint? Behavioural vs profile data? This term in Year 12, we have been digging deeper into the Case Study which is an exploration into the impact of social media in our lives. Alongside, we have been studying the HL topic, Project Management and looking at concepts such as GANTT charts, agile vs waterfall methodologies, incident management and disaster recovery.
We have had a great start to Robotics for 2021 with approximately 184 students and over 10 staff involved in the program. The last few years has seen massive growth in the program and there is certainly a buzz during Robotics CCA time.
Number of Students
Year 8/9 (+ extension 7)
In Term 1, the Robotics Parent Support Group assisted us in applying for two robotics grants and we were successful in both. This will be a great support as we strengthen both our Junior and Senior Robotics programs. The grants will be for RoboCup Rescue and First Tech Challenge; however, the benefits of this investment will flow across all of our robotics groups.
On Saturday 6 May, QASMT hosted SheMaps to deliver a drone workshop. Interestingly, one of the aspects covered was around unconscious gender bias and how few female drone pilots (1%) there are in Australia. We were very proud to have equal representation at the workshop. By the smiles on our students' faces, the workshop was a fabulous success!
Our Robotics Ambassadors have had a stellar start. They are a brand new team, and have already been very visible around the school, by mentoring other students and promoting robotics in the courtyard. They set up a very interactive display during Pi Day celebrations. Well done team!
This term for the first time, we inducted Middle Years students into our ambassador team and we now have a more holistic input from across the year levels at QASMT, to support our school community in the area of Technology. As the term began, we supported the Year 7 and 10 students through the onboarding process, offering both lunch time and after school support for students with issues ranging from email and OneNote, to the setting up of OneDrive. Also offered were a number of support tutorials to allow students to seek individual help, which were offered both at lunch and after school. We worked with the Science, Maths and Robotics Ambassadors to run Pi Day celebrations which included: recall the decimal places of pi, drawing circles, and a robot programming activity. In addition, our programming competition was a great success, which due to popular demand, will continue in the future.
eLearning at QASMT: The Digital Library
One of our biggest achievements this term has been the launch of our Digital Library. This is a comprehensive online space that allows students to check out eBooks, read the newspapers, access academic websites and explore a wide range of curated resources, that include study skills, eLearning and technology tips. With student agency at the core of the design, we have a number of ambassadors that contribute to continued development of our library to truly make it a student-centred learning resource.
Madeleine Brookes, Head of Department Technology and The Arts
From the Department of Individuals and Society
Time flies when you’re having fun! Time also flies when you are very busy.
Year 12 students have been working through their Diploma Programme, while Year 10 and 11 students are at the introductory phases of their subjects, learning brand new terms and concepts that they have never learned before. Year 9 STEM Futures has seen students engage in subjects that give students real world perspectives. Creativity was central to Year 8 History who have examined the ANZAC spirit and created their own propaganda posters that could have been used in 1915 to convince young citizens to join World War I. Through inquiry, Year 7 students have delved into Australia’s Constitution and the rights and freedoms we have as citizens.
Below are four samples of engaging learning experiences that I&S students have had this term.
Year 7 Civics & Citizenship
In I&S this term, we have been learning about Civics and Citizenship. We have been exploring topics such as governments, referendums, and active citizenship. In Week 6, I gained my citizenship status in Australia and presented it to both 7A and 7B. I got to display my certificate, my oath, and the pride badge that I had received. After that we started our infographic assessment on the six foundation principles of the Australian Constitution. In one of the non-inquiry lessons we conducted a mock referendum. The topic was “Should Australia remove a level of government?” Everyone separated based on their choice, and put forward various points in a mock debate. Following this we put in our votes on six different coloured pieces of paper representing the six states of Australia. Mr Fredericksen was the scrutineer, his job was to mark off all the names to ensure everyone only voted once. Mrs Olsen’s role was to make sure no one was taking a peek at the other ballots while Mr Hams’ role was to check that all the votes were going in the ballot box. Overall the ‘no’ vote was a resounding winner as the majority of students in the majority of states did not see a reason to change our current three level systems of government. Irtiza N, Year 7A
Year 9 STEM Futures: Forensic Psychology
On Wednesday 17 February, retired Detective Inspector Mr John Blue visited the school to talk to our Year 9 Forensic Psychology students. Mr Blue served in the police force for over 40 years and worked on Australia’s first case that used DNA to convict an offender. Mr Blue spoke about his career and focused on two particular cases that he worked on. He talked about interview techniques, crime scene analysis, treatment and punishment of crime and some explanations for offending behaviour. The students (and staff) thoroughly enjoyed the guest lecture and asked lots of insightful questions. Students have benefitted enormously from this talk and will be able to apply the new knowledge gained to enhance their understanding of the Forensic Psychology course. Our sincerest thank you to Mr Blue for the generosity of his time. Ms D’Arcy Carrington
STEM Futures: World in Your Pocket
As part of Year 9 STEM’s Futures program, I&S has offered an economics-based subject called World in Your Pocket (WYP). The course was specifically designed to show how interconnected the global economy is. The subject focuses on how Australian consumers and producers are interdependent with other participants in the global economy, through the vehicle of international trade. As part of the learning and assessment process, students were asked to create an A3 infographic poster outlining the global supply chain of a product imported into Australia. Students were given the opportunity to select their own product and to metaphorically pull it apart, to see where the inputs of the final product originate from. In addition, students were required to classify these inputs/materials on the basis of which sector they came from, and to also collect and display data on trade between Australia and her key trading partners. Through the concept of interdependence, students were able to learn the significance of globalisation and its impact on their day-to-day living. Pictued above is an assortment of some wonderful student submissions that teachers received. The next unit in WYP will develop these ideas further by focusing on the economic concept of comparative advantage and how that governs international trade. Mr Panousis
Sally Dwyer from the University of Queensland, who herself is a business founder, presented the Gen(In) competition to four business classes this term. The competition consists of three rounds and is fully funded by Trade and Investment Queensland, with UQ and a consortium board, leading the process. During the session an entrepreneurial mindset was established, with students using creative thinking to explore opportunities in the market, to create brainstorms of future products. The activities required collaboration and for students to demonstrate self-confidence. The modules involved the following:
- Identifying a problem in society;
- Brainstorming eight ideas to solve a problem;
- Bundle the best idea based on the brainstorm;
- Pitch Prep.
Students had until 19 March to submit their final pitches and those who were successful will commence with round 2 shortly after the holidays.
Lyle Fredericksen, Head of Department Individuals & Societies
From the Department of Physical Sciences
STEM Futures Year 9
Students have been highly engaged in their STEM Futures electives for Term 1 and are enjoying the challenges of the future focused curriculum. In the first unit for Biochemical Solutions, students have been investigating how to make a reaction hurry up, and have been researching the applications of industrial catalysts. In World of Reactions, the causes, associated problems and possible solutions to ocean acidification has been the focus this term. Students are currently investigating an aspect of ocean acidification chemistry in the laboratory, and will present their research in a scientific research poster format.
In the Sustainable Futures elective, students started out the term investigating the world-class sustainable solutions that have been implemented on Lady Elliot Island, and were treated to a Zoom guest lecture with Peter Gash, Managing Director and Custodian of Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort.
They followed up with an investigation of plant species diversity at QASMT, by comparing two sites on the school grounds, including along the banks of Toowong Creek.
In Fuelling the Planet, students have been exploring combustion reactions and investigating what makes a good fuel. They have been hands-on in using calorimetry to calculate how much energy is released from the burning of fuels and have evaluated their methods. Finally, in Medical Physics, students have completed their first unit of study, Acoustic Medicine. In this unit, students learned about waves and their properties, and how sound can be used in medical imaging such as ultrasound imaging. They have been introduced to the basics of interpreting an ultrasound image, and explored the structure of muscle and bone, through a chicken wing dissection.
Senior Chemistry and Physics
Year 10 and 11 students have settled into routines and have been busy preparing for their first exam in their respective courses. This term, Year 12 Chemistry completed the experimental component of their Final IAs and Extended Essays. Year 12 Physics students have now submitted their final IAs and turn their focus to exam preparation. I encourage senior student to access the many tutorials on offer, if they require assistance or would like to work with a group of their peers on areas of difficulty. Tutorial schedules are communicated on Daymap. Students may also like to consider entering their Final IA and EE work in the Science Teacher Association of Queensland Science Competition (STAQ) later this year. Please see either Mrs de Freitas Pessoa or Dr Hogg for further information.
National Youth Science Forum (NYSF)
This year, three of our students, Murphy M, Poorvi M and Chloe A, were selected to attend the highly competitive NYSF program.
After a disappointing NYSF 2020 when the sessions in Canberra were cancelled due to the catastrophic bush fires, NYSF 2021 went ahead in a modified format, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The usual 10-day Science immersion program at ANU was replaced with an 11-day online program. The participants living near capital cities were also able to attend a number of workshops hosted by universities and industry in person over 3 days. For example, the University of Queensland hosted workshops in physics, geology, maths, and engineering. In addition, there were interesting research talks. Dr Tamara Davis gave a talk on dark matter and dark energy. Queensland Chief Scientist, Professor Hugh Possingham, gave a talk on using mathematics to determine optimal conservation reserves for flora and fauna. Murphy M
Applications open for NYSF 2022 in April. Interested Year 11 students, should contact Dr Hogg for details or view the website: https://www.nysf.edu.au/programs/year-12-program/
Inaugural QASMT Science Research Exhibition
We were very excited to showcase the tremendous variety of scientific research that is carried out by the QASMT student body at the inaugural Science Research Exhibition. Independent research and investigation is a corner stone of the International Baccalaureate curriculum. As a specialist STEM school, we offer many enrichment and extension opportunities that involve scientific research.
QASMT is one of three Australian schools in the International Science Schools Network (ISSN). This network brings together approximately 30 schools from 20 different countries. The schools in the network collaborate on projects and share their research at the annual International Student Science Fair (ISSF). QASMT has sent students to ISSF every year since 2015. We have enjoyed participating in scientific and cultural exchange at schools in Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, USA and Australia. Many of the projects at the exhibition were first presented at either an international or national fair.
QASMT scientific research is also award-winning research. Students are encouraged to enter their research in state and national competitions. The Science Teachers Association of Queensland (STAQ) has an annual competition for a broad range of STEM projects for all age groups (P-12). Success in this competition leads to an opportunity to enter the national BHP Science and Engineering Awards. The CSIRO CREST Awards program is an excellent entry point for scientific research and is offered as a co-curricular activity to MYP students.
Congratulations to all the presenters at the Inaugural QASMT Science Research Exhibition. Current QASMT student presenters were: Jessica B, Stevie C, Xavier G, Andrea F, Rosalita R, Murhpy M, Hayden G, Alex H, Emily C, Bhumairaphee F, Poorvi M, Luke S, Link C, Annabelle G, Nerissa D, Bela V, Helen B, Amali J and Leisha N. We also welcomed the following QASMT Alumni to present their research: Krupesh M, Utkarsh S, Charlotte B, Jaewon L, Ewan B, Kalem A and Nazeef H.
If you would like more information on QASMT scientific research please, contact Dr Kirsten Hogg email@example.com
Catherine de Freitas Pessoa, Head of Department Physical Sciences
From the Department of Life Sciences
From Life Sciences - Foundation
Foundation sciences have started strong this term. The Year 7s have settled into the groove, that is QASMT Science.
Year 7 have had a great start to the year. Their enthusiasm and excitement ensured that the first unit of Physics has been a fun and interesting one. Students worked through understanding different types of forces and how these forces affect our every day world. They ended the term with a boat building assignment. Groups had to design, construct and test a range of boats using limited equipment. The students had to change one aspect of their boat design (independent variable) to see if it changed the amount of weight the boat could hold.
Year 8 hit the ground running with Physics as well. They have been exploring kinetic and potential energy and changes in energy (transformations). They were extended by exploring the real world applications of energy transformations, such as energy consumption and expenditure at a personal level – what did I eat this morning? How much energy have I used? – and from a sustainability perspective – how efficient are the appliances that I use? They developed specific technology skills using a video analysis tool called tracker, to help analyse their data. These skills are valuable when heading into their IB Diploma Sciences.
The Science Ambassadors have had a busy term! Science Captain, Murphy M, and the rest of the team, organised a jam packed Random Acts of Science week. Activities included; Jellybean DNA, infection dodgeball, and pin the organ on the body for Biology; build a boat competition, ooblek and lolly waves (see photo) for Physics; mentos and coke, people in bubbles and an elephant’s toothpaste demonstration by Miss Martin for Chemistry.
With the help and organisation of Dr Hogg, the Science Ambassadors held a QASMT mini science research exhibition that showcased projects from some our current students and past scholars. Parents of presenters were invited along with the rest of the QASMT school community. The research exhibition gave students the opportunity to see what it is like for researchers in the real world.
A small group of students also visited the World Science Festival at the Queensland Museum with Miss Martin. In ‘The Race for a Cure’ they learned about 'the history of vaccines and diseases through the ages', and they also heard from a panel of experts that have been on the 'forefront of the global fight against COVID-19'.
Keep an eye out next term for some amazing opportunities coming your way.
Vanessa Bermingham, Head of Department Life Sciences Foundation
From Life Sciences - Biology
I think all QASMT Biology students and teachers will agree with me when I say what a wonderful and productive term we have had to start the year off with. The laboratories have been bustling with in-class, IA and EE experiments all term.
Our Year 10s have had a fantastic start to their QASMT Biology experience. This term we have covered an introduction to both Cell Biology and Genetics. Our students now have a strong understanding of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and the organelles of a human cell. They now also understand the dynamics of movement across the cell membrane, the Central Dogma of Molecular Biology, mitosis, and meiosis. Well done Year 10s – it has been a full term! The image of the onion cells (right) has been taken by our Year 10 students - Justin, Julian, Esha, Aarushi and John - during an in-class practical. Can you see the cell in a stage of mitosis?
I have been so proud to see the depth of engagement among our Year 11 Biology students, as I have walked around the Biology classrooms this term – they have had a flying start to their Diploma. In Year 11, we have worked our way through all of Topic One, which focusses on Cell Biology, in particular on Cytology; and are now beginning our journey into Topic Two, Molecular Biology. If you have a student in Year 11 Biology, ask them to draw for you the molecular diagrams of alpha-glucose, beta-glucose, ribose, a fatty acid, a generalised amino acid, or the plasma membrane, like the drawings you can see below (thanks to our Year 11 student, Ramjot).
Our Year 12s have worked extremely hard this term, and I just want to say a big congratulations to all of them: they have handed in their final IA, after months of hard work! Well done Year 12s, and Year 12 teachers, what a fantastic effort you have made this term. And all this while still studying Botany, Evolution and Classification, and beginning our journey through Human Physiology. Below are two images taken down the microscope, from our Year 12 students. Can you see the xylem and phloem in the green image of celery (dissected and photographed by Dean)? And can you see the villi in the small intestine (this was a pre-prepared slide photographed by Rachel)?
This term we have had the UQ Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) here to visit us for two weeks. During this time, we have had many classes use the microscope, all the way from Year 9 Biomedical Science classes, through to Year 12 EE students. Below are three images, the first is by Malek in Year 9, measuring and analysing measurements of a 3D printed scaffold of a bone. The second is by Joanne in Year 12, modelling tooth erosion caused by soft drinks as part of her EE. And the third final image, was taken by our Laboratory Research Educator, Dr Kate Slessor, showing an image of a bee eye (the bee was found already deceased).
It has been a wonderful term of engagement, learning and opportunity in our laboratories, and in the Biology Department. Thank you to all our students for your hard work - together with our wonderful and knowledgeable Biology teachers, I look forward to supporting you all again next term.
Esme Hatchell, Head of Department Life Sciences Biology
From the Department of Mathematics
As Term 1 draws to a close, it is amazing to look back at all the events that have been happening for the Mathematics Department.
Our Year 7 students have considered “How do different cultures represent numbers?” through an ‘exploding dots’ investigation. This was their first practise of a Criteria C assessment which focused on Communication (using appropriate mathematical language, moving between different forms and organising information using complete and coherent mathematical lines of reasoning).
Patterns with recurring decimals was the concept investigated by Year 8 students in their study of the unit “A little bit of History repeating itself”. Criteria B (Investigating Patterns) and criteria C (Communication) was assessed in this in-class activity. To cumulate this unit, the student will complete a Criteria A (Knowledge and Understanding) test in Week 10.
Year 9 students started the term learning about surds and then moved to geometry and trigonometry. The skills practised in this unit are currently being applied to a real life context (Criteria D) - serving in a game of tennis.
Our Year 10s have settled in and are working well, having already completed an exam and an in-class investigation using deductive and inductive reasoning to solve a tiling problem.
In the DP, our Year 11 and 12 students have been focusing on explorations, and their internal assessment (IA). While Year 11 are having their first practise at this type of assessment, with a limited selection of topics, the Year 12s have chosen their own topic to explore. Their draft is due in Week 2 of next term and will make up 20% of their final grade.
Students have been involved in a number of competitions this term.
Australian Mathematics Olympiad (AMO)
Three of our students were invited to sit this prestigious competition in February. The AMO competition is very selective with only 150 students across Australia invited to attend. This involved two, four hour Maths exams over two days, made up of four problems to solve each day. Their efforts were further recognised in being chosen to participate in the AMOC Selection School during the last week of term. Congratulations to Elizabeth L (Year 9), Callum L (Year 10) and Zakariyya V (Year 10). We hope you enjoy this experience.
QAMT Problem Solving Challenge
On 12 March 12, 59 students from Years 7 to 11 participated in the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers problem solving challenge. Students were given two hours to solve five challenging questions. Congratulations to all the students who showed they are risk takers and prepared to push themselves mathematically.
Kangourou sans Frontières
This year QASMT participated, for the first time, in this online international competition. 67 students had 75 minutes to answer 30 multiple choice questions. Congratulations to these students for challenging themselves and giving up their Thursday afternoon to compete. We look forward to seeing their results.
2021 AMT Maths Challenge
Students in Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 will shortly receive information about an enrichment opportunity in Term 2, organised by the Australian Maths Trust. In this competition, students work through six challenging problems over four weeks and are required to present written solutions to as many of these problems as they can. Mr Lawler will coordinate this for Year 7-9 students. Mr Madigan will work with the Year 10 students. This competition costs $25.50. Please discuss this with your students if you think they would enjoy the challenge.
Monday MYP Chill Maths Chats
The Monday Chill Chats have been very successful with many MYP students coming along to be challenged by competition style questions or just getting some help with classwork. This will continue into next term so feel free to come along and enjoy the Maths conversations.
Year 10 Maths Enrichment CCA
Our Maths Enrichment club for Year 10 students has been well attended. Mr Madigan and the students have been working through a series of challenging problems during Tuesday lunch breaks. This gives them a chance to explore the beauty of mathematics and some strategies to approach questions in the upcoming Maths Challenge.
Wishing you all an enjoyable Easter break. Please take this chance to rest and recharge ready for Term 2.
Jane Gorman, Head of Department Mathematics
From Education Outside of the Classroom (EOTC)
The Education Outside the Classroom faculty has certainly been busy this term! Between our sports program, CCA and curriculum, we have lots to wrap up!
Co-curricular Activities Program
We kicked off the year with a full CCA program, offering a wide range of opportunities, ranging from Philosophy Club to Astrophysics. It was great to see so many students taking advantage of these amazing clubs. This term, I’d like to highlight the efforts of students in the Zonta International Club, who, with the guidance of our fantastic volunteers, got crafty and gave back to our community. Students were taught how to sew and assisted in making breast cushions that are donated to women with breast cancer. These cushions are invaluable, as they provide comfort in the post-operative phase of breast surgery. The feedback received from this initiative is extremely positive, with one women noting that her cushion was a turning point in her outlook. Through our partnership with Zonta, our students have demonstrated numerous aspects of the IB Learner profile, including open-mindedness, caring and principled, and I am extremely proud of their efforts.
Next term, we have eight new clubs for students to get involved in and I look forward to seeing what they get up to! Lastly, my sincere thanks to the 50 teachers who volunteer their time to provide opportunities to extend our students outside of the classroom.
QASMT’s representation at the district level and beyond was outstanding this term. We are proud to say that 16 students were selected to represent the district or region in a variety of sports, ranging from golf to basketball. It should be noted that the calibre of students who trial from the district and/or region is extremely high, so making one of these teams is a massive achievement.
Well done to the following QASMT students who applied themselves and made representative sport teams in Term 1:
- MetWest Swimming Team - Indy I and Mia P;
- MetWest Golf Team – Ky-An V;
- MetWest Volleyball - Bruno R;
- Northern Eagles Swimming – Katherine L, Jonathan L and Scarlett F;
- Northern Eagles Soccer – Maya S, Gisele G, Anushka V and Toson A;
- Northern Eagles Touch Football – Brandon L;
- Northern Eagles Volleyball – Ruby L, Jesse W and Navreet K;
- Northern Eagles Basketball – Olivia S.
We also have a big group of students, fiercely training in preparation for the district cross country trials, in Week 2 of Term 2. We wish them luck!
Sport Term 1 again operated at full capacity. Hundreds of students continue to enjoy remaining active on Wednesday or Friday afternoons with our highly motivated coaches. Students “spiked”, “switched” and “swooshed” their way through the term, honing their volleyball, touch football and basketball skills. Rapid improvements were made, which meant selection for our Gala Day teams was extremely difficult for our coaches!
At Junior Gala Day this week, it was great to see QASMT maintain our high performance. Senior Gala Day will occur in Week 1, Term 2. Sport for Term 2 will begin in Week 2 and students will be notified shortly, about their allocation to their chosen sport. Allocation is based on first and second preferences, using the now closed online survey platform, and availability of places in each sport.
The Cross Country saw students stride their way around the school, demonstrating team spirit, physical perseverance and an impressive capacity for distance running. The new Houses, Hollows and Jackson, proved tough competition at the first House competition of the year, with Hollows winning the trophy for overall points. Hawking won the war cry competition, after some spirited efforts by the other houses. Special mention goes out to Sia T who orchestrated numerous war cry practice sessions for Hawking and exemplified what it means to be a house captain at QASMT. Well done Sia! House spirit was clearly on display by all students throughout the day, despite the hot temperatures.
Curriculum – MYP Year 7 and 9 Spotlight
Our unique Physical and Health Education curriculum provided many opportunities for personal growth this term. Year 7s embarked on a journey of interpersonal skills through a range of minor games, such as 'Capture the Flag'. Throughout the different games, students had the opportunity to develop effective communication, as well as how to manage and resolve conflict. By the end of the term, students formed solid relationships, which will be foundational for the terms ahead.
In Year 8, students learned, not only which factors influence their choices when it comes to health and nutrition, but also how to build a personalised eating plan per age category, in accordance with the Australian Guidelines to Healthy Eating. It was extremely interesting to unpack the cultural differences within class groups, and this sparked lots of discussion. Reflecting on nutritional habits and physical activity, is integral to numerous facets of health, and is an excellent example of lifelong learning. Although we had a wet and rainy end to our term, students also developed foundational physical skills, such as throwing, catching, batting and fielding, which are transversal across a range of different sports. This meant that not only physical skills were in action, but also a myriad of tactical elements, where problem solving was highly evident. Students demonstrated continuous engagement during all activities, which reflected team cohesion, positive behaviours and willingness to stay healthy and active.
Overall, it was great to see how students were committed in all activities, while exhibiting constant enthusiasm and a growth mindset.
Yanah Floridis - Head of Department Education Outside the Classroom
From the House Dean of Agnesi
What a busy start to the year we have had in Agnesi House. We have welcomed new Year 7 and Year 10 students, and we have expanded to a full 7-12 House.
Agnesi House has spoken and we have adopted a new mascot – the Wolf of Agnesi! One of the initiatives that the new Agnesi House leadership team was keen to introduce, was a new House mascot. The team identified a wolf as the prime contender. Wolf pack dynamics closely mirror Agnesi House values, in terms of loyalty, caring for each member of the House, and working collaboratively to support the pack as a whole. Agnesi House will continue to reference the Witch of Agnesi through our mathematical endeavours, service to the community, House values and our traditional Halloween House celebration on 31 October.
Agnesi House started the year strongly with back-to-back Year 10 and Year 7 camps. Year 10 students enjoyed the coastal vibe of North Noosa, especially body boarding in the surf. The new Agnesi students bonded over shared experiences and challenges, which will last beyond their time at QASMT. Year 7 students, had already been enjoying an exciting tribal camp even before the weather came into play. Agnesi Year 7 students demonstrated determination and incredible spirit, but unfortunately, we lost out on the trophy by one point – this was the closest competition ever in tribal camp. I hope the Agnesi Class of 2026 will remember this camp with fond memories.
Cross Country and House Points
This year, Agnesi House had the most participants in Cross Country ever. Agnesi brought home points through participation and placing in the Year 11 boys event and Year 8 boys event. Congratulations all round. I would like to commend all students for their 'zest' and participation on the day. Agnesi House is currently in fourth place in the House rankings.
CAS and Harmony Week
Year 11 Agnesi students are well on track to meet all their CAS requirements for the year. Thank you to all the InStep mentors and Ms Waters for guiding our students through the interview process.
In particular, I would like to highlight a few CAS projects that were run by Agnesi students during Harmony Week. The Harmony Week whole school assembly was organised and run by the International Mindedness team. Agnesi House was represented here by Rosalita R, Aleisha K and Alice M. These students wrote the script for the whole assembly and promoted the event throughout the week. Mario M organised a very successful nail painting stall where students could get their nails painted with the flag of any country. I would also like to thank the Agnesi House CAS project team for their ongoing colourful and informative House Dean Office window notices and jokes for all events
I hope everyone has a restful and relaxing break over the Easter Holidays.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aileen Davis, House Dean Agnesi
From the House Dean of Curie
Term 1 has been and gone and the Easter break is upon us!
Once again, it has been an action packed term with such an array of activities for the students to participate in. The Year 7s and 10s have been on camp, Harmony Week and the Cross Country Carnival have taken place, numerous parent information nights have occurred, and above all else, students and staff have been busy developing relationships. As a House, building positive relationships has been the priority, and I have been thrilled to see the students being risk-takers, stepping outside their comfort zones, and taking the time to establish connections with students in their InStep, year level and House. I believe our two new cohorts have settled in well, and are engaging in Academy life and all students in Curie have set themselves up for a successful year ahead!
Cross Country Carnival
The House captains have been working hard alongside the House ambassadors to build house spirit. The main focus for the student leadership team this term was teaching the House the war cry, and new choreography, in preparation for the Cross Country Carnival that took place in Week 7. The team did a fantastic job encouraging their Curie comrades to turn up and participate. The House took up the call to arms, and I am proud to announce that Curie had the best attendance on the day, with 97% of the House attending! On top of this, we placed third in the war cry and fourth overall for the Cross Country Carnival. I was extremely proud to see so many of the students running the race and doing their part to earn a point for the House.
The leadership team has quickly turned their attention to the Athletics Carnival in Term 2 and are focussed on winning the war cry!
Thank you to the Academy Representative Council (ARC) for organising the inter-House volleyball competition. The tournament involved each House packing the courts with as many students as possible, and students being eliminated when the ball hit the deck or went out of bounds. Both the middle and senior years’ teams progressed to the second round, before being bested in close encounters. Well done everyone!
One of the most important events on the school calendar, and my personal favourite, Harmony Week, took place in Week 8 and provided an opportunity for the school community to come together to celebrate our cultural diversity. The theme was 'We All Belong' and the week was filled with an array of activities that students could participate in, that were designed to promote international mindedness and intercultural understanding.
The week began with an explosion of colour, as staff and students came to school dressed in their cultural dress. As always, the students rushed eagerly to the Auditorium on the Monday, to find seats for the much loved Harmony Week whole school assembly. The Auditorium was filled with colour and excited students, and this year we were fortunate to welcome a local elder to open the assembly with a welcome to country. This was followed by the festive flag parade and of course, a number of dance items. The students left the Auditorium, buzzing with excitement and ready to participate in a wide variety of activities throughout the week.
Year 7 and 10 Camps
A key part of the transition into life at QASMT for the new Year 7 and 10 cohorts, is taking time outside the school context, having fun with a focus on building relationships with their peers. The Year 10s headed north to Noosa Northshore in Week 3 with the Year 7s travelling to Camp Warrawee at North Pine Dam in Week 5. Students participated in a myriad of activates, such as canoeing, raft building, high ropes, rock climbing, team building activities, body boarding and stand-up paddle boarding. The students returned to school ready to face the term ahead, full of confidence, knowing that they were surrounded by like-minded peers and friends.
"Year 10 Camp was certainly an exciting experience. Divided into groups, we participated in a variety of activities that helped us form lifelong friends, and the memories created were unforgettable. An activity I especially enjoyed was canoeing and paddle boarding, as with three people in a tiny canoe, you really learn a lot about each other and bond in the survival of your group, in the life-or-death situation of falling into the stingray waste-filled water. However, we all fell in the water in paddle boarding anyways. The obstacle course was another favourite as our competitive nature kicked in, when we attempted to beat everyone in the race. Lunch times and free sessions after activities, were the best times to make new friends, and get to know new people. Overall, camp was an amazing experience to make friends and enjoy ourselves before getting back into normal school life. We are never going to forget these memories!" Tharaniah S (Year 10)
Holidays – a time to relax, refresh and reconnect
I want to wish everyone well for the upcoming holidays. Balanced is one of the IB Learner attributes, and I believe the holidays provide a great opportunity for our students to prioritise activities that may take a back seat, when the pressure of exams and assessment is being felt at the end of a term. Make the most of the break and spend quality time with loved ones, doing the things you enjoy most.
I look forward to seeing you all again next term. If you need to contact me please don’t hesitate to do so via email@example.com.
Dean Fanning, House Dean Curie
From the House Dean of Da Vinci
"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding."
The hardest part of being new to a school is understanding the culture, how you fit in and most importantly, how you can contribute. The Year 7s, 10s and myself, have had the joy of spending the last 10 weeks finding our place and joyfully understanding what a DaVinci community feels like. I would like to say a huge thank you to our DaVinci teachers, students, ambassadors and captains for a welcoming Term 1.
Our school’s diversity and inclusive culture was celebrated during Harmony Week – Week 8. It was a memorable Monday assembly to see the parade of nations and our students celebrating their cultural dress and flag.
Year 7 and Year 10 Camps
Our Year 7s and 10s spent three days away from school building their communities at Noosa Northshore and Camp Warrawee. Year 7 students worked superbly to create flags, war cries and navigate a number of challenges over some wet and wild weather days. As a group we built rafts, tipped each other out of canoes, and built safe shelters. I know I particularly enjoyed getting to know our Year 7s and formed connections through our experiences.
Year 10 experienced similar stormy weather at Noosa Northshore. We body surfed, went stand up paddle boarding and worked together for night time lazer tag. This camp was held very early in the term, and it clearly succeeded in allowing our students to form new friends and create supportive networks.
DaVinci House spirit is electrifying. The locker area and InSteps are vibrant, happy and motivated. Congratulations to all our DaVinci community for your dedication to ensuring DaVinci flourishes. Congratulations to our House successes:
- First Place Senior Volleyball;
- Second Place Cross Country;
- Second Place Cross Country attendance;
- First Place Overall;
- 98% average attendance for DaVinci – remember every day counts!
Remember that our academic success, attendance at school (above 97%), participation during InStep engagement activities and the Athletics Carnival, all contribute to our House point total. With such positive energy circulating in our House, our student leaders have identified many new initiatives for Term 2. Watch out for the returning DaVinci newsletter to keep you up to date with these new programs.
During the final weeks of Term 1, the DaVinci team conducted a scan and assess of our InStep program. The focus of this was to highlight areas of the program we enjoyed, what we could remove and what needed improving. The student leadership team has created a Term 2 planner that includes: celebrations, war cry activities, engagement activities (Sustainable Fashion) and trivia quizzes. The aim of our program is to continue to provide community support throughout the year levels.
Our Positive Education Program (PEP) aims to provide content that allows each student to flourish at QASMT. It is important for the success of each student that we all have a positive purpose and an understanding of the QASMT way. During our Year 7 PEP lesson, we have enjoyed acting, drawing and creating stories to demonstrate our understanding of the QASMT protocols. Likewise, our Year 8 students revised the IB Learner attributes throughout the lens of what makes an Outstanding Citizen at QASMT. We recently enjoyed discussing our leadership skills and contributions to team work through the Marshmallow Game. Year 9s began the year exploring positive emotions and how empathy and compassion improves relationships.
Our DaVinci Year 10s discovered their VIA character strengths, researched potential career pathways and utilised this information to create their QASET plans. The Year 11 students have been an immense source of leadership for DaVinci, our PEP lessons have been an eclectic mix of time management, leadership preparation for Term 2 camp, CAS and strategic planning for improved House spirit. Despite not having PEP classes in Year 12, I have enjoyed my one on one check-in meetings to welcome Year 12s, introduce myself and focus on their pathways to exams and beyond.
DaVinci is to be commended for a brilliant start to 2021. I hope we all have a restful holiday break and I look forward to exceptional things in Term 2.
Stacy Wallace-Cunningham, House Dean Da Vinci
From the House Dean of Franklin
What an exciting start to the year we have had in Term 1!
We have now reached the milestone of being a Year 7-12 Academy, and it is so great to see everyone interacting. Academically, students rose to the challenge across all year groups. Year 7s and 8s have been busy submitting final assessments for the term, Year 9s and 10s have been getting into the new STEM Futures subjects, and the Year 10s have been settling into Academy life. Year 11s began the Diploma Programme in earnest, and Year 12s have confidently begun the final submissions of IAs and drafts. While the IB is a rigorous curriculum, good time management, organisation and strong goals can be a student’s best friend.
House spirit has been in the spotlight as we have now had the Cross Country Carnival. Our House performed the updated war cry with our House leaders and it was great to watch the spirit and choreography! The following students placed top 10 in their age categories, and should be commended for amazing persistence and representing Franklin!
1st Loti W
4th Oliver L, Wendi L
5th Pierce G
8th Jemimah A
8th Esha’al C
9th Sherry J
3rd Vincent N
1st Alejandro P
5th Mason P
8th Charli B
In Instep we’ve asked students to get to know each other through a variety of activities and provided opportunities for them to make new friends, develop curiosity, be mindful and cultivate strategies to de-stress. In InStep, building relationships has been at the forefront of everything we have been doing. As part of this, we have had weekly games in which students can engage.
Year 7 and 10 Camps
Early in Term 1, it was great that Year 7s and 10s were able to go on camp and build strong relationships early on. The camps were a wonderful opportunity for everyone! The activities were fun, engaging and challenging. They tested students and helped them form strong relationships. For Year 7s, it was a great way to learn more about House spirit and enact that pride, not only in the war cry competition, but in friendly competitions and reflection. There were also many interesting opportunities that aren’t like a regular school day! At camp, there were many challenges to overcome, but everyone rose above them all.
Lion of the Pride Term 1
This term, the House leaders put into practise one of their House spirit ideas, by introducing the 'Lion of the Pride'. This allows students in the House to nominate others to be recognised for their contributions to the House. This term, the honour was awarded to Eimi H in Year 8!
Term 2 will also see a new House Dean joining Franklin, as I step into another role. I am excited to announce that Mr Ross Bray will be Franklin’s House Dean. Ross Bray brings immense energy, enthusiasm and passion to the role and he is looking forward to the challenge.
I hope that everyone takes a well-deserved break over the holidays and will feel refreshed and full of energy, ready for Term 2.
Kate Oxenford, House Dean Franklin
From the House Dean of Hawking
Hello Hawking! What a fantastic first term we have had! We had so much to celebrate at our House picnic in Week 9, it was wonderful to see you all there.
Our biggest achievement this term has been HOUSE SPIRIT!
Students felt that the ice-breaker activities during InStep could have been better. You told us you wanted something fun, which would still allow you to get to know each other and so, the Hawking Olympics was formed! This term, we had four activities; paper aeroplanes, hula-hooping, skipping and an InStep spirit animal creation. InSteps were asked to work together to select one participant, or work as a group, to compete in these games, and the feedback was superb! INH04 and INH05 are joint winners at the moment, but don’t worry, the Hawking Olympics will be continuing in Term 2.
We then had Year 7 camp which saw the Hawking Blue Tigers win overall, and they worked hard for that win! When they started out as a group, they were all over the place, and our first day of activities did not go so well. However, the team reflected and were held accountable for all of the improvements they were trying to make. They saw progress, and that spurred them on. By the end of the third day, they were truly in top form! The reason they won? Hard work, team work and reminders of the end goal. Well done Blue Tigers!
Whilst it was great to start the term off with these successes, we all knew that the all-important Cross Country was fast approaching, and that this was the time to work hard! The Hawking leadership team worked non-stop to teach the war cry moves and improve upon the strong foundations we built last year. On the day, I was nervous as I hadn’t seen it yet. But… WOW! Hawking was incredible! There was some stiff competition and we nervously waited… third place, second place and finally first place – HAWKING! I think the House was in disbelief!
A big driving force this term has been attendance to school, particularly for House and school events. My constant reminders about attendance were delivered, and I was delighted when we had 99% attendance on the Monday of Harmony Week – again placing us first! Such a fantastic start Hawking, and I couldn’t be prouder!! Now let’s keep it going for Term 2!
House Charity – Eat Up
Last year we launched our House charity – Eat Up. Eat Up is a charity which focuses on providing lunch to students whose families are unable to do so. One of the fantastic things about this charity, is that rather than a gold coin donation, students are able to take part in a service event. We have secured three events this year and the first one took place in Week 8, with our Year 7s and 8s taking part. This event was a huge success and we made 1024 sandwiches! Thank you so much Year 7 and 8 for helping students less fortunate than yourselves.
Year 7 and 10 Camps
This term, our Year 7s and 10s had their first QASMT school camp. Needless to say, they were a huge success! I am very fortunate to have such wonderfully enthusiastic students who really got into the swing of things at camp, who fully supported their peers and demonstrated fantastic IB Learner attributes. A superb start to the year!
Year 11 Hawking students have started their Diploma Programme with maturity and dedication. They seem to be getting into the swing of their DP subjects and have adapted well with this transition. There are always plenty of Service opportunities within Hawking, for students to help out their CAS portfolio, so keep checking those emails!
Our Year 12s had their Careers Breakfast earlier in the term and not only were they treated to a delicious spread of food, but they had the chance to meet some truly passionate professionals. I hope that all students were able to take something valuable away from this experience, and help them discover and plan for their next steps after QASMT.
Tiger of the Term
Tiger of the Term is an initiative exclusive to Hawking House, and is awarded to one junior student and one senior student each term. Students nominate one another via the suggestion box, and I was inundated with nominations! It made choosing so difficult, but I am pleased to announce that the Junior Tiger of the Term went to Year 7 student Caleb D (INH03) for kindness, friendship and open-mindedness.
Our Senior Tiger of the Term is Year 11 student Connor C (INH03), who was nominated for being friendly and supportive, helpful and kind and “the spirit of the house”.
Such fantastic qualities, well done Caleb and Connor!
Do you want to be Tiger of the Term in Term 2? Think about how you can impress those around you!
Have a wonderful holiday Hawking and I’ll see you next term.
Should you need anything please do not hesitate to contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org or extension number 382.
Rebecca Parker, House Dean Hawking
From the House Dean of Hollows
Cross Country Winners are Grinners!!
A great day was had by all at our annual cross country event held in Week 7. The mighty fighting Hollows Hawks were flying fast around the track as they had many runners compete and place very well. Bianca C, Fred R, Stella T and Kayla M got on the podium for their age groups, and made us all very proud by earning vital bonus points for placing in the top three. As a new House, the pressure was on to design and choreograph an engaging and spine tingling war cry in the first six weeks of school, and furthermore, to make sure that all members of the House knew the words and actions - a big task when competing against the other established Houses. Special thanks to Arpita K and Kaylay M, along with our House Ambassadors, who really rose to this challenge, and helped the House to finish second in this competition. Throughout the day, the Hawks nest tent was teeming with enthusiastic young Hawks, eagerly awaiting their turn to race, whilst cheering their fellow Hawks on. All enjoyed the day and we look forward to wearing more black, and getting our war paint on, when we go to battle again against the other Houses in the Term 2 Athletics Carnival.
Life Be In It at Camp
Year 7 camp was a massive event in Term 1 for our 'new kids on the block'. Year 7 were organised into tribes and then put through some challenges involving high ropes, raft building, fire lighting, canoeing and other team initiatives. Each tribe was awarded points after each activity, based on how the tribe solved the problem, worked together, communicated and engaged. Despite the hot days and final storm that came through on the last night, Year 7 had a lot of fun working with each other and overcoming many obstacles.
Inter-House Volleyball Competition
A competition called Elimination Volleyball, was the Term 1 Inter-House sport played by all Houses in Weeks 6 and 7, and once again the Hollows Hawks performed admirably against the evil forces of the other Houses. Unfortunately the mighty senior Hawks couldn’t overcome the power of Newton, and were eliminated in the semi-final to finish third in the competition. Our junior Hawks magnificently made it to the grand finale against Jackson House, and the game went down to the wire, with mighty Benjamin N saving the day a number of times. Unfortunately, Jackson won the match, with Hollows taking the silver medal, fuelling the Hollows Hawks fire to go one better next term, when the Houses do battle again.
Busy Designing our Identity
Over the last week, the House has been working on a House flag, Hawk logo and slogan design competition - organised by our Year 11 Ambassador, Kunal K. Students came up with some creative designs and submissions, with the winning design submitted by Grace T.
Bring on Term 2!
Many exciting events and activities await us all in Term 2, with some big ones mentioned below for our mighty Hollows Hawks to partake in:
- Senior Gala Day
- Anzac Day Assembly
- Inter-House Capture the Flag Tournament
- Naplan Tests
- Science and Debating Competitions
- Academy Dance
- Music Concerts
- Athletics Carnival
- Year 11 Camp
- Arts Show Case.
Have a relaxing and enjoyable Term 1 holiday Hollows. Thank you for a great Term 1 and I look forward to seeing you all next term. Please direct any queries you may have, regarding Hollows House, to me via email@example.com.
Michael Colquhoun, House Dean of Hollows
From the House Dean of Jackson
The start of 2021 for Jackson House has been incredibly exciting and we have welcomed many new members into our student and staff community.
As our Jackson family grows, our InStep mentors, student leadership team and existing students have supported our ‘newbies’ to ensure their smooth transition into life at QASMT, and have introduced them to the Jackson value which we all aim to embody - to proactively engage in a service to others.
Our term started off with Year 10 camp at Noosa, which provided students the opportunity to get to know their peers in their cohort, to foster positive relationships, through a variety of team-building activities, and to develop their collaborative leadership skills. It was great to see students trying new things, going to new heights - literally on the high ropes and metaphorically - and enjoying spending time with one another at dinner or playing cricket.
Year 10 students have also had their first introduction to Positive Education classes, in which we have been exploring the IB Learner attributes, our character strengths and what this might tell us about how we approach situations, and future career and study paths. I encourage parents and caregivers to have a conversation with Year 10 students at home about their character strengths, and how they can use these to help them flourish at QASMT.
In Week 5, the eight houses were on the road again for Year 7 camp, which focused on providing our youngest year group the time to bond with their peers, House Deans and teachers, over some great activities, from practising a group war cry to making yummy damper (and sometimes burning it in the process!). Our Jackson Year 7 students came a long way in developing their collaboration and communication skills and, by the end of the camp, had become a very effective team. With their vibrant energy and effervescence, Jackson looks forward to the future collaboration this cohort will have, in helping to develop our new House’s spirit and direction!
Like Year 10, our Year 7s have also been engaging in our Positive Education classes which have focused on learning how to be a thoughtful, respectful and open-minded citizen in all areas of school life, as well as learning how to make effective goals which provide meaning and purpose. To all of our Year 7 families, I hope you have enjoyed hearing about their wonderful examples of ‘paying it forward’ to others, and how they are progressing in achieving their goals.
As a new House, this term’s creative task in InStep was to work together in making a war cry for our House - one that would rally our red troops and show our House spirit. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our students and InStep mentors for their excellent contributions, as well as the Jackson student leadership team, for their impressive choreography as we really looked like a force to be reckoned with! I look forward to the additions our student leaders have in store for us in Term 2, to ensure that we have a podium finish for our war cry.
This term, although our war cry may not have gotten us a podium finish, our Cross Country did! We came third overall with many of our juniors placing first and second in all junior races. My favourite moment of the day was seeing our students all rally around our winners, as well as cheering others on from the side lines - supporting everyone is valued highly in our Jackson community. It was also a moment of nostalgia for our Year 12s as it was their last cross country competition at QASMT; I’m sure that thought gave them the final bit of energy they needed to cross the finish line!
From the House Dean of Newton
“We rise by lifting others.” Robert Ingersoll
A great start to 2021! Newton House has had several highlights and it has been fascinating to see the collaboration, interaction and contribution of InStep mentors and students across year groups.
Attendance and Uniform
Well done on the 97% attendance as a House this term. Regular school attendance is critical for student success and every minute and every day counts. With the demands of the IB curriculum, all students must be attending every lesson to maximise their learning outcomes. A reminder that Terms 2 and 3 require the full formal uniform to be worn (blazers for all students and opaque black stockings of conventional design when wearing the formal uniform skirt).
Education Outside the Classroom
This term has offered bountiful experiences for our new Year 7 and 10 students on their respective camps. The Year 10 students camped at the spectacular Noosa Northshore beach campground, while the Year 7 students travelled close by, to YMCA Camp Warrawee. Apart from spotting kangaroos and koalas, students had the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends and also truly appreciate and be grateful for all that’s given to them daily.
'Everyone belongs' was the theme for this year’s Harmony Week. In a recent language survey at QASMT, it was revealed that over 53 different languages are spoken by our student population. This speaks volumes about the vibrant and diverse culture at our school. The Harmony Week assembly and the events that followed during the week, were a fitting occasion to educate others and showcase our different cultural backgrounds with pride and respect.
The Positive Education Program (PEP) has been explicitly taught to our Year 7-11 students. During the term, the Year 7 classes have been focusing on building positive relationships and learning about core values in life. In Year 8, students have learnt about the IB Learner attributes, and are now studying the characteristics of effective leadership. Year 9s are currently studying emotional intelligence and self-control.
Apart from the introduction to the PosEd program and building relationships, Year 10 students have completed the work of career education, in preparation for SET planning. The Year 11s focus is on setting a long-term goal to be achieved by the end of the DP, and an action plan for achieving that goal.
It is an enriching experience to teach skills and knowledge to promote wellbeing. Through character strengths and mindfulness for example, students are being equipped with strategies to flourish, by strengthening relationships, showing gratitude and developing a growth mindset.
The Cross Country and war cry was another highlight. Special mention to the following runners:
- Ella K (1st place in Year 9);
- Mai H (2nd place in Year 8);
- Olivia H (3rd in Year 12).
The entire House’s spirit and passion were on full display through song, colour and dance, during the war cry. Students are looking forward to the Athletics Carnival next term, to continue to strive for success.
In InStep classes, led by our hardworking mentors and student leaders; students have been participating in a myriad of activities, including getting-to-know-you activities, birthday celebrations, mindfulness, brain breaks, war cry practise and developing a sense of community and culture. Year 11 students have also had their first CAS interviews for their Diploma Programme.
From the Guidance Officers
From the Guidance Officer (Career Planning)
What a busy term it has been in the guidance offices with challenges and celebrations!
Our Year 12 Career Mentoring Breakfast was a wonderful opportunity for our seniors to engage with professionals and academics from many vocations. The students were able to learn about the realities and opportunities of life after secondary education. The inspiring conversations have brought deeper insight and encouragement, as they seek to make their own pathways. We are very grateful to the people who contributed to the breakfast, particularly the parents, academics, community and industry representatives who volunteered as mentors. Thank you for your investment into the lives of our young people.
Our Year 10 students have also had the opportunity this term to explore the possibilities for their futures. Over several weeks, they have considered the many influences that may impact their pathways, including personal strengths, values, goals, interests and opportunities. They have spent time researching the labour market and tertiary landscape. This has culminated with the development of their individual Senior Education and Training (SET) plan to map out their preferences for the next stage of their education. This career education unit culminates with an interview with their House Dean or Guidance Officer to reflect on their SET plan. Thank you to the parents of our Year 10 students for talking with your student, as they have worked through this process.
The latest edition of the Options Career Bulletin, accessible by downloading below, provides all families with updates on the career services and events available. I encourage you to browse the Bulletin for information on career fields, university courses, open days, scholarships and much more.
The Guidance Office has a range of free resources available for students to access. There are currently handbooks and factsheets on careers, universities, and general wellbeing. Students are welcome to come by A block and take a look.
Wishing you all a restful and peaceful Easter break.
Katrina Judge, Guidance Officer (Career Planning)
From the Guidance Officer (Unique Learnings)
My name is Chantel Mageros and I am a new full-time Guidance Officer at QASMT.
My role for Term 1 has largely consisted of providing guidance support to students across four Houses; Franklin, Hawking, Jackson, and Newton. My role centres on student wellbeing, which research demonstrates is integral to academic success.
With a background in psychology and gifted education, I have also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work with the unique learners at the Academy – those students who identify as gifted, or students with inclusive education needs. It has been professionally rewarding to work and collaborate with House Deans, our Inclusion Aide, Advisory Visiting Teachers, and parents throughout Term 1.
A bit about my background:
- I was a Senior English teacher for 13 years;
- I am a lifelong learner;
- I love music, reading, and creative writing;
- I am passionate about supporting all students in their wellbeing!
I can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 3377 9333.
Although the term is closing, the year has only just begun. The holiday break is a welcome time for students to focus on their wellbeing and reflect on the positive points of Term 1. The learning journey can present many wonderful opportunities to develop new skills, in the face of fruitful and valuable challenges. Often, school communities are faced with questions regarding best practice in supporting the development of resilience in students. Understanding resilience as a “chain of protective factors” is helpful in allowing children and adolescents the opportunity to adapt to life’s challenges within a supportive framework (Werner & Smith, 2001, p.7). The ‘resources’ that are deemed to be integral to the development of resilience in children and adolescents include supportive relationships, personal identity, social justice, and social cohesion (Ungar, et al., 2017). We are fortunate to be members of an inclusive and caring community which fosters many of these protective factors.
Wellbeing Apps and Resources - for the holidays
Chantel Mageros, Guidance Officer (Unique Learnings)
From Instrumental Music
Instrumental and Choral Music at QASMT has flourished from strength to strength, with students and instructors in the past term working to a full schedule during the week, with small and large ensemble rehearsals and group lessons.
The Workshop Day held on Saturday 20 March culminated in an informal hour-long concert for participants after a fun-packed day of rehearsals, combined group activities and student-led sectionals, with the aim of improving individual and ensemble playing and the goal of learning new and familiar repertoire for the upcoming evening concert in May. Students appreciated how certain ensembles joined together on the day to share repertoire and unite with a common goal.
We are currently looking at how to incorporate instrument groups, such as voice, piano, drumkit and guitar into our schedules, that require specialist instructors to fit in and around ability groups and their class timetables.
From the Sustainability Group
The Sustainability Group has had a busy term, encouraging small incremental steps towards a more sustainable SMT. Our major activities this term were a free-dress day to celebrate World Wildlife Day, Clean Up Australia Day, Ride2School Day, and UN World Water Day.
Earth Hour was observed at QASMT via a Lights Out Lunch on Thursday 25 March.
We have also been working hard to ensure students use our bins correctly so that SMT can minimise the waste that is sent to landfill, and importantly, we maximise the recycled items.
If you have any sustainable ideas or programs, please reach out to QASMT's Sustainability Group via SMT.Sustainability@qasmt.eq.edu.au.
QASMT Sustainability Group
From Corporate Services
This term, the refurbishment of the Refectory was completed, to include a Senior Cafeteria and a Tuckshop. The Refectory is open every day from 7.00am – 3.00pm for all school students, and offers a variety of freshly-made and nutritious food; including daily specials, vegetarian options, hot food, sandwiches, muffins, snacks, fruit and drinks.
Commencing in Term 2, a variety of breakfast items will be available, as well as freshly prepared milkshakes.
It is recommended that students order their food online through Flexischools, an easy and quick online payment and ordering system, which ensures students receive their preferred menu item. Flexischool orders for same day delivery, need to be completed online before 8.00am.
The Corporate Services Team values feedback about our facilities, so if your child has anything to report or advise, please email email@example.com.
Corporate Services Team - Sharon Prentice and Kelli Gallagher
This term, our school captains featured in the digital Courier Mail article, "Southeast Qld School Captains of 2021 Reveal Plans for 2021", sharing their vision for the upcoming year. Read about their hopes for 2021 below.
Over the coming holiday, our Academy vehicles will be wrapped in our school identity, to continue to raise awareness of our Academy, among the wider community.
The School Marketing Team wishes you all a restful and joyous holiday, and can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Marketing Team - Kirsten Smallcombe, Alice England, Katie Casey, Grace Cabot
From the P&C
Message from the P&C President
Thank you to all parents who attended our AGM and first General Meeting for 2021. P&C Executive Officers elected for this year are:
- President: Winand D’Souza;
- VP: Alwin Chan;
- Secretary: Rubie Noronha;
- Treasurer: Samantha Jones.
In the weeks ahead we will be asking P&C members to come forward to participate in the following Support and Working groups:
- Robotics and Technology;
- Transport and Traffic;
- Grants and Fundraising.
As you are aware, our school community has been impacted by news in the media of the possibility of relocation of QASMT. It has been fantastic to see everyone coming together and supporting efforts to keep our school where it is. Please keep sending your messages in to the influencers and decision makers.
Please sign our petition:
Thank you for your continued engagement and support for our wonderful school.
Winand D’Souza, QASMT P&C President