The new Year 7 and 8 Learning centre and Science Academy building is well under way! Wilko could barely contain his excitement as we enjoyed a walk-through of the site this morning. Although still a work in progress, it isn’t difficult to visualise how amazing this facility will be!
Today it was 8A, 8B and 8E’s turn down at Ricketts Point, where they participated in snorkeling, rock rambling and a biodiversity coastal walk. The water was warm, visibility was excellent and students were able to see many marine organism in their native habitats. During the rock ramble, students carried out quadrat sampling of the exposed reef and rockpools. On the coastal trail, students saw the effect of erosion on the sandstone cliffs and got to taste some native bush food. 8E, through the digging efforts of Caitlyn, Naila and Josh, also found the seepage fed fresh water spring at the foot of the sea cliffs. Today we were joined again by a Felix from the CSIRO (also a former student of the College) who shared his knowledge and expertise with the students. Overall it was an amazing day!!
8C, 8D and 8W spent the day down at the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary where they participated in snorkeling, quadrat sampling and a biodiversity walk. We were joined today by an environmental scientist from CSIRO who shared his expertise as well as some high tech surveying equipment for the students to try. Tomorrow it’s 8A, 8B and 8E’s turn.
21 Year 9 students attended the ‘Mission to Mars’ excursion today at the Victorian Space Science Centre. The students had the opportunity to work both in the ‘Mission Control’ centre and on the ‘Martian Surface’. On the Martian surface, they were assigned roles such as commander, geobiologist, geochemist and engineer and carried out a range of tasks such as rock sampling, radiation & weather monitoring, permafrost sampling, surveying and chemical analysis (all whilst wearing space suits). In the mission control centre, students communicated with astronauts on the Martian surface using the head sets and also had to monitor conditions such as solar flares and oxygen levels using computer software. After lunch, students worked in the lab and carried out a range of experiments on the samples collected during the day. Here’s some photos from the day.
After leaving the bike ride Wednesday afternoon (after a wonderful day in Port Campbell) and handing over my name tag to Patto, I’ve been enjoying some R&R but also been wondering how Sandy College has managed the last two days of riding (the elevation profile looked shocking). Like many parents at home, my sons phone has been dead since the rest day so I can’t even get any news from him… I just hope he’s keeping warm!
Thankfully Year 12 student Joss sent me this update:
“The last two days have been very hard, long and cold, but everyone managed to make it through. It has been great chance for teachers and kids to create better friendships and stick together as a team. All the kids are enjoying themself and tackling all the hills, even if it meant wearing plastic bags and cardboard as a fashion statement. The meatballs weren’t as good as I hoped they would be.”
In lieu of not having any photos of the second half, here are some extra photos from the first half of the bike ride!
We’ve made it to Port Campbell where we are spending a well earned rest day tomorrow. The last two days have seen us riding through some spectacular country side with views of the amazing Great Ocean Road. Our 94km trip from Nelson to Port Fairy was tough but we enjoyed finally riding with some sunshine! Today’s ride from Port Fairy to Nelson was 107km and was absolutely spectacular. With sunshine all day long and a light breeze, we rode past Tower Hill and the Bay of Islands. We are very much looking forward to our rest day tomorrow!!
This years Great Vic Bike ride got off to very wet start. Arriving in Mount Gambier, we were met with rain then more rain! Our first ride to Nelson was cold & wet but the Sandy riders were well prepared and arrived into camp with high spirits!
Today’s ride to Portland was dryer and a little warmer and once again our students were commended on their excellent behaviour!
Happy birthday to Jake, Jai and Stella who have all had a birthday on the Great Vic! We have a 95km ride tomorrow but are looking forward to some sunshine!