Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52Quarterly magazine of The Peninsula School 6 OUR new VCE Science Centre was officially opened on Tuesday 23 August. We celebrated the opening of our state-of-the-art, amazing new laboratories and other teaching spaces in style with a number of special guests and some remarkable leaders in Science. At our assembly we awarded certificates to those Senior Years students who achieved High Distinction in the Big Science Competition and also recognised the extraordinary achievements in Science of two of our Year 12 students, Alexandra Karamesinis and Luu Ngyuen Viet Hoang. We were also privileged to hear from our guest speaker, Tanya Ha, an award-winning environmentalist and science journalist who inspired our students with her vision of science and what it has meant to her in her career. Our guests had a chance to tour the new building and watch our senior students in action as they completed various Physics, Chemistry and Biology experiments – from building simple electric motors, extracting DNA from various specimens to analysing various chemicals using analytical techniques such as titrations and spectrophotometry. At lunchtime, the Year 5 students together with a large number of senior school students and teachers posed questions relating to the Future of Science in Australia to a panel of experts. The panel consisted of a number of well-known experts involved in Science in Australia as well as Alexandra Karamesinis, our Year 12 student who attended the International Physics Olympiad in Japan this year. We were honoured to hear perspectives from Elizabeth Finkel - editor of COSMOS magazine, Professor Stuart Hooper from Monash Institute of Medical Research, Elisa Hill - a neuroscientist from Melbourne University and Tania Ha. The event was chaired by Noah Szto who ensured the smooth running of the session, which was informative and enjoyed by the students and teachers alike. The future of Science For our young people Our Science centre opening coincided with National Science Week - during which students from across the campus took part in a range of different activities. 120 students and their parents attended our Family Science Evening and were able to investigate a range of scientific concepts by doing fun, hands-on activities. The energy and enthusiasm of the children and parents alike ensured that the evening was an enjoyable one. During lunchtime and recess, students were able to participate in activities such as paper plane and parachute challenges, the daily Science quiz, driving and coding Spheros and Ozobots, making sherbet, playing with wearable tech items and building bristlebots. It was lovely to witness the enjoyment and excitement of the students as they found fun in the Science and Technology of the week. Now we can reflect on the wonderful opening celebration for our new Science Centre and continue to enjoy teaching and learning in the beautiful spaces in which we will continue to challenge our students to strive for academic excellence in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. The students are enjoying using the laboratories to practice those skills that will allow them to succeed in their own futures as they leave school and will also ensure that there are students who have built the knowledge and passion for Science that are needed to secure the future of Science in Australia. TraceyAnn Carter Head of Science Our School