On Friday May 25th, a team of five of our top senior mathematicians (Lauren Paterson, Bronte Alexander, Ravneet Dillon, Nicole Clough and Rosemary Zielinski) took part in the annual ANU Maths Day among more than 30 other College teams from Canberra and the region.
You may have seen the news a few weeks ago about recent data published by NASA providing further evidence of the presence of methane on Mars (https://lib-cosmos.merici.act.edu.au/space/mars-rover-finds-organics-changing-methane-levels).
Our Year 10 Engineering students began their aerospace engineering course this year looking at the history of human space flight and exploration. As part of this topic each student undertook research on a space mission of their choice, and produced a popular science-style article about that mission.
This week, Samantha Trafford writes about the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn.
As a community, we have been considering the merits of International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in the Merici context since 2016. Our early investigations found a high level of alignment between the existing Merici Mission and Vision Statement and Principles of Powerful Learning and the IB Mission statement and IB Learner Profiles. The IB’s focus on inquiry learning also reflected Merici’s pedagogical approach to teaching and learning, while providing additional teaching resources and research-based support underpinning the programs.
Merici College fielded two teams in the ACT Titration Stakes on Tuesday evening. In a competition valuing technical skill and precision, teams must determine the concentration of a solution of sodium hydroxide and then use this to further determine the concentrations of three separate solutions of acetic acid.
Today is National Simultaneous Storytime, an event organised by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) where many libraries and schools across Australia and New Zealand read a story together as part of the Library and Information Week celebrations.
On 7 March 2018, twelve senior students participated in our very first Australian Computational and Linguistics Olympiad (OzClo). OzClo is contest for high school students that combines computational thinking and linguistics, challenging them to develop their own strategies for solving problems in fascinating real languages. We are very pleased that Merici was able to field three teams of Year 11 and 12 students in this year’s competition.