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                                                                   WE STEM EXPO@ SCIENCEWORKS

On Thursday 27th July, 18 students from Years 3-6 attended a WeSTEM Expo at Scienceworks, Melbourne.  Accompanied by Mrs Miller, Ms Rhodes and Mrs Kristiansen, the students had the opportunity to showcase their STEM projects for the Health Inquiry unit of work.  The children confidently spoke about their projects to other students, teachers and experts in the field.  The Year 3/4 students explored the idea of passive versus active computer gaming.  The Year 5/6 investigation focused on making the school more accessible to all.  Christ the King is one of the leading schools in STEM Education for the Western region and we are very proud of all our achievements to date.



FAMILY MOVIE FUNDRAISER EVENT
Christ the King will be hosting an advanced screening of Captain Underpants at Readings Cinema on August 13th at 12:30 pm. Tickets go sale next term and all proceeds will go towards new furniture for the MLC and SLC. House points awarded for purchase of tickets.

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                                                                STUDENTS ATTEND ARDOCH AGM
                                                                                TERM 2, 2017
On Tuesday 23rd of May, Mrs Miller and eight students from Year 3 - 6 attended the Ardoch Annual General Meeting in Collins St in Melbourne to present their work using digital technologies. The students enjoyed sharing their learning and the value of community support to enable schools to access the latest technology.  The attendees were invited to use the Makey Makey and EV3 robots under the careful guidance of the students. Here is some feedback about the day from Marsha who attended the meeting:
'I just wanted to say bravo and thank you for an inspiring AGM. The speakers - especially the kids - all underscored why we do what we do. It was an honour and a privilege to be there today. Congrats to you and the team for a wonderful session.' 

                                                               
                                                                 WE- STEM Project with Scienceworks
                                                                                    TERM 1, 2017

Christ the King primary school has been working in partnership with Catholic Education Melbourne and Science Works Victoria as part of the We-STEM project. A video of the work achieved in first term has been produced for publication. Please take the time to watch the video to see the wonderful achievements of the students in Year 3 and 4 as they use the Makey Makey kits to design games to keep children fit and active.

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Outstanding NAPLAN results


Christ the King Primary school was recently recognised by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has having achieved substantially above average gain for Reading and Numeracy for students between Years 3-5 (2014-2016).

Christ the King Primary school was the only Catholic school in Geelong to receive such recognition. Apart strong leadership, clear vision and high aspirations for our students, teachers do an outstanding job at making it different for every child so that it's at their point of need.


Robogals

February 23rd, 2017

On Thursday 23rd of February, 12 lucky girls from the Senior Learning Community were invited to attend a Robogals workshop at Melbourne University.  The Robogals organisation aims to promote engineering pathways for girls.  

There was a focus on computer programming, coding, engineering and design. There is no doubt that we will have some budding engineers amongst our girls in the future.  Exposure and encouragement are the key!



Term 4 - The Year That Was 2016

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FIRST LEGO LEAGUE

National Championship, Macquarie University, Sydney

On Saturday 10th December, 2016, Mrs Blackley, Mrs Kristiansen, Mr Mark Campbell, eight students and their parents, all travelled to Sydney to compete in the Australian National Championship for First Lego League.  Each year, teams build, program and compete with a robot, while also learning about a modern problem in science and engineering and developing solutions for it. This year’s challenge was based around Animal Allies and our team researched the Northern Pacific Sea Star and its impact on native marine ecosystems. After staying the night at Macquarie University, the students were up bright and early in readiness for a big day of action.  They participated admirably in all sections of the competition - Core Values, Research Project and the Robot Game.  The students came an amazing 5th overall out of a staggering 40 State teams, most of which were comprised of secondary students.  Christ the King couldn’t be prouder of the team - CRE8TE THE FUTURE! We look forward to participating again next year and further developing our dedication to STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics).



First Lego League Competition at Swinburne University
20th November 2016
On Sunday 20th November 2016, 8 students participated in the First Lego League Competition at Swinburne University.  First Lego League is a STEM-based competition that encourages students to research an issue of interest, program an EV3 robot and work collaboratively as a team using the Core Values (Teamwork, Coopertition and Gracious Professionalism). CRE8TE THE FUTURE researched the problem of the Northern Pacific Sea Star being brought into Corio Bay from Japanese cargo ships.  These sea stars are now overtaking our native marine life, causing great destruction and damage.  Not only did they devise an innovative solution, but they worked with Associate Professor Matthew Joordens from Deakin University to design an underwater robot that they 3D printed.  The students also worked alongside Deakin University Computer Engineering students to learn about programming and robot design.  The students performed admirably on the day and received the ‘Research Award’ for outstanding work on their problem.  In addition to this, CRE8TE THE FUTURE was chosen from a large field of Victorian teams as one of the three teams to advance to the National Championships held at Macquarie University, Sydney in December. A superb effort by all!

For more information about the program, please visit the First Lego League website: