Faculty News – Mathematics, Science, Agriculture and iSTEM
Head of Department- Mrs Angela Sole
We warmly welcome new staff to our faculty this year- Mr Govind Ahuja, Mr Adrian Buttery and Miss Catherine Nash all join the Mathematics teaching team. I encourage you to make contact with your daughter’s teacher as the most positive teaching occurs when there is open discussion between student-teacher-parent.
Faculty contact details:
Head of Department- Mrs Angela Sole firstname.lastname@example.org 67748700
Mr Govind Ahuja email@example.com
Mr Adrian Buttery firstname.lastname@example.org
Miss Catherine Nash Catherine.email@example.com
& Biology, iSTEM – Miss Stone
& Chemistry – Mrs Kate Fittler firstname.lastname@example.org
& Physics- Mr Adrian Buttery
& Senior Science – Mrs Lousie Macklinshaw email@example.com
& Agriculture- Mr Mark Fisher firstname.lastname@example.org
All students have access to the latest textbooks and interactive websites to enable them access to cutting edge research and Australian innovative techniques. Students are encouraged to approach their teachers for extra assistance as required and are reminded about the Friday Maths Tutoring Club running in Room 6 each week. Teachers and Year 11 Advanced maths students are available to assist during this time.
2017 is an exciting year in our Faculty as we involve all students in the exciting opportunities presented in iSTEM. All students will have access to current materials and resources which integrate STEM in their Science classes, as well as the introduction of our new 9/10 elective iSTEM taught by Miss Stone.
The importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics knowledge to Australia’s future workforce is indisputable. According to the Australian Industry Group, the importance of STEM disciplines for the future economic and social well-being of Australia cannot be underestimated. International research indicates that 75 per cent of the fastest growing occupations require STEM skills and knowledge. (Becker, K. and Park, K.; Effects of integrative approaches among STEM subjects on students’ learning, Journal of STEM Education 12, July – September 2011.)
The National STEM School Education Strategy for 2016 – 2026 was published by the Education Council in December 2015. The strategy is focused on action that lifts foundational skills in STEM learning areas, develops mathematical, scientific and technological literacy, and promotes the development of the 21st century skills of problem solving, critical analysis and creative thinking. (The Australian Industry Group Progressing STEM skills in Australia AI Group February 2015 )
The Stage 5 iSTEM course (Years 9/10 Elective) captures the essential aspects of STEM initiative, to create engaging and meaningful experiences for students and to reflect the skill requirements of the future Australian workforce. In July 2015 Professor Ian Chubb described this news iSTEM course as “… one of the great examples of STEM education and exactly captures the practical nature of science and engineering”. Australian Financial Review.
CODING CLUB Invitation to join – Thursday afternoon
Miss Stone again offers all students the invitation to be part of NEGS Coding Club running on Thursday afternoons in the Biology Laboratory. The girls have access to Grok Learning platforms. By combining a problem-based learning design with instant feedback, this approach builds students into confident, independent programmers and problem solvers. The automarker enables students to drive their own learning, resiliently trying until they’ve mastered each skill.
Please contact the Science Faculty for more details.
PROJECT BASED LEARNING (PBL)- Sustainability & Recycling @NEGS Project
This year students embark on innovative and creative project based learning. In our Faculty, this term Year 11 are researching , marketing and pitching their ideas as required for the Sustainability & Recycling @NEGS Project led by Mr Mark Fisher.
Our Year 11 students have been presented with this new project and asked to brainstorm, market and pitch to an audience ideas for this school based project.
Analysis will be undertaken to assess the parameters of implementation, costing and the science to ensure viability and sustainability of recycling food waste into an egg production farm and marketing of layer hens.
This will be achieved by researching and the creation of an advertising campaign encouraging NEGS community to actively engage in this Project. Stage one has begun…please follow our story as the term progresses!