The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

News from Year 8.6S

This term Year 8.6S have been busy studying the Biological Sciences unit with the boys being exposed to a diversity of learning experiences. In Biology we have focused on how multi-cellular organisms contain systems of organs carrying out specialised functions that enable them to survive (circulatory, respiratory and digestive) and reproduce.

We have handled microscopes, created 3D cells, studied, investigated and dissected organs relating to the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems and found time to research the effects the misuse of antibiotics can have on the evolution of bacteria. With such a busy start to Year 8, I must commend the boys for the energy shown in Science and a real want to learn displayed by all.

Most recently, the boys had an opportunity to listen and interact in a question and answer session hosted by Infectious Disease Consultant Dr Astrid Arellano. Most pleasing was that all the boys demonstrated a genuine interest in the presentation and asked questions relating to cutting edge technologies currently in their infancy or being explored today.

The Community Project: What a wonderful opportunity for students! A chance for the boys to learn responsibility, experience the satisfaction that comes with helping others and to acquire new skills. In saying that the ball is well and truly rolling in 8.6S with all boys having the opportunity to pitch their idea to the class over the coming weeks. Shark tank watch out!

To fuel the Community Project fire 8.6S was provided a $25.00 gift card to be used to support people looking to create a better future for themselves, their families and their communities. Kiva, an international nonprofit organisation founded in 2005 was chosen by Scotch and aims to connect people through lending to alieve poverty.

After much deliberation 8.6S loaned Vangjel, a seedling cultivator from Lezhe, Albania $25.00 to help expand his family business. Monies earned from market sales will be paid back over the course of 7 months and the boys are looking forward to their next investment!

Mr Scott Siekierka
Year 8.6S Homeroom Teacher