Secondary – Academics

Online Years 8-11 Parent Teacher Interviews
Wednesday 10th March and Thursday 11th March 4.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Years 8-11 Parents / Caregivers have been sent information about how to book and attend these online interview sessions. Please check your emails for these instructions.

Learning After School Centre
It is great to see students making use of this facility – please encourage your children to attend these sessions.
Where: BTAC Library
When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks, get organised with general study routines, the Secondary School is starting a Learning After School Centre in the Library. Secondary staff are rostered on with Faculty based themes as follows (but secondary students are welcome to attend and complete any set work they have):

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Staff Member Week A – Science teacher

Week B – Mr Brett Owers

Mrs Michele Clemenson Ms Tara O’Sullivan Mr Cliff Nixon
Focus Science Humanities Maths English

Secondary Spotlight – Technology and Applied Science (TAS)
Ms Jenny Gurr – Head of TAS

This week we are checking out 2 classes learning in the Secondary school TAS faculty:

Year 9 Food Technology – Food in Australia – Convict Practical and Indigenous Taste test
Year 9 Food Technology have started their Food in Australia unit and have been exploring the culinary tastes of our History. To start, we have explored some indigenous products that include Davidson plum jam, lemon myrtle, and Kangaroo. We have also tried some new commercial products that utilise native ingredients; including warrigal green Fettucine, quandong jam and bush tomato chutney.

We have then continued our culinary journey with our convict versus free settlers design challenge. Where in groups we have to design and create a two-course menu from a convict and free settler ration packs. Our students developed some clever concepts including potato gnocchi, fried rice and rice with beef stew and crispy potato.

We have continued to celebrate our past including Chinese New Year and the gold rush influences of the Chinese. This unit culminates in our assessment where we have a food fair to celebrate the flavours and influences on our cultural cuisine and we look forward to sharing these tastes and flavours with you.

Year 8 STEM – Boat Challenge project

Over the past five weeks, Year 8 have been undertaking a Boat Challenge project. Students were presented with designing a boat out of Aluminium foil and sticky tape. As a class, they examined concepts such as buoyancy, mass and volume.

After producing a boat that floated they were able to conduct experiments into the size and shape of their boat with the aim of increasing the amount of cargo it could hold. Each group finalised their design and were given the chance to measure the mass of sample cargo.

On the day of the challenge, students had to estimate the mass of cargo items and select a combined cargo that they believed their vessel could safely carry. After selecting the items, they calculated the combined cargo mass in grams and loaded it into their boat. If it remained afloat for the mandated time they were successful and remained in contention for boat builders of the year.

Despite the loss of only one vessel due to a very ambitious Captain and First mate, most students managed to select a cargo suitable for their boat. In order to determine a winner, each group had to calculate the volume of their boat’s cargo area and the total mass selected.

Congratulations to all students as they successfully applied Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to a real-world problem. To achieve this, they all demonstrated the Deep Learning competencies of Creativity, Collaboration and Critical Thinking.


Here are four reasons why you should start working on your assignment immediately.


Even if your assignment is not due for weeks, start thinking about it immediately. At the very least, ensure you review and understand the requirements the day you get your assignment. Even if you are not thinking about it directly, your subconscious will be hard at work.


Although the school or local library may not be your main source of reference, you should drop in soon after receiving the assignment. Your teacher will probably have alerted the school librarian to the assignment, and reference books etc may well be displayed. These will disappear quickly if the whole class has the same assignment. Reference books can sometimes be a useful general overview for an assignment and they help clarify a direction as you begin to immerse yourself into the assignment topic. Your librarian can also guide you to online journals or databases that may be useful.


If you do some initial research on the assignment, you could find yourself needing more direction in your next research. For example: Perhaps there isn’t enough information, or perhaps you find you don’t understand important concepts, or perhaps you need to speak to your teacher to get further clarity. If you find this out early, you will still have plenty of time to plan, research, write and present your assignment. Imagine if you didn’t start your assignment for a week or so, and then discovered you needed more guidance. You could easily run out of time. Starting early also gives you longer to think through and develop your ideas.


Starting your assignment immediately will give you a safety net in case you get sick or something unexpected happens. Assignments are usually given over a period of time because they require more time; students must plan a strategy or schedule to ensure they are completed. You should always have a schedule that allows for the unexpected.

So, get started today!

Ms Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary