The Validation of Assessment for Learning & Individual Development (VALID) test for Year 10 students will be held on Monday 28 August 2017.
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A number of Coonabarabran High School students participated in this year’s Big Science Competition and the UNSW ICAS Science Competition. Coonabarabran High has regularly participated in these competitions and achieved some outstanding results and this year was no exception.
On Friday 17th March, Brittany Doolan, Angus Lambert and Liam Russell participated in a Citizen Science Project at the Warrumbungles National Park Environmental Education Centre. The project was established to monitor the water quality in the creeks of the park following the 2013 bushfire. The students worked with scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage to collect water samples for chemical analysis and they collected and sorted macroinvertebrates. Students learnt the importance of controlling variables when taking samples, the need to avoid contamination while collecting samples and how macroinvertebrates can be used to determine water quality. The scientists also described the changes they have observed in the creek during the 4 years of the project noting that the creek is showing signs of recovery.
This year we are offering 3 Science competitions for students to enter. They are the The Australian National Chemistry Quiz, The International Competitions & Assessment for School (ICAS) and The Big Science Competition.
These competitions give students an opportunity to discover their science talent at the same time as encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving skills. All international competitions are open to students of all abilities in school years 7-12. The questions are developed by Australian teachers and scientists to test scientific thinking. All students will receive a certificate recognising their achievement, and schools are given question-specific feedback for each student.
If you are interested in your child competing, please return the tear-off permission slip and applicable entry fee by Tuesday, 28 March 2017.