Magis

As the term comes to an end our Magis Debating Team has been fortunate that William Paparo has been happy to spend time during his university vacation mentoring. William has spent some time with the team ensuring they are thoroughly prepared to represent John XXlll College in Melbourne this coming weekend. Our team meet students from other Jesuit schools who all meet at Xavier College in Melbourne for the Tenth Annual Australian Jesuit Schools Debating Carnival.

While some of our students focus on debating, others have been looking beyond our world. Year 10 student Samuel Luckas, who participated in the UWA SPIRIT workshop in the last school holidays, recently took this image.

The Trifid Nebula (M20)

Samuel wrote; "Trifid Nebula (M20 or NGC 6514) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Sagittarius. It is approximately 9,000 light years away and it spans about 10 light years across. It is about 300,000 years old and it is the youngest emission nebulae known yet. The light from M20 we see today left perhaps 3,000 years ago from the nebula. Within the nebula are dashing displays of blue and red and billions of stars surrounding it."

Samuel, with Year 9 student Jonty Binet and Year 10 student Alex King, helped to host the Magis Carnival last Thursday afternoon at John XXlll College. The boys explained the Astronomy Club telescope to interested visiting teachers and students. The teachers spoke to me afterwards, impressed with the boys' knowledge and passion.

Library

Lexiles are now firmly established in the Library with students up to Year 8 participating in the program. Primary classes working with Lexiles are able to borrow a Lexile book as well as their normal borrowing. Students are very enthusiastic about the program and we expect very positive results from this.

Going into Term 3 we are having a display of Western Australian writers. Students are encouraged to borrow from this extensive collection. Some might be inspired to write themselves. Lovers of Western Australian writing may be interested in having a look at the trailer for Norman Jorgensen's' new book due for release in September.