Magis

Astronomy Club

John XXIII Catches the Buzz!

Over the weekend four Astronomy students from John XXIII College made the road trip to Carnarvon with Heads of Science and Mathematics, Mr McCann and Ms Hird. They travelled to see NASA astronaut Dr Buzz Aldrin open the Carnarvon Space Museum and acknowledge the work of the Carnarvon trackers. Without the trackers' work, the Gemini and Apollo missions would not have been possible. William Paparo, Alasdair Cowie, Patrick Liddle and Jacob Donovan were thrilled to meet the legendary man, and to present him with a gift on behalf of the College.

Buzz gave an inspiring keynote address which covered the story of the Apollo 11 Mission and the Moon Landing. Buzz, a passionate advocate of space exploration, also told our group that the next major project was to land a man on Mars. He emphasised the need for people to be educated in high level science, mathematics, technology and engineering in order to achieve this goal. Something that should inspire our keen Astronomy Club members to keep focussed on the stars and their studies.

Our six space enthusiasts were also able to talk with many of the surviving trackers who have been fighting for years to keep the memory of their work alive. One gentleman said to Ms Hird, "I can die happy now." It was an emotional moment for everyone and a privilege for John XXlll College to be a part of it.

The Moon and Back Festival in Carnarvon was, in their words, "an awesome, once in a lifetime experience" for the John XXlll College group. It is wonderful that the College was able to be witness to Western Australian space history. For the students it was also an overwhelming experience to be able to talk to the legendary Buzz Aldrin. Many thanks to the generosity of the College in supporting this initiative and to the dedication of Ms Hird and Mr McCann in undertaking the long road trip at such a busy point in the College calendar.

Mock Trials

This week both our Mock Trials teams appeared in the Supreme Court. On Tuesday night a skilful Team Compassion defeated Perth Modern in a very close case. This takes the team through to semi-finals having won all three of their first round trials.

Team Compassion

Barristers: Jacob Donovan and Annabel Beech
Solicitor: Btadig Taylor
Witnesses: Matt Lau and Emily Hackett
Court Orderly: Jessica Pham

A wily Team Conscience convincingly defeated Scotch College on Thursday night.

Team Conscience

Barristers: Simon Stobie and Genevieve Longman
Solicitor: Adrian Pearce
Witnesses: Billy Bargmann and William Paparo
Court Orderly: Reilly Thomas

Many thanks again to Justice Beech for his generous support of our students and his invaluable assistance. It is also wonderful to see so many parents coming to watch our teams as they argue their cases. We are looking forward to the next round of trials in August.

Philosophy Club

The John XXlll College Philosophy Club continues to meet on Friday at lunch time in Xavier 10. Last week an intense group of young Philosophers discussed the question; "Can we escape fate? "This week we consider; "Can we know we have a correct understanding of good?" All students from Years 7 to 12 are welcome to join these informal communities of inquiries.

Annette Pedersen
Magis Coordinator