Magis News

Dr Annette Pedersen - Magis & Ignatius Centre Coordinator

This is a busy time of year with examinations and planning for 2017. It is also busy for a small group of our students who are working on a number of aspects of Presentation Night. A lot of work goes into the planning and formatting of the audio visuals for the evening as well as organising the program and staging for the night.

On Friday last week the Art Gallery of Western Australia ran our Art and Philosophy program for nearly 100 gifted Year 7 students. It was a record number for the Gallery. The day focused on landscape paintings and ideas of land, ownership and human interaction with the landscape. The students also explored the aesthetics of landscape painting. The program will be used again in 2017 for the National Conference of Gallery Guides that is taking place in Western Australia. The program has been voted their favourite by Perth gallery guides. It is rewritten regularly to accommodate changing exhibitions in the Gallery.

Next week is also busy for Magis with a two-day biotechnology and ethics workshop for Year 9 Magis students with students from Corpus Christi College and Prendiville Catholic College. We are at Corpus Christi College for one day and then at the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research on the second day. Students will learn about Henrietta Lacks and HeLa cells, consider ethics and informed consent, learn how to edit genes using CRISPR technology, explore some ethical scenarios before culturing HeLa cells and comparing cancer cells to human cells. It will be a very busy workshop.

At the end of next week a group of Year 8 students will have a day at the Art Gallery examining ethics, philosophy and the politics of space. Again, some very exciting ideas to explore. Next year we are fortunate to be able to run a Year 9 Maths program in conjunction with an astronomy program under the guidance of Paul Luckas from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, University of Western Australia. Linking mathematics to astronomy should give clever maths students a very exciting challenge. The College has a brilliant resource in Peter Mazur and our Astronomy Club. The telescope has provided students with an insight into space for some years now. Our students will also be offered the opportunity for another USA Space Camp in 2018. Interested students should contact me or Peter Mazur.

MESH at Murdoch Award Winner

Congratulations to Hannah Flavell (10LR) on winning the category of Best Video Game Character Concept in the MESH at Murdoch Awards. Hannah is now an automatic finalist for the GOLDEN MESH AWARD that will be announced at the Media Showcase evening on Wednesday 7 December. Hannah will be awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the ceremony in congratulations of winning her chosen category.