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Last Friday saw the finals of the PICSE (Primary Industry Centre for Science Education) Perth Science Investigation Awards held at the University of WA. This year over 600 Year 8, 9 and 10 students from Perth alone competed in the Investigations. This year John XXIII College fielded 3 Year 9 teams: Jessica Chang and Theresa Croft, Pippa Corry-Thomas, Natasha Liddle and Maddi Liddelow, and Callum Macintyre and John Fairweather. The students had to investigate a topic and hypothesis of their own choice to find out answers in a scientific manner, in their own time, as well as prepare a written report and present a poster of their research. The students were judged by both of University Researchers and Representatives of various Primary Industries on their written, visual and oral presentations.

Some of the schools that John XXIII College competed against were St Mary's Anglican Girls School, Woodvale Secondary College, Shenton College, St Stephens School, Mercy School and Perth Modern School.

Although the three teams conducted exceptional science investigations, and their presentations were very impressive, there was only one prize awarded to John XXIII. Callum and John are to be congratulated for winning the Science Investigation Award. The competition was very close as they missed out by 1 point on winning the Most Innovative in Agriculture Award.

The John XXIII team at UWA with Belinda Pope from PICSE

Callum and his giant cheque (John was at music camp)

Amanda Webb
Science Department