McAuley Students Finalists In The ANSTO Hackathon
06 Sep 2023
Some of the students who competed in the ANSTO Hackathon as part of National Science Week (5 students are on exams and are absent).
Catherine McAuley had two teams compete in the recent Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Hackathon which took place last month as part of National Science Week. This event is open to secondary school students interested in science and technology.
The hackathon is an immersive experience where students come together to rapidly design products that customers would actually use. The event takes place virtually over three days and our school had both a senior and junior team take part.
This year teams were asked to design an item (a payload) to be used with a robotic dog called SPOT which would assist students in the school environment. The Senior Team developed a product called ‘Aid Paw’, designed to help students with a disability, and were named as finalists for their entry. The Junior Team developed a teacher/classroom assistant.
Team members Valencia R. and Sienna R. have written a report below:
Participating in the ANSTO Hackathon was a unique opportunity to develop and showcase our skills, creativity and problem-solving abilities. Over the three days we received a challenge brief and had to create a payload to be used with SPOT (a robot dog) in our current school environment. The design brief was jam-packed with activities like identifying a problem, design thinking and pitching. We were constantly on our toes, trying to manage schoolwork and the Hackathon.
As we delved deeper into the challenges, we found ourselves constantly in the learning pit, but in the end, it was all worth it. Our STEM mentors guided us in doing our best for this task. Thank you to Ms Reynolds and Ms Hartman!
On the last night of the event we vividly remember staying up past 10:30pm, fine-tuning our pitch videos. ANSTO Hackathon was not just a platform to showcase our skills, but it was also a fun way to meet and collaborate with new people in other grades and learn about new things. We got to know what payloads are, and we were introduced to exciting new tech like SPOT.
Overall, the ANSTO Hackathon was an exhilarating experience that challenged us to push our boundaries and think outside the box. The Senior Team made it into the final four schools out of all schools nationwide! Whilst the Junior team did not make it into the finals, it was a great learning experience and we are sure they can use their knowledge and skills throughout all their work. We would highly recommend this event to anyone who is interested in STEM, innovation, and entrepreneurship because it is an experience that will challenge you and leave you with a sense of accomplishment!
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27 Sep 2023
12 Year 9 students attended a Cyber Industry Day at the end of last term which was held in partnership with KPMG and the Department of Education. The day gave students the opportunity to work collaboratively with students from other schools to solve cyber problems. They participated in a cyber escape room, a robotics activity organised by UNSW students and an open source intelligence activity. Besides learning better ways to protect themselves online, the students also were able to hear from successful women in the cyber industry and learn what it is like to pursue a career in this area.
25 Sep 2023
The Catherine McAuley Library Ambassadors organised a ‘Big Book Give Away’ last week. 📚📚 Students and staff donated books they no longer wanted and students could then take their pick for some holiday reading. The Ambassadors set up a stall in Mercy Square at lunchtime and any left over primary student level books were given to Mother Teresa.
24 Sep 2023
Today marks the day in 1827 when Catherine McAuley opened the first House of Mercy on Lower Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland. Mercy House was opened as a place to shelter and educate women and girls. From Dublin, Ireland to Westmead, Sydney we think of Catherine McAuley and her work today!
23 Sep 2023
YEAR 10 😀 Through song and story telling, Mr Chris Doyle, from Karis Ministries, led a wellbeing workshop for Year 10 students on Friday last week. Thank you to Year 10 Media Team students Kaitlin and Annie for taking these photos.
23 Sep 2023
Thank you to the Year 11 Hospitality students who served families, Year 12 students and staff at the Year 12 Graduation Mass this week. Our Hospitality students are always ready to serve with a smile. 😄
22 Sep 2023
END OF TERM 3! Wishing all students an enjoyable school holidays. 😀 The first two days of Term 4 are staff professional learning days so students return on Wednesday 11th October 2023.
22 Sep 2023
Congratulations Gabrielle, Jazmin, Rihana, Naydeen, Alyssa B, Mackenzie, Shanice, Patricia, Alana, Emma, Alyssa C, Isabella, Claudia, Katherine, Tania, Abigale, Lara, Temika and Irene who were accepted into The Australian Catholic University’s Step-up Program. During the school holidays they will commence their first unit of university study in either Business, Nursing and Midwifery, Sports and Exercise Science or Teaching. We wish these students all the best in these studies. 😀
22 Sep 2023
YEAR 12 AWARDS 👏👏 Congratulations to Sophia P. who is the recipient of The Catherine McAuley Award. This award is the school’s highest non-academic award and is presented to the student who has made an outstanding contribution to the life of the school. “We should be shining lamps, giving light to all around us” - these words of Venerable Catherine McAuley are clearly reflected in the way Sophia has spent her time at school. In her role as Leader of Hospitality, Sophia introduced initiatives to promote harmony among the students, ensuring that everyone was made to feel welcome and included. She provided a ‘light’ to the new Year 7 students, running lunchtime programs to help in their transition to secondary school. Working closely with the Leader of Culture, Sophia helped implement and regularly supervised Creative Corner - an initiative that provided a place and opportunity to relax, be creative and meet new friends. In the classroom Sophia’s diligence and strong determination to excel has yielded outstanding academic results. She constantly strives for personal excellence, whilst quietly assisting other students. She is always willing to take risks and challenges in her learning, confidently expressing her ideas whilst always listening respectfully to others. Sophia also volunteered to participate in a number of community leadership forums and inter-school events. Her participation in The Smith Family Reading Program shows her concern for the wider community. Sophia’s generosity and positive attitude have impressed staff and students alike. She is an outstanding role model ‘giving light’ to those around her, and is truly a worthy recipient of this prestigious award. Congratulations Sophia!
21 Sep 2023
Year 12 students were honoured at the Graduation Mass on Tuesday night. Each student was given a teacup (a symbol of the Venerable Catherine McAuley) which contained a candle which was then lit by each student’s Homeroom Teacher. The students formed a ‘Circle of Mercy’ to demonstrate the strength that comes from the formation of a circle and the call to live with the values of mercy at the forefront.