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August 20, 2021

Old Grammarians join Science Week

This week was National Science Week, and the students were very fortunate to have two old grammarians, both Engineers, join the Senior School Assembly to answer their questions.

Margaret Alousis (1994) and Caroline Rowland (2001), zoomed in to speak all things Engineering.

One of the first questions asked of Margaret and Caroline was the subjects studied at school to advance to Engineering. Both Margaret and Caroline said that subjects in the sciences and maths fields are important, but Caroline also said that her CGGS music teacher’s advice was to do subjects that you are interested in so that you enjoy studying.

Margaret went on to say that an Engineering degree is versatile, and the skills learned can be applied to a wide variety of jobs, careers and positions and the scope is limitless.

Engineering is a combination between science and maths and being creative. Problem solving is at the core of Engineering and Engineers look to designing, building, creating and inventing to reach these solutions.

Caroline started her career as a technical engineer and now Engineering has taken her to a field in business development, marketing and strategy.

We thank both Margaret and Caroline, (with newborn baby in arms) for their time and sharing their knowledge with the science class.

Cure Lockdown Fatigue

Just as we were dusting ourselves off and tentatively venturing out into the world again, we were thrust back into the uncertainty of lockdown. While we try to remain optimistic, it is equally understandable to feel despondent and bored.

While the Parents and Friends Association is currently limited in ways to engage the school community, we hope the following suggested unique lockdown activities engage your curiosity and alleviate lockdown fatigue and boredom.

Camp Out
You may not be able to travel further than your backyard, so why not recreate the camping experience in your backyard or balcony? Pitch a tent, tell ghost stories, toast marshmallows. The good news is pets are welcome and you can go inside if it starts raining.

Melbourne International Film Festival from your couch
The Melbourne International Film Festival brings you a selection of global cinema’s most scintillating films – available to view right from your couch.

Join Museum Victoria for their Virtual National Science Week Program
This year, Museums Victoria is bringing you a program packed with STEM and science research through online events, social media takeovers and challenges, in-depth stories and the chance to vote for Victoria’s State Fossil Emblem.

From now until August 22, you can tune in to one of the online events and learn from museum scientists and experts.

Take a Virtual Trip to the Phillip Island Penguin Parade
At sunset every night, the world’s largest colony of Little Penguins waddle up Phillip Island’s floodlit beaches to their homes. As visitors are unable to enjoy this natural phenomenon in person at the moment, the penguins will be brought to you right in your home.

Set up a treasure hunt
Treasure hunts are pretty easy, and depending on how many items there are, could last a while. Hide 10 to 20 items around the house or outside to keep kids occupied for a few hours. To make it more fun, draw a treasure map, and place messages with clues around each item to help find the next item.

Bring Melbourne Zoo’s animals into your home
Bring the zoo to life from the three Melbourne Zoo locations with live cams, keeper talks and other virtual updates.

Order at home meal kits from top Melbourne restaurants
Bring the experience of a restaurant home and cook with the family with these heat-and-eat meals that make dinner easy and fun.

Listen to amazing Podcasts
Lockdown can get a little tiring, so keep your mind sharp with this list of must-listen podcasts.

Paint and Sip – relaxing at home online activity
Find a well-lit space in your home to set up your painting station, gather some painting materials, enjoy your favourite beverage and discover your creative side.

Make your own Bubble Tea with DIY Kits
Grabbing a bubble tea might not feel like an essential reason to leave your house, but fear not, the team at Naröcha have got you covered. The CBD-based tea room is now selling DIY bubble tea packages fo you to concoct and sip at home.