A group of Bunbury SHS students spent a Friday night flexing their problem-solving skills earlier this month at the annual Have Sum Fun mathematics competition. The event was held at Bunbury Catholic College where teams of students from Years 7-10 worked together to solve a series of difficult questions. Schools at this year’s challenge included Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School, Grace Christian School, Bunbury Senior High School, Australind Senior High School and Frederick Irwin Anglican School from Mandurah. Bunbury Senior High School took home the top award for the Year 9 and Year 10 division which Program Coordinator of Mathematics Tyril Houghton said was a great achievement. “There was quite a lot of pressure but the kids enjoy the competition,” she said. “It was just fantastic to see the collaboration and as a public school, it was a great feeling to have won.” Year 9 student Norah Harkin said the team felt triumphant over their win. “It’s an eye-opening competition for academically gifted students so we’re all devoted to maths and it was even better feeling when we were announced as number one,” she said.

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This book was an 18 month long project for local author, Graham Houghton, and was launched at our recent centenary celebrations. "I had to slowly filter through all the information, connect the dots, make a connection and focus on a story," Mr Houghton said. “The story I’m telling is the school’s impact on the South West from the early 1920s. “It influenced the socio-economic fabric of the region over the three decades by providing educational, competitive sporting and cultural opportunities.”

In 1918, the State Government established in Bunbury, the first High School to serve the students of the South West region. Bunbury High School (later Bunbury Senior High School) has a proud history stretching over one hundred years and this book tells some of that story. It is a celebration of education. The School provided not only State secondary educational opportunities. For some decades following its establishment it also provided the few competitive sporting opportunities and cultural opportunities to the youth of the region. It has continued providing those opportunities in a myriad of ways up to the present day. No matter what difficulties and challenges have been encountered over the years, the education ‘job was getting done!’

This wonderful book is available for purchase from our school administration for $40.

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A once-in-a-lifetime experience was awarded to Bunbury Senior High School Year 12 student Jamie Richards who was one of two nationwide winners of the Research a Researcher competition run by Bookend Trust. After completing a research project and video presentation about two inspirational scientists Dr Michael Double and Dr Nick Gales, Jamie embarked on a unique adventure to Hobart, Melbourne and Antarctica. He said the experience was to raise awareness for Antarctic research and its ecosystem. “It was an eye-opening journey and I think it’s important for students to witness and experience such societies,” he said. On his five-day trip, Jamie toured research facilities and also gave a speech to researchers of the Australian Antarctic Division whom he thanked for their ongoing contribution to the wider community.

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Two Bunbury Senior High School students are fast becoming hockey stars in the outdoor and indoor versions of the game. Megan Roberts, and Indee Elphick, both 15, are heading to Goulburn, New South Wales, in January for the Australian Indoor Hockey Festival at the Veolia Arena, where they will compete against some of the country’s best. Megan said she had represented WA in the under-15 field hockey team and was excited to try her hand at State representation in the indoor form of the game. Her father fed her a love of the indoor game and was her greatest support, building a team from the South West to compete in Perth, which has helped grow her skills. “He got a team together and got me to play,” she said. The striker said she hoped to score some goals and get into the Australian team. “I just really want to play well,” she said. Indee said he enjoyed playing outdoor hockey for WA and hoped he would have the same experience this time around. “I hope to develop my hockey skills,” he said. “I want to work on my dribbling skills and score a few goals.” Indee said the indoor game was more physical and focused on “one-on-one” contests. “It is about mental strength as well to try to keep up with the ball,” he said. Megan and Indee will continue to train ahead of the upcoming championships.

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Bunbury Senior High School Year 8 student Indy Duffy brought home a national award for her digital art piece Above The Sea. As well as being a talented Visual Arts Specialist Program (VASP) student at Bunbury Senior High School, Year 8 student Indy Duffy works on a string of projects. With her talent earning her accolades in exhibitions like Iluka Visions, Indy’s latest piece Above The Sea won her a national award at the 2017 Young Australian Art Awards in the Computer Art category for middle school. VASP program coordinator and head of the arts learning area, Paul Reynolds, said Indy was talented and had succeeded in a variety of areas. “We try to give the kids plenty of opportunities to try as many different things in the visual arts as possible,” Mr Reynolds said. “Indy is a great example of great, young talent.” Drawing some inspiration from a Pokemon character, the key motivation for her latest award-winning piece was simply a love for art. Using a WACOM tablet to draw the piece at home and then transferring it onto a computer, Indy said it was one of her first digital artworks. It took about two weeks to create. “Once I was done with the piece, I brought it to school to show Mr Reynolds,” Indy said. “He knew of a digital art section in a national competition so we just entered it.” Having heard she won the national award, Indy was “happy and excited” for her art to be recognised as well as having the opportunity to travel to Melbourne a fortnight ago to accept her prize. “It was my second time being on a plane so the whole experience was really fun,” she said. With other sections of the competition including Indigenous, traditional drawing and painting and photography art, Indy also congratulated other artists on their efforts and entries. Hoping to forge a career in digital game designing or movie animation in the future, Indy said she was prepared to spend lots of time and practise in developing her talent.

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Kerrilee Haberfield, Year 11, went in 2015 Hannah Thomas, year 9 going this year Emma Lush, year 10, went in 2016 Emma Patterson, year 10 2016/2017 Bunbury Senior High School Year 9 student Hannah Thomas will follow in the footsteps of three of her peers after being selected as part of the Curious Minds Program due to her excellent maths NAPLAN scores. The program will see 54 Year 8 and Year 9 girls from around Australia visit the University of Sydney for the summer school program and enable them to explore all aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and field trips. They will be mentored by female scientists and mathematicians with the aim to develop a love of these disciplines and to encourage the students to continue with these courses into higher education and beyond. Hannah follows Emma Patterson and Emma Lush in 2016 and Kerrilie Haberfield in 2015. “The highlight of the trip for me was meeting people who work in STEM jobs and are so passionate about what they do,” Emma Patterson said. “The love they show for their jobs is so inspirational and encouraged me to find a job where I am as passionate about my work as they are.” Hannah said she was “a little afraid but mostly excited” to be selected and had already sought advice from her peers. “I think the best part will be seeing all the scientists and getting inspiration from them,” she said.

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The WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad tested the problem-solving skills of students across the State last month. Held via satellite for South West schools, Bunbury Senior High School’s team of Karrak Gregory, Norah Harkin, Kaitlyn Myles and Jacob Van Noort scored top prize for the Year 8 category. Aiming to identify the most gifted mathematics students in the State, the West Australian Junior Mathematics Olympiad tested the problem-solving skills of those in Years 7, 8 and 9. Held simultaneously with the metropolitan competition at UWA, South West schools congregated at the satellite venue Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School for a 100 minute individual paper and 45 minute team quiz. “Watching the students network with other young mathematicians, make new friends and solve problems together was a real buzz,” South West Mathematics Association President Tyril Houghton said. Bunbury Senior High School and Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School scored the most wins with each school faring the best in both individual and team categories.

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