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Trinity News : April 2013
Trinity Grammar School Mathematics Club staged an evening enabling our students and parents to expand their horizons in Mathematics and in its Applications. The event was a wonderful opportunity to experience what it is like to be a university student.. Three sections made a most easily digestible triple decker ‘science sandwich’, illustrating the importance of Mathematics in not only the various branches of science, but also in one’s everyday life. The treat commenced with Dr Vincent Smith giving us an absorbing illustrated address on the nature of time, What time is it on Mars? Next, Associate Professor Julian Cox, The Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Science engagingly showed the real relationship which exists in modern thought between mathematics and science. He then described the fit of mathematics in the Faculty and with science, discussing the various research areas in mathematics and statistics at UNSW, and highlighting the foundational role of mathematics in two major research areas, those of climate change science and bioinformatics across the biological and life sciences. Third was a series of practical demonstrations by Dr Kasey Wood and Mr Chris Gardiner, showing the inter- relationship of mathematics and molecules! The application of Chemistry to some of the challenging real situations encountered in today’s society was highlighted in a range of demonstrations. In conclusion, the students were able to engage with the experiments and demonstrators; their many questions showing enthusiasm and passion for both Science and Mathematics. Dr Frederick Osman | MIC Mathematics Club MATHEMATICSCLUB Oh the great days in the distance enchanted says the first line of Harrow Public School’s song of one’s past schooldays! This year at Swap Day many parents tested the truth of this rather sentimental concept when they found themselves back in the schooldays situation as they took their sons‘ places for the day! At the reception table, the official transfer of books and equipment took place, then acquaintance was made with lockers before attending Quad Assembly. Then off to lessons. Thus were a goodly number of mums and dads introduced to a day in the school life of their sons! Morning tea in the Terrace Room was brief return to adulthood, when the Head Master spoke to the parents, thanking them for taking part in what is a most helpful way of getting to empathise with the busy-ness of their sons’ life at School and feedback from parents was universally appreciative of the exercise. | Ron Ogier TRINITY NEWS 11 IB Geography students at Jamberoo Year 8 studying mangrove adaptations The Year 11 and 12 IB classes also undertook fieldwork in February. They went to Jamberoo Action Park, to look at the impact of this tourist destination on the surrounding landscape. They then had the opportunity to interview some local residents about the planned expansion of the Park. They will be using this fieldwork to fulfil the Internal Assessment component of IB Geography. On the 4th and 7th of March, Year 8 explored the wetlands at Bicentennial Park. During the excursion, they used a range of equipment to measure various aspects of the wetlands, and spent time identifying various insect species that are found in the wetlands. Mrs K. Kerr | Head of Geography TRIPLE DECKER DELIGHTS!