Students graduate from Excellence program

Friday 20 July 2007

20 July 2007

Ninety students from across Cooloola Shire will this afternoon graduate from a Middle School Excellence Program for Maths and Science run by James Nash State High School and the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The eight-week program for high performing students in Years 6-9 in Gympie and surrounding areas was held throughout May and June.

During this time, students attended 90-minute sessions after school each Wednesday to engage in various maths and science-related activities and experiments.

The students and their families will attend the graduation ceremony at the James Nash High School Information Communication Technology Hub at 4pm today where the students will receive certificates from USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill.

Topics in the program covered include infectious diseases, microscopy, numerical sequences, chemical concentration, rockets and speed acceleration.

One session involved students travelling to the USC campus on 6 June to engage in anatomical activities relating to differences in human capability and performance at the University’s Health and Sport testing laboratories.

The project involved USC Head of School Science and Education Dr David McKay, program coordinator Robyn Tobin and mathematics lecturer Dr Aaron Wiegand.

It also involved James Nash High School principal Darrin Edwards and teaching staff from various schools Emma Palm, Martin Watts, John Mason, Louise Masri, Johanna Hundling, Jill Kearney and David Evans.

This Middle School Excellence Program for Maths and Science followed a similar program for Creative Writing earlier this year.