Raising Our Voice in Federal Parliament

 

Congratulations to Liv Dinnen, Year 9, who recently had a speech read out in the House of Representatives as part of the Raise Our Voice Australia initiative.

Through Raise Our Voice Australia, more than 70 federal members of parliament from across Australia have committed to reading out 90-second speeches, during a sitting of parliament, written by young people from around Australia.

On Wednesday 9 November 2022, Member for Fraser Dr Daniel Mulino read out Liv’s speech on her behalf, in which she’d answered the prompt: What do you want to see from Australia’s new parliament?

Liv’s used persuasive language techniques in her speech to argue for closing the gender pay gap, increasing women’s participation in the workforce, increasing the minimum wage in female dominated industries, and paid parental leave.

The Raise Our Voice Australia initiative has been widely promoted by the Academy of Mary Immaculate’s Humanities Department because it provides students with a valuable opportunity to exercise their civic duties, practice argument and debate skills, and participate in the democratic process.

On Air: BE LIKE HER LIVE

Guests

 Tune into: 99.9 Live FM
5pm Thurs 3 Nov
or 1pm Sun 6 Nov

A group of Academy students recently co-hosted a series of radio interviews for the Be Like Her LIVE project.

Be Like Her LIVE is a global radio project in which secondary students host radio interviews with women who have excelled across industries, the community, and in life.

This innovative and student-driven radio content, which was produced after media training workshops, will raise awareness in our community about gender equity, respect for women, and female empowerment.

The pre-recorded interviews will be broadcast this coming week – 3 & 6 November by 99.9 Live FM — through both its FM radio and online platforms — to our neighbourhood and across the world. To find out more about the program, read the Be Like Her LIVE concept paper.

Be sure to tune in.

Science Week

The theme for National Science week this year was “Destination Moon”.  The science building was transformed into a three story exhibit of the solar system and moon landing that would make the Melbourne Museum proud.  The week was buzzing with visiting Scientists, special guests, curious students, and guided experiments from our passionate science staff.

“Monday kicked off Science Week – and after witnessing the bottle rocket’s practice runs being a little too successful (rockets flew way too high!) – we transferred into the chemistry lab to watch some entertaining and mesmerising experiments, including Gummy Bears melt down and the amazing properties of sodium. Lily

Tuesday  “have you got what it takes to be an astronaut? Students participated in an interactive session of mental and physical challenges that are actually used by NASA to select astronauts. Activities included memorizing random numbers and repeating them in increasing order (memory processing in space is crucial as physically recording information may not be possible) and putting together a jigsaw puzzle while wearing thick gloves (repairing satellites, handling small objects – spanners and screw drivers – in space requires wearing gloves).

On Wednesday, The egg drop.  The aim was to drop an egg from the second level of the external stairs (Whyte Building) without breaking it. The most successful groups launch was a ’parachute’ that helped their eggs float safely to the ground.

Two scientists from the Florey Institute (of NeuroScience and Mental Health) located in the University of Melbourne precinct, visited Academy and spoke to a VCE Biology class about their individual career paths that led them to Scientific research at the Florey. The depth and veracity of their scientific research around NeuroScience to better understand and aid mental health, was awe-inspiring for both students and teachers.

Congratulations to all the students who embraced the Science week activities and discoveries. Special acknowledgement to our amazing Science Week Team: Science staff, students; Lily (reporter) and Ivan (photographer) and our brilliant Ms Jessica Dowton.

Term 3 Mercy

 

Our Academy community is immersed in Term Three Mercy awareness and fundraising for Mercy Works and McAuley Community Services for Women. Over this term we learn about the work of these two Mercy organisations and create fundraising events to raise money for them.

View some highlights of their great work here. Here are some short videos that highlight their great work.

Mercy Works   McAuley Community Services for Women

If you would like to help our student’s efforts in raising money and awareness for Mercy Works and McAuley Community Services for Women, you can contribute to this school Bank Link by Friday 16 September. Type this description in the Reference 1 field ‘Mercy Fundraising’ and it will go to these organisations.

 

 

Women in Physics Breakfast

 

an inspiring experience that sparked my curiosity of our world, and reaffirmed the need for even more amazing women in science

The Women in Physics Breakfast was an engaging and empowering seminar. In the beginning of the breakfast, we had to put our thinking caps on to make the tallest tower out of pipe cleaners, which was a lot of fun and a good bonding experience for my table and I. Shortly after, I got the chance to speak to a PhD student studying civil engineering and a student completing a bachelor of space science. They told (our) table the amazing experiences they have had and the interesting and super cool experiments they have done while studying in the physics area–such as making a rocket. In addition, speaker, Dr Katarina Miljkovic, a planetary scientist, taught us all about impact craters and how they have shaped the Earth and our history. Overall it was an inspiring experience that sparked my curiosity of our world, and reaffirmed the need for even more amazing women in science.

Simone Jacklin, 11 Red

Investiture Mass 2022

Today, 7 February, began with our whole school College Mass – a very significant event in the College calendar.  In addition to Mass we also welcomed back and congratulated our 2021 VCE High Achievers and acknowledged our Senior Student Leadership Team.  The Year 7 Little Sisters of our Leaders had a significant role in the Investiture ceremony through their participation in the blazer ritual.  We are very proud of our 2022 Senior Student Leadership Team and we look forward to the leadership they will offer the College this year.