MacKillop wins Inter-House Swimming Carnival for third year in a row

Nagle College’s Inter-House Swimming Carnival took place on Friday 18 February at the Bairnsdale Outdoor Pool. MacKillop House was congratulated on being House Champion for the third year in a row and Avila was congratulated on winning the House Spirit Award.

The Inter-House Swimming Carnival encourages students to participate in a number of timed and novelty events. This structure encourages House spirit, team participation, and excellence in sport.

Nagle was pleased to see many students enter the timed races which contribute to House points. The House with the most points is awarded House Champion. Year 7 students, especially, were to be commended for their high level of involvement. Nagle College congratulates all Age Champions who exemplified what it means to “Let your light shine”. Additionally, top students in the timed races are eligible to compete at the East Gippsland Division Finals on Thursday 3 March. Nagle is pleased to have over 40 students qualify to attend this event, and wish them luck.

Novelty events, held throughout the day, are a favourite for many students. They are a fun and inclusive way to generate House Sprit points. This year’s novelty events and their winners were: Scuba relay (MacKillop House), Survival relay (Polding), Volleyball (Newman), Flipper toss (Avila), Cork scramble (Xavier), Soccer (Chisholm) and Inflatable race (Xavier).

“The Carnival proves to be an exciting and competitive event; this year was no different. There has already been a lot of enthusiasm and House spirit evident in the Houses and I congratulate them on a job well done,” said Mrs Buurman, Deputy Principal – Pastoral.

Congratulations to all students who participated in making this year’s Inter-House Swimming Carnival a success. Mrs O’Neill is also thanked for her work in organising this event as are the dozens of staff who assisted.

Nagle participates in Pulse@Parkes program

Nagle College’s VCE Physics students and Year 9 and 10 astronomy enthusiasts recently took part in the Pulse@Parkes program which enabled them to remotely control the Parkes Telescope and examine pulsars under the guidance of professional astronomers.

“We looked at pulsars – via radio waves that can be detected from earth. We were working virtually with the telescope in real-time. They [astronomers] gave us a list of coordinates and stars that we could look at. We picked the few that we preferred. Those coordinates would then be input into the system and it would slowly but surely move the telescope in that direction,” said year 11 student Puy Murika.

“I found it fascinating,” said Year 11 student Jessie Forster. “We were able to see charts showing the radio signals we were receiving from the pulsars. It was very interesting to see how it all operated.”

Mrs Diana Beggs, Nagle’s Science teacher who organised the excursion, was encouraged by the responses from the participants.

“We had very positive feedback from the world class astronomers who congratulated our students on the quality of their questions. Some of our Year 9 students have been motivated to learn physics concepts two to three years early. One of our students even bought a telescope which he is using enthusiastically. The motivation of our younger participants has been powerful.”

The Pulse@Parkes program has generated such interest that there is now an Astroclub held weekly during lunch for students interested in physics and astronomy. The first topic ingested: Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity.