A Call To The Sea! National Science Week
The theme of 2020 Science Week was Innovations of the ocean. During the week, thanks to the tireless efforts of the Science department, students had an opportunity to explore concepts, inventions and interesting stories about the Ocean. There were many fascinating videos including my number-one, “Top 10 most dangerous ocean animals.” as well as “David Attenborough’s favourite ocean memory,” and “Society for the protection of nature in Israel.” There were also many opportunities to watch clips from some all-time classic ocean based movies like Nemo and Moana. Thank you for everyone’s contribution including Mrs Mall, Kayla Bass, Ethan Cohen, Tash Freiberg, Jessica Kaplan, Simon Nathan-Valentine and Zaro Rockman, as well as everyone that actively participated in this year’s Science week! Justin King, Year 12 Biology and Physics student.
Whilst I own 3 goldfish, and have been to the Great Barrier Reef many times, there is still so much I don’t know about the deep sea. One of the things I enjoyed most about this National Science Week was the opportunity to explore the myriad of weird and wonderful creatures within our ocean. From watching videos on the ’10 Most Dangerous Sea Animals’ to David Attenborough’s ‘Deep Ocean’ documentary, this Science Week has highlighted the importance of caring for ALL sea creatures. Even though the ocean is a beautiful place, Science Week taught me how important it is to remember that anytime humans enter the ocean, we are encroaching on the sea creatures’ homes and thus should be mindful of all our interactions – Tahlia Selzer, Year 12 Biology and Psychology student
Picture this, you’re feet are sinking in the sand of the beach. Your eyes are glued to the ombre of colours that create the ocean; starting from a baby blue, to a soft turquoise and progressing to a deep blue. Have you ever wondered what’s beyond The Deep Blue? I have and I hope you have too. The ocean makes up 97% of our planet earth. More than 80% has been unmapped, unobserved and unexplored. This leads to boundless possibilities for us! Unknowns or mysteries can be frightening for some, but for me, it makes me want to learn and discover. It sparks a light in me and makes me realise that continuing to explore and study our oceans and its marine life is vital to maintaining a harmonious balance between human existence and the sustainability of our environment. I hope you all enjoyed science week! Kayla Bass, Year 8 Science student.
Science Week 2020 with its theme of Ocean innovation was yet again of the utmost importance for the student body and the youth of today. With every passing year, the urgency of climate change issues increase. The planet’s struggle with climate change and pollution is continually exacerbated and it would’ve been easy for most of us to neglect the problem with Corona clouding our lives. Ms Mall has brought our school an array of fascinating facts and studies that have both educated and challenged us. We are lucky to have been exposed to the ocean again whilst locked up in the comfort of our homes. Zaro Rockman, Year 9 Science student.
It is obvious that it is not what the ocean can do for us but instead what we can do for the ocean. It sustains us and we must protect it.
VCE Biology and Forensics teacher