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The Southern Cross : March 2012
www.thesoutherncross.org.au The Southern Cross March 2012 Page 21 schools | EXCEPTIONAL: Adit Chakranarayan from Christian Brothers College recently competed in the National Final of the Australian Brain Bee competition on the Gold Coast. The competition focuses on neuroscience and questions in the final are at a second and third year university student level. Eight students from around the country had been narrowed down from thousands of students who sat the initial test back in March 2010. In the final competition, students were tested in front of a live audience about brain anatomy, considering patient symptoms to make a diagnosis, and general neuroscience knowledge. In a fantastic effort, Adit managed to come third, making him one of Australia's brainiest students! St Mary MacKillop School, Wallaroo, students who live in Moonta and surrounding areas will now be able to ride to school in comfort in the school's recently purchased bus. Principal John Robertson said the 24-seater bus will pick up children from Port Hughes, Moonta Bay and Moonta each morning and return them home at the end of the day. "It's something we have been looking at for quite some time," Mr Robertson said. "We have had different families from all over the place asking us to start a bus run to their locations, but we will just start with Port Hughes, Moonta Bay and Moonta. "We have been looking at that particular run for three or four years." Mr Robertson said the demand for the service was increasing with five or six children in reception last year coming from Moonta. For more information call 8823 2549 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A web-based system will help St Francis de Sales College students better manage their assignment due dates, access resources and communicate with staff anytime of the day or night and from anywhere they can access the Internet. The e-learning management system (called Moodle) was launched at the Catholic College (R-12) in Mount Barker last month and promises to better assist the college's 250 senior students in managing subjects in their South Australian Certificate of Education. Principal Pam Ronan said the new e-learning management system (www. mySACEstFrancis.com.au) would give students the chance to meet SACE subject requirements and specialised resources giving them an edge in their senior schooling. "Students will be able to submit their work electronically from home or at school and teachers can now communicate with students in a 24/7 learning environment," said Mrs Ronan. She said the Moodle-based system, which is used by most universities, enabled: • Students to access resources for lessons and assignments • Students to communicate with teachers for advice on assignments • Access to an e-calendar with assignment due dates and test dates • Teachers to upload information, plan podcasts. "This is a major step forward in preparing our senior students for tertiary learning and accommodate the new SACE," said Mrs Ronan. The www.mySACEstFrancis.com. au system was developed by local IT company DVE Solutions and launched by SACE Board of South Australia chief executive Dr Paul Kilvert. Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) was developed by Martin Dougiamas and released in 2002 to help educators create online courses including interactive and collaborative content. As of December 2011, it was serving 57 million users in 5.8 million courses. New bus for St Mary MacKillop School Courtesy of Yorke Peninsula Country Times Oodles of fun learning E-LEARNING: Joel Byrth (academic pillar), Dr Paul Kilvert, Emma Mattner (College captain) and Declan Bucco (College captain).