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Astrophysics with Brian Greene at the MCEC

Brian Greene at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

Thanks to Year 10 student Manan Behal, who found out about the eminent Professor Brian Greene talk at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on the last day of term 1. Manan Behal found out about the talk through her membership in the Australian Youth Space Science organisation founded by Henry Wu, a Year 12 student at Camberwell Grammer school. It was quite an expedition including two amazing free lectures by world famous Theoretical Astrophysicist Brian Greene, with dinner at Crown in between. Thanks to Mr Blattman who drove the school bus with 23 students.

The students who should gain maximum points for their respective houses, for going on an excursion after school on the last day of term arriving back at school after 9:30pm, spending more time on the excursion than they had at school, were:

Year 7: Prathiksha Ashok Raj Kumar,  Brody Houttuin,  Zachary Heal,  Maple La,  Penny Pantoulis, Chanul Pattuwage,  Cameron Robinson and Matthew Tirca

Year 8: Noah Abdilla, Karsh Patel and Jy Sneesby

Year 9: Andrew Leap, Jade Ralston-Lloyd,  Megan Robinson, Jade Short,  Lefteri Tsitourdis and Aneesh Yellishetty

Year 10: Manan Behal and Janna Fortelaza

Year 11: Jerusha Buckland and Dimitri Gahtidis

Year 12: Ryan O’Shea and Mitchell Wilkin

Please see a youtube video excerpt of Brian Greene talking to the students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f163pPW7CLs

Our 3 International Film Festivals Short-Film Producers

Two South Oakleigh students have presented their Year 9 Media film at three international film festivals.

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A hearty congratulations to Ash Ryan and Paige Cosshall, whose short horror film Jeff The Killer has been officially selected to screen in the USA, China and Mexico.

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The film was written, directed, edited by and stars the South Oakleigh students, and played at the Second Asia International Film Festival in Wenzhou, China, The IndieWise Film Festival in Miami, and the Post Mortem Horror Festival in Mexico. The screenings happened over the summer break, and the festival feedback was universal: It’s a hit. The Post Mortem Horror Festival audiences were so impressed that a number of screams erupted at some of the film’s more terrifying moments. Festival officials in Mexico also commented that ‘these kids know how to make a great movie’.

We’re now looking forward to seeing what the South Oakleigh media students come up with next!

Our ‘International Sport Star’ Tom Sharp

 

Who would have known!!  Congratulations to Mr. Tom Sharp who represented Australia, as part of Australia’s inaugural Kabaddi Team.   The 2016 Kabaddi World Cup, was held in Ahmedabad, India from the 7th – 22 October 2016. Although the sport is almost unheard of in Australia, it is the second biggest sport in India (think imagine how big soccer/cricket is in Australia and times the population by 50).   If like me you have no idea of what Kabaddi is, I researched and found it to be contact sport that originated in Ancient India.  Mr.  Sharp’s experience was one which will never be forgotten, although Australia did not win it was exciting to watch and know that Mr Sharp and his Team mates did their best. 

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