Meteor Showers

Last December, I happened to catch that there were suppose to be meteor showers happening between the 12th & 15th of December, & it just so happened that on the 12th Mr S had one of those crazy long work meetings that we generally stay up waiting for him to roll in. So, when it got dark out the boys & I gathered up blankets & went out back to see what we could find.

In fairness we weren’t really sure what we were looking for, & I’m totally blind when it comes to the Southern Hemisphere’s night sky; I still find myself looking for constellations I grew up knowing! Thankfully there’s an app for that, one of many ways I’m grateful for modern technology. The boys brought up the app so we could locate the stars that we thought the meteor showers were most likely to be happening near, & then we sat, & kept on sitting for ages.

I nearly fell asleep to be honest, it was so incredibly peaceful & quiet.. you know if I can discount my boys hushed laughter & my constant, “Shh, the rest of the neighbourhood might be sleeping!” By the time Mr S got in we’d watched the same 2 satellites cross the sky more than a half dozen times, watched a plane fly out over the Bass Straight, & finally googled meteor showers so we know what to be looking for.

Mr S quickly got out his fancy pants camera & joined us, but when we did finally start seeing meteor showers they were far too quick for us to capture anything more than complete awe. All of Jayden’s science lessons seemed to come up in topic as we sat there & watched the flashes arc across the night sky that evening.

We decided to have a go the next night as well, but we only saw one. In all our waiting the kids dragged mattresses outside, & a half dozen blankets including the “snuggly” type blankets Mom made & mailed to them. One is a giant slice of pizza & the other is a Starwars space ship. They were all snuggled up & looking innocent.. gazing at the sky & discussing various things they’d each learned at some point, & discussing how cool it would be to spend a whole year studying astronomy.

Me, being the Mom,  thought, “Aww look..” & decided I should snap a photo… except it was so dark my phone wouldn’t capture anything. I decided to pop on the flash & just be quick. Well, I blinded my poor kids, which was only made worse because they’d both taken off their Irlen tints. I review the photo & think, “This will never do!”

I don’t warn them, I just snap again, & there’s screams of, “MOM!!” Followed by, “Shh, it’s just a photo & you’ll wake the neighbours!!” Followed by another brilliant stream of flash going off, which resulted in kids curling up in balls wailing that they were blind, Mr S erupting in laughter, the dog barking, & neighbours starting to turn on lights to see what all the fuss was about. We packed it up & called it a night pretty quickly.

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One of the Best Students in SPM Failed to Get JPA Scholarship

One of the Best Students in SPM Failed to Get JPA Scholarship

A 27-year old Malaysian woman, Dr. Lam Shu Jie is a scientist who have discovered possible solution to cure Superbug infections. Unfortunately, Australia seems to be prouder of her than Malaysia.

Bhagat Singh Nejar who posted in Facebook about Dr. Lam Shu Jie mourned about Malaysia losing another great talent to foreign countries. He said, “She was One of the Best Students in SPM but Failed to Get JPA Scholarship…” because of that she went to Australia and finished her degree there and everything went so well for this lady.

Bhagat Singh Nejar added, “With her excellent results from Melbourne University, she got the scholarship from the Australian government to further her postgraduate master degree. In addition, with a sponsorship and funds for her research, her excellent research dissertation was noted even during the first year of her PhD study.”

Dr. Lam Shu Jie also got great recognitions for her discovery of Superbug infections’ cure in Melbourne University. She was not just recognized in Australia but also in China and other international papers for her great contribution in the field of medicine.

“China has just awarded her the illustrious ‘Young Overseas Chinese Award’ in Beijing. China’s Health Minister Gao Qiang personally handed the coveted award to her. Currently, China, Australia and Singapore government and Universities are fighting to recruit her at their research centre respectively,” Nejar said.

He added, “Many believe her quality research work will have massive global impact. She has the potential to win a Nobel Prize in future! I wonder why Malaysia isn’t doing anything to rope her back.”

This reality brought so much disappointment to Malaysian people.

Here’s another Malaysian citizen who also expressed her sadness. She said, “We have so many amazing ‘Malaysians’ that we are extremely proud of but where are they? Cassandra Hsui, Lim Jia Yi, James Wan, Lam Shu Jie, etc. These are all names we will proudly call Malaysian but are barely Malaysians anymore as they bring their talents to other countries. Would any of them really want to come back here after such great achievements over in greater countries?”

Though this was really a sad story for Malaysia, many people are still agreeing that Dr. Jie did the right decision of going elsewhere where her potentials will be improved.

What could happen to Malaysia if they will let all the talents in their country leave them?

Streaming by Progress in Adelaide

Streaming by Progress in Adelaide

Interesting progress in freeing students to achieve as much as they can, as Fremont-Elizabeth City high school in the northern suburbs of Adelaide will replace Years 8-10 with academic streams based on students progress rather than age.

The South Australian school is testing what is called a “transformational” program aimed at boosting academic performance and reducing truancy. It is interesting that this is being applied to a dis-advantaged school in the attempt to improve learning.

The Montesorri schools have a philosophy of mixed ages within a school cycle. So Cycle 3 (which is the equivalent of Years 8-10) have mixed aged classes.

The learning philosophy behind this is to enable children to learn from older peers, and to be able to teach younger peers. Higher levels of interaction of students with each other gives amazing results.

Principal Rob Knight said the traditional years eight, nine and 10 classes would disappear from next year, with the learning changes coinciding with upgrades to school facilities. The principal said the curriculum would be revised to help prepare the students for careers in technology, maths, science, hospitality and the arts.

Almost $10 million will be spent on classroom and facilities upgrades, a move which has excited students who have put up with the school’s poor reputation.

“With this change happening, it will make [the students] have pride, if they know people are willing to spend money on them to learn,” student Nicole Inocencio said.

“I’m really pumped for it, it’s definitely what we need for us to move further in the future and to get a higher education in all sorts of different subjects we want to learn,” another student, Jessica Hall, said.

SA Education Minister Susan Close said individual schools would be left to decide whether to follow the model being adopted for Fremont-Elizabeth City High.

“I think Fremont-Elizabeth is going to make an incredible contribution that other schools will … take notice of, and may pick up on the ideas,” she said.



ATAR 2015

ATAR 2015

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