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Come say hello to Buzzington and the Launceston Grammar Team at Agfest. This year we have 2 different sites. You will find Buzzington at our ABSA site (CWA Grove Stand 105), we are promoting our Primary Years Programme as well as an exciting Oak Leaf Competition to encourage the Concept of Connection.
Launceston Grammar is excited to also be part of the University of Tasmania site at AgFest this year. Located on the corner of Seventh Ave and South St.
Come and visit us to talk about our unique Aviation programme and check out our flight simulator, VR headsets and drones on show. We look forward to seeing you there.
As part of their Unit of Inquiry ‘Genetics make up living things’, Grade 3 were treated to a forensic policing lesson from Tasmania Police’s Annabel Shegog. Our students, who were absolutely fascinated by the lesson, heard how fingerprints and hair samples help solve crimes, with real crime scene tape used to identify the crime scene!
The northern regional final of the annual Rostrum Voice of Youth competition will be held Saturday 8 May at Scotch Oakburn College in the Robert Dean Centre.
Rostrum’s Mrs Jenny Fraser has been a particular support of our students and this year, Oliver Tiernan, Josie Kile, Edie Burns, John Patrick, and last year’s regional winner, Oscar Tiernan will be bringing their personal styling to such topics as ‘The Right Attitude’ and ‘Life in Colour’.
Students have been preparing speeches of six or eight minutes, with a determination to bring their experience and understanding of current issues to a receptive audience. Having done so, they will be challenged by a short notice speech of three minutes requiring the same engaging techniques, subject knowledge and audience rapport. If that sounds daunting, please, be reminded that Mrs Lockwood is available to assist in the development of public speaking and debating skills. There will be plenty of opportunities to compete throughout the year.
Although COVID restrictions are keeping audiences small, our students would appreciate a passing word of support. They are wished luck as plentiful as their preparation and, should they have the opportunity to represent Tasmania, the opportunity to travel and test their mettle against competitors from other states.
Launceston Grammar is co-hosting the 2021 AusCycling All Schools Mountain Bike State Championships at Trevallyn.
Launceston Grammar has 21 students competing in competition. The School has been fortunate to have Katie Lawlor train our students this season.
Katie has represented Australia in the world championships and is currently living in northern Tasmania to pursue the sport professionally. Katie is passionate about the sport and loves being a role model to our students participating in the sport.
This year has seen the return of senior debating. Launceston Grammar has pitted a team of its best and brightest against St Patrick’s, St Bernard Shaw, and Scotch Oakburn. Our plucky team is represented by the Eleanor Nguyen, Maddy Woodfield, Shirin Kilinc, Annabel van der Heide, Anjana Kumar and Luke Woodfield who have done a wonderful job of representing the school. These students are a mixture of veterans of the debating world, as well as some rookies, who have taken to debating like fish to water. They have all shown themselves to be impressive speakers with extensive knowledge.
They have made it through seven intellectually stimulating rounds, where they have debated a range of topics from, the necessity of taking risks, to the irrelevance of the monarchy. Each week they arrive at the venue and given the topic and stance of their debate. They have one hour to formulate their arguments and anticipate their foes before they enter the thunder-dome. Once the debate begins it becomes a clash of sharp tongues and sharper wit, and this team has more than proven they have the cutting edge. Their ability to parry their oppositions points of information’s (questions asked to throw the speaker off balance), whilst thrusting forward their own, has been one of the many highlights of watching their matches. Most importantly, after the dust has settled, the team is quick to congratulate the opposition -no matter the outcome- and offer a hand of friendship and support. They are the epitome of Grammar’s values. Despite having lost their latest debate, the team is only one point behind the leading teams, and with three rounds remaining in the competition it is theirs for the winning. Win or lose, the most important thing is that this team has enjoyed every match and their time together.
This term will also see the return of the Parliamentary Shield Competition (dates to confirmed), the Olympics of Debating in Launceston’s secondary schools. This is a two-day debating competition in which the competitors will be face off in impromptu debates which will cover a range of topics. If any senior Grammar students are interested in participating, please see Mr Smith in the English and Humanities staffroom for more information.
Phil Smith – Teacher of English and History
We have an upcoming exhibition involving our 2021 Artist in Residence Penny Burnett and TCE Art students.
Headspace presents Youth Week Twilight Fun Fair
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