TWO high-achieving Oberon High School students recently participated in schools which aim to foster and encourage the study of science.
Baily Nielsen travelled to Townsville to attend James Cook University for a nine-day science school under the ASSETS program. The school, for high-achieving Indigenous students, is one of only three held throughout Australia. During the school, Baily worked with visiting professors and leading professionals from the fields of marine biology and engineering, as well as learning about his Indigenous culture.
Sancia Moran attended a three-day mining and engineering school at the University of NSW during January. The intensive three days included field trips to Capertee, Molong Quarry and the radio telescope at Parkes.
These schools reinforced Baily’s and Sancia’s career aspirations and both are more determined than ever to pursue careers in their chosen fields – Baily in biology and Sancia in mining.
The study of science and related subjects is a high priority at Oberon High. Baily’s and Sancia’s achievements come on top of Jasmin Noble’s success in winning the Victor Chang School Science Award late last year.
FIONA Abbott is the new deputy principal at Oberon High. Ms Abbott comes to the school from Portland Central School and is a permanent appointment.
“I’ve had a great first week, and I thank the students, staff and parents who have made me feel very welcome,” Ms Abbott said.
OBERON High continues to produce outstanding members of the community and was well-represented in the Oberon Australia Day awards this year.
Year 12 student Hannah Dusselaar was awarded the Young Citizen of the Year for her exemplary volunteer work in the school and throughout the wider community.
Former student Lachie Gibbs was awarded Young Sportsperson of the Year for his achievements in rugby league.
To add to that, Oberon High’s science teacher Peter O’Neill was awarded joint Sportsperson of the Year for winning gold in the Chito Ryu Karate world championships in August last year.