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​What a soft cheese should look like - teacher version.
The 2013 Caboolture SHS camembert is almost ready for unveiling.
First day back after the holidays and our Year 12 Science21 students turned into apprentice cheese makers.  Under the guidance of our own resident cheese specialists, the students spent the day carefully following strict guidelines to ensure the cheeses being made were, hopefully, uncontaminated.  Just last week, we taste tested the cheeses made by our staff at their training before the holidays. If the student cheeses turn out the same, we will have some great samples to send to the RNA show this year.
I would like to take this time to thank the students and parents who responded to the invitations sent out for the upcoming ICAS Science competition.  The response has been the best for a few years and we should see some good results from this year’s participating group.  The exam itself is held on Wednesday, June 5, and if any students are interested, I have past copies of exams so they could do some practice before the day.  If students see me, we may be able to organise a time when we could run a tutorial group after school.
As a component of their unit looking at the effects of drugs on the human body and their societal impact, Year 11 students undertook a sheep brain dissection activity. The healthy brain tissue seen during this activity could then be contrasted with images of human brains damaged by drug abuse. 
Monday, May 13 saw our Year 12 Marine and Aquatic Practices students travel to Bribie Island to observe the aquaculture practices being undertaken at the Woorim Research centre.  Students also completed a beach and wave pattern study whilst on the island, ensuring that they were kept busy all day. The fish feeding proved to be a big hit (at the research centre – not in the surf) with some being a little worried about their fingers being on the menu.
The first two of our Marine Science camps are in Weeks 5 and 7 this term. These camps are invaluable for our students, as they provide plenty of opportunity for students to put theory to the test and demonstrate a wide range of fishing and boating skills.
Finally, congratulations to Shazura Lawrence who has made it through to the second round of the UQ Brain Bee Challenge.  She will be competing in an upcoming full-day event against students from Southeast Queensland.  We wish her all the best for this day.
Wayne Hooper
HOD - Science