Koorie students from Ararat College led by Koorie Coordinator Tahni Skewes and Metal Work teacher Chris Reynolds have been working with Natimuk artist Dave Jones to create a large Yellow Tailed Black cockatoo for the 2020 Lake Bolac Eel Festival. This project is of particular interest to our Indigenous students as the Eel Festival continues the ancient cultural tradition of First People gathering by Lake Bolac as they have done for thousands of years. The Yellow Tailed Black
Year 12 Biology went to the Earth Ed Centre in Ballarat to look at the Amylase enzyme and what pH and temperature it works the best in. This has tied in with our work on proteins and protein structures a part of VCE Biology. Students also got to use laboratory equipment including a spectrophotometer which measures light absorbance and allowed us to measure enzyme activity.
On January 3, twenty students and two staff from Ararat left Australia, bound for the USA. Our first stop was Los Angeles, where we spent four days visiting Universal Studios, Disneyland and Knott’s Berry Farm, as well as spending a day in San Diego. From there we travelled to San Francisco. We visited Alcatraz, toured the city, rode the traditional cable car, and enjoyed the sights at Fisherman’s Wharf. After two days in San Francisco it was time to travel further north to