April 23 - 29, 2017: Issue 309

For you this week:

Front Page Issue 309

Surf Lifesavers Prepare To Lower Flags: Volunteer surf lifesavers will lower the flags on NSW beaches this Tuesday 25 April - 21,000 active patrolling members have collectively given over 560,000 hours of their time to ensure that beachgoers around NSW were protected throughout the season

'Don't Be Developed Out Of Pittwater' Rally At Mona Vale's Memorial Hall: Motion to Fight to Restore Pittwater Council Passed Unanimously

Junior Lifesavers Crowned NSW Best - Matilda Shirley (Byron Bay SLSC) and Elliott Prasad (Narrabeen Beach SLSC) win Junior Lifesaver of the Year award - from Surf Life Saving NSW

Around The Bends Ocean Swim Challenge - The Inaugural Swim Report by Rogers Sayers with great photos by Warren Young OAM, Christine Hopton OAM and Tim Hixson

Clifton Gardens Mosman: An Eternal Green and Saltwater Space, and Of Many Captains - for those who requested this, and in particularly for Mrs. Audrey Jackson

Reflections by George Repin: ANZAC COVE (ARI BURNU) - 25 April, 1997

Aquatics: The Caley Wetlands - Going, Going...GONE

Pictures: 20th International 2.4 Metre Yacht Australian Championship 2016/17 - Hosted By Sailability Crystal Bay by Allan Jones

Lifeline Classic Living Ocean Team Raises The Bar To Support Those Who Will Always Answer The Call For Anyone In Crisis - local students and surfers quickly raised 5k and need your support to reach 10!

Help Tamara Honour Aussie Debt To The Timorese With Education by Pittwater Friends of Soibada

Profile: Walter (Wal) Williams is a legend in Pittwater, a World War II Veteran, Mr. Williams has worked tirelessly for decades when Pittwater RSL Sub-Branch President to look after members and was present, along with fellow WWI Veteran Brian Sargeson at the May 16, 1999 dedication and Official opening of the original Cenotaph at Pittwater RSL.

Taken prisoner at the fall of Singapore, Wal worked on the Burma Railway prior to being sent to Japan to work, and experienced being sunk en-route. He survived Changi, he survived Burma, he survived being in the open ocean prior to being picked up again and sent to Japan for a year of hard work and being the focus of anger when the bombing of Japan began. He survived the firebombing of Tokyo and Yokohama by Allied bombers and finally returned home on October 10th, 1945 - his 23rd birthday.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant applications now open

21 March 2017: Joint media release - Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Today we announce that applications are now open for study, internships, practicums and research in the Indo-Pacific region as part of the 2018 mobility round of the New Colombo Plan.

A signature initiative launched by the Coalition Government in 2014, the New Colombo Plan is designed to deepen Australia's relationships in the region through expanding university, business and people-to-people links.

The New Colombo Plan mobility grants program will provide around $36 million to support Australian undergraduate students from all disciplines and universities to study and undertake research in the Indo-Pacific region in 2018. Internships are also supported to ensure undergraduates have the skills and work experience to contribute to Australia's economy.

From 2018 the New Colombo Plan will comprise 40 eligible host locations across the Indo-Pacific with the inclusion of French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

Over its first four years, more than 17,400 students have received mobility grants under the New Colombo Plan for short-term and semester-length study in the region.

Recently released data from the 2016 Graduate Outcomes Survey highlighted the value of international study with students who study overseas being more likely to achieve full-time employment, sooner.

The Survey showed 74 per cent of domestic undergraduates who studied abroad during their degree were in full-time employment four months after completing their degree, compared with 70 per cent of domestic undergraduates who did not study abroad.

The Mobility Program is open to Australian university undergraduates aged 18-28, with capacity to include some students over 28.

Applications for the 2018 Mobility Program opened on 20 March 2017 and close on 19 May 2017.

Further information is available at 

 headspace Brookvale

headspace Brookvale provides services to young people aged 12-25. If you are a young person looking for health advice, support and/or information,headspace Brookvale can help you with:

• Mental health • Physical/sexual health • Alcohol and other drug services

• Education and employment services

If you ever feel that you are:

• Alone and confused • Down, depressed or anxious • Worried about your use of alcohol and/or other drugs • Not coping at home, school or work • Being bullied, hurt or harassed • Wanting to hurt yourself • Concerned about your sexual health • Struggling with housing or accommodation • Having relationship problems • Finding it hard to get a job

Or if you just need someone to talk to… headspace Brookvale can help! The best part is our service is free, confidential and youth friendly.

headspace Brookvale is open from Monday to Friday 9:00am-5:30pm so if you want to talk or make an appointment give us a call on (02) 9937 6500. If you're not feeling up to contacting us yourself, feel free to ask your family, friend, teacher, doctor or someone close to you to make a referral on your behalf.

When you first come to headspace Brookvale you will be greeted by one of our friendly staff. You will then talk with a member of our headspace Brookvale Youth Access Team. The headspace Brookvale Youth Access Team consists of three workers, who will work with you around whatever problems you are facing. Depending on what's happening for you, you may meet with your Youth Access Worker a number of times or you may be referred on to a more appropriate service provider.

A number of service providers are operating out of headspace Brookvale including Psychologists, Drug & Alcohol Workers, Sexual Health Workers, Employment Services and more! If we can't find a service operating withinheadspace Brookvale that best suits you, the Youth Access Team can also refer you to other services in the Sydney area.

eheadspace provides online and telephone support for young people aged 12-25. It is a confidential, free, secure space where you can chat, email or talk on the phone to qualified youth mental health professionals.

Click here to go to eheadspace

For urgent mental health assistance or if you are in a crisis please call the Northern Sydney 24 hour Mental Health Access Line on 1800 011 511

Need Help Right NOW??

kids help line: 1800 55 1800 - www.kidshelpline.com.au

lifeline australia - 13 11 14 - www.lifeline.org.au

headspace Brookvale is located at Level 2 Brookvale House, 1A Cross Street Brookvale NSW 2100 (Old Medical Centre at Warringah Mall). We are nearby Brookvale Westfield's bus stop on Pittwater road, and have plenty of parking under the building opposite Bunnings. More at: www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/headspace-brookvale

Cyberbullying

Research shows that one in five Australian children aged 8 to 17 has been the target of cyberbullying in the past year. The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner can help you make a complaint, find someone to talk to and provide advice and strategies for dealing with these issues.

Make a Complaint

About this form  

The Enhancing Online Safety for Children Act 2015 gives the power to provide assistance in relation to serious cyberbullying material. That is, material that is directed at a particular child with the intention to seriously embarrass, harass, threaten or humiliate.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

Before you make a complaint you need to have:

  • copies of the cyberbullying material to upload (eg screenshots or photos)
  • reported the material to the social media service (if possible) at least 48 hours ago
  • at hand as much information as possible about where the material is located
  • 15-20 minutes to complete the form

Visit: esafety.gov.au/complaints-and-reporting/cyberbullying

Our mission

The Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner is Australia's leader in online safety. The Office is committed to helping young people have safe, positive experiences online and encouraging behavioural change, where a generation of Australian children act responsibly online—just as they would offline.

We provide online safety education for Australian children and young people, a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying, and address illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme.

Our goal is to empower all Australians to explore the online world—safely.

Visit: esafety.gov.au/about-the-office 

National Training Complaints Hotline – 13 38 73

The National Training Complaints Hotline is accessible on 13 38 73 (Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm nationally) or via email at skilling@education.gov.au.

Kids Helpline

If you’re aged 5-25 the Kids Helpline provides free and confidential online and phone counselling 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 1800 55 1800.

You can chat with us about anything… What’s going on at home, stuff with friends. Something at school or feeling sad, angry or worried. You don’t have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.

You can Webchat, email or phone. Always remember - Everyone deserves to be safe and happy. You’re important and we are here to help you. Visit: https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/

NCYLC is a community legal centre dedicated to providing advice to children and young people. NCYLC has developed a Cyber Project called Lawmail, which allows young people to easily access free legal advice from anywhere in Australia, at any time.

NCYLC was set up to ensure children’s rights are not marginalised or ignored. NCYLC helps children across Australia with their problems, including abuse and neglect. The AGD, UNSW, KWM, Telstra and ASIC collaborate by providing financial, in-kind and/or pro bono volunteer resources to NCYLC to operate Lawmail and/or Lawstuff.

In 2014, Lawmail helped over 1600 people, with 211 of these cases involving help to children under 18 with online safety. A further 337 children were helped with family disputes, child abuse or neglect.  An amazing 1.1 million children, young people and their advocates accessed Lawstuff’ s pages including those dealing with child abuse or violence, and 224, 000 of these viewed the new pages relating to online safety and mobile phones.

Our Youth page is for young people aged 13+ - if you are younger than this we have stuff for you on the Children's page

All Previous pages for you listed in Past Features

Anzac Day Schools' Awards 2017

The Anzac Day Schools' Awards are open to all Australian primary and secondary schools. Schools can enter as an individual class or the whole school, with a limit of one entry per school.

The Anzac Day Schools' Awards are designed to encourage initiative and creativity in the way schools commemorate Anzac Day, with an emphasis on innovation balanced with tradition.

Closing date: Friday 26 May 2017
Note: It is strongly recommended that participants include a veteran in their activities, as the impression that learning first hand from an ex-service person can have on students is profound.

Who can enter?
The Anzac Day Schools' Awards are open to all Australian primary and secondary schools. Schools can enter as an individual class or the whole school, with a limit of one entry per school.
Schools with both a primary school campus and a secondary school campus can enter both categories, but the activities must be separate activities undertaken by the primary school and secondary school campuses respectively. If the activity incorporates the whole school, the most appropriate category (i.e. primary or secondary) must be entered.
Schools may combine to submit a single entry if all the schools participated in the same commemorative event and/or learning activities. If this is a winning entry, all participating schools will receive a certificate but the winning plaque and cheque will only be awarded to the school which submitted the entry.
Entries must be coordinated and submitted by a teacher with the Principal’s authorisation.

What qualifies as an entry? 
Broadly, any activity undertaken to commemorate Anzac Day may qualify for entry, provided that it:
• is relevant to the audience; and 
• shows due care and competence. 
When designing and carrying out your activity, bear in mind the judging guidelines. Note in particular that the observance of tradition is expected and the involvement of veterans in the activities, if possible, is considered valuable. However, remember always that the Anzac Day Schools' Awards are about developing fresh approaches to commemoration and resourcefulness is encouraged. 

To enter, your school's activity must be supported by:
Visual evidence, which may take the form of 
  • Photographs 
  • Examples of students’ work 
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • Videos, USB presentations (30 mins max) 
  • Websites (hardcopy print-out or USB); and
  • A 500 word description of the activities. 
It is preferred that multimedia presentations be provided on a USB with other entry documentation.
It is anticipated that for future competitions, from 2018 onwards, DVA will accept only electronic entries.

Contact information 133 254 email :education@dva.gov.au
Forms, Details and more information HERE

How did Dracula become the world's most famous vampire?

Published on 20 Apr 2017 by Ted-Ed.

Over a hundred years after his creator was laid to rest, Dracula lives on as the most famous vampire in history. But this Transylvanian noble – neither the first fictional vampire, nor the most popular of his time – may have remained buried in obscurity if not for a twist of fate. Stanley Stepanic explains how a critical copyright battle catapulted Bram Stoker’s character into literary renown. 

Lesson by Stanley Stepanic, animation by Phuong Mai NGUYEN.


As part of our 60th Anniversary celebrations, NPA is running a photo competition! This competition will be running over most of the year. Winners will have their photos printed and displayed in an exhibition and a voucher for private photography lessons with Smart digital.

Enter the Photo Competition
If you are a keen nature photographer or have a great photo in one of the categories below please share it with us. This competition is open to everyone.

Categories can include:
  • National Parks or other naturally significant areas
  • Underwater and Marine Photography (NSW only)
  • Bushwalking or outdoor activities (NSW only)
  • Animals and Wildlife (Australian wildlife only)
  • Historic photos related to NPA, nature conservation or wildlife in NSW
Photo Competition Rules HERE

Enter Competition on Flickr or submit photos to photocomp@npansw.org.au

 The Project Gutenberg Library of Australiana

Australian writers, works about Australia and works which may be of interest to Australians.This Australiana page boasts many ebooks by Australian writers, or books about Australia. There is a diverse range; from the journals of the land and sea explorers; to the early accounts of white settlement in Australia; to the fiction of 'Banjo' Paterson, Henry Lawson and many other Australian writers.

The list of titles form part of the huge collection of ebooks freely downloadable from Project Gutenberg Australia. Follow the links to read more about the authors and titles and to read and/or download the ebooks. 

 Keep A Look Out For (iOS and Android App)

Keep A Look Out For is a Northern Beaches app, featuring upcoming events, groups, places and job opportunities. Download for free at: http://kalof.com.au/ - for and by young people! Like our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/keepalookoutfor

Follow us on Instagram - http://www.instagram.com/keepalookoutfor

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Searching For ET: Breakthrough Listen Initiative Publishes Initial Results

April 20, 2017
Breakthrough Listen -- the initiative to find signs of intelligent life in the universe -- has released its 11 events ranked highest for significance as well as summary data analysis results. It is considered unlikely that any of these signals originate from artificial extraterrestrial sources, but the search continues. Further, Listen has submitted for publication (available April 20) in a leading astrophysics journal the analysis of 692 stars, comprising all spectral types, observed during its first year of observations with the Green Bank Telescope.

Breakthrough Listen has so far acquired several petabytes of data using the Green Bank Radio Telescope (GBT) in West Virginia, Lick Observatory's Automated Planet Finder on Mt. Hamilton in California, and the Parkes Radio Telescope in Australia. The Breakthrough Listen science team at the University of California, Berkeley's SETI Research Center (BSRC) designed and built an analysis pipeline that scans through billions of radio channels in a search for unique signals that might indicate the presence of technology developed by civilizations outside our Solar System.



Initial results from deploying this pipeline on the first year of Breakthrough Listen data taken with the "L-band" receiver at GBT (covering frequencies from 1.1 -- 1.9 GHz) have been submitted for publication in one of the world's leading astronomy journals. Snapshot data has been released for the 11 highest ranked events that rose above the pipeline's threshold for significance, as well as summary results from the complete analysis. Data is available at breakthroughinitiatives.org/OpenDataSearch.

"With the submission of this paper, the first scientific results from Breakthrough Listen are now available for the world to review," said Dr. Siemion. Although the search has not yet detected a convincing signal from extraterrestrial intelligence, these are early days. The work that has been completed so far provides a launch pad for deeper and more comprehensive analysis to come."

The software used for the analysis in these papers has been made available in a github repository1, along with associated documentation2. This enables programmers and machine learning experts (even those with no prior astronomy knowledge) to join the search for artificial signals, by developing increasingly sophisticated algorithms to comb through the datasets that continue to flow not just from GBT, but from the other participating telescopes.

Data Analysis
The basics of searching for signatures of extraterrestrial technology3 are quite simple. Artificial signals can be distinguished from natural processes through features like narrow bandwidth; irregular spectral behavior, pulsing, or modulation patterns; as well as broad-band signals with unusual characteristics. However, human technology emits signals (known as radio frequency interference) similar to the ones being searched for. This means that algorithms must be designed to ensure that signals are coming from a fixed point relative to the stars or other targets being observed, and not from local interferers (including Earth-orbiting satellites).

The Berkeley SETI Research Center Breakthrough Listen science team examined data on 692 stars from the primary target list from GBT, consisting of three five-minute observations per star, interspersed with five-minute observations of a set of secondary targets. By performing an analysis of thresholded frequency channels, as well as a Doppler drift search (for details see: HERE ) the pipeline identified channels where radio emission was seen for each target (referred to as "hits"). The pipeline produced millions of hits for the sample as a whole, of which the vast majority are almost certainly radio frequency interference from human technology. Eleven events rose above the pipeline threshold for significance, but further detailed analysis indicates that it is unlikely that any of these signals originate from artificial extraterrestrial sources.

For each star sample, the team searched through the entire database of events, looking for radio channels where events occurred only at one or a small handful of positions on the sky. While these stars have unique radio "fingerprints," this is by no means convincing evidence that they host planets inhabited by extraterrestrial civilizations. However, the search for signals that are localized on the sky and appear unusual in some way provides an excellent way to select promising targets for follow-up observations.

The BSRC team continues to develop more and more sophisticated algorithms, and plans to release updated analyses of Listen data approximately once every six months. The Berkeley team also seeks continued and expanded engagement with signal processing and machine learning experts to help mine the Breakthrough Listen dataset in the search for evidence of signals from extraterrestrial civilizations.

Project Leadership
Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal, Fellow of Trinity College; Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, University of Cambridge.
Pete Worden, Chairman, Breakthrough Prize Foundation.
Frank Drake, Chairman Emeritus, SETI Institute; Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of California, Santa Cruz; Founding Director, National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center; Former Goldwin Smith Professor of Astronomy, Cornell University.
Ann Druyan, Creative Director of the Interstellar Message, NASA Voyager; Co-Founder and CEO, Cosmos Studios; Emmy and Peabody award winning Writer and Producer.
Dan Werthimer, Co-founder and chief scientist of the SETI@home project; director of SERENDIP; principal investigator for CASPER.
Andrew Siemion, Director, Berkeley SETI Research Center

Walk with Penguins in immersive 3D experience

Published on 19 Apr 2017 by BirdLife International
For the first time, you can instantly transport yourself to a sub-antarctic penguin colony and immerse in the lives of Southern Rockhopper, King, Magellanic, and Gentoo Penguins. Watch in full HD as the penguins return from challenging journeys back to their colonies of fuzzy chicks. 
Beautiful. Inspiring. Under threat. Protect a Penguin at: http://penguin.birdlife.org

Despite being loved the world over, penguins are the world's second most threatened group of marine birds, with 10 of the 18 species threatened with extinction due to competition with fisheries, bycatch, marine pollution, disease, habitat disturbance and climate change.

The world’s largest nature conservation partnership, BirdLife International, has worked with London-based virtual reality and post-production specialist, Visualise, to create Walk with Penguins, an engaging 3D 360 short nature film used to connect audiences with penguin protection.

For the first time, you can instantly transport yourself to a sub-antarctic island and immerse in the lives of penguins—thanks to a new 3D 360-degree film launched today.

Amidst the sound of trumpeting parental calls, with wind buffeting against its fluffy feathers, a King Penguin chick walks right up to you and stares you in the eye. You duck your head as an albatross soars overhead, whilst another nests on a rock ledge just above you. As penguins squabble for a shower you feel almost splashed by water, and you sense the exposure as you peer over a cliff and watch a line of Southern Rockhoppers Eudyptes chrysocome jump up the steep slope to their colony. When you take off the virtual reality headset, with a bit of a dizzy wobble, you feel like you have seen the world from the perspective of a penguin—and it’s a tough realisation.

BirdLife has worked with virtual reality producer, Visualise, to create Walk with Penguins, an engaging 3D 360 short nature film—the first of its kind—to bring the daily challenges and lives of remote penguin colonies to you, and to raise awareness about threats to penguins, the second-most threatened group of seabirds (after albatrosses).

You can watch online in high-quality 360 video on YouTube (embedded below—click to view full-screen), or for the full experience, watch via the YouTube app or Google Cardboard app, using a cheap cardboard frame that allows you to use your phone as a virtual reality headset. The only thing that is missing is the smell of a real colony…

Urgent action is needed to better protect penguins, please visit http://penguin.birdlife.org to show your support.

Credits:
Executive Producer – Matt Shannon 
Creative Director – Will McMaster 
Director of Photography – Jonathan Curran
1st Assistant – Joe Packman 
Music & Sound Design: Henrik Oppermann 
Senior VFX Artist: Tom Hawksley & David Robinson 
Colour Grading: Jonathan Curran 
Producer: Alex McMaster and Sophia Georgiou

Script: Luca Bonaccorsi, Shaun Hurrell, Alex Dale
Music Composer: Renée Abe
Voice Over: Matt Hopper

Special thanks to:
Margaret Balaskas, Rory Crawford, John Croxall, the staff at Falklands Conservation, and supporters of the Osaka Gala Dinner and Tokyo Gala Dinner.

Copyright: 2017 BirdLife International & Visualise - article by Shaun Hurrell

Students investigate Australia’s history

21 March 2017: Joint Media Release
The Hon Dan Tehan MP 
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC

Senator The Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training
Eight students from across Australia have earned a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience Anzac Day commemorative services in France and Belgium after being awarded the prestigious Simpson Prize.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Dan Tehan today presented awards to the winners and runners-up at Parliament House in Canberra.

“As a nation we honour the service and sacrifice of the men and women who serve in defence of our nation and the Simpson Prize is a valuable opportunity for young Australians to learn about our history and reflect on how these events have shaped our country,” Minister Tehan said.

“This year, students were asked to look beyond Gallipoli and consider the significance of the Western Front battles in helping to shape the Anzac story.

“Australians on the Western Front were involved in some of the bloodiest confrontations in our history while enduring terrible conditions and it was in this environment that countless stories of bravery, mateship and sacrifice emerged.

“The students who entered the Simpson Prize have gained a better understanding of the Anzac tradition and its importance to our national identity.”

The eight winning students (one from each state and territory) will attend Anzac commemorations on the Western Front in France and Belgium in April.

Winners and runners-up also received a medallion and a certificate to acknowledge their achievement and are attending a two-day educational program at national institutions in Canberra.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said more than 1,100 students had submitted an essay or an audio-visual presentation in the 2017 Simpson Prize.

“The Simpson Prize is an important way to ensure Australia’s history is recognised by this and future generations of students,” Minister Birmingham said.

“That’s why the Turnbull Government has committed $606,000 over three years to the History Teachers’ Association of Australia to manage the Simpson Prize.

“All of today’s winners have shown themselves to be excellent young historians with a detailed, well researched and sophisticated understanding of what happened on the Western Front just over a hundred years ago.”

More information about the awards, including a list of winners, runners-up and accompanying teacher chaperones can be found at The Simpson Prize
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If you wish to enter the Simpson Prize, please respond to the question below.

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

Question
Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this an accurate statement?

Instructions
The Simpson Prize requires you to respond to the quote and question above using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection (which can be found at https://www.awm.gov.au/education/simpson-prize/) and your own research.

You are encouraged to agree, debate with or challenge the statement from a variety of perspectives – individual, national and global – and to use sources in a variety of forms.

You are expected to make effective use of a minimum of three of the sources provided (see link above).

Up to half of your response should also make use of information drawn from your own knowledge and research.

Closing date
Submit your entry by Friday 10 November 2017.

Please see the How to Enter section for more details regarding student and teacher entry requirements.

Note: The Winners of this year’s Simpson Prize will travel in 2018.

The competition is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia.

Winning Entries 2017

Winner                        School                                                                       State
Lucinda Hogan        Loreto Kirribilli                                                       New South Wales
Riley Smithers        Pimlico State High School                                       Queensland
Charlotte Matthias        Loreto College                                                       South Australia
Sasha Massey        St Patrick's College                                               Tasmania
Katia Testarotta        Camberwell Girls Grammar School                       Victoria
Jae Fapani Brieffies    Willeton Senior High School                                       Western Australia
Finlay Dale                Palmerston Senior College                                       Northern Territory
Elizabeth Spollard        Burgman Anglican School                                       ACT

Runner-up Entries 2017
Winner                 School                                                State
Kefah Farache Asquith Boys High School                New South Wales
Rachel Leeson St Monica’s College                        Queensland
Hillary Thursby St Mary’s College                                South Australia
Madeleine Pearn St Patrick's College                         Tasmania
Sabrina Tse         Camberwell Girls Grammar School Victoria
Char Min Ng         Willeton Senior High School         Western Australia
Lachlan Anderson Darwin Middle School                         Northern Territory
Samuel Melhuish Marist College Canberra                 ACT