KAble Mathematics and High School Cancer Symposium

The Rosenkranz Centre for Excellence and Achievement

KAble Mathematics

Kable Mathematics is a program designed by our Head of Mathematics, Faina Brichko, and facilitated by Dana Ma, a full scholarship recipient at Cambridge University. Dana has also represented Australia in The International Mathematics Olympiad.

The program, which runs after school, is targeted at Keen and Able Mathematics learners, providing them with greater insight into the world of Mathematics, enriching their knowledge in areas such as Number Theory, Combinatorics, Geometry, Algebra and Proofs.

The program is designed to extend students’ problem solving skills and expose them to the beauty of Mathematics beyond the confines of the curriculum. It focuses on exploring complex challenges often found in Mathematics competitions such as the Australian Mathematics Competition, the University of Melbourne Mathematics Competition, Mathematics Challenge and Enrichment for Young Australians and the Maths Olympiad. 

KAble is a very rewarding program for those involved and exposes them to areas of Mathematics they might otherwise never encounter.

High School Cancer Symposium

On Thursday 18 July a small group of Year 10s nominated to attended the High School Cancer Symposium at The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research. 

The day began with 2 speakers; Dr Belinda Yeo from Olivia Newton John’s research centre and Dr Misty Jenkins, Laboratory Head in the Immunology Division of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. 

They discussed their current projects, their findings and what drove them to these fields of work. Following this the students visited and toured working research labs, stepping into the spaces where tissue was being grown. Under microscopes they were able to examine liver and blood cells. 

The day included conversations with survivors of prostate and breast cancer who bravely shared their stories and encouraged our students to ask questions. They also participated in networking sessions, ‘speed dating’ style, with PhD students, enabling them to gain insight into a day in the life of the PhD’s work and to ask questions on the study and a career in medical research. 

The day concluded with two guest speakers, Professor Mark Rosenthal and Professor David Vaux who explored the complexity of research and whether it actually uncovers viable and successful treatments. Both explained CAR T cells, the history and chemistry behind them and how researchers are manipulating them to fight cancer. 

Overall the day was informative, educational, fun, and very inspiring. We are now looking forward to our series High School Cancer Master Classes which begins on Thursday 25 July after school.

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