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As part of the Digital Technologies curriculum students have been given the chance to explore the difference in energy requirements between LED and incandescent lights.  The Human Energy Generator is a small machine that lets students use their own arm pedal power to generate energy! The generators are connected to a light box, letting students see the difference in energy required in powering an LED versus an incandescent light bulb.   Students, staff and parents had great fun exploring the energy requirements of the two bulb types.  There were many talking points around how we can all...
  The Chanel College Business Studies students had the pleasure of interviewing two Human Resource Managers,  Sueanne McGlashan and Amanda Morgan, as part of their first assessment on Human Resource Management. Mrs McGlashan is the Wairarapa District Health Board Senior HR advisor and Mrs Morgan is the HR Advisor at Juken New Zealand. Part of the Business Studies course involves interviewing HR professionals on a range of issues from recruitment through to workplace bullying. The students were delighted with the way the two HR managers brought to life the role HR has to play in the workplace...
Students from the 9GC Religious Education class have been contributing to the local environment. They have become tidy kiwis by collecting five bags of rubbish from Herbert Street. The rubbish was embedded in bushes, trees, gutters and scattered along the pavement. Had this rubbish not been collected it would have ultimately ended up in our waterways and other parts of our ecosystem. Although the activity took place during Religious Education, there were many cross curricular benefits from the exercise as well as supporting the Brigidine value of care of the environment.
On Friday 9 November, 9GC went to Aratoi to participate in their Education Programme. The Minkisi Exhibition is a dramatic presentation of masks and statues, delivering a message about cultures, traditions, histories and beliefs that are widely divergent from our own. Whaea Angela Minton and Pa Giuseppe and tamariki had the opportunity to learn, to admire and to think about the place of Africa in the world, and contrast it to Aotearoa's place in the world. The masks and statues in the collection are from Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso in the west, through Nigeria, Cameroon and Gabon, to the...
On Tuesday 13 Nov, Chanel College hosted a very popular Hackathon.    105 players worked through a number of different activities, ranging from making a poi through to using an Arduino board to schedule LED's switching on and off. The players came from a variety of different schools throughout the region and stretched from St Teresa's in Featherston through to Tai Wānanga TŪ TOA in Palmerston North.    There were 13 activities and players could select which ones they joined. The T-shirt design activity was run by Ms Gregory and during the day there were 55 players who worked through the...
Head Girl and Head Boy for 2019
At the Prizegiving for 2018 the following students achieved the top Honours:   Marcellin Champagnat Cup for Dux 2018 is  Abigail Murcott     Daniel Delany Cup for Proxime Accessit 2018 -Briana Kendall-Carpenter The Head Girl and Head Boy for 2019 were also announced, these being: Mackenzie Bachelor and Nicholas Penman
On a very warm spring afternoon the Students and Staff played a football match for the inaugural Napoleon Dynamite Trophy.   The game was played in great spirit but the students proved to be just too fit for the staff and came out 5-2 winners.    A great idea and one that should be repeated on a regular basis, but not necessarily football as the pitch is too big for some of us.
On Saturday 1 September four students went to the Wellington Gliding Club training facility at the Papawai Airfield, Greytown. The students were taken through the facility which included the flight simulator and the winch. The winch is a $160,000 V8 engine which is attached to two ropes for pulling the gliders into the air. Mr V. Grant spoke with the families and students and explained the career paths previous students have taken once they graduate and become fully certified glider pilots. Gliding is considered a "first step" in any aviation field. Club members have all moved on - 3 fly...
On Tuesday 4th September a number of Year 9 & 10 students were given the chance to spend a day at Massey's Engineering Department which was organised by Dr Faraz Hasan and Mrs Pender. The first session was delivered by Associate Professor Gourab Sen Gupta and he spoke to the students about subject choices in Year 11-13. He stressed the importance of Calculus, Physics and Chemistry for students wanting to enter the engineering field. After the academic orientation, students went with Prof John Bronlund to explore 3D Massey developed software that is designed to interact with users as part...
The Science Department have been very active recently with experiments being carried out in the lower school and University and Zoo visits for the Seniors.
Pravin works for Victoria University Computer Science and Engineering Department.   Pravin spent two days at Chanel working with Year 7,8,9 on an electronic LED rocket project. Students had to put together a number of components: resistors, buttons, LED, capacitors, transistors and battery holders onto a PCB(printed circuit board). Once the components were put onto the PCB the students had to solder the components onto the board. There were many learning opportunities for the students and it was great seeing them working collaboratively and troubleshooting throughout the LED rocket build.
Dr Hills celebrates
Chanel Honours Marist Bi-Centenary with Totara Trees Chanel College planted five totara trees donated by founding staff member, Dr Claire Hills, to commemorate the bicentenary of the Marist Brothers, founded in France in 1817 by Marcellin Champagnat, who was passionate about the power of education to transform people’s lives. The totara trees represent the five pillars of Marist Spirituality: Presence, Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work and In the Way of Mary.  The totara tree was chosen because it is the most important tree in the Maori world. Not only is it regarded as a chiefly tree....