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Chanel College Young Vinnies – Soft Toy Project During the last couple of weeks of Term Three the Chanel College Young Vinnies ran lunch time and after school workshops hand stitching soft toys to be donated to new-borns in the Wairarapa. Over the course of a week and a half the group hand crafted around 60 teddy bears, dinosaurs and elephants with the help of material donations from the Wairarapa Parish. Students enjoyed the experience while getting a greater appreciation as to how difficult this type of work could be. The toys created are being distributed to new-borns in the region care of...
The EPRO8 is an Inter-schools Science and Technology competition that gives creative and practical students a chance to shine in an exciting, competitive environment. Each team is located at a workstation, which contains an impressive assortment of easy to use equipment, including gears, wheels, pulleys, joiners, nuts and bolts, tools, aluminium framing, motors and electronics. Teams work through a range of challenges to gain points, typically, the harder challenges are worth more points. There are strategies involved in deciding what challenges best suit the groups' skills and abilities....
The Year 10 completed their assessment by creating their own cafe and produce dishes, as selected by their invited guest. Each of the cafes had their own theme as well, making for a very colourful  display.
The Year 12 Food Tech students had to create an 'on trend' nutritionally balanced recipe for the Super Gran Organisation  -and then simplify the recipe to make it easy to produce. (many of the Super Gran clients have either literacy or physical challenges). Here is Logan Tubman-Wallis creating Grace Tait's Pumpkin and Feta salad dish.   A great outcome  - and very tasty.
Congratulations to our students confirmed by Cardinal John at the Saturday Vigil at St Patrick's Church.  We now look forward to our students receiving their first Holy Communion at the 9am Mass on Sunday, 22nd September.
So why bring the Wool Shed to Chanel College?Wool … natural, sustainable and renewable … is an eco-fibre fit for the future and yet it’s been around for 10,000 years.Found today in a multitude of places, wool’s history weaves its way back in time, through the early days of New Zealand settlement, through an era of global discovery and exploration, into the Renaissance, the Dark Ages, and all the way back through Greek and Roman history to the time of cave men and women.The process of growing wool – naturally, on the back of sheep – has stayed pretty much the same throughout those 10,000 years...
Senior Food Tech classes completing their prototype outcome. The Year 11s made a very professional looking sushi - and received some excellent reviews.
          The Year 11 Digital Technologies students had the pleasure of working with a guest instructor from Victoria University, Wellington.  Mr Pravin Vaz is the School of Engineering and Computer Science Outreach Coordinator. He spent the day working with the Year 11 students covering a number of electronic concepts. In term three, the students will be tasked with developing a moisture and temperature sensor using the Arduino platform and had some insightful assistance from Mr Vaz. The assessment is one of the new standards introduced through the Digital Technologies curriculum. 
Young Vinnies Can Drive The Term Two project for the Chanel Young Vinnies was to feed the hungry. Chanel College Young Vinnies gathered over 600 non-perishable items to boost the pantries of those in need in the Wairarapa. Every year local foodbanks assist thousands of families who are struggling to make ends meet. The Young Vinnies were concerned that families within their community were hungry and going without, so they decided to run a competition within the school to see which house could reach a given target first. The target for the school was 500 items. When this target was reached the...
The Business Studies students had the chance to meet Mr Arnesen from the Westpac Bank. Mr Arnesen was tasked with running through various finance options as part of the new Level 3 Agribusiness assessment:  Analyse the effect of financing options of a strategic capital expenditure decision on a business.Students had to consider various finance options which best suits a local businesses purchasing a new laser cutter. Having an agribusiness professional assist the students with their assessment made the learning experience very authentic. Mr Arnesen was very impressed with the range of...
Tonights Twiliight Food Festival will now be held in the school hall beginning at 5pm
The Year 7-8 Digital Technologies class developed some ideas which they had seen at the recently held Wings Over Wairarapa. The Year 7/8 students developed a number of rocket designs and processes with the aim of seeing which rocket reached the highest altitude. Students discovered how altering the different variables including the proportion of rocket fuel (vinegar and baking soda), degree of pressure in the release valve (cork screw),  and amount of ignition (shaking the ingredients) impacted the rockets altitude. The cross curricular lessons also incorporated the making of the rocket legs...
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.