Year 9 students were able to choose two out of a possible 16 workshops in this year's Extension and Enrichment Day "Pushing the Boundaries". The purpose
of the day was to allow students to be extended and enriched in an area of personal interest. Presenters were from The Australian Theatre for Young
People, University of Sydney, UNSW plus Christian schools including Covenant.
There were 114 students from other schools, in addition to 102 Covenant Year 9 students. The visiting schools were Belmont Christian College, Green Point
Christian College, Illawarra Christian School, Kuyper Christian School, Maitland Christian School, Orange Christian School, Shire Christian School,
Wagga Wagga Christian College and Wyong Christian Community School.
“It was the most fun I’ve had in ages” - Emma of Wyong Christian Community School.
“It was fun and interactive… worth the long drive”- Alisha of Wagga Wagga Christian College.
"Loved it! So fun and engaging, also encouraging!" - Mieke of Green Point Christian College.
Scroll down for workshop descriptions, photos and a video. Thanks to the SALT (Sound and Lighting Team) Elijah Mucci, Annie Wye, Caleb Wong and Brian Lyu
for the video highlights from the day.
Computing: Game Maker
Do you want to learn how to make awesome computer games? This UNSW workshop will teach you how to make your own customised arcade games. During our time
together, we will analyse and play many games and then we will show you how to design these exciting games, using Game Maker's powerful GML (Game Maker
Language). By the end of the workshop, you will be equipped with the skills to make your very own personalised games that you can show off to your
friends! This workshop does not require any programming experience. Presenter: Joseph Hilsberg (UNSW Computing Club)
NumberWorks: When Maths Gets Down to Business
How can maths be used to solve problems and contribute to society? What role can a Christian play in using their mathematical intelligence to serve others
in God’s world? In this workshop, students will be able to explore the usefulness of Mathematical modelling in answering questions in regard to population
growth, predicting future events based on the collection of data, managing and assessment of risk and seeking to make good decisions based on strong
mathematical thinking. This workshop will be a mix of theory and application in emphasising the importance of the significant contribution mathematics
makes to our society. This workshop is for students who love problem solving and love doing maths! Presenter: Pete Muddle
Drama: Physical Theatre and Stage Fighting
Do you want to learn to choreograph a believable stage fight? To be able to wow your friends with trick falls, slaps and punches? Then this Physical Theatre
workshop is for you! Come along and watch, learn and participate in the skills of storytelling without words! The art of mime, movement and gesture
are explored in this exciting workshop. Presenter: Australian Theatre for Young People
Quick as a Flash: Photonics
What do lasers, broadband and Harry Potter’s cloak have in common? They all use light to make extraordinary things happen! In this workshop, those in the
know from Sydney University, will take you into the work of optics. You’ll learn about how bending and reflecting light works for communication, sound
systems, sensors, LED and lasers and yes, ‘Harry Potter’s’ skills of invisibility. There will be interaction, prizes and loads of fun. Presenter: CUDOS
University of Sydney
Speaking Up: Giving a Christian Talk
I have an awesome message but how do I communicate it? If you are a youth leader or are inspired to communicate God’s message through the spoken word,
this training workshop will give you the tools you need to create change. Carmelina Read has been giving talks at Christian conventions for many years.
Not only can she help you work out what to put in your talk but how to package it, to help people to passionately engage with what you have to say.
Presenter: Carmelina Read
Are you interested in electricity and engines? Do you like the idea of exploring the way in which things go? You’ll love this workshop. Not only will you
learn about the key elements of a motor, you will be given batteries, motors, fans, wheels, hot glue … all the essentials to build your own
mini car. Then the race will be on! Hope to see you there! Presenter: Jacob Strickling
Have an exciting vision for a film project? This workshop is for you. We will explore narrative structure so your story is interesting and engaging whilst
discussing the 'language of film' so you know how to make your work cinematic. To give you some guidance, we will analyse moments from films which
illustrate how to make your story-telling compelling and explore the elements of movies such as costuming, set design, music, sound, dialogue, editing
etc. By the end of this workshop you will be equipped with the skills to create your very own short film. Presenter: Nick Harding.
Philosophy: A Crash Course in Thinking about Thinking
Are you a deep thinker? Are you the kind of person who likes to see things ‘beneath the surface’? If so, this workshop will be to your liking. The course
will examine Socractic Method, mathematical logic, the nexus of perception and reasoning and New Atheism. We will engage with culture and find that
philosophy is essentially important for creating the conditions where young people can effectively critique their world and become the change makers of society. Presenter: Michael Street
It’s time to let your hair down and explore your creativity! This workshop will focus on the power of improvisation to present new ideas and worlds. Teaching
will be based around drama games, so as to encourage both your artistic thinking and collaboration. Then, you will be involved in a range
of team- based theatre sports. The result? This will be a fun filled, loud, energetic and hilarious workshop where anything can happen if you open your
mind to it! Presenter: Heather Pitt
Joan Miro once said, “I start from something considered dead and arrive at a world. And when I put a title on it, it becomes even more alive.” What do
you see in the world around you? What can you cultivate with your imagination? Using stenciling, letters, numbers and paint, this workshop will allow
you to create your own artwork. As you do, you will be guided in the way you might combine various elements to produce your creative vision. The sky’s
the limit! Presenter: Cath Rose
Have you ever wondered how you might best communicate with others? Is it word choice, the topics you choose, the way you act? How can you best understand
others and help them to understand you? How can you inspire them to action? This workshop will give you loads of skills to help get the best out of
yourself and others. Our presenter regularly works with some of Australia’s biggest businesses to help their leaders to motivate others. Come along
and see how you might be inspired! Presenter: Ross Blaikie
Feeling creative and want to delve into the world of digitised music? Ray Partridge is top- notch when it comes to guiding students in the generation of
their own compositions. He can help you use effectively use your technology in writing melodies, producing scores, learning effects, syncing music
with visuals and producing arrangements. Presenter: Ray Partridge.
In Defence of Women: What Every Girl Needs to Know
Have you wondered what you might do if you were attacked? Felt intimidated by a group of guys? Perhaps found yourself in trouble or felt unsafe? Here is
a workshop with a difference. This selfdefence workshop is for girls only. It will teach you what to do when danger comes knocking and even better,
how to avoid being in danger to begin with. Black- belt instructors will teach you essential skills so that you can feel more confident in every situation.
Presenter: Carmelina Read and Goju Kai Karate School
Austen-tayshus: A Filmic Exploration of Jane Austen
Are you an Austen fanatic? Do you love the world of Mr. Darcy and the Bennets? This is your chance to take a look at the stories of Austen to uncover the
way in which she saw her world. Chivalry, womanhood, game playing and rule making will all be under the microscope. Ultimately, the way in which women
lived and loved will be unearthed in this wonderful workshop! Presenter: Hailey Bootes