The Thistle - An E-Newsletter of Scotch College, Perth, Western Australia

Safety In Numbers for 7.4A

This semester, the 7.4A Homeroom class has becoming increasingly familiar with our Middle School Science laboratories. Lessons held within the labs are always popular and not just because they choose their seat or because they get to wear a tie-dyed lab coat!

The opportunity to conduct hands on investigations in a state of the art, purpose-built laboratory is keenly appreciated by all, especially when it comes to the practical phase of an experiment.

In anticipation of several upcoming tasks, our focus this week has been how to safely use a Bunsen burner. Following several demonstrations and theoretical lessons, the boys were required to complete a practical assessment, where they were required to collaboratively demonstrate the ability to correctly set up, light and dismantle a Bunsen burner. I have never seen boys so keen to complete an assessment!

Whilst it was pleasing all boys passed the practical assessment, I was most delighted with the manner in which they conducted themselves during the task. The leadership and teamwork demonstrated was a testament to just how far this group has come regarding their collaborative skills.

Watching boys developing the confidence to safely use a Bunsen burner is a fantastic process to witness and I look forward to seeing 7.4A utilise their skills in our upcoming experiments.

Mr Andrew Arbuckle
7.4A Homeroom Teacher