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NSW Young Scientist of the Year visits BOSTES
Thursday, 28 Apr 2016

NSW Young Scientist of the Year visits BOSTES

The winner of the Science Teachers’ Association of NSW (STANSW) Young Scientist of the Year and runner up of the BHP Billiton Science and Engineering Awards, presented her investigation to a group of leading science education and industry representatives at BOSTES.

Jade Moxey won for her investigation ‘The Spread of Seeds through Cattle’  that examined which seeds, in particular weed seeds, germinated in cattle manure and their management. Her investigation has great significance in dealing with weed control and grazing management systems for agriculture, particularly in cattle related industries.


Jade’s presentation was well received and the group, which included BOSTES Science Inspector, Kerry Sheehan, provided constructive feedback to assist her with her presentation skills and responses to scientific questions. Jade will next present her investigation to a panel of judges at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona in May.

Jade is in Year 11 at Sapphire Coast Anglican College, Bega, where her Principal, Andrew Duchesne, reports she has become "a bit of a celebrity".

Mr Sheehan congratulated Jade on her successes and wished her well at the international awards on behalf of the group. He described her as "an outstanding example of the inventiveness of NSW science students and a great future ambassador for science".

For further information about Jade and the BHP Billiton Science awards see

Information about the STANSW Young Scientist of the Year program can be found on their website.

For more information, contact:
Kerry Sheehan
Inspector, Science
(02) 9367 8144




HSC Visual Arts professional development video
Thursday, 28 Apr 2016

HSC Visual Arts professional development video

BOSTES has produced a professional development video for HSC Visual Arts teachers as part of our commitment to helping teachers improve and maintain their teaching practice.

The video was filmed at the Visual Arts marking centre for the 2015 HSC, and focuses on the use of “critical dialogue” in the marking process. The critical dialogue involves two markers discussing the qualities of a body of work, before individually considering the work’s relationship to the marking guidelines and awarding an independent mark. The critical dialogue facilitates a deeper engagement of the conceptual strengths, meaning and resolution of a body of work than may be possible for a marker or teacher viewing a work by themselves.

BOSTES strongly recommends that all HSC Visual Arts teachers watch the video to gain an understanding of the HSC marking process.

Further information can be found in the Visual Arts syllabus and related documents.

For more information:
Rosemary Gorman
Inspector, Creative Arts
(02) 9367 8161

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