Thomastown Secondary College have an all-in attitude at the school. Certainly the TiS program is been attended by the Principal and Assistant Principal on a regular basis. The lab technician, groundsman and librarian always come out for a look through the telescope and we already have a serious group of students keen to learn how to use the telescope and look at the night sky in general. Of course, the science teachers are always on board, lead by Leonie, who is the STEM coordinator. STEM stands for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and part of Leonie’s role is to seek out STEM enrichment activities for students to do – fantastic!
So a typical night at Thomastown SC includes teachers and students coming from all directions to the central courtyard to get some astronomy done with enthusiasm and purpose! We have had some spectacular observing nights, certainly Saturn and the Moon were big hits,
Orion earlier in the year and Omega Centauri now. When the weather hasn’t been so favourable, we headed inside to explore some ideas on astronomy with a rather competitive quiz – (there were prizes involved).
Or the students have been learning how to use the telescope and have been doing a sensational job!
The end of the observing night has developed into a bit of a ritual. We all head inside to the staff tearoom (generally off-limits to students) and are treated to a Milo and raisin toast supper to warm us up before we head home.