The article on the
Redeemer Baptist School's program (August 2013, p.22) that aims to
address healthcare, educational and lifestyle needs of the Barai
tribe in PNG filled me with admiration for what can be achieved if
people of goodwill band together in a mutually beneficial
initiative. This is a win-win situation for all involved, as it
demonstrates bridge-building between communities, enriching all
participants in the process. The article outlined aims and
achievements, which might inspire others to launch similar schemes
elsewhere in disadvantaged areas. Congratulations to all concerned
and to Sydney Observer for highlighting this worthwhile activity.
Dr Anne Sarzin, Roseville
Redeemer Students Volunteer In
Overseas Medical Mission August 6, 2013 by Russell Bailey
Last week the Redeemer Baptist School
Principal, Jonathan Cannon, and seven past students from Redeemer
Baptist School accompanied a team of volunteer doctors and nurses –
led by associate professor Alice Lee of Macquarie University
Hospital – to the remote Barai tribe in the Oro Province of Papua
New Guinea, just north of the Owen Stanley Range.
purpose was to deliver vaccinations to the whole Barai tribe, in
accordance with World Health Organisation and PNG government
Redeemer Baptist School has supported education
initiatives in the villages of the Barai tribe for more than 30
years. Each year the school community sends boxes of clothing which
are sold by the Barai Non-Formal Education Association to fund their
literacy programs including Bible translation and health education.
Twelve years ago, members of Redeemer Baptist
Church funded enrolment positions for Barai children at Redeemer
Baptist School in North Parramatta. Four of these students have
completed their secondary education at Redeemer.
Two of these students have also completed
education degrees in Port Moresby and are now teaching at the remote
Barai primary school in their Itokama village.
Last year, Redeemer students organised
fundraisers which enabled the installation of solar lighting and
power to benefit fellow students being taught by Redeemer alumni at
the Itokama School – there is no electricity or running water in the
The other two Barai Redeemer students have
completed vocational training as paramedics and have begun to
contribute to health needs in the Barai villages. There are no
doctors or nurses in the Barai villages. Medical help is about four
days walk away through tropical jungles.
A few years ago, Professor Alice Lee was asked
to treat one of Redeemer’s Barai students. This student’s mother had
died at a young age in the village, just before the start of the
school year, without any medical diagnosis or treatment.
The boy was heart-broken. But as Professor Lee
began to treat the boy, she began to envision how she could help the
boy’s tribe. “Everything has a purpose,” she said to volunteers
helping to organise the mission, “and I believe that vaccination
against Hepatitis B and other diseases may help to prevent such
Professor Lee requested Redeemer’s involvement
because of the long-standing relationship of Redeemer staff and
students with the Barai tribe.
So the Redeemer team joined two doctors, three
nurses and a paramedic on July 19 on a couple of flights into the
Barai villages using missionary aviation. During the next week they
slept in Barai huts, ate yams and walked up to 25 kilometres each
day to key locations so that all the Barai villages could access the
vaccination and general health clinics.
the Barai helped them to take their solar powered fridge and solar
generators with them, to maintain the cold chain for the vaccines
and provide power for their portable computer medical records
system. They delivered more than 3,000 vaccines in the week and
provided treatment for numerous ulcers and infections.
On her return to Australia, Professor Lee said
that she was already organising the next visit from the medical team
to the Barai next January, and she was hoping that Redeemer would be
“The Redeemer young people were amazing,” she
said, ‘”nothing fazed them, they were always on task, we couldn’t
have done it without them.” In addition to assisting with general
medical health needs for this remote tribe, Professor Lee’s specific
aim is to help the Barai become Hepatitis B free.
YOUNG SCIENTISTS AT REDEEMER
SCHOOLS ON SHOW
Redeemer Baptist School has an unparalleled record among schools in
Australia for inspiring original scientific research among school
This year Afework Assefa, a Year 12 student at Redeemer, won second
place in Australia at the BHP Billiton Science Awards for his Child
Seat Alert. Afework received $3000 from BHP Billiton to continue his
work in science.
Year 8 student Tristan Forrester was also one of 24 national
finalists who joined the science camp in Melbourne. Afework is one
of eleven student prize-winners from Redeemer in the BHP Billiton
Science Awards in the last decade, including four national primary
Redeemer students have been awarded the honorific titles of NSW
Young Scientists of the Year by the Science Teachers Association of
NSW and the Australian NATA Young Scientists of the Year, as well as
numerous awards representing Australia in the USA based Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair.
Students have also contributed to Australian and International
standards, and published a scientific article in a leading
international journal as co-authors with a University of Sydney
professor. Beyond school Redeemer alumni in science-based
disciplines have been awarded Dean's commendations and a University
Redeemer's Principal Jonathan Cannon said: "We are blessed with a
good creation in which there are vast opportunities for scientific
discovery. Whilst gathering a store of scientific information in
class at school, students should also have the opportunity to engage
in real science to discover real solutions for real problems."
North Parramatta's stellar partnership
March 6, 2013, 5:30 p.m.
Redeemer Baptist School principal John
Cannon, astrophysicist Angel Lopez-Sanchez
and science teachers Diane and Stuart Garth.
The planets aligned for students and staff at
Redeemer Baptist School when astrophysicist Angel
Lopez-Sanchez arrived as part of the CSIRO’s
Scientists in Schools program, which aims to bring
real world science to classrooms.
The partnership has fostered an interest in
astronomy that has burned for students and teachers
alike since the scientists first visited the North
Parramatta school in 2009.
Meet the people involved.
Angel Lopez-Sanchez, scientist Angel is a former teacher from Spain with a PhD
in astronomy. He works at the Australian Astronomy
‘‘I was working at the CSIRO telescope national
facility when they were looking for people to help
with seminars in schools, mostly because it was the
International Year of Astronomy. I didn’t hesitate,"
"I think that as a scientist it’s very important
to communicate to the general public and to students
what we are trying to do — about astronomy, what
galaxies are named, the kind of research we are
doing is, and why we are so excited to do that.
‘‘I am continuously looking ... between galaxies
and trying to understand how these little blocks are
forming stars from gas that is surrounding the
galaxies, and how the gas is being recycled. At the
end it will be able to form a star, such as the sun,
with planets and life.’’
Diane Garth, teacher A primary science teacher, Ms Garth said the
students benefit from Mr Lopez-Sanchez’s knowledge
‘‘We were very fortunate to find Angel, because
he did a lot of education work in Spain before he
came to Australia so he’s used to children," she
"When we first met ... he said in Spain kids
might see six stars because of all the light
‘‘That year Angel brought the telescopes from the
CSIRO and he ran an astronomy night.
"I think about 70 per cent of the school came. It
was the coldest night you can imagine; the sky was
clear and it was just fantastic.
‘‘Angel comes in once a year and will give a
series of talks.
"He’ll take the kids from kindergarten or year
one and do the simple planets or the moon.
"A physics teacher was just thrilled because he
did a fantastic talk on the electromagnetic
spectrum, because that’s what he’s working with all
the time with photography and space.’’
Stuart Garth, teacher A year 7 science project inspired by Mr Lopez-Sanchezwon
Mr Garth's class the inaugural NATA Young Scientists
‘‘We conducted a very large investigation
measuring all the suburbs of Sydney, how bright it
is at night-time and the light pollution levels and
comparing it to overseas," Mr Garth said.
’’We set up a database. We had a lot of
nationalities in our class [about 20 in just one
year 7 class] and they emailed their uncles and
"We would have collected 3555 light pollution
measurements in two months.
"Of the 630 suburbs of Sydney, we did
measurements in 506 of them. It was mainly a public
awareness exercise [but] it really enthused the
‘‘We structure our curriculum to meet the
Minister for Social Inclusion,
the Hon Mark Butler announces winner.
October 27, 2012
Am I a rubbish
The sea narrates a story by Hannah
Arnold, a winner in the Herald's
writing competition for primary
Sea and believe ... Hanna Arnold's
story is inspired by Nick Moir's
photograph of stormy weather at
Bondi. Photo: Nick Moir
I used to be a great
place, with my deep channels and
lapping waves. I remember the warmth
of the sun shining on my face; its
light, soaked up by my plants,
provided nourishment for all. Fish
would happily swim through my tides.
People bathed in my sparkling blue
waters admiring everything within.
What was that? An
unwelcome guest entered, churning
and spreading inside me. It was like
a blanket had been thrown over my
face. No longer could I absorb the
rays of the sun. The plants cried
out for light. It was cold and dark.
All efforts to wash this intrusion
on to the shore were useless as more
and more of it came.
Then I saw him. A
man in a blue raincoat rowing his
boat over my deepest trough.
Guiltily, he turned around, checking
no one was looking. He poured out
the revolting contents of three
black bags into my currents. I could
taste it. It was sour and it spread
like clouds of gloom. My temper
started to rise from my deepest
trenches to the surface, where my
waves became restless. They tossed
the boat around as the man
frantically rowed to shore. My tide
pulled him in and I pushed him on to
the jetty. Enormous jets of water
shot out at my command in pursuit of
him. Water splattered his body and
he cried out in agony as he
staggered away clutching his face.
What had hurt me was now hurting
was too late. Fish slowly died and
plants withered. In loneliness, I
waited for the people to return.
Little did I know that my beach was
closed and the people had found a
new haven to enjoy. I stood still,
hopelessly wrapped in the choking
Some time later, I
saw a figure through my murkiness.
It was the man in the blue raincoat.
I could not get my jets of water
ready this time. Although I did not
see his face clearly, I felt his
tears of regret and sorrow pierce
through my heavy blanket as he
returned with a group of people
hauling unusual equipment. He told
them how he loved to swim here as a
boy but he had also ruined this
place by dumping chemicals and filth
from the factory. The men set to
work putting me through filters,
pumps and boilers. I regained my
colour, and my water glistened once
again in the sun's light. They
scattered plants all around me. New
fish swam in daily from all
directions and my beach was
reopened. I felt extraordinarily
The sun was setting,
the familiar blue raincoat was in my
sight. My gentle tides washed over
his feet as a big thank you for what
he had done. He smiled. From that
day on, he told people my sad story
so this would never be repeated. I
knew he would always be there to
An addition in 2012
to the Herald's Young Writer
competitions, Youngest Writer:
WriteOn is for students in Years 1-6
and is presented in association with
the NSW Board of Studies. Hannah
Arnold's story, Am I a Rubbish
Dump?, was chosen to feature in
Spectrum as one of 12 Gold Award
winners of this year's competition.
Using this image of
crashing waves by Herald
photographer Nick Moir for
inspiration, students were invited
to write a description, exposition
or narrative of up to 500 words.
Hannah took a modern approach, first
consulting the thesaurus on the
school computer to find words
related to the picture. She found
words about stormy weather, wind and
waves, but it was when she asked her
family that inspiration struck. "I
showed my grandma the picture and
she said, 'What about the greenhouse
effect?', but I didn't know what the
greenhouse effect was,'' Hannah
says. ''Then my mum said, 'What
about pollution?' and that sounded
like a good idea to me."
October 26, 2012
inspires young writers
Prize-winning pen pals … the Sydney
Morning Herald Youngest Writers gold
award winners. Photo: Peter Rae
TWELVE primary school students have
been honoured for their creative
writing skills in the third annual
Sydney Morning Herald Youngest
Writers WriteOn competition.
However, Hannah Arnold's description
of the ocean as a rubbish dump took
out the main prize, beating hundreds
of finalists who used a Herald
photograph of giant waves
lapping over Bondi beach as
inspiration for a short story.
Hannah, a stage 2 student at
Redeemer Baptist School in North
Parramatta, will have her piece
published in tomorrow's Spectrum.
award now partners the prestigious
Sydney Morning Herald Young Writers'
prize for senior school students,
now in its 27th year.
During September, a judging panel of
teachers read 230 entries from
schools across the state, and
selected 12 gold, 11 silver, and 12
bronze award winners.
gold award winners, and their
families and friends, visited the
Herald offices yesterday for the
All of the winners will have their
works published in an anthology, to
be published by the NSW Board of
Studies next year.
Redeemer Baptist School's
founding principal Noel Cannon
Redeemer Baptist School’s
founding principal Pastor Noel
Cannon passed away on February
His son, current Redeemer
Baptist School principal
Jonathan Cannon said after
spending much of the last two
weeks in intensive care, his
father’s last wish was to ‘‘go
He passed away at his
Oatlands home two days after his
final wish, surrounded by 200 of
his family and friends,
including the congregation of
Redeemer Baptist Church.
His son described his last
couple of days:
''He rallied for almost two
days, but then it was evident
that his breathing was becoming
more laboured and he was
slipping out of consciousness
''So the whole Church
surrounded his bed at home —
singing gospel songs and praying
to the Lord with much thanks for
all that He has given us through
this servant of His — as Noel
took his last breaths.
''All who gathered were able
to personally farewell this much
loved brother who was, for many
of us, also like a father,''
Principal Cannon said.
He called his father a
In a letter addressed to
parents and guardians at the
school he states: ‘‘Noel
Cannon’s energy, determination
and vision in leadership and
service contributed to the
formation of Redeemer Baptist
School...he was a pastor who by
the grace of God established a
unique community of holy love at
Redeemer Baptist Church in
commandments to love God and our
He told the News his father
had ‘‘many many children’’.
‘‘He taught us, he loved us
and he taught us to love others
in that same way,’’ Principal
Noel Cannon was a driving
force in implementing literacy
and numeracy programs in
regional and remote communities
in partnership with the
Australian Literacy and Numeracy
He was acknowledged for his
educational contribution with a
fellowship awarded by the
Australian College of Educators
Principal Cannon relayed the
words of former student Emanuel
Perdis who said Noel Cannon had:
‘‘an indomitable will and a
panoramic vision of education
within a strong framework of
A funeral will be held for
Noel Cannon today (March 2) at
Redeemer Baptist School in
Music prelude starts at
11.30am with service starting at
noon. Family, friends and past
students are welcome.
HSC Texstyles Muse Gallery Exhibition Tuesday,
January 24th, 2012
Back row (from left): Dr John De
Courcy (NSW Branch President), Dr
Lindsay Connors, AM (National
President), Dr Peter Hill (COE,ACARA)
Front Row: Dorothy Hoddinott, AO
(Chair), Carol Taylor (CEO, BOS),
Christine Del Gallo (Secondary
About 80 senior secondary teachers
and executive were warmly welcomed by
the Headmaster of the Redeemer Baptist
School, Mr Russell Bailey. Each panel
member was given 10 minutes to offer a
point of view and this was followed by
some lively and penetrating questions
and discussion very ably handled by our
Chair, Dorothy Hoddinott. The nature of
the curriculum and its many benefits
were discussed as well as some of the
issues surrounding its implementation.
Dr Peter Hill from ACARA clarified
issues and put to rest many of our
'fears' about the implementation,
assessment and content of subjects areas
developed to date. A very valuable and
positive Forum!! The President of the
Hills/Parramatta Region, Dr Paul March,
thanked the panel members and chair for
their excellent input.
Reverend the Hon. FRED NILE [2.47 p.m.]: ...
I also pay tribute to the Redeemer Baptist Church, which organised students
from the Redeemer Baptist School to go to Muli Muli for nearly two weeks on
a working party to help paint and update the church. The church was not
falling down but the working party carried out a lot of improvements and
painted it to make it look like a new church. I am very pleased they were
able to do that. It was a genuine practical act of reconciliation that the
Aboriginal people greatly appreciated. I am very pleased to support this
awarded F.A.C.E. for WRAP
July 28, 2010
When builders are on site and constructing a building, they are often required to butt a straight piece of material, such as timber, metal, plastic or other sheet materials like these, to a surface that is uneven. At the moment builders find this difficult to do because they use a makeshift pointed block or a compass to transcribe the shape of the surface onto the material with a pencil. This line is used to cut the material to fit the surface and inaccuracies can produce a poor result.
Scribe-mate is a device that allows you to draw an accurate parallel line no matter how bumpy or curvy the surface you’re measuring.
About the Inventor
Jeremiah Bolton is 19 years and from Sydney.
He has just finished the HSC and is training to become a builder. He is currently doing voluntary work experience with licensed builders to help build a library for a school.
His two main hobbies are playing sport (cricket, soccer, football, basketball) and making models of aircraft.
Jeremiah also enjoys playing guitar.
Jeremiah invented Scribe-mate for his year 12 design project. He wanted to design something helpful. While working with builders at his construction course he was told about the problem they had with matching pieces of timber to the sandstone of the buildings in the school.
The invention is a device for accurately transferring the curve of an uneven surface to another material. The device can be operated with one hand.
Scribe-mate has one pointed end, a means for holding and securing a writing implement, a handle, and an integrated spirit level. The device includes a means for adjusting the distance between the pointed end and the writing implement.
How it Works
The device is used as follows:
First, the surface which will receive the scribed line is fixed temporarily against the uneven surface.
Second, the writing implement, typically a pencil, is inserted into the device and secured by a screw. This frees up one of the user’s hands and also eliminates one of the items upon which the user must concentrate.
Thirdly, the distance between the pointed tip and the writing implement is adjusted to suit the surfaces and is secured in place by the second screw.
Fourthly, holding the handle, the user can quickly scribe a line by pulling the device along the uneven surface. The user concentrates their attention on the integrated spirit level, thus ensuring that the angle of the device remains constant and an accurate curve is produced.
Scribe-mate can work on many surfaces, wood, metal, plastic anything that you can mark with a pencil.
YEAR 7 class at Redeemer Baptist School in North
Parramatta is aiming for the stars to be visible in
another 80 years, that is.
The students are finalists in this year's NATA Young
Scientists Award with an experiment that measured
and recorded light-pollution levels in Sydney and
regional NSW over 12 weeks.
They developed a website that allowed people around the world to enter
measurements into their class database and used this data to create a
Southern and Northern Sky Magnitude Chart to plot their results.
This year 7 class from
Redeemer Baptist School is a finalist
in the 2009 NATA Young Scientists Award.
There were 3555 submissions.
Science teacher Stuart Garth said his students were extremely excited
to be finalists and were committed to reducing light pollution as a
result of the experiment. ``They cannot walk out the door now at night
without looking at the sky and taking measurements,'' he said.
``Currently, there are 636 suburbs in the Sydney metropolitan area and
we've measured in 506 of those suburbs, with a minimum of three
measurements in order to be counted. Students made an average of 100
measurements each and recorded the data on the website.''
They found that in areas without streetlights, further from Sydney
and with thick vegetation the stars were brighter. They also discovered
that outdoor lighting, particularly spotlights, comprised a significant
amount of the light pollution.
Headmaster Russell Bailey said it was fitting the project should take
place in the International year of Astronomy.
The visit of Redeemer Baptist Church from New South Wales
On Friday 17th July Mike Dale cooked a welcoming BBQ for the guests and opened his house to the rest of us for drinks and nibbles. Bob Bell generously erected his marquee in the garden, so when the guests eventually arrived, they could get fresh air and enjoy the garden. We had a cosmopolitan welcome for them, and when there was an unforseen issue with one of the sleeping arrangements, Neil and Ros came to the rescue and provided more space. Neil made sure we ran them to the tube on Saturday morning, for their architectural tour of London - Jonathan Cannon, as well as being the leader and head of the Redeemer Baptist School is an architect. Mimi Turner got the catering organised for the Saturday Lord’s Day at Neil & Ros’s, where Jonathan Mead and Nadia Thompson took the lead. Jonathan Cannon showed an inspiring and challenging DVD of their life in Australia, stopping for a commentary and to answer questions. Those present were impressed and recognised our brothers and sisters in the Lord. Sunday was HTB day for the visitors, but still Neil & Ros had them round for an evening meal. On Monday, after the group had witnessed the Ashes game at Lords, they came to a BBQ at the Meads’. Jonathan Mead did the cooking, supposedly assisted by Michael Thompson and the two Australian men, so that Helen Goodman and Caroline Mead could run a Women’s Events sharing evening. When the young women visitors sang grace – a cappella – it was moving and inspiring. Andy Pettman had a chance that evening to have more of a sharing session with the men. When they left on Tuesday morning, they had tasted true hospitality, not only taking over Hugh and Mercy Potters’ home for the young women, but from Arthur and Rebecca, Jonathan & Caroline, Reiner and Ursula, Tim and Mimi (who arranged it all) and Neil and Ros. They left us with very good memories, as well as CDs of their music and DVDs of their life.
This is not yet over! We were really impressed by their love of the Lord, and the principles which had guided their special call, so similar to our own.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - EDUCATION
Hope is Here
students give to Marysville bushfire victims
Young Filipino scientist heads for 2009 Intel Int’l Fair
ANGELI ALBA 07.NOV.08
A young Filipino student recently received a Young Scientist of
the Year Award and will be heading to the Intel International Science and
Engineering Fair in Reno Nevada for 2009.
The grade-9 Change Torres is one of the youngest students to win the award,
since the usual winners are grade 11 and grade 12 students.
Torres was invited to attend the Science Teacher’s Association of New South
Wales Young Scientist Awards where, he was informed, he was to receive an award.
He said that he did not know at the time what the award would be. The Young
Scientist Award, he said, was a surprise especially since he saw a lot of other
projects which seem more complicated.
Apart from the Young Scientist of the Year award, among the prizes he won during
that event were the ARUP sponsor award and the Measurement Prize from the
National Measurement Institute.
Torres won these awards for his work on mapping out the acoustics inside
different types of classrooms in his school, the Redeemer Baptist School at
In a testimonial that the young Filipino student wrote, he said that he was
particularly interested in his topic because he “hoped that this would aid
hearing impaired students find the best spot in a room to sit.”
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
for school poets
NORTH Parramatta’s Redeemer Baptist School has won the prestigious Dorothea
Mackellar Poetry Society school’s award. Year three student Catherine Young also
managed to pick-up an individual award for her expressive and intimate poem
called Sugar Glider.
Judges of the awards selected Redeemer for the school’s award because
standard of entries overall were the highest. Principal Jonathan Cannon said
students got more out of their curriculum experiences when they were given an
opportunity to showcase their work.
‘‘The goal of producing a work of the highest quality to be judged against
exacting standards and compared with exceptional talent from students around the
country really does inspire an extraordinary effort from the students,’’ Mr
The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Society project officer Helen Green
congratulated the school, the administration, the teachers and particularly the
students who submitted work of such a high quality.
‘‘It is a fabulous result of which they can be very proud and we look forward
to next year’s competition and more extraordinary poems,’’ she said.
Catherine Young’s winning poem:
Stretching pockets of skin,
Grey soft fur,
Small leathery nose,
On its parachute skin.
Four feet dragging,
Cautiously then swift,
Strongly landing and
Dashingly through the wind.
Near the clouds.
Mursell Cannon’s time at school has been so inspiring that
she wants to do it all again.
Not as a student though but as a teacher. For now the year 12 student at
Redeemer Baptist School says she’s “really excited, I really want to finish.”
As captain of the netball team and a full study schedule, she has a busy
year ahead, and has to drop drama this year to fit it all in.
“It’s going to keep me busy, but I like study, so that’s OK,” Mursell
Her parents founded Redeemer in the 1980's. The Parramatta School has 400
students, with a strong sense of community.
“We are taught to care about all the students, not just look after the
brightest but to look after everyone,”she says.
Mursell says she would like to emulate her dedicated teachers. “They
provide us with after-school study, especially for year 12, and give us their
time on holidays when they could be having time off.
“We also have an after-school study hall each Wednesday that goes until
9pm, all the students use it. We have dinner together on those nights and it’s a
lot of fun. You get a lot of work done and don’t have your siblings around, so
“[Our teachers] have made learning fun and I want to do that too,” she
says. Rebecca Martin
At the Awards Night of the
Ignite Short Film Festival at Wesley Conference Centre our film club won the
Schools Category with its first-ever production: “Carry”.
Mursell Cannon, student representative of the Redeemer Baptist School Film Club,
spoke to the crowded auditorium about the film club: “Most of the members have
been in the School’s Drama Club, which puts on a major live-performance each
year in the School’s Sargood Hall. We thought it would be a good idea to try a
different medium for getting our message across. And so we found out about
Ignite and decided to enter.”
The film is a creative interpretation of Jesus’ and the Apostle Paul’s words,
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light ... carry one another’s burdens and
so fulfil the law of Christ.”
Alexandra Cannon, Samia Dibb and Emma Poyitt with
Education Minster Carmel Tebutt
Nescafe Big Break Competition
An excerpt from
The cream of the nation's young entrepreneurs are
seeking innovative ways to get their ideas up and running.
James Dunn reports
FROM the tough
competition of the Chicago restaurant industry to the communal ideal of an
Israeli kibbutz might seem an unlikely path for entrepreneurial
inspiration. But for Melbourne caterer Nicholas Morris, that's what it
took for his big idea -
a chain of vegetarian restaurants - to take shape. ...
Another budding entrepreneur whose idea took time to come to
the boil is Ian Cannon, 17. Cannon, a Year 12 student at Redeemer Baptist
School in North Parramatta, is the classic inventor, hoping to take his
ColorLuminator - a device for measuring colour and brightness - to the world
market The idea sprang from research into colour-blindness Cannon did in
Year 8, but building a device to help colour-blind people had to wait until
he had a few more school years under his belt
“I needed to learn how circuits work and how you measure colour, which I
didn’t know for a few years,” he says. The result was the ColorLuminator, a
device that identifies colours, and also measures luminance contrast, which
is the difference in brightness between two surfaces. It has been designed
to meet the needs of vision-impaired and colour-blind people.
Developed by Cannon and a classmate, Rickystan Savaiko, the device has
already taken out first prize for technical communication at the
International Science and Engineering Fair in Indianapolis, and the pair
have established that it is a world first.
“You can put it on a surface, press a button and it will tell you the colour
of that surface,” says Canon. It uses LEDs, which shine the light on to the
surface, and the photo-transistors pick up the reflected light, and by
measuring the light reflected, can define the colour on that surface. People
will use it when they need to see what colour is there, for example, when
they’re choosing clothes or buying ripe fruit”
Possibly more important, he says, is the device’s luminance
contrast capability. This is important in the building industry, where the
building code specifies differences in brightness so that a vision-impaired
person can find their way around a building.
But luminance contrast standards are difficult and
expensive to implement, he says, which gives the simplicity of the
ColorLuminator a major advantage.
“We’ve had the device tested by staff at Vision Australia
and by leading building auditors, and they’ve expressed avid interest for it
to be marketed in Australia. We’ve also had great interest from the
standards authorities in America, Japan, Italy and Canada, so we know
there’s a lot of export potential.”
Morris and Cannon are finalists in the 2006 Nescafe Big
Break competition, which offers $100,000 cash awards to young people to
kick-start business, artistic or sporting ideas. The competition shows that
the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well among young Australians and
New Zealanders, says Janelle Skropidis, head of Nescafe marketing
“The calibre and volume of big ideas entered in Nescafe Big Break this year
demonstrates that young Australians and New Zealanders are prepared to work
hard to achieve their dreams. They are actively seeking an innovative way to
get their idea up and running,” says Skropidis.
“For many young people, owning their own business is their
big ambition. This year’s Nescafe Big Break program reflected this trend
with almost 30 per cent of the 4100 entrants submitting applications for a
start-up business,” she says.
Morris certainly wants to harness “passion
and a head full of recipes” to launch Soulveg restaurant, and eventually
expand it into a chain.
... Cannon also has big plans, hoping to take his
ColorLuminator to the world market If he wins the $100,000, Cannon says it
will go to securing the intellectual property, developing the third and
final marketable prototype and having it tested.
The Hills Shire
Times, August 29th
The Parramatta Advertiser, August 30th,
Follow the links below to read the letters from the Hon Frank Sartor MP to
Ian & Rickystan
Tuesday July 4. 2006
Redeemer Baptist School Honoured for
Excellence in Fundraising
The NSW Fundraising Director for the Heart Foundation—Ms
Frances Cinelli—presented a plaque to the School at the end of our
Term 2 Chapel Service (22 June 2006) in appreciation for the outstanding
effort or our students in raising $12,255.20 in the Jump Rope for Heart
program. "Each and every one of you has done an absolutely fantastic job,"
Ms Cinelli said to the students, "you’ve looked after the hearts of all
Naomi Wallis, senior PDHPE student and one of the organisers of the "jump
off" day, responded on behalf of the School to Ms Cinelli’s commendation:
"We understand the role the Heart Foundation has taken in fighting
cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death in Australia ...
the jump rope for heart program is a great way to encourage children to be
Heart health was a significant issue at the School during term 2. Early in
this term, a term in which students were active gathering sponsors, the
School Headmaster Dr Max Shaw was taken by ambulance to Westmead Hospital in
the early hours of the morning suffering from a heart attack. Within an hour
of arrival at Westmead Dr Shaw was on the operating table, with two
life-saving stents being inserted into his coronary arteries. Uncannily, Dr
Shaw’s return to his office as Headmaster coincided with the visit to the
School of the Heart Foundation! With Dr Shaw on the podium alongside her, Ms
Cinelli commented, "It’s because of the Heart Foundation’s work and research
that he’s able to be here with us four weeks after it happened". It may be
that Dr Shaw’s illness inspired the School community to give generously.
The citation on the plaque from the Heart Foundation, now displayed in the
School’s reception, is a permanent reminder of the importance of charity and
the generosity of the school community. The plaque says: "Your outstanding
support of the National Heart Foundation of Australia enables us to continue
our life-saving work".
essay which expressed the belief there is more to business enterprise than
profit has resulted in a local student receiving recognition for his work by
the Prime Minister.
Redeemer Baptist School Year 11 student Wesley Tan entered the Prime
Minister's Business Partnership's Corporate Social Responsibility Essay
Competition in early 2005 and won the school section.
In the competition students were encouraged to express their opinions on
corporate social responsibility which has been defined by the World Business
Council as: "The commitment of business to contribute to sustainable
economic development, working with employees, their families ... and society
at large to improve their quality of life".
The West Pennant Hills student's essay explored
how corporate social responsibility can become incorporated into the
Australian business psyche.
He believes Australia's response to the tsunami disaster shows it is in the
Australian psyche to give. "I believe most Australians feel there is more to
business enterprise than the profit motive."
Tan won $2000 and the North Parramatta based school received $3000 towards a
learning resource or a school community project.
Receives the School Cheque from Wesley
REDEEMER YOUNG SCIENTISTS AWARDED AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE This year eleven students from Redeemer Baptist School were awarded prizes in
the NSW Young Scientist Competition. This is quite an achievement, given that
there were only 55 prizes to be won out of a massive 5,000 school level entries
throughout the State. click here to read more
Schoolboys contribute to international congress The
20th congress of the International Society on Thrombosis and
Haemostasis attracted medical doctors and scientists from around the world to
the Darling Harbour convention centre during August this year.
click here to read more
Congratulations to Kirk Wettenhall for his
prize-winning poem, The Choice we all must make. click here to read more
2004 BHP Billiton Science Awards The
BHP Billiton Science Awards reward young people who have undertaken practical research projects
that demonstrate innovative approaches and thorough scientific procedures.Congratulations to Marcus & Simeon
Cannon for being awarded first place in the 'Biology and Microbiology'
category. Marcus & Simeon's project was entitled "Using
ultrasound technique to
reduce the risk of
during periods of
prolonged sitting". Congratulations also to Tim Bailey & Bowei Huang for reaching the
finals (top 4) in the 'Environment & Earth Science' category. Tim & Bowei's project was entitled "Killer in the
Creek - A scientific research on Chromobacterium Violacem and its occurrence
in local creeks".
Schools Poetry Competition A national competition for lower secondary and
primary schools conducted by Write4Fun, Brisbane. There were over 20,000
entries, with finalists' entries being published in the Write4Fun Poetry
Anthology hard-bound book. Redeemer Baptist School received a certificate for
being the school with the most entries in the book. Congratulations to Ian Chan
Click here to see more about Write4Fun in our
Minister's Community Business Partnership Essay Competition Congratulations to Wesley Tan
who was one of twelve national
finalists in the Prime Minister's Community Business
Partnership, Corporate Social Responsibility Essay Competition 2004. Set up in
1999 by the Prime Minister to assist the Australian Government to help
business and community sectors work together. Corporate Social Responsibility
(CSR) is the term used to describe the policies and actions of businesses and
corporations that take into account social and environmental issues.
Click here to see the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership and CSR
Essay Competition web site.
Winner—Australian Schools Science Competition The
Testing Centre(ETC) aims for
the Australasian Schools Science Competition are to:
provide an opportunity for all students to gain a measure
of their skills in Science in an external assessment situation
monitor individual progress in a range of Science-based
recognise and reward achievement at all levels
provide students, parents and teachers with a
comprehensive analysis of student performance.
3 High Distinctions &
3 Distinctions in the Australian Mathematics Challenge The Mathematics Challenge for Young
Australians targets the top 10 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6,
and secondary students in Years 7 to 10. High Distinctions were awarded to Wesley Tan
(year 10) , Ian Chan (year 9) and Amrit Joseph (year 6).
Distinctions were awarded to Esther Kim (year 10), Katriona Poyitt
(year 9) and Timothy Bailey (year 7). These students are eligible to go to the Australian Mathematics Olympiad. Click here to view the
Australian Mathematics Trust web site.Click
here to see more about AMT in our Links page.
International Science & Engineering Fair, USA Congratulations to Marcus & Simeon Cannon
for their "Excellence Team" award in the presentation of their "JetGym"
project at the
Intel International Science & Engineering Fair, held in
the USA in May, 2004.
Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon, was the gathering place for more
than 1,300 high school students from nearly 40 countries,
who assembled for the weeklong celebration of science known as Intel ISEF. At the 55th annual fair, finalists had the chance to talk with Nobel
laureates, get acquainted with fellow students from around the globe, and
explore the City of Roses. The Intel ISEF 2004
is the world’s largest pre-college science competition
and awards more than $3 million in scholarships. Click here to read more.
Hospital receives Visual Distractions from D&T Students Being in hospital can be a distressing thing for
children, especially the young. The year's 8 & 9 Design and Technology
class directed their ingenuity to the design and building of some games and
toys which combined together were called "Visual Distraction".
Young Scientist of the Year with the revolutionary "JetGym"
project. Congratulations to Marcus & Simeon Cannon for
their "JetGym" project. They won first prize in the Intel Young
Scientist Awards Section 10-12 Scientific Research category. They also won
the ACPSEM Medical Physics Award and the Intel Australia Award, which
includes a trip to Portland Oregon, USA, to participate in the Intel 2004 International Science and
scoops the awards at the Intel Young Scientist of the Year. With 36 major prizes on offer, selected from a
record 8,200 entries, Redeemer Baptist School performed brilliantly with 15
finalists. Redeemer Baptist students won first place awards in 6 of the 12
Hill House receives two Master Builders Association awards. Master Builders Association of NSW acknowledges
Castle Hill House with the "Restoration" and "Best Use of
Timber" 2003 awards. In handing the "Restoration" award
plaque to Mr Jonathan Cannon, ... said "This project involved the
restoration and adaptive re-use of the historic 1840 Georgian homestead
which was in a derelict state after two fires. A first class restoration was
carried out over a ten year period". Click
here to read the whole article. Read the Sydney Morning Herald article entitled "Community
Spirit" - Property Section, page 30, 12 November, 2003.
HSC Design & Technology Major Projects
nominated for DesignTECH 2004.
HSC D & T projects 'Liberty Transport System' by Adam
Moses and 'SystemAthletic' by Joseph Botros, have been nominated for display at the 2004 DesignTECH exhibition at the Powerhouse
Federal Review of Teaching and Teacher Education
The Australian Government, Department of Education,
Science and Training, in their recent 300 page report entitled
"Australia's Teachers: Australia's Future", comments about
Redeemer Baptist School on page 31 saying, "An independent school in
New South Wales achieves outstanding results in science and
technology". The article provides an excellent insight into the ethos
of the School. Click here to read a copy of
the report which makes reference to Redeemer Baptist School. Also a PDF copy of the article can be downloaded from the
Year 9 Student
gets into the finals of the National OzSpell competition.
Congratulations to Wesley
Tan (Year 9) in making it to the televised final of the National OZSPELL
held from 9-11 July. Click here for an overview
Young Designer Awards - new ideas for the Children's Hospital Project name "Vital Distractions",
Module 1 (Years 7-8), obtained two Regional places and one State Finalist.
Their objective was to design and make games, activities and visual
diversional therapies that could be used to assist children in their
recovery from sickness and physical hardships.
Soccer, Softball and Super 8's Cricket
teams all obtain final berths > Super 8's
Cricket team won the regional Milo Cup which is promoted by the NSW
Cricketers Association. They came third in the Regional Final, held at the
Sydney Cricket Ground on December 1st and participated in the on-field
entertainment during the recent 4th Cricket Test - Australia vs India. > SWISSA
Senior Girls Softball grand
final winners. > SWISSA
Junior Girls Softball grand
final winners. > SWISSA
Senior Boys Soccer take out the Grand Final. > SWISSA
Junior Boys Soccer were runners-up.
BHP Billiton Science
Physics, Engineering and
Technology Keith Lam and Marbury Lau 'The Millennium Refrigerator'
This project successfully combined the technology process and
scientific method through a series of well designed experiments. The result
was a logically developed design proposal for a better refrigerator which the
students then built and tested. Their project produced a positive social
contribution. The judges were impressed with the way in which Marbury and
Keith accessed information, assistance and resources in their quest to design
a better refrigerator.
BHP Billiton Science
Physics, Engineering and
Technology Peter Kaye - Smith
Saunas Aren't Designed for Infants' Peter’s entry tackles the
tragic issue of heat-related children's deaths in motor vehicles. Peter begins
his research by collating statistics, identifying existing studies and
analysing the causal factors associated with the phenomena. This forms the
basis of an extensive phase of controlled experiments that investigate the
changes in temperature, humidity levels, carbon dioxide and other parameters
within enclosed vehicles throughout the year. Using the results of this work,
Peter developed a practical heat dispelling system to control the critical
factors. The device is thoroughly tested and is demonstrated to provide an
effective solution to reducing the risk of heat-related injuries and deaths.
BHP Billiton Science
Physics, Engineering and
Technology Jonathan Bailey
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