‘My goal is simple. It is a complete understanding of the universe, why it is as it is and why it exists at all’—Stephen Hawking.
Astronomy has long been studied as part of the Brisbane Girls Grammar School Science curriculum. The Astronomy Club offers students in Years 7 to 10 the opportunity to explore topics beyond the curriculum. Students can also take part in hands-on activities and experiments and spend additional time using the School’s telescopes at the Dorothy Hill Observatory at Marrapatta.
In Term 4, we held the first-ever Astronomy Club Awards. To receive the award, students had to demonstrate commitment to the club throughout the year and successfully attain a variety of objectives relating to astronomy and space science.
For students who have previously demonstrated the criteria required for the Astronomy Club Award, the Advanced Award recognises ongoing commitment to the club and continued enthusiasm for the subject.
Thank you to Ms Mynott and Miss Talbot for presenting these awards and congratulations to all students—we are very proud of their achievements.
Mrs Katy Smith
Astronomy Club Coordinator
Last term, we celebrated five years since our Dorothy Hill Observatory was officially launched in 2017. Since then, the observatory has received over 3 100 project requests from students and taken over 28 900 images. The observatory has enabled our students to produce breathtaking images of the cosmos as well as undertake peer-reviewed scientific research. Over the next five years, we will continue to refine the astronomy curriculum and look to expand our research capabilities.
Enjoy a photo of the 2022 Astronomy Competition Grand Prize Winner, The Veil Nebula, taken by student, Tara Mann (10G).