This event was also covered by the North Coast Times Community Newspaper

Teams of keen science students from Clarkson, Merriwa and Somerly Primary Schools were recently invited to Clarkson Community High School for the chance to compete in the “Clarkson Challenge”. In its ninth year, the Clarkson Challenge is an academic problem-solving program in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), where students are set problems to solve using scientific knowledge, technology skills and teamwork, all while following a design process.

We all know that the world is moving towards an energy crisis as fossil fuels begin to run out. Alternative fuels will need to be developed if we are to meet the transport needs of future generations whilst at the same time protecting the environment. Therefore, the idea behind this year’s Clarkson Challenge was to inspire our future scientists to solve this issue by producing an emissions-free solar powered car using sustainable materials and innovative techniques such as 3D printing.

Parents can now submit absentee notes for their child(ren) via our Connect system.

Please watch the video below for more information:

Connect is an integrated online environment developed by the Department of Education WA for staff, students and parents in public schools.

Check out the short video clip on Connect at

How will parents access Connect? Each parent will be given their own secure login to Connect.  Connect is totally free and, because it is provided by the Department of Education, very safe.  As well as being able to login to Connect on any internet-enabled device, you may also receive notices from Connect that will be sent to you as either an email or a notification on your ‘phone.  A free app called Connect Now can be downloaded from Google Play or the Apple App Store and will let you receive Connect notices as push notifications.

If you have multiple children you only need one login, even if your children attend different public schools. When you login to Connect you will be able to see information specific to your own child/ren such as:

•    The classes in which your children are engaged
•    Class calendars
•    Week by week attendance information
•    Assessment Outlines information drawn from Reporting to Parents (secondary)
•    Assessments and evidence for your own child
•    Notices from your child’s classes that automatically generate an email or ‘phone notification to you

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