Mckenzie World Challenege Ecuador

Trusting others to make important decisions was one of the steepest learning curves for two of our students who have just returned from a life-changing World Challenge experience to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.

Chris Ahn

Chris Joon Ha Ahn is hardwired to be a Physicist.

A top Year 12 student at ACG Strathallan in South Auckland says Physics is his favourite subject because it is the base of all sciences. “Everything in the world is Physics,” he explains. “Even if I’m studying Biology, I’m relating it to Physics. For example, if I’m studying DNA, I see that it’s about codes, and I start to think about whether we could reproduce those codes using a computer, which then becomes Physics. That’s how my brain works.”

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ACG Strathallan has hosted local and national robotics competitions since 2009 and is fast developing a reputation as a powerhouse for robotics. 

ACG Strathallan Confucius Event

The first Confucius Classroom in South Auckland was opened on Tuesday at ACG Strathallan. In partnership with the Confucius Institute, this specialised classroom brings a dedicated resource for learning Chinese to schools in the region.

The plaque outside of the Confucius Classroom was unveiled on Tuesday.

From left: Yu-Mei Lin - Teacher of Chinese - ACG Strathallan,  Nora Yao - Director - Confucius Institute, Danny Chan - Deputy Chairman - ACG, Hon Judith Collins - MP for Papakura and Minister of Corrections and Police, Robin Kirkham - Executive Principal - ACG Strathallan,  Daniel Fang - Education Consul Chinese Consulate General in Auckland, Yawei Chen - Education Consul Chinese Consulate General in Auckland, Peter Sun - Deputy Director of Confucius Institute.

We have arrived in Periya after our four days of Trekking in Munnar. The trek had amazing sights and we learnt loads about the local spices and wildlife. For trekking we were treated amazingly by Kalypso especially with the food as we never went hungry! Our first full day of trekking was by far the most energy consuming and by the end of the day we were all shattered. The days got easy until the last day where we encounted leeches and some had to overcome their fear of heights. By the end of the four days we were ready for proper beds and showers so we made the journey by bus to where we are now (Kumily) to have one full day of Rest & Relaxation.

Today we walked around the Wildlife Sanctuary and even saw some Tigers and Elephants. Just walking around the streets we were able to see monkeys and experience different street foods. Everyone has experienced something new and for most it was getting to ride elephants today.
Tomorrow we are making our way up the coast where our project phase will take place. We aren't sure if we have Internet access there so this may be the last bit of contact until we head north to Dehli next week.

We love you all and miss you too.
P.S nobody has got sick yet!

Strathallan World Challenge Team

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Yesterday it rained all day. Today we are trekking 13km and climbing 2 summits so is going to be rather steep and tiring! Today is our last day tramping but will be staying in a camp ground tonight...

Clarence van der Wel

ACG Strathallan celebrated the official opening of its international-standard hockey turf last night with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a match between our current players and an invitation past players’ team.

middle earth mastersFive students from ACG Strathallan travelled to St Louis, Missouri in the United States last month for the robotics First Tech Challenge World Championship.

FTC is a robotics programming competition, where teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The World Championship is a large, loud, fun and highly competitive environment and this year there were over 14,000 students represented from over 60 countries.


World Challenge picture-showThis is a picture show from Team Two during the World Challenge Expedition 2012


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