Students make colourful first impression on their future peers 

Cumberland High School students will make a colourful first impression on their future peers with science demonstrations during the school’s open night.

Ice-cream made with liquid nitrogen and dry ice will be offered to the visitors after a nifty experiment to show different concentrations of acid and alkaline solutions as changing blue, green, red, purple, and yellow smoking liquids.

Rohan Pearson-Bourne, in year 9, and Lachlan Roser, in year 10, are among a select group of science students who put on the demonstrations for the open night and others for patients at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Lachlan said it was good for younger students to see science experiments in action.

‘‘If you’re able to help people see things they don’t see every day and experience different things it’s fun,’’ Lachlan said.

‘‘I like the idea of being able to explore and try different things by doing experiments, seeing how different things react and what happens in every-day life, ’’ Rohan said.

Principal Mechel Pikoulas said the open night’s many hands-on activities were targeted towards primary school students in years 5 and 6 to ‘‘give them a sense of what the school is about’’.

The event will also include guided campus tours, a cafe run by hospitality students, a literacy and homework workshop for parents, a concert band performance, ipad games, and the chance to construct flying machines with industrial arts students.

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