Students immerse themselves at ANSTO

QUORN AREA SCHOOL: (front) Aiden and Chloe (middle) Blake, Matt Griffiths (teacher) Philip, Kaleb, Hamish, Macey, Tatum, Megan Novillos (teacher) (back) Jaquarra, Meggan, Jade, Zoe Kaitlyn, Tayla, Tom and Ethan.
QUORN AREA SCHOOL: (front) Aiden and Chloe (middle) Blake, Matt Griffiths (teacher) Philip, Kaleb, Hamish, Macey, Tatum, Megan Novillos (teacher) (back) Jaquarra, Meggan, Jade, Zoe Kaitlyn, Tayla, Tom and Ethan.

One five hour bus ride and a two hour flight later, Quorn Area School students arrived in Sydney to explore Australia’s nuclear-based science agency.

Seventeen students spent four days in April learning from experts at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO).

The experience was coordinated through the Barnidoota Economic Working group as part of the Quorn consultation process to site the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF).

Students and teachers were encouraged to explore waste management technologies and opportunities that could come with a facility of this kind.

Zoe using some of the technology at the ANSTO facility.

Zoe using some of the technology at the ANSTO facility.

Rod Dowler from ANSTO’s Discovery Centre said it was an excellent way for students and teachers to gain insight into the types of jobs a facility of this kind can bring.

“Not everyone who works at a nuclear facility is a nuclear scientist and there are a range of waste management, administration, security, engineering and maintenance roles held here at ANSTO,” Mr Dowler said.

“This was an immersive experience, where the students spoke to staff throughout the organisation...

Rod Dowler, ANSTO Discovery Centre

“This was an immersive experience, where the students spoke to staff throughout the organisation and found out more about what they do day-to-day and learnt about ANSTO’s work.”

When not at ANSTO, the students had the chance to visit nearby Aboriginal sites in the Royal National Park and were given a guided tour of the 200 Treasures exhibition in the Australian Museum. They were also able to take in the famous sites of the Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge before capping it all off with a three course meal on board a Sydney Harbour Boat Cruise.

aquarra, Macey and Tahlia

aquarra, Macey and Tahlia

Quorn Area School student Blake Freer was able to get a better understanding of the processes in a nuclear facility.

“The different occupations explorations was also really good, as well as the trade workshops,” he said. “My favourite part was the museum and going through the city.”

“The most interesting part for me was learning about – and taking part in – the environmental monitoring that the team at ANSTO conduct,” year 12 student Jaquarra Chapman added. 

Senior School Coordinator Matt Griffiths accompanied the students on the trip and said he was blown away with how polite, respectful and responsible they all were.

“My highlight was easily getting to travel interstate with an amazing group of students,” Mr Griffiths said.

“It was a great opportunity to get to know the students away from school and learn about the people that they are, not just what they do at school.”