As is often remarked by the Warden of Convocation at our Ordinary Meetings, Convocation receives much correspondence, more often than not by email these days. Much of it is pretty standard about address changes or the like, or recently some comment about Forrest Hall and contemporary topics.
Occasionally the Warden receives a note that demonstrates just how strong and valuable is the UWA graduate network. In the lead up to the recent Ordinary Meeting I received two such items of correspondence and thought them best shared.
To celebrate the relationship between today’s students and graduates from earlier days, Guild President Conrad Hogg and the Warden of Convocation Doug McGhie planted a white flowering jacaranda on Convocation Walk, east side of James Oval, on this year’s annual Convocation Day.
On November 15th we launched our new Piano Syllabus and supporting Series 18 educational resources. This represents the first full review of the syllabus since 2008 and includes revision of all technical work requirements as well as repertoire. AMEB has also introduced additional piano examination options including Collaborative Piano and Repetoire exams. The full syllabus is available in the 2019&n
Warden of Convocation Doug McGhie successfully completed the Ride to Conquer Cancer in early October. Each day saw the 800 plus cyclists pedalling into stiff sea breezes, and on Sunday into 70 km/h headwinds along the Warnbro Sound coast.
The Saturday evening in Mandurah was special as the head of the Harry Perkins Institute, Professor Peter Leedman, introduced top fundraisers and some particularly brave and inspirational cyclists, some of who were completing the challenge for their seventh time.
The University of Western Australia’s Albany Campus is seeking volunteers to collect tiny plastic pellets, known as ‘nurdles’, which have washed up on the South Coast after a massive spill off the South African coast in October last year.
Research into the future of Australia’s “other reef” – the Great Southern Reef – shows that even under the most optimistic carbon emission scenarios, ocean warming is likely to cause substantial loss of critical habitat-forming seaweeds by 2100.