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Round One 2019   begins 25 February
Blood & Guts
One of the longest running courses in PEAC! Blood & Guts is a journey into the world of the human body. Under the guidance of your friendly PEAC Coordinator, Alan Slater, students dissect hearts, lungs, eyes and more. We look deeply into how our body works and analyse the main organs. Students learn first aid from an Emergency nurse and apply this knowledge to a critical situation. Definitely not a course for the Squeamish!
Week 5: First Aid This week was our final week of Blood and Guts. First up, nurse Jules showed us some first aid. We went into detail with types of cuts, fractures, snake bites, choking and how to fix and avoid these. It was also great because the exercises were really hands on because we got to draw cuts and bandage them as well as snake bites, which we got to pressure bandage. After nurse Jules had left we presented our diseases and mine was on Salmonellosis. It was really funny watching some of the acting that went on and I thought it was really cool how Lilly did the spots. After this we attempted to do an eye dissection. It didn't smell at all unlike the other organs! It also was sticky like the lungs and actually did fell kind of squishy!!! I was partnered with Lilly and because she didn't want to, I had to cut open the eye with the scissors. Lucky me! It had a kind of strange texture and it was really hard to cut so Mr. Slater had to help me. It secreted a black, ink like liquid before we squeezed out the gel which housed the lens. It was really fun looking through it at the news paper as well at the board. I have really enjoyed this course and I think it was really worth while. Thank you to everyone for making this course so enjoyable. - Victoria
4 November - Respiratory System Today we had our circulation rap/story/poem due. Mine went like this: I lie in my bed alone in the dark All is still except the beat of my heart Even after I have fallen asleep My heart will continue its steady beat It keeps my body supplied with O2 And moves nutrients, hormones and waste products too It pushes my blood along through my veins Then when its done it does it again To the right atrium and ventricle the blood does flow The to the lungs through the pulmonary artery it'll go In the lungs some oxygen the blood will collect Then through the pulmonary vein it goes next Now the heart faces its biggest task Through the aorta the whole body it must pass So now I'll sleep soundly for I know That although my body's still, my blood will still flow We also dissected a pair of lungs and Mr Slater blew some up. - Maia

Some reflections from past students

Ruby Rivers

Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, Never resting, Cause that’s what I do, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, Pumping, Never sleeping, Constantly moving, Every day, Day and night! Working away your whole life! Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, Never ending, Not once. Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, One pint of my friends Can save three of your kind, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, When you where just a babe, I only had a cup of buddies! Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, Your heart is the part that keeps it all going. My Ruby Rivers flow through your body in every direction possible, To every part, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, I have an army of white-faced soldiers to protect you against invasions, And a flotilla of platelets to dam the waterfalls, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, If you are oxygen, You better be quick to catch the next Hemoglobin ferry, Next stop the muscles, A two way trip, carbon dioxide climb on board! Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, 100,000 miles of tributaries to explore and discover, Be pushed around the body through white water rapids in 30 seconds, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, But what’s really fun, Is that my Ruby Rivers contain 0.2 milligrams of GOLD! Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump, Thump. Tori