Congratulations to Simon Yang of Year 12 who has been selected into the Australian team for the
International Chemistry Olympiad to be held later in 2016.
Tonight is the much anticipated opening night of the 2016 musical. We are hoping for a full house so please
purchase tickets online or at the door tonight or tomorrow night.
Child/Student (0-18) $15.00
Family of 3 $60.00
Family of 4 $60.00
Opening Night Friday 1st April 6.30pm
Closing Night Saturday 2nd April 6.30pm
Year 12 enjoyed a preview event on Wednesday night and certainly enjoyed the experience.
In March each year, UN Youth NSW selects ten students from a pool of nearly two hundred, on the basis of
their extraordinary diplomacy, negotiation, and debating skills to represent their state at the National
Conference. These students come together with over 100 exceptional students from across Australia and
the Asia-Pacific to discuss a diverse range of international and local issues. Congratulations to Daniel
Forrest of Year 10 who has been selected to be part of this team.
Last week a number of students and Ms Steele attended the annual Selective School Social Justice
Conference which was held at Sydney Girls High School.
Year 7 had a wonderful time last Thursday at the Royal Easter Show. Thank you to Mr Grant, Ms Hameed,
Ms Twomey, Mr Pronger, Ms Ashhurst and Ms Ng for supervising this excursion.
On Tuesday, Ms Brooks and four talented debaters – Daniel Selvadurai, Daniel Forrest, Rehan Gunawardhana
and Charlie Yang assisted as coaches and adjudicators at a talented debaters’ day for primary school
students at Rosehill Public School. A big thank you to Ms Brooks who was able to make this happen. A lovely
email below from the Principal of Rosehill Public School and a photo of Daniel Selvadurai adjudicating at the
Thank you so much for your support sending your debaters to support the Parramatta Learning Community
primary school debating teams. They were a credit to your school, supportive of our students and highly
engaging speakers. Our students are interested in watching them debate some time if you have dates. They
were 'rockstars' for our kids.
Another successful cross country has occurred - thank you to our fabulous carnival co-ordinator Mr Low and
the PDHPE team.
In Week 3, our Year 7 and Year 9 students will complete their NAPLAN exams. We encourage students to
ensure they are familiar with the tests and sample questions can be found at
http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests.html . Practising a writing question is very important.
NAPLAN writing test
For the 2016 NAPLAN test, ACARA has advised that there is an equal possibility that the writing test will
require students to write a response in the narrative or persuasive genre.
The Persuasive Writing Marking Guide and the Narrative Writing Marking Guide can be downloaded from
the ACARA website.
Further information about the NAPLAN writing test, including example prompts, can be found on the ACARA
NAP website at:
Our junior students will also be completing their Half Yearly exams in week 3 (Year 8 and 10) and week 4
(Year 7 and 9). Grouping exams together allows students to work on developing their time management skills
and study techniques. The most important form of studying is for each student to make all their own notes
(by hand) – they can be typed at a later date for revision but initially note taking should be pen to paper
(research backs this strategy). The second phase is the completion of practice questions which their
teacher or the intranet will provide. Each student should ensure they know what is in each exam.
Our knockout sporting teams are achieving considerable success and many are still competing in these later
rounds. We wish everyone playing and coaching success in their upcoming games.
Have a wonderful week and fabulous term 1 holiday.
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