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Principal's Newsletter, Week 10, Term 1, 2016

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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.

Ticket Prices:

Adult $25.00

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.

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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.

Thanks again.

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 . 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.

Megan Connors