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Principal's Newsletter, Week 1, Term 4, 2015

posted Nov 1, 2015, 1:08 AM by Unknown user
On Wednesday night I had the great honour of attending the 2015 NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science and Engineering at Government house, NSW and celebrating the achievement of Mrs Sheila Pooviah as she was awarded the Excellence in Science Education in NSW.  As we all know, Sheila Pooviah has worked tirelessly to inspire and nurture a passion for science in our students. Dedicated, committed and generous with her time, Sheila has founded and led our Robotics club, taking two teams to represent Australia at the FIRST Challenge, USA. Determined to differentiate the curriculum for gifted and talented science students, Sheila has created and implemented weekly extracurricular lessons to train students to compete in the Olympiad examinations in Biology, Physics and Chemistry. No other school has had the representation we have had at the Olympiad level.

Congratulations to Aniruddh Chennapragada of year 9 who has been selected as a prizewinner in the 2015 STANSW Young Scientist Awards.

To the left is a picture of Dineth Fernando of Year 7 receiving his Minister’s Award for Excellence in Community Languages.

Congratulations to the extremely talented Molly Zhang (12), Karen Gong (12) and Justin Wu (11) who have all been nominated for Encore. Well done to Mrs Rachel Hann who mentored, inspired and empowered each of those students to achieve great things.

Thank you to Ms Katrina Jenns, Ms Kaarin McKenzie and Mr Neil Pakes for organising and supervising our Duke of Edinburgh Silver and Gold hike in the holidays. Over the first weekend of the holidays the weather was far from ideal and the trek quite challenging. All returned safely feeling very accomplished and in desperate need of hot showers.

Congratulations to our Year 11 Drama class who have performed “Hard to Swallow” on both Wednesday and Thursday night. This fabulous performance showcased their many talents and the interesting staging kept the audience moving and on their toes. Thank you to Ms Amy Murphy and Mr Jamie Gerlach for their wonderful direction and the many hours of behind the scenes work.

Year 10 students will have the privilege of auditioning for the 2016 Musical this afternoon.


The HSC begins on Monday and we wish our Year 12’s every success as they sit Paper 1 of the Advanced English Exam. Students from Year 10 (IPT and SDD), Year 11 (PDHPE and Agriculture) and of course Year 12 will complete HSC exams over the next three weeks. To support our HSC students please be very considerate when walking past the Hall particularly at 3.05 pm as many exams will continue until 5pm. There will also be exams in the top of Barrengarry House.


Illness and Misadventure is different for HSC exams to our school policy. For the HSC if a student is unwell (or less than 100%) they can still sit examinations but must also see a doctor and complete an Illness and Misadventure form. They must notify the Presiding Officer, Mrs Lambley, if they feel unwell during an exam. BOSTES will then examine the documentation and determine whether the exam mark or an adjusted mark based on their school assessment will stand. Students should notify Mr Long or myself if they are unwell.

Megan Connors