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Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term 2, 2016

posted May 15, 2016, 12:49 AM by Unknown user

Congratulations to Kevin Xian (12) who has been selected to represent Australia in the International Mathematics Olympiad team. Kevin has also received the fabulous honour of being named the Carslaw Scholar by Sydney University.

Congratulations also to Jessica Guo, who returns to us this week from Budapest, where she has competed in the Australian Athletics team and has achieved an amazing 11th place in the world. The Australian team achieved considerable success, placing 2nd.

Congratulations to Andrew Zhao of Year 12 who has been selected to represent Western Sydney in the regional basketball team.

Over the holidays we received the wonderful news that Joshua Lin (Year 12, 2015) has been offered a place at the University of California, Berkeley – known for its fabulous maths and physics programs. Josh is very excited to have received this amazing opportunity. As mentioned earlier Yang Song has been offered places at Both Princeton and Cambridge and Simon Yang, Duke. We will host an information night where the boys will be able to share their application tips.

This week, Year 8, were introduced to a new collaborative project with Cumberland HS and Carlingford West PS. “Sculptures in our Schools” will allow Year 8 students in their Visual Arts classes to work together on creating a sculpture. Groups of 4-6 students will create their own animal sculpture using rubbish, found objects and recyclable materials that emphasise sustainability. The animals can be currently living, extinct or mythical. We will unveil our sculptures during education week on Tuesday 2nd August and the display will be a trail between our farm and the other two schools. An enormous thank you to Mr Ian Goggin and Ms Ashlee Englefield who have worked extremely hard to develop this exciting new project. The idea originated from our Year 7 Think Tank we held last year. I have attached the flyer as part of the newsletter.

Adrian Law, of Year 11, has been pursuing a personal project of the creation of a CD of 7 original compositions. I had the privilege of listening to one of his favourite tracks and also of purchasing the CD. If you would like a copy please seek Adrian out.

Our Year 11 students have approached their exams with maturity and dedication, now that the exams are over we will celebrate on our Year 11 Crossroads Camp next week.

Today Ms Amy Murphy and Mr Jamie Gerlach have the honour of presenting to their peers a keynote address at the NSW Drama Conference – Create. Innovate. Connect. With the aid of their talented Year 12 class, Ms Murphy and Mr Gerlach will share their experiences in creating truly innovative collaboration and the enhanced outcomes this has brought to their students. Congratulations.

A copy of our 2015 Annual School Report is available on our website:

The latest edition of our ex-student newsletter is also available on the union website:

Congratulations again to Aniruddh Chennapragada of Year 10 who is one of six students selected by STANSW to represent Australia at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, Arizona. Aniruddh is now on his way to Phoenix and we wish him much luck and adventure.

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors