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Principal's Newsletter, Week 4, Term 4, 2017

posted Dec 4, 2017, 6:19 PM by Unknown user

Congratulations to Linus Cooper (Year 11 – Senior), Emilie Wu (Year 10 – Junior), Jocelin Hon (Year 10 – Junior), Samuel Lam (Year 9 – Junior), Vivian Wang (Year 9 – Junior), Christina Lee (Year 9 – Junior) and Eva Ge (Year 8 – Junior) who have been invited to the Mathematics School of Excellence in December. This prestigious camp is a wonderful honour for our students.

“Spooktober” our Prefect event was a huge success. Thank you to Ms Ward and the Prefect body for raising the spirits of our whole school. The “haunted hall” was a particular favourite with students lining up to be thrilled and frightened.

As Year 11 students pick up additional extension courses, Mrs McIntosh, found a lovely poem to inspire us all. Our students choosing the higher level English course, Extension II, will stretch their writing abilities and creativity. This poem inspires us to not only pick up our pens and write but to read. It is so important that all students keep reading a wide variety of texts.


Schools aren’t just about teaching children to read, but teaching children to be social beings.
— Michael Rosen


The New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER) paper Growing independence: a summary of key findings from the Competent Learners @14 project shows that teens who enjoy reading are more likely to succeed in school and in their engagement with their various communities.


Continuing the habit of reading, widely, into teenage years helps teens to:


  • deal with their increasingly complex world, and understand some of the adult issues they will have to grapple with
  • know they are not alone – that others may be thinking and feeling the way they do
  • open lines of communication, particularly if parents, teachers, librarians provide opportunities to discuss what teens are reading
  • share and see how others have found solutions to problems
  • develop their vocabulary
  • broaden their imaginations
  • improve their writing
  • deal with the increasing demands of school work
  • gain confidence when speaking.

Growing independence: a summary of key findings from the Competent Learners @14 project


As we move into Term 4 and the last quarter of our current school plan, we have begun discussing with staff, ideas for the 2018-2020 school plan. The basis of our planning is the Department of Education’s School Excellence Framework which can be found at


The three areas we will focus on are Learning, Teaching and Leading.

Unfortunately I have found it necessary to take leave over the next few weeks, Ms St Louis will relieve me as Principal while Ms Novotni relieves as Deputy Principal and Ms Hameed as Head Teacher Wellbeing.

Coming Events

Week 5B                        HSC Examinations

                                  Year 7 and 9 exams

Tuesday November 7th             IPT and SDD Excursion to ABC centre and Powerhouse

                                                Year 8 Valid8 Science assessment – 8A, 8K and 8L

Wednesday November 8th        Year 8 Valid8 Science assessment – 8T

Thursday November 9th           Zero Robotics


Week 6A

Monday November 13th             Year 10 Urban Challenge Pre Camp Information Session

                                                Year 9 Project

                                                Year 12 Formal 6.30pm

Tuesday November 14th           Whole School Assembly Period 6

                                                Year 9 Project

Wednesday November 15th      Year 10 Urban Challenge

Thursday November 16th         Year 10 Urban Challenge

                                                Year 9 VA Excursion

                                                Combined Mothers’ Club and CoJR meeting 9.45am in Lecture Theatre

Friday November 17th              Year 10 Urban Challenge


Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors