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Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 1, 2016

posted Apr 19, 2016, 10:31 PM by Ms. Connors

Last Friday we celebrated the fabulous and diverse success of our 2015 HSC cohort. It was wonderful to catch up with so many of our students as they are about to embark on their university careers.

Tanya Sinha, Vice-Captain of the Class of 2010, was our guest speaker. Tanya stressed the importance of resilience and the need to seek out opportunities to try and find what it is you would really like to do with your life. Tanya is presently in the third year of Medicine at Sydney University, working at Westmead Hospital, after completing her Bachelor Arts (Honours). Tanya has a passion for literature.

Helen Sun (12) (pictured left), Justin Wu (12), Steven Liu (11) (pictured below)  and Dominic Lam (11) are our accelerated students who achieved first at JRAHS in Agriculture, Music 1, PDHPE, Software, Design and Development and Information Processes and Technology.

Thank you to our Year 12 parents and students who attended our Information Evening on Tuesday night. We thank Ruth Fordyce, ex-student and psychologist, for advising students and parents of the important steps to remain healthy in the HSC year. Mr Gabriel Wong, our school counsellor, also presented tips on ensuring students and parents both thrive this year.

Ruth will also present to our Year 7 parents on Thursday 3rd March at our Year 7 Parent Information Night in the hall. It is important that parents are fully aware of the need to be proactive in the pursuit of positive mental health. Praising effort in little ways every day is so important, praising results or achievements can be quite negative. Children must know that they are loved and supported each day.

On Monday night we had the pleasure of seeing Justin Wu (12) perform at the Sydney Opera House. It was a special and treasured moment for all of us.

Congratulations to our students who participated in the zone swimming carnival this week.

On Monday afternoon our staff completed three hours of professional learning with our academic partner, Bronwyn Macleod. Our focus continues to be ensuring our staff are equipped to offer a diverse and differentiated curriculum to our highly and exceptionally gifted students.

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

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