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Principal's Newsletter, Week 6, Term 1, 2016

posted Apr 19, 2016, 10:33 PM by Unknown user

It is with great pleasure I can inform you that Daniel Ho of Year 12 has been selected to represent Australia at the 2016 International Earth Science Olympiad to be held in Japan in August. More information can be found at . We congratulate Daniel and wish him every success.


Congratulations also to Vieley Xiao of Year 12 who has been selected to represent Australia in the Asian Pacific Physics Olympiad which will occur in May in Hong Kong.

Our chemistry, biology, informatics and mathematics students are still competing in their final round of exams before the teams are selected. Congratulations to Kevin Xian (12), Linus Cooper (10) and Yasiru Jayasooriya (8) who have been selected to attend the April training camp for Mathematics. We wish them all the best.

This week we have begun our faculty review of the Science faculty. We greatly appreciate the response we have had to the completion of the parent and student surveys.  The focus of our review looked at 1: Assessment and Reporting and 2: Attitudes and Values. We will report on our findings and recommendations at next week’s CoJR meeting, which will be held in Lab C1.1. Our science students will also discuss the science Enrichment and Olympiad programs. Please come along at 6.30pm.

Thank you to our Year 7 parents who attended our Year 7 Information night on last night. Promoting positive psychology and ensuring parents, staff and students work together to ensure our students are resilient, healthy and happy is our priority. Our ex-student Ruth Fordyce, psychologist at the Resilience Centre, gave an entertaining and informative presentation. I thank all the staff who were able to attend including all our Head Teachers, Ms Joyce Ng (Year 7 Advisor), Ms Sophie Belevski (Assistant Advisor), Ms Natalie Novotni (Head Teacher Wellbeing), Mr Gabriel Wong (counsellor), Ms Annetta St Louis and Mr Mark Long.

In Week 8 our HSC students begin their second period of assessment tasks. I am including an article from This article provides fabulous tips on supporting your HSC student. Every year students prove to us the importance of sleep before exams. Encourage (very strongly if necessary) your child to be in bed before 12 during an exam period. Also remind them that each assessment is actually not worth very much of their total HSC result and some mistakes will occur but they will not lead to a larger problem if the student is resilient and positive.

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors