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Principal's Newsletter, Week 8, Term 1, 2016

posted Apr 19, 2016, 11:15 PM by Ms. Connors

We received the fabulous news that two students of year 12 – Andre Lo and Maxwell Ding – have been chosen to represent Australia at the International Olympiad in Biology in Vietnam in July. Both students have worked with dedication and determination for the last two years to hone their knowledge and perfect their answers. We wish both Maxwell and Andre a fabulous experience over the next months.

Our Duke of Edinburgh Silver students completed an amazing hike over the weekend, hiking from Brooklyn to Patonga. The views were spectacular but the weather made the walk gruelling. Ms McKenzie, Mr Pakes and Ms Jenns were very proud of our enthusiastic and determined Year 10 students.

Congratulations to our swimming stars who performed brilliantly at the Regional Swimming Carnival. Three of our Relay teams achieved 1st place and will move on to the State competition. Individuals also performed brilliantly.

Saturday saw yet another fabulous rehearsal of our latest production “Spamalot”. Students and teachers worked most of the day perfecting Act 2. Although hard work, it was a joyful and energetic rehearsal filled with lots of fun. I cannot wait to witness its growth into two spectacular performances. Please buy your tickets soon...

A production such as SPAMALOT requires a huge commitment by staff.

Ms Amy Murphy, Mr Jamie Gerlach and Mr Patrick Wong work tirelessly directing the production and the music respectively.  Ms Sophie Belevski and Ms Alicia North are ensuring we have spectacular costumes. Ms Nancy Zhu ensures all props and stage design are under control. Our set is looking spectacular, particularly our castle towers – thank you Mr Ian Goggin. Ms Ashlee Englefield has designed our fabulous graphics and also led the choreography of the production. Hair and Makeup are underway with Ms Meena Prasad and Ms Natalie Novotni. Ms Liza Mayers is ensuring all back stage supervision is organised. Ms Annetta St Louis is stage managing and Ms Joyce Ng is our Producer.

Two students of Year 10 – Leona Jiao and Hayes Choy – have played an amazing management and organisational role (pictured to the right of the picture). Hayes and Leona have attended every rehearsal; making notes on the script, prompting actors, recording changes, leading the cast, ensuring all resources are where they should be and ensuring all communication is effective – absolute leaders!

Leona has filled the role of student director, her musical knowledge helps Mr Gerlach and Ms Murphy direct on stage. Hayes has complemented Ms Zhu ensuring stage management is correct – ensuring all props are in place, exits and entrances are smooth.  And all with great smiles and a great sense of fun. 

Our Year 7 students have enjoyed a wonderful camp. The Year 11 peer support leaders were dedicated and committed to ensuring all years 7s had a great experience. The staff reported that they were very impressed by the behaviour, good manners and enthusiasm of our Year 7 students. I would like to thank our dedicated staff for giving up their own time to ensure this successful part of our wellbeing program – Ms St Louis, Ms Novotni, Ms Ng, Ms Belevski, Mr Low, Mr Goggin, Ms Englefield, Ms North and Ms Romic.

Thank you to our Year 11 Peer Support Leaders who not only ensure the camp is a success but also implement our Year 7 wellbeing program every second Monday afternoon all year.

We will not have a newsletter next Friday due to Easter.

Have a wonderful week and very happy Easter.

Megan Connors

Peer Support Leaders 2016:

Katherine Cheng

Michael Budiarto

Astha Malik

Mayank Gupta

Geena Sharma

Calvin Lin

Ashley Wong

Anthony Ha

Nina Tang

Kieran Zeng

Nisalya Nanayakkara

Leon Wang

Jennifer Qian

Jonathan Cheng

Elaine Wu

Nathan Lee

Darshana Kannan

Tasneef Helal

Annie Lin

Andi Cai

Supriya Segal

Dhnanjay Soundappan

Sandra Chen

Steven Liu

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