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Principal's Newsletter, Week 9, Term 1, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 1:20 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

 

Congratulations to Ivan Hou of Year 12 who has been given the well-deserved honour of becoming an Australian team member to compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad. This year the Olympiad will be held in Thailand.

 

Congratulations to Aisha Abdu of Year 10 who has been selected as a delegate for the UN Youth National Conference. She will be travelling to Perth for 7 days where other students in the Asia-Pacific region will come together for a week of simulating Model UN debates, workshops and advocacy sessions. The National Conference 2017 will examine the theme of ‘The Innovation Revolution’. The student representatives will be given the opportunity to formulate their own policy proposals on issues of global significance and present their ideas in front of foreign and local diplomats.  This is such a fabulous opportunity. It was also wonderful to see so many of our students attending the NSW Conference over last weekend.

If students are late arriving at school, i.e. after 8.50am, it is essential that they finger scan to record their attendance. Period 1 is the official roll marking period of the day. Students who are marked absent in this period will have a whole day absence recorded. When students finger scan, this whole day absence is changed to a partial absence or ‘late’. Students will then need to bring a note from home explaining lateness. Students should see the Attendance Officer in the Print Room if there are any problems with scanning. Messages are sent to parents if a child has not been marked present.

Well done to our HSC classes who have now completed this round of assessment tasks. They have been very impressive, working very hard and staying positive and cheerful. Thank you to our teachers who now begin the process of marking and providing the very valuable feedback to each student.

As we get closer to the holiday can I ask all parents to reinforce the need for all students to be reading every night. Australia –wide we are seeing a decline in reading and hence writing ability. If students do not read they do not learn how to be creative, how to structure great sentences and what is really going on in the world. It doesn’t matter what they are reading just that they read. So much of future exams require high levels of literacy and will demand so much more than a rote learned approach. Reading for enjoyment is the key. If your child needs help finding a book please send them to our Librarian, Mrs Jenny Bowen, who has a wonderful selection on display at present. Parents, remember the best way to encourage reading, is to model it yourself. Turn off your child’s computer, unplug the Wi-Fi and grab a book!

I have attached a flyer from NESA (formerly known as the BOSTES) which outlines the changes to the 2020 HSC which will impact on students in Year 9 2017 or below. It discusses the importance of achievement of a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. This achievement could occur in the Year 9 NAPLAN tests or during subsequent tests. We will discuss the implications of NAPLAN with your child at school in the coming weeks. NAPLAN this year is in Week 3 of Term 2 (May 9-11) for Year 7 and 9. Students will be advised to familiarise themselves with the tests and also to practise the reading and writing components. More information and sample tests can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests .

This time next week we will be about to open our 2017 Musical – The Wizard of Oz. Our staff and students have worked so hard to produce a spectacular show. Led by our CAPA faculty there have been approximately 15 teachers involved in all different aspects of the musical – it is truly a whole school effort. Please book your tickets today - https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889. It is important that Year 7 families experience this fabulous part of our school culture – so Year 7 parents and students please come along. The production begins at 6.30pm each night and will run for approximately two hours.

 Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal

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