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Principal's Report: Week 1, Term 4 2011

posted Oct 13, 2011, 1:54 PM by Unknown user
Year 12 Luncheon. A big thank you to all the parents who catered for the Year 12 luncheon for students, staff and year 12 parents, on the last Tuesday of Term 3. It was a magnificent feast, made all the more special because it was prepared by members of the school community for other members of the school community.

Year 12 parent morning tea. If you are a Year 12 parent dropping your son or daughter at school on the morning of Tuesday 18 October for their first English exam, come and have a cup of tea or coffee with the other parents in the staff common room. It will be a good time to relax!

Apologies for omission of science report in 2010 Yearbook. The 2010 Year book is being distributed this week. Thank you to Mr Goggin and Ms McMillan for a very professional production. Unfortunately our science report was left out. I apologise for this omission. We have put processes in place to ensure that all reports are included in 2011.

Encore nominations. Congratulations to Edward Lo-Cao and Joshua Zheng who have been nominated for possible inclusion in ENCORE, a selection of performances and compositions from HSC music students, held in the Opera House in March 2012.

Scholar Summer School at Monash University. Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen for the Scholar Summer School in the sciences:
Biology: David Roshan and Victor Yang
Chemistry: Brian Gao, Bonita Gu, Marco Lee and Tahsin Ali
Physics: Brian Guo and Johnny Huang

Whitlam Institute "What Matters?" Writing Competition. Congratulations to the following students who were awarded a certificate for their contribution: Karina Shum, Kelly Wu, Helena Qian, Lisa-Marie Voon, Isabella Kwai, Na-Young Lee, Lindy Hua, Peggy Xie, Joanne Liu, Rhonda Ung, Charmaine Lo. There were 1800 entries across NSW on a range of topics including same-sex marriage, Aboriginal rights, fast food, consumerism, poverty and happiness, tolerance, refugees, Wikileaks and the information explosion. The winning essay was by Madeleine Boxall from St Catherine’s Waverley on same-sex marriage. The winner in the years 7/8 section was from Concord HS and in the years 9/10 section, from St Mary’s Cathedral College.

Regional Year 10 Debating team. Congratulations to Thanya Sritharan, who has been chosen to be a member of the regional debating team. She is looking forward to some training days and some competitions.

Student Leadership. Amelia Varua (11) and Annie Lu (11) attended a Women’s Leadership Conference at Parliament House on Tuesday. Chelsea Valentin (10) attended a three day Student Leadership Conference from Wednesday to Friday.

Minister’s Award for Excellence in Student Achievement.
At the end of last term I attended this award ceremony where Roy Chowdhury was presented with his award by our new Director General, Dr Michele Bruniges.

Marie Bashir Peace Prize. On the last Wednesday of Term 3 I attended this award ceremony at Parliament House where Lindy Hua was presented with this award.

Language Perfect World Championships 2011. Congratulations to our 12 Gold winners (top 1%), our 4 Silver winners (top 5%), our 8 Bronze winners (top 10%) and our 6 credits (top 20%). There were 80,000 entries worldwide. As a school we came second in the group of 500 schools with less than 50 entries, earning 72,582 points and answering 157,311 questions. Congratulations to Kelly Wu who earned more than 26,000 points all by herself! Our students who participated spent 619 online hours learning languages: French, Japanese, Chinese, German, Italian, Latin, Russian, Spanish, Maori and Indonesian. Twelve countries and 1000 schools participated. Next year, let’s blitz this competition. Overall, Australia came first, followed by New Zealand and the UK. Australia earned 7,318,052. If all the students matched Kelly’s efforts, we would have an amazing score. Think of all that language learning!

Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships. Congratulations to Erny Tsao who has been selected to represent NSW in the U18 Boys Team to compete in the Australian Junior Table Tennis Championships in Sydney from Sunday the 25th of September to Saturday the 1st of October 2011. Erny was the 2010 Table Tennis National Champion in U15 Boys Team, and awarded the U15 Boys Best Player (National Tournament Order of Merit Number 1) in the 2010 National Junior Tournament. Therefore even though he is still 15 this year, he has been selected to the U18 Boys Team rather than his own age group.

Order of Australia Community Service Commendation. Congratulations to Sanji Fernando who has been awarded this commendation. The Order of Australia Association has this year awarded twenty-one 'Certificates of Commendation' for community service, the awardees being students in secondary schools in New South Wales. An inscribed medallion will be presented by Her Excellency the Governor, Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, at Government House on the 23rd November.

Strings/woodwind Blue Mountains tour. This was a first for the school and was very successful in the last week of term. I received the following email from the principal of Mt Victoria PS:
Yesterday we were visited by a strings, woodwind and brass group from your school. I just wanted to thank you for allowing them to visit us as they were just wonderful. Our students thoroughly enjoyed the musical items and the quality of their performances. Mr Wong looked great in school uniform. Your staff were so friendly and it was a pleasure to meet them. I hope your delightful students enjoyed their tour and we would welcome them back anytime.

Senior concert Band Tour. The primary schools, the special school and the nursing home where the band performed, all praised the performances of our students. Each band tour has a strong agricultural component and this time in Orange, the students particularly enjoyed their orchard tour.

Pink Ribbon Day. This Friday our prefects are selling pink food and collecting gold coin donations to support Cancer Council’s breast cancer awareness month.

Pakistani Floods Appeal. Thank you to everyone who has donated dry food, warm clothing, shoes and blankets to this appeal. All donations will be collected this Saturday. Thank you to Mrs Pooviah for organising this collection.

Australian Water Association Competition. Please consider entering this competition, especially for junior Geography students. Have a look and tell your teacher if you are going to enter. - the Australian version, you need to register through the AWA. - the international version. The Australian winner is flown to Stockholm to compete internationally. A recent winner devised a water testing process designing an app for a mobile phone.

Next week

Saturday 15 October: Eastwood Granny Smith festival – bands performing

Monday 17 October: Year 10 exams – all week

Tuesday 18 October: HSC Begins at Ruse; Year 12 parents’ morning tea in staff common room

Wednesday 19 October: Meet the Music Yrs 9, 11

Thursday 20 October: Meet the Music: Indian Food Fair; Yr 9 SDD to Macquarie Uni