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Principal's Report: Week 2, Term 1 2012

posted Mar 1, 2012, 3:30 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 1, 2012, 3:32 PM ]
Welcome to all our new students. Welcome to all our new members of staff. 
 
A special welcome to Mr Warren Stanley, our new HT Teaching and Learning who is also a HSIE teacher.
 
HT English: Congratulations to Ms Liza Mayers, who has been appointed our new HT English via a merit selection process.

New Staff: In English we have Ms Jen Burgess, Ms Lisa Giuffrida, Ms Sharon Rodgers; we welcome back Ms Glenda McIntosh (retired as HT English Turramurra High, and now working casually), and Ms Diane Mason after her year‟s leave. Mrs Keira Brooks, who comes to us from Glenwood HS, will start with us in week 4. In Science we have Ms Gina Henry as a permanent appointment and we welcome back Mr Peter Roberson, now as a permanent member of staff. In HSIE Mr Mandeep Sarna is back with us. In the library we have Ms Anne Tsang (Tues/Friday) and Ms Francie Campbell Mon/Tues/Thur). Ms Natalie Novotni returns this year after maternity leave. Mr Jason Driscoll will relieve as Careers Advisor in Terms 1 and 2, as well as being a PDHPE teacher. Mrs Shirley Kwan returns on Thursdays and Fridays in the canteen, with Mrs Vivian La relieving. We have been fortunate to have Mr Brad Sorensen as our TSO since late last year, but as a mobile cadet, we lose him in several weeks time, after the Year 9 laptops have been issued.
 
We are off to a great start in 2012. This year we are having an even greater focus on developing creativity,working creatively and addressing social justice issues. We expect our students to use their wonderful minds to make a real difference to our world.
Continue to look after and support each other, as you learn as much and as well as you can. Together, working collaboratively, our achievements will be even greater.

Air Conditioning: Thank you again to all the parents for providing the school with air conditioned classrooms. The students and staff have really appreciated it during our very hot days. It is much more conducive to learning. Hopefully, we can have the whole school air conditioned by the end of the year.

New Roof and New Oval: During the holidays the Department of Education gave us a new roof for Barrengarry House. The scaffolding will be removed this weekend, (weather permitting). We have returfed our oval – a wonderful resource for our students.

Hills Shire Young Citizen of the Year: Congratulations to Sanji Fernando (2011), who has been named Young Citizen of the Year for helping people in tsunami-affected Sri Lanka, as well as the elderly.

Australian Junior Chess Championships: Congratulations to Andrew Pan (Year 9) for winning the Australian Junior Chess Championships U14 division, held in Melbourne 14 – 11 January. He also won the U14 Lightning Championships and the U18 Problem Solving competitions. More details are on the website www.nswjcl.org.au. Andrew is currently one of the top 6 juniors at U14 in Australia. He is one of the ten members in the
Australian Olympiad Team Training Squad. The World Olympia Team Championships will be held in Turkey later this year.

 
BHP Billiton Science Awards: Congratulations to the following students who entered the BHP Billiton Science Awards in 2011.
 
Avan Zeng                                                 Testing lift and drag of airfoils – Semi Finalist
Eklavya Wangoo                                       Magic Microbes
Daniel Feng                                               Vitamin C in oranges over time
Mudith Jayasekara                                     Soundproofing
 
Students can continue to pursue their interest in scientific research and creativity in the 2012 competition brochures will be available this month.

Table Tennis Success: Congratulations to Erny Tsao, who has been ranked No. 1 in U15 Boys and No. 4 in U18 Boys nationally in 2011. As a result, Erny has been selected to the 2012 National U18 Boys Tier 1 Squad, and also selected to the 2012 National Men Tier 2 Squad. Erny is the youngest and the only junior from NSW being selected to the National Men‟s Squad. As a member of the Men‟s Squad Erny has been selected to the
2012 Olympic Shadow Team. Erny is the youngest, and the only junior from NSW being selected to the Olympic Shadow Team, and has been invited to compete in the 2012 Australian Olympic Qualification Tournament (AOQT) held in Sydney from 16th to 19th of February.

Australian Computational Linguistics Challenge OZCLO: Please consider entering this challenge this year. Form your group of three and see Mr Wilson if you are in Year 9 or above. The competition starts on 15 February.

High Resolves Presentations: I am looking forward to these Year 10 presentations on the morning of Tuesday 7 March.

Year 9 Laptop Night 6.45pm Monday 13 March: All Year 9 parents and students need to attend this evening in the school hall to complete their charter of responsibilities in order to receive their laptops.

Maths Olympiad: Twelve students from Year 11/12 sat the Maths Olympiad exam on Wednesday.

Enviro Inspiro! 2012 is open. The NSW SRC invites students in NSW public schools to create a 5 minute media presentation and a 2 page written report to showcase their successful student-led environmental projects. Schools and student teams can win one of three major 'prizes' valued up to $3,000.
What’s it all about? Create a 5 minute DVD showcasing your environmental project and explain how you’ve improved the environment in 750 words or less. Competition closes FRIDAY 22 JUNE 2012. Entries should be sent to: Enviro Inspiro! Student Welfare Directorate NSW Department of Education & Communities Locked Bag 53 Darlinghurst NSW 2010. How can I find out more?
For full details about the competition see: www.schools.nsw.edu.au/enviro-inspiro 
The competition is an initiative of the NSW Student Representative Council.

Getting off to a Good Start: The department‟s parent resource School A to Z has a webcast full of expert tips for you to help your children have a more successful year. The „Getting off to a great start webcast‟ has a number of chapters on how to motivate children for learning, advice on peer relationships and how to handle bullying, communicating with children and the importance of strong home-school relationships. The
expert panel features advice from a child psychologist, an experienced family doctor and the department‟s deputy director-general (schools) Greg Prior. Watch the webcast at: http://www.schoolatoz.nsw.edu.au/wellbeing/development/getting-off-to-a-good-start

National Year of Reading 2012: This is the national year of reading and to celebrate, there is a host of literary-related events and competitions happening right around Australia. For an events calendar and more information go to: www.love2read.org.au.

2011 Junior State Debating Championships: I received the following report at the end of last year.

Congratulations on the achievements of students from schools in the Western Sydney Region at the 2011 Junior State
Debating Championships (JSDC) this year ! To reach the State Final of the Championships is a great recognition of the
individual & collective Debating talents of these students throughout the tournament & was nothing short of what they
deserved.
It is always difficult to put together four or five gifted speakers from different schools & hope that the team 'works' at
JSDC, but it quickly became clear in the training sessions leading up to the Championships that this particular team was
bonding well both in terms of Debating expertise as well as socially, so fingers were crossed that they would be
competitive at JSDC.
And they were much more than merely competitive in winning four of their five debates to reach the State Final. After a
narrow loss to the always-strong Sydney team in Round 1, Western Sydney then proceeded to win the next three debates
against Hunter Central Coast, New England & Western NSW, to finish first in Pool A. They then defeated another strong
metropolitan team, North Sydney (that includes students from North Sydney Boys & Girls High Schools), in a unanimous
panel decision on Tuesday night to reach Wednesday morning's State Final.
It was fantastic to sit back & watch & listen to the four girls prepare & deliver each & every debate. Every one of their
debates was an improvement upon the previous & highlighted exactly how well they incorporated advice & feedback from
the adjudicators & their own experience.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Western Sydney Region Representative Debating team on being 2011 JSDC Finalists.
Students came from Colo High School, Glenwood High School, James Ruse Agricultural High School & Penrith High School.
Well done to Natalie Buckett from Penrith High School (ex Colo High School) on being awarded the prestigious
Lily Gunther Shield for Best Speaker at JSDC. It was an absolute pleasure to be associated with these girls at this year's
Championships. Thank you to all four girls for being such wonderful ambassadors for their respective schools -
Natalie Buckett from Penrith High School, Archita Sreekumar from Glenwood High School, Thanya Sritharan from James
Ruse Agricultural High School & Rebekah Ward from Colo High School.
George Zivkovic, Speaking Competitions Co-ordinator, Western Sydney Region

 
 
Fair Work Checks: Many teenagers undertake casual work. A helpful guide to how much they should be getting paid and the minimum conditions can be found at: www.fairwork.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx. If you have any queries there is a helpline at 13 13 94. You can also lodge an online workplace complaint if you feel your child has been unfairly treated.
Lunar New Year Celebrations: Thank you to the prefects for their decorations and food celebrations to mark Lunar New Year at school on Thursday.

 
Next Week:

Monday 6 February: School Swimming Carnival (Parramatta)
Tuesday 7 February: Year 10 High Resolves presentations (pds 1 – 3)
Wednesday 8 February: Whole school assembly period 4; Yr 7 band workshop
Thursday 9 February: Peer support (7/9); Duke of Edinburgh parent and student information evening.
Friday 10 February: Yr 8 Bandalism pds 1 - 2; Year 10/11 Drama to Onstage;
Monday 13 February: Yr 9 parent/student laptop night 6.45.

Larissa Treskin
Principal
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