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Principal's Report: Week 3, Term 1 2012

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Professor George Paton, director of adolescent health research at the Royal children‟s Hospital, Melbourne, says that the most important long term predictors of success are many personal characteristics – emotional intelligence, empathy, being able to engage with others.

Professor Yong Zhao from the University of Oregon says “Asians talk among themselves about how the Asian approach to education produces good employees who conform to authority, but its narrow focus on academic excellence doesn't develop the sort of emotional intelligence required for leadership – creativity, risk taking, entrepreneurship, the ability to network with others.”

Student clubs and extra-curricular activities area wonderful way for students to refine and further develop their collaborative and leadership skills.

CLUB NEWS: By the end of this week (week 3) the following activities will have begun:

Rural Youth: meets Tuesday lunchtimes in F1.1

NSW Public School Junior Drama Ensemble auditions begin 14 February (see Ms Murphy)

Year 10 High Resolves: presentations took place on Tuesday 7 February

OZCLO: teams have been forming, to start 15 February

Duke of Edinburgh: students in Year 10, 11 12 are seeing Ms Jenns

The Band Program: is in full swing

String Orchestra: rehearsals have begun

Woodwind Ensemble: rehearsals have begun

The Stage Band: has met on Tuesday

The Programming Club: ran an Artificial Intelligence demonstration in T2.2 last Thursday

Tryouts for the Hills Zone Tennis, Volleyball and Netball teams are taking place

ISCF: the school‟s Christian group, meets on Fridays at lunchtime in the lecture theatre.

FOCUS: groups have begun in the Passive area

Amnesty: meets on Fridays at recess in A2.2

Anime: met on Thursday lunchtime in A1.1

Blood Donations: Year 11 and 12 are donating blood – thank you.

Extracurricular Activities Showcase: This will take place on Thursday and Friday next week at recess and lunch. It will be a wonderful opportunity to see all the school has to offer and to find out how to participate. While it is targeted at Year 7 and new students, all students can get an overview of what is possible in 2012.

Swimming Carnival: The weather was magnificent. Congratulations to the following four students who broke eleven records: Yale Yi (holds five records), Hannah Qu (holds 5 records), Angela Chen (one record) and Andrea Luo (one record).

Year 9 Laptops: Year 9 had familiarisation session in small groups in the library on Friday

Table Tennis: Congratulations to Sarah Tan, who has been ranked No 3 in U15 Girls and No 3 in the U18 Girls nationally in 2011. She has been selected to the 2012 national U15 Girls Tier 1 Squad.

Next Week:

Monday 13 February: Year 9 laptop Information evening for parents/students 6.45pm in the hall

Tuesday 14 February: Prefects Valentine‟s Day celebrations – deliveries and Assembly pd 6; AMO Day 1 Yrs 9 – 12, 8am – 12 noon

Wednesday 15 February: Valentine‟s Day Dance 6.30 – 10.30pm; AMO Day 2 Yrs 9 – 12, 8am – 12 noon

Thursday 16 February: Israeli Principals visit 1.30 – 3.30; Invitational Informatics Olympiad competition –15 students yrs 8 – 12, 9.00 – 1.00 pm; Year 10 year assembly pd 1; Year 8 year assembly pd 6; peer support pd 3; extra-curricular show recess and lunchtime in quad.

Friday 17 February: Year 7 and new students BBQ 6pm; extra-curricular show recess and lunchtime in quad.

Larissa Treskin