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Principal's Report week 3, Term 3, 2012

posted Aug 15, 2012, 7:57 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Aug 15, 2012, 8:01 PM ]
Chemistry Olympiad Congratulations to Brian Gao and Marco Lee who both achieved a Bronze medal at the Chemistry Olympiad in Washington. Brian and Marco have worked exceptionally hard to achieve this result at such an elite level; the school is very proud of their achievement. Thank you to their science teachers and Olympiad trainers over the years.

Table tennis success Congratulations to Sarah Tan who won gold in the U21 Women’s Teams Event in the Australian Open and Youth Table Tennis Championships. Sarah competed in the NSW Table Tennis Junior and Under 18 Open Championships on Sunday 22 July. She won all six gold medals again: U15 Girls Singles,U15 Girls Doubles, U15 Mixed Doubles, U18 Girls Singles, U18 Girls Doubles and U18 Mixed Doubles. She has been invited to be part of the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) With the Future in Mind team, which is to participate in the training camp, the exhibition match vs the Korean junior national team, and be part of the Australian team at the Korean Junior Open in Daejon, Korea from 20 August to 2 September
2012. Well done Sarah!

Sydney University Schools Model United Nations Conference. On Friday 27 July Ms Murphy took 16 students to the Sydney University Schools Model United Nations Conference. There were 120 participants from public and private schools from all over Sydney. Michael Sun and Richard Tong represented Norway in the Historical General Assembly. The year was 1974 and they fought strongly against South Africa
participating in the Olympic Games due to their apartheid system. They were persuasive, empathetic, engaging and loved by their general assembly (most of the time). They each received a 'Diplomacy Award' for their amazing efforts. This award recognises their excellent moral and ethical conduct. It is a great achievement.

Australian Brain Bee Challenge 2012 The Australian Brain Challenge State Finals 2012 were held at the School of Medicine, Campbelltown Campus, University of Western Sydney. Eighteen of our year 10 students who scored well in the online round 1 quiz, were invited to compete. There were two events in the Finals: the Individual and the Team championships. Congratulations to Harsha Venkateshan who came fourth
in the Individual event and to Rosy Wang, Sherrington Li, Harsha Venkateshan and Kuhan Perumynar, who came first in the Team event. For winning, each student received an IPOD shuffle and a book on the brain. A championship trophy, a Zeiss microscope and books were given to the school.

Friday 3rd August, 2012

Visit by schools from Shanghai On Wednesday 1 August we hosted a visit from over 40 music performers and debaters from Shanghai. The overseas students entertained Year 7 to 9 in the hall for one hour. We also had visiting debaters from other schools in the audience, as well as an OC class from Colyton. After the concert the musicians workshopped with some of our band members, the debaters (with schools and
countries mixed) began debate preparation and the rest of the visitors had a farm tour. The visitors then watched three debates on the following topics:
1. That stem cell research should be legalised
2. That capital punishment should be enforced
3. That Australia should be able to hire foreign workers.
This was followed by a BBQ on the farm and farewells in the lecture theatre. That evening, Mr Stanley (who organised the day) and I had dinner with the visiting teachers and the Regional Director, Mr David Phipps at the Phoenix in Parramatta.

Senior Wind Ensemble tour to Yanco On Sunday 22 July to Tuesday 24 July Mr Armitage, Mr Widmer and I took this band on a tour to Yanco Agricultural HS, near Leeton. The combined concert and the performances for a number of very small primary schools at Grong Grong were very memorable. On the last day we visited a cotton gin near Griffith. This is the beginning of a stronger relationship with the school in
the areas of music and sport. I received the following email from one of the Yanco teachers, Mr Richard Valler:

I'm the Yanco AHS teacher with the tuba playing secret that your conductor revealed before the students
on Monday.

I need to say to you that in my 40 years of playing in bands your students and staff sounded amongst
the best I've heard. There was precision, balance and entertainment that holistically combined to make
my day.

Congratulations. Darn tootin'

Meth Thara performance Congratulations to Upeka Nanayakkara (year 9) who performed the Meth Thara, a musical drama which was staged on Saturday 28 July at the Riverside Theatre, Parramatta. The group has already performed in Canberra last weekend and will be performing in Melbourne 4th August. This was a wonderful opportunity for Upeka to perform in the dancing group with some overseas artists. She has
undertaken extensive training since the beginning of last school holidays.

Cadet Leadership course July holidays Congratulations to the following cadets who passed this program with flying colours: CDTSGT Jaffly CHEN, CDTSGT Sing-Young CHEN, CDTSGT James ZHU, CDTCPL Justin WANG, CDT Brendan MA, CDT Kajanan PARAMESHWARAN, CDT Andy WANG, CDT Eklavya WANGOO, and CDT Michelle Xu.

High Resolves Year 9 had a very successful session on Monday 30 July.

ACER trial On Thursday 2 August a number of Year 9 and year 7 classes trialled assessment items for

What Matters Competition Congratulations to Richard Tong (Year 10) whose essay titled 'Uniformly Individual' won the Years 9/10 category of the What Matters Competition. There were more than 3500 entries this year. On Friday 17 August, Richard will attend a special writing workshop and receive his award at the University of Western Sydney.

UN Youth NSW Congratulations to Brendan Ma & Clarence Ma who qualified for the Finals of the Evatt Trophy Competition in NSW, held on the 20th of July, at NSW Parliament House.

Some local news Mrs Novotni’s father has been nominated for 'The Greatest Ever Footballer in Australia'. His name is Branko Buljevic. He was the striker for Australia during the 1974 World Cup, played in West Germany. For more details see

Schools Spectacular This year is the 29th Spectacular. Please consider attending this amazing concert on Thursday, Friday, Saturday 22- 24 November. For ticket information go to
I have a Hills/Cumberland/Nirimba principals’ meeting on Monday and the Hills/ Cumberland principals’ conference on Wed pm, Thursday/Friday. Ms Connors has a conference in Melbourne from Tuesday to Friday.
Ms St Louis is relieving principal next week.

Next week
Monday 6 August: Senior concert Band at Farrer AHS, Tamworth, from Sunday (with Mr Armitage, Ms McKenzie and Mr Perrins); Australian Language Competition; HSC Trials.
Tuesday 7 August: : Senior concert Band at Farrer AHS, Tamworth; HSC trials; Senior AMOC; Prefect Leadership Day, Great Engineering Challenge – 16 Year 11 students; Australian Language Competition.
Wednesday 8 August: HSC trials; Chemistry NQE; Australian Language Competition
Thursday 9 August: HSC trials; Australian Language Competition; The Samba Experience (1pm)
Friday 10 August: HSC trials; Australian Language Competition; Bandalism; Year 8 tennis in sport; AmnestyBake Sale.

Larissa Treskin