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Principal's Report Week 4, Term 2 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 1:04 PM by Ms. Connors
Ralph Bulanadi (12) has won the NSW essay competition on DNA. This is a fantastic effort.

Congratulations to Erny Tsao (12) for once again winning the State Table Tennis Championship for NSW. Erny won a gold medal in the U18 Boys Singles.  

Sarah Tan (10) also competed in the NSW Table Tennis Championships and achieved fabulous success. Sarah won two gold medals in the U18 Girls Singles and the U18 Mixed Doubles. Well done Sarah.  

Huge congratulations to all our students who participated in the Quad Schools competition. The friendly and cooperative competition helps friendship and bonds grow between the four selective schools of Western Sydney. The prefects, and in particular, our School Captain, Jessica Zeng, did a wonderful job organising the event. Our teams were all highly successful and we narrowly missed out on taking the trophy from BHHS by just 2 points – something to aim for next year. Well done everyone.  

Congratulations to Bobby Dey (8) who has recently completed his first University course. Bobby completed CS50x Introduction to Computer Science through Harvard University. Bobby began the course in the summer holidays and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of this new subject. More information on these courses can be found at https://www.edx.org.

EdX is a not-for-profit enterprise of its founding partners Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that features learning designed specifically for interactive study via the web. Based on a long history of collaboration and their shared educational missions, the founders are creating a new online-learning experience with online courses that reflect their disciplinary breadth. Along with offering online courses, the institutions will use edX to research how students learn and how technology can transform learning–both on-campus and worldwide.  

It was wonderful to hear this week that Anisha Gunawardhana (10) has been accepted into the Yale Young Global Scholars Program - Politics, Law and Economics. Anisha is the only student from Australia to be accepted into this program and will participate in this wonderful program in July. It will be fabulous to hear of her experiences of this prestigious American university.  

Eva Gu (11) has been invited to attend the UBS Finance Academy in the July holidays. Eva submitted an impressive application and was one of very few successful applicants. The UBS Finance Academy, established in 2003 offers selected students an opportunity to explore and learn about a wide range of career opportunities in finance. The program is a residential course that will be held in NSW at Women's College, Sydney University. The course has been designed to be a creative mix of theory, industry exposure, field visits, syndicate work and fun.  

Sheree Nguyen-Hoang (10) has applied and gained an invitation to attend The Arts unit‟s State Music camp in the July school holidays.

Please think of applying for the many awards and programs that are available. Presently we have a small number of students applying for the Order of Australia Committee‟s Certificate of Commendation for Service to the Community. I have emailed details to Year 12 students. To qualify for this award, students must make significant contributions to their community so it cannot only be based on school involvement. Students in Years 7-11 should consider involving themselves in their community through volunteering and local activities. 

Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 students have now finished their exams. The whole school seemed to freeze on Wednesday as everyone completed the Big Science Competition.  

Next Thursday 30th May is our Term 2 Religious Service. All students in Year 7 and 8 must attend school at 8.50am for quad rollcall. Students will then be directed to the relevant service. Students in Year 7 and 8 not attending a religious service will attend either non scripture or the seminar on comparative religions. This term the speaker scheduled for Comparative Religions is of the Buddhist Faith. Students in Years 9-12 may choose to attend a service or remain home if they do not want to attend – arriving at school at 10am (no earlier). Students will be emailed the changed timetable for the day.  

Year 7 Parent Teacher Afternoon – Tuesday 4th June 2013
This year we are holding a separate parent teacher afternoon for Year 7 parents and students. The afternoon will begin at 2pm and conclude at 4pm. It will be held in the L Block classrooms and staff common room. Year 7 parents will receive a letter explaining the electronic booking system and the procedures of the night.  

To accommodate the afternoon, we will need to change the day‟s timetable. Year 12 students will complete a normal day (P1-7) and leave school at normal time of 3.05pm.  

Years 8-11 will finish school at 2.20pm. Students in Year 11 may go home at this time on public transport. Years 8-10 students, who walk home, get picked up or catch the Carlingford train, may leave at 2.20pm. All other students will catch their normal buses at 3.05pm. Year 7 students will be supervised in the playground until 2pm when parents arrive.
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