The big news this week is that one of our prefects, Tanya Han has won a prestigious prize. She has been named the winner of the NAB Schools First Fellowship. The National Australia Bank has combined with like–minded educators who are experienced in and passionate about school-community partnerships. Tanya is a student who thinks of saving the environment and thinks of the future. She has thought of a way for her school to partner with the local shire council to introduce a recycling program that will benefit the whole school. Tanya noticed that the school only provides garbage bins with no separate recycling bins for students to use. As a result, she observed many students placing recyclable items in the garbage bins. After conducting a survey of her fellow students, Tanya found that many students had no knowledge of what types of plastics are recyclable or how much of their lunch waste could be recycled.
Tanya has won $5000 for the school and an iPad for herself. We could not be more proud of her commitment and her idea.
Congratulations also to Emily Mo in year 12 who has just been awarded The Marie Bashir Peace Prize. Emily receives her prize for outstanding leadership in promoting peace and harmony.
On Thursday this week, Jessica Zeng, Kerry Xue and Chelsea Valentin were interviewed by The Hills News. The journalist was writing an article about school leaders. Look out for this article in next week‟s edition of The Hills News.
Our new prefects had a training and planning day with Mrs Flanagan on Tuesday. It is wonderful to see the leaders of our school create an amazing mission statement about their role for the next 12 months. George, Kajanan and Pooja led the team of prefects with energy and wisdom. The prefects are currently selling daffodil day merchandise.
All staff at the moment are marking trial HSC papers and year 12 will receive the results soon. It is important to note that students do make some silly mistakes in the trials but that is why we have a practice for the HSC. We do not want any student to be upset about any results. Now is the time for year 12 to form study groups. This way we have student helping student. It has been a culture in our school for many years and these study groups really improve all results.
This week we have had students completing the Maths Olympiad in the Intermediate and Senior sections.
Rural Youth, UNICEF, Save the Children and Social Justice Groups continue to meet to discuss plans for raising money for charity and also creating wonderful projects about mental health issues.
Mrs Jenny Bowen has been creating some new designs for the library as we hope to create a better space for computer use for students.
The PE staff has been visiting other schools to look at the design of gymnasiums so we can get ideas for our own gym/multiple learning space. We are currently creating a wish list and will soon have a meeting with designers to get some plans drawn up for council. We hope to have a design and approval this year and aim to have building start in 2014.
Mr Wilson and Mr Goggin took the year 8 French students to the zoo on Monday and had a wonderful day.
Congratulations to Reihana Tsao in year 7 for receiving the minister‟s award for Excellence in a community language. Congratulations to Daaron Chui in year 11 for also receiving a Highly Commended Award for Excellence in a community language.
Parents are reminded that year 11 will start their preliminary exams in week 8. It is advisable for all year 11 students to ask their teachers in all subjects how to study. Each person does this in a very different way. This new information will provide invaluable advice to those about to study. I would like to remind parents that 3 – 4 hours per night is the most that a senior student needs to study.
I would like to thank all students, parents and staff for making my time as acting principal such an enjoyable one. It has been a wonderful experience and I have learnt many new skills. I am now passing this role to Megan Connors who will be Acting Principal till the end of the term. By then we should know the name of our new principal. I will be taking leave until the end of term. I am going on safari in Africa and look forward to seeing everyone at the start of term 4.
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