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Principal's Report Week 7, Term 2 2012

posted Aug 4, 2012, 7:06 AM by Unknown user
50th Musical Celebrations: Last weekend we saw a magnificent production of Hello Dolly, our 50th consecutive musical. This was Mr Best’s 38th production! To celebrate this history we are celebrating this Saturday with a farm tour at 3pm, a performance by our Senior Wind Ensemble at 4pm in the quadrangle, a high tea at 5pm in the hall and a concert at 6.30pm by ex- students of items from previous musicals. All members of our current and past school community are welcome. Please pay $20 adults and $10 students ASAP or email gerard.yeo@det.nsw.edu.au for more information. Please spread the word via any form of media. HMAS Pinafore to Hello Dolly in 50 years, with an amazing array in between, is worth celebrating.

National Songwriting Competition Success: Congratulations to Sun Woo Kim. From all the entries received around Australia in Count Us In, his has been selected as one of the top three. This program is run with support from all the State and Territory education departments, under funding from the Federal Department of Education, and is in its sixth year. The winning song will be learned, rehearsed and then
performed by more than 600,000 students in over 2000 schools all over the country, as part of a national program to highlight the importance of music in school education. As part of the next phase, Sun Woo Kim will join the other two top students in a songwriting workshop on 15 June, to be mentored by a high profile Australian songwriter, in a collaborative process to create a new song which builds on some of his thematic
ideas. The final song will be arranged for school choirs, orchestras, bands and classroom support materials will be developed around it to assist teachers and students in integrating more music activities at primary and secondary levels, in government, Catholic and independent schools.

Transit of Venus: Thanks to Michelle C Wang’s winning of a telescope with a sun filter, many students and staff were able to observe the transit of Venus on Wednesday, despite the clouds. Others saw it on line. This was marvellous as the next transit of Venus is not until 11.12.2117!

SRC Gold Day: Thank you to all the students who organised and supported SRC’s Gold Day for the Sydney Children’s Hospital last Friday. The golden waffles with ice cream as well as the golden baked breads – sausage bun, BBQ pork buns, pineapple coconut buns and egg tarts – were very popular.

Table Tennis: Congratulations to Erny Tsao, who has been selected to represent NSW in the Men’s B Team to compete in the 2012 Australian Open and Youth Table Tennis Championships in Brisbane, Queensland from 1 to 7 of July. This is the very first time Erny has been selected to the Senior State Team.

Year 8 Subject Selection Information Night: Thursday 14 June. Please remember this evening is for students and parents together. The evening starts at 6.45. There will be short presentations on all the subjects students can choose in Year 9 and the opportunity to ask lots of questions. Students will also receive information booklets. Please allow your child to follow their passion.

Parent Teacher Night Years 8 – 11 Thursday 21 June 4 – 7pm: Please remind your child to make bookings for you to speak to the teachers. It is important that we know each other well to be able to work together for the benefit of our students.

English Information Night Tuesday 19 June 6.30 – 8pm Lecture Theatre: This Information Night is for all parents. Learn how you can assist your child in English; how English is vital to your child's future career;
How you help your child maximise their English HSC results and why Drama is important for the development of your child's creativity and happiness.
RSVP: englishjrahs@hotmail.com Please state the names of people attending from your family and the year level(s) of your son/daughter.

Every Student Every School: 
The following is from the Deputy Director General:
Every regular school has been provided with advice about its Learning and Support Resource allocation that will be implemented from the start of term 3, 2012. This resource package has two components – specialist teacher staffing and flexible learning and support funding. Each of these components comprises a base allocation and a supplement based upon each school’s student learning need. By re-organising the existing specialist resources provided by the NSW Government to support students with additional learning and support needs and allocating more of these resources to schools, there has been an increase of $69 million in allocations directly to schools under this initiative. This brings the total annual spend in NSW public schools on learning and support to more than $219 million. A full list of the Learning and Support Resource allocations to regular schools can be accessed on our website at www.det.nsw.edu.au/every-student-every-school.

There is no change in the way eligible students with moderate or high learning and support needs who are enrolled in regular classes are funded. These students include those with moderate or high intellectual disability, mental health disorder or autism, as well as students with hearing or vision impairment and those with physical disability. In 2012, more than $72 million will be directly allocated to schools to support these students.

For our school this means that for the first time we get an additional 0.4 (two days a week) in staffing, and over $17000 to support our wellbeing curriculum.

ICAS Science: It was successfully completed on Wednesday. 

Brain Bee Competition: Revision and preparations are in full swing.

FABVOCAB: Don’t forget about our new enrichment class to improve your vocabulary. This commenced on Friday at 8am. Other students have been benefitting from the creative writing classes.

Selective Schools’ Deputies Conference: Ms Connors and Ms St Louis attended this conference in Bowral on Thursday and Friday.

NSW Secondary Principals’ Council Conference: I am attending this annual conference Monday to Thursday next week at Manly.

Next week: Week 8

Monday 11 June: Public holiday – Queen’s Birthday

Tuesday 12 June: HSC Assessment; Hills Zone Athletics; COJR meeting 8pm

Wednesday 13 June: Hills Zone Athletics; prefect nominations period 4

Thursday 14 June: Tour of school for potential applicants am; English orals; Actuaries presentation
lunchtime; Year 10 Geography to Pyrmont; all Year 9 High Resolves 1 – 3pm; Year 8 Subject Selection Information Night 6.45 pm

Friday 15 June: Area cross country; English orals; Brainstorm 1.30 pm in hall 

18 – 22 June: NAIDOC Reconciliation Week.

Larissa Treskin
Principal
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