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Principal's Report Week 8, Term 4 2013

posted Nov 28, 2013, 7:28 PM by Ms. Connors
Congratulations to Ben Chen and Elaine Dong, Year 12, who have had their Visual Art Major Works selected to be displayed in Art Express. Ben’s work will be on show at the Armory at Homebush and Elaine’s work will be exhibited at Gymea, the Australian Catholic University at Strathfield and the UWS Margaret Whitlam Gallery. Please try to see these wonderful pieces displayed so beautifully in these galleries.

Congratulations to Sarah Tan (10) who has been selected into the Australian Team to compete in the upcoming ITTF’s (International Table Tennis Federation) World Junior Championships. The Championship will be held in Rabat, Morocco from 1st to 8th December. Sarah is one of only two girls to represent Australia three times in a row in this highest level event in Junior Table Tennis. Sarah was recently promoted to the National Senior Squad. In August she performed strongly in both the Oceania Junior Championships and the New Caledonia Junior Open collecting two Gold Medals in the Girls Team Event and Girls Double Event, and a Silver Medal in Girls Single Event in the Oceania Junior Championships. Sarah is now equal 35th and the only girl from Oceania registered on the Standing. This will give Sarah an extra chance to gain a spot in the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games! We are all very proud of Sarah and wish her a wonderful tournament in Morocco.

Liz Tang, Tharsini Urutherakumar, Winnie Wang, Chris Song and Justin Wu were selected to be part of the Student ShoutOut program for 2013. Our five students were selected from applicants across Australia to become Student ShoutOut Champions and launch and run their own campaigns for education change. The Student ShoutOut program is run by the Centre for New Public Education, an initiative of the Foundation for Young Australians. Last year Student ShoutOut engaged over 4,500 students across Australia and engaged students in discussions around their educational experience.

This year, Liz, Tharsini, Winnie, Chris and Justin were among 40 students to attend a Student ShoutOut Education Masterclass and Unleashed in at the Sydney Opera House on November 8 - 10. There they participated in an intensive course in education policy and campaigning. The students were given the opportunity to engage with change makers such as former Education Minister for NSW Verity Firth, Karen Skinner from change.org and Michael Poland from GetUp. Our students were actively involved in designing their own campaigns and launching them on the brand new campaigning platform Mobilise. Student ShoutOut Champions Liz, Tharsini, Winnie, Chris and Justin will be running their campaigns until December 6th. Liz, Tharsini and Winnie's campaign focuses on the gap between rural and urban students, whilst Chris and Justin's campaign focuses on empowering students to be an active part of their education.

Thank you to Mrs Karen Lim and Mothers Club who began our first session of health talks for parents last week.

Last night we held our parent information night to discuss our Bring Your Own Device Policy for 2014. We will continue to share information as it arises. The policy and associated documents can be found on the school intranet.

The Curriculum Committee met Wednesday and decided to offer a Stage 5 Global Education course “Active Global Citizenship” to students in year 9 and 10. This course is a Board of Studies Endorsed course and will count towards a student’s school certificate. It will be offered outside the school timetable, most likely before school. The Active Global Citizenship BEC course is designed to develop globally competent individuals. Globally competent students will investigate matters of global significance by identifying and understanding the 21st Century areas of: diversity, inequality, global justice, peace building, sustainability and the effect of change. Students will develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in a cooperative learning environment that promotes informed active citizenship. Year 9 and 10 students will be invited to attend an information sharing meeting over the next week.

Next Wednesday is our Indian and Sri Lankan Food Day. It is so wonderful that our community is able to contribute to these fabulous events and fundraising opportunities. Please send your child with plenty of money to buy some delicious food. Please see the attached menu.

Congratulations to Brendan Ma (yr 10) who has participated this week in the State Debating Competition at Sydney University. Brendan was acknowledged as the most outstanding speaker of the competition.

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