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Principal's Report Week 9, Term 2 2012

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End of term We have one week to go and it is SRC week next week, with the continued pirate theme of Sailing the Ruse Sea (SRC!). Interact, Rural Youth (photo competition), ISCF, Knitwits, Anime, are all in full swing. Please remember to follow all the procedures if you are sitting the Science Olympiads or are part of The Great Engineering Challenge.

This is the last principal's report for the term.

Titration competition at Knox Grammar. Congratulations to Bonita Gu, Dominic Ng and Jim Ng who came first on Saturday and move on to the next round. Well done to all our nine students (three teams) who participated.

Korean Food Day Thank you to our parents who made the Korean Food Day on Monday such a success. I have been informed the food was delicious. I was thinking of it while I was having the finger food at Parliament House with the Olympiad winners. A special thank you to Mrs Jane Kim and Mrs Sophie Kim for leading the parents in the food day, very well supported by Mrs Agatha Jo and the Mothers’ Club executive, as well as Mrs Bev Ferguson in the canteen, and Mr Trevor Allison, from COJR. The many parents working together is a wonderful example of collaboration for our children.

2012 Australian Olympiad teams Congratulations to the following students who received their Olympiad blazers, for being in the Australian teams, on Monday in Parliament House, Canberra from the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth:
Chemistry: Brian Gao (12) and Marco Lee (12) – going to Washington, training in Cambridge, team of four
Informatics: Joshua Lau (11) – going to Italy, team of four
Mathematics: Nancy Fu (12) – going to Argentina, team of six

On Thursday Ray Li (Informatics) and Victor Khou (Mathematics) also received blazers from Professor Hunt at assembly for being the reserve team members. A magnificent achievement. Our students will be wonderful ambassadors for Australia.

ICAS Writing Competition This was held on Tuesday

UNSW Maths Competition This was held on Wednesday.

NAIDOC/Reconciliation week The extensive activities organised by the Social Justice Committee, including an inspirational assembly, will be remembered by the school for a long time.

Debating Year 8 defeated Granville Boys HS in a debate on Tuesday.

Year 11 and 12 Music Night Congratulations to all our magnificent performers on Wednesday night. The musical talents of our students are remarkable.

English Information Night I am sure the hundreds of parents who attended on Monday night appreciated the efforts of our English staff, who are working with students and parents, so that our students achieve the best possible results. The advice has been given; now it’s up to its implementation.

Prefects Election There have been some interesting posters leading up to the prefects’ election this week. The new school captain and senior executive should be announced on Friday.

Years 8 and 11 Parent Teacher Night It was good to meet so many parents on Thursday. Please remember that if you were unable to talk to your child’s teacher on Thursday you can ring the school, leave a message and the teacher will ring you back.

Scholarships for children and grandchildren of ex-service men and women Applications open on 18 August and close on 31 October 2012. Details are available on www.avcat.org.au, i.e. the site of the Australian Veterans’ Children Assistance Trust. The largest scheme is the Long Tan Bursary funded by the Australian Government. There are 50 new bursaries each year, valued at $9000 each. There are many other scholarships and bursaries. Please check if you are eligible.

Let’s get physical Getting outside for just a short while every day is healthy in many ways. In just 10-20 minutes you can receive your daily dose of vitamin D, important for bones, muscles and overall health. Vitamin D is not readily available from food, so good old fashioned sunlight for a few minutes a day (outside peak UV times of course) is the best way to get it. Heading outside also ensures you and your son/daughter get some physical exercise and a break from TV and computer screens. For more ideas to get physical go to: www.activekids.org.au/

Volunteering for happiness Volunteering is the giving of your time, expertise or skills to help others. Most not-for-profit organisations rely on volunteers to keep running to provide goods and services to those who need them. Research also shows that volunteering makes you feel good! So if you or your teen can spare some time to help out in your community, check out the new improved Volunteering NSW website: www.volunteering.nsw.gov.au

I hope all students enjoy their winter break. Please encourage your child to balance their leisure, physical and academic activities. Brains and bodies need rest! Please encourage your child to spend some time with friends during the holidays.

Next week: 10A SRC week
Monday 25 June: School photo day; CHS table tennis championships; SRC James Rice merchandise for sale; Yr 7 ARL in sport; High Resolves Leaders 3.10 – 5.10pm.
Tuesday 26 June: SRC BBQ, games, sports; Photo Day for Sport and specials: Seniors – lunch presentation UNSW Co-op; vaccinations 9 – 12l Yr 7 debate pd 4 – 3pm.
Wednesday 27 June: SRC DANCE 6 – 10 pm; Yr 8 Skyworks planetarium – all day – 4 sessions in hall; Wired am Lecture Theatre; Yr 12 Hamlet excursion to Seymour theatre
Thursday 28 June: SRC food/games; Year 10/11/12 Visual Arts to White Rabbit Gallery; Yr 11 (75 students) Agriculture HSC lectures at Camden.
Friday 29 June: Crazy Hair Day; OZCLO nationals – 8 students yrs 11-12; Yr 8 AFL in sport; Whole school assembly pd 6 – prefects.

Term 3 Week 1 B
Monday 16 July: School Development Day
Tuesday 17 July: Students return
Wednesday 18 July: High Resolves Day 2 for all Year 8 and 40 Yr 10 leaders
Thursday 19 July: Science and Engineering Challenge – 32 students to Macquarie Uni; Whole School Prefect Induction Assembly; Year 10 Information Night.
Friday 20 July: CHS Cross country; UNSW Programming competition – 18 students 7 – 12.

Larissa Treskin
Principal
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