The Coonabarabran High School community is again immensely proud of their Year 12 students. Today’s outstanding HSC results attest to their dedication and are a just reward for their efforts. Mrs Bethany Doyle’s Design & Technology class had 6 of 8 students gain marks over 90%. Their design projects which were showcased to the community on 1 September 2016, were stunning and built a strong platform for their final success in the course. Across the cohort, a total of 19 Band 6 (above 90%) outcomes were achieved. Quite a number of classes achieved marks in excess of the state mean including Design & Technology, Legal Studies, Modern History, History Extension, Engineering Studies, Metal & Engineering, Advanced English, Chemistry, PD/H/PE and Agriculture.
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Could all parents and caregivers please be mindful that textbooks should be returned before the end of the school year. The English Faculty is particularly interested in receiving textbooks from Year 12 students as the next cohort will need to borrow texts before the Christmas holidays. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.
On Thursday, 24 November, three lecturers from the English Department at Sydney University visited the school.
Dr Brigid Rooney spoke to all Year 9 as well as the Year 11 English studies students on the topic of “Australian Place and Belonging”. Additionally, Dr Olivia Murphy talked to the Year 11 Advanced English class on romanticism, James Joyce’s “Dubliners” and the poetry of Seamus Heaney. Finally, Dr Kieryn McKay lectured the Year 11 Standard English classes on the topic of “Frank Hurley and Photographic Truth”.
Thank you to these presenters for taking the time to visit Coonabarabran High School.
Congratulations to Brittany Doolan and Summer Singh for achieving success in the 2016 Lambing Flat Regional Writing Competition, held in conjunction with the National Cherry Festival. Results were announced last Saturday.
In the Secondary School Poetry section, open to students in Years 7-12, Brittany Doolan (Year 9) won with her poem, “Without You”. Additionally, Year 8 student Summer Singh placed second with her poem, “I’ll be Waiting”. These were significant achievements for both young writers as not only were they competing against older students but also entries from interstate.
Brittany also won the Secondary School Short Story of up to 1000 words, also open to students in Year 7-12. Her story, “The Last Goodbye”, was described by the judge as having “good structure, storyline and kept the reader emotionally involved”.
Both girls will now receive cheques as prizes, no doubt proving handy before Christmas.
Our annual Awards Night will be held on Thursday, 8 December at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start. This is a celebratory way to conclude the school year and we hope to see as many parents, carers and students there as possible.
We will hold an Out-of-Uniform day on Friday, 9 December. Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation. Funds raised will support two of our ex-students who have a critically ill young child in Westmead Children’s Hospital’s ICU. A BBQ lunch will be provided to students at a price of $2.00.
Each year the school community donates items to make up hampers for people who need them at Christmas. That time has come around again, so please look through your cupboards or buy an extra item when you go shopping to help make Christmas a little cheerier for families in our town. It would be lovely if each family could donate one item. Ideas from previous years are shortbread, lollies, tins of fruit and vegetables, packets of jelly, bonbons, tea. Think of something you would like in a hamper and give that – you know it will be giving joy to someone at Christmas. Thankyou to everyone who supports this each year. Please leave your donation at the high school office.