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Feast of Pi

Dear Parents/Caregivers

Feast of Pi

The annual mathematics celebration “Feast of Pi” will be held across two days, on Monday 29 July, the school will host UNSW outreach group. Then on Friday the 9 August, the UNE Discovery Bus will be making a visit.

Junior students (7-10) will be attending workshops on both days. The workshops are all held at the school. Some senior students will also be attending workshops throughout the day.

Class teachers will be letting students know more about the workshops they will be attending closer to the day.

There is no cost to students as the “Feast of Pi” has been funded through equity programs.

We are really looking forward to the day, and are sure the students will really benefit from the activities – they will provide a different aspect of mathematics in the real world.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Kylie Deshon                  Mr Duncan Graham
Head Teacher Mathematics   Relieving Deputy Principal

Welcome Back to Term 3!

Dear Parents/ Carers
Welcome back to Term 3! Our new hoodies (which we are trialling) and school jackets have arrived. They can be purchased from the school accounts office for $55. They received a positive reception on assembly on the last day of term and we are hoping that they will be a smart and warm addition to the school uniform. Your support in ensuring that your child attends school in correct uniform is appreciated. Doing so promotes a sense of belonging for students and builds the culture of respect in our community.
A separate note will go out regarding parent/ teacher night, next Tuesday 30 July from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Strong communication between school and home underpins students’ engagement at school and so we hope to see a good roll up of parents and carers.
Daily attendance is also another crucial factor in ensuring that students achieve their potential at school. Kindly telephone the school, send a note or submit via school stream if your child is absent due to illness etc. Otherwise, we hope all students will commit to a strong record of attendance in the coming term.
A few dates for you to note:
Year 10 into 11 subject selection night, Thursday 29 August 6.00pm in Hall.
Prefect Induction Ceremony, Tuesday 24 September 10.00am in Hall.
Year 12 Farewell Assembly, Thursday 26 September 9.00am in Hall.
Year 12 Formal Dinner, Thursday 26 September 6.30pm in Hall.
Finally, my thanks to all staff and students and in particular My Ashby, Mrs Stanton and Mr Ayoub who ensured that Term 2 closed on a wonderful note with our fabulous NAIDOC celebration. It was a great day!
Looking forward to a productive Term 3.
Yours sincerely

Ms M Doolan
Relieving Principal

Welcome Back Term 3 – Year 12

23 July 2019

Dear Parents/ Carers
Re: Year 12
Welcome back for what will be your child’s last full term of secondary education! As you know, we moved the Trial Higher School Certificate Examinations to the end of Term 2 to take account of the fact that from this year, the New South Wales Educational Standards Authority (NESA) limits the number of HSC, assessments to 4, with only one round of formal examinations allowed. As we couldn’t hold Half-Yearly examinations, we wanted students to exercise their examination skills prior to the middle of Term 3, where our Trials have been held in past years.
Additionally, in past years, some Year 12 students’ attendance has fallen away after the Trials. Accordingly, we are hoping that the fact that students have had the holidays to recharge and have further assessment tasks to submit this term, will support strong attendance.
Attendance at school, each and every day this term is one of the most important things your child can do to reach their potential in the HSC Examinations which commence on Thursday 17 October 2019. Early in the term, important Trial feedback will be given in class and thereafter students will work to finish their coursework and submit their final assessment task. Many students also have major works and projects which are due this term. Once coursework is finished, students will move into structured revision of coursework including specific targeted revision during Wednesday afternoon sport time which will commence this week. Remembering that the HSC course commenced in October 2018, it is vital that students attend each day and actively participate in revision exercises.
This is certainly an exciting time for your child and whilst the HSC Examinations are not the sole determinant of a students’ future, our experience has shown that students who attend each day and work productively with their teachers, reach their potential and hence maximise their post-school opportunities. A lot of growth can be achieved in the coming weeks if students bring a diligent and positive mind set.
A couple of dates for you to note:
Tuesday 30 July 4.00 pm – 7.00 pm – Parent/ Teacher Night.
Thursday 26 September 9.00 am – Year 12 Farewell Assembly.
Thursday 26 September 6.30 pm – Year 12 Formal Dinner.
The school provides structured revision during the next school holiday period. Students will receive a timetable of revision sessions in their portfolio upon graduation. In past years, students have very much valued these sessions as a positive support in the lead up to the HSC Examinations.

Finally thanks to the many staff who volunteered their time during the holidays to assist students with major works and projects and to ensure that the school was open as a study venue for senior students. Senior students are welcome to use the school on a week day from 7.30am and on most days supervision is available until at least 6.00pm.
The staff are looking forward to working with your child over the coming weeks. It is always a special time, finishing off courses of study and working to stretch students’ knowledge and skills. If in the meantime should you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
Yours sincerely

Ms M Doolan
Relieving Principal

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