NEWSLETTER 6 December 2019

From the Principal

Dr Malcolm Coulson

Some years ago I owned a catamaran which was a great little boat for sailing on Lake Macquarie. I didn’t have years of sailing experience so I tried to learn the mechanics, science and skills of sailing from others and through reading books (yes – this is what we did before YouTube!). I mention sailing because this activity taught me some very useful life lessons.

On one occasion I noticed that one hull seemed to be dragging and getting lower and lower on the water, so here is Lesson Number 1 – getting the fundamentals right. In this case I needed to remember to screw the bungs into the hulls before getting on the water.

Small boats are an exciting experience, which includes the risk of capsize. On another occasion both my sailing partner and I ended up in the water after a relatively simple capsize - only to find that the boat righted itself and began to sail on without us! All manner of swimming was needed before we got back on board. Lesson Number 2 – don’t under-estimate how easily you can ‘miss the boat’.

Perhaps the most exciting part of learning to sail is the science of tacking into the wind to make headway. You can’t sail directly into headwinds. Instead you need to cross back and forward across the flow of the wind and with each turn of the boat the sails switch from one side to the other. Keeping your head down as the boom quickly rotates behind the mast is a lesson best learned quickly. However, Lesson Number 3 – you can sail into headwinds if you approach them the right way.

As this is the last newsletter for me may I take this opportunity to thank all members of our College community for your support and prayers. Please have a great end-of-year break and safe travels. May God bless you and your family. I’d like to leave you with this Irish blessing:

May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sunshine warm upon your face,

The rain fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

- Dr Malcolm Coulson


Presentation Night

Just a reminder that our annual Presentation Evening will be on Tuesday 10 December. Please plan to be there to support our students on the night. Junior School students need to arrive by 4:30pm. Middle & Senior Students need to arrive by 7:00pm. Our Home & School will be selling (cash only) refreshments before and after the Junior Program.

Staffing Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Girzie Vanas has been appointed our new Director of Student Wellbeing. Amongst other responsibilities, Mrs Vanas will be facilitating the expansion of our Invictus program among various year levels, and we look forward to her contribution in this important area of our College. Congratulations, Mrs Vanas!


Positions Vacant – Practice Manager and Receptionist (Both Part-Time)

Nutrition and Wellbeing Clinic

Suite 10, 80 Cecil Ave, Castle Hill

Day to day operations of a busy practice

Flexible with their working hours

Good interpersonal and computer skills

Start Date January 2020

For expressions of interest please contact Ida Ludlow ASAP on 0430 478 728.

*this announcement has been authorised by College Administration*

Public Bus Use - Important Announcement

If your child uses the public bus services to and from the College, (not the private College buses) please ensure they tap on and off with their Opal Card EVERY time they catch the bus. The College has been contacted by the Bus company, who are concerned that they do not have students catching these buses, after families and the College have specifically requested these services be continued. We are aware that students are indeed utilising these bus services, however that cannot be proven unless students tap on and off every trip to inform the data and statistics that the bus company uses.

Please emphasize to your children the importance of doing this simple task, so we are able to continue to be serviced by public buses to our College. If the bus company does not see enough usage, the routes will quite likely be cancelled.

Thank you for your attention to this matter

Reminder - Child Care Seat Requirements

In the interest of your child’s safety in the car, we would like to remind all families that by law, all children under the age of seven must be safely fastened in the correct child car seat for their age and size. Additionally, according to the NSW Centre for Road Safety, “Children aged from seven years old but under 16 years old who are too small to be restrained by a seatbelt properly adjusted and fastened are strongly recommended to use an approved booster seat.” It is recommended that children should be at least 145cm tall before they use an adult lap-sash seatbelt. Please ensure that any car transporting your child to or from school is fitted with the appropriate child car seat until your child is old enough and tall enough to use the adult seat belt.

For further information, please click on the link below:


Kindy Gets Motiv8-ed

On Thursday 5th December, KA and KB attended a fun filled sports activity program run by Motiv8sports at the Kellyville campus. We had relay races, kicked balls, rolled giant inflatable wheels, wrapped our teams in toilet paper, played tuggawar, used water squirters, had a wet sponge competition and got soaked on a slip and slide! Students also enjoyed a pizza party, lollies and ice cream as part of this special day. This was an active and fun way to finish off the Kindy year together.

- Mrs Rudenko & Mrs Weslake

Think Tank Fun

On Wednesday November 27 we were privileged to host a coding and robotics Think Tank workshop. Think Tank is where a variety of school from within the Hills District get together to host an extension and enrichment program on various topics.

Throughout the day, students had the opportunity to code through M&Ms, create algorithms and code with beebots and use a sphero to code using both draw and block mode. To end off the day, students were given the challenge to design and create a mini golf course out of various materials, with the aim of the students to get 'a hole in one' with their sphero.

Needless to say, everybody had a lot of fun and all students were challenged and learned something new. The day was a huge success and we are already looking forward to hosting more think tank workshops next year.

- Mrs Williams


It has been a very good year for the Mathematics Department, with 40 students participating in the Computational & Algorithmic Thinking (CAT) and Australian Mathematics competition (AMT) and 10 students enrolled into Enrichment Program, Newton Stage. The students’ performance has been impressive, majority of them achieving at the Credit or Proficiency level.

The Mathematics Department extends our congratulation to the following students who have received Certificate of Distinction and Credit in the 2019 Australian Mathematics Competition (AMT) and Certificate of High Distinction, Distinction and Credit in Enrichment Program- Newton Stage.

AMT Certificate of Distinction

Brendan H (Year 7)

Patricia H (Year 7)

Timothy J (Year 7)

Nathan L (Year 11)

AMT Certificate of Credit

Joshua H (Year 5)

Abigail B (Year 6)

Kai S (Year 7)

Aoling Z (Year 7)

Bismanpreet P (Year 7)

Monica Z (Year 7)

Max D (Year 7)

Sean T (Year 7)

Kaushaal T (Year 8)

Jessica P (Year 8)

Finn M (Year 8)

Jesse D (Year 10)

2019 Enrichment Program- Newton Stage (Year 6)

High Distinction awarded to the top 10% of the participants:

Lewis L, Jordan M and Arwa M

Distinction awarded to the next 15% of the participants:

Hamza B and Yash G.

Certificate of Credit awarded to the next 25% of the participants:

Abigail B, Isaac B, Roman M, Tarun P and Ronan S.

Healthy Harold Visits Kindy B!