In the mornings while I meet with staff and parents, it’s great to see so many things happening across the College. We are one week from the end of Term 3. It’s been an eventful and productive time. Our Middle School construction site is now ready for student occupancy. The Year 12 class for 2018 is approaching the HSC exams and their last appointments as students. Time marches on.
The mornings also highlight a number of students who are regularly late to college, missing roll marking time and missing the start of classes. Being late now and then is unavoidable, especially with the issues of traffic, etc, but being late most of the time has significant impact on a student’s learning outcomes as well as their character development.
Punctuality in the workplace is associated with valuing and respecting others and their time, which in turn increases your personal credibility. Those of us who have found ourselves late for an important work appointment recall how rushing and scrambling to catch up has added to our stress and diminished the quality of our contributions.
Similarly in education, being late means a student will miss important class announcements (often relating to a current assessment task), as well as distracting other students and disrupting the flow of the lesson, which in turns reduces the amount of time spent on learning and often adds to a student’s anxiety.
Addressing student lateness is therefore consistent with every other effort we make to maximise students’ learning opportunities. In the new term we will be offering students additional incentives to manage attendance and time so that they perform to the best of their ability and have character traits that will prepare them for the rest of their lives.
Re-enrolment for 2019
Please be advised that under the terms of the College enrolment policy, families must provide at least one full term's notice of withdrawal. As we are now planning for 2019, please notify Mrs Kay Reilly our Registrar, prior to the end of Term 3, if you child is not returning to the College next year. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9851 5100 or click on the link below
Junior School Book Week
Year 12 Farewell
Working With Children's Check
Just a reminder that all parents and carers that would like to be involved in volunteering at the College, or assist as a parent helper on excursions, are required by law to have a current Working with Children's Check. For volunteer roles, this is FREE to obtain. Please click on the link below for more information on how to obtain one. Once you have received your WWC number please submit it to College reception, along with your date of birth details, so it can be verified. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept any assistance you can give us until that check is complete. We know that you will agree that our student's safety is of the utmost importance.
HICES Debaters Awarded
Our HICES Debating students performed well throughout the four HICES Preliminary Round of debates. Mrs Ashby, Mrs Dye and myself were so delighted to discover that seven of our debaters were awarded best or equal best debaters in the Preliminary Rounds of this year’s HICES competition. A special mention to Lucy H who was awarded the Equal Overall winner in the Junior Division Preliminary Rounds and to Ellysa V who was awarded Runner up in the Junior Division Preliminary Rounds. Congratulations to all of our debating awardees. We hope that your enjoyment of debating throughout the year will inspire you to continue to be involved in the future.
- Ms Tully
Year 8 Camp - Nepean Adventure Centre
Year 10 Camp
Year 9 Food Technology
A few weeks ago our Year 9 students cooked for our local Police and Fire Brigade. The students were tasked with preparing a 3 course meal based on a celebration. The students rose to the occasion and prepared an amazing array of food for their teachers and the emergency services. The police enjoyed the food so much they posted it on the Hills Police Area Command Facebook site. The students can be proud of their efforts as the food was well presented, high quality and delicious!
Year 5 & 7 Orientation Day
This week our Year 4 and 6 students experienced a taste of the next stage in their school life, with their orientation for Year 5 and Year 7. They had a great day meeting some new teachers, fun science experiments, making their own art and technology projects, and meeting new friends who will join our College community in 2019.
Kindy A learns "All About Me"
In Kindy A, we have been continuing to learn about ourselves and our family history as part of our History unit, All About Me!
This week students have brought in some amazing posters all about themselves as part of homework and many parents have come to talk about their cultural heritage. It’s been so interesting!
Did you know that Portuguese is the official language of Brazil?
Did you know that the Dodo bird (which is sadly extinct) roamed the island of Mauritius?
Did you know that the tallest building in Korea, is the 123–story Lotte World Tower, which rises 555 metres?
Finally, did you know that Turkey celebrates a Children’s Day every year?
These are some of the many interesting facts we have discovered about some other countries.
We are blessed to have so many different cultural backgrounds at our school.
- Mrs Rudenko
Best and Fairest
Congratulations to Delcan P (Year 10), who was awarded "Best and Fairest" at the end of season AFL awards ceremony for the Northern Lights (encompassing Cherrybrook, Pennant Hills and Hornsby). This is the second year in a row Declan has received this award. He also received an award for "Team's Player of the Finals Series". We are so proud of your sportsmanship and leadership in the game, Declan. Well done!
AICES Athletics Championships
Last Friday we had 8 students attend the AICES Athletics Championships and they competed in 17 events. It was a beautiful day and nearly all of the athletes placed in the top ten which is an excellent result. Three of our students placed in the top three and will progress through to CIS: Amy R (Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump), Ryan H (Javelin) and Trent S (100m & 200m). We wish them well for the CIS carnival next Tuesday.
Several of our students will also compete at the NSW All Schools Athletics Championship which commences Thursday 27th September: Madeline A, Amy R and Ryan H.