From the Desk Of...
Mr Irwin Steyn, Head of Campus - Kellyville
I was reading an article the other day and it was titled “Perseverance – No thanks – that sounds like too much hard work!”
As we come to the end of our first semester, students have completed assessments, examinations and other things that hopefully have challenged them to grow, learn and achieve. Some might have even failed or not achieved the grades or marks they wanted but perseverance is defined as “persistence in doing something, despite difficulty or delay in achieving success”. It is also defined as “firmness of purpose”, “determination”, “staying power”, and “tenacity”.
The article reminded me that we live in a throwaway society, seeking simple solutions and quick fixes. It’s easy to justify failures and abdicate personal responsibility for under-achievement. Nowadays, we rarely hear the encouraging words that our grandparents often said, “If at once you don’t succeed, try, try, try again”. Instead we now hear comments such as, “Never mind, perhaps you should try a different sport. Maybe you’re not really suited to soccer”. We can also be quick to blame others, when we fail to achieve our desires.
As parents and adults, we need to be careful that we model perseverance. You are being watched and you are being imitated. How you respond to challenges not only affects your own actions and decisions, but there is also a flow-on effect which can impact the achievements and goals of your children.
Julie Andrews said perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th. Don’t expect immediate success. It requires serious effort, determination, tenacity and a clear plan for achieving goals.
When you receive your child’s report at the end of term encourage them to persevere if they haven’t achieved to their potential yet. Walt Disney said “All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” We don’t want any kicks in the teeth but having a wake-up call is a good thing to work harder at our goals.
Next week our year 10s will be participating in their week of work experience and they are going to get a taste of what it is to be in the ‘work force’. We wish them all a pleasant ‘awakening’ to the real world and I hope that they will persevere in achieving their goals.
Meet New Staff
We welcome to our teaching staff Ms Yumei Cai to teach Mandarin to our Year 8 students. Ms Cai has replaced Ms Sarah Rose, who has left to start a family. We congratulate Ms Rose on her new arrival and we hope Ms Cai has a great experience teaching at Hills.
Woolworths Earn & Learn
Thank you to all our families who have already contributed their stickers from Woolworth's Earn & Learn Promotion. Please note this promotion finishes on 25 June. You can drop them into the office at either campus, or you can put them in the boxes marked with the College's name at the following Woolworths Stores: Kellyville (Wrights Road), North Kellyville and Rouse Hill.
Car Parking Rules - All Families Please Read
Just a reminder that we have allocated parking spaces for those with a disabled permit at both campuses. We do have a number of families that require these parking spaces, and we would remind able-bodied families that it is illegal to park in a disabled parking space without a valid permit being displayed.
If there are no parking spaces available at our peak before and after school times, please find a park on the street and walk your child into the campus. If a staff member requests you remove your car from these spaces, please follow their direction as quickly as possible. We appreciate your consideration of those in our community that are legally entitled to these allocated parking spaces.
We would also like to remind you of the rules regarding our "Kiss and Drop" Zones at both campuses. At Kellyville Campus, this area is not be used for general parking between the hours of 7:00am - 9:00am and then 2:00pm to 4:00pm. At Castle Hill, please keep the drop off zone/roundabout clear from general parking at all times.
Government Data Collection Notification
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). Schools are required to report on supports that are being provided for students with additional learning needs and are bound by the legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).
Alongside a more commonly understood definition of disability, the NCCD also includes “a disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently from a person without the disorder of malfunction”. This could include students with Specific Learning Difficulties resulting in reading, writing or numeracy below expected level and Developmental Language Disorders, including expressive and receptive language disorder or delays that result in students learning differently and requiring additional support. The NCCD uses four Broad Categories of Disability: Physical; Cognitive; Sensory and Social/Emotional.
The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
Further information about the NCCD can be found in a fact sheet in the link below:
If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact Mrs Susie Coyle, Learning Support Coordinator at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kindergarten learns about Waste!
On Wednesday 12th June, Kindy A at Castle Hill had an education officer visit from the council to talk about materials and knowing your ‘waste’. Students participated in sorting rubbish into the correct bins, working in a group to work out the series of steps our waste goes through and ways of limiting our use of natural resources through recycling and reusing materials. Students really enjoyed this learning experience.
- Mrs Rudenko
Think Tank Fun!
On Monday, June 17, selected students from Years 1-6 from both campuses had the opportunity to attend Think Tank workshops.
Think Tank is an extension and enrichment program run from a variety of schools within the Hills District. The aim of these workshops, is to encouraged students to further develop their knowledge and understanding on topics and also give them opportunities to connect with students from other schools.
Students from Years 1&2 went to Tangara School and participated in a Gymnastics workshop. Year 3&4 were lucky to have two workshops for their stage - a Social Justice workshop held at William Clarke College and a STEAM workshop held at The Hills Grammar. Year 5&6 students were lucky to experience a Mock Trial workshop help at the Australian International Academy.
We are very lucky to be able to be apart of this program and are looking forward to hosting our own program next term for Years 5&6!
- Mrs Williams
Premier's Reading Challenge
We would like to congratulate the following students who have now completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Zara G, Tea K, Nooreen S, Gia T from our Kindy classes. Makenzie D, Tiara D, Mikayla H, Zaara K, Calista L, Reese L, Kian P, Tiana S, Andrea T from our Year 1 classes. Aisa A, Emma-Lee A, Lucas C, Ammi L, Liana M, Aarav S, Chloe T and from our Year 4 class Jade D, and Amatra R. From our Year 6 class Yash G is the first one to complete the Challenge.
A number of students are close to finishing, and we applaud them for the effort that they are putting in. However, we do note when we look at the ‘Reading Records’ that there are still some students who haven’t recorded anything. If you need some help in how to go about entering these, please don’t hesitate to come and see either Ms Lisa Van Vliet or Mrs Lyn Wright as we are more than happy to show how you can enter what you have read onto your personal record.
Remember that by completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge you are gaining valuable points for your School House.
With the holiday break fast approaching now is a great time to access books from your local Council library as we don’t have all of the books listed in our own school library. You still have enough time to complete the challenge as the last day that you are able to log on to your record is 30th August. So get inspired, don’t procrastinate, choose some great books, find a comfortable and warm place and continue to embrace the wonderful world of reading.
- Mrs Wright
Science Fair Awards
On Tuesday June 18, students who were the overall winners for the Junior School Science Fair Competition were announced at the end of Castle Hill Chapel. We want to thank everybody who entered into the Science Fair, earning house points for their teams and also congratulate the overall winners for their excellent projects. Pictured are some of our winners and participants.
Head of Departments award (encouragement award):
• Zaara K
• Liana M
Winners of the Categories:
• Chemistry - Jade D
• Biology and Life Science - Kyran and Zenon
• Earth and Environmental Science - Isaac W
• Best model: Lucinda, Kanda and Shaye
Winners of the Presentations (Duncan Cup)
• Makenzie D
• Amelia T
Best of the best (Wright Cup)
• Leighton R
• Jade D
Year 3 Violin Performance
At chapel, Year 3 were able to show off the hard work they've been putting into learning the violin by performing in front of the entire school.
This term, the students have been building on their violin knowledge, adding fingers to the strings to create new notes. They mastered this quite quickly, and successfully learned enough notes to play "Here I Am To Worship" - a chapel favourite!
In the weeks leading up to the performance, students practiced performing as an ensemble. They needed to make sure they were all playing the same notes at the same time and moving their bows in sync, whilst simultaneously reading their music and following Mr Duncan's leadership. Looking back on photos and footage of the performance, its clear they are progressing very nicely.
This performance was an achievement to be proud of - well done Year 3!
- Evie Horton
Year 8 Mandarin
Students are engaged with conversation and Chinese character writing practice during Mandarin class. During the past two weeks, their learning topics are school terms and school subjects. See above for a snapshot of the class activities
- Ms Cai