Message from the Principal
Mrs Carlie Deppeler
It is with much sadness that I let you know that Nicole Strickland has resigned her position as Business Manager at the College. She has been with us for nearly 10 years and we are currently recruiting her position and have discovered that she has left some very big shoes to fill. We thank Nicole for her service and look forward to still seeing her around as a parent in our community.
I would also like to let you know that Aniele Deojee is leaving the College and we thank her for her 18 months of service.
Message from the Director of Teaching & Learning
Mrs Susie Coyle
You may have seen your children coming home with work titled PBL or they may have told you they worked on their PBL at school. What is PBL? PBL stands for Project Based Learning. You might think this is just a fancier term for school projects that you might remember from your school days or the types of projects that your children have worked on in the past.
There are a few important differences. Project Based Learning centres around real life problems that students work together to solve. They begin with: an Entry Event that ignites the interests of the students; they contain a Driving Question which is the basis of the project and end with a Public Product that can be viewed and shared. Throughout the PBL, students work together to develop a deep understanding of the topic, solve real life problems, collaborate and give feedback and think critically. The main focus being the learning that takes place and the skills they develop from working together, not just the end product.
A few years ago, the staff engaged in reflecting on the skills and qualities we wanted our students to develop by the time they left our College. We then created the Graduate Profile. Over the years, we have focussed as a whole school team, engaging in professional learning that will assist us in developing these skills in our students from Kindergarten through to our graduates in Year 12. PBL is one way we develop these skills in our students.
At the beginning of the year, most teachers were involved in a 3-day PBL training course where they learnt the art of developing and implementing Gold Standard PBL. PBL builds on the work that we already do in STEM and will help us equip our students with the skills required for success in the 21st century. PBL does not replace other teaching methods such as explicit instruction, it is another tool to assist students develop deeper learning and critical thinking.
Whilst many of you may think the teachers had an extra week holiday recently, they were actually at school participating in professional learning, reflecting on PBLs that were implemented during Semester One and planning new PBLs to be introduced this semester. Week 0 (the week before students returned to school) was a week of planning, collaboration and reflection. The week ended with Fire Safety Training. These photos show how much the staff enjoyed the professional learning that took place over the week.
Late Pick-Up From School
Please note that we have After School care at both Castle Hill and Kellyville Campuses. This service runs until 6:30pm. If you know you will not be able to pick up your child by the end of staff supervision time (3:35pm at Kellyville and 3:20pm at Castle Hill), please arrange with our after school care provider, Mini Miracles to obtain a casual booking with them for the day. If you know you are going to be late on a regular basis, please arrange an ongoing booking with them. Application forms for casual or ongoing bookings can be obtained from the College office, otherwise, you can contact the Mini Miracles Area Manager directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mini Miracles have very reasonable rates, and are eligible for the Child Care Subsidy.
School Car Park Reminder
As you pick up and drop off students at school, please respect the 10km/hr speed limit in our school car parks at all times, and be careful as you drive in and around the school, particularly when reversing. We thank you for helping care for our students by your careful driving habits in and around the College.
2020 Art Competition
Please click on link below to read more information about the upcoming Art Competition. Students from the Early Learning Centre, right up to Year 12 are welcome to enter. Guidelines for both Infant/Junior students and Middle/Senior Students are included in the link below.
Premier's Reading Challenge
It is now only 3 weeks until the end of the Premier's Reading Challenge for 2020!
This means, that all students who have signed up for this year's Challenge have until 28th August to log on their Student Reading Record and record all of the books that you have read. Once you have done this, Ms Van Vliet and Mrs Wright will be able to validate that you have completed the Challenge and so that you can receive your certificate or medal.
So, don't give up! There are plenty of easier books that you can immerse yourself in in each catergory. If you need help finding some suitable books, please don't be afraid to ask for help and remember that the library is open for you to come and read at lunchtime.
- Mrs Wright & Ms Van Vliet, Librarians
Sydney Adventist Schools Scholarship
Year 8 English Incursion
On Monday Year 8 had the privilege and pleasure of watching The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare. Jesse, Malachi and Pr Justin set up the MPC into a Movie theatre. Ms Ashby and Ms Puthumana created a quiz booklet for entries after each Act and prizes were awarded for each 100% correct responses to each Act. The production watched was performed in The Globe theatre, which gave the students an idea of what this Elizabethan playhouse looked like. We were all relieved when the twins finally found each other at the end of the day. It is surprisingly easy to understand English from 500 years ago once your ear has adjusted. Congratulations to those who caught the puns first time through – your shaking shoulders made your teachers' hearts glow.
100 Days of Kindy!
Kindy A celebrated 100 days of school in Maths today. They sang, counted, clapped and finger painted to 100! They created crowns and added numbers. They took home a 100 balloon friend as well!! Kindy A had a great day!
- Mrs Rudenko
Kindy B have been counting the number of days they have been at school each morning during morning routine. This week students celebrated the 100th Day of School! Students participated in various activities relating to the number 100. It was a fantastic way to encourage and celebrate the learning that has occurred in Kindergarten so far.
- Mrs Weslake
This week, year 7 & Year 8 are working on their Chinese Calligraphy project in their Mandarin Class. Chinese characters are hard to remember but it can be learned and perfected by some practice.
- Ms Cai
Birds Eye View of Year 1 and 2
In Geography we are learning about mapping, including where we are on the map and the places around us. We were lucky enough to have Mr Chee visit us with his drone, who captured footage of our school. We learnt about aerial views and how they are captured using a drone. We had lots of fun watching the drone fly high in the sky, and wave at it as it hovered over us!
- Miss Trott and Mrs Tuitama
Year 3 & 4 Learn About Sugar
As part of their Science unit on sugar, Year 3 and 4 students were treated with a visit from Mrs Deppeler. As well as an amazing Principal, Mrs Deppeler is also a nutrition expert who taught students about the different names and types of sugar that are found in food. Getting to make (and taste) their own honeycomb was a definite highlight!