Newsletter 7 August 2020

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.

PBL Planning
Staff Fire Safety Training


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: lauraca94@hotmail.com. 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

A selection of last year's entries

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.

Shakespeare knew that to keep everyone’s attention, plenty of farce and slapstick must be added to the soliloquy's, banter and asides.
This group paid attention and achieved 100% of the whole challenge booklet.
Fabulous focus for the whole 2 ½ hours, what a great group of eight!

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

Chinese Calligraphy

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!

Home & School Association

Message from the Home & School President

Dear Community,

We hope this finds you all well. We are back at school and aiming to have our next H&S meeting on Tuesday August 18th at 7:30pm via Zoom. We have really missed having our social events this year and connecting as a community, but being safe must be our first priority.

At this stage we are still planning to go ahead with some of our Father’s Day events. Please keep an eye on social media or the newsletter for further details or any updates in the coming weeks.

We hope you have seen on Facebook that we now have digital memberships available for the Entertainment Book as part of our fundraising at the College. If not, please see the information on this new initiative within the newsletter.

We would love to hear from the school community about how we can come together virtually. Any feedback or ideas are warmly welcomed and can be emailed through to the team at homeandschool.secretary@gmail.com

Don’t forget to sign up for the H&S newsletter if you have not already done so by clicking on the link below:

Finally, please don’t forget to reach out to the College or H&S during this difficult time if you need support in any way. It has been and continues to be a most difficult and unusual year and we are all here for every member of our community.

God Bless,

- Stephen Coyle

Fundraising Opportunity

With little opportunity presently to meet in person Home and School is trying something new for fundraising, and we would love it if you could support it … The Entertainment Book.

Books are now 100% digital, meaning no more of those bulky books, and for every book purchased we will receive 20%. This money will go directly back into the College to support projects like we have in the past …. the renovation of the Junior School toilets, the current acquisition of the laser cutter and the purchase of equipment across the 2 campuses, to name a few.

At $69.99 for a single city membership its great value and you have 30 days to activate your membership. Your 12 months start from when you activate, rather than the previous June to June year. For a limited time only, when you buy an Entertainment Membership before 11:59pm on 13 of August 2020, you will also receive a bonus $10 or $20 Priceline eGift Card!

For those concerned that in the current climate the membership might not be worth it, the staff at the Entertainment Book assure us they are constantly working with their providers to ensure those who purchase memberships can continue to access deals.

Some discounts include:

• Leaf Café & Co. North Kellyville – 25% off take-away/dine-in up to $20

• Made in Italy (multiple locations) – 25% off take-away up to $25

• Pizza Hut (multiple locations) – 25% off up to $50

• Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Big W – 5% off gift cards

• City Beach – 10% of eGift cards

• JB HiFi – 5% off eGift cards

…..and so many more

If you can support this new initiative of Home and School follow the link included, and please share with family and friends. Any questions please don’t hesitate to contact one of the Home & School team at homeandschool.secretary@gmail.com

To order books simply follow the link below and your membership will be ready to go as soon as you choose to activate it!

Extra-Curricular Activities

Please see below for some of the extra-curricular activities that are available to students in Term 3. Please contact the College for a complete list. If you have any questions or would like to apply, please contact the provider directly.

Castle Hill Campus

Kellyville Campus