Pr Jess Laws
It has been so great to be back to somewhat “normal” for school life this side of term 2! Myself and the rest of the chaplaincy team have truly missed having the students on campus for so many weeks and the excitement of having a full campus again brings a new sense of appreciation for the blessing of being together once again.
It has been interesting to chat to the students about how they found studying from home – some thrived and loved it, but others really struggled to stay motivated. However, the common theme was that while the sleep-ins was fun, everyone really missed their friends! While we learnt new and creative ways to engage with each other online, we still missed the face-to-face time together.
That is my favourite thing about our College – the strong sense of community. And while we plan for events to celebrate that throughout the year once again, it reminds me how blessed we are to have staff that so deeply care for each individual and the sense of family that we feel at this school.
When I think of what makes a great community, I am drawn to 1 Corinthians 13:13 “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love.” I pray that as we enjoy a new appreciation for each other, that we can be an example to everyone around of the unending love that comes from having faith and hope in our Saviour.
Late Pick Up Procedures - Kellyville Campus
Just a reminder that office hours at Kellyville Campus are 8:00am to 4:00pm. Castle Hill Campus office hours are 8:15am to 4:15pm. Teacher supervision at Castle Hill concludes at 3:20pm and at Kellyville at 3:35pm. Please ensure your child is collected by then, as primary aged students are not to be left waiting at the office after this time. If they are primary aged (K-6), please pre-register them with our after-school care provider, Mini Miracles, and arrange a casual booking with them if you are going to be late.
Early Pick Up Procedures - All Students from K-12
Please note that if you are planning to collect students early from school, we require parents/guardians to come into the office to collect your child. If you are unable to do this because you are waiting in the car, please note that office staff need to be able to sight the parent in the car who is picking their child up, as part of our duty of care, before the student leaves. For older students, if you would like them to make their own way home, you need to supply this permission in writing. Please send BEFORE the time they are due to leave to: email@example.com.
Vacation Care - July School Holidays
Vacation Care will be run at Kellyville Campus in the upcoming school holidays. Please click on the link below to view the schedule and activities planned. Please note Vacation Care will be running all 3 weeks of the holidays. If you would like to book your child in, please contact Laura, Regional Manager for Mini Miracles at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mufti Day Fundraiser
On Thursday the 2nd of July, the SRC will be running a mufti-day fundraiser for ADRA Australia. To make the fundraiser an extra exciting day, they will be holding a tournament where students can enter various sports and activities happening across both campuses. More information to follow.
Premier's Reading Challenge
The Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) is still running for another 10 weeks. This is particularly important for our Year 9's as this is their last year to participate, and some will have the chance to earn a medal for continuous participation from Year 3 to Year 9. Last year we saw our college’s first two PRC medals go to TaylaLea Piper and Grace Kerr, and we would love to continue that achievement this year! If any of our Year 3's haven’t made the choice to participate yet, there are still 10 weeks left to read 20 books and get started on the Year 9 medal goal – why not pick up a book and give it a go.
See your librarians for book suggestions and don’t forget to log your books online at the link below
Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with a Disability (NCCD)
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, for example students with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) resulting in reading, writing or numeracy below expected level and Developmental Language Disorders, including expressive and receptive language disorder or delays, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Generalised Anxiety Disorder that result in students learning differently and requiring additional support. The NCCD uses four Broad Categories of Disability: Physical; Cognitive; Sensory and Social/Emotional. See link below for more information
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 the fact sheet below:
If you have any questions about the NCCD, please click on the links above or contact Mrs Susie Coyle, Director of Teaching and Learning/Learning Support Coordinator at: email@example.com
Home & School Association
Message from the Home & School Committee
We hope this finds you all well. We are missing gathering with you and seeing you about on both campuses. It has been such a weird time these last few months and ‘normal’ has not yet returned. We hope that you have been coping okay and please remember to reach out if you need a helping hand, or just someone to chat to … Home & School is always here to support every member of our community.
Last week the Home & School met via Zoom. We had a fabulous turnout; it was good to see so many new faces and allowed us to participate in some good discussion.
One of the most exciting parts of the meeting was a very informative and enthusing presentation by Mr Corey Taskis (Head of Department - Technological & Applied Studies) and Miss Tarsha Menzies (Head of Department - Creative Arts & Languages) on the Laser Cutter to be purchased by Home & School for the College. With the ability to both cut and engrave; students will be able to highlight their design ideas and produce things at a more sophisticated and detailed level. The laser cutter will be based at Kellyville campus, primarily for Middle and Senior students. However, access and training will be available to all teachers. It is an industry standard piece of equipment that many other schools have. While the primary applications are in the Design and Technology, Art and Textiles areas, it’s broad use could be applied across many subject areas.
The Home and School voted by overwhelming majority in favour of a $25,000 budget to buy a laser cutter for our students, allowing them to bring their ideas to life. The Home & School is very happy to be able to support projects such as this. Last year we funded the renovation of the Junior School bathrooms at Castle Hill. We look forward to what we can do next!
We also engaged in discussion on the evening on how we can ‘gather’ in these new times, and also fundraise for future support of the College. We are looking into the possibility of an online trivia night to build community and have some fun, as well as explore other fundraising possibilities. Should you have any unique ideas, please be sure to contact us or join us at our next meeting.
If you would like to read more about the meeting, the full minutes can be found at the following link.
Position Vacant - Volunteer
The Home & School Association is still looking for a Senior School Representative for 2020. This can be a parent or guardian of a student in Year 9-12. The role liaises with Parent Class Representatives from Year 9-12 and attends the monthly Home & School meetings. If you would be interested in this position, and would like to serve the College community in this way please contact the Home & School Secretary at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kindy Learns "All About Me"
In History, Kindy A and Kindy B have been learning about family history. As part of this unit, students created a special poster, All About Me, in which they found out about their history including their country of origin and family tree. Students enjoyed presenting their posters over a week.
- Mrs Rudenko & Mrs Weslake
Year 5 Learn About Events That Shaped Australia
During remote learning Year 5 were looking at different historical events that shaped Australia between 1800 and 1900. They were asked to represent their significant event in the form of a diorama. They had to consider how they were going to portray the characters, the setting and the action.
"It was hard but I enjoyed working with Dad and listening to Mum's feedback" - Avril
"I enjoyed being creative and liked learning about all the different historical events" - Jaxon
"I liked making the people and being creative. Adding in the rum bottles to make it more realistic (Rum Rebellion)." - Zoravar
"I loved how it was so easy, the ideas just flowed out of my head and that I could be so creative" - Josh
"I enjoyed learning new things, like how people had settled near modern day Rouse Hill. While I was having fun I was also learning about how the convicts came and how people fought for their rights to make Australia what it is today." - Rohit
2020 Science Fair
Our annual Science Fair competition was held earlier this term and it was great to see students' investigative minds conducting science experiments to expand their knowledge. The Science Fair is available for Junior and Middle School students and all participants earn House points for entering. This year, the awards presentation will be done online to cater for cross campus participants.
- Mr Marsden
Year 9's Experiment with Natural Disasters
During the last month, Year 9 science students have been learning about the causes and impacts of natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis and volcanic eruptions. They have been conducting practical activities to mimic these disasters. They had much fun conducting practical works after their time in isolation!
- Mrs Wilson-Polak
Cyclone in a Bottle
Volcanic Eruptions under Water
Students were given a monetary budget and had to construct a building from pasta and blue-tac. They were given class time to research, design, construct, test and evaluate their structures. In class, we tested each building and see if the buildings could withstand 5 levels of earthquake intensity. There were some creative and inspiring creations!