NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL
Phone: (02) 49 69 3177
Fax: (02) 49 61 2912 March 2007
The next meeting of the P&C Association
will be the Annual General Meeting
held Monday 12 March 2007 – 5.15pm
FROM THE PRINCIPAL’S
Newcastle High School Supports Guide DESK Dogs Association, NSW.
Visit by Carmel Tebbut, The Honourable
Minister for Education
Carmel Tebbut, Minister for Education, visited
our school and announced some important
plans for improvement to our facilities. The
Minister has allocated funds for the
refurbishment of 7 Science laboratories and
2 kitchens as well as the construction of a new
kitchen and upgrades to student toilets. During
her visit the Minister viewed a science class,
chatted with students in the newly opened
senior study and viewed a recording session in
our music Recording Studio.
At the end of 2006 the staff and students School Improvement celebrated the spirit of Christmas giving, by I am pleased to report that Departmental data raising $500 which was to be donated to a local recently released on our school’s academic charity. The Newcastle Branch of the Guide performance indicates very significant gains Dog Association of NSW was drawn from the made in our target areas of last year. In nominations in a barrel. particular, the “value added” to student achievement from the School Certificate to the On Thursday 22 February, Regional Manager, HSC was strongly positive for lower achieving, John Payne was presented with the cheque by middle achieving and high achieving students. A our Relieving Principal – Mr Peter Kilburn and
more detailed analysis will be published in our our School Captains – Eleni Nicolas and Ben
Annual School Report. I feel confident that the Ling. gains made in 2006 are being strongly reinforced in 2007. In thanking the school, Mr Payne said that there
are approximately 45 people who require the Timetable Changes assistance of the Guide Dog Services in the A new timetable will be implemented in the Hunter Valley. The average working life of the week beginning 12 March. The timetable is guide dog, usually a Labrador or Golden needed to reflect our new staffing entitlement Retriever is between 6-8 years. Donations from and the distribution of students between their the public are a vital factor in ensuring the various courses. Our school and our staff are ongoing support provided by this invaluable committed to ensuring that student learning will organisation. Anyone interested in offering not be compromised with these changes. support can contact John at their offices,
telephone 4925 3066.
P Kilburn M Kempton and J Rohr Relieving Principal Fund raising co-ordinators
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First Term is moving on and we are about to TERM DATES 2007 send home the first of our End of Unit Evaluation TERM 1 Reports for Years Seven and Eight. Monday 05/03/07 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts orders being taken These reports will detail what a student has Thursday 29/03/07 School Photos achieved and any areas that are a concern. Tuesday 03/04/07 School Photos for special Parents are encouraged to contact the Faculty to groups discuss the reports. Hopefully these reports will Wednesday 04/04/07 Krispy Kreme Doughnuts provide a concrete starting point for discussions orders delivery day at Parent and Teacher evenings. Thursday 05/4/07 Term One concludes Friday 06/4/07 Good Friday The parents of all Year Twelve students were sent a letter explaining the importance of submitting draft copies of assessment tasks prior TERM 2 to the due date. Teachers report that there has Monday 23/4/07 Staff returns been substantial activity within the group and Tuesday 24/4/07 Students return many practice tasks have been lodged.
The faculty is currently organising an excursion
for several junior years and more information will
be available when final details are determined. XCEL
A Burford XCEL is a unit of work which is designed to Relieving Head Teacher English promote effective learning and specifically cater for the needs of Stage 4 students at Newcastle
High School, by Newcastle High School teachers. FOOD and TEXTILE
TECHNOLOGY XCEL investigates a range of learning styles
aiming to heighten student awareness of learning. XCEL encompasses all subject areas and Some of our Year 7 students will have the addresses responsibility and student opportunity to attend an excursion to Luna Park accountability of and for their own learning. on the 19 March 2007 to complement a Year 7
unit of work called “Just For Fun”. In this unit of This project has generated interest from a variety work students are designing and producing an of different government and community bodies aspect of their very own theme park, which could wishing to become involved in this unique include models, show bags, rides, etc. It is initiative. The XCEL Project Development Team hoped that by attending Luna Park they will get has received significant funding from the inspiration that may assist them in their design Australian Government Quality Teaching work. Program along with considerable contributions, both financial and supportive from The Wetlands Year 7 students who do not attend this semester Centre, Hunter Water and Newcastle City because they are studying Technology in the Council, without whom the XCEL program would Industrial Arts area will have the opportunity to not have become a reality. attend the second Luna Park excursion
scheduled for the 20 August. To this end all of Year 7 will be attending an XCEL excursion to the Wetlands on Friday 9S Munro May
Head Teacher Food and Textile Technology to undertake activities being studied in this unit of
Relieving Deputy Principal
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John has an uncanny way of involving students
in his presentations. Many spoke to him TRAVEL PASSES
personally afterwards and requested his email to If a student changes his/her address – He/she keep in touch. needs to contact Mrs Pace in the front office for a new application form for travel, ie pass (rail, Website: johnpcoutis.com private bus/state transit, bus/ferry). Email: email@example.com
Travel applications must have same address. If
Report on motivational speaker 5 March 2007. a different address is given, application can be
I think the speech was very motivating. John refused. speech was an inspiration. He taught us to live A Jones the life to the best because you only get one Relieving Deputy Principal chance and that there is less fortunate people in
the world than us, so we should be grateful. He also told us that you should not be worried about
the way you look or the way you talk and walk VOCATIONAL EDUCATION
and he also said that you should not bully other AND TRAINING people and it does not matter if you win or lose. HOSPITALITY WORKPLACEMENT – YEAR 12
I think he taught me a lot, I hope everyone else Work placement is a compulsory component of learnt a lot today. all Vocational Education courses in Years 11 and Amy Porter 12. Students are required to successfully Yr 7 Student complete a minimum of 70 hours in the specific industry of study. Mr Coutis
On Monday students from Year 12, 11 and some Essential to the success of this program is the from the junior years were enlightened by a support of local business industry personnel who motivational speaker. He told us of personal provide time and resources to assist students experiences and stories of different instances. through their education and training endeavours. Most importantly, he related to the students and
inspired each and everyone of us to reach our Participation of the following establishments potential and live our lives to the fullest, no during February is greatly appreciated: matter the circumstances. I am sure his jokes Café de Beaumont, Croudace Tea House, and quick witted humour will long be Boulevard on Beaumont, Mary Ellen Hotel, The remembered. Clarendon Hotel, Lingard Private Hospital, Juicy Thank you Mr Coutis for your insightful visit. Beans Café, Brewery Bites and Washingtons Jen Spear Restaurant, Stockton. Yr 12 Student
R Murphy “I murmured because I had no shoes. Until I met Hospitality Co-ordinator a man with no feet” (Persian Proverb)
S Munro This man is like no other man I’ve ever met.
Head Teacher Food and Textile Technology He is man with disabilities; it is a struggle for him
to get up every single morning. Even though it is a struggle, he made time to
come and talk to us. John Coutis - Motivational
John had problems since the day he was born; Speaker doctors told his mother that he would not last a
day. But he lasted for months, years and now he “John P Coutis is an exceptional person. Born is HAPPY, he’s been happy despite his constant
with a severe disability that rendered his legs struggle for the 47 years of his life. useless. John defied medical opinion by refusing When I looked into John’s eyes I saw pain but to die. also joy and happiness. It was one of the most Today John speaks all around the world to tens inspiring moments of my life to listen to his life of thousands, very enthusiastic and eager people, story. This man made peace with the fact that he whom he leaves breathless.” is not able to walk, everyday he fights his pain
and desperation and he never gave up. On Monday 5 March students from all years were John travels around the world giving kids this given the opportunity to hear John Coutis. message: “Don’t let a problem take away your
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happiness. Never retreat and never surrender”. INDUSTRIAL ARTS John’s words are said with passion, he gives kids a push to make peace with what they don’t have, Analysis of HSC Results 2006 and he wants us to grow up fighters, fighters for HSC results for 2006 were very pleasing. In our happiness. Engineering Studies, two students scored a John used lost of quotes in his speech; my band favourite one was “Don’t let life live you”. “I think 5 and three these words meant something to everyone”. students scored John, thank you for sharing with us your amazing a band 4. The abilities to never give up, to struggle against remaining four difficulties and problems and giving a chance to student scored kids to enjoy life. band 3. The Alexandra Savkov results for this Yr 9 Student subject were slightly (1.91 M Rennie marks) below Head Teacher Welfare the State average but still very pleasing. In
Design and Technology, results were slightly
above the State average (1.55) with two students Year 9 Camp 2007 gaining band 4 and one student gaining a band 3.
All of the Major works and folios were extremely Students from Year 9 will be attending camp at well constructed and presented and were a credit Jindabyne in 2007. The scheduled date for the to the students concerned. camp is Term 2, Week 4, Monday 14 May until Friday 18 May. Industrial Technology results were also very
pleasing with one student gaining a band 5, two More information will be given to students students a band 4 and all other students gaining regarding cost and available activities during the a band 3. Results were again slightly above the next week. State average (0.89) for this course. Once again
the quality of the Major Works was extremely As for our camps in Year 7, 2005 and Year 8, pleasing with all candidates producing high 2006 we are anticipating large numbers and are quality projects. putting in place a comprehensive program for students to be involved in. What’s Happening in
2007 M Rennie and G Jenness A new Hafco Geared Yr 9 Year Advisers Head Mill Drill Drilling machine (seen here) Winter Uniform Update 2007 has been purchased
from the Investing in
Our Schools Grant. Students have two choices for jumpers,
This will make a huge either a plain navy jumper or the school difference for those jersey as for 2006. students working in the Metal’s Technology The navy jumpers are available from Lowes. area and will significantly improve the learning School jersey can be purchased from school environment for the students and staff at at a cost of $70. Please pay at the front Newcastle High School. office.
We continue to focus on the further development
of our new programs and the quality of the Parents please note students will not be
teaching and learning in our Industrial Arts allowed to wear coloured jumpers or jumpers
Classrooms. with logos other than NHS during school hours. If your child has the incorrect jumper D Campton they will be loaned a school jumper for the Head Teacher Industrial Arts day.
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We have recently completed our school swimming carnival/zone trials at Stockton Pool.
All students who attended should be
congratulated on their efforts and behaviour.
Special congratulations to our Newcastle High YEAR 11 FUNDRAISER School Age Swimming Champions for 2007. They are: Year 11 students will be selling Krispy Kreme
Age Girls Age Boys Doughnuts this term for $14.00 a box of 12.
12 Taylah Douglas 12 Brayden Petersen Orders will start being taken Monday 5 March
13 Ebony Petersen 13 Caleb Munro and the delivery will take place during the last
14 Emily Chaffey 14 Will Dawes week of term on Wednesday (4 April). Our aim is
15 Hannah Lemke 15 Mitchel Drew to sell 200 boxes this year. There will also be
16 Luke Ison individual Krispy Kremes sold on the delivery day.
17+ Aleisha Prigg 17+ Callan Nickerson Why not try something different this Easter and Zone treat your family to a box. Remember, they After a successful school swimming carnival, freeze really well. over 30 competitors went on to compete in the Zone Swimming Carnival at Mayfield Pool on Students can collect an order sheet from 27 February. Mrs Ellis in the FATTS staffroom during any recess or lunchtime, or you may complete the Each of the Newcastle High School competitors order sheet appearing in this bulletin. Orders performed well and exhibited excellent behaviour must be paid for in full at time of ordering. It is and a positive approach to competition. Some asked that orders AND money be placed in an particularly outstanding results go to Emily envelope with the name and year of student on Chaffey, Hannah Lemke, Aleisha Prigg and the the outside if possible. girls in the 14 Yrs Relay Team.
Orders will be available for collection from 11am Knockout Competition
onwards from Food Technology 3 (the portable Our Knockout Competitions are under way for
kitchen) by parents. Students will be asked to 2007.
collect at lunchtime.
We have included a list of the Knockout
Competitions that we enter during the year and There will also be selected Year 11 students
the teachers who coach these teams. We have taking orders.
also included information on trials for Hunter
Region Sporting teams for this year. I look forward to delivering to you some yummy Krispy Kremes just in time for your Easter holiday. This information is conveyed to the students via DAILY NOTICES and on the noticeboard outside D Ellis and C Edwards the PD/H/PE Staffroom. Year 11 Year Advisers
Students who play in these teams or attend trials are marked as being present at school and are
expected to see their teachers or friends to catch
up any missed work.
Students will only be allowed to represent in
these teams if they satisfactorily attend and
participate appropriately in their school sport
Any enquiries should be directed to Mr Wagner
or Mrs Blatchford at the PD/H/PE staffroom.
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If interested in attending the trials to be selected in a
HUNTER REGION SPORTING TEAM
You must see Mr Wagner (Boys) / Mrs Blatchford (Girls)
Prior to the notification date.
Regional Trials – Term 2, 3 & 4
Note: All events are OPEN unless specified.
Sport Date of Trial Venue Notification
Lawn Bowls Mon 2 April Trials conducted Wed 21 March Term 2 Week 2 as part of CHS
K/O + Single Trials
Boys Rugby Union Thurs 26 April Learmonth Park Thurs 19 April
Week 1 Hamilton
Boys Touch Fri 4 May Touch Fields Fri 27 April
Week 2 Broadmeadow
Girls Touch Mon 7 May Uni of N’cle Fri 27 April
Week 3 Sports Field
Boys & Girls Squash Mon 7 May Cardiff Squash Thurs 26 April
Week 3 Courts
Boys & Girls Selected from Zone & Regional
Cross Country Carnivals Fri 25 May – Week 5
Girls Rhythmic Fri 8 June Lakeside Gym Tues 22 May
Gymnastics Week 7 Gateshead
Girls & Boys Fri 8 June Lakeside Gym Wed 23 May
Artistic Gymnastics Week 7 Gateshead
Boys Softball Wed 20 June Stevenson Oval Thurs 14 June
Week 9 Mayfield West
Girls Tennis Fri 22 June District Park Cts Thurs 14 June
Boys & Girls Wed 27 June Belmont High Wed 20 June
Trampoline Week 10
Boys & Girls Selected from Zone & Regional Term 3 Athletics Carnivals 25 and 26 July Week 2
Boys Tennis Fri 24 August District Park Cts Thurs 16 August
(15 yrs & under) Week 6
Girls Softball Wed 28 Nov Stevenson Oval Thurs 22 Nov Term 4 (to compete in 2008) Week 7 Mayfield West
Girls Cricket Thurs 29 Nov Harker Oval Thurs 22 Nov
(to compete in 2008) Week 7 New Lambton
Boys Cricket Thurs 6 Dec Maitland Park Thurs 29 Nov
(to compete in 2008) Week 8 (SMR Wickets)
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Congratulations to two of our students Jamie
Watters and Tiana Eades who have gained a
Traineeship with the Commonwealth Bank. This involves the girls undertaking one day a week
work at the bank with half day at TAFE. This combined with Year 11 studies keeps these girls
very busy. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
On the 7 March we hope to attend a KOORI 2007 READING TUTOR PROGRAM HEALTH EXPO. This will outline careers available within the health industry. The Reading Tutor Program is about to recommence. Last years program assisted Our group have a number of activities planned students across the curriculum from Years 7 for this year. At present, students are selling through to Year 10. This year’s program is chocolates as a fundraiser for our annual anticipated to assist students from Years 7 excursion to CROCFEST. This is to be held in through to Year 11 with intensive assistance in Kempsy over September 17-21, this year. (Due spelling, reading and subject content from all to the large number of dance group members the subject areas. bus is full). All of the work is pre-prepared; we just need Students are reminded that if they are on a experienced readers who have time to volunteer. monitoring card or attendance card and work is The more Tutors involved; the more students that not up to standard they run the risk of not can be assisted. attending excursions.
Volunteers can be parents, carers, community Belinda Wright members, university students, etc. All that is Aboriginal Education Assistant required is tutors to work one-on-one with
students on a regular basis.
Volunteer tutors do not need any special training, P&C NEWS
just a desire to help students improve their The AGM meeting will be held 12 March at literacy skills. Tutors will be helped and guided 5.15pm. At this meeting our Year 7 advisors by me, Support Teacher Learning Assistance, in will be our guest speakers. This could be a this matter. perfect time to come along and find out what is happening at the P&C. If you are able to assist on a regular basis,
We particularly invite parents of new students to please contact me (Ms Melinda Ferguson) or take this opportunity to attend the Parents and leave a message at the front office on 49 693177. Citizens Meetings, meet us and learn more about Proposed Reading-Tutor Program: Newcastle High. Wednesday 9:09am – 11:45am
If you would like to make contact with the P&C or Friday 8:57am – 11:39am would like more information about our Investing in Schools grant email me for the DEST website M Ferguson address – firstname.lastname@example.org. Reading Tutor Program Co-ordinator See you Monday evening.
T Proust President P&C Association
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