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S O U T H S Y D N E Y
Newsletter | Term 4 Week 2| 20 October 2017
Can I extend a very warm welcome back to term 4 to all our students and families. We trust that the break was
restful and restorative. It was marvellous to see our students returning to school looking refreshed and
energised, buzzing with news, eager to catch up with their friends and reconnect with their teachers. We also
welcome back Ms Matthews, Mr Wiseman and Ms Sainty who return to us reinvigorated after periods of leave.
We also have some staff changes this term and into 2018. We wish Mr Hart well as he embarks on leave for
term 4. Congratulations are also in order for Leonie Stevens who has secured full-time, permanent employment
as SLSO at OLSH and our Head Teacher HSIE, Louise McNeil who will take up a position as Deputy Principal at
Randwick Boys’ High School starting in 2018. We will miss them!
I have enjoyed my time as Relieving Principal and thank Ms McNeil, Mr Davidson and Ms Kelso for their support
in relieving roles over the past few weeks.
Congratulations and thanks to:
Our students and staff who quickly and efficiently vacated the school during our Emergency Evacuation
All Year 12 students who sat for their first examination on Monday. Our Presiding Officer was full of praise
for the exemplary behaviour and attitude displayed.
What a credit to our school!
Our intrepid Year 9 Bronze Duke of Edinburgh
students who set off on their qualifying walk next
week ably led by Mr Yasaman, Ms Mifsud and
Year 11 students as they enter their first term of the
HSC course and the staff who will support them
during their Stage 6 Skills for Success Day on
Wednesday, at Maroubra Surf Club. Special thanks
go to Ms Lawrence and Mr Benischke for organising the day
All Year 7 and 9 students who helped us trial the new style NAPLAN online tests last term. Thanks also to
Ms Kelso and Mr Askounis for organising and running the sessions and Ms Kite and the Maths staff for
Our ever supportive P and C for funding our Year 7 Virtual Reality workshop organised by Ms Mifsud and
exciting new resources to be trialled by Code Club students for wider school use
The second hand uniform shop will not be open for the next four weeks, due to the HSC exams being conducted
in the Hall. If any student requires help with second hand uniforms during this time they may see Mrs Browne in
the Student Office.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Visual Arts Excursion Year 7 students enjoyed a visit to the Art Gallery of NSW this week to view the Archibald, Wynne and Sulman
prize exhibitions. This was a follow up to their portrait unit and an opportunity to see a range of painting styles
and interpretations of the genre. The visit included a tour of the gallery to familiarise the students with the
variety of art on show in the gallery. After lunch in the Domain the group walked to Mrs Macquarie’s Point to
draw views of the harbour before boarding the bus for the return journey.
Principal’s Report (cont’d)
A special mention must be reserved for Mr Rick French (our School General Assistant) and Ms Alison Maynard our
hardworking Student Support Officer. Our wonderful staff members have been recognised for their contribution
to public education through receipt of Ultimo Principals Network Awards, presented by the Executive Director,
Ms Sylvia Corish.
Excursion to Australian Institute of Music
Elective Music students attended the ‘Best of Australian Rock’ concert performed by current students at the
Australian Institute of Music on Friday 13th October. All music students prepare both solo and ensemble
performances as a part of their course, so it was beneficial to observe the interpersonal dynamics of students
who at the same time presented a comprehensive history of Australia’s varied rock repertoire, which even
included a bagpipe for Johnny Farnham’s anthem ‘You’re the Voice’. The engagement of our students was
exemplary and the interest they displayed in understanding the often unspoken, instinctive aspects of musical
performance was clearly visible.
The students also toured the campus observing a recording studio in full operation and a rehearsal of ‘The
Tango Maureen’ from the musical Rent, providing our students the opportunity to experience diverse career
paths open to them as they develop their foundations in music study.
Each year the Ultimo Principals Network presents
awards to recognise the achievements of teaching
and non-teaching staff with the Department of
Education. Congratulations to Rick French (General
Assistant) and Alison Maynard (Student Support
Officer) for their success in achieving awards in the
category of non-teaching staff. These awards were
much deserved. It was a superb evening set in the
canteen/café area of Sydney Secondary College
Blackwattle Bay Campus. Blackwattle Bay provided a
stunning backdrop to the event.
NSW Ministry of Health offers all school students free vaccinations recommended by the National Health and
Medical Research Council (NHMRC). These vaccines are important and protect students through to adulthood.
The 3rd vaccination visit is on Wednesday, 1st November 2017.
The following vaccines will be offered at Visit 3:
Year 7 – HPV Dose 2 and Varicella - Any catch –up doses of HPV and dTpa missed from
Year 8 – HPV dose 2 or 3 only for those students who did not complete the HPV course in
2016 (the nurses have the consent cards)
Year 11 – Meningococcal ACWY only for those who missed Visit 2.
Please read the information provided with the consent form to understand facts about the vaccines that will be
offered and the diseases that these vaccines protect against before you sign the forms.
A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated after vaccination. Keep this vaccination
record in a safe place as they will be required for future work or travel.
Childhood vaccination records for children born after January 1996 can be checked by calling the Australian
Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.
If you have any questions about the program at school please contact Ms Jaglika Corlija (school contact) on 02
9349 3868 or the Immunisation Unit, Public Health on 02 9382 8333.
For translated material on the School Vaccination Program for parents/guardians, please go to the following
website, but only fill out the English version:
NSW School Vaccination Program 2017
On Friday the 13th a group of nine students from year 10 IST class took a small bus to visit the city. After a short trip, our intrepid party came across the mighty Microsoft Store in Pitt Street. This was only the beginning of a great & wonderful adventure. Once through the magic automatic glass door they were greeted by the friendly folk of the Microsoft company. The students gaming prowess & powers were yet to be tested. After an initial wait in the wondrous store, they were taken on a short ascent to the next floor up. Here the group was cleaved in two by one of the Microsoft staff. A group of four went one way and the remaining five stayed in the conference room.
The rest of the morning was taken up with such trials as trying on the VR visors, AR glasses and various game configurations on the many numerous devices conjured up by Microsoft's Magic Makers. Every one of the intrepid students had a trial of what was on offer. All too soon, time was up for the group and they had to say a reluctant good -bye and thank you to the Microsoft staff.
The journey back to the land of South Sydney High School was long, but filled with joy and tall tales.