In this issue

da Vinci Decathlon – Hunter Region Academic Competition

Stella Results at PSSDA State Championships

Inter-schools Chess

NAPLAN

Holiday Reading Challenge

Exciting Upincoming Events for Term 2

Parents & Friends Association Invitation

Harmony Day Highlights

NAPLAN

 

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Principal

A big thank you to everyone in our community who has worked to ensure that our children and young people have experienced a successful term of learning and involvement in co-curricular pursuits. Camps, sporting teams and carnivals, and chess competitions were some of the highlights for our students. More recently, …

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A big thank you to everyone in our community who has worked to ensure that our children and young people have experienced a successful term of learning and involvement in co-curricular pursuits. Camps, sporting teams and carnivals, and chess competitions were some of the highlights for our students.

More recently, it was a great honour for our College to, once again, host the Da Vinci Decathlon.

Over the last three days, teams of students in Year 5 to Year 10 from Hunter Region schools came together for an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of students, who compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. All tasks in the da Vinci Decathlon emphasise higher-order thinking skills – assisting students to develop their abilities in analysis, synthesis and creativity. Congratulations to all our students who competed in the competition and the attending schools.

The good news when we recommence school after the Easter Break, in the light of the recent relaxation of  COVID-19 restrictions, schools will be able to hold some of our Term 2 community events, under a COVID Safe Plan. Given that such community gatherings which serve to make connections and support one another were absent from our calendar in 2020, we are really looking forward to the annual Mother’s Day Breakfast, Hospitality Showcase Dinner, Year 12 Trivia Night, Alumni Night and College Open Day Event.  Further advice about the events parents will be most welcome, will be soon available. I hope to catch up with families at these events.

Recently we conducted interviews with people from our community who expressed interest in being members of the College Council and these applications have now been presented to the Newcastle Anglican Corporation. New members will commence their appointments from the May Council Meeting.

As we move forward into Term 2, we will be seeking Expressions of Interest for community members who would like to be considered for positions on the Parents and Friends Association. I will send a separate communication to ensure that all in our community receive this notice. I do encourage those who have suitable experience in leadership and management and would be willing to give their time and expertise to our community, to send Expressions of Interest to council@btac.nse.edu.au. It would be a great step forward to re-establish this fund-raising and friend-raising function in our community.

During this Easter Season, I wish you a peaceful and holy Easter, mindful of the vulnerable in our community in need of our support and prayers.

Suzanne Bain
Principal

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This week we celebrated Harmony Day at Preschool. Children were encouraged to either wear their cultural dress or something orange. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication …

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Preschool

This week we celebrated Harmony Day at Preschool.

Children were encouraged to either wear their cultural dress or something orange. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

What is Harmony Week?

Harmony Week is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.

The message of Harmony Week is everyone belongs.

It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. Schools have always been Harmony Week’s greatest supporters.

To celebrate Harmony Day we discussed what it means to us, created group art projects to represent Harmony Day, sang multicultural songs, read stories about diversity and included this perspective within our everyday learning.

These celebrations create opportunities for all of us to think, talk about and recognise how our differences make Australia a great place to live.

Everyone belongs at our school, because………

“We do things a lot” Eddie

“We share kindly” Halle

“Because we like having lunch together” Riley

“We all dance together” Jayden

“Because we are all friends” Luca

“We go over to the big school” Esther

“Because we learn” Zaylee

“Because we are all special” Matilda

“I like to share my stories” Meha

“We play outside together” Noah “We all eat fruit together at the same time” Flynn

“We share our toys” Ruhani

“We love to learn” Enzo

“They can make friends” Parisha

“Everyone needs to learn” Amelia

“Because everyone is allowed to play” Zoey

“Mummy drops us there” Finn

“Because everyone likes to draw stuff” Theodore C

“Because everyone wants a hug” Hayden

“Because we love them” Jayda

“Everyone play and we don’t feel sad” Sebastian

“Everyone loves each other” Logan

“To learn and play” Teddy D

“They can be safe” Caleb

Holi Day

We also celebrated Holi Day, an ancient Hindu festival. It signifies the victory of good over evil and is celebrated as a day of spreading happiness and love.

The Preschool children engaged in hands on learning experiences as they created a col

ourful wall hanging, a wreath and colour water spray painting and more. They danced to the ‘Holi Day’ version of baby shark and watched a clip of Indian Holi Day celebrations. The children loved discussing what colours they used in their creations and how they spread happiness and love.

“Give cuddles, kisses, plants and trees” Jonty

“My mum kisses and cuddles, I like Elsa cuddles” Alice

“Play together” Addison

“Don’t snatch, play nice” Zoe

“Smiling at Zoe” Ava

When early childhood educators respect the diversity of families and communities, and the aspirations they hold for children, they are able to foster children’s motivation to learn and reinforce their sense of themselves as competent learners (Early Years Learning Framework)


Michelle Neylan 

Preschool Director


 

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Primary

It has been an incredible start to the year for all our students and staff and it was evident that all the disruptions from 2020 …

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Primary

It has been an incredible start to the year for all our students and staff and it was evident that all the disruptions from 2020 have only made us stronger when we look at the achievements so far.

We are all so proud of our little Kindy kids who have made a wonderful start to their life at school. It was great to welcome them and their parents onto the campus on their first day where some beautiful smiles were captured and maybe some tears wiped away by some loving parents. With the help from year 6 leaders, kindy students were able to quickly adapt to enter school by themselves and it wasn’t long before all our students confidently said goodbye to mum and dad and independently enter each day. It was great to see their Connie Confidence so early in the school year.

It was pleasing to see the return of our term 1 co-curricular events such as the swimming and cross-country carnivals, a year 1 excursion to Tocal, the inter-schools chess competition, debating and much more. At the carnivals we saw some amazing performances from some very talented up and coming sports stars. Many personal best times were achieved and some long standing records broken. In the pool, we had numerous representatives go through to higher level representative carnivals, with many of them drawing on their Pete Persistence to secure more personal bests times.

We need to highlight a couple of students. Isabella W in year 3 secured 1st place in her age for the 50m freestyle at the PSSA State Championships. Not only did she win her heat, but she qualified fastest for the final and took 1.5 seconds off her PB. What’s fascinating about Isabel is her times have improved over the course of the term. It seems that each time she was set a new challenge to compete against faster swimmers Izzy was able to draw on her inner strength to go one better. At the same carnival Evangelia in year 3 secured 2nd in the Springboard Diving competition. Congratulations Evangelia on your achievements. Whether you are in the pool, in the music room or studying at home these performances are a great example of what one can achieve with practice and perseverance.

 

It seems the game of Chess has grown in popularity with a huge turnout at our recent inter-school Chess competition held in the hall. Mr Clarkson has worked hard over the years to increase the participation levels and we are starting to see the fruits of his labour. As mentioned previously year 1 and 2 participate in a weekly Chess lesson and then get to practice their skills at the Tuesday Chess lunch club, one of the many lunch clubs that happen throughout the week. Chess encourages one to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills and long term, this will help the students in other learning areas.

It’s similar with music and the College was excited to see the primary band program extended to include years 3 to 5. On a Wednesday the school comes alive with the different ensembles coming together. The drummers can be heard across the district while the strings and wind instruments are doing their thing in different rooms throughout the College. Head of Performing Arts, Mr Ross, reports that it’s been a great start to the year and with more practice at home and school the students will be ready to perform at various events from term 2.

One of the most exciting events on the school calendar is the Da Vinci Decathlon held this week where participating schools from the district come to the College to compete. The event extends the student in a variety of different disciplines so it’s important each team has strong collaboration skills. All students performed to a high standard and its worthy to not Josh P and Josie C in year 6 won the engineering division. Good luck in the next round.

End of term will be celebrated in style with some fun and adventurous activities under the banner of our new House Spirit Cup. Throughout the term students have been set the challenge to answer all sorts of weekly questions earning points for their house. It’s fantastic to see the energy such a simple idea can generate in the student body. After today’s event we will announce the winner of the House Spirit Cup for term 1.

On behalf of the Primary staff I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. For those travelling, take care and enjoy your time away with loved ones.

 


Mark Durie

Head of Junior School


 

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Secondary Pastoral

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone’s path to happiness is …

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Secondary Pastoral

The Ten Keys to Happier Living are based on a review of the latest research from psychology and related fields. Everyone’s path to happiness is different, but the evidence suggests these Ten Keys consistently tend to have a positive impact on people’s happiness and well-being. The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. They are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed as part of the Foresight Project. The second five keys (DREAM) come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.

This month, based on the key of “Exercising: Take Care of Your Body”, we’re encouraging you to get active, get outdoors and take care of your body!  Let’s reap the benefits of getting our bodies moving and breathing more deeply as a result of exercising, laughing and even singing! We don’t all need to run marathons – there are simple things we can all do to take care of our bodies – for example unplugging from technology, getting outside and – importantly – making sure we get enough sleep!

From the Head 7-9 – Mr Brian Bull (in consultation with the Head of 10-12 Mr Mitchell Cummings)

A little bit of respect goes a long way

Last week at Assembly our takeaway thought was that many people have lived their life following some pretty simple rules. “Be kind, tell the truth, help others when you can, work hard and smart, don’t be afraid to ask for help and be respectful”. Annie Gottlieb said that “Respect is appreciation of the separateness of the other person, of the ways in which he or she is unique”. This was reflected in our recent Harmony Day Celebrations where students wore their national dress or donned something Orange in support of those who have chosen to call Australia home.

“A little bit of respect goes along way” – This simple principle has never failed and has been the creed of many throughout the years. Unfortunately, there are people that say “I’m not going to respect them until they respect me”. Respect is for those who deserve it, not for those who demand it. Those who demand respect in these circumstances actually don’t respect themselves and It has been said that “Respect for ourselves guides our morals; respect for others guides our manners”. So sometimes you may need to ask yourself – Do I deserve that person’s respect?

Showing respect is actually pretty easy when you think about it – the old saying ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’ can be easily interpreted as ‘Respect others as you would have them respect you’ as our friend the Meerkat from compare the market says – “SIMPLES!”

Respect can take many simple forms at school like:

  • Greeting each other in the playground and the classroom.
  • Wait to be asked to be seated.
  • Sit straight and be ready for work – The classroom is not a lounge room.
  • Be mindful of others, respecting their right to learn which is the same as yours.
  • Wait to be dismissed and acknowledge your teacher by saying goodbye.

In the words of Mohammad Rishad Sakhi “Respecting someone indicate the quality of your personality” and remember Respect is not imposed, nor begged, it is earned and offered.

This week in Secondary School we held our first Rewards Afternoon for 2021. Students that were invited to attend watched ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ and ‘Raiders of the lost Ark’ for Years 7 & 8 and 9 to 11 respectively. They also enjoyed a fizzy drink, some chocolate goodies, a pack of chips and an ice cream. All students that received merits from their teacher this Term go into a prize draw on the last day of Term. Keep working hard to earn those merits and you may well be attending our Term 2 Rewards Afternoon.

During Secondary Chapel last week, we considered how Christ asked God to forgive those that crucified him. Particularly those that, not a week earlier, as he entered Jerusalem was calling him the ‘King of King’ and singing Hosannah. This message of forgiveness goes to the heart of the times when we are friends one week and not the next. In these circumstances it may be time to forgive or to ask for forgiveness. Particularly if the statement “I will never be your friend again” is said. “Never – is long time”. So just as Christ sought from God forgiveness for those who turned on him, so we should with those who we have fallen out with. “To forgive will cancel NEVER”.

Remember – “True Friendship Never Ends” or is it – True Friendship – ‘NEVER’ ends!

 


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary


 

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Secondary Academics

NAPLAN Tests All families with students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have received information about the NAPLAN tests that are taking place in …

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Secondary Academics

NAPLAN Tests

All families with students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 have received information about the NAPLAN tests that are taking place in May this year. Students may be considered for exemption according to the guidelines in the letter. All other students are expected to sit these tests. Disability adjustments that reflect the normal level of support in the classroom can be provided. Access to disability provisions must be discussed with the learning support team and a parent or carer must sign the consent form. Students may be withdrawn from NAPLAN by their parent or carer. If you wish to withdraw you child from the tests you must sign a parent/carer consent form. These are available from the School.

Additional NAPLAN information

Please note: the College is continuing to sit paper tests in 2021.

 Study Skills Tip – LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT TERM

Are you riding a rollercoaster at school? Rollercoaster study is where you stay up late doing last minute assignments, then you take it easy for a while and do very little, then panic again when something is due and have to spend huge amounts of time at the end completing the work.  If you plan ahead and are prepared, you will find school much less stressful and more rewarding.

Here are the top tips for thinking ahead:

  1. STUDY NOTES: If you know that you have a test at the end of each topic or examinations approaching, then on the nights you do not have much homework start working on your study notes and summaries. File them in folders at home so they are ready to go when you need them.
  2. ASSIGNMENTS: Always start the assignment the day it is given to you, even if it is just a little bit. Make sure you understand the requirements and if you don’t ask your teacher straight away the next day. Brainstorm the steps the first night and do a rough plan of when you will do each step.
  3. ASK FOR HELP EARLY: There is nothing more frustrating than a student who says ‘I haven’t understood anything we did in the last 3 weeks’. Ask for help as soon as you have a problem. Keep a list of questions for your teacher on a post-it in your textbook or sticky notes on your computer or a list in your phone. Don’t let problems or issues build up, ask for help early and often.
  4. THINK ABOUT WHO YOU SIT NEXT TO: Choose wisely who you will sit with in class. This can make a world of difference to your results. If you sit with someone where it is a productive relationship, you encourage and help each other and stay on task in the classroom you will understand your work better and have less to do at home.
  5. CONSIDER YOUR WEEK: Plan ahead for busy times. If you know you have nights where you can’t do much work or a busy weekend, plan ahead and get things done early. Always look ahead for possible times where you could be caught short of time and make plans to avoid problems.

Learning After School Centre

It is great to see students making use of this facility – please encourage your children to attend these sessions.

Where: BTAC Library

When: Monday – Thursday 3.15 p.m. – 4.00 p.m.

To assist students in completing homework, assessment tasks, get organised with general study routines, the Secondary School is starting a Learning After School Centre in the Library. Secondary staff are rostered on with Faculty based themes as follows (but secondary students are welcome to attend and complete any set work they have):

Day Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Staff Member Week A – Science teacher

Week B – Mr Brett Owers

Week A – Ms Elizabeth Feeney

Week B – Mrs Terri-Anne Smith

Ms Tara O’Sullivan Mr Cliff Nixon
Focus Faculty Science Humanities Maths English

 


Ms Tania Lloyd

Deputy Principal / Head of Secondary


 

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In amongst the rainy weather we have had further competitions to wrap up a busy term of Sport. In the pool Primary students attended the …

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Sport Corner

In amongst the rainy weather we have had further competitions to wrap up a busy term of Sport.

In the pool

Primary students attended the CIS Swimming and Diving Carnival at Homebush Aquatic Centre to compete in a variety of events. Well done to Kosta, Eva, Alexa, Lachlan, Isabelle and Emma on their efforts during the day. A special congratulations must go to Isabelle who finished 2nd in the 8 Year Old Girls 50m Freestyle, shaving an enormous 5 seconds off her personal best time! Another special congratulations goes to Eva who not only competed in swimming events, but also the 8 Year Old Springboard Diving, for which she came 2nd! Amazing!! We wish both girls all the best of luck at the NSWPSSA Carnival this week.

 

Secondary students attended the AICES Swimming Carnival held at Homebush Aquatic Centre last week. Well done to Hallie, Jazmine, Megan and Ryan on their efforts during the day. A special mention must also go out to our Boys 6 x 50m relay team who won the relay at HRIS. Well done, Ryan, Dylan, James C, Harrison, Max and James H. A huge congratulations to Hallie, Ryan and Megan who made the AICES team to attend the NSWCIS Swimming Carnival at Homebush next term. We will be cheering you on from afar.

On the field

Earlier this week, our Secondary Boys Bill Turner Cup soccer team played out a fierce game against San Clemente High School. Coming from a 5 – 0 down half-time deficit, our boys showed grit, determination and resilience to keep on fighting and ended up winning the second half. The game ended in a 6-2 victory to the opposition. We wish San Clemente High School good luck for the remainder of the competition.

Unfortunately the HRIS Secondary Soccer Trials (Boys) have had to be rescheduled until Term 2 due to the weather. We wish our students good luck at the trials.

On the track

With the rain and flood water subsiding, students were able to compete in the rescheduled Secondary and Primary Cross Country Carnivals during Sport time. With the sun shining and a warm 27 degrees, students impressed with their determination and effort in the gruelling races that varied in distance from 800m – 6000m. It was great to see the high levels of participation amongst students and the encouragement they gave to their peers as they ran past them. This was also evident in the Kindergarten ‘Fun Run’ held at the College on Friday morning. Year 5 students assisted and encouraged their Kindergarten buddies to complete the track around the K-2 playground. It was great to hear the positive language from the Year 5 students and see the enjoyment and excitement evident in our little ones. The College Cross Country Team to attend HRIS will be announced on Wednesday, 31st of March. Age champions will be announced in the first Primary and Secondary Assembly of Term 2.

Juniors Cross Country

Seniors Cross Country

 

Have a wonderful Easter Break and see you all in Term 2.


Rob Eddy 

College Sport Coordinator and Year 5 Teacher


 

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Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) Update Our Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 2 classes are on track to complete the 2021 PRC. In fact, we have …

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Premier’s Reading Challenge (PRC) Update

Our Kindergarten, Year 1, and Year 2 classes are on track to complete the 2021 PRC. In fact, we have a couple of classes who have been reading so many books together that they are already finished! Congratulations to KAJ and KLB who have finished the 2021 PRC in record speed.

Students in Years 3 to 9 complete the Challenge individually, logging the books they have read online here. Student username and passwords have been given to students and should be glued in the back of the College Diary. If you have lost your password, or need help logging in, please contact Library Email

Holiday Reading Challenge

Our Holiday Reading Challenge for the Term 1 Break is a simple (and hopefully fun!) one.  All you need to do is to read at least one great book, then share about it with your class during Library in Term 2. We’ve been learning how to give a great Book Talk, so this is your chance to put it into action!

You can choose any kind of book (picture book, information book, novel, audio book, or even a magazine). You can also present any way you like – sharing in person in class, or creating a video recording or PowerPoint presentation to share during Library.

Each student who shares about a great book they’ve read earns a point for their class. Who will be the Class Champions? I can’t wait to find out, and to hear about our student recommendations!

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College Photographs The annual College photographs will occur in Week two Term two. Primary will have their class and portrait photographs on Wednesday 28th and …

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College Photographs

The annual College photographs will occur in Week two Term two. Primary will have their class and portrait photographs on Wednesday 28th and Secondary on Thursday 29th April. You will need to complete and return purchase envelop which was distributed to students on the final day of Term one. Family photographs will be available on the day and the order envelopes for these can be collected from the office only with spare envelopes should yours be misplaced. All envelopes should be returned on the day regardless of your decision to purchase.

Additional photographs for Co-Curricular will occur at a later date and more information will follow for this.