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«BATHURST HIGH CAMPUS NEWSLETTER MAY 2013 FOCUS ON.Science Snake Tails Sixty Year 7 students spent a fascinating hour on Tuesday, 7th May being ...»

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MAY 2013

FOCUS ON……Science

Snake Tails

Sixty Year 7 students spent a fascinating hour on

Tuesday, 7th May being informed and entertained by

Australian Reptile Displays. The show supplemented

the unit of work Year 7 are studying at present,

Classification of Living Things. Students learnt about the adaptations of different orders of reptiles. They observed a Red Bellied Black Snake, Brown Snake, Inland Taipan and Tiger Snake who were all securely inside individual display cases. An Olive Python was able to be touched. There was a great selection of lizards that the students were able pick up and pass around.

Those students that attended have certainly increased their knowledge and understanding of Australian Reptiles.

As part of their unit on Classification, students will be completing an assessment task designing a brochure or poster about an Australian dangerous creature of their choice. The task has clear criteria that needs to be met to achieve maximum marks. Students need to submit this task by May 24th.

Cosmic Engines Video Conference Students in the top Year 10 Science classes were recently invited to attend an enrichment video conference on ―Cosmic Engines‖. The session featured Dr Shane O‘Sullivan, a Super Science Fellow at the University of Sydney, who took the students on a whirlwind tour of the Universe from its dramatic beginning, to events that enabled our existence. Throughout the video conference students were able to chat with Shane O‘Sullivan and asked many thought provoking questions including what happens when galaxies collide.

Aiden Stelling Science Teacher Denison College of Secondary Education—Bathurst High Campus—www.bathurst-h.schools.nsw.edu.au


Year 9 Energy Excursion On Wednesday, 8th April fifty two Year 9 students spent a day visiting two very different facilities in the district to supplement their studies of Electricity and Energy.

The first visit was to Mt Piper Power Station where students were shown a movie about electricity generation before donning their snoods, hard hats and ear plugs in readiness to commence their tour.

We were shown the crushers where coal is pulverised into fine powder and then caught a lift to the 10th floor where we walked on mesh walkways around the furnace and in and out of pipes carrying super-heated steam. A viewing area allowed us to see the electrical engineers at work in the control room and then we were able to get up closeand personal with the turbine that spins at 3000rpm.

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The second stop was at the Flannery Centre in Bathurst. It is a solar passively designed building. Some of the features that reduce the energy use are;

The northerly aspect of the building that allows maximum radiation from the sun in winter and a minimum in summer the reverse veneer - the bricks are on the inside and the insulation and cladding on the outside (like a cosy on a teapot) the interior wall of rammed earth which acts as a heat sink the solar panels and wind generator that allow the building to produce a large portion of its own energy needs.

This excursion provided a great opportunity for students to place into context one of their major assessment tasks for this semester - an energy audit of their home and a review of solar passive design.

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This week students weeded the growing beds and planted more of the seedlings into their growing beds. The broad beans had germinated and seedlings were growing strongly.

The students have worked hard and enthusiastically and good results are beginning to show for their labours.

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Students in Year 11 Physics recently completed their first assessment task. In this task students were asked to apply their understanding of forces and motion to the construction of a car. The car was to be developed with safety in mind and a main goal of protecting an egg ―passenger‖. Marks were awarded for a written report detailing the physics behind their design features and for successful crash testing involving the egg ―passenger‖.

With many designs passing the safety test (into a wall after travelling down a 2 metre ramp at 15o) the designs were then pushed to their limits resulting in many eggs suffering injury as can be seen in the photos below. The task was completed to a very high standard and all stu- Emily-Jane Woodhead, Madison Bennett and Michelle Cater with their designs.

dents involved should be very proud off their efforts.

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100 Years of Bathurst High School Next week we are celebrating 100 years since the gazetting of Bathurst High School as a school providing secondary education to the community of Bathurst. Bathurst High School or as it is now known, Bathurst High Campus, has a much longer history than this but its story is complex with name changes and previous incarnations closing due to a lack of students and funds. It is really 1913 that sees the creation of the modern entity that we know today and generations of Bathurstians have benefitted from the outstanding educational opportunities that have been provided by thousands of teachers and administration staff over the one hundred years.

To celebrate we will produce a short newsletter next week with articles from the Burrs of years past.

Events for the One Hundred Years

1. We are publishing a book—One Hundred Years of Bathurst High through the eyes of the Burr.

2. On the 24th May there will be an open day at the school with tours through the school and into classrooms from 9.30 through to 12.00 pm. Parents and grandparents will be taken into their child‘s classroom. There will also be bus trips down to the Aquaculture facility. We will be having an old style assembly for the students on the Quad at 12.30. Parents are welcome to attend this assembly and then students will have a BBQ lunch. In the afternoon there are activities planned for the students.

3. On the 25th May, we will have tours of the school facilities running every half hour from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm for visitors.

4. On the evening of the 25th May at 7.00 pm at the Leagues Club we have a dinner dance with music by Swing Factor and a three course meal. There are still a few tables available, very few and very short speeches. Tickets are $60 and tables of ten can be booked at the office before Friday. Dress is semi formal and it should be a great night!

5. John Payne and Dr Wendy Hastings have produced a wonderful book taken from all the Burrs in our archives. The Burr is the school magazine and was first produced in 1915. We basically have all the Burrs since then and the book they have produced is a bumper snapshot of the history of the school. It is about 200 pages in length and will be available for sale after it is launched at the dinner.

6. We have commissioned a new drawing of the school. This will be done by Greg Hyde and we will use it in the future for gifts and cards.

7. We are digitizing all our Burrs so they will be available for future generations

8. Year 10 History and Geography classes are doing a project on the history of the school. We are getting audio and video recordings of ex students talking about their school days.

Please ring the school if you have any questions.

Uniform On another note, as winter approaches uniform tends to deteriorate a little. A reminder that NO STRIPES OR LOGOS are to be on tracksuit pants. Only approved school jumpers and sloppy joes with the school badge on it may be worn. Shoes must be mainly black or white with a solid covering. All the approved uniform is available through the school shop and all sizes are catered for. The shop is open Tuesday mornings and Thursday afternoons. It is the first door behind the hall and parents can enter through the Piper Street gate.

NAPLAN The annual NAPLAN test start today as I write this piece. NAPLAN is an important diagnostic tool for parents, students and teachers but it is not anything more than an indication of what students have been able to do on a particular day in reading, persuasive writing, spelling, grammar and numeracy. The best aspect of NAPLAN, in my opinion, is that it acts as a catalyst for discussion between teachers, parents and students about student progress and performance. This focus can only help. The results do not come out until September and we will follow through with discussions and parent teacher interviews at the time.

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Craig Petersen, the Denison College Principal, has been invited by the Department of Education and Communities to lead the implementation phase of the Rural Education strategy for NSW. This will mean Craig will be replaced in the Principals position by myself, Keith Peasley, the Principal of Kelso High Campus. This will be for about six weeks.

Following that period, Craig will be relieving in the Director of Schools – Bathurst role for Peter Harvey until the end of the Term. Stephanie Brown will relieve in the Campus Principal position at Kelso High for the whole of Term 2, with Rob Bartulovich as relieving Deputy Principal.

The Term is full of events, starting with the Year 6 Information Evenings at both campuses on Tuesday 7th May. These evenings provide both campuses with the opportunity to give families details of their approach to learning and the opportunities that exist for students. I am sure there will be great attendance at both venues.

Monday 13th May will also see Judith Bertolin from the Junior College Team travel to Sydney with me for a NSW Colleges meeting. Judith, who is renowned for her innovative approach to Middle School teaching, will showcase the current Gifted and Talented focus in the College. It is a credit to the work of Judith at Bathurst and Richard McFarlane at Kelso that their efforts and vision are so recognised.

Also late in the Term are the HSC Seminars at Charles Sturt University. Wendy Murphy and James Browning, the Senior College Team, have compiled a list of experienced and talented presenters, including Christine Anu, for the day. All HSC subjects traditionally studied in the Central West will be addressed by teachers who have a proven record of excellence in teaching and marking the HSC. I encourage all Year 12 students to attend this day, as it will be a wonderful ―fine tune‖ for their HSC preparation. Stay tuned for details.

The HYLITE program commenced at Headspace this week, providing a study space and tutor support for students experiencing difficulties with their schooling and also other young people seeking to reengage with learning. Lucy Spora and the team at Headspace have created an excellent program, and the College will provide regular curriculum support for staff and clients.

School Within a School commences Term 2 with an enhanced program that incorporates a strong Work Placement component. This will give a realistic application to the Workskills and Hospitality training the students are undertaking. I thank Denis Behan, the Project Officer, for his tireless work in helping create these opportunities.

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In term 4 last year, Year 9 and 10 Elective Visual Arts students each painted an old fence paling. I now have the pleasure of enjoying their work each day as I look out my window. I see the Eiffel Tower, a piano keyboard, a computer motherboard and think how lucky I am to enjoy the creativity of each student rather than my old tin roof!! The students also love to look at their work.

Term 2 is only a short nine week term. Many students have assignments to complete. Please ask your child if they have assignments outstanding and support them in this matter. If students need extra help at school they should talk to their teacher or student adviser. Parents are also encouraged to contact these people if their child needs support.

NAPLAN occurs next week from Tuesday 14th May to Thursday 16th May. Friday is a catch up day. Year 9 will be doing their tests in the morning and year 7 in the afternoon. Year 9 students need to ensure they arrive at school on time and go straight to the hall. If students are absent for any reason they are able to catch up their exams on Friday. There is only one catch up day so students who are absent earlier in the week may need to complete several exams on the one day.

On Friday the finals of the year 7 and 8 Spelling Bee will occur. I look forward to watching this event and will report on the results in my next newsletter article.

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Year 12 Mid Course reports are currently being complied and should be ready for Friday 17th, in time for Year 11 and 12 Parent/Teacher Evening on Wednesday 22nd May in the school Hall, 4-6pm. Booking sheets have been handed out to students and are on our website. You can also ring the office to make bookings.

Well done to all our students who prepared well and worked hard in the lead up to the Mid Course Examinations. The results and reports provide excellent feedback. We look forward to seeing parents and students at Parent/Teacher Evening.

Kandy Kennedy and Dillon Toole travelled to Sydney last week to meet the Governor of NSW, Professor Marie Bashir at Government House. They joined with other school captains throughout the state for this special event to recognise the importance of student leadership.

Year 11.

This week is the Preliminary Mid Course Assessment period. Students attend every class as usual, however, many subjects will have an assessment task during the regular class time. Students are required to see the Head Teacher of their subject if there are any circumstances preventing them from being present, or if they feel sick during an assessment task. If a student is ill and cannot attend school and miss an assessment task, a DR certificate is required.

We hope to see parents at the Parent/teacher evening on the 22nd May (details above).

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As you are probably aware, this year marks 100 years since Bathurst High has been gazetted as an educational institution. To celebrate this momentous occasion a number of exciting events are taking place.

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