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«BATHURST HIGH CAMPUS NEWSLETTER MARCH 2012 FOCUS ON.Creative Arts Dance Year 12 are working hard on their Performance and Composition Major Pieces. ...»

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BATHURST HIGH

CAMPUS NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2012

FOCUS ON……Creative Arts

Dance

Year 12 are working hard on their Performance and Composition Major Pieces. Year 10 are improving their performance and technique skills ready for the Dance Festival while Year 9 are beginning to learn how to make use of their laptops in the Dance Class.

Drama The Year started with a four day excursion to Sydney for Onstage Week. Year 12 Students gained much from this trip visiting NIDA and Sydney Theatre Company for workshops and viewing the production of ‘Love Never Dies’. Numbers in Year 9 have increased and their improvisation skills are developing. Year 11 consists of students from both Bathurst and Kelso campuses who are working well together exploring theatre styles. Drama ensemble will be starting up soon. Stay tuned.

Music Music students went to the Jazz Australia five day workshop in Sydney in January. This was a valuable experience for our musicians who got to play and study with some of the world’s best Jazz musicians and Jazz educators. Here they are seen with drumming great John Morrison. The students from left to right are- Brendon McLeod, John Morrison, Anna Leckie, Cameron Smith, Jessica Mcleod, Danika Smith, Felicity McKellar and James Sewell.

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

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FOCUS ON……Creative Arts (cont.) Photography Year Nine and Ten Japanese and Year 10 Photography students participated in a Japanese folk art workshop with Associate Professor Hirotoshi Yaginuma of Niigata University last Tuesday. The students had a lot of fun creating a small woven horse out of natural fibre while learning the traditional weaving techniques from Mr Yaginuma’s home prefecture. This workshop will extend into a screen literacy project involving school students from Bathurst High Campus and students from Bathurst’s sister city of Okhuma who have all had to relocate to another city out of the nuclear disaster zone.

Visual Art The Year 7 students have been working hard on their watercolour portraiture paintings and Year 8 on their Pop Art paintings.

Art Express 2012 On Thursday 1st March, senior art students travelled to Sydney with Ms Ward and Ms Wood. Our first stop was at the Carriage Works where we saw an amazing contemporary Indigenous exhibition. After stopping at Kings Street for lunch we headed to the Brett Whiteley Gallery where we saw some of his most well-known works and participated in a great drawing workshop exploring the use of line in artmaking, a main theme in many of Whiteley’s works.

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The next day after staying overnight at the YHA, we went to the Art Gallery of NSW. We were able to see a rare extensive collection of Picasso’s work, showing how his artmaking developed over his lifetime. We were also able to view well-known contemporary works, such as ‘Killing Time’ by Ricky Swallow, which we have been looking at in class. We also saw the 2012 Art Express exhibition, which was really helpful for Year 12 students embarking on their HSC Bodies of Work. It was also really good to see Joey Simon’s work ‘Street Dreams’ exhibited.

Big thanks to Ms Wood and Ms Ward for organising such a great excursion!!

Written by Year 11 Visual Arts students.

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FOCUS ON……Creative Arts (cont.) Ensemble News String Group The Bathurst High Campus string ensemble this year is very happy to welcome its new members, Tom Lindsay, Luke Ayoub and Mickinlay Tikoft! Our ensemble plays a combination of modern arrangements of popular songs and more classical pieces.

The string group has been running for just under a year and we are always looking for new members. So if you play Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass come along to rehearsals, Tuesday nights.

Vocal Group The Vocal Group at BHC has started again and a very warm welcome to all our new members!

Any students interested in joining please come and see Miss Manock or come along to rehearsals on Wednesdays 3:30—4:30pm in K13.

Dance Ensemble The new Bathurst High Campus Dance Ensemble has been chosen. Nearly 35 students auditioned and 22 students were successful.

We are currently working on a Schools Spectacular Audition and Dance Festival Pieces.

Dance Ensemble Rehearsal Times Tuesday Afternoons 3.30-4.15 Wednesday Morning (Week B only) 8.30-9.30 See Ms Reid for details Bands Swing Factor performed to an appreciative crowd at the Eglinton Gymkhana in their first gig of the year on the 25th of February.

With many students graduating last year, the band's new recruits rose to the occasion with many of the band's faithful stunned by the seamless transition and outstanding musicianship displayed.

Music Ensembles Rehearsal Times Swing Factor- Rehearses Tuesday evenings- Entry by invitation and audition.

Chill Factor- Rehearses Tuesday Afternoon 3.45-4.45pm See Mr Smith for details Vocal group- Rehearses Wednesday Afternoon 3.45-4.45pm See Ms Manock for details String Group- Rehearses Tuesday evenings See Ms Merriman for details Concert band- Rehearses Thursday evenings 3.45-4.45 See Mr Smith for details Congratulations Joe Simmons Congratulations to 2011 Visual Arts student, Joe Simmons, whose HSC video art work 'Street Dreams', has won the University of Western Sydney, ArtExpress Digital Media Award.





Joe was presented with the award and a cheque for $1000.00, from the Pro vice Chancellor Professor Kerri- Lee Krause from the University of Western Sydney, he was also presented with a cheque for $1000.00 for the Creative Arts department at Bathurst High Campus, at the opening of the Artexpress exhibition in Sydney last week.

Joe's work is currently on show at the 2012 ArtExpress exhibition at the AGNSW, and will later tour to the Griffith Regional Art Gallery and the Western Plains Cultural Centre Dubbo.

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Bathurst High Events Looking through the newsletter gives parents a good indication of the huge number of co curricular activities that are being offered through the Bathurst High Campus. Education is more than the classroom, it is about presenting as many opportunities to students to pursue their passion and talents. Sometimes these can best be expressed through the cocurricular aspects of schooling. The last time I did a count, and it would not have decreased, Bathurst High offered nearly fifty different co - curricular opportunities in sport, in arts and culture, engineering and science. I encourage students to take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

I would like to thank and pay tribute to the dedication and energy of the staff as this is most often done in their own time.

P&C Office Bearers It is a tribute to the strength of our peak parent body that a wonderful executive was elected for 2012.

President: Carol Neary Senior Vice President: John Browett Junior Vice President: Trevor Lui Treasurer: Wendy Inwood Minutes Secretary: Lyndall Ross Local Schools Local Decisions You may have seen this announcement by the Minister for Education, Adrian Picccoli, on the news or read about it in the papers. What this means for Bathurst High is unclear at the moment as little detail has been released. There is a website where information can be obtained - it is http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/lsld

Congratulations Sporting and other Representatives of the School

While talking about the number of representative teams, can I congratulate our students who are inevitably fine ambassadors for this school. Whether debating or playing a game like rugby league, competing for your school in a competitive environment requires discipline and strong values of sportsmanship and respect for opponents. I am constantly reminded by members of the public and other schools of the qualities of our student and teacher representatives. Below is the contents of an email sent to me by Mr Tony Gasparre who is Head Teacher HSIE and Lithgow and was a colleague of mine when I was Deputy Principal at Lithgow High “Dear Geoff Last week Lithgow defeated Bathurst in a really wonderful game of cricket that illustrated the benefits of good schoolboy competition in western region. I'd really like to acknowledge the goodwill displayed by the Bathurst players and hope you will pass on some recognition to their efforts. On the field they played very competitively in a friendly spirit that was a credit to them and their coach - George Shoemark. I've now umpired several games with George over the last few years and it is always a pleasure to do so. He ensures the game is played in the right spirit and clearly has the respect of his players and makes it an enjoyable day.” Tony Attendance Please remember the importance of sending in a note with your student after they have been away. It is a requirement of the education legislation that student absences are explained. We find that many notes do not reach school after being

sent via students. If you wish you can:

1. Check absence dates on Millennium

2. Send an email to Bathurst-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au with explanations and name of student

3. Phone in to the school and give a verbal explanation Our unexplained absence rate is currently at 70% - that means 70 % of student absences this year have not yet been explained. We need to reduce this significantly and would appreciate parent and carer assistance.

I am very happy for anyone with suggestions as to how we can make the process easier for very busy parents.

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N Determinations All Year 10 students have been reminded of the requirements of the Board of Studies and the importance of doing their best in class work and assessment tasks. Consistent effort and high achievement will mean their best grades are recorded on their Record of School Achievement (RoSA).

The Board of Studies N Determination process has also been explained. Students are aware they must follow the course, work with diligence and sustained effort to the set tasks and experiences and achieve course outcomes.

If students are not meeting these requirements, letters are sent home stating the work to be completed. Students have two weeks to submit the work. A second letter and no work submitted means the student will not be awarded the subject on their RoSA.

Attendance In the next few weeks, students will be interviewed if their attendance has been identified as needing to improve.

All students must be in roll call. If students in Year 12 do not have lessons period 1, they must sign in at the office. Students have a responsibility to ensure they are marked present.

All absences must be explained by a note from a parent within two days. Thank you for your support with this.

Students in Year 11 have not been issued a Senior Agreement yet and therefore are not to leave the school grounds if they have study periods. Instead, they are expected to be in the Hope St area, the Canteen area or the Library.

Year 12 Mid Course Exams These begin on Friday 23rd March and continue to the 5th April. Exam timetables will be issued to students this week. Active preparation for the exams should be well under way.

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It has been a very busy start to the year and I really am enjoying being back at Bathurst High working with our fantastic students and teachers!

Year 9 students received their laptops last week. Students are using these every day in their lessons. They must remember to charge their laptops each night, bring their laptops to school every day and leave their chargers at home. If they have any issues with their laptops they should see Ash Phillips the Technical Support Officer before school or at recess or lunch.

Year 7 students will attend Burrendong camp next week. Students will be supported by their year 11 peer support leaders. Activities will include kayaking, ropes course, bike riding, group initiatives activities, grass skiing and archery. There will be a special program at school for those students who are not attending the camp.

A special congratulations to all those students who have involved themselves in extra- curricular activities in the school. Many students are in the vocal group, bands, dance and drama groups. Other students have been trying out for sporting teams. Bathurst High has a huge range of activities available to students with varying skills and interests. Well done!!

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Denison College - High Achievers Function 2012 Denison College celebrated the performance of our highest performing students at a function early this term.

Students from both campuses were acknowledged for their overall performances during 2011, however, it was also recognition that these students value the educational opportunities afforded to them by Denison College.

Year 10 and 12 students were invited to attend if they attained a Band 6 result in one or more subjects from School Certificate or Higher School Certificate examinations. Year 11 students were invited to attend if they received overall Preliminary Course marks that were above 90% for subjects or they were recognised on Presentation Night as the student with the highest number one course rankings for 2011.

Special guests included Mr Peter Harvey, Bathurst School Education Director and Col Sharpe, Head of Campus CSU Bathurst, spoke about what a difference half a percent extra effort makes over time and a past student of Bathurst High, Alicia Fuller spoke about her achievements once she set herself clear goals.

Bathurst High Campus students who received awards on the night were:

Year 10 (2011) Melanie Arthur – Computing Skills; Harley Bartlett – Australian History, Civics and Citizenship; Robert Bower - Computing Skills;



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