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«BATHURST HIGH CAMPUS NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2012 FOCUS ON.Support The Support Unit has continued to be a hive of productivity. Mr Blaikie, Dale Norris ...»

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FOCUS ON……Support

The Support Unit has continued to be a hive of productivity. Mr Blaikie, Dale Norris and their students have

been busy preparing for the construction of the Support Outdoor Learning Area. The students have been busy

digging, levelling and boxing up in preparation for the laying of concrete slabs. New outdoor seating and tables will be installed once the concrete has set. This will be an invaluable resource to further enhance the quality learning environment offered to the students in the Support Unit. We would like to thank the McKean family for their generous donation which has enabled this resource to be constructed.

The Support Unit travelled to Wellington to compete in the annual Western Region League –Tag competition. The students had a fabulous time playing League-Tag and supporting their teammates from the sidelines with an endless supply of cheers. The students all showed dazzling ball handling skills, lightning speed runs and most importantly, quality sportsmanship. Mitchell Nash and Breanka Smith were recognised by the refereeing staff for their determined, fair and supportive manner on the field. They were each awarded the Best and Fairest medal and certificate.

The Bathurst High team made it to the finals but narrowly missed out on winning, defeated by Wellington.

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


FOCUS ON……Support (cont.) Miss Laird begins Transition in the next couple of weeks for students transitioning from their Primary Schools to the Support Unit. Students will attend Bathurst High one day per week to assist in developing an understanding of the high school environment while fostering positive relationships with staff and students prior to 2013. We look forward to supporting students and their families as they move into the next phase of their education.

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This term we have welcomed back, from maternity leave, Ms Jude Murphy and Ms Stephanie Scott, both of whom have been busy in the past year with their new additions, a girl and a boy, future students, for Bathurst High. However, we have also had to bid farewell to a much respected and loved member of our faculty.

Mrs Bailey, who has provided learning support for so many Bathurst High students in her 15 years here, retired at the end of term 3.

Recently, Preliminary English students attended Faraway Films at Metro 5 cinemas to enhance their understanding of the tools of film production for the HSC and some of them were also entertained by a great local performance of “The Club”, by David Williamson, a text they had studied in term 2.

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Mrs Wade travelled with a group of BHC teachers to the Solomon Islands in October this year, teaching at our sister school, Goldie College. Mrs Wade worked predominantly with senior students, teaching demanding texts from their syllabus such as the short stories of Edgar Allan Poe and Guy de Maupassant. A highlight was when the students performed a dramatic representation of To Sir With Love. Some of the junior students enjoyed hearing about Rapunzel and the holes between classrooms meant that two groups could be taught at once! There is no better way to travel to school than by boat – even when the frequent rain left teachers feeling thoroughly water-logged. Mrs Wade and her Goldie College class In term 4 this year, the Year 10 English classes have been working on Project Based Learning Activities.

Students have been able to choose an elective, with the aim of creating a real life product. Two classes are working on creating short films for the 2013 Tropfest competition; one class is organising and creating the advertising campaign for the school’s Aquaculture centre; another is working in groups to write and produce a graphic novel; the fifth class is learning how to create their own musical piece using computer software and then market their music, while the sixth class is producing a range of magazines for different purposes and audiences. It is hoped that the final products will be available on the school website in 2013.

Finally, we would like to wish our HSC students the best of luck with their exams. May your hard work lead to great results!

S. Chapman

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I am at present relieving as Principal while Geoff Hastings relieves as the College Principal. Reading this newsletter it continues to amaze me how busy the school is. There never seems to be a “quiet” time.

The new syllabi for the Australian Curriculum in English, Maths, Science and History are now finalised for implementation in years 7 and 9 in 2014. Next year will be a time of planning ready for implementation the following year. The Board of Studies website has a section for parents and is available at http:// syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/support-materials/parents-guide/ The Millenium Parent Portal now has a calendar of events. This allows parents to see many of the announcements received by students in the Daily Notices each day. Parents also have the opportunity to view student attendance period by period, their timetable, their positive recognitions and any behaviour issues that may occur. The student’s marks for assessments and reports are also available. Please contact the office and give them your email address to receive your log in.

On Friday professor Jane Mills from the University of NSW is coming to Bathurst High. She has been working with our Year 10 Japanese and Photography students on a film project. Students are producing videos of daily life in Bathurst using their smart phones. These videos will be given to the students of Ohkuma and will be part of a film festival in Japan. Ohkuma students will producing videos of Japanese life for our students.

We have a strong link with our Ohkuma and this is yet another opportunity to share our experiences with them.

The planning for our school gym and hall continues. We have recently received updated plans for both areas.

Geoff Hastings, Andrew Smith and Catherine Reid recently visited Wollongong School of Performing Arts to look at their performance spaces. Some of our areas are similar and it is good to see how other schools are utilising these areas.

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The Senior School began the term with two major events: Transition Tuesday and the Biotechnology Expo.

Students in Yr 11 were interviewed regarding their pattern of study for the HSC course which commenced at the end of week one. Each student received their HSC Assessment Schedules and Wall Planner. Students filled these in and have a visual reminder of due dates for their subjects. Please contact myself or Des Crawford (Careers Adviser) if you would like to discuss your child’s pattern of study.

Students in Year 10 excelled in presenting their biotechnology projects to an audience of appreciative peers, parents and teachers, at an expo in the school hall. What a brilliant finale to the integrated unit of work combining the study of genetics, marketing, historical research, economics and imagination. Congratulations to Mrs Bertolin and the team who worked so hard on this major learning initiative.

The Higher School Certificate Examinations continue until Thursday 8th November. We have a wonderful examination team of external supervisors. All Year 12 students have been informed of signing out procedures and have information about the Grad on the 16th Nov.

Congratulations to our students who have been recognised for their outstanding performances in Drama, Music and Dance. Details are in this newsletter. Our Creative Arts faculty have not rested since the school musical and are now involved in Schools Spectacular rehearsals and preparing for the end of year performances at Commendation Assemblies and the MADD Night. These are always great events as we celebrate the achievements and talents of students.

The Positive Behaviour for Learning Team are preparing the end of term Rewards event and are working hard with students on the PBL Matrix which outlines expected behaviour in all areas of the school, ensuring safe, respectful learners.

All the best for the rest of term, Gaye Dunshea

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Congratulations to our Mind Marathon Tournament team members Jack Knox, Isaiah Radburn and Thomas Scott Palmer who came second in their regional round of the competition. The competition was held recently over a full day challenging entrants’ working knowledge of Mathematics, Literacy, History, Science and General Knowledge. The team, accompanied by Mrs Bertolin, now go to the final of the competition in Panania.

We wish them luck.

Cyber Bullying is an important issue which is an emerging problem in a society which is becoming increasingly dominated by social media. At Bathurst High Campus, we are constantly trying to educate students in the responsible and ethical use of social media. Matt Holden the Police Youth Liaison officer will be running a year 7 cyber bullying information session with all Year 7 students at school on the 28th of November. This should be an interesting and worthwhile program.

On Friday Swing Factor went to Orange where along with Orange High School's Big Band they participated in a workshop run by Mount Gambia's Generations in Jazz Big Band. The GIJ Band is the product of a one year selective Jazz course run at Mount Gambia which is open to skilled musicians aged 18 to 20. Competition for entry to this course is very high with the top young jazz musicians from all over Australia audition for only 18 available places. We are very fortunate to have one of our own, Bathurst High's former student Anna Leckie, in the band this year and next year current student Brendon McLeod will be joining the program.

The workshop was a great success with tutors commenting on the high level of musicianship displayed by our students. After the workshop they stayed on for the GIJ Big Band concert which was a truly inspiring performance as they heard the band play some really challenging but well rehearsed music. This was a great experience for all involved.

On November 14th, 16 Year 6 Indigenous students from our partner primary schools will be attending a Year 6 into 7 transition day. Students will be involved in a range of activities including a trip the Agriculture farm, traditional sports activities, making roo burgers for lunch and art activities.

Our Schools Spectacular students, along with Ms Reid, have been busy rehearsing, mastering choreography and lyrics. They were all extremely excited to attend their first combined rehearsal at the Sydney Entertainment Centre last Monday, where they were able to see other groups perform and gained insight into how the final show will be run.

Last week Pat Ford and Joe Hardy travelled to Grafton TAFE to complete their studies in Certificate II in Aquaculture. Completion of their training should benefit all students undertaking Agriculture and provide lots of exciting learning opportunities in this area, especially with our magnificent new Aquaculture facilities at the school Ag Farm. The work shop attended by Mr Hardy and Mr Ford involved some theory work and practical activities. The practical activities involved catching and harvesting 900 live silver perch for the Sydney live fish market. It also involved work with packaging, including live yabbies. The workshop was well worthwhile and now gives these teachers confidence in harvesting our own rainbow trout in a safe and ethical manner at BHC.

Geoff Tindall Relieving Deputy Principal-Middle School

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Year 12 attended their final assembly on Friday 21st September where they received their portfolios. This was a wonderful celebration attended by a large number of teachers, parents, family, friends and supporters. Our graduating class of 2012 were officially recognised for their achievements.

Congratulations to the students who received the Academic Achievement Award: Lauren Inwood, Brendon McLeod, Disapol Savetsila & James Sewell This award is presented to the three highest achieving students in their HSC assessment (which is calculated mathematically averaging their HSC assessment positions). This year we had a tie, so 4 were awarded.

A new award was introduced this year, the George Shoemark Trophy, which will be awarded each year in recognition of Mr George Shoemark’s contribution to sport at Bathurst High over his long career. It will be awarded for Sportsmanship and this year was awarded to Jayden Tumeth-McLeod for his wonderful sportsmanship at the Regional Cross Country Championship.

Year 7 students from 7D, 7Y and 7N were also a part of the audience and must be commended for their excellent manners and behaviour during the assembly.

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During the holidays Denison Colleges’ Big Band, Swing Factor, headed north to Caloundra in Queensland for the annual Caloundra Music Festival.

The band spent four days workshopping with other big band players and they performed twice to large and appreciative audiences at the festival. On the last day of the festival they were invited to perform on the main stage as support acts for Nicky Bomba and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Boom Crash Opera, and The Cat Empire. Their performance was an absolute knockout with the crowd who were stunned by the standard of musicianship, and left them begging for more. As a result Swing Factor has been invited back next year.

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Sophie Shephard recently participated in a modelling campaign at CSU for the Communications Theatre Media course. Sophie along with others worked with professionalism and diligence throughout the whole process.

Sophie along with students from other schools were required to be present at numerous trials and technical rehearsals for a parade where they were to showcase the Makeup of the Major work 'Faces of Sprung'. They also had to model in front of a large crowd of people including lecturers, students and family which they did with poise and open mindedness.

Schools Spectacular 2012

Schools Spectacular Update:

Only one month to go until 2012 Schools Spectacular.

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