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Macarthur Anglican School Bulletin
No. 5, Week 10 - Summer Term 2017
From the Headmaster

Firstly let me take this opportunity of wishing you all a very happy and enjoyable holiday.  I am sure you will enjoy the chance to spend time together as a family after the pace of the term.

Being the last day of term before Easter, as a school we have taken the opportunity in a variety of ways to commemorate the sacrificial death and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  The commemoration of Jesus’ death on Good Friday and then the celebration of His rising to new life on Easter Sunday are central events in the life of Christianity.  I do hope and pray that you are able, as individuals and families, to take time to ponder the significance of Easter to you.  

Of course when we return, we return to commemorate ANZAC Day, a day of such significance in the life of our nation.  As usual the service we have at the Memorial Wall will be a great way to honour our service men and women.  You are more than welcome to attend if you so wish.

Parents of the School and those of you connected via the School Facebook page, would be well aware of the exciting announcement I made on Tuesday about the establishment of The Learning Tree Macarthur: Early Learning Centre.  I must say that while I expected a positive response to the announcement, I was not expecting the breadth and depth of the excitement this announcement has created.  It is clear that the demand for places is going to be very strong indeed.  I am delighted with the partnership that the School has entered into in order for The Learning Tree Macarthur to come to fruition. 

I have every confidence that through policy and practice the rich culture and ethos that is Macarthur Anglican School will be emulated in the teaching programmes and staff employed at the facility. 

Of course, over the next months, there will be disruptions caused due to the building processes.  The first signs of work will be getting power to the site so that the rest of the building and car park construction can proceed.  The new facility, apart from having wonderful indoor spaces, will have a truly captivating outdoor play space as well as the necessary toilets, kitchen, laundry and thirty new child care centre designated car parking places.  When up and running our aim is to set the benchmark in child care centre design and operation.  Like me I am sure you will watch the building emerge from the ground with great interest.

Thank you in advance for your understanding of the disruptions and inconveniences caused during the building phase. Annoying but necessary.

David Nockles

From the Deputy Headmaster
The first time I had child number two mow the lawn was unforgettable.  He mowed the first strip crooked and when he returned to mow the second strip he left great swathes of uncut grass in between. Completely unperturbed he moved to cut a crooked third strip without any concern to correct the mess he made of the first two. Absolutely disgusted at the lack of effort and impatient for the job to be done I grabbed the handle of the mower and sent him on his way back inside with a flea in his ear as I muttered something about being half his age when I had to mow the lawn.  Strangely, he didn’t seem that unhappy at my clear displeasure.  He hopped back inside and continued playing the computer game I had so rudely interrupted.
 
This was his second lesson on the value of ‘learned helplessness.’
 
The first lesson happened a few weeks earlier.  I asked both children to wash the dishes for the first time. By the time they were ‘finished’ there was more water on the floor than in the sink and all the ‘washing up’ was covered with a large film of detergent that would have given abdominal cancer to the next person that ate from the crockery.  For many months I didn’t bother asking either of them again.  It just seemed easier and quicker if I did it myself.
 
When I reflect upon these episodes – both happily a couple of years ago now, I see where the heart of the problem was.  It was not with them, but with me.  Their ‘learned helplessness’ was my fault and I became a slave to it.
 
It happens in school situations all the time and many of us are guilty of it.  A child frequently forgets materials and we make special trips to school to deliver them.  Another refuses to explain a situation to a teacher to correct a misunderstanding or a miscalculated examination paper and so we step in with an email.  We pack their bags, we make their lunches, chase up their missing notes and manage their diary … long after they are old enough to do it themselves.  And while ever we do it, they won’t stop us.  And why would they?
 
But as parents we need to check ourselves with this sort of behaviour.  We do our children no favours by constantly rescuing them.  Instead, we stunt their growth towards responsible independence and capable partnership in future relationships.  Is there anything more unattractive and destructive than an adult in a relationship who is incapable of partnership in adult responsibility?  But we can’t wait to impart those skills when they need them.  Those lessons must begin now.  In the meantime we might have to put up with wet floors and badly mown lawns, but hopefully one day their partners will thank us.
Andrew Kokic
From the Dean of Studies
Parent Information Sessions
 
NAPLAN – Thursday 27 April and Monday 1 May
Parents are warmly invited to attend an information session about the implications of NAPLAN results for Year 9 students with the introduction of the new minimum literacy and numeracy standards for the HSC. Sessions are being held to coincide with the Years 7-9 and Year 11 Parent Teacher Interviews from 5.30pm until 6.00pm (during the Staff dinner break) in the Cranmer Room on Thursday 27 April and Monday 1 May.
 
The following link to a NESA Parent Flyer also provides a helpful summary http://tinyurl.com/k78d3ry
 
Growth Mind Set – Wednesday 31 May
One of Macarthur’s Academic Goals is to help students develop a ‘growth mindset’.  We want students to believe that they can improve if they work hard and, importantly, take on their teachers’ feedback. Sometimes students see mistakes as a reflection of their inadequacies.  Instead, we are trying to help students see mistakes as learning opportunities – being aware of knowledge and skills that they need to improve.  Under the guidance of their teachers, T-6 students have been setting learning goals and working on areas that they need to strengthen.  We are keen for all of our students to set learning goals and know exactly how to improve without solely relying on teachers to direct their learning.
 
Parents have a role to play in helping students develop a growth mind set.  But it is not easy to know how to do this.  To this end, educational psychologist, Daniela Falecki will present a session on growth mind set to parents on Wednesday 31 May from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Cranmer Room.  In this session she will cover the following topics:
 
  • discuss the research of Carol Dweck and the implications on mindset
  • identify the language of fixed and growth mindset 
  • practice ways to reframe mindset using a coach approach to questioning and feedback 
Melissa Gould-Drakeley
From the Dean of Students
The Thailand Outreach Team for 2017 arrived back in Australia on Friday 24 March after spending two weeks immersing themselves within the Thai culture and battling the thickly polluted atmosphere in temperatures around 40 degrees.  Despite these difficulties, all thirty-eight members of the team served in different ways, either through their singing, drama, teaching skills or simply getting alongside children and playing with them.  The theme for 2017 was ‘under the sea’ where we were able to explain to children that God is our sure help and with us as we “walk through deep waters”.
 
The Thailand Outreach programme has been running for over fifteen years, and each successive year builds on the relationships established in previous years.  It is this unique bond between the Varee Chiang Mai School and Macarthur that allows the Gospel message to be presented to Thai students and teachers without compromise.  The singing and skits performed by our students at the beginning of each day clearly articulate the love that Jesus has for the Thai children and often the same children return for years to come.  This year over three hundred students attended E-camp, which is a record.
 
Throughout the trip, our students were given the opportunity to visit the James O Fraser centre in Chiang Dao where Jim and Linda Macintosh live and work.  Linda is a past student of Macarthur and, with her family, has committed to training and discipling bible students from the Lisu people who in turn will pastor the villagers in their own language. For our students, seeing the commitment and the change of lifestyle of  ‘one of their own’, broadened the concept of Outreach onto the world platform.
 
Our students were sadly confronted by the hardships experienced by children suffering from HIV while visiting the Agape Orphanage – the home for up to one hundred homeless children.  It was during this visit that the privileged and the underprivileged met and the fragility of life was seen first hand.  This was an emotional occasion for all involved, and I am sure another aspect of this trip that influenced the worldview of our students.  I am looking forward to continuing our link with Agape and encourage those students who visited to remember these children when considering their own material well being.
 
There can be no doubt that this trip is an outreach in every sense of the word.  As a Christian Ministry, the Team expound the love of God through song and drama.  As an outreach to one another, the Team learn to live in close community and daily pray together and take part in bible reading and discussion. In giving of themselves, despite the cultural differences and weariness that sets in, our students reached out beyond their comfort zone into the lives of the Thai people.  This trip was truly an expression of God’s workmanship and life changing for all those who formed the Team.
 
An extensive part of this trip is in the preparation leading up to the two weeks away.  Students prepare lessons, choreograph songs and rehearse dramas.  None of this is possible without the committed leadership of Allie Margin and Kylie Elling.  Students and parents are in debt to the dedication that these staff members offered throughout the trip and it was a pleasure to work with them ultimately for God's glory. The team was also well supported through the efforts of Peter Groves who tirelessly engaged the students throughout the two weeks and demonstrated his Christian walk through his service to others.
Timothy Cartwright
Chaplain's Chat
Easter reflection
Life comes with it’s share of difficulties as well as times of immense joy.  What a roller coaster of emotion Easter is - with the death of the one who came to give us life on the Friday and the explosion of joy on the Sunday when death and despair and sin is conquered and Jesus has risen.
 
We all have ‘Fridays’ when all seems to be lost but it is good to remember that when we are united with Christ we also have ‘Sunday’.
 
May you have time this Easter to reflect on the death of Christ for our sins and therefore the opportunity to be forgiven and united with him and know the satisfying and deep joy of new life in Him, now as well as eternally.

'“Where, Death, is your victory?
Where, Death, is your power to hurt?”
Death gets its power to hurt from sin, and sin gets its power from the Law.  But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!'  (1 Corinthians 15:55-57 GNT)
 
Christ is Risen ... He is Risen Indeed!
Dads and Daughters Weekend - 27-29 October
 
We now plan to hold the weekend for Dads and Daughters (Year 3-7) on 27-29 October (not 20-22 as advertised last Bulletin – apologies for that!).
 
Unfortunately we had to postpone the Dads and Daughters weekend planned for March (the Shoalhaven River was too dangerous for us to use and it was forecast to be a very wet weekend (up to 100mm rain) and some of the roads were flooded!).
 
Oasis Getaway Weekend - 26-28 May
 
A weekend of Christian fellowship, bible teaching and fun for students in Years 7-12.  We will travel to Telford on the Port Hacking River in the Royal National Park.  This year’s theme will be “Being human – and Christian”.
 
Applications and information will shortly be sent to students and deposits will be able to be made on Flexischools.
 
Years K-6 Super Cru Camp
 
Advance notice - we will be holding another Super Cru Day Camp at Macarthur during the July holidays. This will be open for children from K-Year 6 and will operate full days Monday 3 July to Friday 7 July. Crusaders run this camp with us and in partnership with local churches.  I will be looking for assistant leaders from Years 9-11 to be trained to assist at the camp.  Adults are also very welcome to assist as leaders.  Contact me or Calum Henderson from Crusaders for more details calumh@crusaders.edu.au or to be notified when registrations are open go to https://crudaycamps.com.au/day-camps/#winter
 
Community Chat
The Camden Show is a local highlight and Macarthur is involved in a number of ways.  At a community level, our school is a Champion Sponsor and our interactive display tent is increasing, year by year, in popularity.  Visitors to our tent could drive a Robot, play a game of Chess, get creative with Playfoam or build castles with our Kinetic Sand.  We had Snow Peas to hand out and a photo display of our students.  I’d like to say thank you to the many students and staff who helped make the tent so successful and thank you also, to the parents and friends of Macarthur who dropped in to say hello.  It was lovely to see you there!
 
The Headmaster’s Golf Challenge is only two weeks away so don’t forget to book your spot!  Held at the stunning Glenmore Heritage Valley Golf Club, Friday 21 April is the perfect day to spend time with fellow golfers from School.  Bookings can be made using the link: https://www.trybooking.com/256724
 
Women@Macarthur would be delighted if you would join them for W@M High Tea on Saturday 20 May at Harrington Grove Country Club, 1.00pm-4.00pm.  This is a social event for all women at our school and you are welcome to bring friends with you.  There are plans for a Fashion Parade, including children’s clothes, and a showcase of boutique businesses from our school families.  The cost is $60 per person and bookings can be made using the link; https://www.trybooking.com/274709
 
And speaking of the High Tea, if you are a ‘Woman in Business’ and interested in showcasing what you do at this event, please contact me at kingram@macarthur.nsw.edu.au.
Karyn Ingram
Community Relations and Fundraising Manager 
Opening Times During the Vacation

The Administration Office and the Uniform Shop will be opened from 8.00am to 4.00pm each day during the vacation period apart from the Public Holidays.

The IRC will be opened from 8.00am to 4.00pm as follows

Monday 10 April
Wednesday 12 April
Thursday 13 April
Wednesday 19 April
Thursday 20 April
Friday 21 April

Please note the IRC will not be opened on Monday 24 April.
Castle Hill Show Results

Twenty one students and eleven sheep travelled to Castle Hill on 25 March 2017.  The following are the results:

Under 12 Years
Merino Wool Junior Judging Competition
Paris Williams 1st/17 students (First show)
Meat Breed Junior Judging Competition
Megan Baker = 2nd/ 17 students
13-14 Years
Merino Wool Junior Judging Competition
Tamilka Hughes 3rd 
Chloe Sutcliffe 4th
Cyndell White Finalist
 
Sheep
Ram lamb (28/16) 1st/16 paraded by Amelia Semrani (First show)
Ram lamb (22/16) 3rd/16 paraded by Bethany Scott (First show)
 
Ewe lamb (27/16) 1st /18 paraded by Hannah Sutcliffe
Ewe Lamb (10/16) 2nd /18 paraded by Paris Williams (First show)
 
Ewe 2 tooth (1/15) 1st/ 10 paraded by Codi Gibbeson
Ewe 2 tooth (7/15) 4th/10 paraded by Ashlyn White
 
Ewe 4 tooth (12/14) 1st/8 paraded by Cody Peck


Champion Ram (28/16) paraded by Amelia Semrani
Champion Ewe (12/14) paraded by Cody Peck
Reserve Champion Ewe (27/16) paraded by Hannah Sutcliffe
Champion Prime lamb (27/16) paraded by Hannah Sutcliffe
Reserve Grand Champion Sheep of Castle Hill Show (27/16) paraded by Hannah Sutcliffe
Supreme Sheep Exhibit of Castle Hill Show (Best of the Best) 
(12/14) paraded by Cody Peck.

Congratulations and well done to all the students that attended.  Thank you to Mr Milton Gower for his never ending support of the Macarthur Show Team and Paul McCarthy for all the behind the scenes preparation he undertakes.
David Baker

 
Camden Show Results
Camden Show Cattle Section 2017
Seventeen students took five steers to the Show over the weekend.  The results are as follows:

Light /Middle Weight Steer
Ottis 2nd paraded by Sam Buda
Simon 3rd paraded by Jack Jansen
 
Heavyweight Steer
Cassias 1st paraded by Merryn Bowman
Santa 2nd paraded by Brooke Baker
Bear 3rd paraded by Adam Ebeling
 
Champion Steer Camden Show
Cassias Paraded by Merryn Bowman
 
Paraders

12 Years and under
Austin Ebeling 1st
Megan Baker 3rd
 
13 Years
Codi Gibbeson 1st
Luke Kravac 3rd (1st Cattle show)
 
14 Years
Grace Jansen 1st
Emily Nieuwenhuis 3rd
Bayley Gandy 4th
Jackson Buda 6th
 
15 Years
Maddie Price 2nd
 
16 Years
Taylor Drayton 3rd
 
17-18 Years
Stephanie Hennings 1st
Jack Jansen 3rd
 
Junior Rural Ambassador
 
Cyndel White- Reserve Champion
Tareva- Chine  Atkin-Zaldivia - Finalist
Camden Show Sheep Section 2017
 
Twenty-two students took 14 sheep to the Show.  The results are as follows:
 
Sheep Section

Ewe Lamb
27/16 1st paraded by Holly Reinke (1st show)
12/16 2nd paraded by Liam D’Arcy (1st show)
10/16 3rd paraded by Noella Kimaro (1st show)
1/16 4th paraded by Paris Williams
 
Ram Lamb
28/16 1st paraded by Bethany Scott
22/16 2nd paraded by Della Reinke (1st show)
8/16 3rd paraded by Alyssia Thompson (1st show)
5/16 4th paraded by Giacomo Campisi
 
Ewe Two Tooth (1 1/2 year old)
1/15 1st paraded by Leah Macklinshaw (1st show)
7/15 2nd paraded by Chloe Sutcliffe
9/15 3rd paraded by Lionel Zhang
 
Ram Two Tooth (1 ½ year old )
“Griff” 1st paraded by Emily Nieuwenhuis
 
Ewe 4 Tooth (2 ½ year old )
12/14 1st paraded by Tabitha Willson
 
Champion White Suffolk Sheep of Camden Show
“Griff” paraded by Emily Nieuwenhuis

Reserve Champion White Suffolk Sheep of Camden Show
1/15 1st paraded by Leah Macklinshaw (1st show)
 
Champion School Sheep and Parader Combined
27/16 Paraded by Hannah Sutcliffe
 
Grand Champion Meat Breed Sheep of Camden Show
“Griff” paraded by Emily Nieuwenhuis
 
Reserve Grand Champion Meat Breed Sheep of Camden Show
1/15 1st paraded by Tamika Hughes
 
Student Paraders
 
17 Years
Lionel Zhang 3rd
 
15-16 Years
Tamika Hughes 3rd
 
13-14 Years
Cyndell White 2nd
Hannah Sutcliffe 3rd
 
12 and Under
Giacomo Campisi 1st Champion under 12 parader
Liam D’Arcy 3rd (1st show)
Tareva-Chine Atkin-Zaldivar also had success in the Angora Goat Junior Judging on Saturday as well.  She competed in Junior Rural Ambassador where she was a finalist.  

She was placed second in the Angora Goat Junior Judging Competition (nine competitors) and has qualified for the State Final at the Royal on Thursday 13th.  This will be her second time at the Royal.  Well done Tareva-Chine!

Congratulations to all our show team who had a busy weekend and good luck for the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
David Baker
News from Year 2

Year 2 have had a very busy term. We have been studying plants and mini-beasts.  We watched snowpeas and sunflowers grow, created compost and looked closely at the creatures that live in the School’s dam using a very powerful microscope. We learnt about compost from The Environmentors and Mr Siemon came and taught about seeds and how they travel.
 
A highlight was visiting the Camden show. Due to the wet weather we had to wear our gumboots and farm boots to walk through the mud.
 
“I was given some chick pea seeds. I’m looking forward to seeing them grow!” – Anjelica Tammarelllo
 
“Watching Olivia with her cow in the competition showed us just how hard it is to look after cows.” - Noreen Kimaroo
 
“Learning about recycling plastic and how honey is made was very interesting.”  - Mitchell Dawes- Lynch
From the Head of Middle School

Study Skills Assistance - Are you a ‘carrot’ or a ‘stick’ person?

Knowing whether you are motivated by avoiding pain and the pressure of consequences or by achieving pleasure and rewards can help you (and your parents) work out the best way for you to be motivated to do your work for school.
 
The concept comes from the idea that to make a donkey move forward you can either tempt it with a carrot (a reward) or threaten it with a stick (a punishment). 
 
Now we are not saying that you are a donkey!  But we are saying that different things motivate different people. 
 
You are likely to be more of a ‘carrot’ person if you:
  • tend to be focussed on achieving goals
  • make lots of plans and lists for yourself 
  • find the concepts of rewards and prizes very motivating
  • often have a clear picture of what you want to achieve
 
You are likely to be more of a ‘stick’ person if you:
  • tend to leave things to the last minute
  • put off unpleasant tasks
  • prefer to do things when you ‘feel’ like it rather than when you plan it
  • like the idea of rewards but aren’t keen on doing the work to achieve them
 
If you are a ‘carrot’ person, you can get yourself motivated to do the work by breaking down the task, setting targets and goals and making plans.  The thought of getting a good mark or achieving a prize is very motivating for you.  Your parents can motivate you further by offering rewards for achievements!
 
If you are a ‘stick’ person, you find it harder to get yourself motivated to do the work.  You are more likely to work when you focus on the consequences of NOT working.  When you are putting things off, spend a minute or so brainstorming all of the outcomes if you do not get started on the work.  Then decide the first three most important things for you to do.  Don’t worry about the rest at this stage, just focus on the top three. 
 
For parents of ‘stick’ children, these students may often require more micro-management.  Students may need help in determining what they are going to work on, and parents may need to then check in every half hour or so to ensure students are staying on task.  These students will be more motivated by negative consequences such as removal of technology or other privileges if outlined working conditions are not met.  However, it is a good idea to always balance the introduction of consequences for not doing the work with rewards for doing it!  This may not be the driving force for their motivation, but positive reinforcement for doing the right thing can lead to really good outcomes.
 
For students who get frustrated with themselves being ‘stick’ people and leaving things until the last minute, you can start to move towards becoming more of a ‘carrot’ person.  Identify some of your ‘carrot’ friends, and start to model their behaviour.  Ask if you can plan the work together and check in regularly with each so you stay on track.  It is possible to switch from one modality to another!  However, no-one can make you do it, you need to want to change and then you need to work towards switching your mindset.
 
You can learn more about how to get motivated at www.studyskillshandbook.com.au by logging in with the details below and working through some of the units, particularly the unit on MOTIVATION.  On the Things to Print page are some useful handouts for parents and students about how to build motivation.
Kylie Elling
NASSA Year 5 & 6 Football Gala Day
 
Two Year 5 & 6 squads comprising fifteen girls and fifteen boys, travelled to Heckenberg, near Liverpool on Monday 13 March for the annual NASSA Primary Football gala day against seven other schools. Despite the heat, sub-par field conditions and tough competition, both teams performed and behaved with great determination and sporting spirit.

The girl’s team started strongly with a win and some draws, but were unable to move beyond the semis and finished seventh overall.  The boys had a similar experience, where too many draws and losses saw them finish seventh out of eight.
 
The NASSA Gala Day is also a selection day for the NASSA Junior boys and girls football teams that go on to compete at the regional CIS tournament.  Aaron Green’s skill was noted as a ‘possible’, but was up against several equally impressive, rep players and unfortunately wasn’t selected into the final fifteen player squad.
 
Ryley Paki’s determination and ability was also rewarded as she was selected as a NASSA representative to trial at the CIS level.  She has since gone on to be selected for the CIS Primary girl’s team.  This is an outstanding achievement by Ryley.  We wish Ryley the best of luck, as she plays at the state championship competition later in Autumn term.
 
Special mention needs to be made of the support from senior student, David Hadjimichael.  He performed refereeing and linesman duties tirelessly throughout the day.  Our parent’s enthusiastic encouragement was also greatly valued.
Mr Andrew Wood
Celebrating Cultural Diversity

Year 5/6 GATEway students recently spent some time celebrating culture and diversity.

Students heard presentations from Sakura's mum all about Japan, followed by Osian's mum sharing about the life, history and traditions of Wales.  Students were then able to have a scrumptious feast of cultural delicacies.  Justine had brought in food from the Philipines, Kenith had brought food from Cambodia, Brian food from China and Joshua even brought in a traditional English trifle to share!  While we devoured our yummy treats, Makayah talked about her Aboriginal heritage and Brian shared about China, Bethany shared about Africa and Niamh talked about Ireland.  It was such a great time of connecting with each other and it was so encouraging to see the students so excited about each other's heritage.
Mrs Hayley Tuft 
Year 5 Exploring Mass

Year 5 students were recently set a problem solving task to find the average weight of their school bags with the help of bathroom scales.  The students found measuring the mass of bags with scales either tricky or inaccurate.  With some innovative thinking they quickly discovered that if they measure the combined mass of student and bag then subtract their own body mass they could obtain a more accurate measurement.  They also discovered that average mass of the school bags of 5.2kg would have been less if they had completed the task AFTER lunch.
Mr Andrew Wood 
Year 6 Summer Term Wrap Up

Year 6 have been studying and exploring Australia and how we are globally connected to other parts of the world.  We were given an assignment of a global issue of our choice.  Our task was to create a page for a class website.  It was fascinating to learn about other countries and their needs.  For instance, the Golden temple in Amritsar, Punjab, India feeds a meal to over 100,000 people a day regardless of race and religion.  We were shocked to learn that in 2015 there were fifty-seven million school aged children in the world not attending school.  The research has lead us to reflect on how privileged we are and more importantly has taught us to look for ways to help people in need.

Practical examples of this has been getting involved in a school based giving program.  This included donating money to the ‘One Egg A Day’ project so we can help feed preschool children in Rwanda.  Something that has really encouraged our teachers has been the willingness of students in Year 6 to do extra work around the house to earn this money rather than simply asking their parents for money.  This shows the positive impact that the ‘Global Connections’ Unit has had on Year 6.  In House Groups we have also been making solar powered lights called ‘Solar Buddies’ which will be sent to the Watoto Organisation and will enable children to study at night when otherwise they could not.  In the Design and Technology lab we made wooden helicopters in the technology lab with the help of Mr Davies.  The Thailand Outreach Team took them over to children in orphanages.  For some, this was the first toy they have ever owned.  It was amazing to face time Mr Groves and Mrs Elling during their trip and see the children of Varee School and hear about the Year 11 Outreach trip.  It certainly has given us something to look forward to.  Both classes enjoyed hosting several International students and were quite amazed by their Mathematical abilities.  However, it was their skill and competitiveness on the basketball court that really impressed.

We have been reading a book called Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes which is about Japanese legends and mentions good luck symbols.  We enjoyed learning about the Japanese culture and writing poems and stories relating to the book.  The story touched our hearts and inspired us to make paper cranes.  We are hoping to get to 1,000 paper cranes to fulfil the legend and make a wish.

In Science, we have been exploring earthquakes including how they occur and what measures can be taken to prevent damage when they do occur.  We have been learning about the tectonic plates and layers of the earth in interesting ways including plasticine models of the earth.  We created iMotion movies about how the tectonic plates move.  It was a challenge to engineer earthquake-proof marshmallow and toothpick towers to withstand a high magnitude quake.

Summer Term has been very interesting and lots of fun.  We hope to continue developing our critical and creative thinking in the coming terms!
By Ellie Herd, Anique Marshall and Lilly Siemon 
GATEway's Writing Recommendations
 
Over the past few weeks GATEway have been exploring some of the challenges that we face when we are writing.  We took time to brainstorm why, when we are faced with a writing task, we can be less than enthusiastic and we decided that it is usually due to the things we find to be obstacles.  Once we had decided on the problem we became determined to find some solutions.
 
Here are some of the challenges we came up with along with some suggested strategies from the GATEway students-
  • Showing not telling
    • For showing not telling, all you have to do is use good language, description and extend your sentences.  If you think a sentence is boring when you read it, make it interesting by using different words - Rowena Kite
  • Being given a difficult stimulus
    • You should write down something that you like and see if it fits with the stimulus e.g. the stimulus is a stick and you thought about it coming alive so it does - Jaden Acres
    • If I am given a boring stimulus I pretend that it is alive and then write about it’s secret life - Osian Burge
    • If you are given a bad, boring stimulus (like a stretch of grass) you could write about something that's action packed happening in that area.  Or if it's a table, you could make a story about a table that can walk or jump, and how it gets into mischief - Rowena Kite
    • When I am given a hard stimulus I look for things in the background so I can find and think of a place to set it in - Lachlan Rathbone
    • When I am given a hard stimulus I only incorporate that stimulus a little bit into my story - Gabriella Seghabi
    • Use your imagination and turn the stimulus into something you like - Kenith Van
    • Coming up with an interesting idea for a stimulus is hard but it doesn't need to be exactly related to the picture.  Look around your room find some inspiration.  Write about something you like or like to do.  More importantly make sure you have fun with your writing - Caroline Psarris
  • Coming up with interesting ideas
    • Usually when I cannot come up with an idea to kick off my story, I think of the first thing that comes to my mind and think of an idea relating to that topic - Caleb Groves
    • If I run out of ideas I look around and make the objects part of the story - Joshua Lenehan
    • I would usually think about my personal experiences and use those, then I make them very unrealistic to keep my audience entertained - Ryley Paki
    • A way you can come up with interesting ideas is to reflect on a memory that you have had and then you could incorporate that memory into your story - Brian Shao
  • How to organise and edit your writing
    • You have to edit your writing more than once so it will sound better with more descriptive language - Lachlan Siemon
    • It is good if you have a time limit to make a detailed plan - Joshua Lenehan
    • When you finish your writing you should edit it as best as you can, then you should get someone else to edit it as well because they will pick up mistakes that you have missed - Lachlan Rathbone
    • You should always organise your writing so that it makes sense - Jaden Acres
  • Ending in a time limit
    • When you have a short amount of time to write a story I think you should write about one or so hours of the life of your character or plan what your story is going to be about - Rebecca Dunbier
    • When I have a short time limit I just jump straight into the story and finish the beginning at the end - Lachlan Fitzpatrick
    • If you are given a short time limit for your writing, say fifteen minutes, maybe just write about a moment like ten minutes in the story - Isaac Grimes
    • To end in a short time limit, plan before so you know what you are going to do before you do it.  Also you can just jump straight into your story to get to the solution faster which means you can end it faster - Nellie Jansen
    • When I am stuck and know that I will not finish because of the time limit what I try to do is pace myself and to not over do it - Shay Jensen
    • When writing in a short time space I edit as I go but am still descriptive - Vanessa Kite
    • If I run out of time I just create an interesting ending and try to end the story well, by re-reading my story quickly and then summing up the whole story - Sarah Peck
Year 5/6 Ag Club at Camden Show

The Middle School Ag Club entered ten chickens into this year’s Camden Show.  Students from Years 5 and 6 prepared the chickens and washed them before showing.  We entered three Silkies (one rooster and two hens) with Stanley the rooster taking out first place in his category. Our Australorp rooster (Max) came third in his category and our Wyandotte bantams placed second and third.  We also entered eggs in each category and placed third in ½ dozen tinted bantams.  Well done Ag Club!
 
On Friday a group of nine students from the Ag Club went to Camden Show to see our chickens and other school activities we participate in.  The students were thrilled to see that our chickens had won prizes and are keen to invest in more varieties of chickens to add to our lot.  We even learnt how to wash our chickens like the professionals. The mud did not stop us having a most enjoyable experience.
Mrs Helen Glover
From the Head of Senior School
Careers Expos 2017
 
Senior Students are invited to apply to attend the HSC and Careers Expo on Friday 3 June. The expo is wonderful opportunity for our students to start exploring post schooling possibilities.
 
Students need to apply to attend by clicking the link that has been emailed to them or by clicking the link below. 
 
Applications close early next term and these days are highly recommended. Students who attended last year should only reapply if they are currently in Year 12.
 
https://goo.gl/forms/2TsCjOKoR5u02ZXt2
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