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What's Happening at Hawker College?
August 2020
In this issue:
Principals Message

Important Dates
Mixed Oztag 2nd in ACT
News from Science
Message for Honours Students
Students' "Rap Battle"
Youth Aware of Mental Health

Review of Disability Standards
COVID-19 Translated Resources
Community Announcements
Paid Advertisement


Dear parents and carers

We are almost halfway through term three of what feels like a very long year. Students and staff have responded well to our new timetable so far, it seems to have been a beneficial adjustment for most. I know a number of students are dropped off early, but it is great to see them making good use of the library and study rooms before lessons start. These encouraging signs are supported by the data from our participation and engagement tool which is showing an aggregate of 86% for the term. That is a pleasing result, and given the year we've all experienced is an indicator of the resilience of our community.

I would like to remind all students, parents and carers that next Thursday August 20th is an ACT wide moderation day for college teachers, and so students should not come to school. Our system of certification is based on continuous assessment of student progress, managed at each college site. In order to ensure comparability and consistency, teachers are required by the ACT Board of Senior Secondary Studies (BSSS) to participate in two moderation days each year. They gather at different colleges in subject groups and examine student work samples, engaging in a rigorous process that underpins the high quality programs in the ACT. With first assessments for this semester due over the coming weeks, I hope students will use the time wisely.

Students with Tertiary packages will have received their ATAR estimates, these estimates also suggest to us the disruptions earlier this year have had minimal impact on student learning progress. These students will sit the AST on September 1st and 2nd here at the College. Year 11 students with a tertiary package will sit their first trial AST on Monday 14th of Semester.

We held a very successful Subject Selection Evening last week, and our enrolment numbers for next year look healthy. We are introducing some new courses, and current year 11 students will have the opportunity to consider these in Week 6.

There is likely to be some change to way we do Graduation and Formal this year due to COVID 19 restrictions. I am meeting regularly with my colleagues in all the ACT Public Colleges to consider suitable arrangements that are consistent with the ACT Government's Roadmap Recovery Plan. We will be proceeding in accordance with the advice of ACT Health and the Education Directorate. I will keep Year 12 students and families advised as planning proceeds, but please be assured we are aiming to make these milestone events even more memorable and special this year!

Every year, we ask our staff, students and parents to contribute to the 'School Climate Survey', which gives us valuable feedback and data across a range of areas and helps us continuously improve our service for students. All personal information will be handled in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2014. Details about how personal information is stored and used are available in our Privacy Policy. Your responses will be only reported and used in aggregate with responses from other staff. No personal identifying information is provided to the college. The survey should take 10-15 minutes to complete and you can access it from any mobile device until Monday 31 August 2020. Your participation is voluntary, but we do hope you will help.You can learn more about the survey here.
You will have received an email with a link to complete the survey on Monday 10th August. If you cannot locate the email, please email for assistance.

Donna Sullivan our Faculty 1 Executive Teacher will be on leave for the remainder of the term, Veronica Thwaites-Brown will be acting Executive Teacher in her place. 

As always please contact us if you have feedback or concerns.

Have a great weekend.

Andy Mison


Monday 17 August 2020
Careers Workshops during Home Group

Thursday 20 August 2020
- Moderation Day for Teachers - no classes running
- First Aid Course

Monday 24 August 2020
College Meeting for Students

Friday 28 August 2020
Wear it Purple Day

Monday 31 August 2020
- School Photo Day
- Yr 12 AST Briefing

Tuesday 1 September 2020
AST TEST - Day 1 - Yr 12 students doing at tertiary package

Wednesday 2 September 2020
AST  TEST - Day 2 - Yr 12 students doing at tertiary package 

Thursday 3 September 2020
AST TRIAL - Yr 11 students doing at tertiary package

Wed 9 - Fri 11 September 2020
EXAMS - Alternate Timetable


On the 23rd of July, the Hawker College Mixed Oztag Team played in the ACT Finals at Erindale College.

Heading into this competition undefeated and as northside champions, the team secured a dominant win in the semi-final against Canberra College.

This set up another exciting grand final repeat against Erindale College. The Hawker College team played with fantastic school spirit and heart, unfortunately going down to a very strong Erindale team 6-2.

Congratulations to the Hawker College Mixed OzTag side who are now ranked 2nd in the ACT.

Jenna Baxter, Sports Coordinator, PE & Exercise Science Teacher   

WINGS 2020

On 29 October Hawker College will be running its rescheduled WINGS Event. This is the Women in STEM initiative, and the school is eager to continue its new tradition of supporting young women who are interested or even curious about what it means to work in a STEM or STEM related field. Planning is under way and the response from both schools and the community has been very enthusiastic! We will run the day in accordance with COVID restrictions at the time, but we will do our best to ensure everyone is safe and the event is an energetic and worthwhile day. If you are interested in being a part of the day or if you would like to attend, please email the WINGS Event Coordinator at for more information!
The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition – 2020
Hawker College would like to congratulate Toby Davis, a year 11 student, for receiving the Bronze Honour at this year’s International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition. Toby made it to the final round and took a supervised exam of forty questions. Toby scored in the top 15% of all participants to receive this honour!
The Science Educators’ Association of the Australian Capital Territory is running their annual SEAACT Science and Engineering Fair. This competition is open to all grade levels of students in the ACT and tasks them to research, study, innovate and engineer solutions for today and beyond. This year Hawker College is proud to enter 3 teams from the Year 11 Engineering Class. Their projects will be developed and presented by 11 September for judging in the Engineering category. Each team is developing their project in alignment with the curriculum in the course, Future Challenges and Innovations. Students will follow the engineering design process to design, develop, test and adapt their projects in order to present a clear, concise and creative solution to a relevant problem. Good luck to our engineering teams!
2020 Physics Olympiad
Five students from the Year 11 Physics class will begin their training to compete in the 2020 Physics Olympiad, taking place in late August. These students will work to develop their problem solving skills well beyond the curriculum in order to sit the test. Problems range from creative conceptual situations to complex mathematical problem solving tasks. These students are giving up their lunch period to work through past tests and gain insights into how to approach this unique challenge. Good luck to our physics students!
Ryan Elwell, Physics, Engineering, and WINGS Coordinator   

Students completing an Honours Program need to provide evidence of completion of relevant extension activities in an Honours Portfolio. For year 12 students, this needs to happen by the end of Week 14.  Stay tuned to the Honours Google Classroom for more information on this.

Year 12 Honours students, we understand that COVID-19 restrictions have affected your ability to complete all of your planned extension activities this year. We are willing to be flexible about the number of activities completed; however, you will still need to demonstrate completion of at least one activity from each of the four Honours categories:
  • Academic
  • Cultural
  • Community
  • Leadership
If you are unsure how to address one of these areas, please check ideas posted in the relevant section of the Honours Google Classroom (code: mp5hqsu) and/or consult your subject supervisor, faculty Honours representative or Kathryn Sutherland in the English staffroom. I also encourage you all to catch up with your supervising teacher to check you are on track to achieve Honours.

Kathryn Sutherland, School Leader Faculty 4, and Honours   
Students participate in a "rap battle"

As part of year 11’s poetry unit, students competed in a ‘rap battle’ this week. Students from three classes learned about the technical components of rap and were shown examples of rap being used as the ‘poetry of politics’. Students considered what political issues affect them and then wrote their own group rap. Content, flow and delivery of the rap were on the line as students competed for the title. Congratulations to Will D., Tom, Emily, Davis, Harry, Hannah, Esha, Jade, Francesca and Cain for their winning raps!

Veronica Thwaites-Brown, English Teacher   

On Wednesday, 22 July two of our students, Dylan  and Alton visited Campbell High School to speak with Year 9 students as a part of the high schools Youth Aware of Mental health (YAM) sessions.

YAM is a program aimed at addressing the mental health needs of young people and aims to get young people involved and talking about mental health. By doing this, young people will learn problem solving skills and gain knowledge about mental health; build resilience; and promote early intervention and help seeking behaviours.

Our students were acknowledged and thanked for their IT support along with others who assisted with organising the session. 

Well done Dylan and Alton.   
Disability Standards for Education 2020 Review graphic

The Disability Standards for Education 2005 (the Standards) help make sure students with disability in Australia can access and participate in education on the same basis as students without disability. The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, on behalf of the Minister for Education, is undertaking a review of the Standards through an extensive community consultation process. The Standards are reviewed every five years to test if they are effective in achieving their objectives and whether any improvements could be made.

Current, former and prospective students with disability, their families and carers, advocates, educators and other members of the public are invited to share their experiences, views and ideas to inform the Review of the Standards. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, engagement activities will mostly be held online via a dedicated 2020 Review Consultation Hub. To register to be involved or to make a submission visit the Consultation Hub. The consultations are open until 11.59pm AEST on Friday, 25 September 2020.

Reaching people who speak a language other than English with vital public health information is essential to protecting our school communities as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. The ACT Government has partnered with SBS Australia to deliver essential information about COVID-19 in Canberra, available on the COVID-19 website.

SBS also have a Coronavirus Information Portal. This includes videos in 59 languages explaining essential health information, and a growing suite of infographics and posters in more than 60 languages, clearly communicating and breaking down key COVID-19 messages. The site provides up to date information as well as links to news and reporting from across the world including radio and podcasts. The SBS Coronavirus Information Portal is available at the SBS website. Visit the Connect in Canberra webpage to find a list of services and programs currently available to support ACT multicultural community.
The Enrichment Grants provide young women with an opportunity to realise their dreams in a collaborative relationship with a mentor.

For more information click here.
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