Edition 131 - Friday 22nd May 2020

From the Principal

As we complete Week 4 of Term 4 our Year 12 students are beginning to finish the HSC and enjoy the start of a well deserved holiday. We wish them a safe and happy break and look forward to seeing them on Wednesday 18th December to share a morning tea and celebrate their success. All junior students are completing exams and assessment tasks currently, it is important that students use this time to build their time management skills and practise examination techniques. Please praise your daughter on her effort as she is completing these tasks – please do not wait until results come out. It is the effort, the practice and the building of skills that is important in the junior school.

I would like to publically thank Mr Gregory Henshaw for doing a superb job while relieving for me as Principal. As a Principal and as a school, we are very lucky to have the depth of leadership and dedication we have in our staff. Thank you also to Mrs Helen Pigram and Ms Kath Spillane for relieving as Deputy Principals and to Ms Jessica Rubino who relieved as HT LOTE and Kat Walker who relieved as HT Science.

“The Consulate-General of Japan in Sydney was delighted to inform us that the following students have been awarded prizes for their entries in the 2019 Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest for NSW and NT Secondary School Students, and due to the outstanding quality of entries from North Sydney Girls High School, it has been chosen as the 2019 School of the Year.” This is spectacular news and we are so proud of the students that achieved such success. A special mention to Bella Li for her amazing achievement of First Prize. Thank you to Ms Mizoshiri and Mr Tran for their guidance, support and teaching of our Japanese students. (see separate article) 

Our junior students have participated in the first round in the Lego Robotics competition. We wish them well. Thank you again to Ms Spillane for leading this STEM initiative.

Over the last weeks and also this week, we have experienced a fabulous display of talent, team work and entrepreneurship through our Commerce market days and Food Technology Marketta. Applying their learning, theory and skills to a real world setting is so important. Thank you to our Commerce and Food Technology teachers – Ms Kelly, Ms Kolonikos, Mr Tran, Ms Cole-Harper and Ms Lovelace.

Year 7 Visual Arts students enjoyed a fabulous excursion to Sculptures by the Sea. Thank you to Dr Naylor for organising this event.

In Stage 5 we offer a fabulous course, Photography and Digital Media. This course ensures our students are able to develop their creative and critical thinking skills, expand their knowledge of digital platforms and software and work collaboratively in a timeframe to complete tasks to an exceptional standard. In a future where digital portfolios are required for many job and university opportunities, this is a course that provides a superb foundation. We were excited to hear that five films from our PDM class were selected as finalists in the annual Arts Alive Film Festival and these films were shown in the Dendy Theatre. Congratulations to Kaithlyn Lowardi, Alexandra Duke-Yonge, Alicia Yap and Seehoo Choi who won Gold awards for their video “Street Harassment”. We also had a number of students who received Silver awards. Congratulations to our Year 10 PDM class and thank you to Ms Chen for her expertise and guidance of this class.

A great way to keep in touch with the successes of our students and the wonderful achievements of our school is to follow our school facebook page – search North Sydney Girls High School. I would like to thank Ms Kate Tapp, our Head Teacher CAPA, who manages our page and ensures so many wonderful activities are highlighted.

As the term moves so quickly towards the end of the year may I remind everyone that is essential for all students to attend school everyday. No approval is given to allow students to have early holidays. It is important that we continue to create a culture of shared learning and this becomes difficult if students are absent.

Have a wonderful two weeks ahead.

Megan Connors