Edition 138 - Friday 11th September 2020

From the Principal

Welcome to a new year at North Sydney Girls High School. In 2020 we welcome four new teachers to our school. Mr Glenn Elliot joins us in Mathematics, Ms Rachel Liu in HSIE, Ms Annabelle Perrignon in Music and Ms Tina Wang, our counsellor on Wednesday and Thursday. I would also like to congratulate Ms Catherine Juhasz on achieving the position of Head Teacher Teaching and Learning.

Our Welcome Luncheon for all new families (Year 7 and families in older years) will now occur tomorrow 15th February at 12.30pm at school in the garden area outside the hall. It will be wonderful to meet new faces and celebrate the start of 2020.

Our Year 7 Orientation Camp was a fabulous success. Thank you to our teachers and Year 10 peer support leaders who ensure the success of the camp and transition program into high school. Our teachers are extremely generous in giving up their family time to attend camps and I would like to thank Ms Cole-Harper, Ms Kulesz, Ms Williams, Ms Kalonikos, Ms Maguire, Ms Bui, Ms Mizoshiri, Ms Juhasz, Ms Ryan and Ms Lee. We are planning a special event for students that were unable to attend the camp.

Yesterday we held our annual swimming carnival. This year we were forced to offer the carnival to competitors only. Thank you to all students who participated and also to the teachers who supervised and Ms Parnaby for her organisation.

Our first P&C meeting is very special and includes a segment where all parents are invited to meet and talk to their child's Year Advisor. Our wellbeing team and Year Advisors of Year 7-12 will all be present and will speak separately about the year ahead for your child. Please come if you can on Wednesday evening 7pm 26th February.

Year 7 and 8 students have participated in our High Resolves student leadership program. This program aims to allow students to develop their ability to work effectively together to become better citizens and more globally aware.

Today three of our recent graduates spoke to our senior students on their journey towards gaining multiple offers to medicine. We thank Tammy Keerthipala, Eunice Tsang and Rebecca Kim for giving up their time to share their insight and knowledge. I have been very pleased with the willingness of our ex-students to share their experiences with our current students. As mentioned at the end of 2019, we were very proud of the success of our Year 12 cohort and seeing the many university offers that have been made is very pleasing. Combining a high ATAR, with a rich extra curricular program and well developed communication and people skills are the ingredients to ensuring your child has many options to choose from as they finish Year 12. Our P&C evening at 7pm on March 25th in the school hall will showcase our 2019 HSC results.

I thank the school community for the calm and respectful manner in which everyone has handled the onset of the coronavirus. As many of our families had holidayed in China we all appreciated the self isolation and sacrifice that was made by our students. We still have a number of students away and hope everyone is able to return to school soon. Our thoughts are with the many friends and family we have in China.

Megan Connors