Edition 182 - Friday 18th November 2022

From the Principal

Last night we held our first P&C meeting of the term, it was wonderful to listen to the HSC Evaluation presented by Ms Oyston and also to hear tips and guidance from two of our 2021 HSC students, Naomi Enochs and Emma Liu. Over 160 parents and students were in attendance on zoom. Our next P&C meeting will be held both at school and on zoom on Wednesday 23rd March at 7pm and will allow all parents to meet their child’s Year Advisor and the Wellbeing Team.

Next week we will be seeing an easing of COVID restrictions at school.

From Monday 28 February, we will move to symptomatic RAT testing. Tests are to be used at your discretion such as if your child is symptomatic or there are cases in your community. Our school will provide each student and staff member withtests and will be sent home early next week. Please look out for an email on Monday regarding when the tests are available.

Masks will no longer be mandatory for studentsor staff. However, those who wish to continue to use them will be supported to do so. I will be encouraging students and staff to continue wearing masks indoors if they are unable to socially distance themselves.

From Monday 28 February, visitors can be allowed back on school sites. All visitors are asked to follow our usual sign-in and sign-out process.

Our school will continue to ensure our layered COVID-smart measures are in place; maximising natural ventilation in learning spaces, continued good hand hygiene practices and enhanced cleaning.

Congratulations to our extra-curricular Rowing Squad who competed at the NSW Combined High Schools Championships at Grafton earlier this week. The team achieved fabulous success claiming second place in the Teams point score. Lots of medals were achieved by many students. Thank you to our conveners, parents and teachers who supervised the event. All students are to be commended on their fabulous behaviour, level of dedication and effort over the three days of the championship.

Our Year 11 camp was a huge success and ensures that students make a smooth transition into the senior school and begins their preparation for their HSC journey. The importance of self-care, proactively looking after your health (both physically and mentally), time management and study skills are addressed. Thank you to Ms Cole-Harper, Mr Tran and all the teachers that gave up their time to supervise this camp.

As a school we do subscribe to the study skills website www.studyskillshandbook.com.au.

This is a website that helps students develop essential skills for academic success. There are units of work on topics such as improving time management skills, how to study, research skills, summarising, technology use, brain and memory.

It is a good idea to have a look at the site yourself so you know what topics are covered and what resources are available to your children. There are also resources developed for parents.

To access the handbook, go to www.studyskillshandbook.com.au and login with these details:

username:  fornsghsonly

password:  125results

Congratulations to all our swimmers that performed so well at the Swimming Carnival and now move on to zone.

Our Cross Curricular Music Program will hold their annual camp on the weekend. Thank you to our Conveners, Mr McKnight, Mr Hillinger, parents and teachers for ensuring this camp is a wonderful success.

We will begin to send our statements to families over the coming weeks. To provide the wonderful resources, opportunities and programs we do requires the generous payment of our voluntary contribution and fees. If any family is unable to pay all fees at this time please contact our Accounts department. All requests for assistance are completely confidential.

The P&C contribution allows parents to provide fabulous resources to our school. In 2022, the P&C will

  • Allow us to hire additional teachers in English, Mathematics and Science to support our students.
  • Allow us to hire teacher coordinators of the CC Music, Extra Curricular Sport and Duke of Edinburgh programs.
  • Fund wellbeing activities eg guest speakers for all year groups.
  • Refurbish ONE science lab ($150000 has already been spent on Phase 1 of our Laboratory refurbishment program)
  • Begin to air condition the hall (exam areas).

Thank you to all our families, students and staff that have worked so diligently to ensure we have keep ourselves and each other safe and well. Everyone has collaborated to be so aware of the risks of COVID and ensure we were able to minimise these risks.

I have contacted Busways that provide our bus services between North Sydney / St Leonards to school in the morning and afternoon. I have explained that we need students to be able to gain access to the public buses in the morning. Busways have said they will look into our issues and hopefully resolve. If parents still notice issues please write to infoline@busways.com.au or phone on 1300 692 929 option 4 and explain individual concerns.

NSG Canteen is hoping to get volunteers, please see news item in this edition of the newsletter. If you are new to the school it is a great way to meet other parents, please go to the article and sign up.

Wishing everyone a wonderful fortnight ahead.

Megan Connors