Edition 182 - Friday 18th November 2022

From the Principal

International Women’s Day was celebrated this week with a mufti day where the funds raised will be given to women’s refuges. Thank you to our Charities and Social Justice Council and Student Representative Council for organising a Photo Booth and positive pegs project.

Congratulations to our Swimming Squad who competed at zone last week and achieved great success at both individual and relay level.

It has been great to see Debating and Public Speaking classes resume at NSG. We have developed a fabulous partnership with Masters Academy which has allowed us to expand into public speaking classes. More opportunities to join classes will be given in Term 2. Please visit https://www.mastersacademy.com.au/ to book places in our classes. The confidence, creative and critical thinking skills along with enhanced communication and collaboration skills are fabulous benefits of taking part in these classes.

Congratulations to our Knockout Basketball team who competed with great skill against Fort Street High School.

This week we hosted the start-up meeting for Phase 1 of our Science Laboratory refurbishment. The refurbishment of our first 4 labs will begin on April 2nd. Much of the demolition work should occur in the April School holidays. For 16 weeks we do expect to be very disrupted by the laboratory works but the outcome will be STEM learning spaces worthy of the teaching and learning of our school community. We are currently fundraising through donations to our Foundation for the refurbishment of Phase 2 which is our E Block Laboratories. We need an additional $650 000 to complete our entire project.

Year 12 have almost completed their Term 1 assessments. Year 12 parents please celebrate the end of exam period by acknowledging and praising your child’s effort. The importance of assessment is to learn how to improve. Please do not be concerned by results as they are a small part of HSC final mark and the learning gained from making mistakes is more important to long term success.

On March 23rd we are inviting parents to come back into our school to attend P&C Meeting which introduces our Wellbeing Team and in particular each Year Advisor. The meeting will occur in the hall but will also be broadcast via zoom. It would be wonderful to see as many parents as possible but we would love all Year 7 parents (that can make it) to attend in person. After a general introduction we will move our specific year groups (8-12) to other rooms (and zoom break out rooms). Each year Advisor will then be able to address programs and issues specific to their year group. Our Year 7 ‘Welcome’ event has been postponed until next term.

On March 30th we are hosting a mandatory event for our Year 10 students and parents to begin planning for the students’ transition to Senior School. The event "Ensuring you have a healthy and successful HSC” aims to explain how to limit the anxiety as we approach the HSC. Often students and parents become very anxious about their senior years, HSC and the ATAR. We hope to explain the best approaches and strategies for ensuring the years of senior schooling are healthy, productive, happy and fun.

 

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead.

Megan Connors
Principal

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