Edition 182 - Friday 18th November 2022

From the Principal

This week in NSW Parliament we received the honour of being mentioned by our Member Ms Felicity Wilson. It is lovely to receive such recognition for our P&C Extra Curricular Sport Rowing – now in its 32nd year at NSGHS.

Ms FELICITY WILSON (North Shore)—Speaker I want to congratulate the North Sydney Girls High School (NSGH) rowing team for their recent success. From the 20th to the 22nd of February, the rowing squad participated in the annual Combined High Schools Regatta at the Clarence River in Grafton. This Regatta was for all public schools within the state. The entire NSGH squad performed extremely well with almost all of the crews finishing on the podium. The senior quad came 2nd in the Championship Women's Quad category. The senior double came second in the under-17s final. In Year 9, the quad groups took out 2nd and 3rd in the under-16s final. In Year 8 the three quad teams swept the podium taking out first, second, and third in the under-15s final. Congratulation to all of these teams for these amazing results. The entire rowing squad should be proud for representing themselves, their school, and our local community with such pride. Thank you to NSGH rowing coaches, school staff, and parents who have supported the development of the rowing squad and helped organise this trip for them to participate in the regatta.

A huge congratulations to Sequoia Avtaroski who recently won the NSW Surf Lifesaving First Aid competition and on April 6th will compete in the National Final in Queensland. Sequoia patrols with Newport Surf Lifesaving Club. We wish Sequoia every success in her upcoming National competition.

65% of all parents have downloaded and are engaging with our Parent App. An update will be available soon and I do encourage all parents to download and receive notifications specific to their child and year group. It makes explaining absences very easy. Please see PDF Parent Guide elsewhere in the Newsletter.

On Wednesday evening, our P&C hosted an onsite and zoom P&C event where we met the Wellbeing Team. Thank you to the 120 parents that were able to attend both at school and on zoom. Thank you to our wonderful year advisors and team for attending. Our Wellbeing Team consists of:

Year 7 Ms Aneeta Purewal and Ms Teresa Lee

Year 8 Ms Gayle Parnaby and Ms Kate Ryan

Year 9 Ms Bernadette Kulesz, Ms Valerie Kalonikos and Ms Christina Williams

Year 10 Ms Tara Bebbington and Mr Matthew Lau

Year 11 Mr Kelvin Tran and Ms Sally Mizoshiri

Year 12 Ms Katie Maguire and Ms Lucy Rich

Student Support Officer – Ms Amy Thomas

Student Support Learning Officer – Ms Imelda Fung

Learning Support Teachers – Ms Christina Williams and Ms Karyn Chapman

Head Teacher Wellbeing – Ms Kate Cole-Harper and Ms Katie Macquire

Counsellor – Ms Tina Wang

Deputy (7,9,11) Ms Sue Oyston

Deputy (8,10,12) Mr Greg Henshaw

Principal Ms Megan Connors

This wonderful team consistently works to ensure our gifted students perform to their full potential and maintain a healthy and happy balance.

Next month, in week 1 of term 2, the P&C will host their next meeting on zoom (not at school) and we will introduce our new Careers Advisor, Ms Sophie Campbell, who joins us from Killara High School. Ms Campbell will help the P&C host a “Pathways to Medicine” seminar. Both parents and students are very welcome to attend.

Next Wednesday afternoon at 4pm, we are holding a Parent and Child Event for our Year 10 students. The afternoon is designed to allow parents and children to discuss healthy strategies to ensure the success of the HSC. We will discuss healthy sleeping and eating habits, the need for exercise, the importance of time management, the need to manage technology use, what the ATAR really is and what scaling means for the HSC. Our goal is to begin good habits in Year 10 and continue them into a successful, happy and healthy HSC year.

We will video sections of the evening to share with students and parents in Years 11 and 12.

This week our NSGHS Running Club started again – students and teachers meet at 7.45am near the PE Change Rooms on Friday mornings to run around the Crows Nest/North Sydney area. This group is a wonderful opportunity for students to improve their overall fitness and hence wellbeing. Ms Christina Williams leads this team.

Chess coaching has also begun and if students are interested they are encouraged to discuss opportunities with Mr Tran.

Yesterday we held our first major SRC event in some time and our SRC did a wonderful job of hosting the Senior Trivia Night with North Sydney Boys. It is wonderful seeing our two schools enjoying being together again. Thank you to Ms O’Brien, our SRC Coordinator, and the many teachers who were able to supervise the event. Our Prefects also joined the NSB Prefects in holding a Practice Prefect Afternoon Tea. It is fantastic to see our student leaders being able to host events and build positive relationships in our community.

Congratulations to our Knockout Volleyball team who competed today. These committed students have trained tirelessly with Mr Koksal.

Thank you to everyone for your support in Term 1 and your assistance in ensuring our COVID protocols have been successful. Please ensure students (and families) enjoy a well-earned break in the holidays. It is fantastic if students can be encouraged to meet with each other – go on a picnic, see a movie, walk around the Botanical Gardens etc.

Have a wonderful fortnight ahead and holiday.

Megan Connors