Edition 125 - Friday 14th February 2020

From the Principal

The last day of Term 2 allowed me to participate in the most wonderful event at North Sydney Girls High School. The annual Charities Day implemented by our Social Justice and Charities Leadership team under the guidance of Ms Juhasz was a spectacular success. Seeing every student participate to raise funds for those less fortunate was inspiring. I was extremely proud to be part of such a fabulous experience.

Congratulations to Serena Hu (11) who participated in the National Junior Table Tennis Championships in the school holidays. 2019 was Serena’s 6th Nationals. Serena represented in the Under 18s NSW team. In the heated singles matches, Serena won against the top three players in Australia, earning her a place in the Order of Merit; ranked 6th in Australia. Such an impressive success for a dedicated and talented sportswoman. Please see article later in Newsletter.

Our Year 12 students have begun their Trial HSC examinations. It is very important that as a family and school we do all we can to support students during this assessment period. Ensuring students get sufficient sleep, nice food, exercise and our praised for their effort is important to help develop resilience and allow our students to achieve their personal best. The trial examinations are a practice for the HSC and must be seen as such. I am very impressed by our Year 12 students, their commitment and dedication to supporting each other to achieve collective success. We all wish them luck over the next weeks.

Over the weekend, our First Robotics team competed in the regional round at Macquarie University. It was an amazing competition where our team (in collaboration with our friends at Cammeraygal HS) demonstrated their superb skills of innovation, flexibility, persistence and team work. Not to mention the fabulous STEAM skills we witnessed. It was a great honour to receive the collaboration award from the judges. Well done everyone.

Last Friday, Gen Earth led by Ms Tapp, Ms Oyston and Ms Lamble and with the assistance of North Sydney Council, planted 90 new native trees and shrubs in our grounds. Gen Earth worked with 70 volunteer students to plant at recess and lunch. Future generations will benefit from our improved landscape but also our improved ecological footprint. Thank you to our committed staff and students. Please see article later in Newsletter.

Well done to our Year 10 History Debating team who won their third round debate against Roseville College. They now move on to the quarter finals.

Congratulations to our NSG Mock Parliament team. Sophia Li and Winny Li (Year 12), Nuha Siddiqui and Kritika Allath (Year 10) and Alice Sharma and Catherine Zhu (Year 9) formed a Mock Parliament team last term. Mock Parliament is a competition where teams from different schools debate bills in a parliamentary context. The NSG team trained regularly last term to home their political skills, and in the first week of the school holidays they defeated Chatswood High School in a debate. This victory is testament to their skills, dedication and effective teamwork. A special thank you to Helen Ning of Year 11 and Rita Matharu of Year 9 for helping out on the day.

During last week, Year 8 took part in their cross curricular program, Leviathan. Watching the girls collaborate, negotiate, sort through ethical issues and reflect on the world we live in allowed us to witness their developing critical thinking skills. Thank you to Mr Henshaw who has created this program and is such a fabulous implementer of it.

Year 8 and 9 parent teacher evening is on Tuesday beginning at 4.30pm. This is a great opportunity to get to know your child's teacher and also work together to ensure everything is on track.

Last night, our students took on the Philosophy Discussion Group of Stanton Library in a philosothon. The wonderful conversations that resulted gave a wonderful intergenerational flavour to the event. Please see photos below.

Megan Connors