Senior School News

Senior School News

Welcome to the Senior School Library!

A very warm welcome from the secondary school Library!

It was wonderful welcoming students to the secondary library last week, experiencing their enthusiasm and excitement, especially when chatting about summer reading and recommending books to select and read from the library.

Students also celebrated the ‘World Read Aloud Day’. World Read Aloud Day calls global attention to the importance of reading aloud, sharing stories, and the idea of literacy as a human right by bringing communities together across the world to read aloud and change the world. 

The library is as always a hive of activity whether it be for study blocks, recreational reading, undertaking research and units of inquiry, relaxing with board games or quietly chatting with friends. The library staff are passionate about matching books with readers and guiding students in developing their identity as readers through reflection and by modelling their own reading lives.

Mrs Virginia Hand – Senior School Librarian
Welcome back to all music tutors and young musicians!
2021 is a great year to develop your musical skill, to take up a instrument for the first time, build on your current knowledge and grow your brain in the ways that learning a musical instrument uniquely does! Peripatetic Music Lessons Resume in Week Two.

Individual music tuition resumes this week and continues every week thereafter. Students come out of regular classes for 30 minute lessons.Tuition is available in the following:

Voice    Piano   Guitar/Bass    Flute    Clarinet   Saxophone   Trumpet   Trombone   Euphonium    Violin    Cello    Drums

Families interested in instrumental lessons for their child should complete the College Music Tuition  application form.

Tutors will be contacting existing students and parents/carers directly to confirm lesson times and payment arrangements for Term 1. 

“Music is worth teaching because it empowers children spectacularly” Richard Gill OAM
Mr Phillip Coulthart – Coordinator of CAPA

Duke of Edinburgh Announcements
The 2021 Duke of Edinburgh program for Bronze, Silver and Gold is scheduled to commence in Week 3. Students have been busy locating assessors for their Skill, Service and Physical Recreation components. A reminder that all assessors must fill out an Assessor Commencement form, be over 18, not a parent and be able to provide a current Working with Children number. Important Term 1 dates for each level are as follows.
 
Bronze
* Online training and registration – Friday 12 February 3.30pm-4.30pm
* Training session #2 – Friday 19 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Training session #3 – Friday 26 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Practice Expedition (Camp Coutts) – 11-12 March
 
Silver
* Online training and registration – Friday 12 February 3.30pm-4.30pm
* Training session #2 – Friday 19 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Training session #3 – Friday 26 February 3.30pm – 4.30pm
* Practice Expedition (SAC to Shoalhaven) – 17-19 March
 
Gold
* Online training and registration – Friday 12 February 3.30pm-4.30pm
* Service Learning trip to Gilgandra (Residential Project) – 6-10 April
Gold Duke of 
Our 2020 Gold Duke of Edinburgh group managed to overcome a number of COVID related hurdles to successfully complete their Gold Qualifying journey in December. Greeted with glorious blue skies, the group travelled the Blue Mountains on their 4-day expedition. After two days of hiking along Pierces Pass, Grose River, Victoria Falls and to Wollangambe Canyon, the group undertook a number of 15m and 30m adrenaline-filled abseils at Narrow Neck in Katoomba and completed the stunning Empress Falls canyon. The final day involved a gruelling paddle along the Nepean River towards Warragamba Dam. A big thanks to Miss Yawan and Mr Thornton for their organisation and to Alumni Fin Bursill, Reagan Strong and Claire Duffy. 
 
Mr Nathan Alterator – Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator