REMINDER: Subject selection information for Year 8 students and parents regarding 2017 electives will commence in the auditorium at 4.30pm on Tuesday 30 August. Student selections must be made online through their portal email by this Friday.

WATCH OUT ROAD USERS, Year 11 Driver Education Program is on today , Some of the topics covered included things like, stopping distances and speeding, hazard perception, an in depth look into real life motor accidents, police presentations, survival stories, driving instructor talks, the effects of alcohol and drugs on driving, as well as an informative presentation on how to buy a car, car safety, finance and insurance.

Over the last two weeks the school has been very pleased to see so many parents attend our parent partnership meetings. Debbie Demetriadis, Head Teacher English, presented the Year 9 English program and spoke about the BOSTES requirements for teaching the course. Parents were interested to know how to best encourage wide reading and creative writing.

Kirk Grinham spoke on the topic ‘Adolescents and Computer Games’ to a large group of Year 8 parents, and as a consequence was invited to appear on Radio National this Tuesday 31 May 31 at 9.30 am. He will be talking with Ellen Fanning on the ‘Life Matters’ program on the issue. Do listen in! We will be able to put up the podcast later on Tuesday afternoon.

Our librarian, Ellen Campbell, gave Year 7 parents a tour of the library, which has been extensively refurbished, thanks to your generous support. The library is an extremely popular environment for our students to study, play chess and read the latest novels and journals, as well as access library catalogues and information across the world. Ellen presented Year 7 parents with the latest popular titles for Year 7 readers that are available to borrow. She informed the parents that the most popular series that Year 7 enjoyed reading are: Magnus Chase Series and Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan, and the Brother Band Series by John Flanagan.

Many Year 10 parents attended an information session from our Careers Adviser, Arthur Zigas, who gave a most informative session about curriculum choices for Year 10 as they move into Senior Studies, and what sorts of factors should be considered when choosing subjects for the HSC. Arthur’s advice is that students should go with their interests and passions, their strengths and with an understanding of what is required for them to achieve their career aspirations. This is a view fully endorsed by the school. Students who achieve good ATARS do so in any subject from Arts and Humanities to the Sciences. The key factors for HSC success are commitment and effort. As Arthur mentioned students are best placed to choose their subjects.

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 − JA Williams (the first Principal of Tech writing in 1912)