Bossley Biz Newsletter December 2015

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Bossley Biz Newsletter December 2015
Bossley Park High School
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P R I N C I PA L’S R EPO RT - M rs V C h e v e l l
Retirement – Mrs Kathii Langadinos – Deputy Principal
Selected for Art Express
Yr 12 student - Carlos Habib
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Congratulations – Mrs A Ligori –
School Administrative Manager
Congratulations to Amy Lo-Monarco –
Year 12
Congratulations to Amy Chu - CHS Blues
Award
Good luck to all Year 12 – HSC results arrive
Congratulations – Pablo Bonilla – Year 10
Farewell to Ms Croucher - Performing Arts
Retirement - Ms R Thompson – Head Teacher – Industrial Arts
Congratulations to Mr Tan - Visual Arts
ANZAC Centenary Garden
Inquisitive Minds Workshop - for Year 8 Gifted and Talented
Mathematics students
Congratulations – to our inaugural Lego team at the regional
competition held in Wollongong this term.
Wishing all a very happy Christmas and holiday.
Mrs. V Chevell
Principal
Relay for Life
Welcome Year 6 – our new Year 7 students for 2016.
DEPUTY PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS
Mrs K Langadinos
Mrs K. Langadinos
History Head Teacher and Deputy Principal
Bossley Park High School, 1995-2015
DEPUTY PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS
Mr J Stanley
Regards,
Mr J Stanley, Deputy Principal
ENGLISH TUITION 7-10
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1- on-1 tutoring
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Homework/assignment
help
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Exam preparation and
techniques
Contact Yvonne on 0423 558 908
DEPUTY PRINCIPALS’ REPORTS
Mr C Hollis
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COMMUNITY SUPPORT GROUP
SCHOOLS SPECTACULAR
YEAR ADVISOR’S REPORTS
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Ms Kokokios & Mr Newton
Year Advisors
Ms La Motte & Mr Hooke
Year Advisors
Ms Papanakos & Mr Vasiliou
Year Advisors
YEAR ADVISOR’S REPORTS CONTINUED
Happy Holidays!
Ms Palumbo and Mr Riddle
Year 10 Advisors
Ms Iaali & Ms Taylor
Year Advisors
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KICKBOXING
OKINAWAN WEAPONRY
Unit 1a, 1353, The Horsley Drive, Wetherill Park
Phone: 0401 286 687 or 0416 889 997
Email: [email protected] Web: www.toramartialartscentre.com.au
Our full time centre is; fully matted, mirrored, bags on the walls and equipped.
KickBoxing Classes: Mon 7.30pm. Thur 7.30pm. Sat 11.30am.
WELFARE REPORT - A YEAR IN REVIEW
Ms Annie Chehade
Relieving HT Student Welfare
OPEN LETTER FROM A TEACHER:
Heat is NOT a reason to keep kids home
Kidspot Editor | November 26, 2015
But, you do need to send your kids to school
It’s about resilience and work ethic
Allowing them to stay home creates bad habits
Your kids’ teachers care about them deeply
Don’t waste their days off on something as silly as the weather
BPHS & ORIGIN’S
LITTLE BIG IDEA
Hewitt Le 2015
ABSTRACT
Bossley’s first of many applicants in Origin’s Annual Innovations competition for young
people.
Ghamdan El-Miski
STEM Education
About the competition
littleBIGidea is a national schools competition run by Origin that aims to foster creativity and innovation in students from grades
3 to 8.
The competition provides a platform for students to continue Australia's rich tradition of innovation which has seen solar hot
water, the black box flight recorder, the fridge and the bionic ear, amongst others, invented and developed on these shores.
littleBIGidea judges include James O'Loghlin, former host of the ABC's The New Inventors; Shelly Horton, senior editor at
Mamamia; and Dr Robert Bell, host of kids science show on TEN, Scope.
The Top 12 ideas – including the three overall winners - will be selected based on an exceptional demonstration of originality,
creativity, practicality, imagination and innovation.
littleBIGidea is part of Origin's Energy for Schools program – a free, online education resource for teachers and students
between grades 3 and 8. This year marks the program's 12th anniversary.
Hewitt Le’s adventure with Origin’s littleBIGidea Challenge
 Hewitt’s brother Jayden who is in Year 6 (to be a Bossley GAT Technology student in Year 7) was given the opportunity by
his school teacher to enter the competition.
 Hewitt was encouraged by his parents to also enter his own innovative idea.
 Hewitt developed an idea which drew upon his school experiences and learning in the GAT Technology Mandatory &
involvement in the Robotics Electronics and Programming Club. Hewitt devised to solve the “same bag problem @ BPHS”,
he wanted to build an electronic device using Arduino microprocessors sensors and actuators.
 He submitted the idea to the competition, and his idea was accepted pending the development of a prototype, and a YouTube
video showcasing the prototype. There were a record 850 submissions nationwide this year.
 He approached Mr El-Miski regarding possibly refining and prototyping the idea for the competition. Mr El-Miski and Hewitt
worked for a few weeks on the device.
 The prototype was completed at school and a YouTube video was submitted.
 The idea, prototype and video submission was judged good enough that he was invited to compete in an official forum
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held at the Power House Museum. His work was TOP 4 IN THE COUNTRY for his age group (Year 7-8).
Hewitt and Mr El-Miski were asked by Origin’s littleBigIdea’s organisers if Channel 7 television could interview them for a
piece they were doing about the competition. Filming was approved by Mr Hollis and Hewitt’s parents and occurred during
the Term 3 holidays.
First day of Term 4 Hewitt attended the judging forum, showcased his prototype with a great speech and presentation.
Hewitt was a runner-up in the competition. What a marvellous achievement, typifying his resilience, work ethic and
ingenuity.
He receives a $1,000 cash prize and some other things. First prize was a fully funded trip to NASA, Disneyland, and a few
other places in the USA and $5,000 spending money WOW!
How much is too much when it comes to
anxiety in students?
(particularly with regard to school work)
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Ways to help your child/young person:
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Encourage their efforts
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small achievable goals
communication
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Regular exercise
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good sleep routine
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plan ahead
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"down time"
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interests and talents
WHERE TO GET HELP
School Counsellors -
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Help Lines for Young People Websites
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APPS (no cost)
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Further Information and support for parents:
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Karen Parmenter and Danielle Kempton
School Counsellors at Bossley Park High School
Registered psychologists
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