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PRINCIPAL
the
THE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER OF
N ORMANHURST B OYS H IGH S CHOOL
NORMANHURST
NEWS
10 OCTOBER 2014 | VOLUME 23 ISSUE 31
A
Normanhurst Boys High School
Pennant Hills Road
Normanhurst NSW 2076
SCHOOL EXECUTIVE
Mark Anderson
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+61 2 9489 1077
+61 2 9489 5722
www.normanhurb-h.schools.nsw.edu.au
[email protected]
Asli Harman
Principal
Deputy Principal
Frank Abas
Deputy Principal
IN THIS EDITION
HSC written exams commence Monday 13 October
P&C meeting, Tuesday 14 October, 7.30 p.m.
Red Cross Ebola Crisis Appeal, Thursday 23 October
Left: Year 12 2014
FROM THE
PRINCIPAL
Mr Mark Anderson B. A. Dip. Ed.
Congratulations to Keita Richardson (Year 11) who was
successful in the Australian Biology Olympiad Competition
and is now invited to attend the 2015 Biology Olympiad
summer school for International Biology Olympiad at ANU
between 9th and 22nd of January 2015. A fine
achievement.
Well done Adam Halmy who represented NSW at the
National Cross Country championships in Albany. In the
U18 race he placed 42nd from a field of 60 runners. Sorry
for the late acknowledgement Adam.
Skills for Life: While this achievement is not at the
pinnacle of academia it is worthy of recognition. Bright
boys often have the reputation of being lacking in some of
the more grounded life-skills- but not at Normo! Year 7
successfully completed their textiles project "Felt Mobile
Phone Cases". Despite being a simple hand sewing task it
proved to be extremely difficult for some. They acquired
some basic hand sewing, button and velcro sewing
techniques which everyone should have by the time they
leave mum’s (or dad’s) care.
This was followed up with
an assessment task called the "Rip Challenge" which is a
task that requires them to use their sewing skills to fix a
tear or a rip in a piece of fabric. Let’s hope they get their
sewing a little neater before they continue their pursuit of
Medicine related study.
Congratulations to our school leaders who
raised $1184 for Legacy at the end of last
term. This is a great cause and their efforts
are much appreciated. Well done boys.
Congratulations to Victor Zhu who has been selected to
perform at ENCORE at the Sydney Opera House. This is a
real tribute to the calibre of his talent and the great work
done with Victor by his teachers to assist him in reaching
such a high standard in the HSC course. Well done Victor.
ENCORE is a program of outstanding performances and
compositions by students from the Higher School
Certificate Music examinations.
Year 11 2014 (HSC 2015): Thank you to all of the parents
and students who attended the information evening on
Thursday night. We do attempt to keep the number of
these evenings to a minimum and only hold them when
there is a real need and this was one such occasion. The
release of the HSC Assessment Schedules and the
associated policies that need to be followed will provide
students and parents with detailed information related to
tasks that will take place over the next 12 months. The
information from the “Sleep Doctor” on the needs of
adolescents in relation to sleep was great information for
parents, many of whom are attempting to come to grips
with the conflict between fostering quality study over the
quantity of study needed to optimise student
performance. Thank you to our presenters and to all of the
parents and students in attendance. In particular thanks
to Mr Abas, Ms Harman, Mr Rumbelow, Ms O’Neill, Ms
Woodhams and Ms Barbeler for their time and input into
the evening. Thanks also to the P&C who, as always,
graciously provided supper at the end of the evening. It
was a long night but there was nothing covered that did
not need to be covered. Despite the excellent attendance
there was a small group of parents and students who did
not attend. These boys will be asked to attend Mr Abas to
obtain and sign for the information delivered on the night.
For parents who wish to have their own copy of the
booklet it can be obtained from the Year 12 HSC page of
our web-site.
Good luck Year 12! Not that any of you need luck as you
are well prepared. The written exams commence with
English on Monday 13 October. I do wish you all the best
for what we know is a harrowing time. No regrets! The
harder you work the luckier you will be.
► P&C NEWS
Mr Sade Kalasabail, P&C President
Our next P&C meeting is on Tuesday 14 Oct 2014 at
7.30pm (finish by 9.30pm) in the School Library. Please do
join us, we have some interesting topics from parents of
high achievers.
Further information about P&C is available on the School
web site http://www.normanhurb-h.schools.nsw.edu.au ,
under the “P&C” tab along with details of the previous
meetings.
Our P&C Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each
month during school terms. All are welcome.
► FIRST ROBOTICS
Mr P Davis, Head Teacher Technological and Applied Studies (TAS)
On Wednesday 8 October a small dedicated group of Normo
boys visited Marsden High School to discuss robotics and
demonstrate to an enthusiastic crowd of primary school
students the workings of our robot.
James Groom, Jacob Jordison, Harry Jackson and Michael
Burrows were impressive ambassadors for our school, for
FIRST and for STEM in general.
A discussion by Professor Heimlich of Macquarie University
revealed that next year’s contest will be bigger and better
than ever with 8 teams from China , a team from Brazil and
teams from across Australia. This is Australia’s first regional
competition and the rookie winner will be offered a trip to St
Louis for finals. 40 teams will participate in March 2015 at
Homebush Stadium.
Dr Heimlich also spoke of the very
between FIRST robotics and university
learn to make things happen not simply
to happen. They are creators instead
strong correlation
success. Students
wait for something
of spectators and
develop skills in problem solving and group work that is
lifelong.
Our Normo school team (the third established in Australia) #
4739 is hoping to attract sponsorship in the form of money
or expertise. We need your help. If any Normanhurst Boys
mums or dads have a background or interest in any field of
science, technology, engineering or skills in marketing,
business and fundraising OR if they are involved in a
company that might like to be involved please contact Mr
Davis on 0423254682.
Our sponsors will decorate the robot and our shirts and be
seen by hundreds on the day and thousands on-line.
This is sport for the brain and is the most engaging fun for
students (and adults) imaginable.
Please enjoy the links below to get some more information:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1QyM9WTF18
http://firstaustralia.org/competitions/first-roboticscompetition/
► PREFECT NEWS
Ms D James, Prefect Coordinator
1) Mufti Cultural Day (India) – Friday 17 October
Dear Parents,
On Friday 17 October the Prefects are holding a cultural day
to fundraise for the provision of outdoor exercise equipment
and additional seating. As part of this fundraising, fine
restaurant quality butter chicken is being sold for lunch.
PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR SON TO PURCHASE BUTTER
CHICKEN TO ASSIST WITH RAISING FUNDS TOWARDS
INCREASING THE PROVISION OF A HEALTHY AND PLEASANT
ENVIRONMENT AT NBHS! The Prefects will be collecting
orders early next week. The cost is: $6.00 for butter
chicken, $7.00 for butter chicken and drink combo and
$2.00 for drink.
2) Prefect Peer Tutoring – Tuesday Lunchtimes
The Prefects are providing tutoring on Tuesdays during
lunch in the mathematics classrooms for Years 7 and 10.
The subjects being tutored are English, Mathematics and
Science. Years 7 and 10 students, please feel free to
attend. A big thank you to the Prefects and Mathematics
Staff for so generously giving their time and resources
towards improving student learning outcomes!
► CAREERS NEWS
Ms Kay Woodhams, Careers Adviser
Important Information – Calendar of Events
Check this calendar for upcoming University Open Days,
Parent/Student
university
nights
plus
more
Go to: http://www.nbhscareers.com
We also have additional information including a
comprehensive calendar on the MhsCareers website
www.mhscareers.net
User name: nbhs - Password: careers
SCHOOL INFORMATION:
Year 12 (2014)
All the best with your HSC Exams.
Remember nerves are normal, after the first couple of
exams you will just want the rest over.
Interviews – for scholarships & courses
For students where there is an interview component to
their course &/or scholarship application please email me
if you are successful. We will have an interview
information and practice session on Friday 14 November
11.30am
HSC Test Yourself App Released
The HSC Test Yourself App makes HSC material more
accessible by providing multiple-choice questions from
HSC exams. The app’s content comes direct from the
Board of Studies and is based on the most current HSC
syllabus for each course. It is a mobile app that works on
Android phones and tablets, iPhones and iPads.
http://news.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/index.cfm/2014/
9/12/HSC-Test-Yourself-App-released-by-Minister
Year 11
Year 11 Information Evening
‘Assisting your Child to Succeed at University’
It was pleasing to see so many boys and parents last night.
The evening included information on support, careers,
moderation and scaling, subject changes and an
explanation of HSC assessment policy, documents and
procedures. Dr Carmel Harrington gave a very insightful
presentation on sleep and academic performance.
Students who were unable to attend can collect their
folder of information from Mr Abas.
I urge year 11 parents to use the careers information in
their folder to explore the Normanhurst Boys Careers
website www.nbhscareers.com
‘All about UAC for Parents’ & All about UAC FAQs about
the ATAR can be downloaded from the Careers website .
Go to HSC/RoSA – UAC for Year 12.
‘Team Normo’ Meeting yesterday
The boys received information from Mr Abas, Mr
Rumbelow, Ms O’Neill (School Counsellor) and Ms Elliot.
This session was very constructive and it was designed to
give the boys information to help prepare them for the
next twelve months.
The key is not luck it is good management.
There was a small careers section and the boys received a
careers handout. I will outline the coming year’s careers
program in more detail with Year 11 at an upcoming year
meeting.
Subject Selection for the start of the HSC year
Completed paperwork is to be returned to the Office.
UNIVERSITIES
ANU Engineering and Computing Special Admission
Scheme
Applications close Mon 3 November. A new special
admissions scheme has been introduced by the ANU
College of Engineering and Computer Science for
domestic students who achieve a minimum ATAR of 80,
but do not achieve the required ATAR for direct admission
to Engineering, Software Engineering, or Advanced
Computing. The new scheme provides the opportunity for
students to demonstrate aptitude, motivation, and
interest in these disciplines if they believe they won’t meet
the direct admission requirements.
http://cecs.anu.edu.au/future_students/sas
ANU: New Bachelor of Laws (Honours)
From 2015, the Bachelor of Laws will be offered as an
embedded Honours program. This means all students
commencing from 2015 onwards will graduate with a
Bachelor of Laws (Honours) – LLBHons – degree.
Students will be able to undertake the degree as a single
degree, or as part of a Flexible Double Degree.
http://law.anu.edu.au/llb/bachelor-laws-honours
UTS Course Update for 2015
Arts and Social Sciences
Master of Teaching in Secondary Education: This degree
will replace the existing Bachelor of Teaching in Secondary
Education. After completing an undergraduate course of
their choosing, students can apply for the Master of
Teaching in Secondary Education
Diploma of Languages: New sub-bachelor diploma
program that allows students to study languages in
addition to their undergraduate or postgraduate program.
Business
Bachelor of Management and Bachelor of Management,
Bachelor of Arts in International Studies will replace the
existing courses outlined below:
Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure
Bachelor of Management in Tourism
Bachelor of Management in Tourism and Hospitality
Bachelor of Management in Tourism Bachelor of Arts in
International Studies
Bachelor of Management in Events and Leisure Bachelor
of Arts in International Studies
Engineering
All Engineering course titles have changed from B
Engineering, Diploma in Professional Engineering Practice
to B Engineering (Honours), Diploma in Professional
Engineering Practice.
The following three Engineering majors will be available in
2015:
Bachelor Engineering (Hons) Environmental, Dip
Professional Eng Practice
Bachelor
Engineering
(Hons)
Mechatronic,
Dip
Professional Eng Practice
Bachelor Engineering (Hons) ICT Eng (Network Security),
Dip Professional Eng Practice
Health
Science
The following new courses will be available in 2015:
Bachelor Advanced Science (Advanced Materials)
Bachelor Advanced Science (Environmental Biotechnology)
Bachelor Advanced Science (Infection and Immunity)
Bachelor Advanced Science (Pre-Medicine)
Bachelor Medicinal Chemistry
Bachelor Biomedical Physics
https://www.uts.edu.au/futurestudents/engineering/essential-information/courseguides
Special Tertiary Admissions Test
The Special Tertiary Admissions Test is a required test for
students wishing to study the Bachelor of Veterinary
Biology/Doctor of Veterinary Science at the University of
Sydney. It is also for students that have no formal
qualifications on which to base their application to a
tertiary institution. Tests are held throughout NSW & ACT.
Contact: 1300 275 822
http://www.uac.edu.au/stat/
OTHER NEWS
Australian Defence Force Information Sessions
Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) – Monday 13
October
Army Reserve Information Session – Tues 14 Oct
Defence University Sponsorship Information Session Monday 20 October
Royal Military College (RMC) Information Session –
Tuesday 28 October
All information sessions will be held at Defence Force
Recruiting Parramatta – Level 4, 9 George Street,
Parramatta, at 6.30pm
Years 10 & 11 have received an email with more detail
Australian Defence Force Online Information Session
Online: Thu 23 October, 6.00pm – 8.00pm (AEST)
Chat live with midshipmen and officer cadets to learn
about their experiences, life at ADFA, and how they find
balancing military training with their university study.
https://www.facebook.com/DefenceJobsAustralia/events
Hobsons Course Finder
Tips for using higher education pathway:
http://www.hobsonscoursefinder.com.au/Latestnews/Getting-into-university/Tips-for-using-a-highereducation-pathway#.VCejl2eSy8A
Australian Universities Excel in QS World University
Rankings:
http://www.hobsonscoursefinder.com.au/Latestnews/Education-news/Australian-unis-excel-in-QSRankings#.VCej8meSy8A
What’s been happening in the education sector?
http://www.hobsonscoursefinder.com.au/Latestnews/Education-news/What-s-been-happening-in-theeducation-sector#.VCekNWeSy8A
Contact: 1300 008 008 or [email protected]
https://www.matrix.edu.au/2015-umat-preparationcourse/
The Queen’s Young Leaders Program
Applications close Fri 10 October
Exceptional people aged 18-29 who are taking the lead in
their communities and using their skills to transform lives
are invited to apply for a Queen’s Young Leaders Award, in
honour of Her Majesty The Queen. The Award winners will
receive a unique package of training, mentoring and
networking, including a one-week residential program in
the UK during which they will collect their Award from The
Queen. This will support winners to develop the amazing
work they are already doing in their communities.
http://www.queensyoungleaders.com/
Antipodeans Abroad Information Sessions
UniBreak Information Night
Tue 14 October, 6.00pm – 7.00pm, 303A / 282 Victoria
Ave Chatswood
UniBreak Online Information Webinar
Thu 16 October, 5.30pm – 6.30pm (AEDT)
http://www.antipodeans.com.au/info-nights.htm
Matrix 2015 UMAT Preparation Course
Sun 26 October – Sun 16 November, Sydney City Campus
All of the information is emailed in good faith and it is the
responsibility of the reader to confirm all details with the
appropriate institution. Make sure you research any
relevant websites.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
► SUMMER SPORTS RESULTS, ROUND 5
Mr Peter Edwards, Sports Coordinator
Sport
1st
2nd
15A
14A
14B
1st
2nd
15A
14A
1st
2nd
15A
14A
1st Grade
2nd Grade
15A
14A
Senior
Junior
1st Grade
2nd Grade
15A
14A
1st Grade
2nd Grade
15A
15B
1st Grade
2nd Grade
15A
14A
Volleyball (3)
► CALENDAR
Wk
2
Monday
Opponent
Winner
Cricket (1st week of 2 Dayer)
Homebush
Washed out
Homebush
In progress
Homebush
In progress
Epping
In progress
Epping
In progress
Basketball
Ashfield
Ashfield
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Tennis
Randwick
Normanhurst
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
BYE
Volleyball
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Epping 3’s
Normanhurst
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Ashfield
Ashfield
Baseball
Randwick
Normanhurst
BYE
BYE
Oz Tag
Ashfield
Ashfield
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Ashfield
Ashfield
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Futsal (Indoor Soccer)
Ashfield
Ashfield
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Ashfield
Ashfield
Ashfield
Normanhurst
Waterpolo
BYE
BYE
Randwick
Randwick
Randwick
Draw
BYE
BYE
Extra Teams
Randwick
Normanhurst
Tuesday
Wednesday
Result
Bonus
points/Comments
1st Innings
Outright
1 day next week
Homebush - 5/211
Normanhurst – 1/201
Normanhurst 5/70
Epping 3/172
50-35
30-22
40-25
53-21
6-6(26-24)CB
BYE
BYE
BYE
2-1
2-0
2-0
2-0
10-2
BYE
12-9
9-5
10-4
7-4
2-0
6-4
4-2
3-1
BYE
11-2
3-3
BYE
2-0
Thursday
Friday
13 Oct
WEEK B
14
WEEK B
15
WEEK B
16
WEEK B
17
WEEK B
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
Year 7-10 SRC Bowden
Brae Fete Set Up
Year 10 Photographic &
Digital Media
Assessment
Year 10 Music
Assessment
Year 10 Music
Assessment
Year 10 Music
Assessment
Year 8 Music4
Assessment
Year 10 English
Assessment Task
Year 8 Music1
Assessment
Year 8 Music3
Assessment
Multicultural Day
(Indian Culture)
Year 8 Music2
Assessment
Year 9 Maths
Assessment Task
Prefect Peer Tutoring
P&C Meeting, 7.30 p.m.
3
20 Oct
WEEK A
21
WEEK A
22
WEEK A
23
WEEK A
24
WEEK A
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
Knockout Water Polo
Year 9 Japanese Yearly
Exam
Year 10 Music
Assessment
Red Cross Ebola Crisis
Appeal
Global Dignity Day
Excursion (2 students)
Year 8 Science Exam
Year 10 Industrial
Technology Engineering
Assessment Task
School Assembly –
Quad
Year 10 Photographic &
Digital Media
Assessment
Year 10 Music
Assessment
Year 8 Geography
Assessment Task
Year 8 Visual Arts
Assessment
Year 8 Visual Arts
Assessment
Year 7 Maths
Assessment Task
Year 7 Science Exam
7BUK, 7WAR Music
Assessment
Year 7 Music
Assessment
Year 9 Industrial
Technology Electronics
Assessment Task
Year 10 Photography
Assessment Task
Year 9 Photographic &
Digital Media
Assessment
Year 9 Geography
Assessment Task
Year 8 Music3
Assessment
Prefect Peer Tutoring
7DIN, 7BUK Music
Assessment
4
27 Oct
WEEK B
28
WEEK B
29
WEEK B
30
WEEK B
31
WEEK B
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
Year 10 Non-Excursion
Week
Year 10 Non-Excursion
Week
Year 10 Non-Excursion
Week
Year 10 Non-Excursion
Week
Year 10 Non-Excursion
Week
Year 8 Music
Assessment
Year 9 Young Men’s
Program
Year 9 Science Exam
RUOK? Day
7WAY Music
Assessment
Year 8 Music
Assessment
7DIN Music
Assessment
Year 11 HSC Visual Art
BOW Workshop
Year 10 Visual Arts
Assessment Task –
BOW2 Post-modern
Year 9 Music
Assessment
Year 9 Geography
Assessment Task
Year 9 History
Assessment Task
Year 8 Music4
Assessment
Year 8 Maths
Assessment Task
Year 8 Japanese Yearly
Exam
7BUK Music
Assessment
Year 7 Geography
Assessment
Year 8 Geography
Assessment
7WAR Music
Assessment
Year 7 Visual Arts
Assessment
Prefect Peer Tutoring
Year 7 Visual Arts
Assessment Task
5
3 Nov
WEEK A
4
WEEK A
5
WEEK A
6
WEEK A
7
WEEK A
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
HSC Examinations
Year 10 Assessment
Week
Year 10 Assessment
Week
Year 10 Assessment
Week
Year 10 Assessment
Week
Year 10 Assessment
Week
Year 8/9 Circus Skills
and Picture Book
Roadshow
Year 8/9 Circus Skills
and Picture Book
Roadshow
Year 8/9 Circus Skills
and Picture Book
Roadshow
Year 8/9 Circus Skills
and Picture Book
Roadshow
Year 8/9 Circus Skills
and Picture Book
Roadshow
Year 11 Individual
Support Interviews
Year 11 Individual
Support Interviews
Year 11 Individual
Support Interviews
Year 11 High Achievers
Morning Tea
Year 9 English
Assessment Task
Year 8 Geography
Assessment Task
Year 10 Visual Arts
Assessment
Year 7 History Test
Year 9 Visual Design
Assessment Task
School Assembly - Quad
Year 8 Geography
Assessment Task
Prefect Peer Tutoring
6
10 Nov
WEEK B
11
WEEK B
Year 10 Peer Support
Training
13
WEEK B
14
WEEK B
Year 10 Peer Support
Training
Year 10 HSC
Geography Fieldwork
English Extension 2
HSC Study Day
Remembrance Day
Year 7 Digital
Thumbprint seminar
Prefect Peer Tutoring
P&C Meeting, 7.30 p.m.
12
WEEK B