Cecil Hills High School Newsletter

02 August 2019
Issue Seven
Our great school community
Subject Selection Expo Evening - Year 8 and Year 10
Engaging opportunities in creative arts for Year 7
Learning new skills
Empowering young people to lead change
Where are they now?
Sports Shorts
Meet our leaders
Year 11 studying ecosystems
In our Community
Important dates
Cecil Hills High School
02 9822 1430
50 Spencer Road
Cecil Hills, NSW, 2171
AU

Our great school community

Midnight
Not a sound from the pavement
Has the moon lost her memory
She is smiling alone.

 

‘Memory’ by T.S. Eliot and Andrew Lloyd Webber from ‘Cats'.

 

School Development Day

Welcome back to Term 3!  At our recent school development day, our teachers worked on plans to expand our C.E.C.I.L skills from our Year 8 innovation electives (which is where they are currently taught) to our broader Year 7-10 curriculum.  Students will need these skills of communication, engagement, collaboration, innovation and leadership in order to be successful workers in the 21st century.  In terms of my introductory quote which refers to the moon, as we know it has been fifty years since humans first landed on the moon.  If we consider the innovations that have occurred in the last fifty years, it is impossible to fully understand the jobs that will exist fifty years from now.  This is why we are starting to emphasise these soft skills or general capabilities in our curriculum so that students are prepared to undertake any sort of job that emerges in their working lifetime.

New Enrolment Policy

The NSW Department of Education recently revised its enrolment policy and principals are in the process of being trained in these new procedures.  The new policy may have implications for any out-of-area applications for our school but every child is able to attend their local designated school.  I will provide more information on the new enrolment policy in due course.

Student Success

Congratulations to Violeta Bozanic of Year 10 has just released her debut EP and single.  We're all very proud of her achievements in the music industry.  Having appeared on Australia's Got Talent in 2016, Violeta has gone to achieve so much.

 

 

Read Violeta's story and listen to her music here.

Staff appointments

I am very pleased to announce that three of our temporary English teachers have been successful in gaining permanent teaching positions at our school.

Mr Trent Robinson is one of our Year 11 Advisers and has significant experience as an English teacher from his previous school and now with us. 

 

Ms Diana Kulevski is our Aboriginal Education Coordinator and works with our Yarn Connect group each morning. 

Ms Nikolina Cupac is our Year 7 Adviser for 2020 and has been completing work with Year 6 during this year in preparation for the role.

 

All three teachers have been welcomed additions to the English faculty over the last few years and I look forward to continuing to work with them in a permanent capacity.  I know you will join me in congratulating these teachers on attaining these positions.

P&C Meetings

Our next P&C meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Monday, 5 August 2019.  There will be a repeat session at 9:30am on Thursday, 8 August 2019.

 

I look forward to continuing to work with the staff, students and parents of Cecil Hills High School, the best school in NSW.

 

Mark  Sutton, Principal

Subject Selection Expo Evening - Year 8 and Year 10

Year 8 

We are holding a Subject Selection Information Expo Evening for all Year 8 students. Details are:

  • Date:              Tuesday, 6th August 2019
  • Time:             5.00 pm
  • Where:           School Gymnasium

It is mandatory for ALL Year 8 students to attend this event with at least one parent/carer.

The purpose of the evening is to:

  • Issue students with their Subject Information Booklets
  • Issue students with their individual webcode which is required to make their subject selections online through edval
  • Provide information on NESA requirements for the Stage 5 from the Principal (including N-Award process)
  • Provide advice on making smart subject choices

Year 8 Year Advisers, the Careers Adviser, Head Teachers and subject/classroom teachers will be available on the night to answer questions and provide further information on specific subjects and pathways.   We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th August at 5.00 pm. 

Year 10

We are holding a Subject Selection Information Expo Evening for all Year 10 students. Details are:

  • Date:              Tuesday, 6th August 2019
  • Time:             6.15 pm
  • Where:           School Gymnasium

It is mandatory for ALL Year 10 students to attend this event with at least one parent/carer (even if students are considering not continuing onto Year 11).

The purpose of the evening is to:

  • Issue students with their Subject Information Booklets
  • Issue students with their individual webcode which is required to make their subject selections online through edval
  • Provide information on NESA requirements for the HSC from the Principal (including the ATAR and N-Award process)
  • Provide advice on making smart subject choices
  • Discuss options for senior pathways
  • Explain the requirements and options available for students considering not continuing schooling after Year 10 and the attainment of the Record of School Achievement (RoSA)

Year 10 Year Advisers, the Careers Adviser, Transition/Senior Coordinators, Head Teachers and subject/classroom teachers will be available on the night to answer questions and provide further information on specific subjects and pathways.    We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 6th August at 6.15pm.

 

 

Year 10 interviews

Each student and their parents have been given a date and time to attend an interview in the following week (August 12th-16th), where they will meet with a teacher to discuss, guide and assist them through their senior subject choices/pathway. (Students will be required to attend their interview/appointment with their parents and will not have to attend school and regular classes on their allocated interview day)

Engaging opportunities in creative arts for Year 7

Our Music classes

Last semester, half of Year 7 students worked through the Visual Arts course and the other through the Music course.

Terms One and  Two were jam packed, filled with many different learning experiences for Year 7.

In Music, many talents developed, as students learnt how to read music scores, play the ukulele and keyboard.  They even learnt how to compose a song and build their confidence whilst performing in front of an audience.

Visual Arts 

In Visual Arts,  students learnt different ways to paint, draw and create sculptures, through to learning about different artists and the purpose of their art making practice.

 

National Gallery excursion

A trip to Canberra, to the National Gallery of Australia enabled students to engage with traditional and contemporary works which helped them broaden their knowledge and understanding of the arts.

It was a wonderful and valuable learning experience to see students create and develop skills, giving them opportunities to view the world around them and step out of their comfort zones, to create musical and visual experiences, all in the name of teaching and learning.

 

Don't miss our Creative and Performing Arts Showcase

Celebrating the talents of our Music and Visual Arts students, Cecil Hills High School proudly presents a night of outstanding entertainment and a showcase of students' talents. Please come along at our Cecil Hills High School Showcase event.  The talents and professionalism of our students are sure to impress.    

Tickets are available for purchase online here through our school website .  Tickets may also be purchased from the school office.

from the CAPA (Creative and Performing Arts) faculty

Learning new skills

From classroom to work

On Friday 26 July, a select group of students from Special Education, participated in an introductory day of work experience at Hoxton Park Industries. After the initial tour, it was time to learn some new skills in assembling cardboard templates, to protect timber door corners from getting damaged.  It was challenging to begin with.

 

The students finished with three full boxes and were asked to come again. We will see what our line of work will be next week.

 

Work experience continues every Friday until the end of term.

 

Thank you to Hoxton Park Industries for providing our students with this wonderful opportunity.

 

Margaret Beadle, Teacher - Teacher, Special Education

 

Empowering young people to lead change

Project Rockit

We believe in a world where kindness and respect thrive over bullying, hate and prejudice and all young people are free to realise their potential.   For more than a decade, Project Rockit has been empowering school students to stand up to bullying, hate and prejudice instead of standing by watching. Through the lens of (cyber) bullying, our workshops explore themes of inclusion, respectful relationships, social leadership, diversity, values and ethics and empathy. 

 

by Jessica Fisher, Year 7

On Tuesday 2 July, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 had the privilege of participating in Project Rockit at  Western Sydney University.  We engaged in talks relating to cyber bullying and how we can use our social media power for good to stop bullying.

 

It was an eye-opening experience for the students and we would like to thank Mr Faga and Ms Phan for organising this experience.  We look forward to implementing what we have learnt with our peers.


 

 

Where are they now?

A little about me

My name is Mikaeel Shah, and I was part of the graduating class of 2016, however I made the decision to finish my studies in 2015, Year 11 and pursue my career in Martial Arts.

 

 

My time at school

During my time in school, I always had a passion and drive for Martial Arts. It’s been one of the most influencing factors in my life, through its discipline, character-building and the way we’re taught to defend ourselves. It’s taught me not only the physical benefits of self-defence, but given me the mental strength to fight for myself and to reach my goals in life. I needed this strength, particularly in my younger school years, where I struggled to “fit in” socially and never really felt accepted by fellow peers. However, this didn’t prevent me from chasing my dreams. I began working part-time as a martial arts instructor at IMC Liverpool, where I continued to build my skills, achieve my black belts and high rankings in all disciplines. I built on my confidence in teaching all styles of martial arts from children to adults, as well as learning how to run a martial arts business. I broadened my learning, learning from successful businesses, to not so successful, and began to understand what it takes to be an effective martial arts business owner.

The start of my journey

Year 11 began to demand a lot of my focus, naturally, however I simultaneously came across an opportunity to take my dream to the next level. After consulting with my parents and teachers, we made the decision that I wasn’t progressing in school physically or mentally, so it was time to pursue my dream. It took hours upon hours of hard work and dedication teaching children Martial Arts, to build my reputation as an instructor. This landed me a traineeship as a full time instructor at IMC, while also doing correspondence courses through TAFE in business and fitness.

After school

After school I worked extremely hard, learning and developing myself as an instructor. I soon came to realise that I didn’t have the HSC to fall back on, so I opened my mind, thought outside the box, set my goals higher, and built my dream to be even bigger than I imagined. I didn’t want to be a small-time instructor anymore, so I took it upon myself to shadow my boss, and learned everything from broadening my teaching knowledge, to learning the ins and outs of administration and management. I was given this opportunity within three schools, so I naturally absorbed a lot of knowledge.

My dream came true

In April 2018, I was gifted the opportunity to open my own school, U4C Martial Arts. It specialises in Karate, Kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu. Having been open for just over a year, I ran into many hurdles and challenges, sometimes not knowing if I was doing things right, but I continued to learn and seek advice when I needed it. I will never stop learning.

My best piece of advice

“Your attitude determines your altitude”. Having the right attitude in every situation life throw at you, really can make a difference in the outcome. The best decision I made was to surround myself with people who were driven and brought my attitude up, therefore closer to my goals. If you break down your dreams, they turn into goals, those goals written down turn into plans and those plans lead to success”

 

Sensei Mikaeel Shah

U4C Martial Arts Academy

Unit 6, 1-3 Ferngrove Place, Chester Hills NSW
Mob: 0468 404 065

Photo: Oztag Gala Day

Sports Shorts

Photo: Oztag Gala Day

Oztag Gala Day

We had 121 students competed at the Regional Oztag Gala Day last term. All students displayed great skill, team work and sportsmanship and thoroughly enjoyed the day. The year 12 boys team were victorious in their competition and were crowned South West Sydney Oztag Gala Day champions. They will compete at the State tournament in Week four.

A big thank you to Miss Saliba and Mr Dunn for their time and effort in organising and training the teams.

 

Football

In the last week of Term Two, our Opens Girls Football team travelled to the Riverina region to play Albury High School in the final 16 series. In a gallant and gutsy performance the girls went down fighting 2-0. I am so proud of the effort of the whole squad. With three starting players out with injury, sickness and unavailability, the girls lifted their level of play in their teammates’ absence and performed admirably. They showed heart, passion and a huge amount of skill in true "CECIL SPIRIT".  Indeed,  I am a very proud team coach. 

 

Well done girls on your outstanding displays all season. This is fourth year in a row we have qualified for the final 16 teams in the NSW CHS (Combined High Schools) competition.

NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships

Adrijana Prostran, Michelle Prasad, Jessica Narvaiza, Bianca Dempsey, Ashton King and Brendan Prasad competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships in week one. They all tried their best. Congratulations to all students on their fantastic cross country season.

Futsal

This week we competed in the Football NSW Futsal State Championships. We had teams in the U14, U16 and Opens Girls competitions as well as the U14 Boys event. All teams played very well. The U14 Boys, U14 Girls and Opens Girls failed to progress from their pools. The U16 Girls were our best performed team. They finished second in their pool, but bowed out in the quarter finals to our nemesis Mamre Anglican School.  An outstanding effort all team members.

 

Futsal is a sport widely embraced by the students here at our school and we will continue to foster the development of our students.​

 

B Condon, Sports Organiser

Meet our leaders

We continue to share our student leaders' stories with you. This edition, read about Shanelle and Nicholas, two of our senior student representative council team members.

 

Photo: Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science at Pucky Reserve, North Wollongong

Year 11 studying ecosystems

Photo: Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science at Pucky Reserve, North Wollongong

Year 11 Earth and Environmental Studies

This week, Year  11 Earth and Environmental Studies visited the Pucky Reserve, North Wollongong. They were able to conduct fieldwork to investigate three introduced species to the coastal dunes ecosystem.

 

 

Year 11 Biology

Year 11 Biology students have spent some time last term studying the health of the lakes at Penrith Lakes Environmental Education Centre this week. They had a great day learning about the flora and fauna of the local environment and developing their skills. THANK YOU to our two Education officers (Jelena and Neill) for working with us​.

Miss A Ha, Year 11 Biology and Earth and Environmental Studies  teacher

In our Community

BYOD

 

Helping Learner Drivers

 

Does your child seem worried or stressed?

 

Positive Parenting Program

 

Important dates

Monday, 5 August

Celebrating Education Week

Year 12 Trial HSC exams continue

Year 10  English - Bell Shakespeare theatre production

Year 11 PDHPE First Aid Course

Tuesday, 6 August

Regional Athletics Day 1 at Campbelltown

Subject Selection Expo evening in the school gym

(It is a mandatory that all students from Year 8 and Year 10 attend this event at the designated time below, accompanied by a parent/guardian)

- Year 8: 5.00 pm

- Year 10: 6.15pm

Wednesday, 7 August

Regional Athletics Day 2 at Campbelltown

Refugee Homework Program after school

Year 11 PDHPE First Aid Course

Thursday, 8 August

Year 7/8 Debating

After school study until 4.30pm

Monday, 12 August

National Science week

Chinese student visit week

Year 10 Interview week

 

 

Wednesday, 14 August

Refugee Homework Program after school

Thursday, 15 August

Year 8 Gala Day

Friday, 16 August

Year 10 Jewish Museum excursion

Year 7 Innovation elective subject selection talk

Monday, 19 August

CHAMP Assembly 10.35 am

Wednesday, 21 August

Refugee Homework Program after school

 

 

 

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