Cowra High School Newsletter

03 July 2019
Issue Ten
What's Been happening?
Camden 2019
Stage 5 Cake Decorating
Down On the Farm
Community News
Cowra High School
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Cowra, New South Wales, 2794

What's Been happening?

Principal's Report

Dear parents and caregivers of the Cowra High School Community.


This week concludes a term where students have enjoyed the challenges their teachers have created to improve learning and move Cowra High School students out of their comfort zones.  I have enjoyed the last ten weeks immensely leading Cowra High School and having the opportunity to work with amazing staff who are hardworking and students who are always striving to achieve their best in and out of the classroom.


Week 10 has seen NAIDOC Week celebrations begin for the Cowra community and our amazing Aboriginal Education Team have prepared opportunities for our school to showcase what Voice, Treaty and Truth means to all of us.  This Thursday our school will celebrate NAIDOC and all of our students will be able to share in Indigenous culture.  During this week our students have been invited to our feeder schools to conduct performances and workshops including Smoking Ceremonies, that are very special for mentoring our younger students on the importance of ceremony and dance.  Thank you to Jared Burns for your leadership and working with our students.  A big thanks to Aunty Robyn Coffey and her team for the tireless effort and commitment putting this week together.


Year 12 students have concluded this term sitting for their Trial Higher School Certificate Examinations.  We wish them luck and staff will ensure they receive the feedback required to improve their knowledge, understanding and skills leading into the Higher School Certificate in Term Four.


The last two weeks I have read every students report form Years 7 to 11.  Semester One reports reflect that all students at Cowra High School are known, valued and cared for.  Teachers also know their students and how they learn.  I encourage all students to read their reports, reflect on teacher feedback and implement, as they transition into Semester Two after the holidays.


Congratulations to the Dancers who performed at the Western Dance Festival in Bathurst.  Mrs Buckley’s leadership of these amazing students reflects her ability to embed high performing dance teams reflecting the enjoyment they have performing in front of other schools and an audience with people from all over the Western Region.


Congratulations to the Boys Under 14's and 16's Futsal teams who won their divisions decisively.  These two teams will go on to compete at the State Titles in Windsor at some stage during Term 3.  A big thanks goes to Mr Leyland and Mrs Dunk who lead these teams on the day and provided them with the coaching to perform their best.


Congratulations to Doug Hughes, Daniel Van Ruth and Amanda Hughes on the leadership of the Night of Music last Thursday evening.  They worked tirelessly over the week to pull it together, with lots of effort to setup and refine student performances.   These evenings are fond memories for students to look back on and see the support from staff to challenge themselves, and performing in front of a large audience of 200, it takes determination and courage.  The coaching and mentoring provided for these students from staff is  what the community see and enjoy on the night.  Cowra is amazing as a community coming together to support the education of students.


In March 2019 Year 12 student Ellee White was selected by the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) to attend the London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) in July this year.  The LIYSF aims to encourage young people to continue studying science related subjects at university and to build a career in the various science, technology and engineering fields and has been operating for more than 30 years.  Each year, the NYSF facilitates participation in a number of similar international programs for young Australians in Year 12.  In 2019, only 20 NYSF students will be heading off during the year for one of these opportunities.  LIYSF is a two week residential student event held annually in London which attracts 500 of the world’s leading young scientists aged 16 - 21 years old from more than 75 participating countries.  LIYSF is held at Imperial College London and The Royal Geographical Society - with day visits out to other leading UK research centres and Universities, including Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  At the beginning of Term 3 Ellee will be travelling overseas to pursue this once in a lifetime opportunity.  I look forward to Ellee sharing all the exciting new things she discovers whilst representing Cowra High School.  


Monday of Week 9 this term all Cowra High School staff worked hard for three hours to evaluate student learning data and identify areas where they can realign programs and assessment to ensure students are participating in lessons that are filled with high levels of student engagement.  Groups of staff worked on challenging each other’s ideas and refining how we map and carefully align staff professional development to improve  student learning outcomes for the rest of 2019 and continue to transform student success leading into 2020.


Student success at Cowra High School is defined as how well can they succeed post school and support their learning and wellbeing.  Many examples have been shared with the community this term how students are continuing to strive for success.  I am excited about what Term 3 brings for our amazing students and how our staff continue to work tirelessly to ensure this occurs for all students at Cowra High School.


I wish all students, staff and the community a safe and restful holiday.  The most important thing is to regain your energy and for future performance, by getting organised and focus on Term 3 and what it has to offer as well as what goals each and every one of you would like to achieve in Semester 2.


Kind Regards,

Helene Hamilton


Sticks to Stadium Award

Following on from the Sticks To Stadium excursion held earlier this term, Cowra High student Sonny Eastwood was presented with a Penrith Panthers jersey last week.  The award, selected by the organisers, recognises Sonny's contribution during the program, his excellent attendance, attitude and leadership at a school level and in the community through his refereeing at the local junior level.


Congratulations Sonny, well deserved!



News from the Library

Our Library has received a colourful upgrade over the last few months, with new table tops in the main body of the Library area and in the discussion rooms, along with a refurbished circulation desk area.  All helping to make the Library a bright pleasant multi-function space for studying, learning and recreation.


Many thanks must go to Mrs Rachel McKenzie and her daughter Zara for giving up precious weekend time to assist with the design and painting of the old benches and cabinets.


New blinds have been installed enabling filtered light to diffuse through much of the main room, with block-out blinds to give optimal viewing when images are being cast onto the main screen.  


Don’t forget to take advantage of our 24/7 eLibrary for reading during the holidays.  There are nearly 2000 titles, including a large number of eAudio books available for loan.  To take advantage of this wonderful asset –

  1. Simply download the ePlatform app from your app store.
  2. Find our Library and log in using your school log in name – use cowra as the password.
  3. Borrow an eBook or Audiobook to read or listen on your device and enjoy!




Assembly Awards

Alex Shaw received a certificate at today's assembly for his hard work, dedication and achievement in all aspects of his classwork.  Other students acknowledged were Jayden S Brown and Lachlan Emerson.  Congratulations!!


Chelsea Apps and Marcus O'Connor were two of several students to receive recognition from Member for Cootamundra, Steph Cooke for being selected as School Leaders at Cowra High School at this morning's assembly.  Congratulations!!

Where are they now ??
Erin Watt

I attended Cowra High School from 2004 to 2009.  During my school years I was known as the person who was far too involved in the SRC at a school, local and state level; School Captain; Target Cowra employee and member of the first group of Torsion at the Cowra Ballet School.


I couldn’t possibly pick my favourite teacher but did have some memorable characters (some of whom are still teaching) including Ms Smith, Ms Reynolds, Mr Tapscott, Mrs Meiklejohn, Ms Patterson, Mr Garling, Mr Skinner, Mr Ridding and Poppa Bear (Mr Smith).


I’d always been busy agitating in school so one of the Deputies suggested I studied politics at university.  I never thought in a million years I’d get in – but I did!  I went to Sydney University and graduated with a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences with Honours (First Class).


From there I went to work in a union – United Voice – which covers a range of industries like school cleaners, early childhood educators, home care workers and security guards.  I worked on campaigns around protecting penalty rates, increasing early childhood educators wages and making childcare more affordable, and improving gender equality.


I then spent two years at the National office of the Labor Party as National Organiser (Training) working on marginal seats in attempt to win the federal election.  I’m now back at United Voice as their political organiser.


I’m also currently trying to get my act together to organise our 10 year reunion!


I know many students are undertaking Trial HSC exams right now.  In my final English exam I didn’t read the question and proceeded to write my essay on the two supporting texts, despite the question only asking for ONE text.  I didn’t realise until I was debriefing with some friends after the exam and proceeded to have a complete meltdown that I was now going to fail the entire HSC.  I did not.


My advice would be:

a) take a breath and read the question

b) this does not define you, you can achieve what you can dream

c) there is always a way to get there and

d) you don’t need to study science even if your mother is a science teacher!


Camden 2019

Congratulations to all students involved

Unfortunately things didn’t go our way when we contested the 48th Robert Montgomery Shield.


This year Cowra hosted Camden High School on Wednesday 5 to Friday 8 June.  From all reports the students had a great time with their host billets.  Creating friendships that will last forever!!!



On Day 1 three sports were contested.  The traditional Rugby League games for the senior and junior boys and for the second time girl’s League Tag.  The junior boys started the proceedings and it was Cowra that drew first blood winning 52-0.  The League Tag girls then had their opportunity to shine and they didn’t disappoint.  Unfortunately the game ended in a draw 12-12.  The Open RugbyLleague game lived up to its anticipation with big hits throughout the game.  Unfortunately, Camden were too good on the night winning 24-10.



On Day 2 the students were very busy going from one sport to the next.  The sports played were Soccer, Basketball, Netball, Volleyball, Cricket, Hockey and Debating.  Many games came down to the wire which showed the determination of all our students.  Congratulations must go to the junior and senior girls soccer, boys and girls volleyball, boys and girls cricket, junior debate and girls hockey teams on their outstanding victories.



The social was again a massive hit for all the students.  The theme was ‘Sports Heroes!' Many students got in the spirit of the night but it was the Cowra High School Year 12 students that were crowned ‘Best Dressed’.



On Day 3 the students had another tough day ahead of them.  The sports being contested were Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Chess, Tennis, Oz Tag and Super Quiz.  The highlight of the day was the Open Girls Softball team who were super impressive in their victory.  Other victories included boys and girls tennis, junior mixed touch football and senior girls basketball.



Congratulations to the following students for being named Player of the Match.



Player of the Match


Player of the Match

Rugby League

Thomas Negus

Noah Ryan


Kara Hinderager

Drew Willis

League Tag

Chelsea Apps



Mikelli Garratt

Noah Ryan


Mackenzie Crook

Clayton Hayes

Ginger Oliver

Samuel Long


Makenzie Felton

Lucy Pattingale


Charlotte Gray

Rielly Collins

Caitlyn Boswell

Jack Tarrant

Touch Football

Ryan Carroll

Kara Hinderager

Ethan Funnell

Ginger Oliver


Mikelli Garratt

Xavier Gauci


Charlie Jeffries

Xavier Gauci


Kara Hinderager

Emerson Baratto


Jacqueline Long

Sean Smith


Zara McKenzie

Isaac McFarland

Super Quiz

Jacqueline Long

Luke Wilson



I would like to congratulate all the students who participated in the 2019 Camden Exchange.  Their behaviour on and off the field was exceptional.  The sportsmanship they displayed throughout the exchange was of the highest quality.  I would also like to thank all the coaches for their hard work getting the teams ready.  Without your dedication this exchange wouldn’t run as smooth as it did.  





Stage 5 Cake Decorating


Stage 5 Food Technology students undertook a cake decorating task to meet outcomes for planning, preparing and presenting food for specific occasions.  In this case their task was to design and create a cake for a 5 year old's birthday.  They each designed, made and created their cakes to suit their chosen themes.  They did an amazing job!





Down On the Farm

Students have learnt skills in sustainable agriculture

This edition marks the end of agriculture for the first rotation of Year 8.  Students have now reaped the rewards for many hours tending their gardens and looking after the animals.  We have transferred our young layer pullets to their new enclosure and are regularly feeding and moving our sheep flock to maximise pasture availability.


These Year 8 classes have learnt skills for sustainable agriculture and that FRESH really does taste best, vegetably speaking and remember this is just a taste of what Agriculture in Stage 5 has in store!!



Subject Selection Night


Target is Recruiting!


Job Jump - Uni

UTS New Major in Bachelor of Information Technology – Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is a growing global concern.

Cybersecurity is now becoming such a big area that there are opportunities for different types of cybersecurity graduates, e.g. privacy.

This major includes 3 key subjects not typically covered in traditional cybersecurity studies:•Data analytics in cybersecurity•Privacy preserving•Secure programming and penetration testing.


UTS - Business School Admission Schemes

Automatic entry to a Business School course if the student is undertaking a paid, minimum one-year cadetship demonstrated through cadetship official letter of offer and meeting matriculation into UTS.

Students can now gain entry into a Business degree with only 0.2 FTE (2 subjects), pending they meet matriculation.

Maximum 10 adjustment points will be awarded.

Bachelor of Accounting UTS Co-op

Round 2 – 18 October

Co-op program in partnership with major employers.

Up to $51,500 scholarship over three years with two internships and early graduate recruitment with sponsor organisations.

Study trip to Jakarta in 2ndyear, and global exchange possibilities in 3rdyear

Online application. More information carin.alberts



University of Newcastle New Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science

Is the ocean and coast part of your life style? Are you wanting to learn about the marine environment?

The coastal and marine environment provides recreation, food, energy, and other resources, and needs to be sustainably managed in the face of an uncertain future. Australia is home to some of the most unique and diverse coastlines and marine ecosystems in the world.

By understanding the ecological, physical, conservation, societal and management issues they face – such as climate change, pollution, urbanisation and conflicting users – we can help find solutions to these problems. When you study a Bachelor of Coastal and Marine Science you’ll be learning from experts in marine, coastal and ecological fields – giving you practical skills to make a difference to our world.


WSU Early Offer - True Reward - Opens August

Our unique program makes an early offer into a University degree based on corresponding HSC subject band outcomes, not your overall ATAR. The program offers you a place at Western before you receive your ATAR, on the basis of your HSC subject results.

Western is one of the only universities to offer a program with the chance to apply for an early offer based on your HSC results. At Western, we recognise that you are much more than your ATAR. True Reward focuses on the scores that reflect your strongest skills.

Click here for more information


WSU New Bachelor of Speech Pathology

Campbelltown Campus

Speech pathology assesses and treats disorders of communication in areas such as speech, voice, language and swallowing in children and adults. Make a difference in the lives of others with the skills learned in this degree.


WSU – UOW – UON Multi University Aerotropolis

Plans for a ‘multiversity’ higher education campus in the heart of the new Western Sydney Aerotropolis have been unveiled today by NSW Premier, The Hon Gladys Berejiklian.

In an Australian first, the NUW Alliance (the University of Newcastle, UNSW Sydney and the University of Wollongong) and Western Sydney University will join forces to deliver a world-class higher education and research presence in Western Sydney.

The Multiversity will specialise in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and be part of the Aerotropolis precinct at Badgerys Creek. By leveraging the expertise of the four institutions, students, employees and the wider community will have unparalleled access to innovative teaching and research.


SCU – Preparing for Success Entry Program

Are you keen to start a new career, but not sure if you have the marks or the academic skills to go to university? Or perhaps you didn’t finish school, and think university is not an option? 

The Preparing for Success Program is a fee-free course that has been designed for you.


The program is open to Australian residents over 18 and is offered on campus or online to fit around your commitments.
Graduates of the three-month program gain direct entry into Southern Cross University degree courses. This award-winning program will teach you how to manage your time, write essays, undertake research and apply mathematical concepts – providing you with the skills you need to succeed at university and the confidence to progress towards a new career. 

Students who complete PSP often outperform other domestic students


Study Overseas Information Evening

28 August from 5.00 – 7.30pm 

188 New South Head Road, Edgecliff


Ascham School is hosting the annual ‘Study Overseas Information Evening’. The intention of this evening is to provide Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents with an opportunity to meet representatives from a range of international tertiary institutions from North America, UK, Asia and Europe. There will be talks about the USA and UK application processes.
 Contact Gillian Sloan, E: [email protected]


Former Stanford Admissions Officer Explains What Top Colleges Look For

4 July 2019, 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Guthrie Theatre, Peter Johnson Building, UTS Building 6, 702 Harris St, Ultimo

Learn exactly what US College Admissions Officers are looking for from Martin Walsh, a former Stanford Admissions Officer who has reviewed more than 5,000 applications!

This is a must-attend event for students in Years 10-12 who intend on applying to US Colleges. Are you aiming to gain admission to US colleges like Harvard, UC Berkeley, Duke or Stanford?

Even if you do have a perfect 1600 on the SAT or truly outstanding extra curricula activities, there is still no guarantee you'll receive a coveted letter of offer.

That's why if you're serious about studying in the US, you don't want to miss the chance to hear from Martin Walsh.

Job Jump - TAFE

Journalism and Radio Course Info Sessions

3 July and 24 July

Ultimo TAFE, Room Z1.6, Level 1, Building Z , 651 Harris St , Ultimo

Writing for online, print, radio and TV
Research and interviewing
Social media for journalists
Audio and video editing using the Adobe Creative Suite


Essential Energy Apprenticeship and Traineeship Program is Open

An apprenticeship or traineeship is a great way to kick start a career, with combined formal learning and on the job training. The journey will be supported by a great crew and professional training team. We have opportunities available at a range of locations. To learn more at [email protected].Visit: 


Register here for 2020 Intake:

TAFE to Uni  Pathways 

You may be surprised to hear that there are lots of possible study routes that can take you from a TAFE NSW course to a university degree.

TAFE has partnerships with universities across the state and beyond. This means that you can get yourself a graduate qualification from your local TAFE campus.


Canberra Institute of Technology – Study with CIT Yurauna – Info and Enrolments

CIT Yurauna, CIT Reid

Yurauna is a Wiradjuri word meaning 'to grow'.

The CIT Yurauna has Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff who provide a range of services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. CIT Yurauna is an Educational and Student Support Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in courses across CIT. Gain assistance and support for entry in to other CIT courses and Indigenous Scholarships.

Phone: (02) 6207 3309
Email: [email protected]


Thiess – Apprenticeships

For almost a decade, the Thiess Apprenticeship Program (TAP) has been striving for excellence, best practice and innovation. Recognised Australia wide for delivering consistent, high-quality on the job and off the job training. View the application steps here:

  • Certificate III Engineering - Mechanical Trade (Diesel Fitter)
  • Certificate III Automotive Electrical Technology
  • Certificate III Engineering - Fabrication Trade (Boilermaking/Welding)
  • Certificate III in Electrotechnology Systems Electrician (High Voltage)


Agriculture, Horticulture, Animals and Environment Snapshot

Which occupations in this industry are likely to have the largest employment growth over the next three years? Which TAFE NSW courses are popular for people looking to get into these job roles and how much can you earn?


Business and Finance Snapshot

Which occupations in this industry are likely to have the largest employment growth over the next three years? Which TAFE NSW courses are popular for people looking to get into these job roles and how much can you earn?

Job Jump - Colleges

AMPA Contemporary Music Holiday Workshop

10 July

136 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills

Getting ready for your next gig? The Contemporary Music Workshop will teach you how to communicate with other musicians and connect with the audience. If you are a vocalist, instrumentalist or singer-songwriter in Year 11 or 12, this workshop will take your performance to the next level.

Especially relevant to HSC takers, this program will help develop your confidence and stage presence when it matters most.

10 July:

17 July:


Design Portfolio Workshop

18 and 19 July

2 Short St, 2 Short Street, Surry Hills

This two-day workshop is designed to teach students the fundamental layout, design and construction methods used to present a personal creative portfolio at a professional standard and equips students with the skills and confidence to present their portfolio of creative work.

This workshop is offered to support students in Year 12 or applying for further education in design and creative industries. This workshop is suitable for students, working professionals and those with a keen interest in design.


Interior Design - Sydney Design School Open Day

9 November

Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards

  • Create an inspiring interiors moodboard
  • Attend a presentation from our Director about our courses
  • Take the opportunity to talk to our Educators who all work in the professional world of design
  • Explore work opportunities after you graduate in Interior Design and Decoration


Game Design Portfolio Advice

Great advice that walks you through each of these steps:

Creating your favourite game.

Get your idea down in writing

Before your interview - what to do.

What to bring to your interview.


Interior Design - Sydney Design School Information Session 

5 July. 1.00pm 

Level 2, 40 Oxley Street, St Leonards

Come and join us at our studios in St Leonards for a free information session and learn more about our career and short courses in Interior Design and Decoration. Students can study day or evening, on campus or online. Take the first step in your new career – register your details (below) for our next information session. If you would like to come in and meet with one of our staff prior outside of our scheduled information sessions please contact us on +61 2 9437 1902. Book at:


JMC Academy Advantage

Our global connections:

bring an abundance of opportunities for our students and lecturers alike. From our partnership with Berklee College of Music, to our work with the Los Angeles Film School, Tokyo Design Technology Centre, Osaka Animation College, Fontys Academy for Creative Industries and the Haarlem Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands to name a few, our students are able to take advantage of exchange and study tours abroad. Learn more.


Beyond the stream of real and exciting internships and work opportunities that are scheduled throughout the course, all students receive professional training in interview, pitching and presentation techniques and also graduate with a professional portfolio of their work. To find out all about the types of internships we offer you can read more here.


College of Law, Education and Training Online Nationally Recognised Courses

The College for Law, Education and Training (CLET) has grown from offering one qualification in Justice Administration/Justice Studies and preparing people for policing careers as College for Law and Justice Administration (CLJA) to now offering more than 40 Nationally Recognised Qualifications as an Australian owned and operated Registered Training Organisations in Australia, preparing our students for careers in hundreds of industries.


The Hotel School’s Scholarships for Hotel Management and Tourism Management

Closes 25 October

Are you passionate about Hospitality and Tourism?

Do you want to join the fastest growing industry in Australia and in the World?

This is your chance to join a growing industry through The Hotel School scholarship program.

The Hotel School’s scholarships program is available for students interested in studying at its Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses.

Bedford College, Business and Leadership & Management, Early Childhood Education, Community Services 

Established in 1944, Bedford College is a leading training organisation with a reputation for excellence in vocational education. Our industry links and formal university pathways provide graduates with ‘the edge’ in employment and further education success, with campuses located in the city of Sydney & Norwest, book now for a college tour on 8572 3260 & Enrol Now for our July Intake.

Job Jump - General

Scholarships for Future Teachers

HSC students, university students and career changers, you could get paid while you study to become a teacher of a high-demand subject area.

Up to 220 Teacher Education Scholarships are available to future teachers of mathematics, science (with physics), selected Technological and Applied Studies (TAS) subjects or special education (K-12).

Check your eligibility

Find out if you're eligible to apply.

Be inspired

Hear from some of our scholars and listen to their journeys.

Read the FAQs

Get answers to your questions about the Teacher Education Scholarship.

High Demand Teaching Subjects and Areas in NSW


NSW Police – Recruitment info Session

10 August. 9.00am - 12.00pm


Attend an information session to find out more about being a NSW Police Officer and the recruitment process.  Sessions are generally run at Police Headquarters, Parramatta.


NSW Police Recruitment Physical Capacity Test Practice Session

Attend a NSW Police Recruitment Physical Capacity Test practice session.

PCT Practice Session (Mudgee) - NOW OPEN
Note: You must be 18 years of age to attend this event 
Sunday 14 July
Time:  9.00am - 12.00pm (times may be subject to change)
Tickets available 8.00am 14 June

PCT Practice Session (Parramatta) - NOW OPEN
Note: You must be 18 years of age to attend this event 
Saturday 20 July 2
Time:  9.00am - 12.00pm (times may be subject to change)
Tickets available 8.00am 5 July


NSW Fire and Rescue Applications

Opens 19 July

Closes 4 August

We are putting the call out to everyone in NSW; those who could make excellent firefighters but may not have necessarily considered it.

At Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) we do more than fight fires.

We are looking for candidates with a broad range of skills to meet the challenging and rewarding nature of the job, both for Permanent (full-time) and Retained (on-call) Firefighter positions.

Please note: Online assessment invitations will be sent immediately after you submit your application. You will have 4 days (96 hours) from that date and time of your email to complete the assessments. Feedback reports will be sent out on 12.08.19 to all candidates.


Young Entrepreneurs Course - School Holidays

11 July. 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Zig Zag Hub, Suite 7, 104 Crown Street , Wollongong

Over the course of seven hours, we will take students through the stages of creating a new product for the business market. Students will commence the course selecting a problem within society and progress to creating a business strategy and product scaffold that solves this problem.

This is a perfect opportunity for students between the ages of 12-18 to recognise their capabilities as entrepreneurs and potential in the business world.


South Western Sydney/Macarthur Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo

27 August

•             Information and resources for the HSC

•             Information about University, TAFE and Training Courses

•             Career advice

•             Study advice

•             Employment advice and opportunities

•             Apprenticeship and traineeship advice

•             International exchange and gap year programs


Central Coast Apprenticeship & Traineeship Expo

3 September

•             Information and resources for the HSC

•             Information about University, TAFE and Training Courses

•             Career advice

•             Study advice

•             Employment advice and opportunities

•             Apprenticeship and traineeship advice

•             International exchange and gap year programs


UN Youth Voice Competition

Apply now

Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10, running throughout Term 3. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation and the world. From homelessness to climate change we want to hear you pitch your big ideas.

Why compete in Voice?

  • Develop skills in public speaking and research!
  • Hone your ability to think on your feet, assisting you in leadership positions or debating competition in the future.
  • Build an increased knowledge about areas pertinent to you as students.
  • A chance to meet likeminded and engaged young people.


QANTAS Flight Academy Mentoring and Career Planning

Students will have the option to join the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program  which provides access to career development support and mentors. As part of the program, students will learn what it’s like to be a commercial airline pilot, the career paths available and how to achieve their career aspirations.

Whether students dream of one day flying on our international network, connecting communities in regional Australia or giving back to aviation through a career as an instructor, there are many options and the Qantas Group Future Pilot Program will assist students to better understand the pathways available to them.


Women for the Defence Forces

Across every one of our 200+ roles, the ADF offers excellent career opportunities for women. We champion equality and provide a uniquely supportive and inclusive workplace.


Top Job Application Tips from a HR Professional

We wanted to find out what hiring managers are actually looking for. What are the things that separate someone who gets an interview from someone who doesn’t?


ACU Impact – How to ace every exam

If exams make you nervous, you’re not alone. We’ve never met a student who doesn’t get at least a tiny bit tense before a major exam. But whether you’ve been studying for months or you feel like a cram session is on the cards, there are some simple steps you can take to improve your performance in an exam.


Identify courses that build enterprise skills

As technology and automation sweep through our workplaces, enterprise skills are the skills which current and future workers need to thrive in their future careers.

Instead of focussing solely on building up the technical skills needed to do a job, young people need to be equipped with skills that can be used across multiple roles and occupations. These skills are increasingly important in a world of work where an average 15 year-old is expected to navigate 17 jobs across 5 different careers.


Western Sydney University Free HSC Study Sessions

8 to 12 July

Penrith and Campbelltown Campuses

These sessions are run by experienced HSC teachers to help you excel in your HSC exams and assessments. Each workshop is an invaluable addition to your school studies, as you will develop a solid understanding of HSC exam techniques, subject knowledge, and HSC preparation skills. As well as leaving with more confidence, skills and knowledge, you will also go home with a subject workbook.


UTS is hosting the MANSW HSC Maths Lectures 

15, 16, 17 July

University of Technology (UTS), Building 6 

Standard, 2 Unit and Extension 1 Mathematics.

UTS is hosting the MANSW HSC Maths revision and exam preparation lectures. To register yourself please go to the Mathematics Association of NSW webpage:

HSC Science StudyLab – Biology Chemistry, Physics

HSC Study Lab is an online HSC preparation and revision tool for high school students in Years 11 and 12. HSC Study Lab support teachers and students with meaningful study resources based on the BOSTES NSW HSC syllabus and delivered by experienced, expert teachers.


Young Scientist Awards

Closes 6 September

For students up to Year 12 students, Young Scientist offers worthwhile incentives to carry out scientific investigations or creating an innovative device.

The STANSW Young Scientist Awards are structured into three major categories (i) Working Scientifically (ii) Working Technologically and (iii) Working Mathematically. The major awards in each of these categories are headed up by the respective professional teachers’ body who are collaborating together to promote STEM education in NSW schools. Coordinator: Anjali Rao. Email: [email protected]. Phone: 0418 284 086


Science Space Public Talk: How neutrons will save the world

Friday 9 August. 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Science Space, 60 Squires Way, North Wollongong, NSW 2500 View Map

They are small, neutral and often in a spin, and so much more than ‘just’ part of the atom. Neutrons are the sub-atomic particles that are here to save the world. This trusty particle can be called on to discover the details that no other can fathom. From the shape of a virus and how a drug can disable it, to keeping electrons flowing in the next generation of batteries. Neutrons truly are today’s super particle!

The School of Physics at the University of Wollongong, along with the Australian Institute of Physics is presenting a FREE Public Lecture, proudly hosted by the Science Space. Bookings:

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