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Cecil Hills High School Newsletter

03 April 2020
Issue Three

Respectful, Responsible, Successful

21st century learning skills
latest news
Coping with change
Online learning
Be the best version of yourself
Well done - all of you!
Inspiring students
Online learning
In our Support Unit
Experienced, dedicated and caring staff
Public Speaking and Debating
@Cecil Hills High School
Living the footballer's dream!
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Cecil Hills High School
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Cecil Hills, NSW, 2171
AU

21st century learning skills

Always look on the bright side of life

If life seems jolly rotten, there's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you're feeling in the dumps, don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that's the thing, and

Always look on the bright side of life

‘Always Look on the Bright Side of Life’

by Eric Idle from ‘Spamalot’

Learning from Home

I would like to thank our school community for the successful transition to online learning.  In speaking with colleagues in other schools, I’m confident we have been very successful in ensuring continuity of learning for students.    

 

I have attached our new Online Learning & Wellbeing Handbook for students and parents.   

 

Families will be receiving information via post next week with our plans for Term 2.

 

In terms of my introductory quote, in these difficult times, it is important to “look on the bright side of life”.   Our teachers have implemented many of the 21st century learning skills we have been moving towards, our students have been fantastic in responding to this new model of learning and our parents have been supportive of our efforts and many have become co-educators.  We expect to be in this situation for some time to come but we eagerly await seeing our students back in person in the future.

Congratulations

Congratulations to a number of temporary teachers at Cecil Hills High School who have now gained permanent positions:

 

  • Bianca Li Donni coordinates debating and has taught English and History to our teaming class in Year 7 to ensure students have a smaller number of teachers.
  • Kevin Nguy joined our school last year has recently been working with our EAL/D students and teaching English.
  • Milan Cupic has also taught one of our English and History teaming classes previously and is now teaching Year 11 and Year 12 Modern History.
  • Nathan Lee is one of our Mathematics teachers and our school has benefited greatly from his expertise in technology and online learning in our current context.
  • Rania Zaidan is in our English faculty and co-coordinates our Connect After the Bell program.

Term 2

Term 2 begins for all students on Tuesday, 28th April 2020.

 

P&C Meetings

Our P&C meetings have been cancelled for now but we will explore whether we can hold these meetings in an online environment.

 

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

latest news

Careers Corner and COVID-19

 Despite challenges we are currently facing, we are still committed to guiding and supporting our students over the coming months as they consider their post-schooling options via our school's online career platforms.

 

Current career development news and upcoming remote learning opportunities can be obtained via:

 

1. Joining our Cecil Hills High School Careers FB page updated daily.

 

 

Cecil Hills High School FB page

 

 

2. Registering to the CHHS ‘studyworkgrow’ careers newsletter.  Membership is free as part of our school subscription. It is easy for you to sign up.  Year 11 and 12 students receive this newsletter through Google classroom weekly.  

 

To register:

STEP 1: Go to studyworkgrow - create your membership and enter your details.  

STEP 2: You will need to enter our unique school code: CHHS19

 

Here's our latest CHHS 'studyworkgrow' careers newsletter:

3.  Follow the Years 10, 11 and 12 Google classroom year group page - students and parents can stay informed through these platforms for upcoming opportunities, changes to EVET learning and UAC guides and processes etc. as they occur. 

 

4.  Register to the University Admission Centre (UAC) where parents can now receive important UAC updates.

Year 13

We’re sharing a really exciting opportunity with you today.

 Year13, the digital career and life advice platform, have kindly offered all our students a free Premium MyYear13 Account at this time, where you can:

  • Get your own personalised skills forecast
  • Build your own career plan using their career explorer tool, and
  • Access the Year13 Digital Careers Expo, which will be held on May 18-22.

You’ll hear from awesome speakers such as:

  • Laura Enever, a Pro Surfer
  • Will Hodgett, the Creative Director of GoPro Europe
  • Hugo Gruzman of Australian band Flight Facilities, and
  • Industry experts on a variety of topics, ranging from creative industries, sustainability and apprenticeships!

If you haven’t already checked it out before, you’ll likely find this site really interesting and helpful – it’s run by young people, for young people - and they have some really great tools and resources to help you as you think about your future beyond high school.

To get signed up:

1.     Click this link   

2.     Fill out your details

3.     Click Attending Expo

4.     Complete your skills forecast and career plan

 

If you already have a MyYear13 account, please go to your profile, and add this code FQVIU3YQ in ‘link school’.   Between now and the beginning of the Expo on May 18, they will be sharing tools and tips through your new profile so make sure you tune in.

 If you have any questions, please reach out to hamish@year13.com.au.

 

Thanks, and please take advantage of this access – It’s not usually free and these tools will really support you during this period.  

Stay tuned

Following government advice, all in-person events are being postponed until at least the end of June. Whilst our students can’t attend an in-person university campus tour or go to work experience, we will continue to provide remote learning experiences to them, covering webinars to discuss careers, wellbeing and career development resources and e-work experience skill development activities.  We believe that these career building opportunities will help our students build confidence around their career pathways and post school options during this time of uncertainty.

 

I understand this is a challenging time for everyone.  As always,  for any questions you and your child may have, please don't hesitate to contact me at mary.reid1@det.nsw.edu.au.

 

Wishing you and your families all the best as we navigate these extraordinary times together.

 

Mrs M Reid, Careers Adviser

 

Coping with change

Engaging with students, teachers and parents, Glen Gerreyn is a regular guest speaker at  various Careers events held at Cecil Hills High School.  Glen continues to inspire - offering profound experiences of meaning,  identifying, shifting perceptions, challenging boundaries and motivating positive change.   We are delighted to share below, one of his latest articles..

 

How to help students cope with change

In these unusual times, there are ways to help young people stay grounded and have hope for the future. Find out more about how to cope with change. “Intelligence is the ability to adapt to change.” – Stephen Hawking

 

It really doesn’t seem that long ago we only had four television stations to watch, littered with commercials. The seemingly endless choice on Netflix now leaves me paralysed with indecision.

I sometimes catch myself complaining about the slowness of the internet, only to wonder how on earth we ever endured dial-up-connection. And remember when we couldn’t use the internet and the landline at the same time? At my house today there are five smartphones, six iPads, four laptops, one desk-top computer and two televisions, all simultaneously connected to Wi-Fi.

 

Four months ago, our country was burning, then it flooded. As of March 2020, plague and economic disaster are added to the stress of climate change and the threat of terrorism.  Obviously change today is happening faster than we could have ever imagined. The future now swarms us with endless tweets and updates, leaving us stunned and feeling like we have just been attacked by a hive of bees.

 

Whilst combing my bookcase, I came across an aging copy of a book that was published in 1970 by Alvin Toffler. This bestselling book is called Future Shock. Toffler defines the term future shock as “the shattering stress and disorientation that we induce in individuals by subjecting them to too much change in too short a time.” This prophetic definition was first introduced to us fifty years ago—at a time when the comparative rate of change seemed slothful.

 

Today we live in a time of heightened anxiety, stress and panic. There are lots of alarming things happening simultaneously around the world and social media platforms give us the potential to put all those alarming things in front of us, all the time. Instead of hearing about one thing happening locally, we hear about two hundred things happening all across the world. This puts our biology in a state of emergency because we don’t know how to calibrate all the information or which catastrophe is the one worth worrying about.  As a result, we either go numb or develop intensifying levels of stress while trying to cope with change.

 

For young people, ‘future shock’ can hit hard but below are three ways we can help them (and yourself) to cope with change effectively and thrive in the midst of it.

Find your anchor

With the world facing massive disruption, people instinctively seek a place where they feel safe.

Help young people to fight the impulse to turn inward and hide away from others. Right now, physical distance is essential for health but you can intensify social nearness. When young people are anxious and uncertain, the process back to business as usual takes time. It is best not to do it alone and this is one of the most effective ways to cope with change.

 

Guide your students and children to find their anchor. The best anchor a young person can have is their connection to their parents and extended family. This is a time for families to come together like never before, especially with everyone working from home.

 

Encourage your family to get into a routine. Schedule at least three activities the whole family can join in on. Below are some examples my family has put into play.

  • 6am Run around the block
  • 7am Breakfast together
  • 8am-3pm Work and learn
  • 4pm Board games
  • 5pm Drop everything and read
  • 7pm Family movie

Forming a routine to cope with change decreases your level of stress and cognitive load because these automated executions are driven from memory and don’t have to be decided, discussed, negotiated, planned and prepared.

 

Another anchor is their friends. Encourage your children to stay in touch via FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts or a Microsoft Teams call. Ensure they make it a regular occurrence at least once a day. With schools shutting down and co-curricular activities cancelled, the need for young people to connect with their peers is paramount to their wellbeing. Other anchors in a storm can include listening to favourite music or uplifting messages, connecting with extended family, stretching, colouring in books, building a fort, setting some goals, cleaning a pantry or bedroom, and re-discovering your faith.

 

The problem is not the storm. The real issue is many young people today haven’t yet identified an anchor. Help them source an anchor by giving examples of your own.

 

Fix your focus to cope with change

It is easy to focus your attention on the 24-hour news cycle and the social media feeds causing panic and distress.

 

This goes for your teens and for you: Please stop reading dumb stuff posted on Facebook by a distant relative. Stop listening to people who just read the news and randomly give their opinions on how long this crisis will last and what will happen in the future with no scientific basis to back it up.

The Philosopher Seneca said, “To be everywhere is to be nowhere”. Source and listen only to good cradles of information and make educated and informed decisions in this new world we live in. This insight alone will allow you and your community to flourish.

 

Next, start feeding your students and children information that will enrich their soul. Stories and narratives of hope are always near and present, but you need to fix your focus on them.

Remember, whatever you focus on will magnify. Seeing those black and white pictures of how Australians coped with the Spanish flu in 1918 and of whole communities wearing masks emboldened me and helped me to realise we have experienced things like this before. Yes, we were scathed and the loss of life was unfathomable but humanity survived and went on to impact the world in positive ways.

During these difficult times, fix your focus on your ambitions and your goals. Eliminate distractions and you will have more time and tranquillity. Peace will fill your heart as you focus on your strengths.

Look for opportunities to pivot and adapt

In a disruptive world, the ability to adapt is the most essential skill we should develop.

Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is most adaptable to change.”

 

I have heard this phrase echoed in numerous circles that this could potentially be a time of the ‘Great Reset’. Let us all hit CTRL ALT DELETE on bad habits, old assumptions, negative biases and unhealthy diets while we have the time. Imagine if this seemingly terrible crisis caused us all to reboot our inner lives, our physical lives, our education system and our geopolitical world.

 

This virus has made one thing very apparent; we are so much more connected and closer than we could have ever imagined. It is amazing that a virus which started in a village in China could cause the collapse of countries across the globe in just a few short months.

 

We have talked about the need for change in so many outdated systems but rarely acted upon these discussions, and have delayed making important changes. But from now on, no longer.

Now is the time to act to pivot and to adapt. To do the things we know are right or to do the things we have procrastinated on for too long. Instead of allowing the rapid change to affect us emotionally and physically, maybe we should dance with it and allow it to evolve us into something greater.

 

Authentic change occurs when pressures pivot to execution. This can result in an even more hope-filled future.

Online learning

Year 7 

Our wonderful Year 7 students tell us about their online learning experience!

Tuesday, March 24th 2020

by Mikayla Khushaba

On Tuesday, March 24th, we started our first day of Online Learning. I woke up at 7:35 and I was excited as it was my first day. I was new to everything but I got the hang of it.  I got dressed as soon as I had woken up, washed my face and brushed my teeth then went and did my hair. Then I sat down on my desk and got all my books ready and ate a quick snack and I got my laptop and my pencil case.  I then logged onto Moodle and Google classroom. I was liking my day so far, I thought to myself it wasn't that bad… I had something to do all day which kept me occupied as I wasn't sitting there doing nothing on my first day of online learning. 

 

At first, it was kind of hard to keep switching classes at the right time but soon enough I got  used to it.  It was a long day but I enjoyed it. It was different to what I expected. I still kind of miss school but it had turned out better than I had imagined.  I managed to get all my work done which was a good thing and I handed everything that was due. It was fun, as I got to call my teachers and call my friends through Zoom and Microsoft teams and it was just like our normal classes because we worked together to get our subjects done which made my day a lot faster.

 
At the end of the day when school finished, I had made sure that I had everything done and completed. I was very excited and happy about how my day went and I was already getting used to everything and I couldn't wait till the next day to come so that I could continue my online learning adventure.

 

 

Wednesday, March 26th 2020
by: Grace Peters 

8:00am:  As my alarm went off, I was tired and exhausted but I got myself up and brushed my teeth in the bathroom.  As my sister Jessica yelled and me saying ‘’hurry up you're going to miss class!’’, I got dressed and headed downstairs and got my laptop ready to go on Moodle - which is the platform we have been taught to use during the Online Learning lessons. 
8:30am: As I was waiting for period 1 to start, I got some breakfast and sat on the couch waiting with my laptop. As time ticked by it was 9:00.
9:00am: To start off the day, we had Italian.  For Italian, we had these fun activities to do until the end of the lesson. I quite enjoyed this Italian lesson as it was also very different to the face to face lessons.
10:35am- Period 2, we had Maths. We had to go on a call, but it wouldn't work for me, so I had to do the work by myself. I was having trouble connecting to the online chat today but I’m sure that I will figure it all out eventually.

11:55am: Period 3 was Visual Arts, and we had to do some things on our new topic which is, ‘Mysterious Creatures’.  We spent the entire lesson doing introductory activities and I quite enjoyed it.
1:40pm: Period 4, we had my favourite subject, ENGLISH! We did some stuff on picture books and we had a lot of fun doing it. Even though I had a lot of fun this lesson, as it started ending I was happy because I got to spend time with my mum and relax. That’s the one good thing about Online Learning – I get to spend a lot of time with my family.

I’m slowly getting used to this whole new experience. I must say though, I do really miss being at school, seeing all my teachers and spending time with all of my friends. 

 

 

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 
by: Briarna Nile 

I woke up in shock, remembering that today was Tuesday, the first day of our Online Learning. I have a habit of waking up at 6:00am so it was hard to remember that I had longer to sleep in. My nanna is staying home with me today until tomorrow, when my mum comes back from her school. We just started high school a few weeks ago, so this is a huge change for me, especially being in year 7.  I was really enjoying high school as well, which makes it a little difficult but to be honest, on some days, all I wanted to do was just sleep in and now it looks like I’ll be able to do this.

 

I do feel that being at school is more fun because sitting at home all day made me feel a little bored. Looking at a computer all day is definitely not good for a person!  By lunch time, I felt that I sat down on the couch for two minutes and then looked at my watch and it was already 1:40, which meant, last period!! Today really went by quickly… and I’m slowly getting used to this change in teaching and learning. 

Tuesday, March 24th and Friday, March 27th, 2020
Dominic Van

Tuesday:
When I started school online, it was a Tuesday. At first, I found it hard to do because I didn't really know how to work a computer. The subjects I had today were Health, Science, Music, Art and History. These subjects were harder to do online because no one was used to doing school online. Year 7 was really attached to going to school where the teachers could talk to the students when somebody need help, while online when students need help they have to wait for the teacher to reply to them. 

Friday:

The third day of online school was kind of easy because I got the hang of some things but still don’t understand all of it. Our teachers have started doing calls so that it would be easier for students to learn and teachers could help the students. The only problem is, some people had trouble getting on the call but then the teachers would post links on google classroom. 

The link the teachers post leads to a website where they can chat with their teacher and classmates. These websites include Zoom, Moodle, Adobe Connect and Microsoft Teams. The teachers are trying to make the lesson very similar so that the students can feel like they are doing the same work they would do in the classroom. The students then know exactly what to do for work and can do it in the work time they have and can turn in their work before it is overdue, teachers can then mark the students work and can start their next lesson.​​

Year 7 - thank you.  We are very proud of you!

Miss Cupac and Mr Wilcox, Year 7 Advisers

 

Year 8 

It has been a challenging yet exciting couple of weeks as Cecil Hills High School changed over to online learning. It has taken the efforts of our teachers, students and parents to come together to ensure that our students continue to have a safe and engaging learning environment. 

 

To ensure that our Year group was logged in and adjusting to their new way of learning, we created a Microsoft Teams account that allows us to video call the year group every morning during Connect (8:35am). This gives us a chance to touch base with everyone, answer any questions and keep each other updated. 

 

We also introduced new challenges to keep our students engaged and add an element of fun with the power of the internet. Since then, pictures of students' pets have been shared and we’ve even posted a paper plane challenge to our students to get them up and moving! 

It has been great to see a new side of our students and get to know them on a different platform. We have more challenges and posts to come! If you are in Year 8 and haven’t seen our Teams page yet, please ensure you’ve downloaded the program and sign in with your education account. We would love to hear from you every morning. 

 

Ms Phan and Mr Faga

 

Be the best version of yourself

Dear Year 9,

I’ve noticed your participation in your virtual classrooms. I would like to commend the majority of students for engaging in their remote classrooms. I’ve seen some thoughtful responses. I would advise all of you to utilise your virtual lessons effectively.

Follow your normal school timetable. Remember if you get stuck, your teacher is available to help you during class periods.

“Be a unicorn in a field of horses.”

Stephanie Haskett, Deputy Principal

Year 9 and  Year 12

To our Year 9 students

We are so proud of the way you have transitioned to your virtual classrooms.  We have been blown away by the positive feedback we have heard from your teachers.  Remember that we are all still here to help you through this time. 

Our Team Year 9 virtual classroom has been a great place for us to touch base, and the submissions to our first ‘At Home Challenge’ are certainly interesting to say the least.  We will be using this classroom to help share learning tips and strategies in the future.  Keep up the good work and we hope you enjoy a well-earned holiday.   Always be the best version of yourself.

 

Mr Collins & Mr Howard, Year 9 Advisers

 

Well done - all of you!

I would like to extend my congratulations to Year 8 on how well they have begun the 2020 year, which has involved many changes and challenges!

For the first time in their high school lives, students have been able to choose an Innovation Elective which they participate in twice a week. This semester, students are doing one of the following electives:

 

 

  • School of Rock
  • Recording Music
  • Food Lovers
  • Crime Scene Investigation
  • Xhibit It
  • Survivor
  • Street Art
  • Mind Your own Business
  • Create a Cake
  • Computer Aided Design & Manufacture

The Innovation Electives are focused on developing students’ skills of collaboration, engagement, communication, innovation and leadership.

I would like to congratulate the following year 8 students who have been recognised by their teachers for demonstrating excellence in the following skills:

 

Collaboration:

  • Victor Yort
  • Zara Manton
  • Elyse Henry
  • Hanzalah Shah
  • Damian Subotic
  • Zeljko Medic

Engagement:

  • Kyla Marama
  • Aralyn Sebastian
  • Nicole Xue
  • Jayden Filippin

Communication:

  • Amelia Lee 
  • Teddy Dancey
  • Tatjana Antonic

Innovation:

  • Megan Lee

Leadership:

  • Russell Nematollahi
  • Damian Subotic

I have really enjoyed visiting these lessons and watching how well the students work together. I think Create a Cake has been my favourite so far as you get to eat cake!!!

The end of this term has not been ideal for year 8, but they have taken to online learning very well. Again, I have enjoyed joining many of these lessons and seeing student engage positively in their work. It is important that students maintain their routine and attend their online lessons during their usual timetabled time.

 

Year 11

Last year, most Year 10 students couldn’t wait to be a senior.  Being a senior comes with many privileges, such as:

  • leaving school at 11.40am on a Tuesday
  • being able to select six different subjects to study
  • having the opportunity to study at TAFE
  • wearing a different uniform
  • having a study space in the library

However, being a senior also comes with more rights and responsibilities. I think that Year 11 discovered this very early on in the year. Many have been overwhelmed with the amount of work and the high expectations from teachers, but I have been really impressed by the maturity shown by the cohort in staying organised, seeking help and completing work.

One thing we really notice is that students who attend school regularly, achieve better results. Although we are now learning in an online capacity, it is crucial for students to still attend their online lessons at their usual timetabled time. Next term we will be closely monitoring this and expect students to communicate with their teachers and seek guidance during the lesson. This is a new learning environment for all of us and works best when we all work together.

 

The Year Advisers, Mrs Green and Mrs Kennedy, have set up a Google Classroom and a Microsoft Teams page for the Year 11 group where they aim to be online each morning at around 8.35am to answers students questions. I encourage all students to join this if they have not already done so. This will be an important form of communication as we head into Term 2.

 

Earlier this term, Mrs Green, Mrs Kennedy and I held a breakfast to celebrate International Women's Day. It was lovely to share a meal and a moment with Year 11.

 

I would like to thank the following students who made the event possible:

  • Tayyaba Akram
  • Maryam Khan
  • Nourhan Hamdache
  • Felicia Leong
  • Lorisya Qaqoz
  • Amy Yim
  • Kylie Nguyen
  • Edwin Tarawali
  • Anna Tien
  • Sophia Kouch
  • Tina Pham

These students spent much of their own time making decorations and preparing food, demonstrating outstanding leadership, motivation, communication and organisational skills.

While the last couple of weeks have been challenging for teachers, students and families, I would like to thank you all for your continued support. It has made this stressful time much easier. I encourage all Year 11 students to take some time out for themselves over the Easter break and away from their screens.  We look forward to working with you next term.

 

Denise James, Deputy Principal - Year 8 and Year 11

 

Inspiring students

Supportive Staff

 

Going into year 11 and 12, I had no plan for my future and had zero interest in school. I made little effort in my exams or assessments and the N-Awards started to pile up. All I wanted to do was drop out and find any job that would take me. After going through Year 11 with mixed emotions about continuing school, and having some difficult discussions with my family, I decided to bite the bullet and seek some help.

 

 

My first point of call was to speak  to  Mrs Reid, our Careers Adviser, to Mr Alfonsi and to our Deputy Principal, Mrs Haskett.  With their guidance, I managed to get the support from my family about the possibility of leaving school and beginning a career.

 

I started with work experience back in Year 10 where I completed work experience weeks at both Kemps Creek Public School and Cecil Hills Public School. With the help of our Cecil Hills High School staff, we looked into childcare because I realised that I have a passion for looking after young children (In fact. I do a lot of childcare at home looking after my siblings)!  So far, I’ve applied for eight positions, gone for two one day trials and I am continually on the lookout for a traineeship in childcare.

 

There have been some obstacles!  Transport -   I’m under 17 which means relying on public transport, this can be difficult living at Kemps Creek.  For some of the positions within childcare, having a driver’s licence is a prerequisite, so I can’t even apply.  Competitive - I have also realised that it’s very competitive to gain a traineeship - trying to impress an employer on a one day only trial with people I don’t even know has its challenges.

 

There are also lots of positives!  I’ve learnt how to write cover letters and resumès (and I feel as if I am getting pretty good at it – thanks to the support of the Careers team at school).  I have also become more confident in making phone calls to prospective employers, I  am absolutely loving the experience of working with children, gaining experience from other employees in the workplace, as well as getting used to having a boss to report to!  Most importantly, having a supportive family - I am keeping my family informed of what I’m doing every day and I feel this is important.

 

I’m very determined to secure a childcare traineeship and regularly meet with Mr Alfonsi to seek out and apply for opportunities. As you are reading this, I hope that I have been successful in securing a position!

 

My advice to students who feel it’s time to leave school and start their career is:  seek the support of our Careers team here at school – they are awesome!  Also, talk to your teachers, be open with your family and do as much work experience as you can in the areas of employment you’re passionate about.

 

Laura Ngao, Year 12

Photo: Year 8 2019 Street Art Mural created for Kindness Week

Online learning

Photo: Year 8 2019 Street Art Mural created for Kindness Week

Year 10 Food Technology

Year 10 Food Technology students were tasked to create a healthy breakfast, morning tea or lunch item.

The students produced a range of dishes both sweet and savoury, including acai bowls, poached eggs on toast, Vietnamese noodles, wholemeal pancakes and muesli with yoghurt.  They used the skills they have learnt so far in class to produce some appetizing and delectable meals!   

Very proud of their efforts!

 

Ms Petrovska, Year 10 Food Technology teacher  

Year 10 Physical Education

Year 10 are adapting well to learning from home. The PE faculty have modified their PE lessons so that students can be active at home. Last week they worked on identifying which exercises they can do at home. Students were asked to show their teachers what they can do by submitting a photo of them completing different exercises.

 

Students should make sure they are following their normal routines in regard to classes but also remember to take time away from their screen and remote learning to maintain all elements of their health and development also. We are very impressed with the level of commitment they have shown and look forward to seeing them complete the remote learning challenges we have in store for them over the next few weeks to break the boredom of isolation and continue to connect with teachers and peers.

 

Mr Dunn & Miss Miletic​​, Year 10 Advisers

Year 11

Wow! What an interesting and strange few weeks it has been for us all! It is awfully strange to not be around our Year Group, and quite frankly, we miss them immensely! 

So much so that we are now having a year group video call each morning just to say hello and keep everyone smiling as we all wake up and get ready for our school day online. It’s fair to say that some of us have struggled with this new routine and systems to learn - we are getting there though. 

Although our circumstances of online learning won’t be forever, we can already see the positive lesson it has taught us all: don’t take anything (or anyone!) for granted.


Keep safe & keep in contact with each other while we ride this out together.

Year 11 English Studies students participated in mock job interviews as part of their coursework assessment.  Getting job ready is a goal for all students and this task required them to choose a job ad, prepare their resumè  and write a covering application letter. The next stage was the mock interview. Mrs Rattos and Mr Nguyen took on the roles of interviewers and the students dressed in business attire and conducted themselves professionally in this real world setting.


Some interviews were conducted face to face, but with the advent of the Corona virus, some interviews were online. Mrs Rattos and Mr Nguyen were impressed with the quality of the students work. The students enjoyed the task, and commented how useful this very practical task will be for them long term.

Mrs Kennedy & Mrs Green, Year 11 Advisers

Year 12

Dear Year 12,

Thanks for engaging with remote learning. Whilst I understand how challenging the current situation is, I’ve been impressed with the virtual classrooms I have been observing.

Keep working diligently, you will still receive a HSC and your learning is important.  There are many avenues of support with your learning you can access. Just ask us for help.

“You need to be peli-can. Not a pel-cant.”

Stephanie Haskett, Deputy Principal

Year 9 and Year 12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 12 have shown their maturity and flexibility in the transition to online learning over the last week. They have been engaging in lessons on Moodle, Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams as well as video conferencing on Zoom.

 

NESA has decided the HSC will be going ahead.  All students in year 12 are encouraged to work with their teachers and use their class time to ask questions about the content being taught in each subject. 

 

Miss Fagan and Mr Robinson are always available if any issue arises. As your year advisors, it is our job to offer you support in these challenging times.

Join our Zoom meeting every Monday morning at 8:30 am

 

Miss Fagan and Mr Robinson, Year 12 Advisers

 

In our Support Unit

Variety at Sydney Zoo

Variety the Children's Charity, sponsored a School and Family Fun Day at the new Sydney Zoo on
Wednesday the 11th March. Students and staff from the Support Unit had a wonderful day and were

entertained by the antics of the various animals. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Variety and their volunteers for this great event.

Sydney Zoo is a great place for some fantastic photography or a day out with the family. They even have
sanitizers in various places around the Zoo, as well as water stations.
Please enjoy or photos of the event and see if you can spot the two photos that show hand sanitizers in
use.

Mrs M Lukose and Mrs M Beadle, Support Unit

Bowling

Students in the Support Unit share a camaraderie in their recreational sport of bowling every Tuesday afternoon. The highlights for supervising staff are watching students assisting, guiding and congratulating each other. It is wonderful watching the students being respectful of each other needs, responsible in observing the rules of the game and successful in play.

It is a very rewarding experience for students and staff each week.

Mrs M  Beadle, Support Unit

Experienced, dedicated and caring staff

It is amazing how quickly things change. Just a few short weeks ago Miss Cupac and Mr Wilcox were looking to push Year 7 out of their comfort zone by putting the finishing touches on their camp. Some Year 10 students were looking forward to spending some time at TAFE to experience a different learning environment. Well, we may not be doing what we had planned but we most certainly have achieved our goals!

While what has happened in the last few weeks has been challenging, it has also been inspiring.  The way in which the students have adapted to an online learning has been remarkable. From a school perspective, it seems that most students are engaging in the work, communicating with their classmates and getting on with the job with a minimum of fuss. I am very proud of the way both Year 7 and Year 10 have taken this in their stride. I also want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of our teachers who have been working around the clock to develop and adapt resources and learn new technologies to support online learning and make this transition as simple as possible for students. What a phenomenal effort it has been.

Year 7

Ms Cupac and Mr Wilcox have set up a Google Classroom for Year 7 and will be providing updates on general school matters so please ensure that all of Year 7 have joined this class. There is a message posted most mornings so please feel free to check in and ask any questions about the day ahead.

There will also be a code posted in this Google Classroom that will give students access to a Microsoft Teams page. I recommend joining this page as there will be a special event taking place there before the holiday break. Stay tuned!

Year 10

Mr Dunn and Ms Miletic have also set up a Google Classroom and every Year 10 student needs to be a member. As well as daily notices, we will be updating this page regarding schoolwork and assessment and Mrs Reid is already posting Careers information that may be of interest to some of you. You never know, you may even see a familiar face or two. Mr Dunn and Ms Miletic have set their first virtual challenge, so if you happen to have a roll of that elusive toilet paper in your house, see if you can beat their efforts – parents are welcome to have a go too!

 

Enjoy the school holidays

Once again, well done to students, parents and teachers for making the most of the current situation.

Students, as always, continue to work with your teachers and make sure you reach out if you need some help. Parents, thank you for your continued support in what is no doubt a difficult time for you all. Please continue to speak with your children about their school day and contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

 

Enjoy your holiday at home with your families and see you online soon!

 

Michael Lane, Deputy Principal - Year 7 and Year 10

Public Speaking and Debating

Miss Cupac and Mr Robinson would like to congratulate Lucas Kim and Bianca Notaro from Year 7, for being selected to represent Cecil Hills High School in the upcoming Public Speaking competition rounds. ​

 

A huge thank you, to all the students from Years 7-10, who participated in the lunch time try-outs and took part in the meetings. What a fantastic effort from each and every one of you.

 

We are looking forward to our Public Speaking journey. ​

 

Miss Cupac and Mr Robinson, Public Speaking co-ordinators 

Debating

Last week, 15 students across Years 7-10 participated in the debating team try-outs after school. These students were given three topics to choose from and were given 15 minutes to compose an impromptu speech and present to the debating teachers and their peers.

All students displayed commitment, motivation and confidence during this tough and nerve wracking process, and should be commended on their outstanding efforts to try to represent our school.

We will be announcing which students have made the team soon. So listen out and good luck!

@Cecil Hills High School

Mock trial so far has been a successful new experience for our competing team at Cecil Hills High School.

 

We couldn’t have asked for better results for our first round. My role as solicitor, although it was only my first, enabled me to gather experiences in a court room setting whilst having the best time.  Our team is focused and working together to achieve a great outcome as we prepare to compete against other schools.  I am very excited for what the future holds for our team here at Cecil.

 

On behalf of our team, thanks to Ms Campbell and Ms Golijan for their ongoing support of our Mock Trial team!

Victoria David,  Year 11 -  Mock Trial Experience

 

What is Mock Trial?

The Mock Trial Competition is conducted by The Law Society of New South Wales and is a practical means of introducing students to the law and to increase understanding of the basis of our judicial system. The competition also helps students to increase basic skills such as listening, speaking, writing, reading and analysing. The goal is not to win for the sake of winning, but to learn and understand the meaning of good citizenship through participation in our system of law and justice. All who participate in the Mock Trial Competition are winners in this sense.

Who can participate?

The Mock Trial Competition is open to students in Years 10 and 11.

How the mock trials are conducted

Each team consists of 6 students who play the roles of barristers, lawyers and witnesses.

The Law Society also provides 'the case' for the mock trials. The cases are confined to simple criminal and civil matters heard in the Local or District Court. 

 

A team may act as either the defence or prosecution during a trial, with each team member taking on the role of a barrister, solicitor, court officer or witness, pitting their skills against the opposing side - a team from another school.

 

Each trial is presided over by a Magistrate (a solicitor or barrister who will be allocated by the Law Society), who awards marks to each team based on a range of criteria, such as opening addresses, closing submissions and cross examinations. The team with the highest mark wins the trial.

 

How the competition works

The first four rounds of the competition are run on a regional round robin-basis, and the rounds are held in each of the ten regions from February to late June.

 

The top 64 scoring teams across NSW and the ACT then compete on a knockout basis until two schools are left to meet for the Grand Final in early December.

 

The winner of the State Grand Final is then eligible to compete in the International Mock Trial.

Living the footballer's dream!

2018 School Captain Jarrod Carluccio recently made his Hyundai A-League debut for the Western Sydney Wanderers against Melbourne City to cap off a stellar 6 months of football which included representing Australia in Vietnam and Holland.

 

Wearing jersey number 36 for the “red and black” he has worked his way through the Western Sydney Wanderers academy for the lasts 4 years to get his first call up to the at the tender age of 19.

 

He played a solid 80 minutes in his debut as an attacking fullback and made a huge contribution and impression on team mates, commentators and supporters alike. Given the attitude, skill, determination and modesty Jarrod displays both on and off the pitch I’m sure we will be seeing this proud Cecil Hills High School's  protégé for many years….We certainly know who we sing for!

 

Mr Alfonsi, Maths teacher

NCCD

Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on Students with Disability (NCCD)

Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD).  The NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019).  Information provided about students to the Australian Government for the NCCD includes:

  • year of schooling
  • category of disability: physical, cognitive, sensory or social/emotional
  • level of adjustment provided: support provided within quality differentiated teaching practice, supplementary, substantial or extensive.

This information assists schools to:

  • formally recognise the supports and adjustments provided to students with disability in schools
  • consider how they can strengthen the support of students with disability in schools
  • develop shared practices so that they can review their learning programs in order to improve educational outcomes for students with disability.

The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.

 

The NCCD will have no direct impact on your child and your child will not be involved in any testing process. The school will provide data to the Australian Government in such a way that no individual student will be able to be identified – the privacy and confidentiality of all students is ensured. All information is protected by privacy laws that regulate the collection, storage and disclosure of personal information. To find out more about these matters, please refer to the Australian Government’s Privacy Policy (https://www.education.gov.au/privacy-policy).

 

Further information about the NCCD can be found on the NCCD Portal (https://www.nccd.edu.au).

 

If you have any questions about the NCCD, please contact the school.

Cecil Hills High School Newsletter
Book Bundles for Parents - 2020.pdf
CHHS Online Learning & Wellbeing Handbook.pdf
CHHS 'Study Grow Work' Careers Newsletter NSW-200330.pdf