Photo: Harmony Day celebrations - photo courtesy Liverpool City Champion

Cecil Hills High School Newsletter

05 April 2019
Issue Three
A great start
The best school in NSW
Community activities
Alone we can do so little.....
A beach day with a difference
Year 8 initiatives
Create-a-Cake
 In our Support Unit
Bringing her lyrics to life
In our community
Where are they now?
Sports Shorts
Celebrating Harmony Day
Important Dates
Field of Mars
Cecil Hills High School
02 9822 1430
50 Spencer Road
Cecil Hills, NSW, 2171
AU

Photo: Well done Year 7

A great start

Photo: Well done Year 7

New classes, new school

Year 7 have settled in very well and adjusted to the fast paced rhythm of high school amazingly. After the first couple weeks of finding their way around the school,  making new friends and trying to remember all their teachers' names, the Year 7s adapted flawlessly and took on their new found independence with a positive attitude. 

 

Here's what Year 7 students had to say:

“High school has been so much fun! We have made new friends, love the subjects (e.g. English and Italian), take part in really cool activities such as Cross Country and having so many different teachers. The canteen food is also the best!” – Year 7s

Congratulations Year 7 for your fantastic efforts.  It has been our privilege to get to know you better and we're looking forward to another great term of teaching and learning next term.

 

Mr Faga and Miss Phan – Year 7 Advisers

 

Photo: Fabulous science experiments with Miss Ha

The best school in NSW

Photo: Fabulous science experiments with Miss Ha

Principal's  Report

 

Friends, the idle brain is the devil's playground
Got to figure out a way to keep the young ones moral after school

 

 ‘Ya Got Trouble’

 

by Meredith Wilson from ‘The Music Man’

Exploring Liverpool and Parenting Ideas

We live, work and play in the wonderful city of Liverpool.  As you know, we will be on the fringe of the new Nancy Bird Walton International Airport at Badgerys Creek which brings with it opportunities for jobs, training and innovation.  In terms of my introductory quote, it is important for children to develop a range of interests while still young to strike the right balance between being “idle” on the one hand but being overwhelmed on the other.  The most successful students I have seen have diverse interests outside of school.  In talking with parents over the years, many of you have stressed the importance of keeping children ‘busy’ with after school activities to ensure they have a well-rounded upbringing.  Liverpool City Council has a community directory  with information on clubs covering everything from art, Lego, drawing, sports, genealogy (family tree), Scouts, dancing, fitness, martial arts and local libraries.  As an example, I took my own family to the Liverpool Regional Museum last weekend and felt very old showing my children a stamp collection, a record player, a video of how the Sydney Harbour Bridge was built, the original Monopoly (which hasn’t changed much) and a Polaroid camera.  It was great to explore our local area and I encourage you to use the Liverpool community directory to help us continue to produce well-rounded Cecil Hills High School graduates.

 

I recently read an article about ‘concierge’ parenting which is worthy of a read.  It is good to give your children responsibilities at home.  Last weekend, my 8 year old son offered to make lunch for the family, which he did successfully.  It’s important to ensure your children are contributing to the family unit in some way, shape or form as this teaches them responsibility and respect for the work you do as parents.

New Staff Appointments

I am very pleased to announce that three of our fantastic teachers have received permanent appointments to Cecil Hills High School.

 

Ms Kathy Ha is a Social Sciences teacher who has been a quiet achiever over a number of years.  She regularly volunteers to help out with many programs like our afternoon study sessions and works incredibly hard inside her faculty and across the school.

 

Ms Marando works very hard for our students and staff, both inside and outside the classroom.  She has taught a number of senior Hospitality classes, been an active member of our staff Wellbeing Committee and helped design and set up our new cafe. 

 

Ms Occhiuto has worked with us for a number of years and has contributed to many whole school efforts, most notably, coordination of the Student Representative Council.  She currently teaches across a diverse range of key learning areas, namely, English, Languages, History and Social Sciences, including VET.  I know you will join me in congratulating all of these teachers on attaining these positions.

 

Breakfast is coming

Cecil Hills High School will be setting up a breakfast program in Term 2!  A nutritional breakfast has been shown to:

  • improve speed in short-term memory tests
  • assist with problem solving
  • help children do better in creativity tests
  • improve alertness, which may help with memory and learning
  • help children pay more attention in class

Research shows approximately one in seven children skip breakfast.  For our school, this would be around 200 students.  The breakfast program will be open to anyone, is free and I will be encouraging our teachers to take part as well.  I look forward to sharing more details of our breakfast program with you soon.

Staff Roles

Ms Mel Scott has supported our school and senior executive in so many ways a number of times as relieving Deputy Principal.  Ms Scott is missing the classroom, her faculty and teaching too much and she will return to her substantive position of Head Teacher – PD/H/PE from Term Two.  I would like to thank Ms Scott for her amazing work as Deputy Principal.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working alongside her as my next door neighbour at school and I look forward to continuing to work with her as Head Teacher – PD/H/PE.   I would like to thank Ms Lisa Saliba who has relieved as Head Teacher – PD/H/PE during the last term and a half and for all her efforts.  We are fortunate to have skilled teachers who are able to work in these higher positions.

 

I am pleased to announce that Ms Stephanie Haskett will take over the role of Deputy Principal, with responsibility for Year 8 and Year 11.  Mr Sean Griffiths will relieve as Head Teacher – History and Languages.  I am looking forward to working with both Ms Haskett and Mr Griffiths in these new roles.

 

Thank you

Cecil Hills High School enjoys significant support from our parent community. We are able to offer innovative and enriching opportunities that help us develop the whole child. Our hardworking staff provide many activities to support your child as "we believe in success".  We are able to provide such programs to students through a strong commitment by our parents to paying school fees and for this, we thank you . We are very fortunate to have very high levels of parental support in this regard and as a result we are a well-resourced school with excellent facilities and technology.  We ask that school fees are finalised to help us provide the best possible learning experiences for your child and facilitate a faster sign-out process at the end of the year.  If you have changed your email address, please update your family details  using the form attached and return it to the school office as soon as possible.

 

P&C Meetings

Thanks to our P&C members and parents who helped out with our NSW state election BBQ which raised $1,233.85!  Our next meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Monday, 6 May 2019.  There will be a repeat session at 9:30am on Thursday, 9 May 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

Photo: Clean Up Australia 2019

Community activities

Photo: Clean Up Australia 2019

Clean up Australia Day

On 8 March 2019, our Student Representative Council (SRC) representatives participated in Clean Up Australia Day at Doujon Lake, Cecil Hills. Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment. The SRC spent their last period of the day cleaning up our local park and lake area. It was a successful afternoon as they removed both recyclable and non- recyclable litter from the path and lake. This initative assisted students to understand the importance of cleaning up and conserving our environment.

We aim to engage in as many community activities as possible. Stay tuned for the rest of 2019 as the SRC has plenty more in store.

 

If you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to let one of your SRC Representatives know!

Ms Occhiuto and Ms Goljan,  SRC Coordinators

Photo: Introducing our Senior Student Representative Council

Alone we can do so little.....

Photo: Introducing our Senior Student Representative Council

Together we can do so much

The aim for the Student Representative Council (SRC) is to support students across our school in a wide range of areas, including organising whole school events, raising awareness about important issues and offering support to students and the wider community. We have started 2019 with a focus on kindness and improving our school and local environment.

 

We would like to give you the opportunity to get to know all of our Year 12 SRC leaders over the next few months.

 

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much" - Helen Keller

 

Ms Occhiuto and Ms Goljan,  SRC Coordinators

Photo: Year 10 Geography at Cronulla Beach

A beach day with a difference

Photo: Year 10 Geography at Cronulla Beach

Year 10 Geography

by Khushi Kullar, Year 10

The topic we are studying in Geography is coastal management. The purpose of coastal management is to create awareness of natural processes, which may hinder and decrease the quality of our natural habitats; through harm minimization and problem solving many can tackle and reduce the effects. Through the prime example of Cronulla, we understand the processes and management strategies implemented along beaches; to reduce the effects of natural processes.

 

We undertook a practical analysis of Cronulla throughout the day, learning close-up the strategies and solutions for the surrounding area. An example was the walking trail we followed to reach the dunes. Walking up and down 8-meter dunes to foresee soil quality and vegetation. Upon walking, we encountered many protective strategies such as a set ball and chain path, restricted walkways, mesh netting and tall fencing.  Whereas the Wanda beach walk in contrast was viewed to have less vegetation and sand dunes, management strategies such as the Seabees Wall and protective fencing with signage.

The use of the fieldwork implemented vastly helped extend our understanding of the Cronulla and coastal management through close-up experience. Gaining ideas on how to minimise or resolve impacts decreasing or inundating the coast through community and council involvement.

We had a great day!

 

 

(Excursion organised by Ms B Truong, Geography teacher)

 

 

Photo: Year 8 students getting some great vegetable growing tips from Casey - Bunnings gardening expert

Year 8 initiatives

Photo: Year 8 students getting some great vegetable growing tips from Casey - Bunnings gardening expert

Embracing our Electives

Over the past ten weeks, the Year 8 elective groups have been working hard to design, plan and implement a product or solution to a real world problem.  In the Food Lovers elective, students are looking at the topic 'How Food Impacts the World We Live In.

 

Each group has chosen a different problem and have come up with some innovative ideas on how these issues can be solved:

15 minute meals

Group 1-  Ronia Svitiev & Christa-Maria Warda

We looked at how stressful cooking can be when we are limited for time. We have decided to create a recipe book full of meals that only take 15 min to prepare and cook. This can help us save time, allowing us to do more of what we want... like eating. 

@breakfastkidzzz

Group 2  - Monique Bartolo, Aleksia Kosic, Mary David and Katie Castaings

Our project is an Instagram account that provided images and links of a variety of different recipes that young children can make themselves or with little help from their parents. Our aim is to help parents who work get their child's breakfast sorted quickly and with as little trouble as possible. Being on an Instagram account children can scroll through the night before and choose early what they would like for breakfast.

Cooking for Change

Group 3 -  Aaron Daraphet, Tommy Mai, Chelsea Comer, Tayden Wang and Colin Do

We are focusing on helping the homeless by cooking meals. We initially decided to collect money in the form of donations to buy produce, however we have since decided to run a food drive and cook meals that use long life food or create hampers along with recipes to provide to those in need. Keep your eye's open for our food drive information over the next couple of weeks.

Cecil Hills

Group 4 - Aden Lawrence, Anthony Younan and Henry Ren

Our project is a food delivery website that is similar to UberEats or MenuLog. Instead of delivering to homes food is delivered to students at school to take dinner home to their families ready to be reheated. So far we have done a draft website and gathered a collection of recipes. We are hoping to take orders by week three next term!

Cecil Markets

Group 5 -  Toplica Pajic, Alex Mastroianni, Austin Zhang and Jonathan Khoshaba

We are creating a vegetable garden to grow fresh organic vegetables and take these to the local markets to sell.

 

Ms K Fagan, Year 8 Food Lovers teacher

Photo: Congratulations Year 8

Create-a-Cake

Photo: Congratulations Year 8

Year 8 electives

Create-a-cake is a Year 8 elective where students use their innovation to create and promote cakes through showcase to the wider school community. In this unit students learn through “FUTURE FOCUS” outcomes through flexible learning to develop and prepare students to be ready for the future work skills in their life outside the classroom.

 

This unit is student driven with teachers as a guide and to enhance the students' creativity and deliverance into a successful and marketable product. Through this unit students develop an understanding how to research, plan, create and implement their ideas and overcome any obstacles that may prevent these from being a success. The students are given chance to evaluate their first showcase and how to improve their second showcase.

    

K Itautoka and M Marando, Create-a-Cake teachers

Photo: Looking after one of the lovely gardens in our Support Unit

 In our Support Unit

Photo: Looking after one of the lovely gardens in our Support Unit

Auditor needed

Friends of Cecil Hills High School, are applying to be endorsed (approved) by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) or named in tax law as 'Deductible Gift Recipients' (DGRs) so we may receive: tax deductible gifts, such as financial donations, and. tax deductible contributions.

 

At this stage we are putting together a committee and we need a volunteer auditor, to help us set up and do the books once a year. If you are an auditor or know of anyone who can help, please contact me at school.  Your support will be greatly appreciated.

 

Mary Lukose, Head Teacher - Support Unit

Earn & Learn

It’s that time again! Commencing 1st May,  Woolworths Earn and Learn stickers will be available from all Woolworths supermarkets.   Thanks to the support of our school community, we have had much success in the past with the Earn and Learn Program receiving  educational equipment, art supplies and more which has benefited all our students.

 

Please support us by collecting these stickers when you shop at Woolworths.   As an incentive, students will receive House points for  depositing stickers in the boxes provided at school.   If you prefer, you may place your stickers in the Cecil Hills High School box, located in the Woolworths Cecil Hills store.  Perhaps you can ask your friends, family and neighbours to join in!

 

Thank you.

 

M Lukose, Head Teacher - Support Unit                                                   

                                      

                       

Photo: Violeta Bozanic at the United Recording in Hollywood

Bringing her lyrics to life

Photo: Violeta Bozanic at the United Recording in Hollywood

Working with an amazing team

My experience in LA was something I will never forget! It was my first time recording seven songs in two different studios. One of them being United records where Michael Jackson recorded "Thriller,"  along with many other successful/famous artists. 

 

I was quite nervous going into it and didn't know what to expect. I was so surprised by how kind and genuine everyone around me was. The band, the engineers, the arrangers, my producer, the songwriter for one of the covers I was recording, the photographer/videographer and his assistant were some of the most talented and humble people I've ever met. They made my experience a dream come true and a thousand  times more comfortable and enjoyable. 

 

I also did a fashion shoot in the time I was in LA which was SO much fun. I had the most fantastic time with everyone around me and got some awesome shots for my EP cover and my CD.  

I'm so grateful for this opportunity, and it's crazy seeing my creations being brought to life by some of the best people in the business. 

 

Violeta Bozanic, Year 10

In our community

Driving school

Looking for trusted driving school

to learn how to become a safe driver?

Did you know that every year more than 1,200 Australians lose their life on the road? More than 200 of them are young drivers aged 17 to 25 yo. A 17-year-old with a P1 license is four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than a driver over 26-year-old.

 

It all starts with getting the right driving education. Learning to drive a car shouldn’t be seen just as getting your P plate but more about acquiring lifetime skills to become a safe driver, ie knowing how to respond to some situations on the road, how to control your car… 

Finding a trusted driving school or instructor eaching you those safe driving skills and not just how to get you to the driving test is a challenge.

At Driverli, our vision is to eliminate young drivers fatalities and accidents on the road. We’ve built a platform for students and their parents to find trusted driving schools near where they live and matching their requirements (eg, I am looking for a driving school in Cecil Hills that has a female instructor speaking additional language than English, who is Keys 2 Drive accredited and can teach me on a manual car).

Jump now onto Driverli at Driverli.com.au

 

FREE workshop for parents

 

School holiday activities

Liverpool City Council is committed to providing children and families in Liverpool with things to see and do that promote creativity, learning and play. Many school holiday activities allow children and teenagers to get creative through arts and crafts, music, dance, coding, story writing and more.

Other activities, such as basketball and skateboarding workshops, promote the importance of keeping young people healthy and active.  Around 30 events and workshops, many of which are free, will be held at Liverpool City Council’s libraries and parks, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre and Macquarie Mall between 15 and 26 April 2019. 

school holiday activities, including relevant details and booking information are detailed here.

 

 

School Uniform Shop opening times and contact details

 

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School holiday activities

 

 

 

Supporting families
 

 

Scoliosis Fact sheet

 

Student Exchange Opportunities

FREE LIVE ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION FOR STUDENTS & FAMILIES
Hear from our very experienced senior staff, find out more about discounts and scholarships available and ask questions.
Tuesday, 9th April at 7.30pm (AEST) / 9.30pm (NZT)
Register now. Visit [studentexchange.org.nz]www.studentexchange.org.nz
or call 0800 440 079 for more information

Where are they now?

Name:  Scott Ciantar

Graduated:   2003

My name is Scott Ciantar. I graduated in 2003 and had aspirations of being a dentist (influenced mainly by my dad and his expensive and painful past experiences).

 

I am now a qualified medical scientist in a commercial role as a Category Manager for a global diagnostics company and months away from completing my MBA.

 

The reason for the directional change, was that once I completed my undergraduate studies (a pre-requisite for dentistry at the time), I did some on the job training and work experience with my own dentist, and found that it wasn’t for me. So, I pursued my passion for business and science, and moved through from being a scientific officer in a food company, to working in the pharmaceutical industry, to selling and then installing diagnostic equipment and finally into a technical marketing role.

 

My greatest achievements include:

  • Marrying my university sweetheart and having two beautiful children (Hunter and Poppy)
  • Travelling the world and getting paid to do it (as part of my various roles within a multinational)
  • Being recognised as technical sales professional of the year (and runner up on two additional occasions)
  • Pursuing a good opportunity when I saw it (the change from technical to commercial)
  • Coaching and mentoring my team to achievements that are recognised by senior leaders in the business
  • Launching a blockbuster new diagnostic marker for renal health screening and delivering the strongest year 1 result across the globe
  • Giving back to the community including 7 years as a Rotary Youth Leadership Academy staff member and various volunteering roles

 My memories from Cecil Hills High School include:

  • Mr Condon’s tea towel shorts!
  • Playing wall ball near the drama theatre
  • Student vs Teacher sporting events

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scott Ciantar

Companion Animal Group Category Manager

Australia & New Zealand

IDEXX Laboratories Pty Ltd ABN 31 063 154 352

Unit 6, 38 – 46 South St,

Rydalmere NSW 2116 Australia

 

 

Photo: Crowned Regional Champions - our Boys Water Polo team!

Sports Shorts

Photo: Crowned Regional Champions - our Boys Water Polo team!

Regional Swimming Championships

Forty six students represented Bernera Zone at the Sydney South West Regional Swimming Championships recently. All our students performed admirably in their events.

Our standout performers were:

Michelle Prasad

1st in 100m Breaststroke, 100m Backstroke

5th in 100m Butterfly

Maclane Walmsley

1st in 200m Individual Medley, 2nd in100m Freestyle

100m Butterfly, 5th in 50m Freestyle

15 yrs Boys 4 x 50m Relay

1st

Nikola Alavanja

2nd in 100m Butterfly, 4th in 100m Breaststroke

5th in 100m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke

Boys 6 x 50m Relay

2nd

Jaydan Prasad

3rd in 200m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke

4th in 100m Breaststroke, 400m Freestyle

Brendan Prasad

3rd in 100m Breaststroke, 400m Freestyle

5th in 100m Freestyle

Jasmine Quach

3rd in 50m Freestyle

12 years Girls 4 x 50m Relay

3rd

14 years Boys 4 x 50m Relay

3rd

Renae Prasad

4th in 50m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 100m Butterfly

5th in 400m Freestyle, 6th in 200m Individual Medley,

100m Freestyle

12 years Boys 4 x 50m Relay

4th

Girls 4 x 50m Medley Relay

4th

Katrina Le-Nguyen

5th in 100m Freestyle, 6th in 100m Butterfly

16 years Girls 4 x 50m Relay

5th

Girls 6 x 50m Relay

5th

Renaldo Ionita

6th in 100m Breaststroke

Max Stanley

6th in 100m Backstroke

13 years Boys 4 x 50m Relay

6th

Boys 4 x 50m Medley Relay

6th

                                                   

Congratulations to our 17 students who qualified for the Combined High Schools (CHS) State Championships in week 11. This is the largest contingent to represent our school at these championships. We wish them the best of luck.

Water Polo

Our Opens Boys and Girls Water Polo teams competed at the Regional Water Polo Championships recently. All students had a great day with their skills and teamwork improving with each match.

The girls finished 4th while the boys were undefeated and were crowned Regional Champions!! This is the best result in water polo ever for our school.

The boys team travelled to Newcastle on Wednesday to play Alstonville High School for a place in the final eight  tournament. The boys put up a gallant effort but were defeated by their more highly experienced opponents.

 

A big thank you to Mr Hickey for taking these teams and for Mr Alfonsi for accompanying the boys on their road trip. Our students love water polo and are super keen to continue participating.

Zone Representatives

The following students have represented Bernera Zone at Regional Championships this term:

Jessica Narvaiza, Maja Prostran, Milica Draca, Stevana Bogicevic, Aurmina Shaba, Nikolija Prostran, Emily Sazdanovska,  Isabella Rizos, Aleksia Sivac, Georgia Bajic (Girls Football), Nicholas Hoenselaars, Thomas Todd, Jarred McKinley, Luke Scicluna (Boys Football), Jasmine Scully, Bianca Dempsey (Netball), Jacob Flynn, Marko Music (U15 Rugby League), Aniah Faatoatoa, Jorja Jackson, Ellena Nguyen, Branson Po, Jaydan Prasad, Michelle Prasad, Jacob Flynn, Marko Music, Max Stanley, Simon Lim (Touch).

Athletics

Congratulations to Branson Po who won the gold medal in the U15 Boys 100m event at the Australian

Track and Field Championships at Homebush in a blistering time of 11.62s. Branson can now carry the tag of the fastest male in Australia for his age group. Sensational achievement!

Knockout Competitions

Boys Basketball

Prelim Round lost to Birrong Boys High School

Girls Basketball

Round 1 defeated James Meehan High School

Round 2 defeated Birrong Girls High School

Round 3 defeated Moorebank High School

Round 4 lost to Miller High School               

Table Tennis

Round 1 defeated Bonnyrigg HS

Boys Football

Round 2 defeated James Busby HS

Boys Water Polo

Regional Champions!

                       

Mr  B Condon, Sports Organiser

Photo: Students celebrating diversity

Celebrating Harmony Day

Photo: Students celebrating diversity

Harmony Day celebrates 20 years

Since 1999, more than 77,000 Harmony Week events have been held in childcare centres, schools, community groups, churches, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies across Australia.

What is Harmony Day?

It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

How we celebrated

On 21 March 2019, Cecil Hills High School celebrated Harmony Day.  Students participated in many activities including lessons and discussions surrounding what Harmony Day represents and embodies.

There were two assemblies that showcased and celebrated the wonderful cultural diversity within our school community.  The assembly opened with a beautiful rendition of the Australian National Anthem sung by Year 10 students, Edwin Tarawali and Violeta Bozanic.

 

We were fortunate enough to have Biola Jongkor, the Youth Ambassador  from the Multicultural Youth Affairs Network of NSW speak at our assembly.  She shared with us her thoughts and experiences relating to multiculturalism and Harmony day.

 

Mr Sutton addressed the assembly. His speech emphasised the pride we have in the great diversity of cultures present at our school. When we consider all our students, eighty eight different countries are represented. Mr Sutton proudly named each and every one of these countries!

 

The performances from the students at the assembly were amazing and they highlighted the beauty of the many different cultures represented. A wonderful feeling of harmony and inclusiveness was present.

 

The performances included:

  • A mesmerising traditional Polynesian performance (the ‘Sasa’) with singing and dancing that transported us to the Pacific Islands.   
  • Scott Hoang of Year 11 amazed us with his musical talent once again by playing a beautiful traditional Vietnamese piece “Diem Xua” on the piano.
  • A large group of students from our Serbian community performed a wonderful traditional group folk dance.
  • Yona Ofy and Cassey Chau of Year 11 performed a beautiful rendition of the Mariah Carey classic “Hero”.
  • The THQ Lion Dance and Martial Arts group performed traditional lion dancing. It was lively, energetic and very entertaining, and a number of our current and past students were involved.

 

 

Principal's Speech

We are pleased to share with you an extract from Mr Sutton's Harmony Day speech:

 

HARMONY DAY

Since 1999, Harmony Day has been celebrated every year on this date, 21 March, and coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The theme of Harmony Day is that “everyone belongs”.

Part of Harmony Day is recognising the success our country has had in taking people from around the world who need an opportunity, need a change, need a new life and making sure in Australia we give them the best head start.

 

OUR SCHOOL

Cecil Hills High School is an amazingly diverse place and we see our success each and every day.  Approximately 82% of our students have a non-English speaking background.  The most common languages spoken at home in our local community are Vietnamese, Arabic and Serbian, with other languages spoken including Krio, Dari, Tiwi, Shona and Bikol.

Our students are from diverse backgrounds and make our school unique and rich.  Our families come from countries including:

 

Zimbabwe

Kuwait

Vietnam

Korea

Uruguay

Jordan

United States

Japan

United Kingdom

Italy

United Arab Emirates

Iraq

Turkey

Iran

Tonga

Indonesia

Thailand

India

Syria

Hong Kong

Switzerland

Ghana

Sri Lanka

Germany

Spain

France

South Africa

Fiji

Slovenia

England

Slovakia

El Salvador

Singapore

Egypt

Sierra Leone

Ecuador

Serbia

East Timor

Scotland

Denmark

Samoa

Cyprus

Romania

Croatia

Portugal

Republic of the Congo

Poland

Colombia

Philippines

China

Peru

Chile

Palestine

Canada

Pakistan

Cambodia

Nicaragua

Burma

New Zealand

Bosnia

Mozambique

Bahrain

Mauritius

Austria

Malta

Argentina

Malaysia

Algeria

Macedonia

Afghanistan

Lebanon

Australia

Laos  

This illustrates that every day is Harmony Day here at Cecil Hills High School, which is the best school in NSW where students proudly share each others' differences and celebrate what they have in common.

Mark Sutton, Principal

 

Why Orange

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. 

Our cultural diversity

Australia is a vibrant and multicultural country — from the oldest continuous culture of our first Australians to the cultures of our newest arrivals from around the world.Our cultural diversity is one of our greatest strengths and is at the heart of who we are. It makes Australia a great place to live. An integrated multicultural Australia is an integral part of our national identity. All people who migrate to Australia bring with them some of their own cultural and religious traditions, as well as taking on many new traditions. Collectively, these traditions have enriched our nation.

Thank you

Thank you to our students, to our staff and to all our families for your hard work and contribution towards our very successful Harmony Day celebrations at Cecil Hills High School.

 

Ms Sahid, Mr Collins and the Diversity Team

Photo: In our woodworking class

Important Dates

Photo: In our woodworking class

Term One -April

Monday, 8th

Combined High Schools Swimming Competition

(through to Wednesday, 10th April)

Wednesday, 10th

Refugee Homework Help Program after school

Thursday, 11th

Under 15's AFL Knockout Central venue

Friday, 12th

Last day of term for all students

Royal Easter Show excursion for Hospitality/Food Tech/Cake classes

House Leadership gifts to Westmead Children's Hospital

ANZAC Ceremony in Gym

Girls Knockout Football

Term 2 begins - April

Tuesday, 30th

Welcome back - Term 2 begins for all students

Year 7 Camp, Nepean Adventure Centre (returning Thursday, 2nd May)

May

Wednesday, 1st

Year 9 Careers - Welcome to Western Sydney University evening at Bankstown

Refugee Homework Help Program after school

Thursday, 2nd

Year 11 Construction - White Card training

Friday, 3rd

Year 11 Life Ready Course

Year 11 Construction White Card training

Tuesday, 7th

Support Unit to Special Athletics Day at Campbelltown Athletics Centre

Wednesday, 8th

Future in Focus Day for Year 12

Refugee Homework Help Program after school

Thursday, 9th

Mother's Day Breakfast 7:30am to 9:00am

School Athletics Carnival, Dwyer Oval

Friday, 10th

Year 9 Geography excursion, Barangaroo

Year 11 Barista Course

Field of Mars

Earth and Environmental Science

by Ethan Worth, Year 11

On 2 April, Year 11 Earth and Environmental Science class ventured on a hike to the 'Field of Mars', a natural reserve abundant of lithospheric environmental elements. We obtained crucial knowledge and information required for our studies in class through a range of activities such as soil composition, wind and measure vegetative abundance.  
 

Thanks to Mr Vesey-Wells for organising a very interesting activity for our class.

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