Cowra High School Newsletter

09 March 2018
Issue Three
Take care, be Sun Aware!
Lions Youth of the Year
Principal's Report
Support News
Careers News
Community News
Cowra High School
02 63421766
Dowell Street
Cowra, New South Wales, 2794

Take care, be Sun Aware!

Melanoma talk given to students

Jay Allen, Community coordinator at Melanoma Institute Australia and 10 year survivor of Stage 3 Melanoma presented a Sun Safety workshop and education session that included parts of his journey and footage of his appearance on the Channel 9 - RPA program, as far back as 2008.


Jay's message of awareness and safe behaviours involving time spent in the sun are invaluable to our students and staff given that the Melanoma Institute Australia​ statistics show the Cowra area has a high percentage of Melanoma.

Jackie Long assisted Jay on stage by giving a demonstration on how to correctly apply sunscreen.  Jay also presented a five minute YouTube clip to the students titled "Dear 16 year old Me" which gave an insight into how other Melanoma survivors have coped with their diagnosis.  Students also took the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session about Melanoma and effects on families.


Cowra High School would like to thank Jay for his very informative presentation.


For further information on Melanoma awareness and Jay's journey, please click on the links below.  (Jay's personal story) (Dear 16 year old Me)


Lions Youth of the Year

Public Speaking Event

Tuesday 13 February saw four of our fabulous students participate in the local Lions Youth of the Year competition.  The students were assessed on their public speaking skills, with both a prepared and impromptu speech, as well as an interview.  Each of the four students impressed both the panel of judges and the Cowra Lions Club, however Sam Long was declared the overall winner and Victoria King the winner of the prepared speech section.


Sam proceeded on to compete at the Regional Final in Grenfell the following weekend, where he performed admirably.


All of the students must be congratulated on their performance - they are an outstanding group.


Viv Meiklejohn



Principal's Report

Principal's Report


It has been a significant fortnight for our school.
This week we have had two vastly different but very important experiences for our eldest and youngest students.
Year 7 have experienced our annual camp designed to address vital transition areas for this cohort.  The camp is designed to improve teamwork, resilience and address general wellbeing strategies.  This year we trialled a new location with the intent of stepping up the standard of the camp activities.  We will examine carefully whether this aim was achieved, but certainly based on the photos posted on Facebook, it achieved the goal of it being FUN.
While our youngest students had the first of many big high school experiences, our Year 12 students are well and truly focusing on the end game.  This week they started their Mid Course Exams.  It's pleasing to speak to students about the exams and realise how well prepared they are for them.  Over the next few weeks students will start to receive their results.  It's important that students don't just focus on the marks, carefully consider the feedback as this is the key to improvement.
This week I also have the great pleasure to welcome two new permanent members of our staff.  Mrs Prue Williams was confirmed as our Careers Advisor after relieving in the role for more than two years.  Mrs Williams has proven herself to be a dedicated and innovative Careers Advisor and I am confident this will continue.  It also wonderful to welcome one of our own back on a permanent basis.  Ms Gabrielle Rhodes, a former Cowra High Captain returns as the newest member of our PE faculty.  Ms Rhodes was a high achieving student and I'm sure this will flow on to her teaching career.
This year we have changed our electronic administration from  'Millennium' to 'Sentral'.  Although we are currently undertaking the process of transferring all our processes to this new system, it is a very complex procedure.  We are very confident that once completed, the interface and functionality will be superior for all involved, including parents.  At this moment the parental portal is not yet set up, similarly our text messaging system for absences is not quite ready.  Both will be operational soon and we will inform parents once they are up and running.  Similarly, we will be aiming to get the online booking system for parent & teacher interviews operational for our first event.  I thank you in advance for your patience as we undertake this transition.
Have a great fortnight.
Charles Gauci

PBL Winners

Congratulations to our wonderful students who have been rewarded for their respectful and responsible behaviour.


We would like to thank our PBL sponsors:  Mr Embroidery Cowra, Bushman's Boots and All Cowra, Subway Cowra, Domino's Pizza, Sportspower Cowra and McDonald's Cowra.  Your ongoing support is fantastic and our students really appreciate it!


Festival of Understanding

It’s Festival of International Understanding time and yet again Cowra High will be marching.  Mr Kerr is heading up the development of a shop front display while Ms Burrell is thinking through music for our parade through town.  The parade should be amazing, thanks to the hard work of our students and the HSIE staff.


This year Nepal will be our host nation and we have something special planned for our marchers.  Both students and staff are encouraged to come along and be part of the Festival Parade, a popular part of the Cowra calendar.


The Festival Parade will be mustering at the Cowra Civic Centre car park on Saturday 24 March at 2pm.  This year the parade will take a different path south down Brisbane Street, onto Kendal Street and left onto Lachlan Street.  It will then go over the low level bridge to the lovely shady park on the west side of the river for a fun day of events.  Don’t miss the duck race down the Lachlan!


Please come along on Saturday 24, have fun and earn yourself a service eagle.



Did you know we subscribe to Wordflyers?

Wordflyers is a comprehensive online literacy program for students in year 7 – 10.  WordFlyers has just the right balance of study and fun!


Students complete interactive literacy activities that are differentiated for each individual student to earn points that can be redeemed for travel-related rewards. The international travel theme, as well as the competitive nature of the rewards, encourage students to complete the units and improve their writing and reading skills.


As well as the texts and lessons, WordFlyers has layers of rewards including quizzes, immediate feedback on student learning and opportunities for social interaction to promote student engagement with content and activities. The resource also includes NAPLAN-style questions based on each text or lesson unit that provides further feedback for both teachers and students on their learning achievements.


The best part is that teachers and students can select a path a study, based upon the needs of the student.  For example, if punctuation is an area of weakness, then a student may choose to complete and earn point that focus in on this.  It caters for students at all levels and is pitched at just the right level.  Students from the AES stream will be challenged with more complex texts, while students that need extra support will work through appropriate levels.


How can we use it?

By now each student from years 7 – 10 should have received their login and password from their English teacher.  You should find this glued into the front of their exercise book.  This enables the students to log on at any time or any place on their BYOD (Bring your own device) or school laptops.  The program will save their progress and students will pick up from wherever they left off.  


What do we do with it?

Students should use this program regularly to complement their work at school.  Each class will spend at least one lesson a fortnight working on this with their teacher and some classes may be allocated a task as part of their homework.  We encourage students to bring their own device on the days where a Wordflyers lesson is allocated as well as a set of ear buds.  Whenever your child says they have no homework, they can spend 10 minutes working through an activity on here!

Support News

Sharlee's Kitchen Capers


Sharlee Williams is thoroughly enjoying Hospitality as part of her Year 11 programme.  She has made a delicious Bruschetta, with added mushrooms!


Look out Nigella Lawson...look out Donna Hay!!!!!  We look forward to seeing some more fine delicacies!


Fundraising with Woolworths Earn & Learn

Thank you for everyone that supported Cowra High's participation in the Woolworths Earn and Learn last year.  The Support faculty were able to buy approximately $200 of Science and Mathematics resources to assist their students needs and learning.


Careers News

Facebook Page & Website

Check out the Cowra High School Careers page on Facebook.  All information relating to universities, the University Admissions Centre and particularly jobs and apprenticeships are updated here.


Click on this link and this will also take you to the website for the latest information.


Lattitude Global Volunteering Talk

Celine Langlands visited the school on Friday 2 March to share her experience last year with the Lattitude Global Volunteering Program.  She found it a very rewarding, empowering and enjoyable opportunity.  


Community News

Coerver Soccer Coaching

Registrations are open for the Coerver® Coaching ACT July Cowra School Holiday Camp 2018.

Coerver Coaching School Holiday Camps are technical development programs for youth players from Coerver® Coaching, “The world’s number 1 soccer skills teaching method”, and our international partner adidas®.

The July Cowra School Holiday Camp will be held from Monday 9th to Tuesday 10th July at Edgell Park Playing Fields, Lachlan Valley Way, Cowra, NSW.   


Please click on the link to go direct to the website to register.


Mr Embroidery Winter Uniform Order


2018 Harmony Day Poster & Writing Competitions


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