Cowra High School Newsletter

14 March 2019
Issue Three
Year 7 Camp
Science & Engineering Challenge
Seikei Exchange Students
What's been Happening
Sports News
Community News
Cowra High School
02 63421766
Dowell Street
Cowra, New South Wales, 2794

Year 7 Camp

Lots of fun and challenges!

From Monday 18 to Wednesday 20 February, sixty seven Year 7 students attended the Peer Support Camp at Nepean Adventure Centre in Douglas Park.  Students were accompanied by eight Year 11 Peer Support Leaders and four staff members.


The Year 7 students had a ball!  They eagerly participated in the variety of activities on offer including archery, zorb balling, high ropes, the giant swing, the dangling duo, canoeing, and raft building.


Despite some light showers, we were very lucky with the weather and the camp instructors at Nepean kept the students entertained in the evening with ‘Minute to Win It’ style challenges and ‘ghost’ stories around the camp fire.  They were fantastic.


Most importantly, the camp allowed students to make new friendships and build positive relationships with each other and the older students.  They met new and exciting challenges, participated in team building activities and cheered each other on.  All students represented Cowra High School respectfully and responsibly.


Year 7 wishes to thank Mrs Dunk, Mr Hughes, Mr Carter, Maegan Carroll, Ky Johnston, Sonny Eastwood, Mitchell Dale, Jacob Walker, Lucy Sutherland, Sean Smith and Marcus O’Connor.  We would also like to thank Pat and Graham from Cowra Bus Service.​




Science & Engineering Challenge

Students use their skills to complete the challenges

On Tuesday 5 March, thirty students from Stage 5 attended the Science and Engineering Challenge in Young.  The students competed in groups of three and four against groups of students from other schools in the region. 

The students got to test out their problem solving skills, creativity, communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.  They had to build a tower that could withstand an earthquake, furniture for an oversized dog, a rover that could travel the rocky terrain of Mars, a bionic hand as well as code breaking and planning power grids. 

The main event of the day was the bridge building competition when all the schools came together to see the results of one group’s hard work for the day.  Sam, Pat, Zac and Lewis insisted on doing this activity, promising that they would be the best at it and they didn’t let us down.  Our bridge came first out of all the schools competing and held nearly as much as the bridge built by the professional engineer. 

Overall we came in second and I am very proud of the efforts of all the students who came on this excursion.  It was a great day out and all the students enjoyed themselves and were so happy with how well we did. 


I would like to thank Cowra Rotary for their assistance in getting us to the event.  Rotary very generously covered the cost of the bus for the day and myself and the students are very grateful for their support.


Megan Mackenzie

Head Teacher Science



Seikei Exchange Students

Ryu says Goodbye!

Good Morning everyone,

Do you still remember the day I spoke on this stage for the first time?  I feel like it was yesterday and I was so apprehensive to be honest. 


On the first day of school no one knew me and I knew absolutely no one.  I was a bit excited but mostly nervous.  Without all of your help, I don’t think I could stand here like this.  I would like to thank all of you, but that’s not enough.  Instead of my appreciation, I would like to share what I have gained through this experience.


First of all, food is a big difference.  Weetbix, Milo, Vegemite, liquorice, sausage sandwiches and so on.  I thought Vegemite was the most disgusting food in the world until I tasted liquorice!  As soon as I bit it, I fell off from the chair and spat it out!


On the other hand, Cowra lamb is the most beautiful lamb steak I ever had.  I found that meat pies are awesome as well, especially with tomato sauce.  But before a big bite, you have to make sure of its temperature, otherwise you will burn your mouth!


From the point of customs, I quite like Aussie jokes.  I’m getting to know the Australian sense of humour, but not enough to beat Mr Bullock or Mr Howard.  I think I told you on this stage before that I wanted to learn Aussie slangs.  To learn Aussie slang, I bought an “Australian Slang Dictionary”.  There are some good ones in there ……  


I also enjoyed the sports I played especially those I had never done before.  Saturday Soccer was actually helpful to get to know more friends and their parents and the same with volleyball.  All of my host families were involved in either Saturday soccer or volleyball.   I think the power of sports is that all players can enjoy for example, regardless of their language or personal background.  Having a match, game, race or passing each other, sharing the feeling of winning, co-operating together, all these are another way of conversing and communication.  I believe that music has the same power too, even if you could not understand the lyrics you sometimes get to like it because of the beat, rhythm and/or sound.  That’s kind of why I downloaded so many AC/DC (80’s music) songs as I have been influenced by every host father. 


I have found all of the people in Cowra are so warm and welcoming.  I found all of my families treated me as an extra member of their family.


I’m so proud of my entire 5 host Families – The Hayes, the Foster/Saunders, the Smiths, The Blinman’s and the Webster’s.  I’ve never spent any lazy days this year.  It was full of new experiences.  Playing sports, games, chatting together, visiting new places, feeding animals, having morning tea, lunch, dinner together, crying together, being cranky at each other and smiling at each other.


I also found my belief to “try hard, over and over again".  Last year was full of challenges and self discoveries for me.  I tried so many different things such as soccer, cricket, volleyball, basketball, golf, surfing to name a few.  It was not only sport but also food, daily routines, everything.  Even this program itself was too.  I would like to share just one thing ....  Try as many things as possible.   It sometimes tough to do it, but just try and you may see the idea from the other side.  There are a lot of factors why people stop trying.  Being afraid, nervousness, being worried, shyness, being self-conscious, fear of failure, lack of confidence and lack of passion, but we only have one life each.  At the same time, everyone has to have the first go, so you shouldn’t be afraid of giving it a try.  I told myself “Why don’t you try everything, you can!  Don’t waste your limited time, just give it a crack mate!


The biggest thing that I have found is peace.  Considering we are living in 2019, it can be difficult to imagine a peaceful world, but we humans need to keep trying to find the solution to make a peaceful world.  How do you make world peace?   It is through friendship.  That’s my answer, this is what I have found.  I made a lot of friends this year.  It does not mean they are low quality friendships, in fact, I mean I have made friends whom I am going to miss.   


The first week of school life in Cowra, I couldn’t remember any names.  You guys remembered my name easily because it’s only one and my name is Ryu, as in Kangaroo.  So it was easy for you to remember my name.  It was difficult for me to remember but I will never forget any names of my friends.  Especially as I spent a lot of time with the Year 11’s.  You are all my treasures and I’m still hoping that you will duct tape me to the pole so that I can’t go back to Japan!


The good relationships with every host family would be the way to keep a peaceful world as well.  It is the simple reason why good relationships are the way to make world peace.  Would you start a war against a member of your family?  Would you pull the trigger at your best friend?  If your family member or your friend made you cranky, you might give them a "noggie", like I got sometimes but you would never use a bullet.


Mr Oliver, the ex-mayor who started the Seikei program, hoped it would foster a peaceful relationship and friendship between Japan and Australia by exchanging young students each year.  Originally, he expected this program to be sustained for 15 years.  I believe that we are successfully fulfilling his expectations for this program and our youth and future generations are working towards peace with passionate views and friendship, which makes the program sustainable and a source of hope for the future students. 


Now I’m the 50th exchange student from Seikei, and the program itself is getting bigger and bigger.  When Mr Morrison, the current Australian Prime Minister met Mr Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister, they mentioned this exchange program. That’s how big it is.  Who has made it bigger, greater?  Who has supported it?  I think it’s all of you.  All the Cowra High Students showing their respect and responsibility since half a century ago.  The Principal Mr Gauci, all the outstanding Cowra High teachers and staff members especially my exchange program coordinator, Mrs Megan Perkins, who has been a great source of support and lastly, all the host families.


Once again I’m proud to be one of the members of this great program and so should you all.  I will possibly come back in 2020 to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of this program.  Thank you all for sharing such a great time with me. 


Ryu Akima

2018/19 Seikei Exchange Student


Ashleigh has a great year at Seikei High School

Hello Cowra High School, my name is Ashleigh and I was the 2018 Cowra Exchange Student in Japan. 


Back in September 2017 I decided to make one of the biggest decisions of my life, to go to Japan for a year and live away from my family, my friends and everything I had known.  It was the best decision of my life. 


I remember feeling both excited and nervous and that was just getting all the paperwork!  I wasn’t even going to apply at that point, but it was just the thought that I could be going overseas for a year. 


When I was selected, I was over the moon.  I couldn’t believe I would be going to Japan.  It didn’t feel real.  I didn’t hit me that I wouldn’t be in Australia.  Even a week, two days and the day before I was leaving, it didn’t seem real, until I got on the plane, I really started to get nervous but still a little excited.


Finally after 10 hours on the plane, my first host sister and mother were there waiting for me.  They welcomed me with hugs and I became part of their family.  In fact I was lucky enough to be a part of four families and experience their daily lives and make amazing memories with them. 


I also got to join the Seikei Dance Club.  They were amazing and it was a great experience to learn different dance techniques.  We would practice very hard, especially 2 weeks before a performance.  We would practice before school, at lunch and after school from 3:30pm to 6:00pm.  Sometimes even on a Sunday.  The Fight Light was when we performed the school opening and the festival.  Everyone was so excited and they screamed so loud, we could barely hear the music. 


I met so many amazing people on this exchange. Not only did I make friends but also from other countries as well.  Ito from China, Ariane, who was from Canada, Adrian, Payton and Alyssa from America.  Alyssa and I are now as close as sisters.  We all still keep in touch and miss each other very much.  I also miss my Japanese friends and I know they will continue to be apart of my life. 


Not only did I make friends, but also experienced the culture.  I got to wear a traditional costume called a Kimono three times.  One of those times I was in Kyoto with the exchange students and I was lucky enough to dress up as Maiko san, which is basically a Geisha in training. 


I had an amazing time doing a Kabuki workshop which is traditional Japanese theatre.  It is exaggerated and overly dramatic where we recreated a scene that we had seen.  I played the Taiko drums and even got to experience going to an Onsen, which is a public bath.  All you can wear is an itsy bitsy towel that you put on your head!!


I must admit though there were times I felt home sick but these moments were short lived and as much as I wanted to see my friends and family, I wanted to stay in Japan more and I miss it everyday. Japan lives inside my heart and I treasure those memories, the families and the friends I have been lucky enough to now have as part of my life.  My life has been enriched and I’m so thankful to Rotary who started this amazing program, Cowra High School and Seikei High School for having this amazing relationship and all my host families for taking me in to their homes and lives. 


I’m also grateful to Mr Gauci and the Seikei committee for choosing me to go on this exchange, Mr Bates for helping me with the one lesson of Japanese before I left and after coming back, giving me great advice for adjusting and of course Mrs Perkins, for encouraging me, believing in me, being a mentor and a continued source of support. 


I really hope you’ll either consider being an exchange student yourselves or even host one of the Seikei exchange students in the future.  It is a fantastic experience and I bet you won’t regret it. 


Ashleigh Saunders

What's been Happening

Principal's Report

This coming weekend is obviously a very important time for Cowra.  It is the 50th Festival of International Understanding.  I hope you are already aware that Japan has been selected as the Guest Nation to celebrate this milestone.  With our strong connections with Japan and specifically with our Sister School Seikei High, we have taken this opportunity to get involved with all things Japanese.  Many students will have experienced a Japanese flavour to lessons throughout the week.  We will also have students attending a Kabuki Theatre workshop and a Taiko Drumming workshop.  Wednesday will see the school take a couple of hours out of the day to have our own mini festival here at school, with many activities to engage the students in Japanese culture.  I encourage you to take the time to visit our shop front display on the western end of Kendal Street.  I also urge all students to march with us in the festival parade on Saturday afternoon.


Monday saw our Year 11 students travel to Lake Burrendong Sport & Recreation Camp to complete the Life Ready course.  This course is a compulsory component of all senior students’ study and covers such areas as respectful relationships and healthy lifestyles.  Although the lack of water in the lake has removed it as a resource, I know the students will have experienced many fun and worthwhile activities during this time.


In my last report, I mentioned our STEM students competing in the Science and Engineering challenge.  I was very pleased to hear that they were placed second in the Area and won the bridge building competition.  Well done all our aspiring engineers and mathematicians.


Last Friday we held our swimming carnival.  It was a fantastic day, with lots of student involvement.  Students I spoke to were full of praise for how enjoyable the carnival was.  Well done Mrs Pattingale in organising such a great school event.  The day also resulted in quite a few of our competitive swimmers qualifying to represent Cowra High at the Regional Carnival in Dubbo and a few records being broken.  Best of luck team!


Have a wonderful fortnight.


Charles Gauci

Joe discusses coping with mental illness with students

On Monday 25 February, Cowra High School had the great pleasure of hosting Joe Williams.


He use word and song to tell students about his life journey from playing in the NRL with the Rabbitohs to professional boxing and his life today, all the while coping with a mental illness.  Students were fascinated with his story and his ability to rise above his challenges to become the person that he is today – entertaining and successful.


Joe also shared his blueprint for a healthy mind, including eating and sleeping properly, connecting with friends, family and community and ensuring that you are not afraid to ask for help.  He also suggested to the student body that taking their phone to bed may not be in their best interest.


Many students were excited to meet Joe after the presentation and share their own stories with him, while others continued having the conversation around mental health long after the presentation was over.


“It is our own mind that causes us suffering or unhappiness” – Joe Williams


Angela Edwards

School Counsellor


Lions Youth of the Year

Cowra High students Maegan Carroll, Sean Smith, Sarah Woods and Ryu Akima are pictured participating in the Cowra Lions Youth Of The Year competition  held at Cowra Services club recently.


This competition is part of a state wide competition aimed at developing student's public speaking skills, participation in both the school and wider community, as well as developing leadership skills.  Maegan won the competition with a moving prepared speech on racism as well as a strong performance in the impromptu section.  She will now go on to proudly represent Cowra at regional level .


Sean, Sarah and Ryu, whilst not entered in the competition itself, worked on developing confidence with prepared speeches.  Ryu, our Japanese exchange student, presented a highly entertaining speech on some his “Aussie” experiences and the importance of resilience.  Sarah delivered a highly charged and pertinent speech on the impact current drought and its fallout, whilst Sean presented a stimulating and thought provoking talk on the chaos of the recent Australian political landscape.  Each of these speeches engaged, entertained and moved the audience, who felt privileged to hear the voices of Cowra’s youth.


Congratulations to all these students.. you did us proud!


Viv Meiklejohn

LYOTY coordinator


Support News

A great turnout at the swimming carnival with lots of support students enjoying a fantastic day!  Well done to Jackie Kacarovski, Molly Burbridge, Gabby Spring, Lleyton Edenborough, Mathew Scott, Jordan Hayes and Braydon Shaw.



Mr Sheehy's class have been creative and working very hard recently.



TAS News

Our HSC students have been working hard on their major projects this term.



Sports News

Swimming Carnival

Our annual swimming carnival was held Friday 1 March.  We had a fantastic show of sportsmanship and participation in both swimming and novelty events.


There were 5 records broken on the day which shows the quality of our swimmers at Cowra High School.

  • Samson Miller broke the 12 years 50m Freestyle with a time of 43.94
  • Zoe Browne broke two records:  Girls 14 years 50m Breaststroke – 38.75 and the Girls 14 years 50m Butterfly – 35.16
  • Finn Ryan also broke two records:  Boys 16 years 50m Backstroke – 31.83 and the Boys 16 years 50m Butterfly 29.63

Joining in the fun and excitement of the day, students swam a total of 4008 laps of the pool in the swim throughs.  Other novelty events were the popular belly flop competition and the raft race.  Canteen vouchers were awarded participants throughout the day.  Congratulations to Zac Olbourne, Henry Anderson, Phoebe Smith, Blake Williams, Caitlyn Boswell, Nicola Carter, Ginger Oliver, Amelia Clements, Lillee Felton, Zoe Browne, Michelle Woods, Lucy Pattingale and Samuel Frazer.


Age champions are to be announced at assembly next week.


Congratulations to all students who participated in this fantastic school event.





CHS Opens Girls Netball Knockout

A team of Cowra High students competed in Orange.  Our girls played against Blayney first up and narrowly lost.  Our second and third games were very convincing wins against Orange High (2) and Canobolas High School.  We also had 4 girls trial for Western, Alannah Knight, Bree Moodie, Zara McKenzie and Lucy Pattingale. Congratulations to all the girls for their conduct and  sportsmanship.  A big thankyou to Lillee Felton who umpired for our team on the day also.


CHS Open Girls Cricket Knockout

Our Open Cricket team put on a great display of sportsmanship and skill against Wellington High School on Monday 4 March.  Our girls scored an impressive 71 runs in the first innings.  Unfortunately, Wellington were very quick to chase our score and were victorious over our team.  The teacher from Wellington congratulated our girls on their excellent conduct and sportsmanship, always supporting each over in the field, so well done Cowra High School!


A big thank you to Lewis McFarland and Darcy Callaghan for assisting with umpiring and scoring on the day.



Job Jump

UOW Information Evenings - Future Student Events


Albury NSW Monday, 1 April 6pm

Wagga Wagga 1 April 6pm

Sutherland 2 April 6pm

Liverpool 4 April 6pm

Wollongong 9 April 6pm

Kogarah 1 May 6pm

Griffith 1 May 6pm

Campbelltown 6 May 6pm

Dubbo 7 May 6pm

Orange 8 May 6pm

Mossvale 14 May 6pm

Canberra 14 May 6pm

Bega 21 May 6pm

Batemans Bay 22 May 6pm

Nowra 22 May 6pm

Loftus 22 May 6pm


The University of Wollongong regularly holds and attends information sessions for prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students. These events are designed to give you the information you need about choosing courses and studying at UOW.

Click here for more information and to reserve a seat.


University of New England Open Day

10 May

Students will gain an insight into all aspects of UNE including academic, cultural, sporting and residential life. It's an action packed day with many activities, entertainment, giveaways and demonstrations. Students will have the opportunity to explore degree options that may be of interest to them, meet the lecturers and get a feel for campus life. Some of the activities.


QILT - Australian Universities Compared

Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching  (QILT) website compares Australian universities based on their graduate job prospects ,student satisfaction and retention rates. Thinking about higher education institutions and study areas? Wish you could ask someone about their experience? With QILT, you can do side by side comparisons of the quality of the higher education institutions and the study areas that you’re interested in.


SCU Star Early Offer Program 2020

  • Applications open - 1 May 2019
  • Applications close - 13 September 2019
  • School recommendations close - 27 September 2019

This program allows you to gain an offer into the Southern Cross University course of your choice, based on your high school grades and your school principal’s recommendation. This means that STAR does not take your ATAR/OP into consideration. It’s free to apply through STAR and it’s a simple online application.


UNSW Degrees and Scholarships Info Evening

11 June, 13 June, 20 June

At UNSW Sydney, we know that choosing what to study at university can be a complex decision. That’s why we’re holding the UNSW Degree and Scholarships Information Evening.


UNSW Art and Design Information Evening

25 June

Paddington Campus

This event will focus on our Faculty of Art & Design, hosted at our specialist Paddington Campus. It’s a chance for you and your parents to gain an insight into life as a creative student and what it means to be a practicing contemporary artist, designer, media creator or arts worker in today’s global economy.


Experience UNSW Business Day

21 May. 9.30am to 3.30pm

Kensington Campus

For Year 11 students

Experience a day in the life of a UNSW Business School Student at Experience Business Day.

Students will take part in interactive business workshops, hear from our current students and get a taste of what life is like at one of Australia's leading business schools.



25 June and 21 November

Years 9 to 12

Take part in hands-on workshops, talks and panel discussions with people in STEM industries. Learn all about study and career options in STEM. This program is free and is for students in years 9–12. 

Please register your interest for our STEM Day:


UTS Girls in STEM Day

29 May and 10 October

This one day event provides an opportunity for female students to participate in a range of hands-on activities plus they get an inside look at life as a female student/professional in the engineering and IT industry. Visit the Women in Engineering and IT website for more details.


University of Notre Dame Early Offer Program for 2020

If you will be in Year 12 in 2019, register here to receive the information and application form for the Early Offer Program for 2020. Are you a high-achieving Year 12 student who wants to study at a leading Australian university? Do you want to get a head start on your future? If so, you may be the ideal candidate for Notre Dame’s Early Offer Program. This exclusive program is open to Year 12 students who have demonstrated academic excellence and/or are making a significant contribution to their school or community.

Such an offer means that you can sit your Year 12 exams with added confidence and reduced stress – it’s also a great way for schools to acknowledge their outstanding students.

Phone: 02 8204 4404 . Email: [email protected]


Business Cadetships

Applications open: 4 March 2019

Applications close: 15 May 2019 

Open to Year 12 students who wish to pursue a business career. Cadets combine university study with paid work at UBS, a top-ranking global bank. 

Program Director: Alister Wilkinson. Contact: [email protected]



Engineering &Technology Cadetships (ETCAD)

Applications open: 29 April 2019

Applications close: 21 June 2019

For Year 12 students who would like to pursue a career in Engineering and/or Technology. Cadets are placed at Cubic Transportation Systems, a global leader in transport payment and traffic management systems.

Program Director: Alister Wilkinson. Contact: [email protected]



Charles Sturt University Courses Offered Online

Study when and where you like with a flexible online degree from Charles Sturt University (CSU).

Whether you’re balancing work, family or just life in general, we understand that study isn’t your only commitment. CSU’s online courses have been developed to fit into your busy lifestyle. And our tailored support is there when you need it. Choose from over 300 courses from one of Australia’s most experienced online universities.


Meet University of Melbourne for Interstate Future Students

15 April

This event is specifically designed to give you a better insight into the Melbourne experience for interstate students.

The day will cover application processes, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Participants will have an opportunity to ask current University of Melbourne students who have come from interstate about their experience and how they managed the transition.




Maxima Indigenous Traineeships and Apprenticeships

An amazing and comprehensive site to support indigenous youth into employment, training, apprenticeships and traineeships. Call for more information to:1300 669 859


Steps to Becoming an Australian Apprentice

Apprenticeships are a great way to earn money while learning a trade! Getting started in an apprenticeship can seem a little daunting, but it can be broken down into four easy-to-understand steps. Research; Preparation; Job Hunting and Sign-up. If you would like to learn more about each step, plus heaps more useful information, visit


Sarina Russo Apprenticeships

Want an apprenticeship?  Register to view the job board. Incentives and allowances for apprentices also explained.


Vantage Automotive Apprenticeships

Mechanic, Auto electrician, parts, body repair and painting.

As a leading training provider for the retail motor industry, Vantage Automotive's Apprentice Learning Division offers an unrivalled range of motor industry qualifications.


NSW Apprenticeships See Growth 

It’s interesting to note apprenticeships in New South Wales increased by 1,394, that’s 3 percent. The biggest shifts were in the traditional trades - Automotive up by 3 percent, Building and Construction by 2 percent and huge growth in Utilities and Electro-Technology at 8 percent. Visit:


 WPC Group - Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Automotive, Hospitality, Business, Carpentry Electrical, Fitter Welder, Horticulture

WPC Group not for profit specialises in Apprenticeships & Traineeships. We discuss apprenticeships and traineeships with students, and can assist with mock interviews, resume writing and preparing students for the workforce. Today, we employ and train more than 650 apprentices and trainees through national programs.


Why Owen Chose a Trade Apprenticeship 

Owen Isedale started his trade apprenticeship at school. He’s now a carpenter who loves his work and has plans for his own business. With skilled workers in-demand across NSW and fee-free apprenticeships available, there’s never been a better time to do a trade. Read Owen’s story and see how VET opens doors to opportunity in the construction and infrastructure industry 



NIDA Work Experience 2019

Apply by 30 March

NIDA offers courses in a wide variety of professions that are involved in the theatre, film and TV.

Our work experience program offers interested year 10 and 11 students the chance to spend a week with us at NIDA to observe and, where possible, participate in classes.

Our programs will not only give you a taste of what it’s like to study at NIDA but also  an opportunity to see what skills and tasks the career you are thinking about involves.


Blue Mountains Hotel Career Focus Days

  • July 16-18
  • November 12-14
  • November 26-28

CFD is a 3-day residential program for students considering a career in the hospitality industry, designed for those aged 16 and over. This program gives prospective students insight into what it’s really like to study at BMIHMS and is held at both our Practical Learning Centre (Leura Campus) and Executive Business Centre (Sydney Campus).


Australian Theatre for Young People - School Holiday Program

15 to 18 April - Burn the Seats - Escape rooms

 Choose your own adventure and live action role playing! Increasingly audiences love to be physically involved in the story and become the focus of the action.

23 and 24 April - Year 9 to 12 Monologue Technique - Learn all this and more and sharpen up your monologue before your next audition or performance. Perfect for participants getting ready for their IP performances this year.


Flight Centre Travel Academy - Diploma and Short Courses Info Sessions

Register to be notified about forthcoming information sessions below. Our Information Sessions have been designed to give you all of the information you need to get started on your study journey with us. At these sessions, you can find out more detail about our courses, check out our campus facilities and meet with our facilitation team.  It's our business to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the travel and tourism industry.


The Australian College of Physical Education Campus Tours

Health, Sport, Dance

Tuesday and Thursday's every week.

10 Parkview Drive, Sydney Olympic Park

We’d love to show you around our purpose-built campus in the heart of the Sydney Olympic Park. Tours run regularly. To lock in your place, select an upcoming tour date and time now. We look forward to meeting with you. To lock in a day and time simply fill out the form below. If you have any other questions, call us on 1300 302 867, email [email protected], or make an enquiry


Music for Film and TV at AFTRS

15 and 16 April

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Learn how to create music for film and TV in this challenging and rewarding two-day course, under the guidance of a professional Screen Music Composer. Using AFTRS’ state of the art film and music facilities you will have experience of scoring your own short piece of film.


Video Editing at AFTRS

23 and 24 April

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

Are you interested in learning how to edit your own videos? This hands-on practical course will teach you the basics of editing using Adobe Premiere Pro, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. It is not recommended if you already have a strong familiarity with Premiere Pro.


AFTRS HSC Video Intensive

15, 16, 17 April

AFTRS, Building 130, The Entertainment Quarter, Moore Park

This course is a skill and story development workshop for emerging filmmakers tackling an individual project for the HSC. The workshop helps you hone your screen skills to create a high quality year 12 video project. HSC subjects that video can be used in include English Extension, Visual Art, Design and Technology, and Drama.


Commercial Pilot - BASAIR Career Free Info Seminar

19 March, 17 April, 22 May, 18 June. 7.00pm to 8.30pm


628/23-25 Airport Avenue, Bankstown Airport

Learn about a career as a Commercial Pilot at one of our free information seminars. Register at:



Work Experience with NSW Fire and Rescue 

The Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Work Experience Program provides participating students with an overview of the roles of FRNSW and its firefighters. Through this program, school students gain insight into FRNSW and develop employment related skills.


Country Education Foundation Uni Survival Guide

Accommodation, part time work, health services and support advice for country students.


Country Education Foundation Grants

Your local Country Education Foundation (CEF) supports youth in your area through financial grants for education and employment expenses. Our grants contribute towards apprenticeships, traineeships, cadetships, diplomas, certificate level studies, university qualifications or employment.


Careers Harvest

Great website on all career fields and pathways on the land, environment and agriculture. Explore career options, scholarships and internships on offer.


Northern Rivers Careers Expo

9 and 10 May. 9.30am to 1.03pm

Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre, 50 Oliver Avenue, Goonellabah.

Apprenticeship Organisations, Career Pathway Advisers, Employers, Tertiary Education, Training Providers, Universities and Volunteer Organisations. A one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to begin or grow their career.


Youth at the Zoo Applications Open Soon

Due to the popularity of the program, applications are opened twice yearly, in May and November. To receive information about the next round of applications, you must first join the waitlist for the Sydney or Dubbo program. 


Sydney applications

  • Please add your name to the waitlist for the May 2019 intake by using the Sydney Waitlist button using the link below .

Dubbo applications

Taronga’s Youth at the Zoo program (YATZ) gives teens the opportunity to learn more about how our Zoos operate, develop skills for the future and spend time with like-minded people who share a passion for animals and conservation.


Career Pathways of an Environmental Engineer Webinar

10 April

This thirty-minute webinar will delve into the career paths taken by environmental engineers.

Our Host will ask the big questions of our early career panel members including:

  • Why they chose environmental engineering
  • How they got there


Discover Engineering Day – Engineers Australia - Three Sessions

11 March - Chatswood High

  • Why be an engineer?
  • What do engineers do?
  • Examples of engineering projects.
  • How do you become an engineer?

Discover Engineering Day will include activities aimed at giving high school students a taste of skills required for the engineering profession as well as guest speakers from university students and engineers.

8 May  – ANSTO

25 June - - The Kings School


Discover Your Career in Tourism and Hospitality

Your online source for starting and enhancing your career in Hospitality, Tourism, Events, and Travel. Discover how we can help with career information, training opportunities, exclusive job vacancies, apprenticeships, and industry news and tips.


How to Survive Year 12

The thought of embarking on your final year of school can trigger a range of emotions — excitement, nervousness, stress, nostalgia, anxiety, sadness or just impatience to get out into the world. Whether you’re excited to have taken the next step or are just hanging out for the end, we provide some tips to help you get through Year 12.


Au Pair in America - GAP Year Opportunity 

Being an Au Pair with Au Pair in America is the perfect way to use your childcare/babysitting hours to have the most amazing experience in the USA. A cultural exchange with a difference; you will live with an American family and immerse yourself in everyday American life.


Challenges Abroad Australia International Volunteering

Overseas internship opportunities in education, business or health.  We offer exceptional opportunities to further your life skills and to create incredible experiences, all while helping disadvantaged communities around the world. Our challenging treks and volunteer projects take you to some of the world’s most extraordinary places: from the lost Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru, to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.


AFS Overseas Student Exchange

99 world wide destinations. Live with a new family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen your insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues. Go to a new school, learn a new language and find ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds–skills that you’ll take back home and use for a lifetime.


Projects Abroad Information Sessions

19 March. 6.30 to 7.30pm

Sydney Central YHA, 11 Rawson Place, Sydney

We believe that international volunteering and internships provide a defining experience for young people as they move from adolescence into adulthood, and we know that the work we do transforms communities.



Find out more about student exchange opportunities at WEP Info Session.

WEP Australia is holding free student exchange information sessions around New South Wales this term. There is a location near you. WEP information sessions are the perfect starting point on any student's exchange journey. SMS 'RSVP' to 0428 246 633.


Defence Events and Information Sessions Near You

4 March - Sydney – Defence Info

5 March – Canberra – Women in the Defence Force

5 March – Sydney – Army Reserve

5 March – Adamstown – Army Reserve

5 March – Gold Coast – Army Female Priority Careers

5 March – Port Macquarie – Army Reserve

5 March – Tamworth – Army Reserve

5 March – Erina – Army Reserve


Applying to the Australian Defence Force Academy

Applying for ADFA is a competitive, dual application process that can take up to 12 months. It's preferable you apply in Year 11, but you can still apply in Year 12. Follow this link and the steps given to guide you along the right pathway.


Explore Teaching

All types of teaching careers and those in high demand, salaries and high demand locations. Explore the different types of teachers in NSW public schools and find out which classroom teaching or specialty area appeals to you.



Regional University Showcase

Senior students attended the Regional University Showcase on Tuesday 5 March at Denison College Bathurst.  Students were given a common presentation by all the universities of what Uni is like, costs that need to be considered, scholarships, early entry programs and applying for Uni through UAC etc.  The students had the opportunity to individually speak to the different university representatives about their specific courses of interest, collect 2020 course guides and have any other questions they may have had answered.  Great tips were given to students and it was a good opportunity for students to clarify and start to develop educated personal preferences.


Community News

Start ordering winter uniforms now!


You're Invited!


Have some fun at the Duck Race!


Come along to the Book Fair


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