Cowra High School Newsletter

09 February 2018
Issue One
Blue Mountains Excursion
What's Happening in Careers?
Principal's Report
What's Happening????
Cowra High School
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Dowell Street
Cowra, New South Wales, 2794

Blue Mountains Excursion

Students enjoy cultural enrichment activities

On Thursday 7 December 2017, a group of 14 Indigenous students from Cowra High School set off on a cultural enrichment excursion to the Blue Mountains.


After an early start, we began our walk from Scenic World, led by former Cowra High student David Newton (Yamandirra).  As we stood overlooking The Three Sisters, Yamandirra explained to us that Aboriginal people believe there are actually seven sisters and told us the story of how the sisters were turned to stone by their father after a warrior was being disrespectful to them.

Throughout our 4 hour trek we learnt about various native plants that Aboriginal people would use for bush tucker and medicinal purposes. Some of these included:

  • Lemon scented tea tree for the respiratory system
  • Yellow wattle tree as a natural antibacterial soap
  • The grevillea, which is Nature's Gatorade
  • The candle stick banksia which can be used as a fire starter

Along the way we listened to many Aboriginal stories and the lessons they had to teach us.  We also saw lots of different wildlife and even got to hand feed some cockatoos.  Yamandirra explained the significance of the ochre used in ceremonies and dance and showed us where to find and prepare it.  We also found the plant used in basket weaving and all got the chance to practice our weaving technique.

One highlight of the day was the opportunity to cool off and enjoy our lunch amongst the rocks of a spectacular natural waterfall.


We would like to thank Yamandirra for sharing his knowledge and passion for Aboriginal culture.  It was a fantastic experience, we learnt so much and a great day was had by all.  Thanks also to Peter Holmes from Cowra PCYC for driving the bus.


Damien Johnson


Success for students

Cowra High’s 2017 BroSpeak program concluded with a celebration and presentation of certificates last term.

The school’s Aboriginal Education Officer (AEO) and joint co-ordinator of the course designed to improve the skills of Indigenous boys (targeting Year 7 this year), Rodney Eastwood, called it a success.

First developed in 2011, BroSpeak combines cultural connection with personal growth sessions such as self-esteem, goal setting, leadership skills and conflict resolution. These topics are reinforced through a guest mentor who discusses their personal journey to the students with a few pieces of advice.

Finishing touches to a BroSpeak didgeridoo project will be made in the coming weeks.
Many thanks to our mentors this year, Marc McLeish, Lewis Beale, Dean Murray and Snr Constable Peter Holmes.


What's Happening in Careers?

Visit to University of Wollongong

Discovery Day at University of Wollongong gives Year 12 students the opportunity to experience firsthand what a day at university is like.

Students receive a personal timetable and attended lectures as if they were a UOW student.

These lectures the students have nominated to attend are in areas of their interest for potential future study.  It's a great way students can explore courses in more depth, learning more about an industry and university life.

At lunchtime there is plenty happening to give an insight into uni life, with great live music, activities and students from all over NSW, ACT and VIC to meet.



CSU Roadshow

Hilary and Emily from Charles Sturt University paid a visit to the senior students on Wednesday 31 January.  Their presentation showed our students the opportunities available to regional students, explained uni life and what is expected of the students if they want to choose to study at university.


VET Induction

Kris Rybak, Work Placement Coordinator from Western Students Connections visited Year 11 and 12 Construction and Metalwork students today.  All students completed their inductions before going out to Work Placement with various employers in the community.  


Principal's Report


Welcome to our first newsletter of 2018 and a special welcome to our new parents and families. As a school we are looking forward to another successful year for all our students.


It has been a true pleasure watching our Year 7 students settle into the new environment of high school.  Although I know there were a few nervous tears on Day One.....the parents recovered quickly! :D


The reality is that I saw many very excited young people looking forward to a new adventure.  Upon welcoming Year 7, I made a point of encouraging them to take full advantage of all the opportunities we can offer them during their schooling.  The first of these will be our Year 7 camp.  We are trialling a new format this year, with a move to a brand new site in Sydney. This will provide many challenging fun experiences that will grow the students’ confidence and ability to work as a team.  Importantly it will also provide the first formal opportunity for all the students to bond as a Year group and to get to know their Year 11 peer leaders.  I encourage all students to attend this camp.


We also started the year with a small number of new and enthusiastic staff.  Welcome Ms Amanda Seijas (English), Ms Gabby Rhodes (PDHPE) and Mr Colin Church (TAS).  Ms Rhodes and Mr Church will be in these positions while they filled on a permanent basis.


Cowra High has already moved into full swing. Year 12 students got a taste of university life earlier this week with an overnight trip to the University of Wollongong.  This is the first of many events and experiences that will enhance what happens in the classroom and our students’ ability to grow beyond school.


I know I am not alone when I say how pleased and proud we are of our 2017 HSC results.  There were many individual success stories in the results, but many are often unseen.  This is particularly the case for our students who have completed their HSC in spite of many barriers life put in front of them.  So regardless of the numeric results achieved, I want to congratulate each and every 2017 HSC student in reaching this significant milestone.  We also achieved many results that reflect the combination of student talent, hard work and great teaching that comes together at Cowra High.  We gained 3 Band 6's (the highest possible level) and 56 Band 5's.  A special word of congratulations to Kurt Johnstone who is the 2017 school Dux with an ATAR of 95.25.  I pass on my best wishes to all those students who have started new careers, university study and apprenticeships. 


Friday 16 February will be our annual school swimming carnival.  I hope to see all students present and having a great time getting involved. Students don’t need to be competitive racers to enjoy the day.  Every student is encouraged to have a go in both the races and the novelty events that happen throughout the day.


Have a great fortnight


Charles Gauci

Congratulations Olivia!!

Olivia Perkins was announced the 2018 Young Citizen of the Year at Cowra's Australia Day's Awards Ceremony.


Olivia was recognised for her contributions in the Cowra Youth Council and through school representations.  Olivia was recently selected to attend the 2018 Global Young Leaders Conference in New York and Washington.


Congratulations Olivia from the Cowra High School Community.


What's Happening????

Kumiai Ryu 


Night Tennis Competition


Student Exchange -Free Live Online Information Session



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We would like to invite your students and families to our FREE Live Online Sessions on Thursday, 15th February at 7.30pm (AEST).
The LIVE Online session gives students and families the opportunity to learn more about becoming an exchange student and the various scholarship options that are available in 2018. 
Students can find out more about our exchange programs to over 25 countries, listen to former exchange students share their experience and learn about our scholarships and discounts on offer in 2018. Please note that the deadline for Scholarship and Early Bird Discount applications is 31st March for programs departing between October 2018 - March 2019.
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