Cecil Hills High School Newsletter

03 August 2018
Issue Seven
Experiencing the outback
Welcome back
Sports Shorts
Around the school
In our community
Important Dates
Cecil Hills High School
02 9822 1430
50 Spencer Road
Cecil Hills, NSW, 2171

Experiencing the outback

Photo: Broken Hill;s infamous red chair - Mr Vesey-Wells, Ms Ha and Year 11 students

to Broken Hill and Beyond

The Year 12 Earth & Environmental Science Road Trip and Camp

Year 12 students from Cecil Hills High School who are completing the Earth and Environmental Science (EES) course were given the opportunity to travel to outback New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria (VIC), under the supervision of Mr Vesey-Wells and Ms A Ha - from the 8 – 14 July 2018.


For many year 12 students, it was an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have a first-hand experience staying in the ‘outback’. It enhanced our perspective and knowledge of the EES curriculum, such as, the impacts of soil erosion, salinity as well as irrigation and introduced pests on the land.

We had the opportunity to visit small, unique country towns, such as Cobar, where we were confronted with the issues of kangaroos, goats, wild dogs, and pigs. We also saw first-hand the effects of drought and the impact it was having on farmers Dave and his son Mitch. With the assistance of the Wagga Wagga Council, we also undertook a salinity investigation; we learnt mitigation and management strategies for dry salinity.


What we got out of the experience was not limited to the EES syllabus. There were moments where we learnt things we did not expect, like how salty the tap water was or the extremity of the cold temperatures in comparison to Sydney, and things that a picture or words would never be able to describe, like the stars at night in Cobar or how it felt being in the struggling farmlands.


From the students, we deeply appreciate being given this opportunity, the time that the council workers and farmers had taken to enrich our knowledge, and to Mr Vesey-Wells for organising this amazing trip. It was certainly an experience that we will never forget and carry with us forever.

Faith Tran, Year 12 EES student

Welcome back

Photo: Subject Selection Evening - History staff, Mr Griffiths, Ms Goljan, Head Teacher - Ms Haskett, and Mr Hillsmith

Raise You Up

If you hit the dust
Let me raise you up

When your bubble busts
Let me raise you up
If your glitter rusts
Let me raise you up

‘Raise You Up’ by Cyndi Lauper from ‘Kinky Boots’

School Plan Update

One of the key features of Strategic Direction #2: flexible, future-focused and innovative teaching practices is enhancing the use of technology to support learning.  We are involved in a free trial of Edrolo software in Term 3.  This online resource bank contains invaluable videos that explicitly breakdown and explain HSC answers.  Teachers were trained on Edrolo this week and Year 11 and Year 12 students will be trained in Week 2.  I encourage students to take advantage of this free trial to explore the videos and online quizzes to prepare for their HSC.  Parents can find out more information at their website: https://edrolo.com.au/.

Student Wellbeing

The NSW Department of Education has identified Cecil Hills HS as a high performing school in the area of student wellbeing.  We invest heavily in our welfare team and our wonderful year advisers are at the forefront of student wellbeing.  In terms of my introductory quote, when students do have their ‘bubble bust’ from time to time, our welfare supports raise students up and ensure they reach their potential.  I will provide more detail in relation to this success for our school in a future newsletter.  It is fantastic to see our approach to student wellbeing being recognised in this way.

Announcement from School Infrastructure 

You may have seen recent media reports of an upgrade to Cecil Hills High School High School. 

I have been advised that our school will have an increase in permanent classrooms and an upgrade of core facilities. 


This is most definitely welcomed and will make our fantastic school even better.  The project is currently in the planning phase and you can track developments at this website: https://www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/projects/c/Cecil-Hills-High-School-upgrade.html

Subject Selection Evening

Wow!  We had a massive turnout to our subject selection evening earlier in the week.  A copy of the presentation has been sent to email addresses for Year 8 and Year 10 parents and students. 

It is important for students to make the best decisions possible based on the advice provided at this event.


Future in Focus

Thank you to Mrs Reid, our Careers Adviser who works tirelessly, providing information, guidance and advice to help students explore their education and career options, create a resumes, search for jobs, apply for jobs and/or apply for further study. Mrs Reid liaises with parents, teachers, employers, community agencies and training providers to ensure our students receive the best possible opportunities in the workforce.


Have a look at Cecil Hills High School's students -   future in focus.


Staffing News

I am very pleased to announce that a number of staff members have been successful in gaining permanent employment at Cecil Hills High School.  These teachers have already made a successful impact on our school and I look forward to continuing to work with them in a permanent capacity.  Congratulations to:

·         Ms Amy Preston

·         Ms Brinley Hasson

·         Mr Andrew Barned

·         Mr Nimrod Jacob

·         Ms Karina Fagan

·         Mr Callum Wilcox

We have amazing teachers at Cecil Hills High School and we are very fortunate to have such positive, hardworking and dedicated staff at our school.

P&C Meetings

Our next P&C meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Monday, 3 September 2018.  There will be a repeat session at 9:30am on Thursday, 6 September 2018.


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

Sports Shorts

Photo: Congratulations to our U16 girls Futsal team


Congratulations to Jarrod Carluccio for his continued outstanding performances in football this year.

He was an integral member and captain of his NSW team who won the Gold medal and crowned National Champions at the School Sport Australia Opens Boys Football Championships. Jarrod’s superb displays were rewarded with his selection for the second consecutive year in the Australian Schoolboys Football team to tour the United Kingdom next January. 

This is a truly outstanding achievement. We wish Jarrod all the best for his tour next year.

NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships

Michelle Prasad, Jaydan Prasad, Brendan Prasad, Bianca Dempsey, Vanessa Parada and Marcus Saggiomo competed at the NSW All Schools Cross Country Championships last week. This is the largest representation we have had at this level. They all tried their best. Congratulations to all students on their fantastic cross country season.


Recently, we competed in the Football NSW Futsal State Championships. We had teams in the U14, U16 and Opens Girls competitions as well as the U14 Boys event. All teams played very well. The U14 and Opens Girls failed to progress from their pools. The U14 boys topped their pool but bowed out in the quarters. The U16 Girls were our best performed team. They finished second in their pool, won their quarter final but bowed out in the semi-finals to the eventual winners. An outstanding effort all team members.


Futsal is a sport widely embraced by the students here at our school and we will continue to foster the development of our students.

Presentation of Awards

On her recent visit to Cecil Hills High School, Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies presented awards to students who won events at the recent Zone Carnival.  Special mention of Georgia Portelli who received the NSW State Government Representative award for students that represent NSW in Sporting. Congratulations to all students.


Grade Sport

The Year 9 & 10 Winter competition is in full swing with all teams participating well. Most of our teams are in contention for finals spots at the half-way point of the competition and we are anticipating good performances and results from our teams in the remaining rounds of the competition.





Around the school

Thank you

Recently our school bus had some repairs performed by Westfield Auto Body Repairs in Fairfield. Frank Spagnolo, Managing Director not only repaired the damage from an accident but also some other damage the bus had sustained over its years of use.

The school, and in particular the students and staff in our Special Education Unit are very grateful for the service, workmanship and good dead that Frank’s team delivered.

Congratulations to Westfields Auto Body Repairs on 40 years of business.


During the last week of Term 2,  our Year 7 debating team versed our Year 8 debating team for the first round of the Premier’s Debating Challenge.

The topic that they were given was “That we should ban Naplan Testing”. Students only had one hour prior to the debate to plan their speeches and arguments, all without the assistance of any teachers or resources.

Both teams came up with excellent points, however the Year 8 team were the winners on the day.  Congratulations to our Year 8 team, consisting of Lucy Todd, Taneisha Coyne, Christina Nguyen and Negan Moshi. Also a special mention to our Year 7 team (Michelle Nguyen, Atalia Joseph, James Doctor and Cisem Kolac), who did an excellent job for their very first debate.

Well done to all!

E Baldacchino, Debating Coordinator

In our community



PCYC Futsal


Fairfield City Museum


For families


Helping your child


Important Dates

Important Dates


Monday, 6th

Year 12 timber in workshop 7.30 am

Year 9 History to Hyde Park Barracks

Year 9 Guitar lessons 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 7th

Regional Athletics Carnival - Day One

Refugee Coaching 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Wednesday, 8th

Debating - Year 8 Premier's Debating Challenge

Regional Athletics Carnival - Day 2

Thursday, 9th

Year 9/10 AIME Day

Year 7 After school study

Year 12 Timber in workshop 2.55pm to 5.00pm

Monday, 13th

Year 12 Trial HSC exams begin

Year 12 timber in workshop 7.30 am

Year 9 Guitar lessons 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 14th

Refugee Coaching 2pm to 4pm

Thursday, 16th

Year 9 Food Tech to Sydney Tower Restaurant

Year 8 Gala Day

Year 7 After School Study 3.00 to 4.30pm






Monday, 20th

Year 11 PDHPE / CAFS Ski Camp

Year 12 timber in workshop 7.30 am

Year 9 Guitar lessons 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Tuesday, 21st

CHAMP Assembly -  9.25 am

Refugee coaching 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday, 22nd

Year 11 PDHPE/CAFS Ski camp return

Thursday, 23rd

Year 7 After School Study 3.00 to 4.30pm

Year 12 Timber in workshop

Friday, 24th

Year 10 Young Men's Health forum

Monday, 27th

Student Eye Care program - every day this week

Year 12 timber in workshop 7.30 am

Year 9 Guitar lessons 3.00pm to 4.00pm

Wednesday, 29th

Year 10 BStreetsmart all day at Homebush

Thursday, 30th

Year 11/12 Making the Connection - Health

Year 7 After School Study 3.00 to 4.30pm

Friday, 31st

Student Eye Care program continues






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