Cessnock High School
to look for: March 2011 Semester 1
Library News, Principal’s Message
what’s new in
Positive Behaviour for Learn- canteen. During this term we Cessnock High School is ex-
our Library ing (PBL) is an innovative ap- will saturate the teaching and periencing success with PBL.
proach to student behaviour learning in all of these settings. We are very proud to be part
Wrap up from that has been operating in our
Cessnock High School is the
of the Cessnock Community
Cessnock school for three years. Cess-
only high school in the
of Great Public Schools –
nock High School is one of where all sixteen public
Show only a few schools in the
Hunter/Central Coast Region
schools are PBL schools.
to be invited to teach their
Hunter/Central Coast Region Cessnock High School is also
expectations in individual
Aboriginal that is a PBL school.
classrooms. Our school has
very proud to be part of the
Hunter/Central Coast Re-
News We have identified three key also been invited to launch a
gion’s success through PBL
expectations, called universals. special program called “Non-
whereby PBL high schools
International These expectations are RE- Respectful Behaviour”, which
have experienced reductions
SPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, and teaches students to effectively
Women’s Day READY TO LEARN. Through manage and disempower bul-
in student suspensions com-
pared to non-PBL high schools
PBL we teach students appro- lies.
where student suspension
priate behaviour in just the
PBL concentrates on the rates have risen.
same way as we teach stu-
teaching of positive behaviours
dents in their subjects. These Parents are encouraged to
Inside this issue: because the more you con-
expectations are the three support their school by ex-
centrate on a behaviour, the
Page “Rs”, and they are taught in all pecting their children to live
more of that behaviour you
International settings of the school. We up to the expectations of us
Women’s Day 2 have taught these expecta-
experience. Furthermore, PBL
rewards positive behaviours
all – respect, responsibility,
tions in the corridors, the bus and ready to learn.
with three draws on every
lines, the toilets, the play-
Aboriginal News 2 ground, the oval, and the
Tuesday assembly. Ian Scanlon
What’s Happening 2
Cessnock High School Community
StarsStruck 3 In April, 1968 Robert Kennedy
addressed a very hostile crowd in
Recently there have been a number
of violent incidents at our school
sion; what we need in Cessnock is
not hatred; what we need in Cess-
Indianapolis and told them that Dr and some people have wondered nock is not violence or lawlessness,
Cessnock Show 3 Martin Luther King Jr. had been
shot and killed earlier that day. In
aloud ‘What is wrong with that
school”. The answer is nothing;
but love and wisdom, and compas-
sion toward one another and a feel-
the days that followed riots broke Cessnock High School has a long ing of justice towards those that still
out in over 70 cities across Amer- and proud tradition of service to suffer in our town and our country,
Library News 3 ica and many people were killed, its community but like any school it whether they be rich or poor or
but not in Indianapolis and many is a reflection of its community. whatever their race or creed.’ The
people credit the speech given by People who behave in foolish and purpose of civilisation and education
The Back Page, Sport
Sport, Sport. 4 Robert Kennedy as being largely
responsible for maintaining peace
violent ways are not creations of
their school but rather their com-
is to tame the savageness of man and
to make gentle the life of this world.
and calm. munity and this is what makes Perhaps if we all take a moment and
schoolyard violence so sad. To work together, together we can all
Robert Kennedy spoke about is-
paraphrase Robert Kennedy, ‘What move a step closer to that goal.
sues and violence in our communi-
we need in Cessnock is not divi-
ties that are still relevant today. Mr Rathborne
School News The International Women’s Day
Tuesday 8th March was Interna- Cessnock High School” said some of the afternoon tea
tional Women’s Day. An after- Ms Cochrane. items.
noon tea was held in
the MPC for local suc-
50 local women at-
tended the event, dona-
tions went to the
“Everything is a Benefit” charity Following the presentations, a Hopefully a tradition can be
to support women in the De- delicious afternoon tea was borne from this first celebration
mocratic Republic of Congo. In held which was enjoyed im- of International Women’s Day
total $512 was raised. mensely by the visitors and and the event on the Cessnock
students. High School calendar will be-
The girls each spoke to the audi-
come even bigger and attract
ence about a book they were We had great support from
more successful women from
studying in Legal Studies about a local businesses in particular
“This was a fantastic successful woman. “It was a KFC, Stuart and Dunn Office
fantastic afternoon, showcasing Choice and Endota Spa donat- Chantel
the talents of the students from ing raffle items and providing Cochrane
showcasing the Aboriginal News
Our Vibe 3on3 Basketball day Day celebrations. they also require parental involve-
talents of the was a great success. Our Year ment. Dates to be advised.
There will be a Junior
7 boys; Ashton, Ricky, Zavia,
(Aboriginal Educational Con- Kerrie Roberts AEW
students from Josh, Des and Eliot won their
sultative Group) AECG meet-
Deborah Falconer Co-Ordinator
year event as did our Year 9
ing on Monday 21st March.
boys; Josh, Jayden and David.
Any enquiries please feel free
Cessnock High Our girls; Sara, Tiarni, Breanna,
to come up or phone, the
Jazmine, Cora-May won the art
door is always open to par-
ents/carers and students.
Some of our students are doing
We will be starting to do our
a GATS (gifted and talented)
Ms Cochrane Personalised Learning Plans
program involving Art for Rec-
(PLPs) with our students and
onciliation Week and Harmony
What’s happening at CHS
Preparing for NAPLAN Rotary Youth
Cows Create TESTING Exchange
Careers 10-12th May Rotary Youth Exchange are
NAPLAN testing will take looking for applicants for
The newest additions to our farm
place early in Term 2. travel overseas for 12 months
arrived last week. Three jersey
calves are getting to know the This is for students in Years in January 2012.
students and becoming familiar 7 and 9 for Literacy and Nu- You should be 15-18 years old,
with being handled, cared for and meracy Assessment and is in year 10 or 12 in 2011.
Lauren Perkins, Macia receiving plenty of attention. run nationally.
Borowiec and Emily Mugridge For further information please
with their new friends. Watch future newsletters for Further information may be contact email@example.com
further developments as we get obtained by contacting Mr
closer to preparing our next roll Atkinson or Mr Lane or by
out of submissions for Cows accessing the website:
Page 2 Create Careers.
www.naplan.edu.au is April 1st,
CESSNOCK SHOW—GREAT RESULTS
Students from Cessnock High
Peppermint slice—Luke Mundine
School Food Technology repre- and Cassandra Roberts
sented our school extremely Brownie slice—Lisa Simpson and
well at the Cessnock Show. Crystal Hodgins.
Our students’ cooking was It was great to see the students
judged in categories of Choco- from Cessnock High at the judging
late cake and Madeira cake, and taking in all of the hints/tips
slices and brownies. “The provided by the judge.
judges were most impressed
Some of the students have already
with the efforts of our students,
shown an interest in entering the
especially considering this was
Newcastle Show competition.
the first show that they had
cooked for” said Mrs Screen. Well done to our Food Technol-
ogy teachers Mrs Screen and Ms
We received the following first
Hopkins, and congratulations to all
place awards: Chocolate cake—
of the students that were involved
in the competition. Mrs Screen.
Vanilla butter cake—Katie Ross
and Bethany King
StarStruck “The judges (at
The team for StarStruck has has been doing a fantastic job. their routine on assembly in the
this year been selected from The girls are Tia Smith, Jordan coming weeks as a preview for
years 8-10, practise has been Short, Jessica Thompson, the school.
taking place at sport time and Chenae Petersen, Candy
At press, the girls were still waiting
lunch time. Hughes, Claire Vernon, Mon-
to find out from StarStruck if they were most
quie Cameron, Brianna Dunni-
The girls have been working were successful in their audition
cliff, Jordan Dwyer, Emily
extremely hard, learning the
Howard, Lauren McGowan,
video. impressed with
choreography, getting organ-
Kristin Butcher, Kahlan Frost,
ised with costumes etc.
Emily Fairley, Samantha Butch- the efforts of our
Miss Thompson is this year ers, Kellie Drummond and
leading the dancers through Georgina Curry.
their practise sessions and she students.”
The girls will be performing
What’s New What’s New What’s New
Senior Fiction Junior Fiction
We have a number of new Our library now has the com-
New books continue to arrive
Ancient History books, lots of plete series of “Diary of a
this month, so drop in and
stuff about Ancient Rome—in Wimpy Kid”. All five books
have a look.
the closed reserve section. are available downstairs in the
Senior students are welcome RIBIT humour (green sticker) There are also lots of board
to borrow these books for section. games, jigsaw puzzles and
two days. magazines to read.
New non-fiction includes Come and visit the library.
Machines Close-Up series— Don’t forget if you wish to
Military Fighting Machines and use a computer to book with
Modern Military Aircraft Mr Riley or Mrs Harley.
The Back Page
Cessnock High School
FROM THE SPORTS DESK (Ms Rowe)
Aberdare Road, Report from weekly sports
What a start to the year for sport at Cessnock High School. On Wednesday sport afternoon students
Cessnock NSW 2325
are awarded with MR and MRS Sport Awards for excellent participation, behaviour and sportsmanship.
The following students have been winners of Mr and Mrs Sport this term:
Phone: 4990 1977 Week 2: Beth Dwyer & Mitchell Probert; Week 3: Lisa Simpson & Hayden Mugridge
Fax: 4991 1815 Week 4: Jordan Dwyer & Dylan O’Neil; Week 5: Breanna Swan & Jordan Appleyard
These students will receive $5.00 canteen vouchers at the next principal’s assembly.
Principal: Mr Ian Scanlon Representative sport at Cessnock High
Deputy Principals: Softball
Year 7, 9, College 1 Congratulations to Cora May Williams of year 9 who represented the Hunter Region at the
CHS Softball Titles. Cora-May was a standout player of the tournament and represented Cess-
Mr Michael Rathborne
nock High School with pride. Her behaviour and attitude have been commended by the coach
Year 8, 10, College 2 of Hunter Region Softball, Mr Lane. Well done Cora-May we are all so proud of your efforts.
Ms Jo Scott Zone swimming
Congratulations to the 35 Cessnock High students who competed at the Zone swimming carnival in
Maitland on the 22nd Feb. All of our swimmers represented the school extremely well and participated
What e’er you do, do well! to the best of their ability. Congratulations to the following students on their results:
Courtney Starr (Year 7): 4th in the 50m Freestyle Rhys Binns (Year 10): 1st in the 50m FreeStyle
What’s On At CHS Jason Zechel (Year 11): 2nd in the 200M Freestyle 17 Years boys Relay team (Cade James, Arama Nga-
toko, Zeb Dunstan & Blake Barry): 2nd. A big congratulations to Rhys Binns and Jason Zechel who
17th Mar Univ. Roadshow Coll 2 have been selected to participate in the regional carnival on the 10th of March. Good Luck boys!
21-23rd Mar SRC Camp
Open Girls Cricket
28-30th Mar Year 7 Camp The Cessnock High (CHS) Open Girls Cricket Team took on Mount View High (MVHS) at Baddeley
Park. CHS won the toss and bowled. MVHS had an impressive batting line-up however, were restricted
28 Mar-1 Apr Work Placement
to 117. For CHS Carmela Swinton 2/14 and Molly Abbot 2/29 impressed with the ball. MVHS took out
1st April Yr 10 Newc Uni the match bowling out CHS for 51. Cora-May Williams revealed some great skills with the ball and was
9-26th Apr School Holidays very handy with her wicket-keeping. Molly Abbot bowled well and with her top score of 10 runs was
CHS player of the match. CHS players treated their opposition with respect, held their respective posi-
25th Apr ANZAC Day
tions of responsibility in the field and the batting line-up and demonstrated a willingness to learn and
27th Apr Staff Dev. Day reflect on their practise. I congratulate the team once again and look forward to next year. Mr Williams
28th Apr Students Return Sports Coming Up
28th Apr Injections HPV, Hep B. Open girls Volleyball competition; Open boys and girls Basketball competition
4th May Cross Country
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