Peak Hill Central School
Quality, Innovative Education in a Caring Environment
Thursday 23 September 2010
Sept Fri 24 Last Day of Term 3
Peak Hill 2869 Oct Mon 11 First Day of Term 4 Staff and Students
Tues 12 Year 10 Trial HSC Exams (12 ‐ 14 Oct)
Thur 14 P & C Meeting 7pm School Library
Thur 14 HSC Examinations Commence
Fax: Thur 14 Meals on Wheels (14 ‐ 30 Oct)
Tues 19 Cultural Day Dubbo
Deputy Principal Peak Hill Central School
CREATIVE ARTS EXHIBITION
Arts & Crafts Leisure Centre
Artworks displayed from
Angela Bottaro students in
Science Kindergarten to Year 12
Friday 15 October 7pm
Drinks & Finger food
Assist Principals Guest Artist: Sharyn Preisig
Crystal Williams Music from band members
Raffle and Prizes
School Admin Manager
Entry: $2 each or $5 per family
Citizens Assoc. Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 October
President 10am - 4pm
Devonshire Teas Served
Peak Hill Central School are holding their
Bi-Annual Creative Arts Exhibition from Friday There will be an opening night on Friday 15
15 to Sunday 17 October at the Arts and Crafts October starting from 7pm with lots of activities
Leisure Centre. happening. Drinks and finger food will be served as
Students from Kindergarten to Year 12 will be the Community Band plays. A special guest artist
displaying their artworks made in many different from Parkes, Sharyn Preisig, will review and present
mediums. Among these are lino printing, ceramics, her work. Students will talk about their work and
photography, sculpture, video, digital works, many prizes will be awarded to the students on the
drawing, painting, silkscreen printing, pastels, night. There is also a raffle and lucky door prizes.
charcoals and many more. The raffle helps us to cover the costs of running an
The abundance of talent, creative energy, ideas exhibition, and we thank all the businesses who have
and imagination shown in the artworks of our contributed.
students will have an inspiring impact on their Make it a family outing and come to our opening
audience. As Art Teachers we are continually amazed night. If you can’t make it, Devonshire Teas will
at the high standard achieved, and proud of the work be served over the weekend.
produced by students here at Peak Hill Central
Hope to see you there.
School. We want to give family, friends and the
community a chance to experience the great work Daneille Diener & Brenda Cartwright.
that we see being made everyday at school.
We would like to thank the following $25.00 voucher Oils Plus Caltex
5 x $20.00 vouchers Central West Optics
businesses for donating to this year’s
$20.00 voucher Coffee Pot
Creative Arts Exhibition.
$20.00 voucher 141 on Main
These donations contribute to student prizes and a raffle that
$20.00 voucher Vanessa's Wool and Crafts
helps us cover the costs of running the exhibition
$50.00 voucher Nangar Gems
Details of raffle will be in the next newsletter
$20.00 Gift card Sports Power
11 New Release video vouchers Video Ezy
Tile cutter Parkes Tile Market
$30.00 Gift Voucher Lotus Imports
Sewing machine Griffins Leading Edge
$25.00 voucher Cunningham's Supermarket
4 pairs of sunnies OPSM
$50.00 voucher Book Connection
Sheet set Dimmeys
Nail Polish Kit, bath foam, 2 Mens aftershaves
Frame, photo album Camera House
Lawler's Family Pharmacy
Photo frame Reject Shop
Essential Country CD’s, DVD, Music matters
School Bag Arnold Byrne
4 Mugs Homeart
Hat & pencil case Lady bird
Glass Bowl Pink Orchid
2 x $20.00 vouchers Telstra
Painting Easel, Paints, Peak Hill Post Office
Ed. Video games Leading Edge
$25.00 voucher The Friendly Grocer
2 Key ring torches Repco
$30.00 voucher Family Cafe
Natio gift basket Soul Patterson Chemist
Lavender product basket Open Cut Gallery
Plate Painted Daisies
$30.00 voucher D&B Quality Meats
Nightie & socks Hidden Agenda
Hand Cream, 4 coffee mugs Peak Hill Pharmacy
Crystal Vase Reflection Jewellers
2 hair smoothing Products & 2 Mens line products
Stationary textas.. Leydock Stationary
Lyn’s Hairdressing salon
Wooden Frame The Framing Shop
$40.00 voucher CRT
Bangle Little Black Dress
Necklace Affordable Jewellery
Secondary “Keys to Success”
Week Commencing Week Commencing
Mon 11 October Mon 18 October Winner for
Mon _______________ Week Nine
Mon Alana Simmons
Tues _______________ Abbey Swain
Wed Judy Bell
Fri Suzie Swain
Year 5 and 6 are reminded that final payments are
due for the Burrendong Excursion. Medical notes
also need to be returned.
Hope all students have a well deserved break.
What a great Term! Happy Holidays!
Kinder/ Year 1 have made some fantastic snakes in
art this week. They have also made up a new dance to
a song called ‘Aint That Funky Now’. K/1 have
worked really well this term.
Over the last two weeks we have had the pleasure of
having Miss Natalie Barnes and Miss Danielle
Barnes teaching the 2/3/4 class some ICT skills and
HSIE. Thank you very much for all your effort.
Wednesday morning we enjoyed a presentation from
Author Katrina Nannestad (pictured right) who was
very entertaining and great to listen to. Katrina is a
former student of Peak Hill Central and now is a Teacher of the Week
successful author. There are several books in the Bev Rathbone: For all her organisation in
library by Katrina as well as her latest “Red Dirt primary and the implementation of interesting
Diary’ science lessons
Who Has Shown Persistence in Class This Week?
K/1 Akayla Hando 2/3/4 Morgan Staunton Yr 4/5/6 Wesley Sharkey
A Message from
the Deputy discussion around the requirements for the School
Certificate. Tuesday 26 October at 6pm in the School
Congratulations to the Year 12 students on the
successful completion of schooling at Peak Hill
Central School. I extend the best wishes of the staff
and students to you and know that you will make Attendance- some parents may have received
your way out into the world with a wealth of information concerning their child’s attendance for
knowledge, skills and experiences. I know that where Terms 1-3. The information describes the number of
ever you may go that you will always do and be the whole and partial days (explained and unexplained).
best you can possibly be. I extend our best wishes to If you received a letter then an improvement must be
you as you approach the HSC examinations and made with regard to attendance. Habitual absences
know that you will endeavour to achieve the very and lateness impact significantly on student
best you can achieve and remember the motto of learning. It is important that the school and parents
Success Through Effort. I look forward to celebrating work together to provide the best educational
with you your successes at the Year 12 Banquet to be experiences possible in order for students to achieve.
held in November. If you have any concerns or issues with your child’s
Congratulations to the staff and students as we attendance please contact Debbie-Lee Hughes,
celebrate your success during our commendation Deputy Principal to develop some strategies to
assemblies. Students are working to strive for support you and your child.
excellence and it is the expectation of high standards
Goodbye and Good Luck to our visiting prac teacher
that will ensure success for all students at Peak Hill
Miss Eleanor Preisig of Parkes. Eleanor has
completed her teaching internship with us in the Art
Year 10 Trial School Certificate Examinations department during Term 3. All the best in your
will be held during Week 1 of Term 4, commencing on teaching career Eleanor.
Tuesday. It is important that all students attend
these examinations. In the event of an illness arising Congratulations to Mr Brendan Maher and
which prevents you attending, you must ring the Hayley who celebrated their wedding last weekend
school and have a Doctor’s Certificate to explain your in Dubbo. Mr Maher is on leave and will return in
absence. Term 4.
There will be NO SCHOOL DEVELOPMENT DAY A big thank you to the staff, students and parents for
on the first day of Term and therefore students are another great term at Peak Hill Central School. I
expected to attend school on Monday 11 October look forward to the success to be achieved in Term 4.
2010. Have a safe and pleasant holiday.
Students in Year 8 will be provided with
information during Term 4 concerning their Elective
choices for 2011. An information evening for both
parents and students will allow for questions and Deputy Principal
Helpers Wanted to Deliver Meals Meet and Greet at the
The P & C are looking for assistance to carry out Meals on Wheels
from Thursday 14 to Saturday 30 October, Tuesdays, Thursdays and 2-3pm
Saturdays. Volunteers would be required to collect meals from the
Cuppa and a Chat
hospital and deliver them around the town. Students from Year 6 will be
All Parents Welcome
able to assist on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Please contact Cathy Goodwin if you are able to assist. 6969 1434 Date to be advised
Year 9 Laptop Upgrade
Good Luck A number of upgrades have been identified for the
year 9 laptops. These upgrades require all students to
All Year 12 Students hand in their laptops to the school Technology
in their HSC exams Support Officer (TSO) before 9am Monday 18 October
2010 (Term 4 Week 2) so that these upgrades can
& take place.
Their future endeavours! It is very important for the laptop to be handed in
fully charged (at least 80%). This is because as part of
From PHCS P & C Association
the planned upgrades is a firmware upgrade to the
battery that needs the battery to be fully charged.
Although there will be no upgrades to any of the
operating systems on the laptops which affect your
work, it is still recommended that all students
From the Mail Box
backup their files to an external drive in case there
Dear Cliff are any problems.
On behalf of myself and John McMaster Students will be issued with a card when handing in
(chief ring steward horse events) I would their laptop which will have a unique number on it.
like to thank the students of Peak Hill Students are required to keep this card and bring it
Central School for their assistance in the with them when they collect their laptops. It is
estimated that these upgrades will take 1-2 days to
horse events at the recent Peak Hill Show.
I would like to especially thank Nathan
Any student who fails to hand in their laptop before
Carr, Mikaela Dart and Shari Carpenter
9am Monday 18 October may be held responsible for
who ably assisted on both days (the judge
the costs to have their laptop sent to the
that Mikaela stewarded for was very manufacturer for the upgrades. Failure to have these
impressed with her and asked Mikaela to upgrades will in some instances void the laptop
assist her on the second day as well). warranty.
A big thank you to Molly Pearse, Samantha
Wright and Sharene Pearce for their help
on the first day. Jason Lyons
All six of these young people conducted Technology Support Officer (TSO)
their jobs with eagerness and they were a
credit to themselves and Peak Hill Central.
I hope that next year we may be able to
have more children assist in the ring
Award Winners for Week Ending
On behalf of Herself and John McMaster Friday 10 September
Horse Section Bronze Awards
Peak Hill Show Society Hassan Dirani
Remember you can access Mathletics
during the school holidays
Year 10 Trial and School Certificate Exams
Poultry Growth Trials
Please find information with regard to both the Trial
Year 9 Agriculture has been conducting a trial with and School Certificate Examinations. The Trial
chickens looking at the effect of genetics on growth. School Certificate Examinations will be conducted
here at School during Week 1. The examinations will
Meat birds were purchased as day olds and students
occur in Room 2. All students granted Special
hatched out eggs in the incubator from the schools Provisions will complete their examinations in the
Rhode Island Red hens. Library under separate supervision.
The broilers and layers had exactly the same If students do not attend the examination they must
environmental conditions as each other. They were have a Doctors Certificate explaining their absence.
In the event of illness/misadventure students will
regularly weighed and their average weights and
need to complete an Illness/Misadventure form to be
growth rates were calculated. sent to the Board of Studies.
After thirty two days the average weight of the Peak Hill Central School
broilers was 2,400 grams and the layers was 362 Trial School Certificate Timetable
grams. Week 1 Tuesday 12 October
The trial concluded when the broilers were dressed by Morning School Certificate English literacy
the students. Chicken sandwiches are on the menu. 9.20am–11.30am
The mixed sex Rhode Island Red chickens are for Afternoon School Certificate Science
Wednesday 13 October
School Certificate Computing Skills online test
Thursday 14 October
Morning School Certificate Mathematics
Afternoon School Certificate Australian History,
Geography, Civics and Citizenship
Students will be required to remain at school between
examinations. Students must bring their own food
during the breaks. The canteen will remain open for
2010 Week 5 – School Certificate week
Monday 8 November – School Certificate Day 1
Morning School Certificate English literacy
Afternoon School Certificate Science
Tuesday 9 November – School Certificate Day 2
Morning School Certificate Mathematics
Afternoon School Certificate Australian History,
Geography, Civics and Citizenship
Clothing Pool Wednesday 10 November-School Certificate Day 3
School Certificate Computing Skills online test-
to be held in the Technology Room
Any donations of school uniforms, large
Mandatory online for all schools in 2010
and small sizes are greatly accepted.
They can be left at the school office. Debbie-Lee Hughes
Thank you Deputy Principal
In the mail this week:
Undergraduate Guide for University of Sydney
TERM 3 WEEK 10 Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Re-
sources for 2011 also Arts and Social Science for
I had the pleasure of attending Mr Brendan Conservatorium of Music Open Day 9 October
Maher’s wedding last Saturday to Hayley – what a
Nursing Scholarships worth up to $10,000 per
special and beautiful occasion.
year for 3 years full time study. Closes 1
Congratulations to them both. October. http://www.rena.org.au/scholarships/
For the past 2 weeks we have welcomed Mr Nathan Discover Architecture – Summer School UTS.
Cluness (from Yeoval Central School) replacing Mr 10-21 January 2011.
Maher as Access Coordinator until the end of term. http://wwwutsarchitecture.net/
It’s a small world but I knew Nathan as a young discoverarchitecture
primary school student who came to visit his
Country Energy Apprenticeships. Applications
relatives in Narromine and went swimming with my
close 24 September
boys during the school holidays – yes he makes me
feel very old! It is good to have you here Nathan and http://www.countryenergy.com.au/content/
I hope you enjoy your time at PHCS. apprenticeships
As I have mentioned previously these publications
Final week for Year 12 and I am hoping to sight aren’t just for senior students – any interested
their uni preferences before the term ends. These are student/parent/caregiver can borrow these resources
due to the University Admissions Centre (UAC) by and take a look at the “future”.
30 September, any later and they will incur a heavy
Some definitions of interest;
fee. TAFE applications close 29 October for those
intending to study those courses. Undergraduate - someone at uni studying their
Postgraduate - someone continuing on with
These holidays are a reward for Year 11 and the end
further university study
of their Preliminary year. When they return they will
begin Year 12 studies and their final year of TAFE – Technical and Further Education
schooling. VET – Vocational Education and Training
(subjects for Years 11 and 12)
Year 10 will have work experience in Week 8 Term 4 TVET –A TAFE delivered VET subject
(29 November – 3 December) I would like students to WAP – Western Access Program
start thinking of what they would like to do and
(now incorporating 15 school including PHCS)
where they may like to go. We will complete a work
readiness session early in the term and begin the ATAR -Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank
paper trail for the world of work. (formally the UAI or TER)
Christine O’Donoghue Careers Adviser /
Work Placement Coordinator
Peak Hill Central School Mondays–Thursdays
2010 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS AND ASSESSMENTS FOR SCHOOLS (ICAS)
Mathematics Competition English Competition
On the 17 August, 2010, 9 students from Years 6 to 9 entered On the 3 August, 2010, 5 students from Years 6 to 9
the Mathematics competition. Results are as follows entered the English competition. Results are as follows
Participation Certificates to Isabelle Goodwin, Caitlin Participation Certificates Isabelle Goodwin,
Bell, Rhianna Goodwin, Amy Hart and Jack Miller Caitlin Bell, Rhianna Goodwin and Alistar Kopp
Credit Certificates to Bradley Edwards, Rohan Kopp and Credit Certificate to Bradley Edwards
Distinction Certificate to Alistar Kopp.
Well done students
Congratulations to all these students for their efforts and
certificates will be presented to the students next term. Ms Langley
The following prizes were awarded.
Championship winner Bradley Hart
Junior Squash Competition Championship runner up Jyi Cohen
The Junior squash competition finished on Friday Championship back draw winner Bradley James
night with the playing of the Championships and the
Championship back draw runner up Natasha Cook
Winner of Weekly competition Samantha Wright
Players were ranked from 1 to 12 on a ladder. If you
defeated a player higher up the ladder then you Most improved on the ladder Amy Hart
swapped positions. Players were allowed to challenge Other players were Courtney Hando, Nathan Wright,
other players to try and move up the ladder. Victor Hernandez, James Peter, Corey Hando,
Players took turns at being the weekly organiser. All Bradley Edwards and Hayden Cook.
players scored and umpired.
Two teams were formed each week from the rankings.
If you were in the winning team you gained a point.
The regular games have improved all players’ squash.
The level of play in the Championship was
A special thanks to the Ex-Services club for their
sponsorship, the parents who came each week to
supervise; especially Ellen Hart who helped each
week, Margaret Edwards for organising the BBQ, Rex
Rodda for cooking the BBQ and Jan Cook for
organising the prizes. President Tony Ellis presented
the prizes and also offered on behalf of the club the
opportunity for players to attend a coaching clinic.
Peak Hill Men’s Shed Inc
Greater Western Area Health
Street Stall Friday 8 October Service
Any saleable items greatly
Are you caring for a family member or
Peak Hill Men’s Shed Inc friend with a disability, illness or who is aged?
Fundraising Trivia Night Would you like to know more about being
Peak Hill Golf Club
Would you like more support, information
Saturday 9 October and practical skills?
Would you be interested in meeting other
Registration 7pm people in a simular situation to you?
Questions start at 7.30pm sharp A FREE information session is being held
On Thursday 7 October 2010
Teams of 4 at $10 per person
At Peak Hill Ex-Services Citizens Club
Prizes to 3rd Place Time 10.00 am for 10.30 am start
Morning tea will be provided
Light entertainment between breaks For further information please contact your local
Tea and Coffee available Carer Support/Liaison Officer on (02) 6393 3340
Bring own nibbles
Peak Hill Swim Club Newton’s Nation
Registration Days for 2010/11 Mount Panorama
Monday 1 November November 26-28 2010
Newtons Nation Road Trip!
Wednesday 3 November
Experiential Tour in Parkes
At the pool ON
Fundraisers to kick start season FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER, 2010
Chocolates– see Margaret 12PM - 3PM
Edwards if you are able to PARKES SKATE PARK
assist with sales HOOLEY STREET
Check out the local paper for your chance to win a 30
Raffle -Family Season Ticket to
minute private lesson for you and four of your mates!
Parkes Shire Pools tickets will
Demos by Rockstar riders
be available at 50th
DJ pumping out tunes from bands featuring at
Anniversary pool celebrations Newton’s Nation
or see Donna Kopp
PILATES and ZUMBA CLASSES
If you are interested in Pilates and Zumba
carrying on next term please ring or text Bonny (Family Service)
Wakefield with your name, phone number & Sunday 26th September
email address. Bonny's number is 0410 767 671
If she does not get enough people to contact
her, the classes will not resume. Koinonia House
Featuring Westlink Youth Band
All Welcome - BBQ Tea
St Stephens Anglican
General Meeting Street Stall
Thursday 30 September
Friday 1 October
At Jan Mackay’s
Saleable Goods greatly
69 Derribong Street appreciated