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A Message from the Principal 'Singin' in the Rain' More Basketball! 73rd Steinway & Sons Youth Piano Competition Year 12 Student Leaders The Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Stride for a Cure Hockey Champions 2009-2010 Hong Kong 'Men’s Hockey Team' Visit Sha Tin College Senior Netball 2009 Congratulations to Natalie Hoe Printing School Uniform Reminder A Message from the Principal Dear Parents, As we reach the end of the term I would like to take this opportunity to wish all parents, students and staff a happy holiday and festive season. It has certainly been a busy term with much great work going on within our school and I trust that our community will be able to take a well-earned rest and return refreshed for next term, which incidentally begins on Monday 4th January 2010. Since our last newsletter, just a couple of weeks ago, there have been some excellent events which have showcased our students’ talents as well as the commitment and support of our staff. In particular I would like to congratulate all staff and students involved with the recent Sports Day and the “Singin’ in the Rain” musical production. Both were impressive and very inclusive events. I look forward to seeing you all next term (and next year!) – please be safe (and warm) over the holidays. Best wishes, John Nixon MBE, Principal – Sha Tin College 'Singin' in the Rain' – Neil Harris, Head of Drama The school musical production of 'Singin' in the Rain' took place last week, I am sure many of you either saw the show or heard news of it. This was one of the most challenging productions that we have undertaken here at the college for a whole host of reasons. Teachers, support staff and students worked together tirelessly for over two months to produce a version of the musical which was excellent in so many respects. The photos capture the fabulous songs and choreography along with some inventive staging and some pioneering use of technology which resulted in great entertainment for all. Most of all, the students in leading roles excelled themselves as performers. Superb diction and timing were needed to make such a comic script come to life so well. The members of the chorus meanwhile, as always, became clear characters in their own rights to prove the theory that on stage there are no such thing as small roles. After such a glamorous and successful show, I look forward eagerly to next year's offering! More Basketball! – Antony Webster, Faculty of PE After much preparation and hard work the A grades teams boarded the plane to represent Sha Tin and indeed Hong Kong at the ‘Great Wall Shoot-out’ at the International School of Beijing on Wednesday. As predicted the competition was extremely stiff. The girls started proceedings off with a match against Shanghai American School and lost a nail biting game by just 1 point! However they gained revenge against the same team in the playoffs winning by a clear margin. The following game was another close loss and this was followed by playing three of the biggest school teams you will ever see! The girls played some gutsy Basketball and were never out of any game but could not get over the finish line. In the end a 5th place finish reflected their improvement throughout the tournament. Natalie Chan led the team well and both her and Oona Otobor were voted onto the ‘All Wall’ team for the best 12 players in the tournament. The boys got off to a terrific start and won their first two games. The third game proved to be decisive however and after leading for most of the game, the boys ended up on the wrong end of a 5 point loss. This had a big impact on the boy’s morale with them getting off to a poor start in their game against the American School of Japan, and running out with a loss. This meant they had a play-off game for third and fourth against the Malaysian school they had lost to previously. The team rallied from 5 points down in the last 3 minutes to win by 2 points, with 14 year old Matthew Renouf having an outstanding game. The tournament ended with a big Thanksgiving dinner with all the competitors and their host families and prizing giving at the end. The students were fantastic throughout and were certainly the most friendly and popular students who took part and represent the College with great pride. Paul Barker, Head of Music 73rd Steinway & Sons Youth Piano Competition Whole of China Competition 2nd Prize Peggy Wu (Year 10 GCSE Music Student) has been award 2nd Prize in this prestigious piano competition which is a tribute to her dedication and sheer hard work. Keeping it within the family, Brian Wu, her brother has also been awarded 6th Place in the competition which is a major achievement for a Year 7 student! Brass Band Year 7 students were recently offered the opportunity to learn a brass instrument as a contribution to developing brass playing in Hong Kong. We have had 6 sessions so far and have already played our first Christmas Carol - on time! We will recommence next term and hope to play our first piece at the Spring Concert in March. Year 12 Student Leaders – Margaret Ducie, Head of Senior School The new Year 12 Student Leaders were appointed to their posts on 10th November 2009. It was difficult to choose between some excellent candidates but unfortunately there are only 10 positions available per house. The Student Leaders and Student Council underwent training on Monday 30th November in Sai Kung to prepare them for their role. From Back left: Kent Wong, Ivan Yung, Rachel Robertson, Claire Robinson, Kenny Won, Erika Halili, Emma Rossiter, Aska Mertens, Beverley Nam, Charmain Li From Back left: Michelle Dang, Andrew McNicol, Kevin Yuen, Michael Harman, Jack Heaton, Yashna Chugani, Cameron Tucker , Jamie Choy, Francesca Hooper, Kimberley Kok From Back left: Nicholas Yiu, William Cai, Desiree Mok, Keillian Tai, Murjanatu Marafa, Garesa Au, Darayus Vachha, Christina So, Minos Lau, Sonia Raphael From Back Left: Catriona Leven, Jade Li, Boris Lo, Katlyn Yip, Shannen Li, Jason Ng, Raoul Hodgson, Purple Law, Natalie Hoe, Bernice Kong From Back left: Chris Wang, Sydney Robertson, Samantha Ngan‐Kee, Francis Tsui, Elaine Zhao, Claudia Pilz, Myles Pyne, Sam Cho, Brian Siu From Back left: Claudia Tse, Helen Hawgood, Michael Ng, David Lau, Jonathan Poon, Robin Cho, Tracy Tse, Tom Elias, Erica Cheng, Jason Chi The Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Stride for a Cure – Sarah Preston, Head of Science I am delighted to report that once again Sha Tin College participated in this worthy event. Students in Year 12, as part of a CAS project coordinated the school’s involvement. Two of the students in that team, Charmain Li and Desiree Mok, have written an article which celebrates and describes the events of that day. “‘The Red balloons dotted the sky as a chilly breeze blew over the football pitch of Hong Kong International School. It was November 30th 2009, a cool Sunday where the Hong Kong Cancer Fund’s Stride for a Cure walkathon took place. With over 2500 participants and a target of HK$ 3million, all funds raised go towards local cancer research, including funding research for the Epstein Barr Virus and the Hereditary Gastrointestinal Cancer Programme among others. Over 270 Sha Tin College students and teachers took part in the walkathon. As a school, we raised over one hundred and thirteen thousand Hong Kong dollars, winning the trophy for the school that raised the most money yet again. Overall, Stride for a Cure was a success. Many Sha Tin College students were heard singing loudly during the walkathon, seen sunbathing on the football pitch and stealing other people's balloons. But most importantly, we all contributed to raising cancer awareness and helped fund cancer research groups such as the Hong Kong Nasopharyngeal Cancer Study Group. Big thanks to all the Year 12 student project organizers of 2009: Nicholas Yiu, Charmain Li, Paul Chen, Desiree Mok, Kevin Teng, Tracy Tse, David Chan, Katlyn Yip, William Cai, Erica Cheng, Howard Kwok, Erika Halili, Corley Zhang, Rebecca Rainer, Daniel Han, Ting Yee Lai, and Brian Siu. We would also like to thank Ms Preston for initiating and continuing this traditional charity event in our school, which, without her generous support, would not have been the meaningful and fun-filled day Sha Tin College students know it to be.” Hockey Champions 2009-2010 – Debbie Hanley, Teacher of PE “URAH URAH SHATIN COLLEERRRRGE” This month Sha Tin College Senior Hockey Girls competed in two exciting competitions which saw both Division 1 and Division 2 teams play superbly against some very strong opposition. Opponents: KGV, SIS, GSIS, WIS, HYS, HKIS, IS, DGS Coach: Arif Ali & Miss Hanley Umpire: Sky. Senior Girls Division One The competition was going to be fierce between all schools involved, many of which contained one or two Hong Kong players. The Pool matches were drawn which resulted in some very tightly fought encounters with KGV, WIS, IS coming through to the play-off stage. Sha Tin College battled it out eventually winning 1st place in their pool. We then had to face our biggest rivals KGV in the finals. After 15 minutes of observing Lottie Myrans (GK) dived all over the ‘D’, in an attempt to save every brutal shot taken by KGV’s Centre Forward (HK player). At the same time our defenders Chloe Doran, Chloe Wei, Diana Or, Angel Lee and Adrienne Chan spent most of the game ducking to protect their teeth. They fought hard to keep out the goals and constantly broke away to create opportunities for our forwards Xantha Leatham, Hannah Leonczek and Rachel Erwin. Both teams gave an excellent overall team performance, but Sha Tin College gave that little bit extra, winning the competition on penalties becoming ESF/HKSSF CHAMPIONS. Players: Rachel Erwin, Xantha Leatham, Hannah Leonczek, Chloe Doran, Lottie Myrans, Adrienne Chan, Yoki Li, Sabrina Soin, Lizzie Else, Angel Lee, Diana Or, Angela Tse, Anissa Lam, Celeste Cheng, Christie-Anna Ozorio. Senior Girls Division Two The team played controlled, disciplined Hockey and deservedly took 2nd place in their tournament held last week at Happy Valley. We witnessed some excellent defending from Sum Sze Tam (Y11) and also Dana Chan (Y11), who won ‘player of the tournament’. We mainly held possession of the ball throughout our games; whilst our forwards Melody Mak, Ridha Jawad & Jennifer Hemmings battled on to earn enough points to secure our place. A fantastic team effort from all, well done! Players: Jennifer Hemmings, Sum sze Tam, Francesca Li, Ridha Jawad, Julie Chan, Janice Wang, Helen Zhang, Victoria Cadman, Nicola Lucas, Zita Leung, Sarah Park, Dana Chan, Sinhu Nanthakuma, Melody Mak. Congratulations to Sha Tin College on an excellent team performance! Hong Kong 'Men’s Hockey Team' Visit Sha Tin College – Debbie Hanley, Teacher of PE This month Sha Tin college had a surprise visit from the Hong Kong Mens Hockey team just before they were due to Play China in the East Asian games competition. The visit was coordinated by Arif Ali who is an international player and has been working closely with our Hockey team, coaching the girls over the past year in his quest to find new talent and promote the game. They ran a series of workshops on our roof for our senior students and even demonstrated their talents. Finally they finished the session with a mini competition between HK v's STC where obviously....... STC won! We would like to thank Arif and the team for coming in and also Congratulate them on the success at the East Asian games where they proudly took the BRONZE medal. Senior Netball 2009 – Jane Parry, Head of Arts/PE Faculty We have just come to the end of another HKSSF Netball season. The Senior Netball teams have been training and playing matches every Wednesday since September. The girls have played some great Netball and have gone from strength to strength throughout the season. The A and B Grade teams both finished a commendable 7th place out 16 schools. The A2 team had an excellent season and after beating French International in the playoffs they went on to win the league! A big thank you to all those students who have competed in the Senior Netball competition this year and an extra special mention to the following Year 13 students who have now played their last season of competitive Netball for Sha Tin College – Xantha Leatham, Chloe Doran, Hannah Leonczek, Alison Luk, Melissa Lam, Wendy Lo and Arlene Zhao. Thank you for all your years of commitment to sport at Sha Tin College. Next term will see the Years 7, 8 and 9 students taking part in the HKSSF Junior Netball league so watch this space! Congratulations to Natalie Hoe – John Nixon, Principal Natalie Hoe in Year 12 recently performed the second movement for Mozart’s clarinet concerto accompanied by the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra at the Cultural Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui in front of a very large audience. Natalie, a Hong Kong and Sha Tin College Young Musician of the Year winner, performed this moving and very famous piece flawlessly. Congratulations to Natalie for an outstanding performance. We are very proud of her. Printing – Joanne Letters, Vice Principal At the College we are always looking at ways in which to streamline the use of our resources. Over the past few months we have been looking into how students make use of the printing facilities in school and in particular how the printer in the library is used. We have recently purchased some software which can monitor printing and our plan is that after the Christmas break we intend to use this software to monitor and charge for printing in school. All students will be provided with a budget depending on which year group they are in. If they use their budget within the year they will have to “top up” in the general office before they can print any further within the school campus. The allocations for Year Groups are as follows: Years 7 – 9: $10 - equivalent to 20 pages black and white print Years 10 – 11: $40 - equivalent to 80 pages black and white print Years 12 – 13: $125 - equivalent to 250 pages black and white print Printing will be charged at cost; 50 cents per sheet for black and white and $4 per sheet for colour. As we move towards a greater integration of technology in our teaching and learning and increased use of on- line drop boxes and e-portfolios we would anticipate the need for printing in the future is likely to diminish. In the meantime we would like to encourage all of our students to be environmentally aware and think before they print! School Uniform Reminder To combat the cold during the winter season there is a school uniform combination of a fleece jacket, sweatshirt, cardigan, scarf and track pants available for sale at the Uniform Shop. PE hoodies are available for PE and sports events only. We are expecting more cold weather in January and February next year so do pay a visit to our shop which is located on the first floor of Sha Tin Junior School.
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