Preschool Phone: 62057672 Junior Campus Phone: 62056055 Senior Campus Phone: 62057277 Fax: 62057290 Principal: Wendy Wurfel Learning Today Leading Tomorrow Hambidge Cres, Chisholm ACT 2905 www.chisholm.act.edu.au firstname.lastname@example.org Senior Campus: Newsletter No.5 30th July, 2010 A Message from the Principal Welcome to Term 3. I hope our students are feeling refreshed and ready for the challenges that the Term 3 curriculum will present. I welcome our new families to Caroline Chisholm School and I am delighted to note that our new students have been readily invited to join established friendship groups, wonderful to see! Keeping you informed Work Required Units (WRUs) are written by senior campus teachers for each new course of study. WRUs outline subject content, skills and assessment tasks. WRUs are sent home with your child at the point of course introduction. Term Overviews are written by Junior Campus teachers and provide an overview of the topics and content taught for the term. Term Overviews are sent home at the start of each term. I encourage you to take the time to chat about these important documents with your child. As part of our reporting process on the Junior Campus, Student Led Conferences are being held next week at which reports issued at the end of last term will be discussed in detail. I am delighted with the high rate of participation. The attendance in the past of over 75% of parents is indicative of the high value placed on learning one that is very much appreciated by your children’s teachers. Staffing In the previous newsletter I informed you that Julie Cooper, the Deputy on the Junior Campus has been appointed as the acting Principal of Southern Cross early Childhood School for Term 3. Sally Alexander is filling the Deputy’s position during Julie’s absence. We welcome the following staff to Chisholm School- Our two new admin staff are Mrs Jenny Mossesson, our new Business Manager and Ms Beth Skinner, our new Finance Officer. Both Jenny and Beth bring a wealth of experience to their new positions at Chisholm. Mr Dean Moran is taking Technology classes for the first half of this term while Mr Vidya Nath is on leave. Ms Fiona McKinnon is our new counsellor. If you would like to meet with the counsellor please contact either the junior or senior front offices. Student and Staff Highlights Congratulations to the following students who have been recognised for their talent and skills - The Senior Campus Awards system is based on three areas of recognition – Citizenship, Learning and Participation. Awardees must demonstrate a commitment to their learning and the . school community over a sustained period of time. Bek Black and Jayden Black are the recipients of the first Gold Awards, a major achievement! Bek’s award is for Citizenship and Jayden’s is for Learning. (Principals report continued over page) (Principals report continued) From the Deputy Principal In addition to featuring outstanding student achievement I would also like to note outstanding achievement by the Welcome back to the business end of the year and by that I following staff – mean that students are working on improving/maintaining their grades for second semester. I hope you have all read Our school Counsellor, Charlotte Morrisson finished term 2 your child’s reports and have had the necessary discussions a little early to commence maternity leave and delivered, with them. Please remember that the library is open every also a little early, a beautiful daughter during the holidays. Monday afternoon for extra tuition with Garry Bourke and We are delighted to learn that both mother and daughter are Adam Taylor who both work in the Pastoral Care Centre. doing well. Amanda Murtagh our Pastoral Care SLC has now launched I would like to congratulate Mr Julian Dent, English/SOSE, ‘Wellness Week’ which will be in week 10 of the term. She on his selection for the Australian Orienteering team and is collating the activities which staff will offer for the students wish him every success over the next two and a half weeks during this week. My activity is to have a group of students at the World Championships in Trondheim, Norway. make decorations to brighten up the Oncology unit at Canberra Hospital. At Mondays’ assembly I was telling the I would like to acknowledge Ms Marjorie Waugh’s invitation students about my visit to this unit and to witness firsthand from her university to present her Masters in Education these brave people who are combating cancer. To my thesis. Marjorie is currently teaching Kindergarten. delight I was approached by many students who wanted to volunteer for this activity. This makes me feel so proud Hope to see some new faces at the P&C meeting on when our students can identify with the idea of giving to Monday night. others less fortunate than themselves. Best wishes Congratulations to all the students who received awards on Monday. Encourage your child to place these awards in Wendy Wurfel their personal portfolios. Sue Swift Deputy Important Dates A word from your New School Counsellor Aug 4th Canberra Careers Market Yrs 9&10 Aug 10th Girls Swans Cup AFL Gala Day I would like to introduce myself to you. My Aug 13th Senior Years Ski Trip name is Fiona McKinnon and until the end of Aug 18th Cultural Infusion Performance this year, I am replacing Charlotte, your school counsellor, however my times are Aug 29th Yr 9 Immunisation cards due back different in that I will be at the school on Monday and Friday all day, and Thursday Sept 8th 7/8 Boys and Girls NSW Touch from 1.00pm. I am happy to see students and family members in the Counsellor’s Sept 9th Athletics Carnival room in the Wellbeing Centre. You can make an appointment directly with me Sept 13th –24th Year 10 Work Experience 62057285, through the front office Sept 15th-17th Dance Festival 62057277, or through staff of the Wellbeing Centre. For those of you who had regular Sept 15th Yr 9 immunisations visits with Charlotte and would like to continue to receive support, please come along so we can get to know each other. Regards, Fiona McKinnon Finally, before we get into specific year reports, I’d like to Middle Years News thank all parents for their ongoing efforts in supporting their children’s learning. If any parents have any concerns or Respect for Learning. Respect for the Environment. questions, or would just like to ‘touch base’ with their childs Respect for Others. teachers, please don’t hesitate to contact the school. Building positive partnerships around supporting students Welcome back to Term 3. We’ve finally hit the downward learning is essential in making the most of education. slope as we move towards the Christmas holidays. The report process ran smoothly with students receiving their Shannon Stewart & Gavin McClory reports at the end of term. Well done for all your hard work Middle Years Executive Teachers and persistence. I hope your brains are refreshed and rested ready to hit Term 3! On Thursday of Week 2, a group of dedicated students performed their Dance Spectacular piece at the Junior Year 6 News Campus assembly. Despite their nerves, the students performed with confidence and are to be commended on their efforts. All those involved received Silver Awards. Well Year 6 have started Term 3 beautifully. Week 1 has seen done! The students will also be performing this dance piece all students working hard and completing quality work. We at Big Night Out next term. Students involved were: will be working on new topics this term. For SOSE we will be investigating medieval history and in Science we will be • Shara-Lee Brown investigating the computer. We will be working on one assessment task this term for SOSE which will culminate in • Casey Cook oral presentations at the end of term. We will keep everyone • Allira High posted on how these tasks are progressing, they are • Jessica Nemet shaping up to be very interesting. • Tamara Rutherford Last term we investigated the geography of the Murray • Tealeah Schofield Darling Basin and staff were amazed at the high quality and • Brittney Stewart obvious hard work that went into the dioramas. We now • Jenny Turvey have some on display in our classroom with others displayed in our school library. The students should be • Rhiannon proud of the effort that went into such quality work, well • Emma Windsor done. • Rosie Santolin • Taylor-Ann Cannell One focus for the coming semester is organization of workload in order to develop time management skills • Alicia Hines needed for the senior years. Each week the students will A massive thank you to the wonderful students who receive homework and we will check their diaries every volunteered for this performance and the talented teachers Friday to ensure they have written down their due tasks and who made this happen- Miss Small, Miss Vaughan and Miss that they have a parent/ guardian signature. The diary is a Beasley. great communication tool between school and home so please ensure you check it each week and talk about some At the start of this term, all students will have been sent of our weekly activities, as this can help students better home with Work Required Units (WRUs). These are manage their time. documents that provide a subject description in addition to learning outcomes and assessable items. All students are This term will see students participating in the Junior required to return these signed by parents to the class Campus athletics carnival, peer support, some of our teacher. If you haven’t seen a handful of WRUs for all students will be involved in Tournament of the Minds with subjects, ask your child or feel free to contact the Class our year sevens and there will be another celebration of Teacher. how well we are working as a team. Colour Code Is still looking pretty good in Middle Years. Just a reminder that colour code is: As part of our SOSE topic students will be part of a team to build a castle or a trebuchet this term. If you have any • Plain Navy blue or white shirt. Shirts must cover the recyclable craft materials such as cereal boxes, cardboard, chest area and have sleeves. Singlets are not papers, old magazines and so on please bring them in so permitted. Logos are permitted but are to be no we can be limited in our buildingss only by our imaginations. bigger than fist size Looking forward to a fantastic term. The Year 6 team. • Plain navy blue or white jacket or jumper. Logos are permitted but are to be no bigger than fist size. • Bottoms can be plain navy blue, white or navy blue denim jeans or jean shorts. Track pants and denim jeans are acceptable and all shorts must be at mid thigh length. • Shoes must fully cover the foot. Thongs, sandals, Ugg Boots are not appropriate Year 7 News 7 Green Welcome back to a new school term. During Term 3, Year 7 students will have the opportunity to work with Relationships Australia. This is a leading government provider of Home Room Seussical relationships and support services, whose mission is ’to build stronger relationships which enhance the lives of Jr. Trip and Dinner individuals, families and communities’. Students will work with this group to further improve upon their wellbeing and to promote positive relationships. To celebrate the end of our first semester In English, students have begun reading the novel Blueback together, 7 Green, Shannon Stewart, Kerry by Tim Winton. They will continue to study the novel this Medvecky, Lisa term, and complete assignments throughout the semester, based on the book. Purves and Julian Dent went out for In SOSE, students will be moving on from ‘Ancient Greece’ dinner and to see studies to the topic of ‘World Maps’. Their teachers plan to the school organise a ‘Caroline Chisholm Amazing Race’, similar to the musical, Suessical one on TV. In PE classes, students are completing their Jr. at the Fitness Testing unit, in preparation for their Athletics Tuggeranong Arts Carnival later in the Term. All students are working on a Centre. All Fitness Assignment collating and analysing results, which they must submit to their teachers in the next couple of students were weeks. excited to head out to La Porchetta Tuggeranong on Friday night with some of their teachers to I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jaiden enjoy socialising outside the classroom. Black and Jessica Nemet for excelling in their academic There was a bit of a pizza eating competition with achievements, receiving straight “A’s” last semester. The Harrison Sheild and Andrew Walker determined following students are also to be commended on their to get through their large pizzas before each efforts for receiving 5 or more “A” grades: other. The boys did a fine job, needing no assistance from others in the class. The wait staff • Andrew Taylor were very • Harrison Shield impressed with • Michael Lankuts the civilised and • Brittney Stewart mature behaviour • Emily White of all the students. Well done 7 Good luck with your studies, Green! You make Caroline Chisholm Clare Small School proud! Year 7 Coordinator After dinner we all travelled to the Year 8 News Tuggeranong Arts Centre to watch the Senior Year students perform in Seussical Jr. We were What an exciting start to Term 3! Year 8 students have hit lucky enough to have front row seats and enjoyed the ground running with new electives and exciting topics. watching the great Year 8 will create, play, act and design their way through performance. There Semester 2 with new electives in Visual Art, Music, were many comments Performing Arts and Woodwork. floating around afterwards suggesting The new English and Social Science unit “Colours of India” that we might have a few will introduce students to the dynamic country of India. In more aspiring students English they will read Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘Haroun and trying to emulate the the Sea of Stories’ and the famous Hindu Epic ‘The success when they get to Ramayana’. In SOSE, students will journey from Ancient India to Medieval India and finally Modern India, exploring senior years. lost civilisations, Ghandi and the largest movie industry in All in all, it was a great the world. With opportunities to cook butter chicken, learn night that we got to some Bollywood moves and tying saris in class, the year 8s celebrate our first are sure to have a fantastic term. semester together which was well attended. And lastly, don’t forget to keep you eyes peeled for Ski Trip pictures- Its going to be a blast! Bethany Will Year 8 Coordinator Year 9 News Welcome to Term 3. We hope you all had a restful holiday as this term is shaping up to be very busy. Year 9 students have made a productive start to the new semester, settling into classes quickly. We hope that students have taken the time to read over their semester reports and will make an effort to discuss with their teachers ways in which they can “Colours of India” Year 8 improve their performance for this semester. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child’s report please feel free to contact us. Fun Home Activity Immunisations Immunisations for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) will occur on the 15th of September. Students will be receiving consent cards in the coming week Learn how to tie a Sari and will need to return them by Thursday 26th August. You will need: a. A long skirt or petticoat with a firm Careers Market elasticised waist On Wednesday 4th August year 9 and 10 students will be attending the Canberra Careers Market. Consent forms have been issued and should have been returned by Friday b. A short sleeved T-shirt 30th July. This excursion is free and is a great opportunity for students to begin exploring the variety of options c. A piece of fabric approximately 250cm available to them upon completing school. They will be able long by 70cm wide to speak to representatives from many tertiary institutions across Australia, as well as employers, tradespeople and apprentices. You may also need someone to help you tying the sari. Exhibitions During this term students will be completing their Instructions exhibitions. The theme for this years exhibition is WELLBEING - What builds our wellbeing NOW and for 1. Put on the T-shirt and the petticoat. Wrap the FUTURE? Students will be examining issues and the piece of fabric around your waist at the factors that affect young people’s wellbeing at present and back and hold the top corner on the left in ways that they can continue to build their wellbeing and that your left hand. Tuck that end firmly into the of others in the future. They will be conducting activities elastic at the front of the petticoat so that it during their core lessons throughout the term and then use information gathered and their own knowledge to create and looks like half a skirt. promote a product for the Wellbeing Expo during week 9. 2. Take the right end of the fabric and wrap They will finally be required to prepare an individual it right around your waist and back to the presentation for the Roundtable Panel during which they will front. explain their project and then discuss and reflect on what they have learned and achieved. All parents or family members will be invited to their child’s Roundtable Presentation as a panel member to witness first hand this valuable and rewarding experience. There will be more information as the term progresses. Graduation System of Recognition This year we have introduced a Graduation System of Recognition as a way to assist our students to become “well rounded citizens”. This system acknowledges the variety of ways that students can contribute to their school and community, providing a challenge and encouraging the development of positive attributes and leadership in our senior students. Students will earn points for participating in a variety of academic and community activities. At the end P&C Meeting! of year 10 they will receive an additional graduation certificate acknowledging their level of participation in this system. More information will be mailed out to you. The next P&C meeting will be held on the Senior Campus on Monday (Year 9 continued over the page) 2nd August at 7.00pm (Year 9 report continued) Media Release Permission Forms Classes The Senior Campus is updating the student database for Below is a list of work being studied and assignments due in publication of student photos in the various forms of media. the coming weeks. As the media is involved in reporting general activities at the English: Students will be studying Shakespeare this school such as music festivals, athletics or swimming term. They will be completing an oral carnivals or other activities that involve various aspects of presentation on “Elizabethan Life” during the curriculum, it is vital that the wishes of parents/carers weeks 4 and 5. are known in relation to filming or photographing students. Science: This term students will be completing a Permission forms have been distributed through Contact “Science by Doing” project. They will be Class groups. Please complete the Media Release required to design their own investigation and Permission Form and return it to the front office. complete it following the process of scientific enquiry. With best wishes SOSE: Students will be studying Financial Literacy Ms Carissa, Year 10 Executive Teacher this term. During this unit of work they will be Mr Dave Hromow, Year 10 Coordinator completing an assignment that will require and the Year 10 Teachers. them to develop a business to raise money for charity as part of the Wellness expo. Maths: Level 3 class will be completing in class computer assignments on statistics and coordinate geometry. All other levels will begin work on coordinate geometry. All maths classes can log onto www.mathletics.com at anytime and practice course work or their mental computation skills by playing live mathletics. All students should be completing homework each night. If you would like more details regarding their homework please contact me at anytime. Prear Schwarz, Year 9 Coordinator. Year 10 News Work Experience – will happen in Weeks 9 and 10 on Term 3. Students need to make sure they attend their careers meeting with Lynn Humphries so she can organise work placements as soon as possible. Road Ready – Students have started the Year 10 Road Ready program. This will continue on the next two Fridays at school instead of normal classes. Careers Market Excursion – this will be held at the AIS Arena on Wednesday August 4th. All Year 9 and 10 students have been given a permission note to attend. These need to be returned to contact teachers so we can get final numbers. This is a great opportunity to talk to people from industry and further education about future career options. Year 10 Formal - A deposit of $50 is due by the end of Week 2. After this time there will be no more places available. Any students who need help paying should come and visit Ms Campbell this week. College Enrolments Early in Term 3 students will be advised about details of their placements in the 2011 ACT government college sector. The school, its staff and the Territory are not aware of, and make no representation as to, the truth or accuracy of the information provided in advertisements appearing in this publication. Readers should make their own enquiries in relation to the information This is an exciting term for all of us as we once again embark on the Wellbeing Term. Throughout the term work and activities will have a wellbeing focus. Our Year 9 Exhibitions, Expo and Roundtables is built on the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and principles of Positive Psychology and I’m looking forward to working with our students and teachers throughout Exhibitions. The term will culminate in Wellness Week (Week 10) with students able to select from a broad range of activities to engage, challenge and energise – with the aim of having all of our students tick off all of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing. With the people around you. With family, friends, Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the your local community. moment, whether you are on a bus, eating lunch or talking to friends. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will Be aware of the world around you and what you are support and enrich you every day. feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up Garden. Dance. for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, your favourite food. discover a physical activity you enjoy; one that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident, as well as being fun to do. Activity selection sheets will go out to students in Week 3. The sheet will detail activities and expected costs, Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank students will be effectively signing up for that activity someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community (payment will be due Wk 6 -7), so I ask that you and your group. Look out, as well as in. child/children are genuine about selections. More details will follow in our next Newsletter Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and will create Amanda Murtagh connections with the people around you. Pastoral Care Coordinator NEWSFLASH!! EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL OF OUR STUDENTS! WIN $200!!! I urge you as Shape the future of Have your say in young Australians to get involved our P-10 Campus! shaping the future and have YOUR SAY!!! Have your say! of our Stay tuned for school…..stay tuned………. details over the next few weeks. Official launch of the competition in Week 4, entries close Week 6.
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