Beverly Hills Girls High School Semester 1 Issue 4
Parent & Community Newsletter June 2011
Warm and fuzzy feeling
the quality of their work. Prizes were given in several
■By Ms Williams categories with the overall winners being:
“Giving to Others” is the unit Year 8 students have been Cindy Feng Year 10 Champion of Champions
studying in Technology this semester. The aim of the Amal Kammoun Year 8 First Prize for Best scarf
unit is for students to develop and use skills to create Xi Xi Yu Year 8 Encouragement Award
products or services which they can use to help others in Nabila Islam Year 8 Best Knitted Item
our community. Out of this unit came the idea of The TAS Staff have been impressed by the enthusiasm
‘knitting for others’. Year 8 have been learning to knit, the students have shown towards knitting and hope that
making squares which are going to be made up into they continue to enjoy creating hand-made items.
blankets as well as creating scarves and beanies. Many
of these completed items are being donated to charities We would also like to acknowledge the kind donations
to support groups with our local community as well as of hundreds of balls of knitting yarn by a local
sending items overseas. Students have been seen in community member.
class, the corridors, in playground, even at the bus stop,
On Friday the 17 June many of our students entered
their knitted projects in the Inaugural ‘Beverly Hills Girls
High School Knitting Competition’. Girls from all years
participated in the competition, with many scarves,
beanies and other knitted projects being submitted for
judging. The standard of work was outstanding with
many of our experienced ‘Staff knitters’ commenting on
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Message from the BHGHS. Having identified the PE change rooms as being
in need of a significant refurbishment, the P&C set out
Principal to raise funds and employ contractors to undertake that
work. I am pleased and proud to report that the work is
■By Mr Skene, Principal very near completion and that our students will have
more modern and comfortable facilities to use from the
Recent events @ BHGHS
start of Term 3.
It is with much appreciation and respect for a job well
done that I announce the retirement of our School As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, the BHGHS
Administrative Manager, Mrs Ann Cook. For more than P&C sold plaques to school community members for
21 years, Ann has provided exemplary service to the display on a commemorative wall. The structure, which
staff, students and wider community through her roles will also serve as a retaining wall for the garden area in
as Finance Manager and member of the school’s the senior playground, is now in place, complete with
administrative staff. Ann had a tremendous capacity for the plaques sold in the initial fundraising campaign of
hard work and was, invariably, the last to leave for 2010. I know that P&C have plans for more plaques to
home at the end of another hectic school day. The be purchased and installed as part of future fundraising
school’s solid financial position is testament to the projects. So, when next you visit the school, have a close
insights and commitment Ann brought to managing our look at the commemorative wall and you may well
limited resources and modes of income. In particular, decide that you would like your association with BHGHS
Ann’s coordination and leadership role in the 50th to be acknowledged by a plaque at some stage in the
anniversary celebrations of the school (2010) was future. If so, be on the lookout for information provided
integral to the much acclaimed success of the event. I’m by the BHGHS P&C on future sales of plaques. Or, more
sure Ann will take lots of fond memories of the BHGHS proactively, community members are always welcome
community as she ventures into her retirement years. to attend BHGHS P&C meetings held on the second
She also takes with her our sincere best wishes and Wednesday evening of each month, beginning at
profound appreciation for her commitment to service of 6.30pm in the school library.
the BHGHS community.
On a brighter note, the Beverly Hills Intensive English
Centre has had a welcome addition to its facilities with
the recent installation of a new modular demountable IN THIS ISSUE
building to serve as a school library. In an intricate
engineering feat lasting more than 15 hours, the
building was installed into the centre of the BHIEC site Principal’s message Page 2
on a wet and cold Saturday (under the careful eye of Mr
Reflection from the DP’s Page 3
Harmey, Deputy Principal of BHIEC). This new facility will
enable BHIEC staff and students access to the types of French Excursion Page 4
technology and other library resources that schools History Incursion Page 5
typically have. It is part of significant improvements in Premier’s Sporting Challenge Page 5
the teaching and learning conditions at BHIEC due, in no
Money Savvy Page 6
small part, to the relentless lobbying and strategic
networking of Mr Harmey and other IEC leaders across Year 8 Debating Win Page 8
NSW. Year 7 Poetry Page 9
On one negative point though, as a result of the weather Places of Worship Tour Page 10
and heavy traffic across our sporting oval, there will be a Cross Country News Page 11
need for some restorative work of the oval to be
Dates for your Diary Page 12
undertaken as part of the installation contract. Mr
Harmey and I will meet with contractors on Monday 27
June to determine how that situation will be remedied
before the commencement of Term 3. Plus other news,
and helpful tips
Our school’s enthusiastic and committed Parents and
Citizens (P&C) association members have also
contributed to recent infrastructure improvements at
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Reflections from the Mathematics, Science and History; followed by
Geography, Languages, the Arts, Economics, Business,
Deputies Civics and Citizenship, Health and Physical Education,
Information and Communication Technology and Design
■By Mark Christison & Julie Grimshaw and Technology.
The Australian Curriculum sets out what all young
Student Management – Recently a team comprising of
people should be taught through the specification of
both DPs, HT Welfare, some Student Advisers, parent
curriculum content and the learning expected at points
representative and staff members met to review and
in their schooling through the specification of
refine elements of the BHGHS Student Management
Policy whilst still maintaining the general ethos, values
and consistent procedures. Following pre-reading of
materials the group met for nearly a whole day to Each learning area or subject includes:
consider elements of this policy including – student
welfare, discipline, attendance, truancy and lateness. a statement of rationale and a set of aims
This time was used productively and has resulted in a an overview of how the learning area is
more consistent, integrated set of guidelines in this area organised
of the school. Thank you to all involved. year level descriptions
Future Curriculum Developments - Australian content descriptions (knowledge,
Curriculum – The moves towards a national curriculum understanding and skills) specifying what
for implementation in all school across Australia has teachers are expected to teach
continued, albeit without the blaze of glory which content elaborations to provide additional
accompanied the agreements to its creation made last clarity by way of illustrative examples only
year. So where is it up to now? Well, in summation: – achievement standards that describe the
quality of learning (the depth of
The development of the Australian Curriculum is guided understanding, extent of knowledge and
by the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for sophistication of skill) expected of students
Young Australians, adopted by the council of state and at points in their schooling
territory education ministers in December 2008. The annotated student work samples that
Melbourne Declaration emphasises the importance of illustrate the achievement standard at
knowledge, understanding and skills of learning areas, each year level. As the Australian
general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities as Curriculum is implemented, the available
the basis for a curriculum designed to support 21st work samples will be enhanced in both
century learning. There was agreement in late 2010 to volume and range of forms.
implement the Australian Curriculum once changes have
been made to make it acceptable to the NSW Board of a glossary to support consistent
Studies and major education systems in NSW. understanding of terms used
The Australian Curriculum includes a focus on seven
The Australian Curriculum describes a learning
general capabilities (literacy, numeracy, information and
entitlement for each Australian student that provides a
communication technology competence, critical and
foundation for successful lifelong learning and
creative thinking, ethical behaviour, personal and social
participation in the Australian community. It
competence and intercultural understanding) and three
acknowledges that the needs and interests of students
cross-curriculum priorities (Aboriginal and Torres Strait
will vary, and that schools and teachers will plan from
Islander histories and cultures, Asia and Australia’s
the curriculum in ways that respond to those needs and
engagement with Asia and Sustainability). Continua of
interests. The Australian Curriculum acknowledges the
learning have been developed for each, to describe the
changing ways in which young people will learn and the
relevant knowledge, understanding and skills at
challenges that will continue to shape their learning in
particular points of schooling. These have been
the future. The Australian Curriculum will eventually be
embedded where relevant and appropriate in each
developed for all learning areas and subjects set out in
learning area and can be viewed explicitly in the
the Melbourne Declaration: initially for English,
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ACARA has released the Shape of the Australian
Curriculum: Geography and the development of the French excursion
Australian Curriculum for Technologies is getting On Monday 30th of May, Mrs Papas and Miss Fourmand
underway. accompanied the Year 11 and 12 French classes to
Events Cinema, Bondi Junction.
There is currently consultation underway on the general
capabilities. While we browsed the shops, our mission was to pose
as French tourists using our knowledge of the French
Curriculum is in place for Years 7-10 in English, Science, language. We were partially successful!
Mathematics and History though these are not yet
incorporated into syllabuses approved for study by the At 12.30pm, we bought our tickets, popcorn, lollies and
NSW Board of Studies. drinks. We then commenced watching the film, “La
Rafle” (The Roundup). It was about World War II and
Until that happens no Australian Curriculum course will the extermination of the Jewish race.
be taught in NSW schools. There is still much work to be
done by the Board of Studies in those areas before Even though it was in French (with English subtitles) and
schools receive any syllabus based upon the Australian we were all familiar with the context of the film, it
Curriculum managed to truly captivate us for the duration of the
film. It was really emotional and we all came out with
The Australian Curriculum is published online. tears streaming down our faces.
Although the day’s weather was not favourable “Il
pleuvait à verse” (it was raining heavily), we had a fun-
filled day and it did wonders do our French listening
By: Shirin Mahmoud, Sara Syed, Vidushi Handa &
Belinda Lam Duong (Year 11 French Continuers Class)
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History Incursion - 2011 NSW Premier’s
the Medieval Show Sporting Challenge
By Daphne Wilson and Rachel Yap (Year 8)
On Wednesday the 15th June, Year 9 had an incursion for By Ms Dodson & Mrs Martin
History. It was called the “Medieval Show”. It was quite PDHPE Staff/ Premier’s Sporting Challenge
humorous because James Adams was making quite a Coordinators
few jokes about Medieval times. He would get Once again this year students from Beverly Hills Girls
volunteers to show us how they would fight and the High School are participating in the Premier’s Sporting
different types of weapons they used. Challenge. This year we have approximately 100 girls in
9 teams, a great effort. The 10 week Challenge
During the break, we were allowed to ‘play’ with the commenced on Monday 30th May, 2011. We would
weapons and luckily, no one was hurt! We were also welcome your support in encouraging your child’s
allowed to try on the armour and the clothes. The chain participation in this exciting program.
mail was especially heavy! Something that stood out for
us was that the weapons were actually real! James The Premier’s Sporting Challenge provides an
Adams made them blunt though. What a great relief! opportunity for our students to log time spent in a range
of sports, movement and recreational activities during
The show was very enjoyable and we think that lunchtimes, school sport programs, class time, after
everyone had a fun time. We hope that there will be school or weekend physical activity. Students that
another fascinating History incursion or excursion complete the Challenge receive an individual,
waiting for us in Year 9! personalised certificate from the Premier of New South
Sport is a valued and accepted part of our school’s
curriculum because it contributes to the development of
the whole child. It provides a vehicle for a number of
social, physical, emotional and moral learning and is an
important expression of our culture.
Participation in sport and physical activity is generally
promoted for its positive impact on children’s physical
and mental wellbeing. Both formal and informal sport
arrangements help young people to communicate,
develop resilience and interact with others in a fun
During school time the girls are offered a variety of
activities during lunch times on Tuesdays and Thursdays
including exclusive use of the Cardio Gym and the PE
Indoor Court. The girls are also offered activities such as
Zumba, Step Classes, Cardio Boxing and Pilates every
second Wednesday morning before school.
For more information on the Premier’s Sporting
Challenge, please visit www.schools.nsw.edu.au/psc
We look forward to working with you to support the
healthy growth and development of your child.
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Money Savvy spend what we can afford and research the best card
before buying or signing any contracts.
By Annabel Leung, Year 10 Afterwards we learnt about scams. Scams target
On 19th, 20th and 30th May, Year 10’s participated in the people of all backgrounds ages and income levels. Later
“Money Savvy Workshop Program” run by the YMCA on we learnt about making decisions about our future
NSW. This program was split into 3 different days which and what happens when with your income when you
each student attend one day workshop. This workshop retired. We learn about what superannuation is and
is supposed to help young people to learn how to how it would help us when we retire. Finally, we played
control their money and avoid debt and promotional the game called Ka-Ching, which involved questions
traps. about everything we had learnt today.
This program was a whole day event. We started the This is what some of the Year 10’s said about this
day getting our names marked off and getting into program:- “it informed me on how to be rich”, “I liked
groups of 5-6. As we made our way into the hall that day it!! It was informative and I like the videos because it
we put out bags on the side and sat on any table. was interesting but the Ka-Ching game was NOT fair!!”,
First we were introduced to Ziad and his assistance Alice and “it taught me that people in Europe can win the
and Sabrina. We began with an introduction music video lotto at the age of 16 and that Australian's can't”. So
about money, the magic of compound interest and the you can see this program was fun and educational and
importance of saving. We started talking about lotto and really helped all of Year 10 to start thinking seriously
what happen to those who have big wins. Apparently about their money.
90% of people who have won the lotto go bankrupt –
which is pretty amazing. We learnt having a lot of
money can be harmful if you don’t know how to handle
it. Next we did a bit of group work - the question was
“What would you do if you won the Lotto?” After
everything we had learned we were able to think a little
more clearly about what we might in fact do in this
Next we talked about Values and our Needs and Wants.
Values are those things that are important to you,
Needs are the things you must have (food, shelter,
clothing), and Wants are those non-essentials we all
desire (think chocolate and sports cars!). After that we
learnt about Budget Power and how to be finance
experts; we were taught to budget and how to manage
our budget. We were also taught about the “Buy Now
Pay Later” such as credit cards. We were to read all
terms and conditions, pay off the balance on time,
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Year 8 Debating Win had won. I guess I can say that I was so happy!”
We asked the girls what they enjoyed about their
By Raghda Abdel-Khaleq & Marzia Rizui experience as debaters and this is what they had to say:-
On Friday, the 10 June, the Year 8 debating team went
head to head in their first round against Birrong Boys “Even though the preparation before the debate can be
High School‘s blue team. a bit stressful at time; when it comes to actually
presenting your speech to the audience, some of the
The team consisted of 3 debaters and a team adviser; nerves seem to go away and you’re left feeling more
they were Nancy Dinh, Marah Abu-Nabhan, Eugenia confident. Debating has helped me to improve my
Alabasinis, Shayma Mohammed Selim. Thanks also to ability to work under pressure and speak in front of a
Hiba Kahn and Raghda Abdel-Khaleq who filled in as crowd with confidence”. Eugenia Alabasinis
chairman and timekeeper.
Debating is incredibly stressful work, but it develops
The topic debated was ‘All violent video games should skills that can be useful in the future. Skills such as team
be banned’, and we were speaking in the affirmative. work, communication, improvisation techniques. This is
Nancy Dihn was our first speaker, and she spoke about what’s so thrilling and challenging about giving it a go. I
addiction, psychological damage and the effects on strongly recommend Year 7 student to give it a go next
relationships, including aspects of violence in schools year!” Nancy Dinh
and bullying. Eugenia Alabasinis focused on the
negative effects on schoolwork. “I first got involved in debating because of my friends
and because debating seemed quite cool. I just loved
The debaters had a one hour presentation, they all did seeing how people argued about a topic in a positive
an extraordinary job with their speeches. When it was and a negative perspective. It is fascinating seeing how
time for the adjudicator to announce the winner, the better argument wins the debate. Shayma
everyone was nervous. As Shayma says, “I was gripping Mohammed Selim
my teammate’s hand and then Ms Kalgovas said that we
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Ms Cooper’s year seven find their poetic voice
The Waterfall Have You?
By Amy Fong By Minh Anh Pham
Large grey horses fall from a cliff, Have you ever wondered
Stumbling upon the ground, What is out there?
They get back up again, Beyond these walls,
Scattering the chasing, Beyond this barrier.
Chasing me, Have you?
I swim amongst the large grey horses, Have you every stared outside your
I ride along the trees, window
The horses dancing freely, Thinking of it?
Running fast but steadily, And as you picture it, a smile comes upon
Down, Down, Down, your lips?
Then gentle neighs whispering through the air, Have you ever thought of breaking free?
Quietly grazing and slowly swishing their tails, Free of this misery.
They fall into a deep slumber. Gain freedom
And finally be able to look at the world which you crave for so
Do you there there every day,
Blue Wishing and imagining it?
By Nesrin El-Chaar Do you?
Because I have.
Blue is the colour of the
Every day I sit there and sigh.
great big sky, Sign in frustration at being stuck in this world of solitude.
Blue is the colour of the I hope that one day, you will think of it too.
bruise on your eye. And finally, I hope that one day,
Blue is the colour of your blanket on our bed, When we see each other again,
Blue is the colour of your sign on your shed. We can both break free of this burden.
Blue is the colour of a bright, wrinkling eye, Burden of loving each other.
Blue is the colour of the book you buy.
Life By Jessie Yu
By Natalie Tran A chainsaw is a shark,
Life is just like a rollercoaster, Full of sharp teeth.
You can go up as high as the It is a dragon,
Slicing through wood.
It cuts through trees,
Smiling like a happy clown, That drop down to its feet.
Then you drop back down, It races through forests,
Terrified like you’re a Slicing trees all at once.
predator’s dinner. Everything slowly tumbling,
It all ends. Down, clumped together.
Until the dragon is too tired,
School And runs out of fuel.
By Mae Velasco
School is confusing,
School is fun.
Sometimes in a lesson I feel dumb.
School is exciting, and happy with
School is something that will never end.
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Education tax refund Places of Worship Tour
Secondary school student By Mrs R. Mawhinney
You can claim a maximum of $1,588 and receive a On Thursday June 16, 10 students, Mr Sen and I, were
maximum refund of $794 per secondary school child. privileged to visit two places of worship in Sydney. This
was part of the Comparative World Religions unit and
Items you can claim
the purpose of the day was for the students to see how
You can claim the cost of buying, establishing, repairing worship is conducted by other religious groups that
and maintaining any of the following items: make up our school and our society.
home computers and laptops
computer-related equipment, such as printers,
USB flash drives and disability aids to assist in
the use of computer equipment for students
with special needs
home internet connections
computer software for educational use
school textbooks and other printed learning
material, including prescribed textbooks,
associated learning materials, study guides and
prescribed trade tools for secondary school
trade courses The first stop was to the Lakemba Mosque. Students
Items you can't claim were given a tour of a typical ‘lesson’ conducted as well
The types of items you can't claim include: as view the beautiful artistic work inside the Mosque.
school uniform expenses (though uniforms Students had the rare opportunity to ask the tour guide
purchased after 1 July 2011 will be claimable in any questions they had about Islam.
the 2011-12 financial year)
You can claim the ETR if you have eligible education
expenses and receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A for
the child that the expenses relate to. You may also claim
the ETR if you don't receive FTB Part A because your
child receives certain payments or allowances, including:
Disability Support Pension
ABSTUDY Living Allowance
the Veterans' Children Education Scheme The second stop was to The Great Synagogue in the city.
Student Financial Supplement Scheme Students were shown how a typical service is
the scheme to provide education and training conducted, educated on many influential Jews in
under s258 of the Military Rehabilitation and Australia who have made a positive difference to society
Compensation Act 2004 around them, and visited the Museum which houses
For more information, including details of how you can some amazing Jewish antiques used in the Synagogue.
claim the refund, visit the Education Tax Refund Despite the weather, it was an enjoyable and
website. educational day, thanks too all who made it possible.
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Cross country carnival 14 Years: Sue Rifi
15 Years: Kimberly Mitchell
By Miss Potts, Cross Country Carnival Organiser
On Friday 8th April 2011, Beverly Hills Girls High School 16 Years: Fatima Mitwary
had its annual Cross Country Carnival. The carnival was 17+Years: Maria Giannos
held at Beverly Hills Park and we were blessed with a
The top 10 finishers for each age group went on to
represent BHGHS at the Zone Cross Country Carnival
It was great to see so many students dressed in house held at Scarborough Park on Tuesday 17th May 2011.
colours and ready to race. Competitive and Non-
The following students competed at the Zone Cross
Competitive events were held, catering for all abilities of
Country Carnival and made it through to the Sydney East
our students. It was awesome to see so many staff get
Cross Country Carnival. Kimberley Mitchell, Sunny Jung,
involved with the carnival and some even made the
Emann Al-Zahab and Maria Giannos. These students
effort to run the course.
competed on Wednesday 15th June, a cold and very wet
Every student who entered a race earned points for day. The weather was miserable but this did not stop
their house and by the end of the carnival there was a Maria Giannos! She made it through to the NSW-All
clear winner. FRANKLIN won the carnival – Schools Cross Country State Carnival that will be held on
Congratulations to all those students that belong to Friday 22nd July at Eastern Creek.
BHGHS would like to congratulate Maria Giannos for her
In preparation for Zone Cross Country, our course was success and we wish Maria all the very best for the
changed and made longer. Many students responded to upcoming State Carnival!
the challenge and completed the 3km course, doing
both themselves and their house proud.
I would like to thank Ms Dodson, Ms Sharkey and Ms
Carpenter for helping me set up the Carnival so early in
the morning. Your assistance was greatly appreciated.
Thank you also to all staff that helped out throughout
the day – there were so many of you, too many to
mention without forgetting one.
Age Champions for the 2011 Cross Country Carnival
12 Years: Azra Ahmad
13 Years: Katherine Giannos Get real about sexting
‘Sexting’ is the sending of provocative or sexually
explicit photos, messages or videos usually by
mobile phone. These images can also end up online
on sites such as Facebook or YouTube. While
seemingly innocent or flirtatious, sexting can have
serious social and legal consequences.
The Federal Government’s Cybersmart program
offers brochures for parents on sexting and how to
manage it. The brochures are also available in
Arabic, Chinese, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese, and
can be ordered free online or by calling 1800 880
176. More info: http://bit.ly/iIVXHB
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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
1 July Talent Quest
2 July to 18 July School Holidays
19 July Year 10 Career Search, University of Western Sydney
22 July NSWCHSSA Cross Country, Eastern Creek
26 July Year 11 Cross Roads Program, Day 1
28 July Chemistry Quiz
1-12 Aug HSC Trial Examination Period
1-2 Aug Sydney East Athletics Carnival
2 Aug Year 11 First Aid Course
16 Aug Oz Tag Gala Day
19 Aug Year 11 Cross Roads Program, Day 2
5 Sept Yr 9 Drama Performance
8 Sept NSWCHSSA Athletics
8 to 10 Sept CHS Athletics
14 Sept Mary Poppins Musical
21 Sept SRC Investiture
22 Sep Year 12 Final Assembly
24 Sept to 9 October School Holidays
17 Sept to 14 October Italian Study Tour
3-4 October SRC Camp
10-11 October Y10 Trial School Certificate Examinations
27 October Yr 7 Vaccinations
12 Oct to 18 Nov HSC Examinations
7 -10 Nov School Certificate Examinations
21 Dec to 30 Jan School Holidays
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