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					                                     NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL
                                   PARENT BULLETIN - Number: 9
Phone: (02) 49 69 3177
Fax:    (02) 49 61 2912                                                          September 2008
E-Mail: newcastle-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

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Creative and Performing Arts                                         The variety of work that our Year 8 semesters
Wow! Term 3 has been both a hectic and                               produce is incredible from Guitar, Drama,
exciting time for all of the Creative Arts students                  photography to keyboard, vocal, sculpture and
and teachers. With Year 12 coming to an end,                         painting. catch our talented Year 8 vocal group
students have been madly creating, constructing,                     at MADD night.
rehearsing and performing, and should rewarded
with some great results.                                             Out and About
                                                                     Our photographers have been busy this term as
Year 12 Drama students performed well for the                        well. Year 9 began the term with an excursion to
markers three weeks ago, Year 12 Music                               document the “Urban Landscape” and Year 10
students gave an impressive performance after                        had a day at OakVale Farm photographing
the Parent / Teacher evening and were marked                         animals for their “International Geographic”
on Wednesday and Year 12 Visual Arts “Body of                        covers.
Works” have been handed in and are being
safely stored awaiting marking next term. (These                     A trip to Sydney has been planned for Years 10
Fantastic Works will be exhibited at our annual                      and 11 on Friday 17 October (Week 1, Term 4).
MADD night next term).                                               Students will visit “Sculpture by the sea” at Bondi,
                                                                     Whitely Studio and the Museum of Contemporary
So Thank you to our teachers of Year 12 and                          Art. This has proved to be a very inspiring
Congratulations to all our creative Year 12                          experience in the past.           So money and
students who can now spend time preparing for                        permission notes should be returned as soon as
the HSC.                                                             possible to guarantee a seat.
                     GOOD LUCK!                                      All our Muso‟s are busy recording or practicing
                                                                     not only for MADD night performances but also a
All of our clever and creative students are now                      junior elective CD, which Mr Danvers is putting
busy working on a number of interesting and                          together, and presentation days.
exciting projects that will be performed and
exhibited at MADD night next term.           The                     MADD night will also provide an opportunity for
„Wandering minstrels” will be performing at “The                     our Hip Hop and Contemporary dance groups to
School Picnic” on 21 October.                                        perform after a hardworking term.
Year 7 students have created wonderful “Modern                       What’s the Drama?
Mona Lisa” paintings to be displayed and have                        Term 3 has been a busy and exciting time for all
begun work on their ceramics unit. In music Year                     our Drama students. Here is the course content
7 have been working on a unit of Music in film                       our classes have experienced this term:
and composing preces for music scenes.                               Year 8: Script Analysis and Duologues
                                                                     Year 9: Mask Mime and Movement and
                                                                     Individual Performance
                                                                     Year 10: Whole Class Production and student –
                                                                     directed pieces
                                                                     Year 11: TIE (Theatre in Education) and Peer
                                                                     Teaching – Practitioners, Performance Styles
                                                                     and Theatre Movements.
                                                                     Year 12: HSC Performances and Projects.



                                          September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 1
Year 12 has been the focus of our faculty this
term. I would like to congratulate our students for
their hard work and dedication both their
individual projects and performances and their
group-devised pieces.

The HSC examiners have been and gone, but
the impact of the performances and the
characters created will live-on and are still being
talked about. Many thanks to Oliver Bates
(Year 11) for lighting and sound production.

Year 12 showcased their work to an appreciative
audience. Many thanks to Ms Rohr for her
support on the days and well into the evening.            Year 9 students performed a series of MASK
                                                          MIME AND MOVEMENT pieces for the Year 7
Year 12 are now revising in preparation for their         and 8 Semester Choice Evening. They were
written examinations.                                     also student – promoters for the evening –
                                                          conveying their experiences in Drama to
                                                          interested and potential Drama students.

                                                          Many thanks to those students, who were
                                                          involved: Kate Neilson, Phoebe Liolio, Jesse
                                                          Heyman, Taylor Bland and Eloise Alcock.

                                                          The end of term is a busy and exciting time for all
                                                          our Drama students. Their performance pieces
                                                          are being assessed in Week 9 and 10, so
                                                          hopefully they are rehearsing at home to a
                                                          captive audience. It is important to provide
                                                          positive, yet honest feedback during the
                                                          rehearsal process. Yet another skill learned in
                                                          Drama is the ability to process and take – on
                                                          constructive criticism!
The YEAR 9 LEAPS students experienced some
team building drama games earlier in the term. It         K Hepple
was very entertaining watching the students and           Drama Teacher
the „corporate elite‟ of Newcastle enjoying the
elements of „play‟ that drama games can achieve
within people of all ages. Many thanks to
Ms Cameron for the opportunity to bring Drama
into the „Corporate World‟.




                                   September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 2
                                                                         “FEES PLEASE”
                                                        To support the diverse and engaging programs
                                                        offered by Music, Art and Drama, it is vitally
                                                        important that the fees attached to these subjects
                                                        are paid promptly to ensure that the high cost of
                                                        materials and equipment can be met.

                                                        Please refer to the schedule of fees in the back
                                                        of this bulletin for each course fee.


                                                        Brittany Benton
Congratulations to Rochelle Flanagan and                Relieving Head Teacher CAPA
Sophie Hinds of Year 11 and Phoebe Liolio of
Year 9 who took part in the Newcastle Drama
Festival. Phoebe was selected to participate in
the Regional Drama festival. Good luck on state
selection.
                                                        INDUSTRIAL ARTS
                                                        On Wednesday, August 6 Merran Miller, Kate
                                                        Bath and Kassandra Bangle from Year 9
                                                        travelled to Sydney in search of fame and fortune
Keep an eye out for the date or our MADD
                                                        at the Powerhouse Museum. They were our
(Music, Art, Drama and Dance) night in Term 4.
                                                        entrants in the Connell-Wagner state bridge
                                                        building competition. For weeks previously
                                                        Merran, Kate and Kassandra had put many
You will be amazed and impressed at the talent!
                                                        hours into designing and constructing a bridge
                                                        from a set amount of balsa wood, string and 1
                                                        tube of glue. 72 other school entered and
                                                        throughout the day the bridges were judged on
                                                        their aesthetic appearance and then tested to
                                                        breaking point by Connell-Wagner engineers.
                                                        The competition was tough and the girls‟ bridge
                                                        held 86kg before it broke, although an amazing
                                                        weight it appeared to be out of the medals,
                                                        however the bonus points that the bridge
                                                        received for its aesthetic appearance moved the
                                                        girls into a fantastic 3rd place. A great effort from
                                                        the girls and a wonderful representation of our
                                                        high school and what our students can achieve
                                                        at a state level.




                                                         Kassandra Bangle, Kate Bath, Mr Welburn and
                                                                Merran Miller with their bridge.



                                 September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 3
Some creative art works




                          September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 4
            Dates to Remember
                                                         NATIONAL LITERACY and
23 September Tues     Yr 12 Formal                       NUMERACY WEEK
24 September Wed      Yr 12 Breakfast                    1-7 September 2008
25 September Thurs    Yr 12 Presentation
26 September Fri      Last Day of Term                   Both students and staff participated in National
                                                         Numeracy and Literacy Week activities ensuring
13 October Mon           Staff and students
                                                         a bit of fun was had by all and the following
                         return
                                                         outcomes from the competitions:
13 October Mon           Yr 10 Trials Starts Mon
                                                         The    Spelling     Bee   Competition
                         to Wed
                                                         Winners:
16 October Thur          HSC Commences
                                                         Year 7        Tamara Newman
10 Nov Mon               Science                         Year 8        Hannah Brown
11 Nov Tues              Mathematics/Australian          Year 9        Abby Mackaway
                         History/Geography               Year 10       Elizabeth Wright
14 Nov Wed               Computing Skills Test           These students were presented with an
29 Nov Sat               Garden Fair                     engraved spelling trophy. Congratulations!

11 Dec Thurs             Yrs 7, 8, 9 and11                          Crossword competition Winners:
                         Presentation Day                           Stella McKessar and Nicola Finlay-
12 Dec Fri               Yr 10 Presentation Day                     Jones shared
19 Dec Fri               Last Day of Year                       a $30 canteen voucher. Well done!

MATHEMATICS                                              Target Word Competition Winners:
                                                         Jason Blanch and Jaidyn Barber shared a $30
Australian Mathematics Competition
                                                         canteen voucher as their prize. Excellent job by
In 2008 participation in the competition increased       the Year 7 boys.
from 66 in 2007 to 100 students.

Results showed a similar increase from 18
credits in 2007 to 34 in 2008. Congratulations to        READING TUTOR PROGRAM:
all students taking part.
                                                         The Reading Tutor Program will finish         up
Peter Wallace                                            for Term 3 on Friday 19th September, 2008 and
Competition Co-ordinator                                 recommence for the first four weeks in Term 4.
                                                         This will be followed by a break-up morning tea
Mathematics Textbooks                                    where parents/carers are invited to celebrate
In 2008, there will be a change in the textbook          their child‟s progress. Invitations will be sent
loan system for students in Years 7-10.                  home during Term 4.

Students will have the opportunity to hire a             We finish in Week 4 of Term 4 because it is such
textbook for 12 months at a cost of $10.00, non          a hectic time of the year with testing, exams,
refundable.                                              reports and often our tutors are busy with other
                                                         activities.
Alternatively, parents may choose to purchase a
copy of the textbook form the book sellers (This         If you any queries regarding your child‟s progress
is in the range of $45.00 - $55.00).                     in the Reading Tutor Program, please contact me
                                                         on 49 693177.
A small number of textbooks will be available for
students requiring school assistance.                    M Ferguson
                                                         Co-ordinator
All school textbooks need to be brought to each
lesson in a text protector.

This initiative will help the Mathematics faculty
maintain current textbooks in good condition and
replace stock as required.

M Rennie
Head Teacher
                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 5
FOOD AND TEXTILE
TECHNOLOGY




DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY AND TEXTILE
Congratulations to the 2008 Design and
Technology students who had their Major Design
Projects (MDP) marked on the 9 September.

This years entries included haute couture fashion
gowns, hats with an environmental message,
bags, an Asian inspired clothing range, fancy
dress costumes, soft toys and an outdoor wall
feature (which required markers to make a house
call).

The MDP accounts for 60% of the students HSC
result in this subject, now only the written paper
of 40% to go!!! Congratulations and good luck!!!

A Queenan
D & T Teacher




                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 6
A very special congratulations and thank you to
both Year 12 Design and Technology students
and their teacher Mrs Queenan for their efforts in
producing such a high standard of practical work
for the HSC.

Newcastle High School is so very fortunate to
have Mrs Queenan on staff, her expertise and
experience is invaluable in assisting students to
achieve their potential in this subject area.

S Munro
Head Teacher




                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 7
COMPUTING STUDIES
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Year 9 – Manga Vector Art
Did you know that PowerPoint can be used to draw cool graphics and make fun games?
It certainly can! Just ask the year 9 computing class about all the new PowerPoint tricks they have learnt.
Students have created some very impressive vector art drawings and various types of computer games
including hit/miss and mazes. Examples of their work can be viewed in the library. Great work Year 9!




Year 10 - Going Digital
As part of the Digital Design unit, Year 10 computing students have been investigating the pros and cons
of a completely digital future. For their projects, year 10IST students have been hard at work researching,
planning, designing and presenting a digital educational eBooks on a topic of their choice!
 Thanks to Duy for volunteering to present some of his computer project in Vietnamese.
 Nhờ vào Duy để giới thiệu dự án máy tính (của) anh ấy trong tiếng Việt nam.

A range of interesting eBooks including health awareness, cultural music / food, prehistoric history,
modern engineering, computer gaming and even ducks in space have been completed. All eBooks include
multimedia, interactivity, graphics and well researched information. Congrats to all those who worked
hard in term 3!

Food For Thought… Is a digital society more or less equitable? Why?
Year 10 Computing students already have some good ideas to share. Be sure to ask them!
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Spelling Bee Competition




                                    September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 8
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The end of term three is a significant time in the        To all students who have completed their thirteen
school year as we farewell our current Year 12            years of schooling thank you for your contribution
students. These students have completed their             to the school over the past 6 years. You have
trial examinations and for many students have             every reason to be proud of being a product of
completed part of their Higher School Certificate         the NSW Education system. On behalf of the
examinations.       Recently examiners have               whole Newcastle High School Community I wish
assessed students‟ performances in design and             you all productive study break and good luck with
technology, music and drama. Visual art works             the HSC.
will be assessed early next term. In all cases the
examiners have been impressed with the co-                Just as one year leaves the school another year
operation shown by the students towards each              becomes the senior year. I am delighted to
other. One of the special features of Newcastle           announce the 2009 School Captains and
High School is the way students support and               prefects. The captains are Thomas Liolio and
nurture each other.                                       Stella McKessar with vice captains Maxwell
                                                          Sovechles and Elizabeth Randell. The senior
During this week Year 12 students have                    prefect is Emily Cox.      Prefects are Abbey
supported the school with some muscle and                 Lindgren, Cameron Hicks, Chelsey-Jade Fairhall,
brawn. It was fantastic to see the students work          Genevieve Caputo, Georgia Hallett, Giles Olsen-
as a whole group and finish off the garden in the         Boyd, James Carman, Kelly Corrigan, Lachlan
A block quad. This garden was a gift from the             Caine, Molly Hilton, Nicola Finlay-Jones, Olivia
2007 year 12 group but wasn‟t quite finished.             Jubb, Sam McDougall, Wesley Bainbridge,
The students also started to clean up and                 Courtney Hollings, Georgia Bugbird, Hudson
removed some of the graffiti in the toilets. As I         Burns, James Woodcock, Jessica Alpin, Mason
am writing this I can feel the sense of excitement        Brown, and William Kerridge.
and anticipation as student prepare for their             Congratulations to all these students and I look
formal and graduation ceremonies this week. I             forward to working with you all during the coming
am confident that year 12 will exit the school with       twelve months.
dignity and grace.
                                                          The first day of term 4 is a normal school day.
                                                          There is no school development day in term 4 so
                                                          students return on Monday 13th October. Year
                                                          10 students will be sitting their trial School
                                                          Certificate tests from Monday to Wednesday
                                                          during this first week and the HSC written
                                                          examinations commence on the Thursday 16th.

                                                          Year 10 students have been given information
                                                          regarding arrangements for the term. Only a
                                                          very small number of students are not returning
                                                          to NHS for year 11. Students who wish to be
                                                          granted leave after the School Certificate tests
                                                          need to apply in writing to me. I have been
                                                          delighted with the maturity and growth evident
                                                          with the Year 10 Enterprise learning group.
                                                          These students have presented an information
                                                          session at most of our primary partner schools.
                                                          Our final presentation is at Stockton Public
                                                          School on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm.
                                                          These     students    have    been       excellent
                                                          ambassadors for the school and have responded
                                                          honestly and openly to parents question and
                                                          comments. As part of their learning the students
                                                          organised a breakfast meeting earlier in the term.



                                   September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 9
                                                         lighting system was installed and new carpet laid
                                                         on the stage. The curtains have been ordered
                                                         and will be installed once we return in term 4.
                                                         This project was funded by the Commonwealth
                                                         Government Investing in Our Schools Grant. It is
                                                         hoped that the upgrade to one of the kitchens will
                                                         begin during the holidays and be operational by
                                                         the commencement of the 2009 school year.

                                                         The P&C is hosting a School Picnic evening on
                                                         Tuesday 21st October commencing at 5.30pm.
                                                         This is an informal evening for families to bring
                                                         along a picnic, meet friends and staff and be
                                                         entertained by roaming bands of students.

                                                         Several parents have contacted me regarding
                                                         school service. Students in years 7 and 8
                                                         spend a day doing school service. During this
                                                         day the students run messages for the school
                                                         office. The students provide an essential service
                                                         to the smooth operation of the school as well as
                                                         gaining a small insight into office procedures.
                                                         Students get to know a wide range of staff as
                                                         they move around the school during the day.
                                                         When not gainfully employed students are able
                                                         to complete class work or read.

                                                         One of features of NHS is that it is a large school.
                                                         With about 1,000 students and almost 100 adults
                                                         working in the school it is much bigger than local
                                                         primary schools so who to contact when an
                                                         issue arises can be a concern. Often parents
                                                         believe that the principal is the best person to
Year 11 students are completing their final              contact. This is often not the case. Newcastle
preliminary examinations this week. I intend to          High School has a large and experienced
hold a Year 11 graduation ceremony next term to          executive who are the best people to contact in
formally acknowledge the completion of the               the first instance. Head Teachers are in charge
Preliminary HSC course and the commencement              of the faculties and other groups of staff. The
of the HSC course for these students. Student            equivalent position in a primary school is an
will be presented with their preliminary HSC             Assistant Principal. We also have three Deputy
certificates and achievement awards.                     Principals who oversee two year groups each.
                                                         Mr Kilburn oversees Years 7 and 12, Mr Jones
Thanks to the parents/carers who found time last         oversees Years 8 and 10 and Mrs Gray oversees
week to come to the parent/teacher afternoon.            Years 9 and 11.
These afternoons are a vital part of the link
between home and school. Thanks also to the              Included in this bulletin is a copy of the DET
staff who attend this afternoon.                         Click magazine. It contains excellent articles on
                                                         young people and technology.
Students in years 7 and 9 were given their
results in the NAPLAN tests last week. These             I was delighted to attend the inaugural
tests in literacy and numeracy were conducted            Newcastle and Lake Macquarie Aboriginal
across Australia. Most students at NHS showed            Education Pathways Awards last week. Our
growth in their skill level. Parents are welcome to      school captain Callan Nickerson was one of the
contact their child‟s teacher to discuss the             student comperes for the evening and our
results. Please contact the school if you have           Mulloobinba dancers performed. It was really
not received your child‟s results.                       encouraging to see so many aboriginal students
                                                         recognised across university, TAFE and school.
The very small and hard working P&C parents
have been busy. This month the Cultural Centre
improvements were almost completed. The new
                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 10
I was also delighted to be a guest at the Shine         …..On Saturday night there was a beach bonfire
Graduation this week.        These girls have           and   party    on      Susie-Gilmore   beach.
completed the Shine course under the guidance
of our school chaplain, Mrs Margaret Livingstone.       Unfortunately, on Sunday morning when I arrived
                                                        at Susie-Gilmore beach, I found the fire still
                                                        smouldering and a very large amount of broken
                                                        bottles and glass strewn from the top of the track,
                                                        all the way down to the waters edge. Aside from
                                                        the careless littering, the broken glass was
                                                        extremely dangerous. I collected two large waste
                                                        bags full of bottles, broken glass and litter. In
                                                        recent years, I have had to do this on an
                                                        increasingly common basis.

                                                        Among the litter near the fire was some papers
                                                        from Newcastle High, including a Year 10 exam
                                                        schedule. Although the bonfire could have been
                                                        organized and attended by anyone, it's likely that
                                                        Year 10 Newcastle High students were involved
                                                        in some way. Due to the increasing frequency
                                                        and littering of these beach parties, the next time
                                                        I see one, I plan to inform the police. This is
                                                        extremely regrettable, particularly as it would be
                                                        dangerous to have drunken teenagers fleeing
                                                        across the rocks in the dark from police.

                                                        Most residents, like myself, have no objection to
                                                        the actual parties, but the irresponsible approach
                                                        to litter and broken glass is unacceptable.

                                                        Sorry to convey this negative message, and I
                                                        hope that none of your students have been
                                                        involved    in     what     I've   described.


                                                        As summer approaches the school and the
                                                        community need to be aware of the dangers
                                                        highlighted in this letter.      We all have a
                                                        responsibility to protect young people and the
                                                        wider community as well as being aware of the
                                                        damage such behaviour can have on the
                                                        reputation of this school and all the students.

                                                        Finally enjoy the break. Term 4 is a very busy
                                                        term as students face the final assessments for
                                                        their courses.



                                                        M Hewitt
                                                        Principal

Not all good news! Today I received the
following email from a local resident. The issue
raised by the writer is of concern to the whole
community, especially local parents. Under age
drinking is a crime as is the supply of alcohol to
minors.

                                 September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 11
                                                        STUDENT PERSPECTIVES:
                                                        Emily - We have had an opportunity to
                                                        improve our public speaking skills, which has
                                                        given us more confidence. We have learnt
                                                        how to use different technologies and diverse
                                                        computer programs.

                                                        Rhianna and Courtney - Our group of year
                                                        10 students go to the feeder schools for
                                                        Newcastle High and explain to the students
ENTERPRISE LEARNING                                     what they can expect at Newcastle High
                                                        School. We talk to them about electives and
2008                                                    general things that happen at our school.
Enterprise Learning is an opportunity for students      Enterprise learning has helped us develop
to develop personal and employment related
                                                        many new skills including, the use of
attributes.
                                                        technology, recruitment, public speaking,
Newcastle High School has undertaken an                 leadership and team building.
Enterprise Learning project to assist a group of
motivated students to further develop their
enterprising skills. Young people need to be
more enterprising and innovative in their school
and local community. Enterprising students
possess     the     drive   and     commitment,
resourcefulness and management relevant within
the school and the wider community.


There are nine year 10 students who have
participated in this year. These include; Courtney
Hollings, Emily Cox, Rhianna Croft, Marlita
Foster, Mason Brown, Georgia Bugbird, Hudson
Burns, William Kerridge and James Woodcock.
The students participating in Enterprise Learning
are working on a variety of co-operative learning
initiatives, in association with local primary
schools to assist the year 6 students in their
transition from primary to secondary school.

During term 4 we look forward to working with           RECRUITMENT FOR 2009:
Julia Ross Recruitment to help select our
predecessors for 2009.                                  During term 4, 2008 interested year 9 students
                                                        will receive information about joining an
                                                        Enterprise Learning group.

                                                        Stay tuned to the school newsletter for more
                                                        information.

                                                        By Emily Cox, Courtney Hollings and
                                                        Rhianna Croft.

                                                        R Murphy
                                                        Co-ordinator



                                 September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 12
                                                           Please notify us in WRITING as soon as
ATTENDANCE                                                 possible. Over 80% of parents have been
Partial Attendance                                         receiving messages via „SMS‟ – so we need your
Far too many students are arriving late to school.         correct mobile phone numbers (parents only
The DET requires that parents/care providers               NOT students). If you are anticipating your
take responsibility to ensure that their child             student having a lengthy absence such as
arrives at school on time.                                 holidays or sickness you should notify the school
                                                           before-hand so that your days won’t be
If a student is late it creates work for the office        interrupted by text messages from the school.
staff recording the lateness and students miss
important messages read out in Roll Call. They             SMS Notification
also interrupt the lesson they enter into and may          If your child is absent from school you will be
have missed critical information. The teacher              notified by an SMS text message that will read as
may have to go over work already covered thus              follows:
disadvantaging the punctual student. Consistent            Newcastle HS <class> records show that
lateness displays a total disregard for others and         <student's name> is absent today <date>.
is seen as being rude.                                     Please provide a reason by reply SMS
At Newcastle High School we are about teaching             The message will arrive on your phone
our students values that will aid them in adult life       displaying the number 0427 705 066. This
and as such we believe that punctuality is a               number is only to send SMS messages, so do
virtue that is deemed to be desirable in a person.         not ring this number. Parents should store this
I believe that you will agree with this and if your        number in their mobile phone under "Newcastle
child is late you will discuss the matter with your        HS" so that when the next message arrives the
child and ensure that they arrive at school before         parent is aware the message has arrived from
8.45am.                                                    the school.
I understand that students will be late from time          Please ensure that the school has your current
to time. If your child is going to be late it would be     mobile phone number and notify the school
appreciated if you could send an explaining note           immediately if this number changes.
with your child or phone the school.                       Only use the SMS when dealing with absences.
Another issue that parents need to be aware of is
the early leaving of your child. A note is required        Mr R Dransfield
explaining why your child needs to leave early             Attendance Coordinator
and the time which is handed to the roll call
teacher. If for some reason you wish your child to            NHS 20 YEAR REUNION FOR
leave early and you haven‟t sent in a note please             CLASSES OF YEAR 12 ’88 and
phone the school. Do not take your child from
school without notification. A student can not go                     YEAR 10 ‘86
home sick without notifying the front office. Some         Dear classmates and teachers,
parents receive mobile phone calls from their              If you would like to be part of our 20 year reunion
children asking to be picked up. Please                    please come along to the Prince of Wales Hotel,
discourage you child from doing this.                      Merewether on Saturday 25 October 2008.
If a child leaves school without notification they
                                                           There is no cost and partners are welcome. You
will be deemed truant and a letter from parents
                                                           may purchase your own drinks and dinner is also
the next day will not change this.
                                                           available.
I ask for your cooperation on these matters to
ensure a safe school and continuity of education           Please meet in the upstairs function room from
for your child.                                            6.30pm onwards.

                                                           You can contact the organisers via the link on
            IMPORTANT..IMPORTANT..                         „Facebook‟. Go to „Groups‟, then „Newcastle High
             Are you receiving your „SMS‟                  School Hamilton Reunion- Class of „88‟ for
              messages from the school?                    details, and to contact other classmates.
               Do we have your correct
               mobile number?                              For more information call Anna on 0404 200 465.
If           you are NOT receiving messages                We hope to see you there!
from the school when your child is absent and
you do have a mobile phone it will be because
we do not have your CORRECT mobile number.
                                    September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 13
                                                         School, our principal has agreed for me to
LOTE                                                     donate 100 Chinese hack sack and sell it to
Thank you to those parents who gave permission           students at $3 each. All money will contribute to
to their daughters / sons to attend the “Rhythm          build a house in Sichuan.
Hunters” presentation. Unfortunately we did not
reach our target numbers and all students who            Kicking the hack
have paid $5.00 will received their full refund.         sack is a form of
                                                         sporting     exercise
A OBrien, M Engel, A Pulati and J Yan                    Chinese students do
LOTE Teachers                                            at recess and lunch
                                                         time. Children and
                                                         older people also
                                                         play within these
                                                         parks for
                                                         entertainment. Mack
                                                         Sacks      come     in
                                                         many different
                                                         colours, they will be
                                                         a beautiful
                                                         decoration for girls
                                                         at home and a safer and more interesting
                                                         substitution for students who love playing football
                                                         and soccer. However, they need to be treated
                                                         gently as they are made of feathers.

Kicking for the earthquake in China

                             Newcastle       High
                             School is organising
                             a fundraising activity
                             for   the    horrible
                             earthquake       that
                             happened in the
                             Giant        Panda‟s
                             hometown             –
Sichuan province in May this year. The
earthquake happened during the school hours,
hundreds of schools collapsed and students
about the same age as ours were killed or
wounded. Some of them when the bodies were
found, they were still holding books and pens in
their hands.

As the weather is getting warmer and warmer in           I hope students can enjoy kicking the Chinese
Australia, the temperature is dropping lower and         hack sack with their family and friends and I
lower each day. In winter time, it can reach -10 ~       thank you for taking the social responsibility to
-20 degrees at night in the earthquake area.             support people who need your help.
My nephew is in year 4 in Inner Mongolia, he has         J Yan
been told at his primary school that equivalent to       Mathematics/LOTE teacher
AUD1000 is able to build a house for a family of
3 generations. I am aiming to raise money for a
house to build. The Saturday School of
Community Languages (Merewether Centre)
raised about $500 by setting up cultural stalls
from different communities; during the last
weekend, $200 was raised by selling raffle
tickets during the Moon Festival Celebration at
the Chinese Association. At Newcastle High
                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 14
CAREERS                                                             Parenting and Family Support Centre
                                                                           School of Psychology
TRY- A-TRADE EXCURSION                                                 The University of Queensland

The second Try-A-Trade event occurred on                    Have a teenager? Share your experience
Friday 12 September at the PCYC at Windale.                 Do you have a child aged 11-16? Then have your say.
Year 10 students had the opportunity to choose              By completing this survey, you will be providing
three (3) trade career options and have some                information that could influence the future availability
„hands on‟ activities in each of the 30 minute              of parenting programs for parents of teenagers. It is a
                                                            single online survey that takes only about 20-30
sessions. Many of the 26 Newcastle High
                                                            minutes to complete. For details or to participate visit:
students gained a valuable insight into the career          https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parentofteen/
options they chose, which will help them decide
their future direction.                                     Though most parents do not experience major
                                                            problems when their children reach adolescence, still
The range of careers which were available                   many of them describe these years as the most
include hairdressing, tiling, plumbing, signcraft,          difficult and anxiety-provoking period of their children's
the defence forces, firefighter, refrigeration,             life. Supporting parents of teenagers in their role is not
childcare, painting and decorating, electrician,            possible without recognising their needs and
hospitality, vehicle repair, vehicle painting, vet          understanding why and how they decide to participate
                                                            in prevention and intervention programs. This study
nursing , nursing and boilermaking.
                                                            aims to investigate the experiences and needs of
                                                            parents of teenagers. In particular, we are interested
This event will take place in 2009 and students             in obtaining information about issues that parents
will be able to participate and gain invaluable             would like to have covered in parenting programs and
information regarding their selected career                 also factors which affect parents' participation in
options.                                                    parenting programs.

Year 12                                                     This information will be used in designing and
U. N. E. Early Entry and Scholarship applications           promoting parenting programs for parents of
are available form Career Office.                           teenagers, both in schools and the community.
Closing Date: 26 September 2008
                                                            Please feel free to contact me on (07) 3365 6207 or
                                                            salari@psy.uq.edu.au for more information.
S Stankewycz
Career Adviser                                              Raziye S Salari, Project Coordinator
                                                            Standard Teen Triple P,
                              Brisbane QLD 4072
   UAC Key Dates for 2009 admissions
The UAC 2009 Guide has been distributed to schools.
                                                                 Have you ever thought about helping in your local
Applications                                                         community?
Tues 30 Sept      on-time applications close
Fri 31 Oct        late applications close with late fee          Would you like to volunteer but not sure where?
Fri 28 Nov        late applications close with late fee          Have you ever considered helping families with
Thurs 5 Feb 09    final close of appl. with late fee
                                                                     young children?
HSC and UAI                                                 HOME-START can utilise your parenting skills to offer
Wed 17 Dec        2008 NSW HSC results e-released           support and friendship to families with young children
Thurs 18 Dec      UAIs e-released by UAC                                             Our next
Change of Preferences                                              VOLUNTEER PREPARTION COURSE
Mid-Aug 08 – 7 Jan 09 for consideration in Main Rd           is being held at Newcastle University, Family Action
21 Jan 09 – 27 Jan 09 for consideration in Late Rd                                    Centre
4 Feb 09 – 5 Feb 09   for consideration in Final Rd         each Tuesday evening commencing on 7th October and
                                                                             finishing on the 2nd Dec
Offers                                                                       From 5.30 pm to 9 pm.
Thurs 30 Oct 08   Distance Educ. Rd offers e-
released                                                    The course is free.
Fri 5 Dec 08      Early Rd offers e-released
Tues 6 Jan 09     Prelim Rd offers e-released                   If you are interested in finding out more about the
Wed 21 Jan 09     Main Rd offers e-released at 9pm            Preparation Course and volunteering for this wonderful
Wed 4 Feb 09      Late Rd offers e-released at 9pm                            program please contact
Wed 11 Feb 09     Final Rd offers e-released                                     Kerry 4921 6479


                                     September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 15
WELFARE
Students who have borrowed clothing from the
Clothing Pool need to return the items to receive
their own clothing back.                                 Get into Uni now!
                                                         How would you like to enjoy your summer
Parents will be contacted in Week 10 if clothing is      without the worry of a university placement
still outstanding.    Unclaimed items will be            hanging over your head?
donated to charity after this time.
                                                         Australian Catholic University’s Early Achievers
                                                         Program gives you the reassurance of a place at a
                                                         great university as early as December 2008, while
                                                         everyone else plays the waiting game.

                                                         Because we know you’re worth more than just
                                                         your score, we are looking for well-rounded
                                                         applicants, who are involved in their communities
                                                         and have shown the potential to achieve great
                                                         things.

                                                         But hurry! Time is running out. Applications
                                                         close 6 October 2008.

                                                         For eligibility and how to apply visit:
                                                         ww.acu.edu.au/earlyentry



Parents please, are you aware that when
purchasing your school garments from Lowes to
mention our school due to the fact that our
school will receive a 5% rebate at the end of                     In 2008 the Year Advisers are:
each year compared with the amount of sales
that Lowes have calculated against our school‟s          Year 7  Mr D Farrar
name.                                                            Mr S Mackintosh
                                                         Year 8  Ms B Benton
Jayne Cameron                                                    Ms A Dennis
Relieving Head Teacher Welfare                           Year 9  Mrs K Dover
                                                                 Ms J Cameron
                                                         Year 10 Mr G Jenness
                                                                 Mrs M Rennie
                                                         Year 11 Mrs M Picton
                                                                 Mr G Hewitt
                                                         Year 12 Mrs D Ellis
School Holiday Activity                                          Mr C Edwards
Gorgeous! and Green Free Workshop
Wednesday 1 October 2008, 11am to 1pm
The Loft, Wolfe Street, Wickham
Newcastle City Council is running a FREE
workshop as part of the Sustainable Living at
Home Workshop will be looked at.
Bookings are essential. Ph 4963 5016 or email
fbeilby@ncc.nsw.gov.au
mailto:fbeilby@ncc.nsw.gov.au




                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 16
                              NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL
                                 SCHOOL UNIFORM


JUNIOR UNIFORM (Years 7 - 10)
Summer Uniform:
Boys :     Blue shirt, short sleeves - Navy
           blue or mid grey shorts or long
           pants. Enclosed black shoes.
                                                   SENIOR UNIFORM (Years 11 - 12)
           Sport : Red polo shirt, royal
           blue sports shorts, sports              Boys :         Navy blue or grey shorts or
           shoes.                                                 long trousers. White shirt or
                                                                  white polo shirt. Senior tie and
                                                                  blazer optional.    Navy blue
Girls :    White short sleeve blouse.                             plain pullover/jumper or navy
           Red and blue plaid pleated                             blue jersey with school crest.
           skirt. Enclosed black shoes.                           Enclosed black shoes.

           Sport : Red polo shirt, royal                          Sport : Red polo shirt, royal
           blue sports shorts or sports                           blue sports shorts, sport shoes.
           skirt, sport shoes.

                                                   Girls :        Navy panel skirt (tetron) with
Winter Uniform:
                                                                  white standard shirt or navy
Boys :     Blue long sleeve shirt - Navy                          blue slacks.        Navy blue
           blue or mid grey shorts or navy                        pullover/ jumper or navy blue
           blue or mid grey long pants.                           jersey with school crest. Senior
           Navy blue plain pullover/jumper                        tie and blazer optional. Black
           or navy blue jersey with school                        stockings or white socks with
           crest. Enclosed black shoes.                           enclosed black shoes.
           Newcastle High School tie
           optional.                                              Sport : Red polo shirt, royal
                                                                  blue sports shorts or sports
           Sport : Red polo shirt, royal                          skirts, sport shoes.
           blue sports shorts, sport shoes.
                                                   Please remember, black pants are NOT a
                                                   part of our school uniform!
Girls :    White long sleeve blouse with
           summer      skirt  and     black        A Jones
           stockings OR navy blue slacks.          Deputy Principal Years 8 and 10
           Navy blue plain pullover/jumper
           or navy blue jersey with school
           crest. Newcastle High School
           Tie optional.
           Enclosed black shoes.

           Sport : Red polo shirt, royal
           blue sports shorts or sports
           skirts, sport shoes.



                            September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 17
                              NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL
                      CHANGE OF ADDRESS AND/OR OTHER DETAILS
              If changing from one Parent/Care Provider to another, or if leaving home,
                            a NEW Enrolment form needs to be completed
Name/s of Student/s:_____________________________________________________________

NEW Address:________________________________________________Postcode:__________

Home Phone:______________ Father‟s Mobile No:__________ Mother‟s Mobile No:_____________

Parents Work Numbers: Father_______________________Mother___________________________

Old Address:______________________________________________________________________

Emergency Contact (1) Name:                                                  Phone:_______________

Mobile Phone: ______________________Relationship to Student:___________________________

Emergency Contact (2) Name:                                                  Phone:_______________

Mobile Phone: ______________________Relationship to Student:___________________________
Student‟s Mobile Phone: _____________________________________________

Signature of Parent/Care Provider: __________________________________________________
Date: ______________________


                                  September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 18
                                                               2008 General Contributions for years 7, 8, 9 and 10 is $50.00 (Less $10.00 if paid in Term 1)
                                                                 2008 General Contributions for years 11 and 12 is $60.00 (Less $10.00 if paid in Term 1)
Year 7/08                                                              Year 9/08                                                                                                               Year 12/08
Food Technology .............................$20.00                    Food Technology                                                Year 10/08                                               Food Technology
Industrial Arts ..................................$20.00               Food Technology ............................ $75.00                                                                     Hospitality 12/08..............................$65.00
                                                                                                                                      Food Technology
Visual Arts .......................................$15.00              Child Care ....................................... $55.00                                                               Food Technology 12/08 ...................$45.00
                                                                                                                                      Child Care 10/08.............................. $55.00
Year 8/08Semesters                                                     Textile Technology ......................... $25.00            Food Technology 10/08 ................... $75.00         D/T Textiles 12/08 ...........................$50.00
Food Technology                                                        Semester 9/10                                                  Textile Tech 10/08 ........................... $25.00    Community & Family
Food .................................................$50.00           Design & Technology Food ............ $50.00                   Visual Arts                                              Studies 12/08....................................$20.00
Fashion ............................................$25.00             Manufacturing Textiles ................... $25.00              Visual Arts 10/08 ............................. $25.00   Childcare 12/08                                  $20.00
Accessorise Wardrobe .....................$30.00                       Visual Arts                                                    Photo/Digital10/08 .......................... $65.00     Visual Arts
Sweet Delights .................................$50.00                 Visual Art 9/08 ................................ $25.00        Industrial Arts                                          Visual Art 2U 12/08 .........................$30.00
Visual Arts                                                            Photo/Digital Media ........................ $65.00            Technics Wood 10/08 ...................... $50.00        Photography 2U 12/08 .....................$95.00
Drawing and Painting ......................$20.00                      Semester 9/10                                                  Technics Metal 10/08 ...................... $40.00       Industrial Arts
Cartooning/Illustration&Design.......$20.00                            Ceramics ......................................... $15.00      Computing Studies                                        Industrial Technology 12/08 ............$35.00
Photo/Digital Imaging......................$65.00                      Painting/Drawing S/P ...................... $20.00             Info & Software Tech 10/08 ............ $15.00           Engineering Studies 12/08 ...............$10.00
Visual/Graphic Design .....................$20.00                      Sculpture and Ceramics ................... $20.00              Drama
Sculpture and Ceramics ...................$20.00
                                                                                                                                                                                               Computing Studies
                                                                       Theatre Design ................................ $20.00         Drama Elective 10/08 ...................... $15.00
                                                                                                                                                                                               Information Processes &
Industrial Tech & Design                                               Industrial Arts                                                Music                                                    Tech 12/08 .......................................$15.00
Electronics .......................................$25.00              Technics Wood 9/08 ....................... $45.00              Music Elective 10/08 ..................... $15.00        Software Design Development
Computer Graphics Drawing ...........$15.00                            Technics Metal 9/08 ........................ $35.00            Year 11/08                                                12/08 ...............................................$15.00
Timber Technology..........................$25.00                      Semester 9/10                                                  Food Technology
Metal Technology ............................$20.00
                                                                                                                                                                                               Music
                                                                       Industrial Technology ..................... $25.00             Hospitality 11/08 ............................. $85.00   Music Elective 12/08 ..................... $30.00
Metal /Wood Machining ..................$25.00                         Industrial Engineering ..................... $10.00            Childcare 11/08 ............................... $20.00
Music                                                                  Jewellery/Metal ............................... $15.00         Food Technology 11/08 ................... $65.00
                                                                                                                                                                                               Drama
                                                                       Automotive...................................... $15.00                                                                 Drama Elective 12/08 ......................$20.00
Guitar ...............................................$15.00                                                                          D/T Textiles 11/08 ........................... $50.00
Keyboards ........................................$15.00               Electronics....................................... $25.00      Comm & Family Studies 11/08 ....... $20.00
Vocal Techniques ............................$15.00                    Computing Studies                                              Visual Arts
Drama                                                                  Info & Software Tech 9/08 ............ $15.00                  Visual Art 2U 11/08 ........................ $30.00
Drama 8/08 ......................................$10.00                Duke of Edinburgh .......................... $80.00            Photography 2U 11/08 ..................... $95.00
                                                                       Music                                                          Industrial Arts
                                                                       Music Elective 9/08......................... $15.00            Industrial Technology 11/08 ............ $50.00
                                                                       Semester 9/10                                                  Engineering Studies 11/08 ............... $10.00
                                                                       Guitar .............................................. $15.00   Construction VET 11/08 .................. $40.00
                                                                       Keyboard ......................................... $15.00      Metals Eng VET 11/08 .................... $30.00
                                                                       Studio Time ..................................... $40.00       Computing Studies
                                                                       Vocal Techniques ............................ $15.00           Information Processes &
                                                                       Drama                                                          Technology 11/08 .......................... $15.00
                                                                                                                                      Information Tech Vet 11/08 .......... $25.00
                                                                       Drama Elective 9/08 ........................ $15.00
                                                                                                                                      Music
                                                                       Semester 9/10                                                  Music Elective 11/08 ..................... $30.00
                                                                       Video Production 9/10 .................... $40.00
                                                                                                                                      Drama
      Payment can be made by cash or cheque at the school roll room.                                                                  Drama Elective 11/08 ...................... $25.00
           Cheques made payable to Newcastle High School.

                                                                                                         September Parent Bulletin 2008 – Page 19
                                    School Fundraiser

                          Heritage Pools and Spas
As a special offer to help our school raise much needed funds we will donate 10% of any purchase you make at our store in the
month of September 08 back to the school as a donation. Just cut out the voucher below and produce it when you make a
purchase.

Heritage Pools and Spas                                        Telephone:49530866
3/702 Main Rd                                                  Fax:      49530 867
EDGEWORTH                                                      Email: heritagepools@idl.net.au
NSW 2285                                                       www.heritagepools.com.au



                               Newcastle High School

                               10% cashback
                               HERITAGE POOLS AND SPAS
                               Main Rd Edgeworth next to AutoPro
                                       Tel: 49530866

                               Expiry date   30/09/08

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