PBL 'STAR' LAUNCHES AT THE HILLS SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL!
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April /May 2014 Newsletter PBL ‘STAR’ LAUNCHES AT THE HILLS SPORTS HIGH SCHOOL! SAFETY, TOLERANCE, ACHIEVEMENT & RESPECT………. teachers were briefed on started The Hills Sports tra STAR tokens by reciting the part they would play High School on its journey the key concepts that com- in the introduction of the to PBL. prised the STAR acronym. concept of STAR to the students of the school. On 10th February, 2014, STAR is the acronym that staff at The Hills Sports outlines the four key con- High school were intro- cepts of Positive Behav- duced to ‘Positive Behav- iour for Learning- Safety, Despite the signs and col- iour for Learning’, an initi- Tolerance, Achievement ourful t-shirts, many stu- ative developed over two and Respect. The symbol After a short talk, stu- dents were surprised by the years by a dedicated com- of the STAR would be pro- dents were given ‘STAR’ fair and the concept behind mittee of teachers at the gressively introduced tokens, to be used at a the activities. Everyone school. throughout the school, huge variety of activities agreed that the afternoon with a competition and spread thorough out the was fun, and most students signage to generate inter- whole school. In A block, asked were more aware of est before the launch to staff provided food, while the new direction The Hills the student population. in the Main Quad, teach- Sports High School would Members for the SRC ers played handball with be taking by focusing on This initiative, which fo- wore colourful shirts in students, while in other SAFETY,TOLERANCE, cuses on expectations ra- the week leading up to areas, others were given ACHIEVEMENT & RESPECT. ther than rules, requires a the big day, and a ‘PBL the opportunity to partici- consistent approach to fair’ was planned for pate in a horizontal student behaviour. It is Thursday 27 February. bungee run, play basket- hoped that through the ball, table tennis, chess, reinforcement of a school bocce, ring toss or Wii wide ethos, teachers can Sports. Teachers opened a We hope that parents and reward positive behaviour photo booth in D block, the community are as and encourage greater while others played high pleased as the staff and stu- pride and respect for their catch, or tried to earn ex- dents with The Hills Sports teachers, themselves and STUDENT LAUNCH, 27th High School’s move to a the school environment. FEBRUARY. more positive learning envi- Through a variety of activ- An assembly was called on ronment. ities at the staff launch, STAR launch day, and stu- Mitchell Struyve dents were brought to the Principal main quad of the school. Many students were un- sure of the reason for this assembly, and once seat- ed, the beating of drums
Page 2 Year 7 & 8 PATHE Last week a group of Year I was honoured to be able cific island students and it I challenge those students 7 and 8 Pacific Islander to sit in on this talk and was amazing to see their involved in this talk to keep students received a visit was amazed to see how willingness to participate aiming high, to have a back from a special guest Sam well both our year 7 and 8 in this program. up plan and know who it is Pilisi. Sam works for the students responded to I know the students took they are setting these goals University of Western this workshop. This work- a lot away from this ses- for. Sydney and coordinates a shop was about goal sion and I look forward to Taryn Smith program known as PATHE setting and achieving your inviting Sam back to work TAS – Pasifika Achievement to goals. Sam had an excel- with our young people Higher Education. lent rapport with our pa- again. Water Polo against Winmalee High good sportsmanship on the during their grand final. day wishing the other team The second half saw a nail well at the next level. biting finish to have Win- Thank you to all those who malee High fight back to came and supported us on win by 1 goal in the last the day. few seconds of the game. The boys held their heads high and demonstrated On the 10th and 14th team were tied with March, The Hills Sports Blaxland High at half time. High School competed in Although their determina- the Open Sydney West tion and enthusiasm re- water polo gala day. Both mained high throughout male and female teams the game, the girls were were undefeated in their defeated by a more expe- pool games. rienced team. In the grand final the girls’ The boys’ team lead
Page 3 THSHS Swimming Carnival The Hills Sports High to making the carnival a outstanding efforts of Sydney West Swimming swimming carnival was success. Congratulations those swimmers who carnival on the 17th March held at Blacktown Aquatic to the Howard house for broke numerous records at Sydney Aquatic Centre, centre on the 25th Febru- winning the house points. throughout the day. Over Homebush. ary. The house spirit and Congratulations to all 40 swimmers were select- Julie Celeban enthusiasm from all par- competitors throughout ed to represent The Hills PDHPE ticipants went a long way the day, especially the Sports High School at the THSHS Swimming 12 & under Age Champion Age Champions 2014 12 & under Age Champion Jasmine Burns Lachlan Foley 13 year Age Champion Emily Hopcroft Byron Grandemange 14 year Age Champion Imogen Yeung Maison Cuevas 15 year Age Champion Imogen Foley Joshua Butler 16 year Age Champion Judy McBain Cooper McLoynes 17 & over year Age Champion Emily Flaxman Joshua Neish
Page 4 Year 7 Camp After what seemed like rainforest walk. We learnt forever on the coach and the importance of remain- 2 movies later we arrived ing quiet as much of the at camp. The Great Aus- wildlife were scared off by sie Bush Camp at the Tea our giggles! After learning Gardens would become all about the hermits that our home for the next 3 use to occupy the forest days. The students eager- we moved again by bus to ly awaited their names to the sand dunes. The stu- be called as they were dents were able to race up allocated their rooms for and down the sand dunes, the camp. Teachers famil- many of them taking some iarized themselves with souvenirs in the form of their digs too! For many sand with them. Dinner On Wednesday 5th March mum, dad, brothers and of the staff it was the first was served by the water 2014 the laughter filled A sisters and all the other time away on camp as before showers and a block quad as parents wonderful people who well. game of commando played and students took Miss dropped year 7 to school. Before we knew it we back at camp. The students Smith’s “be at school by I pleaded with parents to were off to the rock for enjoyed searching for hos- 6:30am” very seriously! make sure they were lunch. The students tages while trying not to be Wondering where the back on Friday for pick helped themselves to busted via torch by the students gathered their up! As many of you lunch before getting teachers. energy from we soon seemed more excited ready for our afternoon Day 2 began with an early settled, marked the roll then the students for of activities. We headed wake up, breakfast at the and said our goodbye’s to some time away! by bus to embark on a rock and then the begin-
Page 5 very appreciative, many taking the time to per- their way to ensure camp sonally thank us for tak- was what it should be FUN. ing them away! Great Massive thank you to Mrs values that have obvious- Hand, Miss Celeban, Miss ly been instilled at home! Gaul, Mr Gadow, Mr I would also like to take Haynes, Mr Maharaj and the time to thank the Mrs Smith. wonderful team of staff It’s one camp I certainly that volunteered their wont forget and am so glad time to come away. we all had a wonderful Many leaving children of time! their own or sacrificing events to make this camp happen. ning of our activities. The slide show to remember. It was a great team and a students participated in Day 3 started with an ear- team who went out of many harness activities ly wake up once again and were able to chal- and we rotated through lenge themselves. Our the last of our activities activities for the day in- including canoeing and cluded the giant swing, gully crossing. It was hard high ropes, rock climbing to get the students on the and my personal favour- bus to head back to ite lost island. It was so school, many of them wonderful to watch the said they would have students enjoying them- been happy to stay a little selves in the mud! Giggles while longer. could be heard all I would like to take this throughout camp. time to thank you as par- That night we had show- ents who enabled this ers and prepared for opportunity to happen! I some games. We partici- know that the students pated in some team took a lot away from this building activities and camp and having worked then huddled around the at this school for a num- camp fire. We had a quick ber of years I have never viewing of some of the been away with such an photos from camp thanks amazing group. This to the teachers for taking group made all the hard lots of photos and to Miss work worth while as they Celeban for creating a laughed, sung and were
Page 6 Peer Support Another successful Peer al trained Year 11 stu- Support program is com- dents. Year 7 have partici- ing to an end here at The pated in trust exercises, Hills Sports High School. completed tasks designed Peer Support runs on a to familiarise them with weekly basis through term the school, and played 1, and its aim is to build games that have allowed resilience in our Year 7 them to get to know each students, in addition to other better. Other activi- implementing anti- ties have also helped Year bullying strategies and 7 with their organisational building rapport among skills, managing time and our junior and senior stu- learning to respond ap- our Year 7 Class of 2014 al trained Year 11 students. dents. Peer Support is also propriately in different gained some benefit from Year 7 have participated in a wonderful opportunity situations. the program. trust exercises, completed for our Year 11 students Ms Andrews and Mr Another successful Peer tasks designed to familiar- to develop their leader- Montgomery, our Peer Support program is com- ise them with the school, ship skills. Support organisers, would ing to an end here at The and played games that have Students have been sepa- like to thank the senior Hills Sports High School. allowed them to get to rated into small groups on students who volunteered Peer Support runs on a know each other better. a weekly basis with sever- their time and hope that weekly basis through term Other activities have also 1, and its aim is to build helped Year 7 with their resilience in our Year 7 organisational skills, man- students, in addition to aging time and learning to implementing anti- respond appropriately in bullying strategies and different situations. building rapport among Ms Andrews and Mr Mont- our junior and senior stu- gomery, our Peer Support dents. Peer Support is also organisers, would like to a wonderful opportunity thank the senior students for our Year 11 students who volunteered their time to develop their leader- and hope that our Year 7 ship skills. Class of 2014 gained some Students have been sepa- benefit from the program. rated into small groups on a weekly basis with sever- Junior Debating Workshop - English On Friday 21st March, a different targeted semi- courage interest in De- luck for their first inter- group of seven Year 7 & 8 nars to help build their bating, as well as to pre- school debate at the begin- students were lucky confidence and skills in pare students for the ning of next term. enough to participate in a debating. They were Western Sydney Year 7 & full day debating work- among 100 students from 8 Debating Competition shop at Glenwood High all over Western Sydney that will begin in Term 2. School. These students, that took part in the day Congratulations to these Ebony Gaal, Emily which was led by experi- students for representing Hopcroft, Lachlan Foley, enced adjudicators and their school. Dylan Clarke, Zachary members of the Arts Unit The English faculty, in ad- Willard, Gipsy Maul and Flying Squad. dition to organisers Ms Katie-Lee King spent their The aim of the workshops Diaz and Ms Andrews, day going to a variety of was to maintain and en- wish these students good
Page 7 Around the Grounds SYDNEY WEST The following students have been selected in the Sydney West Team for their respective sports. We congratulate on them on their achievements and wish them all the best in the up and coming CHS tournament. AFL Cayne Doyle-Gordon, Shamous McDonagh, Connor O’Brien, Andre Sultana and Derrick Visser Baseball Aaron Stephens Cricket Kristeen Chattree, Liam Lofts, Cody McCartin, Callan Mckiernan, Jonathon Sammut, Harmon Sandhu and Tayla Sweeney Football (Soccer) Jacqueline Anyon-Smith, Jamie Anyon-Smith, Jasmine Baily, Shaun Borthwick, Ashlie Crofts, Adrian Epifanino, Mitchell Gibbs, Ashlee Harrison, Chloe Hinde, Damian Jakimovski, Emily Kos, Shanaye Kuntze, Dan Machara, Abraham Majok, William Mutch, Nadia Nisbet, Taniesha Niumata, Tara Pender, Matthew Pombart, John Roberts, Joel Tinker and Caelah Stanley Softball Emily Dunn, Amber Newson, Emily Simpson and Taylah Peters Touch Football Haze Dunster, Troy Hannaford, Junior Moaga, Tyrell Neifui, Denzel Taiaroa, Vea Tapa’atoutai, Zac Tuala and Hyrum Wichmann NSW COMBINED HIGH SCHOOLS Congratulations to Harmon Sandhu (Cricket), and Taylah Peter (Softball) on their selec- tion into the NSW CHS team to compete at the NSW All Schools Championships in their respective sports. Good luck!
Page 8 April 2014 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Last Day of Term 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 School 24 Holidays 25 26 27 28 29 30 Staff Students return Development to school. Day May 2014 MON TUE WED THU FRI SAT SUN 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 NAPLAN NAPLAN NAPLAN YRS 7 & 9 YRS 7 & 9 YRS 7 & 9 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Yr 12 Parent/ Senior Prefect Teacher night Morning Tea bookings open 26 27 28 29 30 31 Peer Mediation Training On Friday 7 March 2014 a number of Year 9 students were trained by Ms Frost and Mr Chong as Peer Mediators. Peer Mediators are students who mediate disputes between fellow students. Mediation is a process of non-violent conflict resolution where the disputants sit down and talk about the dispute and develop solutions that will help re- solve the issue. This year Britney Wilson, Owen Astley, Tayla Chapman, Adrienne Baxter, Rhiannon Bennet-Purea, Paige Collison, Claudia De Pedro, Kyle Faber, Tatiana Gonzales, Emilee Hutchings, Enez Karatas, Connor O’Brien, Jordan Ozdemir and Natalie Nasser join the Peer Mediation team. Congratulations to all Peer Mediators! Ms Frost and Mr Chong
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