Term 4 Issue 1 10th October 2014 Phone: 9476 5711 9482 2525 THE TORCH Fax: HORNSBY GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL S We wish our current Year 12 all the best in the upcoming HSC exams. They have worked hard over many years and will do very well in the HSC. Their final week of school saw three big events – the Lip Sync Concerts, the Clap-Out Assembly and the Graduation Ceremony. The Graduation Ceremony on Thursday night at the Hornsby RSL was attended by 400 members of our community. It was a wonderful celebration of their school life and their multiple achievements. Students, parents and teachers enjoyed the celebratory evening. Thank you to Mrs Sexton for her organisation of the event. Many awards and prizes were announced at the Graduation Ceremony including the nomination of six students for possible inclusion in the ENCORE HSC Music student performances to be held on Monday 9 March 2015 at the Sydney Opera House. Congratulations to Jasmine He, Anika Ng, Naomi Ng, Daisy Ou, Rachel Wang and Sherrie Zheng for their nomination to ENCORE. Congratulations to these students and their Music teacher Mr Hughson for inspiring them to achieve such excellence. Congratulations to Daisy Ou who was acknowledged as the joint winner of the 21st Young Performer Encouragement Award 2014 from the Zonta Club of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai’s Women of Achievement Presentation Dinner held on 10 September 2014 at the Killara Golf Club. Zonta is a global organisation of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women through service and advocacy. Congratulations also to the following students who received awards from Education Perfect an online learning platform for their ongoing commitment to learning Maths Bronze Award – Coco Xiaoge Huang English Credit Award – Coco Xiaoge Huang Science Silver Award – Martine Illing Kelly Science Bronze Award – Emma Gosbell Science Bronze Award – Morgan McKenzie Science Credit Award – Masako Wong Congratulations to Cherie Pan and Isabelle Parui who received a Bronze medal at the National Sport Aerobics Championships held in Brisbane over the holidays. Congratulations to all the girls who attended and thank you to Mrs Email Address: [email protected] Web Address: www.hornsbygir-h.schools.nsw.edu.au Wallwork for attending the event with the students. Congratulations to Mme Barbeau who is a recipient of an Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowship for 2015. The ELTF is a part of the Australian Government’s broader Endeavour Awards, providing opportunities for practising language teachers, retraining teachers and pre-service language teachers to take part in short-term overseas study programmes to improve their language and cultural skills. Mme Barbeau will undertake a three week study programme in January in Salamanca Spain. A reminder to students that the Running and Cross Fit Club meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday on the school oval from 7:30am – 8:20am. All welcome! Congratulations to all the students and staff who were involved in the Food and Fashion Night held on Wednesday. It was a great success and demonstrated the outstanding design and food technology skills of our students. Thank you to Mrs McGuire, Ms Lech and Mrs Graham from the TAS Department for their organisation of this wonderful celebration of design and food. Next week we welcome a student teacher Mr William Huyler from Indiana University, USA who has been placed here for eight weeks in our Music Department. Mr Huyler is participating in the Global Gateways Program and is a highly accomplished vocalist and musician who is looking forward to learning from our staff and teaching our students. Our next P and C Meeting will be held on Wednesday 15 October 2014 at 7:45pm. I will be discussing the Lenovo Laptop Program for Years 7, 8 and 9 for 2015, our NAPLAN results for 2014, some recent research findings on teaching and learning at the school and our focus areas for the School Management Plan 2015 – 2017. I look forward to seeing you at this meeting. Justin Briggs Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Congratulations to Esther Barnes, Simone Luca and Amy Thomas of Year 12 who have completed and been approved for the Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Esther, Simone and Amy will be presented the Award next year by the Governor of NSW at Government House. It is a wonderful achievement, reflecting their ability to take the initiative, their dedication and willingness to challenge themselves. Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded their Silver Duke of Edinburgh: Alicia Evans, Kangying Lin, Alyssa Lo, Weinnie Zhou and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh: Jessica Chan, Shanaya de Silva, Kassandra di Bono, Katherine Du, Ayesha Earey, Soo Bin Lee. A wonderful achievement by all these students. Robyn Riches Food and Fashion Night The food and fashion fiesta was a huge success! The mouthwatering finger food designed and produced by the year 10 and 11 students was very authentic with something to meet all taste buds. Savoury appetisers served included Mexican Skewers & Chicken and Curry Puffs. Green Tea Cheesecake Bites and Chilli chocolate ice cream were also served, satisfying the sweeter palate. The students did a fantastic job parading down the catwalk demonstrating their amazing talent and skills. A special thanks to Mrs McGuire, Mrs Graham, Miss Lech along with all of the staff who attended on the night for making the fiesta so successful. Pardon... we missed the deadline for the last TORCH, here is a short review from the girls who ran the FRENCH Crêpe stall with Mr & Mrs Mathias. A HUGE thanks to Mr & Mrs Mathias without whose help we couldn't have run the crêpe stall so smoothly and to all the wonderful students who donated crêpes, lemons, cream. Merci aussi to Mme Anderson and Mrs Roberts whose help was invaluable on the day. Mme Barbeau & Mme Anderson Félicitations Vivian! In May this year Hornsby Girls High French students in Years 10, 11 and 12 underwent the rigorous Alliance Francaise examination for 2014, in which their Reading, Writing and Listening skills were tested as part of a state-wide competition. The Language Department was thrilled to learn that Vivian Jiang of Year 10 attained first place and will attend a formal Award Ceremony at the Alliance Française to receive her prize next term. Vivian’s achievement in French has been outstanding over the last three years as she has immersed herself in the language through wide reading and expansion of her grammatical skill base. It is fitting that her competence is recognised both here and in the wider French speaking community. Mme Anderson A HUGE Thank You to the wonderful girls from 8VA4 who came in to help clean up the art storerooms during the holidays. The VA staff are immensely grateful for their help and support and are currently enjoying a much less cluttered experience. Also, the great Minerva girls who worked on our 2014 magazine. They all worked hard evidenced by the 12 pizzas they consumed!!! Year 9/10 Gala Day The following girls competed in a North Sydney Regional Netball Competition, held at Gosford on Wednesday September 10th. The girls were selected in Term 1 and have been training every Friday lunchtime since then under the coaching expertise of Ku-ring Gai Rep Netball Coach, Ms Maddy Shume. The girls advanced their fitness and netball skills over this period and this was definitely evident on the day of competition where the girls acquitted themselves very well! A huge thank you to the two Year 10 girls who umpired for Hornsby all day - Xenia Lopes and Brittany Gibbs. Yr 9/10 Netball Team Lisa Bae, Natalie Chua, Kia Collins, Katherine Du, Grace Hang, Kate Lee, Nirosha Pillalamarri, Natasha Pye, Grace Roberts, Olivia Se. Taekwondo at Hornsby Girls High School Taekwondo program is conducted on Monday afternoons at 3.30pm in the gym. The classes are run by Malcolm Duckworth who is a 4th Dan Black Belt and part of the Wyllie Taekwondo academy and who has been with the After-school program for over 6 years. There are no special skills required to start Taekwondo and it is a great way to gain self confidence and essential self-defence skills. The focus in class is tilted more towards self defence but all aspects of martial arts are covered and the session is also great for exercise and fitness. All are welcome to join in the program. For a second time, Hornsby Girls High School has been represented at the All Schools Taekwondo Tournament. Asha Hossain (below) took part in the event. Asha has been a part of the program for some time and has shown exceptional talent and skill. The All Schools Tournament was held at St Ignatius’ College on Saturday 06 September and saw Asha come away with a Bronze medal. Hornsby Girls High School P and C ASSOCIATION "Excellence in Girls' Education" INVITATION TO ALL PARENTS to our October P & C Meeting on WEDNESDAY 15 October at 7.45pm in the School Common Room. Our next P and C Information Meeting on Wednesday October 15 from 7:45pm will be a presentation by Dr Justin Briggs on the Lenovo Laptop Program for Years 7, 8 and 9 for 2015, our NAPLAN results for 2014, some recent research findings on teaching and learning at the school and our focus areas for the School Management Plan 2015 – 2017. Light refreshments will also be served, so please come along and meet other parents in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. All welcome! ________________________________________________________ Regular HGHS P & C Association meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month during the school term. Please mark the dates in your diary. With your active participation, the P & C can achieve great things to enhance your daughter’s education. Please show your support. You will be made very welcome!
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