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«THE NEWSLETTER OF EAST HILLS BOYS HIGH SCHOOL Issue 5 - Term 3 2015 School Contact Details: Lucas Rd Panania 2213 Phone: 02 9773 7806 Fax: 02 9792 ...»

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THE NEWSLETTER OF EAST HILLS BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

Issue 5 - Term 3 2015

School Contact Details: Lucas Rd Panania 2213

Phone: 02 9773 7806

Fax: 02 9792 3849

Upcoming Events

Date Event

Monday 24 August 2015 P&C Meeting, 6:00pm, Common Room

Wednesday 26 August 2015 2015 Creative Arts Night of Excellence, 6:00pm

Wednesday 26 August 2015 Matilda the Musical Thursday 27 August 2015 Year 11 Road Safety Excursion Friday 28 August 2015 Under 15’s Basketball Knockout, Minto Wednesday 2 September 2015 – Friday 11 September 2015 Year 11 Preliminary Exams Wednesday 16 September 2015 Year 12 Farewell Dinner Thursday 17 September 2015 Year 12 Mystery Trip Friday 18 September 2015 Year 12 Graduation Assembly, 9:15am, School Hall Principal’s Message Student Leadership We have recently reviewed our student leadership opportunities and processes aimed at raising the profile and leadership opportunities for our student leadership team. We have expanded opportunities for students to represent the school and take on leadership roles by increasing the number of prefects

from 7 in 2015 to 15 in 2016, consisting of 12 prefects along with the School Captain, School ViceCaptain and Senior Prefect. Other changes for 2015/16 include:

 Students nominate for a positon on the School Student Leadership Team as a Prefect;

 All nominations must be supported by a member of the school executive, i.e. A Head Teacher, Deputy Principal or myself;

 All students who nominated were interviewed by a panel to determine their suitability for a school leadership position where their school record of attendance and behavior was also examined;

 Voting took place in week 5 for all Year 11 Students and Teachers;

 The 15 successful students participated in a Leadership Day yesterday led by Mr Kontellis where they examined what it means to be a leader, important characteristics of successful leaders and the role of a school leader at east Hills Boys High School. Sessions were led and presented by Mr Kontellis and with guest presenters Mr Rod Brooks, the previous Principal of EHBHS, and Mr Glenn Brookes, State member for East Hills.

 At the end of the Leadership day the Prefects voted for their new leaders.

In the past students nominated for the position of School Captain, voting took place amongst Year 11 students and Staff, the top three votes determined with the School Captain, School Vice-Captain and Senior Prefect and the next 4 were Prefects.

I am looking forward to working with the new leadership team in the near future to develop their roles and expand their leadership opportunities across the school.

Mr Glenn Brookes and Mr Rod Brooks working with some of our new school Leaders

I would like to introduce our new school leadership team for 2015/2016:

School Captain: Jasvir Boparoy School Vice-Captain: Viet Phan Senior Prefect: Jason Edwards Prefects: Adam Aboultaif, Mason Apostolovski, Vito Aria, Adam Chahoud, Adam Massoud, MD Sajjad Hussein, Mamadu Jallah, Matthew Nimmett, Samuel Papadimas, Christopher Sakis, Omar Serry, Irwin Weng.

Congratulations to these boys, I look forward to working closely with them in leading the school into and through 2016.

Wakakirri Our Wakikirri team competed at NIDA on Thursday 6 August producing an absolutely spectacular performance. I would like to acknowledge the amazing work and support of Miss McDonald in ensuring that these boys are performing at such an exceptionally high level. I also would like to thank Mrs De Klerk for her work assisting Miss McDonald and the boys with their performance. Congratulations to all boys involved, we did not progress this year after being Australian champions in 2014 but our performance was amazing none the less.

Mind Marathon

This week East Hills Boys again hosted the Mind Marathon – an academic competition for students from primary and high schools. As part of gifted and Talented Initiative, the competition involved teams of six from schools across New South Wales competing in a range of academic challenges: Mathematics, Science, History and Geography, English and General Knowledge. It was again tirelessly organised by Ben Willson and Jason Bardas. They ensured the competition was smoothly run and engaged a whole host of schools – some returning to the Mind Marathon, some first timers. David Leys provided a highly entertaining performance as M.C. There was a great spirit in the room as students demonstrated their ‘thirst for knowledge’ and showed their skills in both the trivia challenge at the end of the day and some impromptu joke telling. Thank you to Jason Bardas, Ben Willson and David Leys for all their efforts in making this such a successful event.

P&C Meeting Monday 24th August Our next P&C meeting is on Monday at 6pm in the staff common room. We welcome all parents, I always look forward to meeting parents and discussing the latest news about what is happening around the school.

The P&C are keen to engage in fundraising activities to raise money to enhance facilities around the school. I encourage you to support the great work they are undertaking with the funds directly targeted towards improving the learning environment for your boys. Please read the P&C message in this newsletter.





I would like to thank all those parents and students who helped with the recent Bunnings BBQ, we raised around $2000 to support your sons at East Hills Boys High School. Thank you also to the businesses that support us very generously with this fundraising, especially Lloyds IGA Panania, Panania Uniforms, Panania Diggers, Lowes Schoolwear, and Greenacre Dental. Please support those businesses that support our school.

Mr Kevin Elgood Principal Message from Deputy Principal, Curriculum I have been enjoying my role as relieving Deputy Principal for Term 3 and I have been very busy seeing to all the activities this job involves. I had the pleasure of organizing the Rose assemblies during week 5 and I congratulate all the boys who received awards in recognition of the hard work they are doing in their classrooms. I would also like to compliment Mr Lucas and Ms Dixon-Hughes for the wonderful music performances we all enjoyed at the assemblies.

Year 11 Preliminary Final exams are quickly approaching and I would encourage all the students to be engaged in an establish study program to maximize their results. Students who are of concern have been interviewed by the Senior Review Team and are now working extra hard to ensure all outstanding tasks are addressed before the end of the course. I wish all the boys the best of luck with these exams.

This year our school will be celebrating 60 years of education and we have planned a fabulous anniversary weekend which will involve past and present students and staff, as well as the local community. We are interested in any memorabilia that you might have regarding the school’s history such as photos or stories to tell, as we are compiling a book commemorating 60 years of the school.

Much of the information regarding our celebrations can be found in this newsletter as can the order form to purchase a commemorative paver to be laid on the memorial path.

To help improve our school and the education we are delivering to your child, we ask that you complete the on line parent survey as part of the Tell Them from Me program. Your responses will directly help us in providing a caring and supporting environment at East Hills Boys High.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our Creative and Performing Arts “Night of Excellence” on Wednesday 26th August as we celebrate the wonderful body of works of the Visual Arts students, Design and Technology and IT Timber projects, as well as the polished performances of our Drama and Music students. I would like to say well done to our Wakakirri team and especially the staff and parents who supported the boys throughout the year such as Ms McDonald and Mr Lucas. Our performance received awards for the best lighting, original story and concept but unfortunately we didn’t make it through to the finals this year.

Mrs K Savins

Relieving Deputy Principal Message from Deputy Principal, Operations 2015 HSC Students Students sitting their HSC in 2015 have access to their HSC timetable, students will be able to access personalised timetables using their student number and PIN in My Details. Students should note the timetable will only be available online in 2015. It is crucial that they continue to plan and organise themselves for this final exam of their schooling.

Practical Advice for the Whole Family If your child is studying for the HSC, you're probably feeling the stress too. Many parents want to help but don't want to interfere.

As well as pre-exam tension, there are other common factors that can make life seem even more challenging for the whole family.

Year 12 is often the year when kids:

• lose interest in school

• have no plans for after the HSC

• develop an intense relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend

• get their driver's licence

• experiment with legal or illegal drugs

• have a part-time job

• are a member of a sporting team

• develop an eating disorder

• suffer from depression.

If any of these concerns sound familiar, don't despair. You're not alone and this won't last forever.

How You Can Help

• Provide a good place to study, that's quiet, comfortable, with good ventilation, good lighting, adequate desk or table space and free from distractions such as TV, noise, a telephone, interesting conversations, little brothers and sisters.

• Provide healthy, balanced meals.

Tips To Remember Be supportive and encouraging.

Highlight strengths and successes. Encourage your child not to dwell on failures, but to see them as "mistakes", which can actually be something they can learn and benefit from.

Appreciate your child maybe feeling very stressed, even if it's not obvious to you. Many kids fear letting their family down so beware of setting unrealistic expectations. Some worry they can't do as well as a sibling, or friend. Many Year 12 kids are feeling overwhelmed about what lies ahead: leaving home, leaving lifelong friends, the prospect of having to live in a new city.

Understand people under pressure become supersensitive and explosive from time to time. Family members are usually the first targets. Try not to overreact.

Be realistic in your expectations as to where the HSC leads. Not all HSC students will go on to university – but they can still have a wealth of excellent and satisfying career options. If they don't get the HSC marks they needed and still really want to go on to tertiary education later, there are many other pathways. Interestingly, the success rate of mature age students is much higher than for those who go straight from school.

Encourage your child to seek help from teachers or the school counsellor if they are having any difficulty with subjects, study organisation, stress or anxiety about examinations.

Encourage a healthy balance between work and leisure. Sometimes kids need a total break from everything for a weekend or so, to recharge their batteries.

Take an interest in what your child is doing, if they'll allow you to (some won't). This can include the subjects or topics being studied, how their study timetables and programs have been organised and their leisure pursuits.

(Note: "Taking an interest in" does not mean interfering.) Remember the occasional hug and "I love you" don't go astray, even when they are 18 years old.

Encourage and allow your child to be as independent as you can possibly stand. The more independent your child is in meeting the demands of Year 12, the better prepared they will be to succeed at a tertiary level or in the workforce.

Just Before Exams:

Don't stress about the little things like leaving lights on, leaving the lid off the toothpaste and not doing chores.

Don't panic when they announce on the evening before the examination that they know nothing. (Reassure them, even if you think they could be right. "Just do the best you can. We know you're giving it your best shot."

is a good standby.) Avoid nagging, which doesn't mean you can't give a nudge or gentle reminder from time to time.

Encourage confidence by reassuring your child. If you have doubts, keep them to yourself.

Mrs J Rhodes Deputy Principal 60 TH ANNIVERSARY In 2015 we are celebrating 60 years of quality boys’ education at East Hills Boys High (1955 -2015). To

celebrate this great milestone we have planned:.

 An Anniversary Dinner will be held on Friday 4th December at Panania RSL in The Pavillion commencing at 6pm with a complimentary drink. This will be followed by a barbeque buffet with salads and dessert for $50. The evening will give you a chance to see old friends and reminisce. Tickets are available through the front office by ringing 9773 7806.

 A Gala Day at the school on the 5th December 10am-2pm, will celebrate the diverse cultures within our school. Food and beverage stalls will provide an opportunity for our students to engage with their community and will also include entertainment from our student body. This will be a great opportunity to re-visit the grounds and classrooms of the school. If you are interested in hiring a stall for the day the cost is $150 (stall and gazebo hire included) or if you can provide your own for $50. Please contact the school.

We are keen to contact past students and teachers to celebrate with us. Help us ‘spread the word’ to any fellow students and staff you can contact to make our Anniversary as memorable as possible.

Please phone 9773 7806 with information about any past student or staff member we have yet to locate. Please also let us know if you have any photos and other memorabilia that we can display on the day and/or copy for the school archives.

 Memorial Pathway By attending East Hills Boys, you have become part of our schools history.

We are offering a unique opportunity to have your name as a permanent part of our School, by purchasing a name paver (230x115x40mm) that will be permanently cemented into our school grounds.

ORDER BEFORE 18 SEPTEMBER to have your paver cemented in before our 60th celebrations on 5th December.



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