And just like that, the holidays are over and we are back into a busy Term 2.
Last week our School Captains and prefect body attended the ANZAC Memorial service held at Engadine. In a moving ceremony, the students were able to lay a wreath and on behalf of the school, pay their respects to the service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country.
Our Year 7 students attended their first high school camp. For 3 days, students rock climbed, abseiled, bushwalked, rode the flying fox and put their fears to the test on the giant swing. They discussed the important issues around respectful relationships, including bullying and cyber safety, in an inclusive and collaborative environment that allowed them to get to know each other as well as their teachers.
Year 12 students celebrated their high academic successes at their Achievement Assembly; an assembly that acknowledges not only outstanding results, but the processes by which they achieve these results such as consistent hard work, strategies, focus and persistence. The speakers emphasised the importance of having a ‘growth mindset’; the belief that our intelligence and talent can continually be developed through processes of determination and by accepting that difficulties are a natural part of the learning process. A growth mindset leads to more motivation, more resilience and more success.
Year 10 students had the privilege of listening to charismatic motivational speaker Luke Kennedy as he delivered a powerful philosophy about the need to find our ‘true self’ in order to achieve our best. Many students felt incredibly empowered after this incursion, commenting on Luke’s ability to engage his audience as well as his insights into their lives and their experiences. His final influential message that strongly resonated with all of our students was “Reject the labels and chase your passions!” Thank you to Mr Cox and Ms Duncan for facilitating this opportunity for students.
This week we warmly welcomed our parent community to speak with individual teachers at the 7, 11 and 12 Parent Teacher interviews. Once again, the hall was at maximum capacity, reflecting the strong relationship our school enjoys with our committed parents and care givers. Teachers value the collaborative relationships with parents at Engadine High School; relationships that ensure the success of all students in their learning and wellbeing. We look forward to meeting with our Year 8, 9 and 10 parents and carers in Term 3.
Next week sees the snapshot of our student’s abilities through the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Years 7 and 9 students will sit these Literacy and Numeracy based tests, where the results will provide the school with authentic data about students’ strengths and needs in reading, writing, grammar and punctuation and numeracy. This data will be analysed by the Head Teachers Teaching and Learning, and shared with teachers to ensure our practices continue to addresses the specific learning needs of our students. Whilst NAPLAN is not the only source of data that we use to inform our teaching and learning, it is important that all students apply themselves to completing the assessment with integrity, so that we can best cater for their needs.
The recent P&C Meeting was preceded by engaging presentations from Mrs Edwards (Head Teacher English) and Mr Andon (Head Teacher Mathematics) about strategies that will support Year 7 children in reading and numeracy when they are working independently at home. Both Head Teachers are leading out Top Right project as part of the NSW Premier’s Priority to increase high achievement in Reading and Numeracy by 2020, and have a depth and breadth of knowledge on best practices both inside and outside the classroom environment that can see this happen.
For those that were unable to attend the meeting, can access the presentations via the following links:
Finally, congratulations to all students and staff who competed in the Annual School Cross-Country carnival on Wednesday. It was so great to see so many students representing their house groups, whether competing to progress to Zone, or just to get outside and be active in the beautiful bush setting in which we reside, as part of their and healthy lifestyle. Well done to the PDHPE staff on a well organised and successful carnival!