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Term 4 Issue 18

Friday 2nd December 2016

WINNING EDGE WORKSHOPS The ‘Winning Edge’ program provided a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in a day-long series of workshops focused on Youth Mental Health & Wellbeing, Social Media, Work Readiness and Tertiary Pathways. A host of community organisations were invited to partake in the event and to share their knowledge, expertise and resources with the school’s Year 10 students. The Winning Edge program aims to identify and address a range of contemporary concerns and issues faced by young people today. Each organisation was asked to develop and deliver workshops to help the students to deal with the typical challenges young people face as they enter adulthood. A big thank you to Headspace, Interrelate, Kai Ming Consulting, Skillset, Future Moves CSU, Orange Police and Public Schools NSW for their involvement and support of the program. Furthermore, the Canobolas Rural Technology High School would like to express its gratitude to the event sponsors, the Smith Family, and to Emma McLean for all her hard work. Vince Lovecchio - Community Engagement Officer

From the Principal’s Desk Dear Parents and Members of the School Community At this time of year nothing slows down, and this is certainly the case at our school.

Schools Spectacular It was my absolute pleasure last week to attend the Schools Spectacular in Sydney and watch our students perform, both in the choir and also one student as part of the Bangarra Dance Ensemble. The students joined with 5500 other students from around NSW to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest amateur variety performance. A huge thank you must go to Ms Susan Gottschall, Ms Toni Gibbs, Ms Lauren Aldrick, Ms Amy Neve and Mr Geoff Pelley who looked after all the students for the week they were away. Make sure you check out the broadcast of this event on Channel 7 this Saturday.

Year 11 Study Skills On Monday 21st November all Year 11 students were involved in a Study Skills Day organised by their Year Adviser, Ms Daisy Morrissey. The sessions included focusing on organisation and examination preparation, along with time management, career preparation and stress management. The day included a BBQ lunch where students had the opportunity to catch up with their 10% on Top mentors. It is hoped that more of these events can be organised for the students in 2017 as they prepare for the HSC. Students and parents are also reminded that the Study Sessions are still running in the STEM Centre every Thursday afternoon from 3:30pm – 5:00pm. Teachers are available to assist students with assessment tasks, study techniques and examination preparation, or students can use the time to complete their own tasks.

CHS Blue Congratulations to Georgia Kiel who has been awarded a prestigious Combined High Schools Blue Award for Softball Umpiring. Georgia was presented with this award at the state wide Blues Ceremony in Sydney on Friday 2nd December. This is a fantastic recognition for all the hard work and dedication Georgia has put into developing her skills in this area.

Presentation Night Our annual Presentation Night will be held on Wednesday 7th December starting at 8pm in the school hall. This is always a night of celebration where student achievements are recognised in the academic, sporting and cultural areas. Students who are receiving awards have been notified and invitations for families have been sent home in the mail. It would be great to see the school community attend this event.

Celebrate Canobolas Celebrate Canobolas is the end of year event to acknowledge the positive achievements that all members of the school have made, collectively, over the year. This year our day of celebration will occur on Tuesday 13th December. Classes will run as normal for the first three periods and we will then have our final formal assembly for the year where students will be presented with medallions they have earnt during the second half of the year through the school’s merit system. This will be followed by a BBQ lunch for the school and an afternoon of activities. Invitations for students receiving medallions will be posted home in the next week and it would be lovely to see families there to celebrate with us. I hope you have a wonderful fortnight and I look forward to speaking with you in Week 10. With my warmest regards Kate Wootten Relieving Principal

TCRTHS Calendar Look at what’s coming up... Tuesday 6th December

Yr 7 2017 Orientation

Wednesday 7th December

Presentation Night

Tuesday 13th December

Medallion Ceremony

Friday 16th December

Last day of term for students

Monday 30th January 2017

All students return to school

SUPPORT UNIT NEWS Year 9 students have made structures from paddlepop sticks and matchsticks in a maths competition to see which one can hold the most weight. Here are to great designs!

The Year 7/8 class completed an assessment where they had to navigate a small object through a river or around a country. They had to use a compass to find directions and measure the lengths to travel.

Year 7 Science Support—The Living World Year 7 students Kenya Lacey, Felicity Donnelly, Natalie Corby and Ashleigh Sonter from Mrs Manns' Science Class have been exploring "The Living World" topic by studying the life cycle of amphibians. Tadpoles were collected from Mrs Barlow's dam and the students were responsible for looking after them. Some of the tadpoles collected were orange in colour and couldn't be identified. Perhaps we had discovered a new "Orange Frog" from Orange. The students decided to send an email to Taronga Zoo and shortly thereafter received a reply from Mr Michael McFadden, Supervisor of the Herpetofauna Department. Mr McFadden said that the orange tadpoles were not a typical coloured species but an albino, which is a recessive genetic mutation of the "Verreaux's Tree Frog" or by their other name, the "Whistling Tree Frog", a small frog measuring 18-25mm. Mr McFadden said that they were very cool! Year 7 Science students enjoyed learning about the metamorphosis from a tadpole to a frog and studying their habitat, as well as encountering some that were a little different to the norm! Thanks were relayed back to Taronga Zoo for identifying our frogs which are now happily back in the dam. Well done Year 7 Science Support students!

Brown whistling tree frog

Orange frog

Lifecycle of a frog

SCIENCE FACULTY NEWS Over the past term, 7 Star have participated in an independent research project. These are some of their final visual representations which are being reviewed by their peers.

Year 10 ACTAL are dissecting eyeballs to learn about the internal structure of the eye ‌

ROBOGALS WORKSHOPS The Canobolas High Rural Technology High School in partnership with UNSW chapter of Robogals this week presented its annual three day regional Robotics event for 2016. The program consisted of six workshops and taught students from Years 7 to 10 the basics of engineering, robotics and programming using LEGO Mindstorms NXT kits. The workshops also prepared students to enter school robotics competitions such as FIRST LEGO League and Robocup Junior. The event provided a great ‘enrichment’ based learning experience for female students across the local region. Robogals UNSW is a student run, non-profit volunteer organisation and is part of a global volunteer network; Robogals Global Ltd. Robogals aims to promote and expose young women to the fields of STEM through fun and educational workshops which inspire them to pursue STEM- based higher education and careers. A big congratulations to Sharone Moore for the winning the Canobolas High section of the Robo-Battle challenge. Contestants were given the task to build and program (code) their robots to partake in a ‘Sumo Wrestling’ type challenge. It was great to see the girls have such a wonderful time. Vince Lovecchio | Community Liaison & Partnerships Officer


Year 11 Ag Some students attended a Cattle Management Excursion to BOHLER STIRRUP STUD where they assisted in calf marking activities.

Year 7 & 8 Students have been learning about sheep management activities. They have been assisting in lamb marking and crutching activities.

An HSIE Production‌

Coming soon to Tuesday lunchtime History Club is designed for those who have an interest in history and would like to learn more. Topics covered will not be part of the current mandatory school program and will try to encourage students to choose a senior history subject when they reach years 11 and 12. We will look at topics that span the length of time and incorporate skills that you already learn in your HSIE/history lessons. The extra use of these skills in different topics will allow you to develop a deeper depth of knowledge and understanding of historiography and enhance your learning experience in the classroom.

History Club will explore four different topics over the four terms of school as follows: Term 1: Assassinations Term 2: Conspiracies Term 3: Mysteries Term 4: Mythologies

For more information visit Miss McRae in A11 or email

CHPA 2017 Information & 2016 Presentation

Congratulations to all the CHPA Athletes

CHPA 2017 Information & 2016 Presentation

Year 7 and New 2017 Athletes information session involved short presentations from the supporters of the program including Justin Johnson from PhyzX, Mel Skein from CSU and Jacqueline Jasprizza the CHPA nutritionist and dietitian as well as from Miss Gemma Lord the CHPA 2017 Academic support officer.

Trent Wilde (pictured) (Year 10 2017) and Lachlan Elphick (Year 7 2017) Awarded 2017 Scholarships

CHPA 2016 Presentation

A massive thank you to Andrew and TCRTHS Canteen crew who catered for the annual presentation dinner for the CHPA. It was a night of reflection, celebration and fun as we were entertained by many different videos and slide shows and thoughts from athletes.

CHPA 2016 Award Winners

Attitude Award Kane Mitchell

Dedication Award Callan Naden

Professionalism Award Matthew Gray

Thank you to our supporters

CHPA 2016 Award Winners

Leadership Award Mac Reith-Snare

Special Recognition Erin Naden

Year 7/8 Athlete of the Year Award Gaige Saunders

CHPA 2016 Athlete of the Year

Nothin’ But Netball On Thursday 24th November the Canobolas Rural Technology High School under 15’s netball team attended the Western School Sport divisional gala day in Orange. The team was placed in a pool to play against Orange High, Henry Lawson and Forbes throughout the day. The day commenced with the beautiful, soothing undertones of Destinee Navale and Sarah Smith as they announced the commencement of the day’s proceedings. The first game of the day was against Orange High where we had strong and persistent work from Lilly Mitchell and Lisa Collyer at opposite ends of the court. Next we faced Forbes and while it was a slow start, we came through with a win at the end. Teagan Masila and Taia McDonald worked consistently in the defensive end, while Montanna McIlwain-Browne dominated in the midcourt causing chaos for the opposition. In the final game of the pool the girls were up against Henry Lawson High School. Strong defence from Ruby Nesbitt shut down many shooting opportunities, while Briana Priest and Chloe White combined well to feed Tegan Wood in the circle. The Canobolas team finished 5th overall out of the 11 teams that attended the day. As a result, the final game of the day was against Cowra – a CKC rematch! A strong Cowra team brought all their reserve energy and took out the game. The day would not have been as successful without the assistance of Ayla Frost, Destinee Navale, Sarah Smith and Caitlin White who combined as a formidable team to run the office, umpire and complete all the paperwork for the day.

Check out The Canobolas High School PDHPE and Sport Facebook group for lots of camp photos and action!!

## Year 10 who have not attended the camp need to have their booklets ready for collection in PDHPE Classes next week.

Last week the Girri Girri academy headed west to Condobolin for a cultural camp. The girls played a netball game against Condobolin High which saw them go down in a narrow loss. The girls also participated in a basket weaving workshop that was run by the local women’s group. A big thankyou goes out to VERTO and Mary Croaker for organising and taking us on the excursion.

Open Girls Softball Knockout On Wednesday 16th November, the Open Girls Softball team competed in the Western Region Knockout + Western trials at Jack Brabham Park, Orange. In game 1 we played Wellington High. We fielded first and had a fantastic start with a tidy pitching/ catching combination from Ash Kelly and Heidi Bell that kept Wellington from scoring. We followed this up with some strong batting– great hitting from Lily Morrison, Georgia Kiel and Monty McIlwain-Brown secured a 25-3 win. In game 2 we faced the reigning champions Mudgee High. We again fielded well with some tidy fielding from Emma Klose, Teagan Masila and Lilly Mitchell. Mudgee had a strong pitcher which made it difficult to score runs. Mudgee’s strength in the field and experience in the game unfortunately was too much for us going down 16-1. Game 3 was our last game of the day against Parkes High. Over the last two games played our girls improved their confidence and knowledge of the game which greatly assisted us going into our final match. Again, some wonderful pitching from Ash Kelly and Georgia Kiel kept Parkes to a limited score. There was some great fielding and base work from Katelyn Jenner-Drinan, Lily Morrison and Kirra Everett. We complemented some great fielding with strong batting– especially from Georgia Kiel and Monty McIlwainBrown which secured us an 11-6 win. Well done to all girls who played with great enthusiasm and effort. Big thanks goes to our Super coach Maddy Gogala and Super scorer Stella Kiel. Big thanks also goes to Pam and Mitch Kelly from ODSA for their facilities and umpiring. Well done Canobolas. Congratulations goes to Georgia Kiel for being selected in the Western Team for 2017.

Open Boys Softball Knockout On Tuesday 29th November the Open Boys Softball team competed in the Western Knockout + Western trials at West End Sporting complex, Mudgee. With a late withdrawal in the competition from Blayney High, Canobolas were to play Mudgee and Orange High in the tournament. Canobolas was automatically fast tracked to the grand final match against local rivals Orange High. In game 1 against Mudgee High, we started strong with a great pitching/ catching combination from Gaige Saunders and Mac Reith-Snare and some great base work from Harry Pearce and Mitchell Kelly. We had a few new softball recruits who fitted into the team so well– some big hitting from Jesse Astill, Harry Pearce and Brad Patrick kept Canobolas in the game. Unfortunately Mudgee got a few quick runs on the board that we couldn’t chase down, losing the match 15-11. Luckily, Canobolas were fast tracked into the grand final match where we would face Orange High. Canobolas have been the reigning champions in this competition for the last two years, so we went in with a title to defend. Unfortunately, Orange High were simply the better team on the day, taking out the match 16-1. Well done to all boys for their efforts throughout the day in the heat and tough competition. Well done to Mac Reith-Snare, Gaige Sanders and Harry Pearce for being selected in the 2017 Western team. Big thanks goes to Ash Kelly for coming away with us as our team scorer.

CREATIVE ARTS NEWS Year 12 ARTWORKS Acknowledged at Cowra Regional Gallery The official opening of the always exciting and popular UpstART exhibition and announcement of the award winners was held on Saturday, November 26 from 2pm. This is the 14th year that the annual youth art exhibition and awards has been presented by the Cowra Regional Art Gallery. Special guest attending to open the exhibition is Councillor Bill West, Mayor, Cowra Shire Council. The exhibition is an impressive showcase of artworks including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media and sculpture by 120 students from 11 high schools in the region. The 2016 awards judge was Libby Oldham, Director of Jayes Gallery, Molong. The participating schools for the 2016 exhibition are Blayney High School, Canobolas Rural Technology High School, Canowindra High School, Cowra High School, Forbes High School, Hennessy High School, Henry Lawson High School, Kinross Wolaroi School, Molong Central School, Parkes High School and St Raphael’s Catholic School. UpstART provides new opportunities for young artists in the region by displaying their artwork in a leading public gallery and reaching new audiences. In celebrating the creativity of this year’s participating young artists, the Gallery also acknowledges the commitment of the art teachers from each of the participating schools who have assisted the in organization of the exhibition. Ten works from Canobolas High School students featured in the exhibition. Four Canobolas Year 12 works received awards. Madison Ewins won best Drawing section in the show with her work inspired by the anatomical drawings of Leonardo Da Vinci. Maddison Freedman, Jake Fiene and Laura Alexander were Highly Commended for their works in the Sculpture, Painting and Digital Media sections respectively. Jake's work, a large oil painting appropriating the work of Norman Lindsay was especially commented on by the Gallery Director, who thought the work worthy of Art Express; an exhibition showcasing the very best artworks from Year 12 each year. It is interesting to note that the work raises the same controversy and debate that Lindsay's work did one hundred years ago. It is a sign of great art that it creates conversation about our values and the world. Other works by Kelson Freedman, Ashleigh Canavan, Lily Morrison and Catherine Nicholson were also featured in the exhibition. It is an achievement of note that our students’ works hold themselves against works by other Visual Arts students from other schools. Congratulations to all the students and their teachers Mr Caulfield, Ms Lindsay and Mr Pelley.

STEM CENTRE NEWS STEM Transition Recently, STEM hosted our future Year 7 students from a range of feeder schools for a STEM challenge, with many having visited our STEM Centre previously for other activities! With we extra wet winter causing extra forest undergrowth there may be an increased bushfire risk. Students had to build a prototype fire watchtower for Kinross forest using only 15 pipe cleaners, holding jelly babies as high off the desk as possible. The record for the day way 26cm!

Year 8 STEM Students in Year 8 STEM are learning about sustainability and the impact we can have on our planet. Our unit on plastics has evolved into using the ABS plastics from the 3D printers and computer aided design to create a plastic mould. This is then filled with a special food grade silicone. When dried, the silicone makes a flexible mould that we are able to use to set chocolates! What do you think of our prototype STEM chocolate Christmas treat!

The STEM Centre is a crime scene! This week Thinkers in Education visited our school from the UK to run a forensics science extension activity for current and future Year 7 and 8 AcTal students. Students had to work in groups with DNA to discover who the body in the box belonged to, while racing against the clock!

Canobolas STEM heads into SPACE! On the afternoon of Friday 9th December, a rocket will be blasting our coding experiments into space to be docked with the International Space Station! This week our students received their mission patches from Cuberider for being part of the program.

Holiday reading Don’t forget we have a huge selection of ebooks to choose from if you’d like something to read in the holidays. See Mrs Richard in the STEM centre for more information.

♫ MUSIC NOTES ♫ Last week eight wonderful Canobolas Music singers; Laura Alexander (Year 12) Ellena Hicks (Year 11) Pulane Mahlaku (Year 11) Jessica Smith (Year 10) Johanna Kampf (Year 9) Ryan Canavan (Year 8) Layla Heffernan (Year 7) Chloe Harshman (Year 7) joined Miss Aldrick, Miss Neve and Mr Pelley for an adventure to Sydney for the 2016 Schools Spectacular. It was an incredibly busy week full of singing rehearsals, choreography practise and four jam packed performances. Each day started nice and early with a trip into Sydney Olympic Park to begin singing our hearts out to some amazing music and watch some phenomenal dancers on the stage. Our students were included in the 2,700 person choir and were part of the Guinness World Record breaking 5,500 strong performance cast which included singers, dancers, acrobats and musicians. The song selection ranged from the classical, singing Orff’s ‘O Fortuna’ as an opening number to the funky, with Lionel Ritchie’s ‘All Night Long’ to the modern, with songs like Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ and Walk the Moon’s ‘Shut Up and Dance’. A highlight of the performance was singing Yothu Yindi’s ‘Treaty’ with the Indigenous Dance Troupe in which we were able to watch the marvellous Kiea Wise dance on the main stage! Early in Term 4, the choir spent extra time learning the Spec show repertoire with Miss Aldrick and Miss Neve before we headed to Sydney in Week 7. There were lots of songs and lots of different vocal parts for everyone to master. Once we got there – Miss Neve accompanied the students to and from rehearsals while Miss Aldrick took on a backstage role. Miss Aldrick worked alongside 90 teachers from around the state as a member of the 2016 NSW Schools Spectacular Production Team. She was on the ‘Call to Stage Team’ with the Music teacher from Westfield Sports High School and the Dance teacher from Blayney High School. This role involved following the show run and ‘calling for’ the students involved in upcoming segments from their dressing rooms, to get warmed up and ready to take to the stage from the correct tunnel entry. Getting hundreds of students on and off the stage using 4 entry/exit tunnels – required some careful logistics planning backstage. In the backstage area, although expansive around the outside of the massive Qudos Bank Arena, Miss Aldrick and Kiea Wise did see each other many times. The Production Team was a massive undertaking and an exciting new experience. Though tired from the long 11 hour days of rehearsals and shows, it was a thoroughly enjoyed experience. I am very grateful that Miss Neve so happily was a part of the Spec team to support our choir students. Another big thanks goes to Mr Pelley – our Canobolas Spec Transport, Leisure and Meals Officer. Mr Pelley drove the bus each day – transporting us from our accommodation at UWS Parramatta to Sydney Olympic Park for rehearsals and shows. He also took us to Westfield and the park for shopping and downtime. Mr Pelley cooked some great dinners for us all, and ensured we had enough food to make lunches each day. He ensured Spec costumes were washed and that we were well fed for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Thanks Mr Pelley – you made the long days and so much easier. All the students were beautifully behaved and represented the school and the public education system with pride. We feel very lucky to have worked with these amazing students and be part of such an awesome show. We all had a fantastic time and can’t wait for next year to do it all again! Miss Aldrick, Miss Neve and Mr Pelley CRTHS Schools Spectacular Team

For the School Spectacular this year, Kiea Wise was selected to perform as part of the Aboriginal Dance Company. This was hard work! Kiea spent 14 days in Sydney, working with choreographers from Bangarra Dance Theatre. It was an amazing experience to see the dance turn from a few dance moves into something spectacular.

Luminosity Concert Kyle Fardell (Year 10) performed a short set with a mate from Orange High School at the opening of the Luminosity event at the Orange Botanic Gardens on Friday night. Kyle had contacted the organisers to request a spot on the program and was successful in auditioning to make this happen. He and Sam played some classic rock tunes. A big thank you to the students who were involved in the filming of The Rainbow Serpent for the Luminosity Festival last week. Students created and choreographed the dance themselves. It was a great team effort. Thanks to Dee Jay for helping out on the clap sticks. Well done to Talisah, Teminya, Sharone and Ashlee in Year 8, Jada and Kiea in Year 10 and Rob in Year 11 for sharing their creativity with the Orange Community.

Orange Regional Conservatorium Prom’s Concert This Saturday, Orange Regional Conservatorium’s annual Prom’s Concert will be held at 11am in the ORC auditorium. Many Canobolas Music students will be performing as part of the various ensembles on offer at the Con. Chookas to Ellena Hicks (Year 11) for her performances in Chamber Choir and Caesura Vocal Group and to Victoria Ruming (Year 10) for her performances in Orange Youth Orchestra.

Newly formed sports club are seeking junior and senior players for the following sports for the upcoming 2017 season

Netball – Registration 14 December 2016 @PCYC 4:30-5:30 28 January 2017@PCYC 10:00- 11:30am

The club welcomes players of all abilities. We pride ourselves on offering a welcoming environment for players new to the game, focusing on fun and skill development. For more information contact Jason – 0417 413 989 Katrina – 0403 230 236

Term 4 issue 18 2nd December 2016  

The Canobolas Rural Technology High School newsletter. Term 4 Issue 18

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