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Our Mission: To provide a quality comprehensive and inclusive educational environment where all students can achieve Newsletter also on the web at cowrahigh.net Principal: Charles Gauci B.Ed., Dip.T. Deputy Principal: Paul Bullock B.Sc., Dip.Ed. Deputy Principal: Ian Pattingale B.App.Sc., Dip.Ed.

Volume 2016 Issue 5

PRINCIPAL’S REPORT Term 1 has now come to a conclusion and even in these final moments exciting things are happening. Congratulations to our 16 years girls’ swimming relay team in winning a Silver medal at the State Finals this week. It was a very exciting race with the girls 0.01 of a second off the Gold. Well done Jade Te Weehi, Jade Browne, Georgia Lewis & Abbie Lewis. At the same meet, Year 11 student Lucy Wilson, won a Bronze medal in the 100m breaststroke ~ another outstanding achievement from Lucy. It is great seeing our students Lucy Wilson achieving so much at such an elite level. Two weeks ago we sent seven teams under the guidance of Mrs Dunk & Mr Levick to compete in the Regional Futsal Knockout in Orange and I am very proud of the sportsmanship shown. Five of the teams made it into the final rounds with the 16 girls & open girls teams earning a place in the State Finals next term after each coming second. Well done and good luck. On Wednesday our Year 10 students undertook a leadership training day with presenters from Queensland. The day consisted of presentations & workshops designed to develop leadership skills. I thank Cowra Council for sponsoring this worthwhile initiative. ANZAC Day this year falls on the Monday before we return from holidays. Once again Cowra High will proudly march in the town parade. I ask that students please attend this important community event in full school uniform and show their respect for those who have sacrificed so much for us. We will gather at the cenotaph at 10.20am. Cowra High will acknowledge ANZAC Day with a dedicated assembly on the students first day of Term 2, Wednesday 27 April. The end of Term 1 we bid farewell to two of our most experienced and well respected teachers - Ms Carol Heilman & Ms Pam Harris. I am pleased that both have been recognised for their excellence and are taking up promotion positions.  Carol has been Head Teacher PD/H/PE at Cowra High for just over 10 years. In this time she has made a huge contribution to our school with leadership roles in the establishment of our computing systems & welfare systems. As she takes up her new role as Deputy Principal of Kandos High I am confident Carol will embrace this new opportunity

Friday 8 April, 2016 and bring much to her new school.  Pam’s contribution to Cowra High has spanned just over 10 years also. In this time she has proven herself to be an outstanding Year Adviser and classroom practitioner who always puts the wellbeing of her students first. This is highlighted by the high level of respect her students always display towards her. Pam will take up her new role as Head Teacher English at Boorowa Central and I know our loss is their gain. I wish all a peaceful and relaxing break. Charles Gauci

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TERM 2 DATES Tuesday 26 April  School Development Day students are not required to attend Wednesday 27 April  Students return to school 10/11/12 May  NAPLAN Testing for Years 7&9 Friday 6 May  Athletics Carnival 1/2/3 June  Camden visit

PO Box 72 • Dowell Street • Cowra 2794 • Telephone: 02 6342 1766 Facsimile: 02 6342 1578 • Email: cowra-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au We value moral ~ we can collaboratively make moral judgements to guide decisions and behaviour


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COWRA HIGH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER BREAKAWAY PROGRAM

The award winning Breakaway program has recently commenced with a girls only intake. Morphing through the past 11 years since its inception, the successful 20 week interagency program utilises the services of TAFE Western & Cowra PCYC together with Cowra High School staff & students to achieve positive educational outcomes for Koori students. Job seeking skills, Re-navigating Anger & Guilty Emotions (RAGE) program, self-esteem & image, health and digital storytelling are included in the sessions. The program, which continues next term, has a renewed focus on Aboriginal culture to improve the understanding & preservation of traditional aspects of life.

‫غغغ‬ YEAR 7 & 9 NAPLAN 2016 TEST TIMETABLE Tuesday 10 May 2016  Language Conventions – 45 minutes  Writing – 40 minutes Wednesday 11 May 2016  Reading – 65 minutes Thursday 12 May 2016  Numeracy Calculator – 40 minutes  Numeracy Non-calculator – 40 minutes Language Conventions test includes spelling, grammar and punctuation.

Congratulations to our Gold Card holders for 2016 and a huge thanks to Kristy White & Cliff Dykes for their hard work in producing these cards and their continued support of Cowra High School.

‫غغغ‬ STUDY SKILLS FOR APRIL Making Great Study Notes With the end of Term 1 it is time to think about study notes. But why now? Well many students wait until just before exam time to even consider their study notes then there is no time to learn them and no time to practise the skills of the subject. If you know you will have tests later in the year, then a smart thing to do is to get all of your Term 1 study notes up to date during the holidays. Can you imagine coming back Term 2, you haven’t done your study notes for Term 1 and you get slammed with new work – it becomes impossible to catch up! So make a smart decision and ensure you have all of your Term 1 study notes complete by the end of the holidays. Learn more about making great study notes in the SUMMARISING unit of www.studyskillshandbook.com.au by logging in with these details: Username: Password:

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Top five tips to improve your notes: 1. Points: Avoid long sentences and focus on key points.

Numeracy test includes number, space, algebra, function & pattern, measurement, chance and data.

2. Tables: Use tables wherever you can to create structure.

Calculators – each student sits one numeracy test where calculator use is permitted and one where it is not.

3. Key Words: Pull out keys words (as shown in this list).

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4. Highlight: Make sure the key content stands out (but don’t go crazy with colour).

GOLD CARDS Students who achieved a Gold Medallion in 2015 were presented with their Gold Cards at assembly this week. Approximately 130 students have qualified for a Gold Card which have been supplied by Cliff Dykes Photography. Students may access the following privileges with their Gold Card.  Free or subsidised entry into school Socials.  Free entry into Nights of Music, Drama & Dance.  Free photocopying for school related tasks.  Can go to the front of the bus line.  First preference when selecting school Sport.  Free food and/or drink at selected BBQs, popup shops etc.

5. Feedback: Show your notes to teachers, parents and friends so they can suggest ways to improve them.

‫غغغ‬ AUTUMN BOOK FAIR There will be bargains galore at the Autumn Book Fair at St John’s Anglican Church which extends over two weekends.  Friday 8 & Saturday 9 April  Friday 15 & Saturday 16 April For book donations or offers of help, please contact Bruce Pietsch on 0427 722 810.

PO Box 72 • Dowell Street • Cowra 2794 • Telephone: 02 6342 1766 • Facsimile: 02 6342 1578 • Email: cowra-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

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