CENTRAL COAST GRAMMAR SCHOOL
BUNDA R A Issue 35 2010
Foundation Library enters new era Tech savvy teachers Shared vocabulary on Cybersafety
A magazine of the Central Coast Grammar School Community
From the Headmaster
Headmaster / New Board Members Foundation Library enters new era
Library and learning
Tech savvy teachers
USA Music Tour
“Hand in Hand, Step by Step” /
Grandparents Day Mary Boppins!
Shared vocabulary on Cybersafety
Strengthening the fabric of our school
Business idea on the right track / Tournament of Minds
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying /
The past few months have seen some wonderful opportunities to showcase CCGS as a school of note and the flagship educator of the Central Coast Region. On 28 June, the NSW Government declared the Central Coast a Region, in formal recognition of its significance to the State. It is very encouraging that the critical role CCGS and our community provide in regional development was acknowledged by an invitation to join 40 of the Coast’s most innovative and successful businesses to participate in the Central Coast Business Showcase held at NSW Parliament House in September. The event presented a unique opportunity to heighten the profile of the Region and attract new business investment opportunities.
Back-to-back wins for debaters / Drew’s historic day in Canberra Lending a hand /
CCGS at the Central Coast Business Showcase
Cambodia-Vietnam Tour Celebrating cultural ties
Girls’ Football /
Cricket partnership opens new wicket Past Students’ News
An important part of the decision for any business or profession to relocate to the Central Coast is the provision of good education for their children. As a provider of high quality education our school plays a key role as an attractor to businesses seeking to relocate. The CCGS stand received much attention and I was pleased to chat to business entities and to catch up with parents, past parents and past students attending this high profile event.
I thank our families for their commitment to our school and for their significant contribution to our region. Your participation ensures that both CCGS and the Central Coast region continues to thrive and prosper, ultimately providing a positive future for your children. In attracting new families and top quality staff to CCGS, I wholeheartedly agree with the sentiments reflected in the Showcase message: “There’s never been a better time to live, work or invest in the NSW Central Coast”. Back on campus, our magnificent new Library and Lecture Theatre stands as a central showcase to students, parents and visitors. Many events saw hundreds of visitors file through the doors of this inspiring space. During Book Week, in addition to welcoming over 400 Grandparents and their excited Grandchildren to our new facility, we were delighted to provide a tour and book reading event for Librarians from regional schools. The addition of a Lecture Theatre has provided us with a perfect setting for hosting regional debating and public speaking competitions and seminars, attracting a host of new visitors to our school. Most important of all, it is our students who showcase our school every day – every time they listen and learn, smile a greeting, help a friend, have good manners and take pride in their school. I am heartened by the complimentary letters I receive from visitors about our bright, polite and articulate students. Their youthful energy and enthusiasm brings joy to our working day and makes my job all the more enjoyable. William Low
New Board Members
At the School Board’s meeting in October, Chairman John Taylor welcomed two new members who have accepted casual appointments on the Board: Margaret Haseltine and Ashley Fill. Margaret is a CCGS parent and the principal and founder of New Climate, a business consultancy company. A Fellow of the Australian Institute of
Company Directors, she chairs one other board and sits on four boards as a non executive director. Margaret was the General Manager of Masterfoods until 2007. Ashley is a CCGS parent and a Senior Manager with Macquarie Group Limited in Sydney. He is a solicitor and his areas of expertise are risk management and insurance.
Foundation Library enters new era It took 3 years from conception to completion and on Friday 12 November we celebrated the official opening of our flagship facility, the new Sir David Martin Foundation Library. The Library is located at the heart of the campus, provides double the floor space of the previous building and features a host of advanced technology resources vital for student learning in today’s world. It seems a contradiction in terms to speak of a new Library and a Foundation Library at the same time. Indeed, this wonderful new facility is just that; a combination of old and new. In 1990 when the Library was first opened, it was known as the Parents’ and Friends’ Resource Centre. At the opening ceremony, former Headmaster, Richard Lornie paid tribute to the P&F and the parents saying, “The building would have remained a dream had it not been for the contribution of the P&F. I am not referring simply to the current or past executive committees. I am referring to the contribution made by every parent and friend of CCGS from 1985 through to the present time.” In 2007, it was decided to rename the facility. As the original opening was conducted by His Excellency Rear Admiral Sir David Martin KCMG, AO, Governor of NSW, a ceremony took place on 8 March 2007 when Sir David’s widow, Lady Martin, renamed the building after her late husband. At that time, with student numbers growing and the rapid change in technology, there was a need to update the resources and increase the size of the building. When planning the major extension, it was decided to retain the original foundations. Glimpses of the former design can be seen in the first floor stairwell, connecting old and new. On Foundation Day this year, our guest speaker, Foundation staff
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member Kevin Reddie commented on the new Library, “It’s hard to believe that our first one was two classrooms!” The Library’s spacious tri-level interior allows age-appropriate resources in dedicated areas for Junior and Senior students, tutorial rooms, cosy reading pits, audio visual facilities, a 36 terminal technology laboratory, 4 online public access terminals and wireless access for Notebook computers.
The Library will continue to be known as The Sir David Martin Foundation Library, retaining its connection to the past and providing our students with the gateway to the future. Mrs Gill Martin Head Librarian
A wall of glass reveals the rolling acres of sports fields and the valley beyond providing a peaceful, open setting. An integral part of the complex is the semi-circular, tiered Lecture Theatre. Taking into account the building’s environmental impact, the design is passive-solar and features a 20,000 litre tank for water harvesting. The Library extensions have been made possible by the $3M grant which we received under the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution Program.
At the official opening on Friday 12 November 2010 L-R: Gill Martin (Head Librarian), Craig Thomson MP (Member for Dobell), Brendan Mills and Charlotte Alexander (Head Prefects), Bill Low (Headmaster), Deborah O’Neill, MP (Member for Robertson) and John Taylor (Chairman School Board)
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Library and learning
The new Library and Lecture Theatre provide spacious environments for a variety of activities and its facilities are in constant demand. A highlight of the Library year is Book Week and our celebrations in Term 3 were most successful. We made good use of the Lecture Theatre, accommodating whole year groups for our author visits. Children’s authors Gabrielle Lord and Jeni Mawter helped our students celebrate the theme for Book Week, ‘Across the Story Bridge’. Kindergarten came to the Lecture Theatre for the first time to hear Storyteller Gennie Nevinson. We welcomed over 400 Grandparents to the Library for the annual Book Fair. There was plenty of room for our visitors to spread out and enjoy the displays. The queue to purchase books for grandchildren or donate to our collection snaked its way around the Library and our ‘check out’ staff were delighted to record the highest ever takings, with a third of the books purchased returning to the Library. Year 6 were very proud to display the storybook banner they created to signify the theme.
For House Debating this year, we utilised the multi-use space which overlooks the sports fields allowing our Junior students to spread themselves comfortably to hear the Year 6 debates, while the Middle School debaters used the Lecture Theatre. The technology facilities are in demand for teaching and research, while the seminar rooms provide space for small teaching groups, meetings and exams and by Senior students for quiet study areas.
Right: Gennie Nevinson with some of our Book Week winners
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Tech savvy teachers 21st Century Teaching @ CCGS
â€œHaving advanced software at their fingertips and integrated technology throughout the campus certainly creates a learning advantage for students at CCGS.â€?
To further enhance student learning, our 21st Century Teaching program is showing teachers smart new ways to embed new technologies into classroom practice to provide the best possible outcomes for their students. ICT at CCGS is seen as a catalyst of classroom reform providing opportunities to shift from teacher centred to student centred learning. This year has seen the successful launch of professional development projects for our teachers. Leading the way, Luis Esteban, Head of e-learning created the 21st Century Teacher Assessment Matrix which allowed teachers to self assess their skills in digital literacy and establish areas they felt needed further development.
In May, with seed funding from the Association of Independent Schools NSW, ICT Integration staff held the first intensive profession development sessions for 5 teachers aimed at creating digital literacy programs in different subject areas. CCGS continued to support the program, and by early November, a further 19 teachers eager to develop their skills had completed the 21st Century Teaching program. Helping teachers, either individually or in groups, to enhance their teaching practices to cater for our new technology driven generation of students will remain an ongoing process and one which our school is deeply committed to. Mr Michael Lowbridge ICT Manager
Technology in the Library Computer laboratory for 28 students, with Smartboard and projector 36 thin client computer terminals, using a Virtualised Desktop environment and four OPAC (online public access) terminals for sophisticated reference search Secure Wireless access for notebook computers throughout library Integrated Audio-visual system in Lecture theatre allowing a range of presentations across various types of media Smartboard in Pit area for Junior and Middle School library lessons Smartboard and projector in Seminar Room for group work and as a meeting space
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USA Music Tour
Following months of intense rehearsals and fundraising events, our music ensembles set off to the USA at the end of Term 3 for a two week music and adventure tour of a lifetime. Forty students formed the tour party ensembles which included orchestra, choir, concert band, guitar ensemble, string ensemble and stage band. First stop was Los Angeles where students attended workshops at California State University Northridge. We were joined by instrumentalists from Granada Hills Charter High School which allowed our students to become acquainted before our visit to their school. Next stop was to Long Beach Junior Concert Band, a community marching band, for a combined rehearsal and performance.
Top right: l/r Al Nelson, Director of Bands at Granads Hills Charter High School, LA with Alan Caulfield, CCGS Head of Music. Group: Massed Choir performing at Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco Above top: Vocal lessons with Dr David Weiller, University of Nevada Above middle: Scott Frazer, Director of Jazz and Suzanne Forrest, Asst. Head of Academics brief students at The Urban School, San Francisco Above bottom: Workshop with Ricardo Cobo, University of Nevada
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Our tour party experienced all the fun of Los Angeles before heading north to San Francisco where our students gave an open air concert in Union Square and experienced music making at The Urban School for the Performing Arts. This was an excellent warm-up for our public performance at Pier 39 Fisherman’s Wharf where we entertained enthusiastic crowds to 3 hours of wonderful music. There was time to enjoy the vibrant city of San Francisco before we flew to Las Vegas, where our
musicians were whisked off to The University of Nevada Las Vegas for vocal and instrumental clinics and a performance and combined rehearsals at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. Our musicians enjoyed a Cirque Du Soleil performance, ventured down Route 66 and saw the magnificent Grand Canyon, and lunched at Walmart superstore before heading into Anaheim. At Disneyland, the tour orchestra recorded soundtracks from a variety of Disney movies and were thrilled to watch the excerpts they had recorded appear on the big screen. Two fun days at Disneyland followed before the crew were bound for the San Fernando Valley for their final performance at the 4,000 student Granada Hills Charter High School. Our students experienced the sound and sight of their 150 piece marching band belting out a string of classic American hits! The tour concluded with a leisurely afternoon spent at Universal Studios, Los Angeles. The tour was aimed at broadening our musicians’ performance experience and extending their musical knowledge and it is hoped their trip to the USA has served to inspire them on their musical journey. Mr Alan Caulfield Head of Music
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“Hand in Hand, Step by Step” Our Kindergarten students commenced their study of Aboriginal Art with discussion of and participation in role playing about the lifestyle of the traditional Aboriginals. Students learned about the way they lived in harmony with the earth and its animals and how they took great care of their environment. Aboriginal Art was shown, and the students saw the importance of the visual language of such things as waterholes and tracks. This year, the students were also shown archival footage of the historic Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk For Reconciliation in 2000. Individually, the students made their own Harbour Bridge collages and added details pertaining to people walking over the Bridge to say ‘sorry’. Each class also worked on a collaborative fabric wall hanging. Students worked in pairs on separate pieces of fabric, not knowing that when they were joined together
the Harbour Bridge would appear from within their Aboriginal style art. The bridge image was based on the Grace Cossington Smith painting “The Bridge In-Curve” from 1930 and was drawn onto the fabric prior to the students commencing work on it. The work was entered into the Reconciliation 2010 Aboriginal Art Competition at the Gosford Regional Gallery in the category "School K-6 Non-Indigenous" and was awarded 2nd place. The Kindergarten students and their families who visited the awards ceremony were able to admire the finished artwork in this beautiful gallery setting alongside professional indigenous and non-indigenous artists. The Wall Hanging now hangs in our new Library. Mrs Judith Price Specialist Art Teacher
Grandparents Day The annual visit by Grandparents or Specials Friends is a wonderful family occasion and a highlight of the school calendar. There is always great excitement as students show the work they have done and the different ways they learn. While this year a visit to the new Library was top of the list, in the classroom Smart Board interactive displays received lots of attention and Year 5 students were delighted to show how they learn on their new Notebooks. The day also provided a chance for our visitors to chat to teachers, meet their Grandchildren’s classmates, see items by our young performers and enjoy a delicious lunch in the RLC, served by Year 6.
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Emily Redmond and Tom Jenkins (Mr & Mrs Banks)
Loosely woven around the much loved stage show, our very own Junior School Production of ‘Mary Boppins’ was nothing short of “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!”
Mary’s appearance with her renowned umbrella, bottomless carpet bag and spoonfuls of sugar brought calm to a troubled family. From the aloof Mr Banks, the distracted Mrs Banks, the children’s tears and tantrums , a string of highly unsuitable nannies, trips to the fairground, ridiculous jokes, high energy dance sequences and of course the fabulous music, the audiences were enthralled from start to finish.
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Annabelle Wassall (Mary Boppins)
Artwork for the Mary Boppins program was created by Eliza Paterson, Maisie Young, Amelia Whyburn and Olivia Hack.
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Shared vocabulary on
Cybersafety L-R: Susan McLean Director CyberSafetySolutions, Janine Comber CCGS Head of Computing, Luis Esteban CCGS Head of e-learning
Today’s generation of students are very much digital natives and we take the responsibility for teaching them to protect themselves online very seriously. We have comprehensive net safety tools, a thorough and well promoted Acceptable Use Policy and, over many years, we have run information sessions for students, staff and parents. What’s different about our recent cybersafety initiative is that over two days we worked with every student K-12, all of our teachers and extended an invitation to all our families, so that our entire school community would have a shared vocabulary and strategies to address the important issue of cybersafety. At the end of October, nationally renowned cybersafety educator, Susan McLean, held a series of seminars at CCGS to assist our entire school community stay smart and safe online. Having studied cybersafety with the FBI and specialised in this area during 17 years with the Victorian police force, she knew what she was talking about and her sessions were packed with real life issues and scenarios. Every student attended an age appropriate session. Whilst K-2 students discussed responsible use of online games like Club Penguin and Moshi Monsters, Years 10-12 students considered the damage that could be done to their ‘digital reputation’ by posting ill considered images or information which can never be erased
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and may crop up at a job interview many years later. Some children as young as 6 or 7 are operating social networking accounts, with a rising number of under 10s getting involved and perhaps three quarters of 11 and 12 year olds using such facilities as part of their everyday lives. The age that Facebook permits users to access its facilities is 13, which we believe puts these young people in a risky place where they should not be. To enhance the impact of the student sessions, CCGS invited representatives from other local schools to join our teachers at an after school seminar. Now we can be confident that our teachers understand the way students operate online, have strategies to support students experiencing difficulties and know how to protect themselves online. The parent session offered practical information and tips and resources they need to help keep their children safe online. “You wouldn’t let your children wander aimlessly through the real world without rules and boundaries – what they can do, where they can go – and good parents will want to know how to supervise their children in cyberworld too,” Susan McLean told parents. “By educating yourself about how young people might be operating in cyberspace, you can understand the risks involved and take steps to minimise those risks for your child.”
Susan McLean with students at Years 5-6 session
The seminars also covered important issues such as cyberbullying that occurs through electronic mediums, and other cybersafety risks including online grooming of children by adults, sexting and compulsive internet use or online gaming which can alter mood, motivation and concentration and take over the lives of young people to the exclusion of all else. “Respect and responsibility are traditional messages that parents and children understand and these messages don’t change in cyberworld,” Susan McLean said. Mrs Janine Comber Head of Computing Resources, safety tips and further information is available at: www.cybersafetysolutions.com.au
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Strengthening the fabric of our school What another exciting year – for me at least. I had the pleasure of being elected as the President of the Parents and Friends Association – a role I hold in very high regard. I always look forward to the opportunity to share a coffee or tea (and cake of course), with new parents to the school, only to have this surpassed this year by the stunning morning of October 27, when I shared with the new Infants parents of 2011 the beauty of what we refer to as our ‘Vision Splendid’. Not only do I thank the drive of the members of the P&F and parent bodies who have worked diligently to make our grounds as splendid as they are; but also our school groundsmen who are obviously doing the right thing by way of maintenance and nurturing. I am proud to be able to tell our new families about the strength in our community and the opportunities that are not only available to their children but to them as parents. The success of this year’s Trivia Night, Spring Fair and Art Show will allow us to continue as a fundraising body, to secure additional amenities and other resources, to assist all students of CCGS. As a friend-raising body, these events in hand with our Welcome Gathering and Grandparent Day strengthen our friendships and provide a means for all members of our community to come together. I would like to thank our Central Coast Business Community for providing support when required to enhance the success of these events.
Our Parent Reps for 2010 have provided many opportunities for families within their year groups to get to know each other and I thank them for their persistence and support throughout the year. I look forward to meeting the Reps that volunteer for the roles in 2011. The Fathers' and Children’s Committee of 2010 have also enjoyed a successful year with their new approach to their annual Breakfast and yet another sell out Fathers' and Children’s Camp. Thanks guys for your support and relentlessness in this role. I always like to tell our parents that there are many ways in which they can contribute to our school’s success. For some it may be five hours behind a counter serving hot sausage sandwiches at a home rugby day, or making sweets and cakes for our Spring Fair stalls. For others it may be 15 mins in a reading group in the classroom or a spare five mins before work covering books in the library. The key to remember is that each person has their own way to contribute, and it takes a lot of different threads to build and strengthen the fabric of our school. Sue Williamsz President CCGS Parents and Friends Association
Top: Sue Williamsz P&F President (centre) meets Kindergarten 2011 mums Jodi Birks (left) and Helen Castronova (right). Both families have a long association with the CCGS. Jodi’s husband Garry is a past student (1986) and Helen has a son in Year 8 and Josh (2008) who is studying BA Media at Macquarie University. Right: School Board Chairman John Taylor picking the winners of the Silk Painting Competition, pictured with (l/r) Donna McQueen, Kate Herron and Nereda Murray Far right: The winning table at our P&F Trivia Night was ‘The Wizard of Oz’
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BUSINESS IDEA ON THE RIGHT TRACK Have you ever lost your favourite pair of sunglasses or worse, your mobile and wished you could get them back? The winning team at this year’s Year 9 Commerce Trade Fair came up with the perfect solution for finding misplaced personal items. ‘LostDot’ took 1st place for their GPS style tracking product for finding lost goods. The fingernail sized sticky dot can be stuck onto items such as sunglasses, phones, iPods and laptops. With a 75 metre range remote the size of a credit card, Wireless technology is used to send a signal to the coloured dot that matches the colour buttons on the remote. ‘Cyberia Searches’ placed 2nd for their refined search engine designed specifically for schools. The product has a filtering system that makes results more pertinent to the search and uses software the group both modified and created. In 3rd place was ‘Voodoo’, an energy drink marketed by Cameron Nunn as a sole trader. As a General Manager Christian Whitfield managed a number of groups and presented his own product ‘Stud Skins’, a cover for studs and cleats on sports shoes
protecting them from wearing down on tough surfaces, which won the General Manager’s section. Other interesting ideas developed by the students included a screenless computer with a built in projector; an on-line trading channel; a sensor vest for games; an advanced specialised computer; a portable self-heating mug; a portable fishing aid; an innovative graphic remote application for iPad and iPod usage; and an automatic prawn peeler. The judges had their most challenging time since the Fair’s inception in deciding the winners as all groups showed strong commitment, interesting products and an enthusiastic approach to the day. Mr Ross Thickett, HOD Mrs Lyn Jelfs, Year 9 Commerce
Top: ‘Lost Dots’ l/r Jack Willis, Ben Williamsz, Luke Moore (manager), Peter Langton Middle: ‘Cyberia Searches’ l/r William Langan, Cameron Melville, Dylan Frangos, Jessica Redmond (manager) Bottom Left:: ‘Voodoo’ Cameron Nunn Bottom Right: ‘Stud Skins’ Christian Whitfield
Tournament of Minds In August, our team of seven students from Years 7 and 8 travelled to Newcastle University to compete in the ‘Tournament of Minds’ competition. We entered the Language Literature discipline and our challenge was to save a theatre company with one last performance. This performance had to promote acceptance and include at least 5 characters from picture books like ‘Stellaluna’ and ‘The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness’.
through teamwork to solve a problem, why this problem occurred and what would happen next. The day was a great experience, enjoyed by all. Ella Hide, Year 8
Our team could only use recycled materials or basic resources like pipe cleaners or paint to construct props and costumes. We also completed a spontaneous challenge where judges scored our team on their ability to communicate
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Over 60 actors Ellyse Ardley and and musicians Billy Briggs presented a lively mix of singing, dancing, satire and wonderful musical accompaniment in the 2010 Senior School Production of the musical comedy ‘How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying’. The brilliant set design portrayed a sense of time and place transporting the audience back to the 60s
‘How to Succeed’ a huge success!
offices of typewriters, mail rooms and coffee breaks. The storyline followed the antics of ambitious young window cleaner J.P. Finch (Declan Carrier) as he climbed the corporate ladder at the World Wide Wicket Company. Finch wins the sympathy of soft-hearted Rosemary (Madeleine Hay) who helps him step his way to continual promotion. There were entertaining performances from WWW’s gullible boss Biggley (Billy
Briggs), his arrogant nephew Bud (Rohan Fleming), Rosemary’s confidant Smitty (Katina Selvaraj) and the boss’ not so bright mistress Hedy (Ellyse Ardley).
Katina Selvaraj and Rohan Fleming
Performance Director Geoff Hay said, “What made the big difference was the way each of the students took ownership of the tasks required; the end result was the slick show!"
Back-to-back wins for debaters Our debaters posted some significant wins this year, with our Year 11 team of Charlotte Alexander, Ben Carter, Harrison Carr and Andrew Knowles winning the Grand Final of the prestigious Opens Division of the Heads of Independent Co-Educational Schools, against strong competition from Sydney schools. HICES Opens Champions 2010: l/r Benjamin Carter, Harrison Carr, Charlotte Alexander (Head Prefect) and Andrew Knowles
The result was especially pleasing for these debaters as they won the Senior Division in 2009. Individually,
Charlotte, Andrew and Ben won awards for Best Debaters in the Central Coast and Hunter Regions and the State. Watching our debate as a supporter on the night was Lauren Holz, both Dux and Debating Captain 2009. Lauren had been selected as an adjudicator for a Junior Final and also assisted with some coaching sessions for our team. The team was coached by Mrs Emma Henshaw, our new Head of English.
Drew’s historic day in Canberra
Drew (2nd from left) is pictured alongside fellow competition winner and (left) Craig Thompson MP, Federal Member for Dobell and (right) The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
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Drew Anderson Year 10 got a thrilling taste of politics thanks to his public speaking talent. A joint winner in the Bendigo Bank Craig Thomson Public Speaking Competition, his prize was to fly to Canberra and meet the Prime Minister. The day was 24 June 2010 and Drew met not one, but
two Prime Ministers. “I was standing outside the party room while the leadership decision was being made,” said Drew. “It was very exciting to be on the spot on the historic day that Julia Gillard became Australia’s first female Prime Minister.”
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CambodiaVietnam Tour LENDING A HAND Our Community Service programs raise awareness of social issues and provide students with a rich diversity of activities through which they can explore ways to contribute to the broader community. The mandatory Year 11 program involves students researching, implementing and evaluating a project to benefit the community. Students explore the diverse nature of community needs and learn that service can have instant results or develop over time. Working at a café for the disadvantaged or helping put a smile on a sick child’s face can be deeply gratifying. Other projects such as the Smith Family student2student reading mentoring program produces benefits over time. This year, 20 Year 11 volunteers joined the program which provides students who have reading difficulties with peer mentors. As one student commented, “It’s a big commitment. I had to make contact with the student 3 times a week for 20 minutes or so, over 2 terms. I don’t know if I really helped, but I did it anyway and I’m glad I did.” In fact the program outcome records a 50% improvement in students’ reading performance, reading rate and comprehension Our Year 9 programme is an integral part of the curriculum. Students volunteer 20 hours of service with a minimum of 10 hours set aside for service to the outside community. Stepping way beyond the mark this year were Will Logue and Will Langan who completed over 150 hours of service at the Australian Reptile Park. Both boys reported they had a wonderful time being out in the community and meeting new people. Deputy Head of Senior College John Horsley who coordinates the Year 11 program said, “Students are encouraged to give of themselves, regardless of the results. The positive social values they learn from lending a hand helps them develop into well-balanced young adults.”
In the June holidays, 24 students, four staff and one parent set off on a 16 day Humanitarian and Adventure tour of Cambodia and Vietnam. Working in partnership with the Tabitha Foundation, the main purpose of the tour was to build houses for families living in flood-prone, remote areas in Cambodia from funds raised by our group. This year, $20,000 provided sufficient funds to buy materials to build 12 houses. Students and staff worked together to complete the house building in two days, handing over the new homes to the families in a moving ceremony few will forget. Another highlight was a visit to the Sunrise Children’s Village for disadvantaged and orphaned children where the group presented a cheque for $2000 and experienced the heartbreak of saying farewell to these beautiful children.
museums and palaces, ride elephants and bicycles, sail and kayak, attend cooking lessons, cruise famous rivers and eat delicious food.
The second leg of the tour took place in Vietnam where the group visited Ho Chi Minh City and Hoi An. The trip concluded in northern Vietnam, where the scenery of Halong Bay was a highlight.
Everyone involved in the project should feel a great sense of pride knowing that another twelve families now have safe and permanent homes thanks to their generosity.
Throughout the tour there was time to visit ancient temples, historical
Mrs Michele Hockey Tour Coordinator
Top: Regina Gilbert, Smith Family Learning for Life Coordinator chats with volunteers involved in the Student2Student reading program. Mr Horsley is sporting his ‘Thank You’ balloon, one of 120 presented to our teachers to celebrate World Teachers’ Day. Right: Will Langan gets up close and personal with a python at the Australian Reptile Park
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Exchanging gifts at the welcome assembly: l/r Mrs Yoko Bloore, Mr Kenji Murumatsu, Mr Bill Low and Mrs Denise Nordstrom (HOD Languages)
Celebrating cultural ties It was back in 1994 when Central Coast Grammar School formed a sister school partnership with Ueda Nishi High School in Nagano Japan. This important cultural link has remained strong over the years and was further consolidated with reciprocal visits by students, staff and Headmasters taking place in March and October this year. Fifteen students, accompanied by Ueda Nishi Headmaster Mr Kenji Murumatsu and staff members Mr Joseph Reichmann and Mr Masaaki Iwata received a warm welcome when they visited CCGS in March. At a special assembly, CCGS Year 12 Japanese students gave the student address and 5 students who had visited Ueda Nishi in December 2009 presented a report and video of their time in Japan. Our students presented a variety of musical items including the popular Japanese song ‘Happiness’ by Arashi.
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All agreed the top performance of the day was by the Ueda Nishi students who spent an hour preparing makeup, hair and the wearing of yukatas for the beautiful Dance of the Cherry Blossom. This was followed by a combined item presented by CCGS Years 10-12 Japanese students and our guests. During their 3-day visit, the Ueda Nishi students attended tailored ESL classes and were keen participants in the Senior Cross Country carnival, where one of Ueda Nishi girls came 6th in the competitive 17 years girls division! For our 2010 Exchange students: Katherine Bennett-Lowe, Louise Christoforou, Sarah Falvey, Brittany Hayes and Inger Southwick, they didn’t have to wait until they got to Japan to meet the students at Ueda Nishi when we live linked both classrooms for an open chat session in September.
In October, Bill and Sue Low, along with Japanese teacher Yoko Bloore travelled to Japan as invited guests of Ueda Nishi High School to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of their school. They also visited our other sister school, Kanto Daiichi High School, and delivered a message of goodwill from the Mayor of Gosford to the Mayor of Edogawa as part of our sister city relationship. The Headmaster said: The anniversary celebrations were significant and the hospitality afforded us was superb. My visit provided a wonderful opportunity to meet up with our exchange students who are having a wonderful time, and to see firsthand the benefits of our Student Exchange program. Our visit to Kanto Daiichi was equally as productive, and at both schools we each committed to further strengthening our relationships.”
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GIRLS' FOOTBALL 2010 was the first year for Girls’ Football at Central Coast Grammar School. Such was their enthusiasm and attitude throughout the season our girls came away winners of the ISA Football Shield in a 3-way tie with Redlands and Chevalier. A total of 32 girls played across two teams, both of which made the finals. The Open As reached the semi finals but unfortunately were defeated by Chevalier in a hard fought contest. The Juniors had a convincing win against Chevalier, qualifying for the Grand Final against Redlands. It was a close fought match which ended in a 1-1 score at full time. Both teams scored once again in extra time; however, due to the ranking on the ladder, Redlands took the win. In a competitive field, footballers Madelaine Bing and Emily Smith were selected for the CIS team and Alexandra CrosioMochalski was chosen as a reserve.
Trina Hide, Girls’ Football Convener said all the girls thoroughly enjoyed the season. “We never imagined we would do so well in our first season. Many of the girls had never played before, but they were very committed to training which paid off with our brilliant end of season results.”
Cricket partnership opens new wicket On Saturday 13 November the CCGS First XI took on a Staff and Friends team in the first match ever played on the brand new turf wicket. The match was played in great spirit, with both teams withstanding the heat to provide an entertaining display. The staff team batted first and made an impressive 153 runs off 25 overs, led by Mr McLoughlin (18 not out) and Blake Stothard (35 not out). Christian Gill and Jordan Bauer were the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets each. In reply the First XI made 102 runs, with captain Madon Parsons (21) and Jake Shelton (24 not out) top scoring. For the staff, Mr Littlefield and Mr Eades each took two wickets. The enthusiasm in the field by the staff and parents was a highlight. This game continued the fine tradition of Staff v Students cricket at CCGS, and will be played as an annual event in future years. We are delighted to record that 3 ex students played on the day: Garry Birks (1986), Blake Berczelly (1992) and Matthew Phillips, CCGS Cricket Convenor and Science Teacher (2002). Top l/r: Jordan Bauer Vice-Captain and Madon Parsons Captain First XI Bottom: l/r Mrs Lee Hunter (parent) and Wicket Keeper Mr Mark Steele and Mr Matthew Phillips 2002
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CLAsS of 2000 10 Year Reunion
A great night was had by all with 35 past students travelling from near and far. Everyone had a chance to catch up with close friends and those they haven’t seen in 10 years with new contacts being made for the future. We are all looking forward to the next one in another 10 years.
Pets, products and pizazz
Sharlene Goodworth 1990 Since leaving CCGS, Sharlene’s professional excellence and business sense has seen her pave an unusual pathway to success. After completing a Bachelor of Applied Science in Equine Studies at Hawkesbury University, Sharlene went on to study Equine Dentistry through the Australian College of Equine Dentistry. Sharlene has been practicing for the past 12 years has given lectures all over Australia, had 26 TV appearances and has featured in countless magazine articles and on radio talkback. While practicing her profession, Sharlene established a thriving e-commerce online store to assist clients with everyday pet and equine needs. Five year ago, after assessing the products in the market place Sharlene brought her own natural-based product range on board. Sharlene said PETessentials evolved because she felt a need to provide her clients with cost effective natural consumables.
Top L-R: Daniel Nelson, Gabby Nosworthy, Michael Sandys, Andrew Knibb, Grant Moore, Jessica Spath, Ben Johnson. Bottom Left L-R: Daniel Nelson, Belinda Kola (Lyttleton), Lani McGrath, Melody Pascoe. Bottom Right L-R: Ben McDarmont, David Brand, Ben Wong, Paul Fogarty
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“Our catch cry is simple - bringing it back to nature! Our results have been amazing and we are now moving the range into its own factory and pet-friendly showroom which will offer a range of services including of course ‘puppychinos’ for our four legged friends.” We wish her every success with her new venture. You can visit her website for more information: www.petessentials.com.au. Top: Sharlene with her constant companions, Jack and April
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Class of 1990 - 20 Year Reunion at The Point Café, Avoca Beach 20 years ago we didn’t have mobile phones or text messaging. We didn’t have email or the world wide web… it was the old fashioned way… posted invite and they would come! 20 years on we have so many new ways to get in touch and stay in touch. Now to see the power of social networking… Firstly, a big thank you to Kate Beresford Banks for all the effort and time associated in getting the finer details organised for the evening. We all appreciated the effort and were extremely grateful for your contribution. The night started like a strange old acquaintance - you know you will know everyone but how is it going to be walking into that room after so long? But who could resist all the smiles? Everyone was just so happy and appreciative to be all back together sharing the evening after 20 years. Where did those years go?
the night at how perfect the venue was right on the sands of Avoca Beach. We ended up filling the restaurant with 35 attendees and Mr Ken Gross. There was nothing formal about the evening, no big speeches and no set agenda. The night just cruised along. We all mingled equally, ate amazing food, drank plenty and laughed all evening. We shared stories of times back at schools, catching up on the missing years and sharing pictures of the now extended families we are all acquiring.
“This reunion was special because it was the first Year 7 to start at Grammar and go through to Year 12.”
We had a few hiccups leading into the organisation of the reunion. Our numbers were down and after waiting it out had only 16 confirming with payment, so we decided to move it to a restaurant to make it a little more intimate. Little did we know that it was all part of the grand plan for a very special evening.
Students came from overseas, interstate, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney and Newcastle. Everyone was on such a high afterwards it was suggested we do this every year. So because our student base is increasing and family members are multiplying, it was suggested we gather once a year for a family picnic day – BBQ in a park with a game of cricket. Then at 25 years have another formal dinner and again at 30 years to celebrate the anniversaries.
The perfect restaurant was chosen and it was at Avoca Beach. How ironic – some may say! Any of you reading this from the school’s original first days will know that CCGS was still under construction when it officially opened and the first 2 weeks were spent in make shift classrooms at Avoca Beach.
To all past students of CCGS… make the effort to contact the school and update your contact details. The reunions are fun and special. The best way to be found and be included in your year's reunion when it comes around is to keep in communication with the school and find out when it is on.
This reunion was special because it was the first Year 7 to start at Grammar and go through to Year 12. There were endless comments made throughout
Sharlene Goodworth Reunion Convenor
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Congratulations to Skye Craig 1991 who made it through to the last 24 contestants in MasterChef Australia. Her unorthodox style of cooking won her many fans as she showed off her flair for using natural products to create mouth-watering dishes. Check out Skye’s new website for some ‘seriously yummy’ desserts: http://wildsugar.com.au Kirsty Lloyd 1993 has a new daughter, Nami born on 1 August 2010. Kristin Boesenberg 1994 works for Telstra advising clients on new technology applications and enjoys being a stand-up comic, as a hobby. Brother Matthew 1991 acts and also provides corporate workshops. Kieren 1995 works as an Economics/ Legal Consultant in London. Danielle Woolbank 1994 studied for a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) at QUT where she graduated with First Class Honours in 2009. Her forte is creative artwork principally in video art, performance art and sound and installation. Danielle won an award for Best
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Artwork in BFA Honours graduate exhibition in 2009, sponsored by Eyeline Visual Arts magazine. Emma Davies (nee Egan) 1994 is currently working at CCGS as our K-6 PHDPE teacher. Steven Robson 1997 was selected in the Australian Team to compete at the 2011 Special Olympics World Games in Athens. Steven is one of a team of 7 golfers to represent Australia. Steven has always had a great interest in sport – in particular golf, which became his passion. He joined Special Olympics and won Silver at the 2009 State Championships and again at the 2010 National Championships. Steven is excited to be representing his country and is following a rigorous training program to ensure that his golf game is at a level that will enable him to compete successfully on the world stage. Nikki Crowley (nee Spence) 1998 and husband Todd were delighted with the birth of the first child, Carter William Crowley on 28 January 2010 Meredith Macdonald (nee Glenn) 1998 and her husband Bruce Macdonald 1998 were delighted
with the arrival of Finlay Glenn in July last year. Meredith is a teacher at CCGS and many Rugby boys will remember proud ‘Pop’, Gary Glenn. Catherine Chudleigh 1999 was recently awarded her Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Masters of Science from Sydney University. She is currently working at Westmead Children’s Hospital and in private practice in Sydney. William McGeachie 1999 was our guest speaker at the 2009 Speech Night. After completing his Civil Engineering degree in 2005, William worked in Australia as a Project Manager for a year before moving overseas to work on projects in the UK, Russia, Singapore and the Middle East. William returned to Australia at the end of 2009. Jonathan Mansfield 2003 has been working with print management company E-Bisprint. His role involves generating new business and streamlining supply solutions for organisations through e-commerce applications. Jonathan travels around Australia and also represented the company in the USA. Wedding bells may be around the corner as Jonathan hopes to settle down with his girlfriend of 2 years and to start a family. James Borg 2004 and Danielle Auselbrook 2004 were engaged in December 2009 and will marry in March 2011. Joel Neich 2004 is engaged to Ashley Olling and Josh Kerr 2004 is engaged to Chloe.
Help is at hand thanks to Stewart Spark 2004 who recently joined CCGS as a member of our IT staff. Amelia Rule 2006 is studying teaching at Newcastle University and was back at school to complete her internship in Mrs Gross’ Kindergarten class. Daniel Mullens 2006 is studying Psychology at Newcastle University. Daniel was at the Rugby home game in May to support his brother, Bryce Year 8. Calum Bolton 2007 recently married Melissa Jones. The couple held their reception at Wamberal Surf Lifesaving Club and honeymooned in Northern NSW and Surfers Paradise. Congratulations to Jordan Fleming 2009 who, along with his brother Rohan, Bryce Gleeson and Will Hunt won the 2010 Central Coast Battle of the Bands taking out the 1st prize of $2,500 from Macron Music. Congratulations to James Stokes 2009 whose HSC Industrial Technology project placed 1st in the 2010 Working with Timber Wood Show. It’s always great to see past students at the home games. Chris Summerhays 2009 and James Dusting 2009 turned up to support of the First XV Rugby home game in May.
Top: L-R Steven Robson, Chris Summerhays, James Dusting, Stewart Spark Insets: L-R - Jonathan Mansﬁeld and Matthew Boesenberg Bottom Left: Emma Davies at the Junior School Swimming Carnival Bottom Middle :Enjoying Fairytale Day are Kindergarten girls Olivia Ball with mum Marisa (Cartwright 1991) and dad Andrew (1989) and Ellie-Marie Waters (right) with mum Rhonda (Holmes 1990) Bottom Right: Kristin Boesenberg
In Memoriam In May this year, Kevin Brew 1992 passed away following a long battle with cancer. We extend our condolences to Kevin’s wife, Erin and their children, Ivy and Ada and to Kevin’s sister, Heather 1993.
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