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NEWSLETTER From Left: School Vice Captain Grace Crisp, School Captain Laura Stutchbury, School Captain Benjamin Goodhew and School Vice Captain William Holmes
Headmaster’s Message Chaplain’s Message Head of Junior School
Year 6 Canberra Excursion
Issue 3 Term III, 2012
Academic • Christian • Caring
The Important Things In Life There was great excitement in Year 11 last Tuesday when the names of the student leaders appointed for 2013 were announced. There were plenty of broad smiles, tears of joy and spontaneous applause and it was wonderful to see such genuine happiness and support from across the school community. Congratulations to the following leaders: School Captains: Benjamin Goodhew and Laura Stutchbury School Vice Captains: William Holmes and Grace Crisp Aranda House: Xavier Whitton and Hannah Garbo Coligan: Richard Bujaroski and Helena Bonham Kogara: Kieran Devitt and Kate Pearman Wolgal: Robbie Gyngell and Zoe Wulff Chapel Prefects: Steven Cortie, Brooke Kolodziej and Bronwen Thomas In total, 74 students from Year 11 have been appointed to leadership positions at various levels. Our belief that every student has the potential to be a leader is consistent with our commitment to ‘servant leadership’ recorded in our Statement of Mission and Values: “By modelling servant leadership, promoting service and embedding the concept of stewardship in the School’s programs, students receive guidance and practical experience in living a life that is faithful to the teachings of Christ.” (2.5)
Stephen Kinsella Headmaster
The appointment of students to leadership positions is not based on popularity. While the student body is given the opportunity to express their opinion, an appointment as a student leader requires far more than just popularity with peers. The qualities considered in the appointment process are: • • • •
Commitment to the School and its Mission and Values Evidence of service to others Demonstrated leadership qualities Level of respect and support from other students and staff
The process of leadership training starts in the Junior School where students are given opportunities to learn and demonstrate leadership at an early age. Student centred learning and the problem solving challenges provided through the PYP give students many opportunities to show social and moral leadership. Current activities in the Junior School led by students that demonstrate leadership qualities include a recycling program as well as the provision of ‘buddy’ support for our Kindergarten children. Leadership opportunities continue in the Senior School within Year groups under the leadership of Deans and Mentors. Many students use the Student Representative Council (SRC) as a means of acquiring skills and experiences in leadership. There are many informal opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate their leadership skills in Sport, Performing Arts and in Co-curricular and Extra-curricular activities. Formal training in leadership occurs at the Year 9 Leadership camp. In Year 10, students have the chance to demonstrate their leadership qualities and commitment to the School by serving as: • • • •
Peer Readers (with students in the Junior School) Peer Support (with students in Year 7) Student Hosts (at many School functions) Camp Leaders (with students in Years 7 and 8)
So by the end of Year 11, students have had ample opportunity to acquire knowledge about leadership and to demonstrate their ability to serve and lead others. The challenge for staff is to match each student willing to take on the responsibility of leadership with a leadership role that matches their leadership ability, training and interest. We congratulate all our new student leaders and wish them well in their new role. The Senior School Leadership Induction Service will be held on Friday 12 October 2012. To view the full list of the 2013 Senior School leaders click here. Stephen Kinsella Headmaster
The Great Game of Life
I trust you are enjoying the Olympic Games. I am. I always feel inspired by the dedication and courage of the world’s top sportsmen and women - even if I do look forward to a return to more normal sleeping patterns! What strikes me as I consider the teaching of the Bible is how many sporting analogies are used to portray the Christian life. Take the following for example: “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” (1 Corinthians 9:24-25) “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)
Rev James Rogers Chaplain
And this is just to scratch the surface. It’s clear that God would have sport cause us to consider the bigger race that we’re all running – the Christian life – and the prize that awaits those who remain faithful to Jesus – eternal glory in the New Creation. The Olympic Games are a great spectacle. They are there for us to enjoy. They inspire us to keep on doing what we must to reach the goals we have in life. They also cause us to ponder great biblical truths. In all the thrill of the Games let’s not neglect this wonderful benefit lest we lose the same confidence the Apostle Paul enjoyed as he neared eternity: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day – and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4.7-8) Rev James Rogers Chaplain
‘The Works’ Exhibition 2012
An inspiring exhibition of the collaboration and artistic endeavours of our HSC students, current and past teachers, students, parents and friends of TIGS. A major fundraiser for TIGS Foundation Scholarships. Friday 24 August 2012
6.00pm - 7.00pm The Works 2012 VIP Preview 7.00pm - 9.00pm Official Opening
Saturday 25 August 2012 10.00am - 4.00pm
This week let’s take a closer look at the attitudes of tolerance and appreciation. Ask your children to identify when they observe others demonstrating these attitudes and when they demonstrate them themselves. Here are a few examples I could see as I moved around our School this week. I observed older children being tolerant including young ones in their games even though their skills were not as good as the older ones. I saw a Year One student tell a classmate that their work was clever showing appreciation. Let’s focus on developing our skills in and awareness of tolerance and appreciation this week across our School and even further afield. Have you read the Melbourne Declaration? It is a key document in the shaping of education at the present time and into the future. It provides the underpinning philosophy and aims for the national curriculum and in the Junior School and it sits very comfortably with what we are currently doing and where we are heading. I have provided a brief overview of it here and a link to the full document should you like to read further.
The Melbourne Declaration December 2008
Goal 1: Australian schooling promotes equity and excellence
Head of Junior School
Goal 2: All young Australians become: successful learners, confident and creative individuals, active and informed citizens
In the 21st century Australia’s capacity to provide a high quality of life for all will depend on the ability to compete in the global economy on knowledge and innovation. Education equips young people with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to take advantage of opportunity and to face the challenges of this era with confidence. The Melbourne Declaration acknowledges major changes in the world that are placing new demands on Australian education: •
Global integration and international mobility which heightens the need to nurture an appreciation of and respect for social, cultural and religious diversity, and a sense of global citizenship.
India, China and other Asian nations are growing and their influence on the world is increasing. Australians need to become ‘Asia literate’, engaging and building strong relationships with Asia.
Globalisation and technological change are placing greater demands on education and skill development in Australia
Complex environmental, social and economic pressures such as climate change. To meet these challenges, Australians must be able to engage with scientific concepts and principles, and approach problem-solving in new and creative ways.
Rapid and continuing advances in information and communication technologies (ICT) are changing the ways people share, use, develop and process information and technology. In this digital age, young people need to be highly skilled in the use of ICT.
Literacy, numeracy and knowledge of key disciplines remain the cornerstone of schooling for young Australians. Schooling should also support the development of skills in areas such as social interaction, cross-disciplinary thinking and the use of digital media which are essential in all 21st Century occupations. As well as knowledge and skills, a school’s legacy to young people should include national values of democracy, equity and justice and personal values and attributes such as honesty, resilience and respect for others.
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Soraya McCann – Personal Presentation Jai Ellevsen – Academic Thomas Kirby – Academic Cartia Taranto – Academic Jordan McRae – Academic Zachary Winter – Academic Niamh Christopher – Academic
Zara Noor, Austin Keefe William Dolan, Thomas Devlin Jai Ellevsen Euan Christopher Kya Dema, Grace Hobeika, Ryan Jinks, Liam Harvey, Elizabeth Michelmore Molly Parrish, Olivia Barber, Ella Vartazarian, Dean Borbilas, Krishnendu Gupta Victoria Summerill, Thomas Peden, Hugo Parrish Ruby Tilden Stephanie Taggart, Niamh Christopher Ella Green, Polly Powell Annalise Chadrawy, Zachary Winter, Jarod Tuckwood Ellen Manson, Harry Sanzone
Premier Reading Challenge To successfully complete the Challenge you must have an online reading record entered and validated by 1 September 2012.
Junior School Sport Touch Football
Last week four Junior School teams travelled to Kiama to participate in the local primary schools gala day. All teams competed strongly and improved throughout the day with the junior and senior girl’s team remaining undefeated. Team members: Years 3/4 GIRLS BOYS Zoe Dribbus Thomas Main Cartia Taranto Hugo Parrish Ruby Tilden Joseph Druett Mila Lancaster Harrison Kiteley Annabel Malouf Shay Harper Annie McLearie Rory Hanrahan Selene Chadrawy Aiden McGoldrick Years 5/6 GIRLS BOYS Ashley Dribbus Sam Okely Holly Kiteley Benon Harris Ashleigh Mill Ethan Jackson Taylah Pather Michael Kyriakoudes Tayla Smith Oscar Malouf Zara Winter Dylan Sormus Anastassia Zafiriou Austin Pallone Emma Franco Nick Peros Francesca Lambert Joshua Shalala Samuel Shalala
Senior School Sport NSW School Team Tennis Knockout
Last week our girls Tennis team Stella Crick (Year 12), Kirsty McRae (Year
The results were convincing when TIGS won both the double matches and three singles matches negating the need to play the reverse doubles.
Ski Trip Weekend
The girls will now play the winning CHS School Tennis team (Grafton High School) for the title of NSW Champion Girls School Tennis Team.
NASSA Athletics Carnival
11), Lily Tuivaga (Year 9) and Hannah Kim (Year 9) travelled to Newcastle University for their next team challenge. After already being declared the NSWCIS Girls School Tennis team Champions, they progress to play the NSWCCC winning school – McCarthy College Tamworth.
Over 100 students will represent the School at the NASSA Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 22 August. It will be held at Campbelltown Sports Ground Athletic Centre, Leumeah. The program can be found on Narradan. We wish the School Athletics Team all the best for this carnival.
The Ski weekend was once again a huge success. The snow was limited to the upper sections at Thredbo but this did not reduce the fun had by all. Thankyou to Mr Southcombe, Mrs Baird, Mr Stutchbury and Mr Toussis for giving the 50 students this wonderful opportunity.
Canteen News Online Lunch Orders
We are asking all families to go online to order children’s lunch orders. We would like the online ordering system to supersede the brown paper bag form of ordering. The Canteen will of course still be accepting the old style lunch order if you are not connected to the internet or if time does not allow you to go online. There is also an app available for your phone. If you have not already joined please go to www.flexischools.com.au and have a look.
Roster Week 5 Term III Monday 13 August Jan Osborne
Tuesday 14 August Melanie Smith
Wednesday 15 August Marie Mc Corquadale
Thursday 16 August Nicole Anastas Kelly White
Friday 17 August Bronwyn Marvell Joanne Elliott
Science News Science Competitions
At this week’s assembly I was pleased to announce the names of students who had achieved High Distinction Awards in the 2012 EAA Science Competition and the Rio Tinto Big Science Competition.
2012 EAA Science Competition
The 2012 EAA Science Competition attracted over 400 000 students from across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific region. The skills assessed included observing and measuring, interpreting and evaluating data, drawing conclusions and inferences, making predictions, experimental design and problem solving. Four students from TIGS achieved High Distinction Awards and were placed in the top 1% of students in their division. A further 36 students earned Distinction Awards and were placed in the top 10% of their division, and 166 students earned Credit Awards. Students who received High Distinction Awards were: Ajay Rindani Year 3, Abraham Rose Year 8, James Sutherland Year 9, and Aislinn Turner Year 9. Students who received Distinction Awards were: Year 3 Aria Bacic-Johnston, Christina Bock, Jayson Cooper, Bodhi Hemsley-Oades, James Kirby, Daniel Michelmore, and Lauren O’Hanlon Year 4 Connor Harvey, Lincoln Tut, and Sufyaan Ul-Haq Year 5 Min-Seo Kang, Cody Nugara, Archita Sitharthan, Nicholas Sutherland Year 7 Rebecca Adams, Zaccary Ashby, Vincent Chauvet, and Juliet Stanton Year 9 Liam Bridges, Teagan Johnston, Andre Kovac, Caleb Stamper,and Jonathan Yan Year 10 Eric Bell, Blake Cunio, Maxwell Fletcher, Jaiden Fullerton-Harvey, Emma Hatton, Alexander Marzano, Hamish Paine, Harrison Steele, and Stephanie Varcoe Year 11 Penelope Drastik, Will Holmes, and Timothy Johnson Year 12 Hugh Allison
The Rio Tinto Big Science Competition - 2012
The Rio Tinto Big Science Competition is another Science Competition that attracted some of our budding young science students. The competition, which involved students attempting 30 challenging Science questions in 75 minutes was held after school during Term 2. Approximately 37 000 students from over 550 schools entered the competition, representing all Australian States and Territories, as well as significant numbers of entries from New Zealand and Singapore. The thirty-two students who entered the competition earned two High Distinction, seven Distinction and six Credit Awards; a highly commendable performance. The award recipients were: High Distinction Award Emily I’Ons (Year 9) and Kishan Wijesinghe (Year 12) Distinction Awards Thomas Chadrawy (Year 8), Teagan Johnston (Year 9),Aislinn Turner (Year 9),Thomas Bolt (Year 11), Blake Kovac (Year 11) Thomas Oyston (Year 11) and Alexander Morlando (Year 12) Credit Awards Zaccary Ashby (Year 7), Sri Ram Cherukuri (Year 9), Thomas Goodhew (Year 9), Namika Parajuli (Year 9), Darshan Sitharthan (Year 11) and Lisa Fernandez (Year 12) Congratulations to all the students who participated in these competitions. Martin Sormus Head of Science
Creative Arts News The Library Exhibition Space
The refurbishment of the library has made possible a series of class exhibitions in this beautiful new space. In week 2 Year 11 staged some excellent artworks inspired by books and reflecting their individual search for identity. Year 9 Visual Arts students staged their first exhibition inspired by “The Body” and it opened officially last Thursday night. This has been a unique opportunity for students to design and hang their own exhibitions, write about their work and display their own work to an authentic audience over several days. Congratulations to these students who have worked hard to produce some excellent work and were brave enough to present them to the School.
The Works 2012
Our Year 12 students will continue the tradition of displaying their work at The Works Exhibition 2012 on the weekend of the 24 of August. This year promises to provide us with some outstanding work in a range of media. Please set aside this night on your calendar as it has become a cultural highlight in Wollongong and your support is really important in its continued success.
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