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Spotlight Mark Richards: An Education Revolution Is Needed
Back to School 5 8 10 12 18
Survive the First Day at Pre-school Is Your Child Ready for Kinder? Manoeuvring the Changeover from Year 6 to Year 7 Is a High UAI Rank Important? Average Green
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Hunter & Central Coast Private Schools Timetables 2008 Winners Children’s Book Council of Australia World University Rankings 2008
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Irlen Syndrome Irlen Syndrome Self Test
People in Focus Helen Robertson Michelle O’Toole Alan Green
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edition of Get Ahead Kids and would like to thank you, the inaugural readers and advertisers, for your support. We’d like Get Ahead Kids to provide educational food for thought for families on the go, so we will provide well researched articles in a quick and easy reference format all about kids from pre-school through to university and their families. We will provide you some directions on how to get more in depth information. As the catchment for Get Ahead Kids is the Hunter and Central Coast regions, we did our spotlight on Mark Richards, a multi surfing title winner, an inventor and retailer. Mark is an advocate for initiatives to uphold the status of teachers and create a classroom environment conducive to learning. Please take note of what he has to say about how aspiring surfers can make it to the top. A medical case in the Epoch Times reveals how the diagnosis of Irlen Syndrome helped Tom to ascend from depression to triumph. “He couldn’t see where the ball was going to land so he couldn’t catch it... He couldn’t pick up a pencil because he couldn’t see it. He couldn’t part from his mum in his baby days because he couldn’t recognise her face so he didn’t ever know where she was or when she was back”. This story touched us and prompted us to do further research. We were elated to discover that the Newcastle University had a diagnostic centre for Irlen Syndrome. Students have always been instrumental in and major targets for affecting green programs. The Greendex developed by the National Geographic Society highlights that Australian consumers are average Green when compared to other countries. We have generated a checklist in how we can become Greener consumers. Our “Back to School” resources include information, hints and advice on how to get students ready for pre-school or school. Gone are the days when you sent your child to Kinder to learn the basics. Jessica Green has developed a checklist to determine whether your child is ready for kinder. Nora Jones provides useful hints on how students can negotiate the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. If you did not achieve the UAI you planned for, check out some alternative strategies. Happy New Year and I welcome your feedback on Get Ahead Kids. Enjoy!!! Maria Charlton Managing Editor P: 02 4929 7766 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Survive the First Day at
You’ve just started your child in pre-school. It’s the first day and things go wrong. There is crying, screaming and a temper tantrum when it is time to say good bye.
Tips to Ease the Child into Pre-school Tell the child where he/she will be going Prepare the child for what he/she will be doing Show your child where she/he will be going Visit the facilities with your child on a few occasions prior to leaving the child Answer questions the child may have openly & honestly Reassure the child that you will be back Arrive at the pre-school at least 15 minutes ahead of time Allocate time to sign in & settle your child into an activity Take a familiar object such as a favorite toy Walk out with the confidence that things will be OK Plaster on a happy face as you leave Say goodbye before you leave - don’t sneak away Assure the child that you will be back by a particular time Call during the day to check on the child’s progress Phone if you are late picking up your child Ease the child into leaving the pre-school facility at the end of the day Accept the fact that it takes time to adjust to a new pre-school If the child has not adjusted after two weeks accept that that particular pre-school may not be right for him/her www.kidspot.com.au
Mark Richards at Merewether Beach.
Education Revolution Is Needed An Interview with Mark Richards, Surf Shop Owner, Manufacturer of Mark Richards Surfboards and Professional Surfer.
Mark Richards with his “Super Twin” surfboard.
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Spotlight What is Your Opinion on the Status of Education? Education is incredibly important because it gives students more opportunities in life and job choices. Whilst at school, students think of school as a chore, they do not realise the importance of education until they are out in the real world. All levels of governments do not do enough for teachers who are taken for granted, unappreciated and undervalued. Prime Minister Rudd was elected on an educational platform “a computer for every student”. But he did not make the resources available for computer training. Instead of allocating a computer to each student it would have been better to improve the teaching resources in each and every classroom. I advocate an education revolution that includes improvements in teacher training, increase in teacher numbers, decrease in class sizes and improvements in the education facilities. Teachers are overworked and underpaid. You cannot provide great education in large class sizes. On top of this the physical classroom conditions are appalling. Most schools have no air conditioning, old fashioned facilities and demountable classrooms. How would politicians feel if they had to work in such uncomfortable surroundings? Yet they ask the future generation “to learn in discomfort”. Political buck-passing has become the norm in Australian politics. Nobody is held accountable for the appalling state of education. Changing the Minister for Education is often seen as a solution to the incompetence in the ministerial portfolio.”
Where Did You Go to School?
What Are Your Hobbies?
My primary school was Sacred Heart, Hamilton. Then I attended what is now St Francis Xavier’s, and then it was Marist Brothers. I left school in fifth form to compete in the world surfing titles.
Reading magazines such as The Rolling Stones and surfing magazines. Listening to the music of Pearl Jam, Bruce Springstein, Silverchair, and Powderfinger.
Please Tell Us a Little About Your Family. I am married to Jenny and have three children a 20 year old son, 16 year old daughter, and a 14 year old son. What Was Your First Job? My dad, Ray Richards started the current surf shop in the current location in 1962. I have worked here since I was 10 years of age. Apart from professional surfing, it has been my first and only job.
What Does the Future Hold for You? I am not a planner I do not look into the future. I would like to continue surfing and manufacturing innovative surfboards. My newest surfboard design is the “Super Twin” (See photo on opposite page).
“Get the best possible education first.” What Do You Value the Most In Life? I value my health and family.
What Advice Would you Give to Young People Who Want to Become Professional Surfers?
What Was Your Most Treasured Memory?
Get the best possible education first.
Seeing my three children being born.
Sponsors such as clothing companies and surfboard manufacturers want young people that are role models, figureheads, spokespeople and image creators. They are looking for more than someone who can stand on a surfboard.
What Was Your Most Memorable Professional Achievement? Winning my first world surf title in 1979. I also won the world surf titles in 1980, 1981 and 1982 but the first is most deeply etched in my memory. What is Your Favourite Australian Haunt? The best place in the world is Merewether Beach. What Is the Best Overseas Destination? Hawaii, because it has the biggest and most challenging surf in the world.
In order to become a professional surfer, you also need to go through the competitive stepping-stones in surfing. At present there are 450 surfers who are vying to qualify for the 18 available positions in world surfing competitions. Mark Richards Surfboards 755 Hunter St Newcastle West NSW 2302 P: 02 4961 3088 www.markrichardssurfboards.com.au
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Is Your Child Ready for Children beginning Kindergarten can vary in age between five and six years. They bring varied experiences and abilities to school based on childcare, pre-school, siblings and family life. Some children enter school joyfully; others find it confronting. Reinforcement of certain life and educational experiences help children feel confident and relaxed about starting school. These simple activities can be developed during everyday parent/child interaction and play at home. www.parentcenter.babycenter.com
Kinder Readiness Checklist
1. Write own first name in printing, with upper-case initial & lower-case for rest 2. Recognise own name on property & papers 3. Recognise numbers up to 20 4. Recite own name 5. Recite home address 6. Recite parents’ names 7. Recite parents’ phone number 8. Know method of travelling to school 9. Know how she/he is travelling home & with whom 10. Pack own belongings into school bag 11. Place own hat, jumper & bag in designated spot/locker 12. Help pack up equipment & toys at the end of the lesson 13. Use toilet independently, including clean-up, flush & hand-wash 14. Put on/take off own shoes; tie own shoe-laces 15. Open own lunchbox & unwrap food 16. Follow simple one or two-step instructions 17. Ask appropriately for help & information 18. Use courtesy words, e.g. thank you, please, may I, can I, excuse me 19. Use simple talking/listening skills, e.g. eye-contact, don’t interrupt, respond 20. Concentrate on a task for 15 minutes, even in a noisy room 21. Share equipment & teacher attention & enjoy playing with others 22. Tell ‘news’ in two to three clear sentences which give relevant facts & opinions 23. Hold a pencil using correct tripod (three fingers) grip 24. Attend & respond to stories 25. Handle books carefully 26. Join in songs, rhymes & games with the class 27. Count by rote to 10 or 20 28. Count out groups of objects to 10 29. Know & name most colours 30. Know & use positional language e.g. up, down, behind, between 31. Know & use language of size e.g. big, bigger, biggest 32. Recite the alphabet 33. Draw simple shapes & pictures in pencil, crayon 34. Cut paper with safety scissors 35. Run, walk, jump, hop & bounce a large ball How does your child score?
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Hunter & Central Coast
Private Schools Belmont Christian College John Fisher Rd Belmont North NSW 2280 02 4945 8844 www.bcc.nsw.edu.au
Hunter Valley Grammar School Norfolk St East Maitland NSW 2323 02 4934 2444 www.hvgs.nsw.edu.au
Bishop Tyrrell Anglican College 256 Minmi Rd Fletcher NSW 2287 02 4979 8484 www.btac.nsw.edu.au
Lakes Grammar Cnr Sparks Rd & Albert Warner Drv Warnervale NSW 2259 02 4393 4111 www.lakes.nsw.edu.au
Brightwaters Christian College 82 Bulgonia Rd Brightwaters NSW 2264 02 4973 2591
Macquarie College 182-222 Lake Rd Wallsend NSW 2287 02 4954 6222
Charlton Christian College 83A Fassifern Rd Fassifern NSW 2283 02 4959 9111 www.charlton.nsw.edu.au
Marist College North Shore 270 Miller St North Sydney NSW 2060 02 9957 5000 www.maristcollege.com
Hunter Christian School Cnr Bull & Kerr Sts Mayfield NSW 2304 02 4967 2111 www.hunterchristian.nsw.edu.au
Newcastle Grammar School 60 Newcomen St Newcastle NSW 2300 02 4929 5811 www.ngs.nsw.edu.au
Pacific Hills Christian School 9 Quarry Rd Dural NSW 2158 02 9651 2733 www.phcs.nsw.edu.au Singleton Christian College 23 Maitland Rd Singleton NSW 2330 02 6572 1011 www.singletoncc.nsw.edu.au St Francis Xavier’s College 286 Parkway Ave Hamilton NSW 2303 02 4961 2863 www.hmltn.mn.catholic.edu.au St Joseph’s Boys College Mark St Hunters Hill NSW 2110 02 9816 1044 www.joeys.org St Philip’s Christian College 57 High St Waratah NSW 2298 02 4960 6600 www.spcc.nsw.edu.au St Pius X High School Park Ave Adamstown NSW 2289 02 4957 1032 www.admstnsp.mn.catholic.edu.au
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Safe & Friendly Social Interaction Colourful & Well Equipped Variety of Learning Activities Experienced & Qualified Staff
Karrawong Kindy 3-6 years T: 02 4953 1865 1 Withers Street West Wallsend NSW 2286 Karrawong Kindy PO Box 75 West Wallsend 2286 F: 02 4953 1865 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Manoeuvring the Changeover from
Year 6 to Year 7 For many students, the adjustment from primary to high school can be a traumatic event; a quagmire of pitfalls and dilemmas, such as continually walking around the new school in a confused daze, getting lost from one period to the next, being late to class because you don’t know where you are going, trying to remember the names of a dozen different teachers, regularly being pushed off the canteen line, missing the last bus, and losing permission notes and other important pieces of information. They have to learn all about a new school and new routines vastly different to the ones they are used to. It may all seem daunting but there are some practical steps young children can take to make the transition a smoother one. Know Your Geography When you are new to a school, it is important to familiarise yourself with the school grounds. Pay careful attention during the orientation day and ask your guide lots of questions about where the toilets and change rooms are, where you go if you don’t feel well, where the library and staffrooms are located, what you need to know about sport afternoons, what extracurricular activities are on offer and, most importantly: where’s the canteen and what time is lunch? You will probably find a map of the school at the front of your diary, so refer to it often. There is nothing worse than being lost in a huge concrete jungle inhabited by around 1,000 other people who are all bigger than you, know where they are going (most of the time,
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anyway) and are more than willing to mow you down if you get in their way. You will also need to familiarise yourself with the name and location of your year advisor. These people have volunteered for the very worthy task of looking after you for the next six years and their staffroom can be your safe haven if you encounter difficulties. They are also a well of information on just about anything, so ask and you shall be enlightened. Remember, the only stupid question is the one you don’t ask. Get Yourself Organised Being organised and prepared does not just relieve stress; it prevents it in the first place. I always tell my students that the times I am most stressed in the classroom is when I feel underprepared. I am even more prone to stress when students come to class unprepared for work, i.e. don’t have the right books, have forgotten to bring a pen, and/or have lost the necessary hand-outs from the week before. It is even more stressful for both teacher and student when a pupil is continually coming to class unprepared and being late or a no show with assignments and homework. Apart from inappropriate behaviour in the classroom, this is a major contributor to teacher stress. It may also lead to improper, attention-seeking behaviour as the student is ill-equipped, bored and unable to function fully in classroom learning activities. When a student is late to class, unprepared and/or
misbehaving, the whole class misses out on learning. It sounds obvious, but packing your bag the night before will save the mad rush in the morning and eliminate the potential to run late. Check your diary and pack everything that is required into your bag. High school timetables can be more complex than the latest plot of “Home and Away” and can take some getting used to. If your school operates on a Week A/Week B timetable, it is easy to get confused about which week you are currently in. Don’t worry, teachers and older students are also prone to this scatterbrain state. At home, make a large sign with the letter A on one side and the letter B on the other. Put it somewhere where you can’t miss it. Flip it to the correct side every Sunday night at roughly the same time and you will know which week you are in all week long. Some schools post signs like these around the walls of the building to remind students. If you have been away and have lost track of the week, use a lifeline and ring a friend. When you are handed an assessment task, enter the due date into your diary and get started on it straight away. Don’t leave it to the last minute or try to print it at midnight the night before when your printer has broken down or run out of ink or been eaten by the dog. Yes, we’ve have heard it all before. Keep a draft copy and produce this when all else fails, as it is not a good idea to hand your teacher a bogus thumb drive which contains anything and everything except your assignment.
Back to School Your Diary is Your Bible Unless you have a photographic memory, your school diary will be the most valuable item in your possession as you make your way around a new school. It is jam packed with excellent information like school maps, bell times, term dates and HOLIDAYS. In class, your diary should have pride of place on your desk. At the start of the year, your teachers will tell you when to make entries in your diary. Later on, you should do this independently. Remember, your diary isn’t for writing love notes and keeping pictures of your favourite celebrity or sports star; it is a reminder of homework to be completed, assignment due dates and for the recording of other important pieces of information.
If you have no or limited access to the Internet, inform your teachers early on that you will need hard copies of all assessment tasks.
this type of behaviour, EVER. Bullying can be soul destroying, demeaning and dangerous and there is no place for it in our schools.
All Alone at Your New School?
There’s one last thing – NEVER forget your sport money! And be especially nice to casual teachers.
Being new to a school where you don’t know many people in your class or year, can be very daunting, especially in Year 7. Perhaps you have chosen to attend a selective, performing arts or sports high school and your friends have gone to the local state high school. Try to get involved in extra-curricular activities, such as dance, debating, sport or band, to meet friends, establish relationships, find your niche and gain a level of respect among your peers. It will make a bumpy ride easier and you will have fun along the way.
Visit the School Website Often
Email and the World Wide Web are becoming more common ways of communication between the school and the home. All sorts of information about each subject and faculty, homework and assignments, preparation for exams, excursion information, extra-curricular activities, sport and other essential information will be posted here. Check the website often to stay informed about what is going on in your school.
Your teachers, particularly your year patrons, will be very interested in hearing about any encounters you may have with bullies. Many bullies, when challenged, will try to tell a teacher that the victim is in on the joke and doesn’t mind the ribbing. Remember, if they say you are okay with it and tell people that you also think it’s funny but haven’t asked your opinion beforehand then it’s not funny or okay. Nor is it acceptable, so don’t tolerate
It may sound like it’s going to be tough. The main thing to remember is that it gets easier each year. By the time you are in Year 12, you will have it ‘down pat’, just in time for graduation. Seriously though, all you need to do is follow this guide and advice from your teachers, stay positive, hold your head up and make the most of the next six years. Nora Jones has been a teacher in the New South Wales Department of Education and Training for over 24 years. During most of her career, Nora taught Personal Development/Health and Physical Education at various schools in Sydney. Her book, ‘Ice Quest: the Race to Save the Planet’, is a children’s book on climate change and she was recently nominated for the 2009 edition of ‘Who’s Who of Australian Women’.
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High UAI Rank Important? The Universities Admission Index (UAI) is used in NSW and the ACT as the major criterion for entry into most undergraduate university programs. The UAI is a number between 0.00 and 100.00 that shows the student’s rank in the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) or ACT Year 12 Certificate. It is based on “scaled marks” not the marks reported by the Board of Studies. Produced by University Admissions Centre (UAC), the UAI allows comparison of students who have completed different combinations of HSC courses. A student’s UAI is a rank which is based on an aggregate of scaled marks in 10 units of the UAI courses. In many university courses a high UAI entry mark is indicative of the small intake of students rather than the difficulty of the course. A UAI of 99.65 awards students entry into just about any course and any university. But it is important for these students to enrol in a course that leads them to their career of first choice. Especially as a high UAI is not always a good indicator of whether a student will be a good Solicitor, Engineer or Doctor. A high UAI is a good measure of general academic ability.
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It offers a wide range of study options and flexibility to follow prestigious programs. It allows students access to programs with other high achieving students and a high level of educational challenges. If you don’t receive a high UAI to enroll in your preferred course or university it is not the end of the world. There are other options including: 1. If your UAI is not too far below what is required, it is always worthwhile speaking to the Admissions Officer or Faculty Head of your preferred university. 2. Most universities will take into account any special circumstances including sickness, accidents or special family situations. 3. Regional universities such as the University of Newcastle often have lower UAI entry criteria. 4. Apply for mid year entry to your preferred course and/or university. 5. There are special entry procedures for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. 6. There are many fee paying colleges that provide special interest courses. 7. Numerous educational providers offer HSC courses to improve your UAI or you can repeat high school. 8. The University of Newcastle offers a Open Foundation program that prepares students to enter university for more than 30 years, and is recognised as a university entry qualification by many universities around Australia.
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GET THE BEST RESULTS IN Robert Pâquet can attest to the worthiness of the University of Newcastle Open Foundation. Starting Open Foundation in 1993 as a mature age student, Robert graduated with a Bachelor of Surveying/Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) before winning a scholarship and completing his PhD in Spatial Information in 2004. “Enrolling in the Open Foundation program was the best decision I could have made. When I started studying, I lacked confidence and wasn’t sure at all that I could pass the course.
From that moment, however, every step I’ve taken has seemed a natural progression and who would have thought I’d end up doing a PhD?” (www.newcastle.edu.au) Currently the University of Newcastle offers 90 undergraduate programs. Entry to these undergraduate programs is by application via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). The main intake for the beginning of the 2009 academic years opened in early August 2008. The UAI ranks for each course is listed at www.newcastle.edu.au
HSC & SENIOR MATHS Our HSC Tuition helps your child to get ahead and achieve in Years 11 and 12. We help your child to: • develop understanding • develop better exam techniques • improve writing techniques • revise key concepts Our tutors communicate at your child’s level and: • are friendly & patient • provide individual attention • are experienced & qualified
Our classes are limited to six students. P: 02 4952 9115 firstname.lastname@example.org Enrol online www.hcc.nsw.edu.au
Irlen Syndrome Irlen Syndrome is a visual perceptual disorder that affects the quality of life. Fortunately it is easily controlled through assessment and coloured filters that help children and adults process visual information. Research indicates • 12-15% of the general population suffers from Irlen Syndrome. • Up to 47% of those who are dyslexic, autistic, or suffer from learning difficulties or have AD(H)D are affected by Irlen Syndrome. • Many individuals suffering from head trauma, strokes, whiplash or chronic fatigue can be helped with the Irlen Method.
Irlen Syndrome is largely undiagnosed because: • It is not an obvious problem • It is not identified by standard examinations & assessments • Sufferers consider their perceptual distortions to be “normal” Individuals with these symptoms can have difficulty with reading or writing. The symptoms also become more obvious the longer the reading or writing tasks continue. Children are most at risk because their educational progress suffers. Students may appear bright but show a gap between ability and performance.
In the workplace, adults can suffer from eyestrain, tiredness, stress and headaches. Factors such as fluorescent lighting and computer screens intensify the symptoms and affect job performance. People of all ages may suffer from Irlen Syndrome without any awareness that their lives can be enhanced through a diagnostic analysis and use of Irlen filters. The University of Newcastle’s Irlen Lens Program The University of Newcastle’s Irlen lens program uses coloured lenses to reduce • Visual distortions • Eye strain • Fatigue The program involves a screening examination of one hour which determines whether the lens procedure will be effective. Enquiries P: 02 4955 6904 www.newcastle.edu.au/centre/ sed/irlenslensprogram
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Irlen Syndrome Self
Do you or your child... 1. Dislike reading? Often
2. Read hesitantly? Often
3. Skip words or lines? Often
4. Use fingers as a marker? Often
5. Find the page too bright? Often
6. Have to blink to focus? Often
7. Experience unclear or unstable print? Often
8. Rub your eyes? Often
9. Have itchy, tired or sore eyes after reading? Often
10. Become bothered by fluoro lights? Often
More info please refer to www.dyslexiaservices.com.au
Easy Reference The University of Newcastle: 2009 Semester Dates Semester 1 commences Semester 1 Recess (includes Easter) Semester 1 resumes Anzac Day Semester 1 concludes Queenâ€™s Birthday Public Holiday Mid Year Examinations Mid Year Recess
Monday, 02 March 2009 Friday, 10 April to Friday,17 April 2009 Monday, 20 April 2009 Saturday, 25 April 2009 Friday, 05 June 2009 Monday, 08 June 2009 Tuesday, 09 June to Friday, 26 June 2009 Monday, 29 June to Friday, 24 July 2009
Semester 2 commences Semester 2 Recess Semester 2 resumes Semester 2 concludes End of Year Examinations
Monday, 27 July 2009 Monday, 28 September to Friday, 09 October 2009 Monday, 12 October 2009 Friday, 06 November 2009 Monday, 09 November to Friday, 27 November 2009
TAFE NSW: 2009 Semester Dates Semester 1 commences Autumn vacation Semester 1 concludes Marking & Assessment Winter vacation
Monday, 09 February 2009 Monday, 13 April to Sunday, 26 April 2009 Sunday, 28 June 2009 Monday, 29 June to Sunday, 05 July 2009 Monday, 06 July to Sunday, 19 July 2009
Semester 2 commences Spring vacation Semester 2 concludes Summer vacation
Monday, 20 July 2009 Monday, 5 October to Sunday, 18 October 2009 Sunday, 6 December 2009 Monday, 21 December to Sunday, 7 February 2009
NSW Public Schools: 2009 Term Dates Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Tuesday, 27 January to Thursday, 09 April 2009 Tuesday, 28 April to Friday, 10 July 2009 Monday, 27 July to Friday, 02 October 2009 Monday, 19 October to Friday, 18 December 2009
The first day of terms 1, 2 and 3 is a staff development day. www.schools.nsw.edu.au
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Easy Reference Newcastle Grammar School: 2009 Term Dates Term 1 commences Term 1 concludes Term 2 commences Term 2 concludes Term 3 commences Term 3 concludes Term 4 commences Term 5 concludes
Tuesday, 27 January 2009 Thursday, 09 April 2009 Monday, 27 April 2009 Friday, 03 July 2009 Monday, 27 July 2009 Friday, 02 October 2009 Monday, 19 October 2009 Wednesday, 02 December 2009
Tocal College: 2009 Open Days Prospective students and their families are invited to visit the College during the school holidays. The Open days are designed to allow you to find out more about College life, the courses and to meet the College staff.
2009 Open Days Friday, 17 July 2009 Friday, 09 October 2009
Friday, 24 July 2009 Friday, 16 October 2009
Each Open Day Program 10.00am - Morning tea 10.30am - Talk on courses & employment opportunities 12.00pm - Lunch available ($8.00), please book 1.30pm - Tour of college farms
Enquiries 1800 025 520 email@example.com www.tocal.com
The Practical Advantage Courses in Agriculture & Horse Husbandry Large number of scholarships available Open Days in July & October school holidays
Phone: 1800 025 520
Average Green Green is in! Everyone wants to be green. What can families do to up our green rating? What can we learn from counties that are greener? A quantitative consumer study of 14,000 consumers in a total of 14 countries covered issues such as energy use and conservation, transportation choices, food sources, the relative use of green products versus traditional products, attitudes towards the environment and sustainability, and knowledge of environmental issues. The research culminated in the National Geographic/ GlobeScan “Consumer Greendex,” a scientific index of actual consumer behaviour and material lifestyles. The Greendex is the first to rank the performance of individual consumers, rather than countries as a whole. Consumer Greendex Scores 2008
Consumption as measured by the Greendex score include consumer issues such as repairing rather than replacing items, using cold water to wash laundry, choosing green products rather than environmentally unfriendly ones. The Countries with the highest Greendex score are Brazil and India. Australia, Germany and UK have a lower Greendex score of 50.2. The U.S.A consumers have the lowest Greendex score at 44.9. These scores are expected to change as people in developing countries increase their disposable income and imitate the consumer patterns of developed countries. People in developing countries are more likely to: • Live in smaller residences • Prefer green products • Use fewer appliances & expensive electronic devices • Walk, cycle, or use public transportation • Live close to their most
common destination By contrast, consumers in developed countries: • Have larger homes & are more likely to have air conditioning • Own more cars • Drive alone most frequently • Use public transport infrequently • Less likely to buy environmentally friendly products • Less likely to avoid environmentally unfriendly products Australian families can make a commitment to green practices. An important part of that involves teaching and showing children that you are committed to a greener earth. Here are some tips to begin living green: Use organic products Repair appliances rather than replace
Adopt fuel saving initiatives
Buy green toys
Borrow library books rather than buying them
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Join carpools rather than travel alone to work or school Use public transport Replace light globes with eco-friendly ones Install fans rather than air conditioning Invest in solar powered energy
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Director Children’s Education Free To Be Me
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Helen is committed to the Free To Be Me program that consists of five, three-hour sessions for teens in school years 7 to 9.
Michelle recently joined the team at Newcastle Grammar School as Communications Manager. She is responsible for managing the School advertising, marketing and PR.
This program has been taught to thousands of teens, all over the world, with life changing results. The simple, down-to-earth principles are easy to grasp and most importantly make a difference to the teenagers self esteem. The relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere during the seminar helps teens feel safe, have fun and learn more easily. She is an accredited DISC Behavioural Profiling Facilitator, Heart Centred Counsellor and a qualified Free To Be Me Teens Teacher.
20 Years As Headmaster Mr Alan G. Green BSc MEA Headmaster Newcastle Grammar School Since October 1989 Mr Green has played an important role in the operation and completion of many major projects including the acquisition of a second campus which houses the Junior School (Pre-school to Year 4), building and renovation of the new Holland Building at the Hill campus, and the return of governance of the School to Newcastle.
She was previously at the Crowne Plaza, where she held the role of Business Development Manager and was responsible for their launch activities. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Business and has over 10 years experience in sales, marketing and public relations both in Sydney and Newcastle.
Mr Green has lead the School through a number of key achievements including a Student receiving a perfect UAI of 100 in the 2007 HSC and the raising of about $100 000 for the School’s World Vision School to School project in Tanzania.
She works 3 days a week and enjoys balancing work with being a Mum to two year old son Liam.
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Powered to Teach Learning Disabilities Fiona Wylie has created an interactive computer program that offers children with learning disabilities a fresh and interesting ways to learn. Unlike other educational software which covers a full curriculum, Ms Wylie’s program focuses on reinforcing those life skills that are specifically relevant to her students. When teaching children with disabilities, repetition is important in mastering a skill.
Ms Wylie’s computer-based lessons reinforce her students’ learning in an effective, fun way. Principal Fiona Wylie Gralee (SSP) School Leeton was named a winner in the 2008 Caltex and Rotary Club of Sydney Awards for Innovation in Teaching. Now in its 15th year, the annual awards recognise NSW teachers who are driving fresh programs that significantly benefit students and education.
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Living With a Parent with Mental Illness Big and Me Author & Illustrator - David Miller Ford Street Publishing
“Big and Me” is the poignant metaphor for a child living with a parent who suffers from mental illness. It delves into the life of Big and Small machines that work together as a team. But some days Big goes a bit wobbly and Small worries. When Big breaks down, Small enlists on the help of The Boss and Mechanic. “Big and Me” is a visual feast with colourful 3D paper sculpture illustrations.
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Best friends Wombat & Fox are back in a third book, and this time they have a list of WILD and DANGEROUS deeds. What can possibly go wrong? Jam-packed with action, adventure, illustrations and humour, these stories from master of comedy Terry Denton are great for beginner readers.
Adding to the trauma of making the transition from primary to high school, gifted boy Theodore starts a new high school away from his primary school mates. There he is nicknamed ‘The-o-DORK”-the class dag. Inner stirrings towards a girl are met with ‘You disgusting little pervert… Keep your eyes off my leg…” At the end of day one he finds himself branded and on detention. Later his perfect score in Maths leads Theodore to being initiated into “the nerd sanctuary”. This book deals with the impact of group pressure on young teenagers. Theodore quest for popularity result in disaster and triumph makes a great read.
For Wombat’s birthday, Fox gives him the perfect present: a notebook in which to write lists. And the first list Wombat makes is a list of WILD + DANGEROUS DEEDS. What follows is a chaotic, madcap set of misadventures involving a scooter ride down Bandicoot’s big hill, a frozen Fox on top of the high-dive tower at the swimming pool and a night spent stuck on the highest point of the roller coaster at Thrillseekers Park. With pesky guest appearances from the mischievous Five Monkeys, warm old favourites Croc and the Hippo Sisters and a brand new friend for Fox - the enigmatic Tasmanian Devil.
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Back to School Word Search
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Australian Trivia 1. What is the name of the large rock located in the Northern Territory? 2. What is the capital of Australia? 3. What does QANTAS stand for? 4. What is the Australian Floral Emblem? 5. Which Western Australian town is famous for be able to hand feed wild dolphins?
6. Which animals appear of Australia’s Coat of Arms? 7. What are the miners looking for in Coober Pedy? 8. What is the name of Australia’s Official National Anthem? 9. Name the extinct animal from Tasmania. 10. How many mainland states/territories are there in Australia?
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