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HouseNews From the Principal’s Desk

What’s On Term 1 Week 3 Thu 16 Feb 7:30-8:15am 8am

Day 4

Yr 11 Parent Briefing Yr 11 Camp

Fri 17 Feb 8:50-9:50

Exc.: G10 PDHPE

9:50-10:50

Exc.: C10 PDHPE

Term 1 Week 4 Mon 20 Feb 7:30-8:15am and 3-5:30pm 8:30am3:25pm

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Day ECC-Yr 2 Parent Teacher Interviews

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Exc.: Yr 9 Science

Tue 21 Feb 7:30-8:15am and 3-5:30pm

ECC-Yr 2 Parent Teacher Interviews

8:30-9:30am

Yr 5 Parent / Principal Catch-up

3:40-7pm

Yr 12 Parent / Teacher Evening

Wed 22 Feb 7:30-8:15am and 3-5:30pm 8:30-9:30am 8:30am3:25pm Thu 23 Feb 7:30-8:15am and 3-5:30pm 3:30-7pm Fri 24 Feb 7:30-8:15am and 3-5:30pm 8:30-3:25pm

ECC-Yr 2 Parent Teacher Interviews

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Yr 6 Parent / Principal Catch-up Exc.: Yr 10 Geography

ECC-Yr 2 Parent Teacher Interviews Yrs 3-6 Parent / Teacher Evening ECC-Yr 2 Parent Teacher Interviews

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10

Exc.: Yr 9 Elective & Yr 11 Ancient History

Contacts Student Absences: Please use the Skoolbag app or Log in to the Edumate Portal or email attendance@tphs.nsw.edu.au Get Skoolbag app: Skoolbag General: Phone: 02 9981 4400 Fax: 02 9971 1627

With the New Parents Drinks, Information Evenings and Year 7 Camp all having taken place and the first 2017 HSC assessments completed, we know that Term 1 is well underway… It was a delight to meet with so many families from our 140+ new students at Friday’s Welcome Drinks. The overwhelming response to the first week was of happy children who felt comfortable in their new environment, well supported, and eager to face each new day. I was pleased to be able to introduce to the assembled, key Staff and our Co-Presidents of the PHPA Mrs Lucy Dennison and Mrs Cat Gillespie. And with the 100 Year 7 students at Camp this past week, we know the benefits that will come from the activities and opportunities to further cement membership of our School family. In an impressive display, given the challenges of heat and fire, we were able to alter the Year 7 camp location, create a new set of activities, communicate with all families and staff, and get all 100 acceptance replies from families; all within 14 hours. It is wonderful knowing how professional our external providers are; how they rose to the challenge and how the School Staff were able to support this significant change at such short notice. My sincere thanks to Mr Trollope, Mr Walmsley, Ms Probst and the Administration and Maintenance teams who worked both on Sunday evening and again from 6am on Monday morning to make this happen.

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15 February 2017

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CONTENTS

From the Principal’s Desk ........... 1 From the Principal’s Desk continued .................................. 2 General News ............................ 3 PHOTO/FILM OPT OUT.............. 3 SUPPORT TO PAY ELECTRICITY AND GAS BILLS .......................... 3 SCHOOL SHOP NEWS ................ 3 FROM THE HEAD OF GRAMMAR ................................ 3 FROM THE HEALTH CENTRE ...... 4 LANGUAGE CLUBS..................... 4 YEARS 7-12 MATHS STUDY CENTRE...................................... 4 FROM THE CO-ORDINATOR OF CREATIVE ARTS ......................... 5 Junior School News .................... 6 FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOLS ................................... 6 FROM THE ECC .......................... 8 School Sports ............................. 8 STUDENT SUCCESS .................... 8 CRICKET ..................................... 9 PHPA (Pittwater House Parents’ Association) ............................. 12 SWIMMING CARNIVALS ‘PITT STOP CAFÉ’ ..................... 12 CHEF’S SPECIALS – WEEK 4 ..... 13 CANTEEN VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR TERM 1 ............................ 13

From the Principal’s Desk continued As I have walked the Campus I have witnessed some great learning taking place. Students are engaging with the challenges being set and finding their place for the new school year. I am impressed to see science experiments occurring and students undertaking all manner of new subjects and activities, all for foundational learning in new topics. Meanwhile our Year 12 students have continued from where they left off at the end of Term 4 with their first assessments due this past week. The final year of schooling is a marathon; students need to pace themselves and focus not merely on the current material and assessments but also on practise of examination questions and ensuring they keep up with summary notes and in-depth research. This is a time too when study groups and syndicates come to the fore. And just as our Year 12s continue their study routine, we are introducing our Year 11 students to the senior studies ‘Tool Kit’ when they all go on camp at the end of Week 3. This camp provides a ‘how to’ manual for study, tertiary information and the required balance between academics and relaxation. It is invaluable at this crucial time for Year 11. I was pleased too to have a ‘children of alumni’ photo taken as part of this year’s Photo Day. This will be the first time for many years that we have gathered Alumni students in such a way. And speaking of Alumni, we have 6 members of Staff who have the status of Pittwater House Alumni. Mr Browning of course has the wonderful distinction of being the 6th boy on the roll after the School was founded and we are very proud to have various hats and caps belonging to Mr Browning from his time in the Prep School. The Prefects on Assembly duty last week spoke on the topic of relationships;

PHPA HAPPY HOUR FLYER ...... 14 the theme for Term 1, with reference to the support we all need to give the

Year 7 students when they return to school after their camp week. No matter how long or short a time students have attended our School, the way we interact with each other, helping out or lending a hand or kind word, is what is instilled in all students. With several additional students now having joined us in the past week, keeping an eye out for everyone as they adjust to 2017, is a hallmark of Pittwater House.

I look forward to beginning the Parent Coffee Mornings in Week 4 and trust that this opportunity allows for a wide array of topics to be covered. Dates of these mornings can be found on the parent portal of the School’s website under General School Information and are, of course, noted in the School Calendar. May it be a good week for learning for all in our community. Dr Nancy Hillier, Principal HouseNews Issue 2017 / 2

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General News PHOTO/FILM OPT OUT Pittwater House is committed to using student images in a safe, dignified and responsible manner. If you DO NOT want images or film of your child/children engaging in School activities to be published to promote Pittwater House School please ensure you complete and submit the Photo/Film Opt Out form on Skoolbag: http://www.pittwaterhouse.com.au/your-child/my-portal/parents/skool-bag/. You may opt out at any time. No action from you will be taken as implied consent. Pittwater House Marketing SUPPORT TO PAY ELECTRICITY AND GAS BILLS Many families do not realise that some energy rebates are not means tested. The Family Energy Rebate and Life Support Rebate are not means-tested and not restricted to low income families (other eligibility criteria apply). The EAPA Scheme (Energy Accounts Payment Assistance) is available to any family experiencing financial hardship and having trouble paying their energy bills. Access to the scheme is not restricted to low income households or Centrelink concession card holders. Help is available to pay your energy bills. For information on rebates and emergency assistance go to: http://www.resourcesandenergy.nsw.gov.au/energy-consumers/financial-assistance/rebates or phone Service NSW on 137 788. SCHOOL SHOP NEWS Weekly Opening Times: Monday:

8am-12pm & 12:30-4pm

Tuesday:

8am-12pm & 12:30-4pm

Wednesday:

8am-12pm & 12:30-4:30pm

Thursday: Friday:

(Closed) 8am-12pm

Upcoming Swimming Carnivals Be sure to have your swim gear ready for the upcoming swimming carnivals and please note we do not stock goggles. In Stock Now:

School Beach Towel with Hood Boys Blazer Buttons

Lost Property:

Please remember to label all school items and check Lost Property regularly for any lost items. It is over flowing at the moment from last Friday’s Junior School swim session. Ms Lynn Phelan, Business Manager

FROM THE HEAD OF GRAMMAR One of the main things that has always struck me about Pittwater House, is our concept of School Family. Such a very real and almost tangible community is crucial to the special culture and environment that exists here. Last week we welcomed the new Year 7s and a large number of other students and their families to the Pittwater House family and I, along with fellow staff and PHPA members, shared a wonderful evening with them last Friday at the PHPA Cocktail event. We are clearly blessed to have such a community, with all the benefits of support and care this brings, but this doesn’t come free. During the holiday, I picked up Hugh Mackay’s (2014) book, ‘The Art of Belonging’, in which he explores the concept of community and the hypothetical, ‘village’. I was struck by his observations around the need to nurture a community to ensure it survives and prospers. He opens by suggesting that we are (by our very nature) social creatures, who are cooperative, rather than the aggressive and competitive representation we see depicted in the media so often. We need each other and we need communities to survive. In fact, he goes further and states that for communities to survive, they need us just as much. As Mackay writes later, communities are not self-sustaining. We need to respond to them by joining, associating, volunteering, conversing and listening i.e. we need to engage in them.

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We are fortunate to have a community at Pittwater House that does give and warmly engages – over and over again. Reflecting on my own experiences as a parent at the School (now of two children!), I am also astounded by the support (formal and informal) that new members of our School Family receive. Seeing teachers, PHPA and existing parents working to support new Pittwater House families over this first week has been an impressive and humbling thing. We sometimes joke about one of our marketing slogans, ‘It’s the Pittwater House difference’ – but this very nurture and engagement is a true difference! I hope we never lose this willingness to sustain and grow our community and I thank you all for your commitment, time and efforts so far this year and in past years. Whether through the PHPA, canteen, or through other opportunities, we would welcome your involvement in 2017 and the enrichment this will bring. We are very fortunate to be part of such a special and vibrant family – the Pittwater House Family. Mr Mark Trollope, Head of Grammar FROM THE HEALTH CENTRE This week we have had lots of children coming to school unwell, in particular with nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pains. Most of these students reported feeling unwell at home before coming to school however thought they would ‘see how they went’. We would like to remind all families that it is better for everyone to stay at home when you are unwell. It is better for the sick child, as they will get better quicker and it is better for their friends, the rest of the class, and the teachers as their chance of getting sick is reduced. Please be considerate when making the decision to send your child. A couple of guidelines to help you include: •

Vomiting and diarrhoea – students must not return to school within 24 hours of last episode of vomiting/diarrhoea. If a student vomits or has diarrhoea at school, a parent will be asked to collect the student.

Coughs and colds – do not send if child is unwell and requiring Panadol/Nurofen to come to school or unable to manage their nasal discharge.

Head Lice – student not to return to school until head lice treated.

Conjunctivitis – student will be sent home and not to return to school until appropriate treatment commenced.

If you would like to discuss your child’s health at any time, please contact the Health Centre on ph. 9972 5734. Immunisation Clinic Date Change NSW Health has changed the dates for the schools immunisation program as Year 11 and 12 will now be included. From 2017s Year 11 and 12 will be offered Meningococcal W. The date of this clinic will be May 25th. Consent forms will be forwarded when the school receives them. This date will replace the 2nd clinic date that was booked for the Year 7 program. The 2nd clinic for Year 7 will now be September 21st and the 3rd visit will be moved to early 2018. Our new Immunisation program dates will be: Year 7 – March 14 (clinic 1) Years 11 and 12 – May 25 Year 7 – September 21 (clinic 2) Year 7 – early 2018 (clinic 3) Please return the consent forms as soon as possible.

Sr Karen Brocklebank and Sr Ingrid Scouller

LANGUAGE CLUBS Ni Hao and Bonjour! The Language Clubs have started again this year and are open to all students who wish to maintain their language skills in Chinese or French or those who wish to learn more about the language and culture of the Chinese and Francophone world. It may also be used as a homework centre by students who need help with their homework, assignments or examination preparation. The Chinese Club is on Monday afternoon in SG6, the French Junior School Club runs on Tuesday in M113 and Secondary School Club is in SG7. The times are 3.25- 4.15 and we look forward to seeing you there. YEARS 7-12 MATHS STUDY CENTRE The Years 7-12 Maths Study Centre (for homework help) will be run in the Library on Monday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30pm to 4:20pm starting from Week 2. HouseNews Issue 2017 / 2

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FROM THE CO-ORDINATOR OF CREATIVE ARTS Welcome to all new Pittwater House families. We have many opportunities for all levels of creative arts students within our department. Wind Band is an open-door ensemble for all students who play a concert band instrument. This ensemble rehearses on a Friday morning in MG21. We welcome all Year 7 students who played in their Primary School Ensembles and other new Senior School students to attend this Friday 17 February. Chamber Choir 2017 is an open-door ensemble for Year 4 to Year 6 students interested in singing in a choir. This is an exciting, energetic and enthusiastic ensemble led by Mrs Colless during lunch on Mondays. Cantabile Singers is an open-door ensemble for Year 2 and Year 3 students interested in singing in a choir. This is an exciting, energetic and enthusiastic ensemble led by Mrs Colless during lunch on Wednesdays. As seen below in our Creative Arts Ensembles 2017 Timetable we have many opportunities for students. If you have any questions, please email musictutor@tphs.nsw.edu.au Guys and Dolls (Friday April 28 and Saturday April 29) The Pittwater House Creative Arts students and faculty members are currently preparing for our biennial Major Production. We have currently over 100 students and 15 staff involved with this production. Information about tickets, performance times and other information will be updated in HouseNews and the Pittwater House Facebook Page. If you have any questions, please email musictutor@tphs.nsw.edu.au Guys and Dolls (Cast, Crew and Orchestra Information) Orchestra rehearsal in every Tuesday morning in MG21 at 7:30am. All students involved in the orchestra must attend EVERY rehearsal unless otherwise pre-arranged by Mr Cosentino or Mrs Harvey. Crew calls are organised by Mr Lim. If you have not already made contact with Mr Lim about your involvement with the crew then you need to as soon as possible. Cast rehearsal information will be posted on Canvas regularly. If you have any questions about the schedule please contact Mr Hawkins sam.hawkins@tphs.nsw.edu.au Sunday rehearsals start in Week 5 on March 5. All Sunday rehearsal dates have been posted on Canvas. If you do not have access please email Mr Cosentino on david.cosentino@tphs.nsw.edu.au NOTE:

Not all students will be required for afterschool rehearsals. The required students will be outlined on Canvas in the rehearsal schedule.

Creative Arts Ensembles 2017 Times

7:30 to 8:20am

Junior School Lunch 3:30 to 5pm

Mondays Symphonic Winds Mr Ben Swatton Mr David Cosentino CAC Years 7-12 (AMEB Grade 4+)

Chamber Choir Mrs Jeanine Colless MG21 Years 4-6 Major Production (Weeks 1 to 10) [Schedule on Canvas]

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Tuesdays Stage 3 Dance Mrs Elise Tamatea Ms Kate Hooper CAC Years 5-6 Big Band/Major Production Mr David Cosentino Mrs Katyana Harvey MG21 Years 7-12 Stage 2 Dance Mrs Elise Tamatea Ms Kate Hooper CAC Years 3-4 Major Production (Weeks 1 to 10) [Schedule on Canvas]

Wednesdays Jazz Eisteddfod Dance Mrs Elise Tamatea Ms Kate Hooper CAC Years 7-8 String Ensemble Mrs Katyana Harvey MG21 Years K-12

Thursdays Junior Band Mr Jim Abraham Mr Dayne Grindley CAC Years 3-6 Senior Choir Mr Jim Coyle MG21 Years 7-12

Fridays Lyrical Eisteddfod Dance Mrs Elise Tamatea Ms Kate Hooper CAC Years 9-12 Wind Band Mr Jim Abraham MG21 Years 7-9

Major Production (Weeks 1 to 10) [Schedule on Canvas]

Stage 1 Dance Mrs Elise Tamatea Ms Kate Hooper CAC Years 1-2 Major Production (Weeks 1 to 10) [Schedule on Canvas]

Cantabile Singers Mrs Jeanine Colless MG21 Years 2-3

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HICES Music Festival (Years 5-8) and HICES Jazz Academy (Years 7-12) Sunday 13 August to Wednesday 16 August In 2017 a video audition will be required for all students considering attending the Jazz Academy and those wanting a place in the Orchestra or Symphonic Winds at the Years 5-8 Music Festival. If students wish to attend the Years 5-8 Music Festival and do not intend to apply for a place in the Orchestra or Symphonic Winds then a video audition is not required. Requirements for placements at this Music Festival will be available soon. Once they are available students will be notified through their Pittwater House Ensemble Director. All students that intend on auditioning MUST be current members of the Pittwater House ensembles and show a continued commitment. If your child wishes to participate in this event please watch this space or email musictutor@tphs.nsw.edu.au for further information. Instrumental Music Tuition At Pittwater House we offer an extensive internal Instrumental Music Tuition Program. We offer instrumental tuition in all String, Wind and Brass Instruments, Percussion which includes Drumkit and Tuned Percussion, Vocal Lessons Guitar, Bass Guitar and Piano Lessons. For more information about private music tuition please email musictutor@tphs.nsw.edu.au. Creative Arts Student Achievements Throughout the year our very talented Creative Arts students will be performing in numerous Eisteddfods competing in many sections such as: Contemporary Vocal, Solo Dance, Dance Groups, Solo Instrumental and Instrumental Groups. These students will be representing either Pittwater House, themselves or their own private studios. We would like to acknowledge the results of students, please let us know of their Creative Arts success throughout the year by emailing musictutor@tphs.nsw.edu.au and we will publish the results. Student Achievements Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Showcase Nationals: Mia Giladi (C9), competed in the Elite Teen Sections (13 to 14 Years Old) was awarded: 1st (National Champion) Student Choreography, 3rd Miss Showcase of Dance, 4th Contemporary and 5th for League of Champions. Charlotte Testoni (J5), was awarded: High Silver and Gold/High Gold level marks for her performances and 2nd for Broadway Jazz. Emma Testoni (J2), was awarded: High Silver and Gold/High Gold level marks for her performances. Mr David Cosentino, Co-ordinator of Creative Arts

Junior School News FROM THE HEAD OF JUNIOR SCHOOLS After their first full weeks at School, the classrooms are buzzing with new learning. Getting used to the routine of school life and engaging in new learning experiences can be exhausting, especially in the summer months, so early to bed and a healthy breakfast is the recommendation for all students. The last days of Week 2 were baking hot to say the least, and sometimes in response to these weather conditions, we just have to do what we can to cool off. So it was on Friday at sport; students who would have otherwise played PISA sport were not prepared for the pool. Sitting beside it dangling their feet in the water just didn’t seem fair - so it was ‘in the water in your PE gear if you wish’. In they went with great squeals of delight. Oh what fun to bring respite on such a torrid day!

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I would like to thank all who attended the two Parent Orientation Evenings, last week. This group meeting with your child’s teacher is priceless and sets the parameters for the operation of each different class. The one to one parent meetings are currently well underway. If you haven’t already, be sure to make your appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher over the next week. These early days are crucial for the students to see the close connections being established between home and School. It feels extremely reassuring to visit the classrooms and see that so much investment in learning is taking place, from the ECC through to Year 6. I continue to be impressed with how happy, confident and engaged the students of the Junior School are in every learning environment, and how well-mannered and well-presented they are trying to be. Our new students and our Kindergarten children are fitting in beautifully, learning new skills of negotiation, personal responsibility as well as the rules that keep everyone safe. Their big buddies are also supporting them in their quest to conquer the ‘big school’ playground. Mobile Phones Please understand that mobile phones are not required for any lesson in the Junior School. They are handed in to the class teacher in the morning and returned at the end of the day. There is no reason that a Junior School child requires a mobile phone at school as messages from home can be sent through to the child in so many other ways. Sadly at the end of the day, they are becoming a play thing at the gate while waiting to be collected. They are a source of great distraction. I am therefore asking that students do not bring mobile phones to school unless prearranged with me. The Years K- 2 swimming carnival is set to take place this Thursday 16 February, and the Years 3 to 6 swimming carnival will be held on Monday 20 February. It will be wonderful to see as many parents present as possible. Please be reminded that there is no parking for the day in the car park until after 8:30am. Do not park and stay in the space from drop off time as others in Kindergarten and the ECC need to drop their children also. Car Park I would like to express my gratitude to everyone using the South Creek Road car park, whether in a parking, kiss’ n drop or pedestrian capacity. Your patience and response to requests has been appreciated. With new staff on car park duty, please have your family name displayed on the dashboard to support the process of collecting your child quickly and safely. Please be reminded travel is in the one direction in the car park at 5km per hour. Speeding and negligence places our children’s lives at risk. Mobile phones cannot be in use whilst driving through and dropping or collecting your children. Other vital Car Park reminders for you are: •

Kiss Drop Go is used for students from Kindergarten

Wait for crossing guard to escort families across the crossing

10 min only bays may be used to quickly deliver heavy or awkward equipment to rooms

Only ECC and Kindergarten vehicles can park from 07:30 - 08:30am and 14:30-15:30pm

There is no ‘Events’ days parking (carnivals etc.) on campus during the pickup /drop off times

The training sessions on oval, gym, tennis courts and pool; vacate the car park by 7:30am

Wherever possible seniors drop off / pickup at Westmoreland Ave.

Staff on car park duty are not able to have ‘parent interviews’ whilst on duty

Patience and politeness go a long way towards a pleasant car park experience.

Co-curricular Activities and Clubs Junior School students’ clubs and co-curricular activities will begin in earnest next week (Week 4), if they haven’t already. Specific flyers advertising new afternoon clubs and parental permissions will make their way home this week. Alex from Helen O’Grady Drama Academy has 9 places available for our Tuesday morning (7:30am – 8:25am) drama classes held in the School Sports Centre. Please register by visiting sydneynthbeaches@helenogrady.com.au Mrs Ruth Achurch, Head of Junior Schools

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FROM THE ECC 0

The children and staff of the ECC have begun the new year with great enthusiasm and a sense of anticipation. For many of these children, it is their first experience away from the security of home and the familiarity of their family. It is therefore so rewarding for us to see them happily set out to explore and engage with their new environment and all that it has to offer. Whether it be a new friend, an exciting and challenging activity, an opportunity to be whomever they would like to be… or experiencing the responsibility that comes with an emerging independence; the children are always supported and encouraged by our wonderful staff to discover, create, improvise and wonder! Mrs Andrea Murray, ECC Co-ordinator

School Sports STUDENT SUCCESS Cheer and Dance National Championships Congratulations to Bella Kidner (Y9), who recently returned from the United States after competing in the ‘Dual in the Desert National Championships’ in Palm Springs, California. Bella’s Senior 3 Team came in 3rd place in the largest West Coast Cheer and Dance National Championship. It was amazing to be placed! Also competing in this same Championships was Jessica Head (C11), who competed in two teams, her Senior Level 3 team placed 3rd and her Senior Level 4 team placed 5th. This is a big event in the USA and attracts competitors from far and wide such as mainland USA, Canada, Australia and other countries. This particular competition is very fierce. Over the summer break Jess trained 16 hours every week to prepare. All the hard work and training paid off with such amazing results. Congratulations to Jess and Bella. Football Central Coast Mariners Youth Team defender, Gianni Stensness (G12), was named in the ‘Ufuk Talay Young Socceroos’ 24-player squad for a training camp at the AIS from 6-9 February. The squad comprises players born in 1999, most of whom have been playing in the recently completed National Youth League season. The aim of the camp is to have a look at these players in the training camp environment, get them to understand the philosophies of the national teams and the way the squad want to play, and beginning to prepare for qualifiers in October. Water Polo Congratulations to Jordan Obst and James Chen (G9), and Wren Lockhart (C10), who have all been selected to play in the U16 State Championships in Canberra for their club (SNB Breakers). Table Tennis His G11H classmates and Form Teacher congratulate Sasha Danserau (G11), on his excellent achievements in the recent National Championships, hosted by the Mornington Peninsula region of Victoria. Sasha was placed first in his Division in the Under 23 age group and 4th in his Open category Division. Opponents included previous National Champions and Olympic representatives. Wonderful achievements – congratulations, Sasha! HouseNews Issue 2017 / 2

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BASKETBALL Pittwater House International Basketball Program The Sports Department is excited to announce the launch of its ‘Pittwater House International Basketball Program’. In the 2018 January School Holidays Pittwater House will be sending 2 Basketball Teams (2017 Year 9 / 10 / 11 players) to America for 15 days. They will travel to New York, Washington, Atlanta and Los Angeles. While in America the teams will participate in 7 Match Day competitions against College teams, they will attend 2 Professional Coaching Clinics, they will attend a National Hockey League game as well as a National Basketball League Game. They will get to spend 3 nights at Woodward Academy (our sister school) as well as doing some sight-seeing including dinner at Times Square, a New York City Tour, visit the Statue of Liberty, have a tour of Madison Square Gardens, tour Washington City, visit Disneyland and lastly Santa Monica Beach. What an awesome opportunity for our current Basketball players and something exciting to look forward to for our Junior School students just starting out in Basketball. CRICKET CCSCA Cricket Trials Last Monday 6 February we sent three of our most talented Grammar School Cricketers to Oakhill College to take part in the trials to select the CCSCA team for 2017. Reiley Dunlop, Luca Franks and Mason Rutzou all acquitted themselves impressively during the trials and we are hopeful that when the team is announced our students will gain a place in the team that will compete in March in the NSW Cricket Championships. The team is being selected from NSW Independent Schools from outside the CAS and GPS School Associations. DIVING 2017 Nominations - Junior School Diving If you are currently enrolled in a diving program and would like to compete at CIS (Nominations Due 6 March 2017) and meet the below requirements, please let the Sports Office know by Monday 6 March. Springboard: Dives may be performed from either the 1m and/or the 3m springboard. Boys and Girls (8 and 9 Year olds):

3 dives, 1 dive @ 1.5 degree of difficulty or less, 2 dives with no limit on degree of difficulty.

Boys and Girls (10 and 11 Year olds):

3 dives 1 dive @ 1.6 degree of difficulty or less, 2 dives from 2 groups with no limit on degree of difficulty.

Boys and Girls (12 and 13 Year olds):

4 dives, 2 dives from 2 groups @ 3.6 degree of difficulty or less, 2 dives from 2 groups with no limit on degree of difficulty.

Platform: Dive Requirements (Dives are to be performed from 5m platform only). Open Primary Boys and Girls:

3 dives, 1 dive @ 1.6 degree of difficulty limit, 2 dives with no limit on degree of difficulty

2017 Nominations - Senior School Diving The CIS Diving Championships are on the 3 May 2017 (Nominations Due 27 March 2017) If you are currently enrolled in a diving program and would like to compete at the CIS and you meet the below requirements, please see the Sports Office by 27 March 2017. Springboard Age

Event

Limited Dives

Unlimited Dives

12

1m and/or 3m

2 dives from different groups @ 3.6

plus 2 dives from different groups unlimited DD

13

1m and/or 3m

2 dives from different groups @ 3.6

plus 2 dives from different groups unlimited DD

14

1m and/or 3m

3 dives from different groups @ 5.4

plus 3 dives from different groups unlimited DD

15

1m and/or 3m

3 dives from different groups @ 5.4

plus 3 dives from different groups unlimited DD

16

1m and/or 3m

4 dives from different groups @ 7.6

plus 4 dives from different groups unlimited DD

17+

1m and/or 3m

4 dives from different groups @ 7.6

plus 4 dives from different groups unlimited DD

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Platform Age

Event

Limited Dives

13-14

Platform 5m/7.5m

3 dives from different groups @5.4

15-16 17-19

Platform 5m/7.5m/10m Platform 5m/7.5m/10m

3 dives from different groups @5.4 3 dives from different groups @5.4

Unlimited Dives plus 2 dives from different groups unlimited DD plus 3 dives from different groups unlimited DD plus 3 dives from different groups unlimited DD

FITNESS 2017 Fitness College – Years 9 to 12 (Must be 15 Years and older) Mr Upton and Mr Demasi will be conducting fitness training in the fitness centre at The Pittwater House Schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunchtime. The Fitness centre provides some excellent facilities for boxing, fitness and cardiovascular training which can help to build fitness and strength levels for upcoming school sporting teams and activities. Commencing Friday 10 February. Forms are available on Skoolbag. 2017 Fitness Grammar - Years 9 to 12 (Must be 15 Years and older) Mr Clarke will be conducting fitness training in the fitness centre at The Pittwater House Schools on Mondays and Wednesday at lunch time. The Fitness centre provides some excellent facilities for boxing, fitness and cardiovascular training which can help to build fitness and strength levels for upcoming school sporting teams and activities. Commencing Tuesday 7 February. Forms as available on Skoolbag. 2017 Strength and Conditioning – Years 6 to 12 Strength and Conditioning classes commenced on Monday 6 February 2017 from 7.20 to 8.20am. Application forms are available from the Sports Office or privately through Andrew Sumner at Holistic Physio Fitness on 9999 6666. Personalised programs for each Participant run by the School Physio/Exercise Physiologist. GOLF 2017 CIS Golf Championships Years 7-12 If you would like to nominate to compete in the CIS Senior School Golf Championships (Nominations Due 24 February 2017), please see the Sports Office. Your handicap for a boy (Years 10/11/12) must not exceed 12 and for girls 36. Your handicap for boys (Years 7/8/9) must not exceed 15 and for girls 40. HOCKEY 2017 CIS Hockey Trials (Girls) Years 5-6 The CIS Junior Girls Hockey Trials are being held on the 15 May (Nominations Due 3 April 2017) If would like to trial and are currently playing representative or Academy Hockey, please see the Sports Office before 3 April 2017. Please note playing history must be supplied as nomination places are limited. 2017 Hockey Trials - AICES U16 Years Girls U16 AICES Hockey Trials are being held on 16 March (Nominations Due 2 March 2017) If you would like to trial for the Under 16 Girls AICES Hockey team please see the Sports Office before the 2 March 2017, please note these trials may be held in Bathurst and a school mini bus will be provided to transport students to and from the trials. NETBALL 2017 Netball – Peninsula Cup Years 7-12 Netball trials will be held in Week 5 of Term 1 to trial for a Pittwater House School team to play in the local Peninsula Cup competition in Term 2 played at Curl Curl. If you would like to trial for a school team, please see the Sports Office. PHYSIOTHERAPY 2017 Physiotherapy at the School A reminder that the school physiotherapy clinic is based in the School Health Centre. It is open to all students, staff and immediate family. Of course it is very convenient being located on campus. By appointment only. Please call Holistic Physio Fitness on 9999 6666 to make an appointment. SNOW SPORTS 2017 Snow Sport Season TPHS Snowsports invites all students (past team members and new team members) to get involved in the Interschool’s Ski and Snowboarding events and be part of the TPHS Snowsports Team. The 2017 championships are being held at Thredbo from the 11th to the 15th of July 2017 (Week 2 of the Pittwater House July School Holidays).

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We welcome all students with a minimum requirement of having skied or snowboarded for at least a few weeks in the past few seasons. The dates for the Ski and Snowboard Racing are as follows: Sunday 9 July – Arrive at Snow

Thursday 13 July – Sydney Championships

Monday 10 July – Training/Lessons

Friday 14 July - Sydney Championships

Tuesday 11 July – Sydney Championships

Saturday 15 July - Sydney Championships

Wednesday 12 July - Sydney Championships

Sunday 16 July – Arrive at TPHS

SOCCER 2017 CIS Soccer Trials (Girls) Years 5-6 The CIS Girls Soccer Trials will be held on 20 March 2017 (Nominations Due 6 March 2017). If you are in Years 5 or 6 and currently play representative or Academy Soccer and would like to trial for the CIS Soccer Team, please see the Sports Office before the 6 March 2017. Please note playing history must be supplied as nomination places are limited. 2017 Soccer Grammar – Peninsula Cup Years 7-12 Soccer trials will be held around Week 5 of Term 1 to trial for a Pittwater House School team to play in the local Peninsula Cup competition in Term 2. If you would like to trial for a school team, please see the Sports Office. SWIMMING Swimming Carnivals Dates Years K-2: Thursday 16 February

CDSSA Senior School Swimming Championships: Tuesday 14 March

Years 3-6: Monday 20 February

CIS Junior School Swimming Championships: Wednesday 23 March

Years 7-12 Grammar Only: Tuesday 28 February

AICES Senior School Swimming Championships: Thursday 30 March

Years 7-12 College Only: Wednesday 1 March

CIS Senior School Swimming Championships: Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd of May

HICES Junior School Swimming Championships: Wednesday 8 March

2017 AICES Swimming Carnival Swimming AICES Additional Entries Years 7-12 Nominations Due 3 March 2017 If you would like to enter any of the below events, please contact the Sports Office with swim times and place and venue of when you swam that time: • • •

400IM / 400m Freestyle 200m Breaststroke / 200m Butterfly 100m Backstroke / 100m Butterfly

2017 Swimming Squad – Years 2 to 6 Mr Browning will be conducting swimming squad training sessions at the Pittwater House pool every Monday and Wednesday during lunchtime. The swimming squad training sessions will be used to help improve those swimmers who will be representing Pittwater House over the upcoming swimming season with a focus on fitness and swimming development. The swimming squad training will commence Week 2. Application forms are available on Skoolbag. To confirm a spot in the Academy, application forms must be returned to Reception or the Sports Office. 2017 Senior Swimming Squad – Years 7 to 12 Mrs Maley will be conducting swimming squad training sessions at the Pittwater House pool on Tuesdays and Thursdays during lunchtime. The swimming squad training sessions will be used to help improve those swimmers who will be representing Pittwater House over the upcoming swimming season with a focus on fitness and swimming development. The swimming squad training will commence Week 2. Application forms are available on Skoolbag.

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2017 Swimming Squad – External Squad Swimming Squad Training is available for Senior School Students in the Pittwater House Pool before and after school. For more information, please contact Bernadette McAlinden on 0422 500 050. WATER POLO 2017 Water Polo Opens (Years 10/11/12) Competition If you are interested in playing in the Opens Water Polo Team in the Northern Suburbs Schools Water Polo Competition in Term 1 of 2017 at the Warringah Aquatic Centre, please see the Sports Office by 10 February 2017. The competition normally starts around the beginning of March. 2017 Water Polo Intermediate (Years 8/9) Competition If you are interested in playing in the Intermediate Water Polo Team in the Northern Suburbs Schools Water Polo Competition at the Warringah Aquatic Centre, please see the Sports Office by 10 March 2017. The competition normally starts in Term 2 with training commencing mid-Term 1. YOGA Yoga Academy – Years 1-6 The Pittwater House Yoga Academy is now offering students an 8-week program that will provide benefits beyond the yoga mat! The physical benefits of yoga are the same for children as they are for adults. Yoga provides increased strength, flexibility, energy, improved balance, and coordination. These physical attributes will serve your child well should they chose to participate in any sport or dance. This program is suitable for any students in Years 1-6. Sessions are 1 hour and the cost is $60 per term per student. All material included. The Term 1, 8-week Yoga program will commence on Thursday 16 February to Thursday 6 April 2017 from 3:30-4:30pm on the outside covered deck in the Junior School. Forms are now available on Skoolbag. JOIN PITTWATER HOUSE SPORTING GROUPS FACEBOOK PAGE Pittwater House has a sporting group’s page on Facebook for current students and their families. This page provides updates to sporting fixtures and draws, results, permission slips and latest news for Pittwater House Sporting teams. This is a closed group, so unless you are a member you will not be able to view content. If your child is in a sporting team, please join this group and check the page for the latest updates on sporting teams at Pittwater House. Instructions to join: www.facebook.com.au. You need to have a Facebook profile if you wish to join. Search for Pittwater House Sporting Groups page and request to join the group. If you have any enquiries about this page, please contact Mrs Sue Grigg, Manager of Sports and Extra Curricular Activities at: sue.grigg@tphs.nsw.edu.au.

PHPA

(Pittwater House Parents’ Association)

SWIMMING CARNIVALS - ‘PITT STOP CAFÉ’ The PHPA will be running the ‘Pitt Stop Café’ at the Pittwater House School Pool for both parents and students at the upcoming swimming carnivals. They will be providing coffee, drinks, morning tea and lunch items for sale. Years K-2:

Thursday 16 February from 9am to 1pm: coffee, drinks, morning tea and snacks (N.B. children are not allowed to buy from the Pitt Stop Cafe without a parent to accompany them).

Years 3-6:

Monday 20 February from 9am to 3pm: coffee, drinks, morning tea, snacks and lunch items (salads, wraps, sandwiches, and sushi).

Years 7-12 Grammar:

Tuesday 28 February from 8:30am to 2:30pm: coffee, drinks, morning tea, snacks and lunch items (salads, wraps, sandwiches, and sushi) and sausage sizzle.

Years 7-12 College:

Wednesday 1 March from 8:30am-2:30pm: coffee, drinks, morning tea, snacks and lunch items (salads, wraps, sandwiches, sushi) and sausage sizzle.

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CHEF’S SPECIALS – WEEK 4 Hot Food Specials Monday:

Beef or Bean Nachos with Grated Cheese, Salsa, Guacamole & Sour Cream

Tuesday:

Roast Vegetable Open Pie

Wednesday:

Fish Cakes served with a Green Side Salad

Thursday:

Thai Basil Chicken Noodles

Friday:

Beef Burger or Beef and Cheese Burger

Salad of the Week (Mon-Thu) Brown Rice and Quinoa Tuna Salad with Avocado, Tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Egg, Spinach and a Lemon Dressing Order online at: www.mystudentaccount.com.au CANTEEN VOLUNTEER ROSTER FOR TERM 1 Week

Week Commencing

Allocation

4

February 20

C9

5

February 27

G9

6

March 6

C10

7

March 13

G10

8

March 20

Year 3

9

March 27

Year 4

April 3

Year 11

10

Canteen Duty

Canteen Supervisor – Phone 9972 5718 after 8.00am

Clothing Pool Tuesdays from 8am-9.15am and Thursdays from 2pm-3:15pm

Mon 20 Feb

C9 Volunteer Required

C9 Volunteer Required

Denise Taylor

Tue 21 Feb

C9 Volunteer Required

C9 Volunteer Required

Lucy Dennison

Located next to the School Uniform shop the Clothing Pool is run by a volunteer parent.

Wed 22 Feb

C9 Volunteer Required

C9 Volunteer Required

Denise Taylor

Please Note: Only cash or cheques will be accepted. Purchases cannot be charged to your School account.

Thu 23 Feb

C9 Volunteer Required

C9 Volunteer Required

Lucy Dennison

Fri 24 Feb

C9 Volunteer Required

C9 Volunteer Required

Denise Taylor

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The Clothing Pool has a 7 day Return / Refund Policy

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PHPA HAPPY HOUR FLYER

www.TryBooking.com/2564

phpa@tphs.nsw.edu.au

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