OUR SCHOOL VALUES We work hard to learn We respect ourselves and each other We value acts of generosity
IN THIS ISSUE…… Clipsal 500 Physics Excursion Novita’s Annual Achievement Awards MS/SS Sport’s Day – Individual Results Indoor Cricket Trophies DIARY DATES 29/3 Open Morning 11am – 12:30pm 29/3 Gifted Education Parent Session – 7:00pm-8:00pm 30/3 NE Vista/Nth Athletics – SANTOS 31/3 Abuse Neglect Education & Care Training Parent/Volunteer Training Session 5/4 Governing Council Meeting - 7:00pm 6/4 JS Parent/Teacher Interviews Additional dates for your Calendar 10/5 Open Night 5:30-7:30 Student-Free day: Monday 2nd May
Brunel Drive Modbury Heights South Australia, 5092 Ph: (08) 8263 6244 Fax: (08) 8263 6072 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org WWW: http://www.theheights.sa.edu.au PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITY Research is definitive in stating that the element that has the most effect on student learning and achievement is the quality of teaching. The professional learning program that teachers participate in weekly on Monday, enabled by the early closure, is targeted to improving their knowledge and practice so that all students are successful learners and achieve highly. This professional learning continues until 4.15 and extends to Wednesday. In addition teachers undertake 37.5 hours of professional learning out of school time annually and take up many other individual opportunities to improve their practice. Eleven members of the leadership team attended the th 2 day Regional Leader’s Conference on Thursday 10 th & Friday 11 March. The focus was Professional Learning Communities - the systematic way that teachers work together in teams focused on scrutinising what students can do and what action can be taken to achieve better results for students they serve. The conference provided us with useful tools and processes to get better at this. Our goal at The Heights is: everyone takes ownership of, and responsibility for, the learning and wellbeing of every student. It is by working together, operating collaboratively and examining students’ work for evidence of progress that we will achieve this goal. Tim Brown the conference presenter described teachers as ‘Engines of Hope’ who send the message to students that: • “What we are doing is important • You can do it • I’m not going to give up on you – even if you give up on yourself” Events and information in the newsletter and the Annual Report describe our determination to engage students in a relevant and challenging curriculum to achieve better results.
NEWSLETTER No. 4 24 March 2011
MY SCHOOL WEBSITE- http://www.myschool.edu.au/ The website provides a range of information about schools, such as numbers of students and staff, attendance rates and results from the national literacy and numeracy tests. For the first time, the website now also includes information about school finances. Please remember that the information My School provides is just one snapshot of information about our school. If you wanted to fund out that 2 of our students received 3 Merits (20/20) at SACE Stage 2, and Tertiary Entrance Ranks of 99.8 and 99.2, then you would need to read the newsletter or annual report. For further information on our school’s performance you are encouraged to look at our website http://www.theheightsschool.com.au/ and read our annual report.
Teacher Professional Learning Program Monday 2.45-3.15pm Week 7: Public Holiday Week 8: P-12 Comprehension Action Plan review and update. Identification of areas that teachers need to focus on in their subject area, or level of development P-3 and 4-5. Teachers were able to work together on these activities during the ½ hour early closure and continued after school hours until 4:15 on Monday and from 3:30 – 4:30 on Wednesday in faculty and cluster learning times. Improving the level of reading Comprehension so that students can achieve more highly is a school priority that demands our relentless focus.
Helen Calvert Principal
THE HEIGHTS NEEDS YOU ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF THE GROUP THAT DETERMINES THE DIRECTION OF THE SCHOOL? ARE YOU KEEN TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE LIFE OF THE SCHOOL? ARE YOU ABLE TO ATTEND 2 MEETINGS PER TERM? IF THE ANSWER IS YES THEN GOVERNING COUNCIL IS THE GROUP FOR YOU VACANCIES EXIST FOR PARENT MEMBERS OF GOVERNING COUNCIL Complete the nomination form on the website and forward to the Principal http://www.theheightsschool.com.au/images/pdfs/govcouncil/nomination%20form%202011.pdf
PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE NEXT MEETING: TUESDAY 5TH APRIL 7:00PM
Gifted Education Parent Session Tuesday March 29th The Heights School Resource Centre 7.00 pm – 8.00pm Gifted children in the 21st century. What parents should know! This session is designed to inform parents of the influences on students in the 21st century and what this means for the education of their child. All parents are welcome. RSVP Michelle Crush (Middle School Secretary) 82636244 CLIPSAL 500 PHYSICS EXCURSION Last week the Year 11 and 12 Physics classes attended the Clipsal 500. The purpose of the trip was to show that physics is relevant in everyday life. The students learned that V8 Supercars involve a lot of physics in the modification of regular Holden and Ford cars into Supercars. Students also learnt the cars had to slow down around corners, because the centrifugal force would have thrown them off the track if the acceleration was greater than the friction force provided by the track. The worksheet that students were given to complete included questions such as: the average speed calculation of a V8 travelling around the track; the price difference between V8 Supercars and everyday cars and the average fuel consumption of a V8 Supercar. Students were also asked to draw graphs showing speed versus time. The responses of students to the enjoyment of the event throughout the day were mixed. The majority of the students enjoyed the day, learnt something in a new way and had a lot of fun doing it. The things that contributed to the enjoyment were the noise of the cars, the free giveaways and the amusement rides. Overall the Physics’ students enjoyed the day and explored the relevance of physics to everyday life. Dani Stopp & Hayley McAteer
Novita’s Annual Achievement
Penang student exchange – 4 places still remain on this program. Malaysian
Congratulations to Dylan WhitfordHall on receiving a nomination for
students visit us this May and we travel to Penang
the above award that is given for
next July holidays. Please contact Mr. Harris via the
sporting, recreational, academic
Front Office for information.
and personal achievement. Dylan has made tremendous progress and achieved success over the year.
2011 Adelaide National Careers & Employment Expo The 2011 Adelaide National Careers & Employment Expo is the free careers event that provides the answers. -Graduate, Apprentice & Trainee Opportunities -Employment and Training Seminars -Public/private education providers -Industry and organisations with Full & Part-Time Jobs on offer Date: 20-21st May 2011 Time: Friday: 9am – 4pm + Saturday: 10am – 4pm Admission: FREE ENTRY Click on the following link for more info http://www.eocexpo.com.au/
SUCCESS IN SCIENCE 2010 SACE Stage 2 Tessa Rawolle Chemistry – 20
CONGRATULATIONS!!! Tessa received her award from the R.A.C.I. (Royal Australian Chemical Institute)
MS/SS SPORTS DAY 2011 Individual award winners are as follows: YEAR LEVEL BOYS st 7 1 - Harley Mamo 2nd- Tom Edwards 8 1st- Damon Hoad 2nd- Jordan O’Doherty 9 1st- Ryan Llewellyn 2nd- Sandene Jones 10 1st- Jack Nelligan 2nd- Leigh Opitz 11 1st- Justin Albury 2nd- Marcus Davies 12 1st- Jake Wicker 2nd- Brae McConnell
GIRLS 1 - Ashleigh Lake 2nd- Quayara Jones 1st- Kiralee Bates 2nd- Anne Hatchard 1st- Adelena Sanders 2nd- Beverly Kabaya 1st- Chantell Zanoli 2nd- Grace Lees 1st- Kaytlan Mackay 2nd- Katie McCarthy 1st- Raquel Watson 2nd- Stephanie Attenborough st
MODBURY TENNIS CLUB We’re seeking new members for the winter season for ages 6-17 years and beginners to experienced players. Games: Friday evening & Saturday morning Cost: - $100 per season More info: Bruce Tonkin 0423846071 or email@example.com
Following Sports Day, the school will be competing in the NE VISTA Athletics Carnival at SANTOS Stadium on Wednesday 30th March. Students who have qualified for this event have already received consent forms. Any other interested students may enquire within the PE office. Andrew Costello Sports Co-ordinator THE HEIGHTS WINS INDOOR CRICKET TROPHIES Girls & Women’s Football 2011 North Eastern Suburbs U13 & U16 Girls Competition TTG: Graham Tiggemann 0421343622 Modbury: Julie Wells 0417841965 Golden Grove: Steve Harris 0422655090
The Heights has enjoyed a successful Term 1 of senior indoor cricket, winning both the Year 10 and Open NE Vista Zone Indoor Cricket Carnivals. Over the 2 carnivals played at Modbury ICA, both teams remained undefeated. Congratulations goes to: OPEN BOYS- Mitchell Thomas, Kyle McBride, Dale Jones, Marcus Kightley, Marcus Davies, Jonathon Ross, Jason Russell, Jack Thomas YEAR 10 BOYS- Jonathon Ross, Jason Russell, Jack Thomas, Jayden England, Lachlan Anderson, Josh Macey, Luke Rayson, Hayden Smith, Daniel McKeown
For more info: Joe Zadow or Annette Cooper, NEMJFA 0401907955
Norwood Football Club Holiday Clinics Wednesday April 27th and Thursday April 28th, 1:00pm-3:00pm http://www.theheightsschool.com.au/images/PDFs/newsletters/inserts/nfc.pdf
Walking School Bus Every Friday Morning
Entertainment Book 2011/2012 The new Entertainment Book will be arriving soon. Place your order with the Finance Office at the great price of $65.00. The first 20 paid orders receive an additional bonus page. HURRY!!!
Host a Korean student Year 47 for a term? Parents are asked to express interest re hosting (paid) a Korean student for a term this year to attend our school. Your own child would need to be a Year 4-7 student. Please contact Brian Harris via the front office.
Blue Light Disco When: Friday, 1st April 2011 Where: Golden Grove Arts and Recreation Centre, The Golden Way, Golden Grove Time: Lock-in event from 7pm until 10pm Please note we have changed the location and times to pre-purchase tickets!! Tickets for the disco can be pre purchased at Westfield Tea Tree Plaza at the bottom of the travelator near Coles (Kmart end of TTP) On Thursday 31st March between 9 am and 8.30 pm Cost $5 Limited tickets are available at the door on the night. The disco is supervised by Police Officers and is held for young people aged between 12 and 17 years. Any equiries to be directed to Holden Hill Crime Prevention Section on 8207 6025. MONSTER CAR BOOT
SALE 26TH MARCH 2011
Responding to Abuse & Neglect Education and Care Training Session
7am until 1pm $10 to set up a ‘car boot’ or stall Clovercrest Baptist Church Car Park 2 Famechon Crescent Modbury North For further information please contact Daniel Stevens at the church
Canteen Special During Term 2 the current specials will continue: Junior School Thursday Only – 1 Hot Dog with a Chocolate or Strawberry Big M - $5.00 Middle/Senior School Wednesday Only – 1 Hot Dog with a 600ml soft drink - $5.00
Everyone wishing to work or volunteer with children and young people at the school must first undertake training in their child protection responsibilities. We have a responsibility to support and protect volunteers and at the same time a very important duty of care to students. Our next training and induction for Volunteers will be: Thursday March 31stat 9.10am –11.00am in the Lecture Theatre We will also hold an induction to discuss your rights & responsibilities regarding occupational health safety & welfare procedures. 10.30am – 11.00am Further details: Lyn Albury Ph. 8263 6244 / 04880270346 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
City of Tea Tree Gully April School Holiday Program Click the link below for more information regarding the extensive programs provided by the Council. http://www.teatreegully.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=34