Warilla High School Newsletter 18 June 2012
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PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE I had the pleasure of meeting many parents of our Year 12 students at the parent teacher meetings held last Tuesday afternoon. Parents were keen to discuss student progress and to put in place various supports as our kids move towards what will no doubt be a very exact assessment and testing regime in the months ahead. I would like to remind both students and parents that there is a simple recipe for success in the HSC; consistent and sustained hard work - it’s that simple! There is no alternative to making sure tasks are done; study routines are in place; homework is completed with commitment; past papers are accessed and scrutinised in terms of what form the testing will take and more importantly, what constitutes a Band 6 response. Perhaps the hardest lesson is the self discipline needed to drive this to its conclusion and to ensure the distractions such as part time work, socialising and worrying about the “formal” are kept in check. The school executive have been vigorously pouring over HSC data and HSC monitoring considerations to ensure everything is as tight as it can be and that students are being exposed to a best practice regime. To this end, several of our staff will be involved in a regional professional learning exercise called Team Leadership for School Improvement, with a targeted focus of improved HSC performance…..watch this space! I would also ask parents of Years 7-11 to ensure they have their child book meeting times with teachers for the Term 3 meetings ASAP after booking sheets are sent home early next term. The staff has endorsed a new Portfolio Structure to operate across the school from the beginning of Term 3. This will allow staff to become more intimately involved in the decision making processes and expose them to best practice methodologies utilised at other schools as we make informed decisions about the systems and practices that best suit our particular needs and students. This structure will see the school align more closely with both regional and state operations with a view to accessing quality support.
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It was pleasing that this structure was unanimously supported by the P&C at its June meeting. We are in the process of establishing anticipated Year 7 enrolments for 2013. Demand for places at the school is very high. Unfortunately, there will be some who will be disappointed, but I would refer those in this category to the school’s enrolment policy which will be stringently applied in each case. As this will be the final newsletter for this term, I would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday break. With my best wishes, Mr John Hambly Principal
Local Hero Awards It was with much pleasure and great pride that I attended the Local Hero awards last Friday, sponsored by i98FM and hosted by high profile patron, former Australian Cricket Captain, Steve Waugh. One of the categories was “Teacher of the Year” which was won by our own Mr Michael Stanizzo. Michael was nominated by students, which makes this award take on even greater significance as it was the student body that recognised Michael’s unwavering commitment to supporting young people and making a real and tangible difference in their lives. Congratulations Michael on a job well done! Mr John Hambly Principal
Deputy Report Year 12 Parent Teacher Afternoon – This important afternoon was held on Tuesday 12 June. Thank you to the parents who attended and had very valuable conversations with staff regarding the progress of Year 12 students. Thank you to Mr Williams for his organisation. During Term 3 there are a number of major works and projects due, these dates are set by the Board of Studies and cannot be altered. Students should ensure that they are aware of thes