As the term draws to a close I would like to thank all Staff, Parents and Students for an excellent term.
I had the privilege yesterday to host NSW Directors of Education and the CSNSW board at Hennessy. These men and women are the top educational leaders in NSW. I was so proud to be able to highlight our great school. They were suitably impressed with our focus on 5 quality lessons a day and our staffs professionalism and collective attention to this. They have returned to their diocesan responsibilities today taking Hennessy’s successes with them to their schools.
I was also thrilled that Hennessy made the list in the 2018 top performing schools for NAPLAN.
As we move towards Holy week, we had a moving Easter liturgy today. I have enclosed my speech for you.
Have a blessed, holy Easter, safe with your families. I look forward to what Term 2 brings.
Easter is the celebration of Christ's resurrection from the dead. It is celebrated on Easter Sunday, and marks the end of Holy Week, the end of Lent, it signifies a time of transformation for us
As we know from the Gospels, Jesus Christ rose from the dead on the third day following his crucifixion, which would be a Sunday. His resurrection marks the triumph of good over evil, sin and death. It is the singular event, which proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead.
Since Easter represents the fulfilment of God's promises to mankind, it is the most important holiday on the Christian calendar.
In the Gospels, the precise details of the Easter narrative vary slightly, but none of these variances are critical to the main story. In fact, it is argued that the variances are simply matters of style and not substance. Despite the variances, the key aspects of the Easter story all match. Above all, they agree that the tomb of Christ was indeed empty, which is the most essential fact.
We firmly believe, and hence we hope, that just as Christ is truly risen from the dead and lives forever, that we can be transformed by this act and hopefully transform those things in our lives, which need attention.
Pope Francis tells us that Christ’s Resurrection is not an event of the past. It contains a vital power, which has permeated this world. Where all seems to be dead, signs of the Resurrection suddenly spring up. It is an irresistible force. Often it seems that God doesn’t exist. All around us we see persistent injustice, evil, indifference, cruelty, but it’s also true that in the midst of darkness something new always springs to life and sooner or later it produces fruit. On dry land life breaks through stubbornly and invincibly. However, dark things are, goodness always re-emerges and spreads. Each day in our world beauty is born anew. It rises transformed through the storms of history. Values always tend to re-appear under new guises, and human beings have arisen time after time from situations that seemed hopeless. Such is the power of Christ’s Resurrection, which everywhere calls forth seeds of a new world, even if they are cut back they grow again. For the Resurrection is already secretly woven into the fabric of this history. Jesus did not rise in vain.
Students and staff at Hennessy, Easter isn’t just a day nor is it just a Holy Week. Easter isn’t “back there in the past”, something to remember perhaps, but long gone. Easter is always and everywhere –it is transformative and can transform us and that’s because the Risen Lord is everywhere. The only question is, Have you and I got the eye that sees him? Have you and I got the will to transform and to believe?
Spend this Easter being grateful for your loving your families, renewing ourselves for Term 2 and having a safe restful break.
TERM 1 SUMMARY
The 5 period day appears to have been well received by students and classes, especially those in the afternoon have been more settled.
This term we farewell Mrs Odell and Mr Faught who are off to explore other ventures. We wish them all the best and thank them for their efforts with our students during their time at Hennessy. Thank you to Mrs Tolfree who assisted in the last two weeks in Mr Chifley’s absence.
Some staff have had to take extended leave due to personal reasons and I thank other staff who have assisted during this time to ensure quality lessons have been set.
There will be some timetable changes for Term 2 (including room and lesson changes) so students need to refresh their Compass browser the day before school starts.
AFTERNOON STUDY CHANGES
From Term 2 onwards afternoon study will be held from 3.30-4.30 only. There will be no study week 1 term 2 or the last Thursday of term.
YEAR 12 ONLY PARENT/STUDENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES
Save the date – this will be on Thursday 23rd May from 3.30-6.30pm. Semester 1 reports will have been sent home by then and this will be the last chance for Year 12 students and parents to get feedback in this format.
NAPLAN CATCH UP
Many Year 11 students who have not reached the Band 8 required in Reading, Writing or Numeracy have attempted to reach this goal. Updated lists will be available early next term and those students asked if they wish to have a further attempt this year as only two attempts are permitted each year. This is optional but strongly advised as they cannot be awarded the Higher School Certificate without (although they will get their RoSA).
ASSESSMENT AND LEARNING HANDBOOKS
These are available on the College website and Hennessy Student Drive under Assessment and forms. It is vital all students are aware of policies relating to assessment. This especially relates to:
- Procedures when absent
- Penalties for not following the correct procedure.
Students not following the correct procedures may find that they have incurred a penalty of the loss of all marks for a task or a Warning Letter. These have been posted to Compass several times as well as listed on classroom House pages. If in any doubt, students should always see their class teacher first and before tasks are due to ensure they are aware of what is permissible. However, I must approve all extensions, Illness/Misadventure applications and Appeals. The protocols and procedures are to ensure equity for all students.
A reminder students return Tuesday 30th April (Day 2) in full winter uniform. On that day there will be an ANZAC service and Year 10 and 12 will be attending the Careers Expo at Young High School. Information about this will be on Compass prior to classes recommencing.
Have a joyous Easter.
SHARON HIBBERT | Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning
Year 10 Work Experience – Term 4, week 8, 2-6 December
The term has flown, and many Year 10 students have contacted an employer to arrange work experience for December. For those who have not please keep working with your child on some ideas and they can let me know when you have a plan. If they need help, ask them to come and see me early in Term 2. Don’t forget there are a number of activities the students cannot do and I have once again included this list for your information.
Year 10 & 12 -Careers Expo – Young
On Tuesday 30th April Year 10 and 12 will be attending the annual Careers Expo being held at Young High School. Students will have an opportunity to speak to employers, Police, Rural Fire Service, the Defence Force and many Universities. They will also be touring the TAFE Campus and learning about their programs in automotive, childcare, health, hair and beauty and electrical. Please take the time to discuss the Expo with your child and what they might need to investigate during their visit.
Year 11 will be attending the Canberra Careers Expo on Thursday 8th August
Year 12 - University Admission Centre (UAC) applications are open!
On 3rd April UAC opened online applications for University admissions during 2020. Online applications will remain open until Monday 30th September and students can enter their preferences and change them anytime between now and then. Students applying through UAC will be required to pay a $70 online fee to finalise their application.
Year 12 students will have an information session on UAC during period 1 tomorrow Friday 12th April. A UAC session for parents will be held on Wednesday 8th May from 6pm until 7pm in Room E1. All parents and their students are invited and encouraged to attend.
Year 12 - ANU applications are open
This year the Australian National University (ANU) are taking online applications directly through the University. This process opened on 4 March 2019 and closes on 31 May 2019
There is no application fee for this application however, students will be required to meet the co-curricular or service requirement before being eligible.
The application process will cover admission, accommodation, and over 200 scholarships all in one application.
Academy of Film, Theatre & Television (AFTR)| Open Day
Saturday 11 May | 9.30am - 2.30pm | Academy of Film, Theatre & Television Experience Australia’s most exciting creative arts academy, where taking risks is expected, pushing boundaries is encouraged, and collaboration is key. If you’re searching for information about a career in Film, Acting or Stage Management then come along to our open day in May and learn how to build your creative future. You’ll be able to soak up the culture, learn about the best way to finance your studies, meet our tutors and speak to current students about their experiences. Find out why AFTT is now Australia’s most contemporary fully immersive arts academy. Don’t miss out.
Find out more and book: https://www.aftt.edu.au/events/open-days/register-for-our-next-open-day
University of Technology (UTS) – Sydney- Business School | Undergraduate Information Evening
Wednesday 24 April | 6.00pm - 8.00pm | Dr Chau Chak Wing Building If you are considering a professional career in business, accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing or related fields, this is your best opportunity to explore your options and hear from students and academics within the iconic home of UTS Business School, the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building. Find out more and register: https://www.uts.edu.au/about/uts-business-school/what-we-do/upcoming-events-and-info-sessions/events-1/undergraduate
UTS Business School | Campus Tour
Wednesday 17 April | 6.00pm - 7.00pm | Henry Deane Plaza OR The Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
Join us for a tour of UTS Business School and surrounding campus to experience our unique learning environment.
Your tour includes:
- A walk through the iconic Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building
- Your library and student support services
- A preview of your formal and informal learning spaces throughout the UTS precinct
- How the UTS campus blends into the surrounding business district
- The opportunity to discuss your program options with experts from the Business School
The Fashion Institute | Open Day
Wednesday 17 April | 11.00am - 5.00pm | The Institute Group
Thursday 25 April | 11.00am - 5.00pm | The Institute Group
Wednesday 10 July | 11.00am - 5.00pm | The Institute Group
Thursday 25 July | 11.00am - 5.00pm | The Institute Group
Throughout 2019, The Fashion Institute will be holding Open Days at our Chippendale campus. Come say Hi! anytime between 11:00am - 5:00pm, check out our state of the art facilities and find out more about your study options for the future.
Find out more and register: https://www.thefashioninstitute.com.au/open-day
International School of Colour and Design | Design + Colour 101 Holiday Workshop – Sydney
Saturday 13 April (school holidays) | 10.00am - 3.00pm | iscd Sydney Campus
Do you love design and want to know how to apply it in your life or career? Have you ever wondered how colour can affect the mood or tone of a room? Or why an ad grabbed your attention or why you love that painting so much? Colour and Design 101 teaches you the basic design principles, compositions, paint mixing, the colour wheel, and how to create a story board in your style.
This workshop is run in a nurturing, fun and stimulating environment. It’s designed to get you started on your creative journey. It will help you understand the basics of design and colour so you can both experience iscd and our teaching style and also start to explore what sort of area with in design you might like to study. Find out more and register: https://www.iscd.edu.au/short-courses-workshops/design-colour-workshop/
International School of Colour and Design | Styling 101 Workshop – Sydney
Saturday 18 May | 10.00am - 3.00pm | iscd Sydney Campus
Do you often wonder how interior stylists have that amazing ability to arrange everything in a room so effortlessly and successfully? Do you want to learn how to set-up a simple display so that it looks like it is right out of the pages of a magazine? Bring out the expert stylist in you with this essential workshop focused on planning your living room and interior styling solutions. Find out more and register: https://www.iscd.edu.au/workshops/styling-101/
Defence Forces – Army, Navy and Airforce Latest Events Nearest to You
15 April – Sydney – Health Careers in Defence Forces
15 April – Wollongong – Women in Defence
16 April- Canberra – Defence Info Session
16 April – Gold Coast – Engineering Carers
17 April – Albury – Logistics, Hospitality, Support Careers
18 April – Sydney – Engineering Careers
A day in the life of a veterinarian
If you're thinking about pursuing a career as a Vet, you'll know it's going to take a lot of dedication to get you there. But you might not know what a typical day looks like for a Vet. This article could give you more insight. It might help drive your passion to keep learning, or help you decide that you'll be better suited to another path.
Apprenticeship payments to increase
Good news for current high school students who would rather get an apprenticeship after school than go to Uni. Thanks to a new skills package announced in the 2019 budget there will be:
- Up to 80,000 new apprenticeships will be created
- Incentive payments for employers to will double to $8000 per apprenticeship placement
- Apprentices will receive a new $1000 payment after the first 12 months and another $1000 at completion to encourage them to stick with their training.
Source: Financial Review.
Job Spotlight - Architect
What do they do?
Architects plan, design and review the construction of buildings and spaces. They turn a client’s vision into a reality and provide the ‘map’ for the construction industry to follow. Creative and technical, part Artist and part Engineer. If you have these skills and are passionate about improving the physical and built world looks for the benefit of society and individuals – becoming an Architect could be the career for you.
- Preparing and presenting design proposals to clients
- Advising clients
- Producing detailed, technical, drawings
- Negotiating with contractors and other professionals
- Attending regular meetings with clients, contractors and other specialists
- Co-ordinating the work of contractors
- Making site visits to check on progress
- Dealing with problems that might come up during building.
- Great listening and communication skills
- Visual awareness and an eye for detail
- Ability to draw and create work in three dimensions (3D)
- Technical skills
- Inventive and imaginative
- Be passionate about buildings and the built environment
- Problem- solver
Pathways to becoming an architect
Hold a Bachelor degree in arts or design with a major in Architecture, Masters degree or other qualification in the discipline of architecture accredited by the Architects Accreditation Council of Australia. Registered with the Architects Registration Board in the state or territory in which you intend to practise (requires work experience monitoring).
Average salary Graduate $55,996, non-registered experienced $74,691, Experience Associate $115,964 (Source: Architecture AU)
Job growth in this area is moderate (source: Joboutlook.gov.au)
Enjoy the holidays
Congratulations to Elisabeth Hall who is the regional secondary winner of the Anzac Day writing competition for her poem "Coming Home from the Great War to the Riverina". She will be presented with her award by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack. Her poem has been published in the 2019 Anzac Day booklet which is being distributed to homes this week.
On the 6th June, Hennessy will be holding the second Vinnies school sleepout. Vinnies school sleepout encourages students to talk to family and friends about homelessness and how we can each make a difference. Homelessness is experienced by everyday people in our local community. Many families living on the edge are only 3 pay packets away from homelessness. If individuals have no family or friends to rely on, it’s easy for someone to fall through the cracks and end up sleeping in their car, couch surfing or on the street.
More information to come next term - keep an eye out on your House page on classroom.
This term our Year 8 Tech classes have been using 3D Computer Aided Design software - Sketchup for Schools. The students goal was to design a house and a car. Initial thoughts for cars were draught's on paper first and then created in Sketchup. Once designs were nearing completion Students used Virtual Reality (VR) to hop in their car and walk around inside their house, this permitted students to see any design issues and then improve on them. The cars were then printed with a 3D printer and a trailer was fitted to attach a spherical robot so as to power the car. Students then constructed a race track so that they could test out their car design. Autonomous operation was also discussed on how they could code their car to operate without their direct input.
The students were ecstatic to see their designs come to life. Congratulations Year 8.
7.2 Science participated in Hennessy's first 'Skype a Scientist' experience this week, an initiative designed to connect scientists and classrooms. Students were able to chat to Julianna Kadar, a shark biologist from Macquarie University. Julianna described her PhD research on the Port Jackson shark which involves attaching trackers that use fitbit-like technology to study the movement and behaviour of the sharks. It was an extremely informative time and Julianna was blown away by the endless stream of questions from Year 7.
"I thought that it was great! I learnt that port Jackson sharks are being tracked with an accelerometer to see what they have been doing. Thank you Julianna for taking up your time to talk to us about sharks."
"I liked the experience and learned that port Jackson sharks have plates with tiny teeth instead of just big teeth and I learned that the Port Jackson sharks eat urchins but they just get the juice instead of eating the whole thing."
"I really enjoyed listening to Julianna, so thanks! Also I learnt that the tracker on the sharks is called an accelerometer."
"I thought it was great because she was very interactive and it was great to hear about her research and knowledge. I thought it was very interesting to hear about how they put fitbits on the sharks! Thanks."
"I think that the experience was a great way to learn about what Julianna and her team do. I learned that the Port Jackson shark mostly live in the south coast. Thank you Julianna"
"I thought that Skype a Scientist was awesome and interesting, especially with a scientist like Julianna. I never knew that the Port Jackson shark has a plate with small blunt teeth instead of just teeth. Thank You!"
Various PDHPE classes had the pleasure of some expert cricket coaching from our visitors Michael Minns and Emma Webb-Wagg from the Sydney Thunder.
Michael and Emma ran through various drills and skills with students from 7 to 10 throughout the day.
Thank you Michael & Emma for your expert tuition the students had a blast!
Congratulations to the following students who represented Canberra Goulburn at the CCC Touch Championships at Nelson Bay on Wednesday; Jesse Glover, Charlie Sullivan, Will Fahey, Josh Noakes, Nic Powderly, Alby Dowling, Ella McRae, Belle Whitechurch, Lily Holmes, Hannah Keevil, Eliza Butt, Mia Carroll, Lara Turner, Clare Flick and Halle Dreverman.
Last week Hennessy held its annual Cross Country, the following students were Age Champions on the day. Congratulations to:
12yr Boys William Whitechurch
13yrs Boys Riley Burgess 13yrs Girls Lara Turner
14yrs Boys Regan bannister 14yrs Girls Elisabeth Hall
15yrs Boys William Fahey 15yrs Girls Maddison Davis-Chard
16yrs Boys Ethan Smith 16yrs Girls Ellie Silk
17yrs Boys Jason Smith 17yrs Girls Keysha Sing
18yrs Boys Isaac Hines 18yrs Girls Annabel Turner