Cootamundra High School Newsletter

Term 2 ‐ Week 10, 2021

PRINCIPAL: Mrs Leesa Daly  

DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: Mr Christopher Payne

Principal's Report

Semester 1 is about to draw to a close. Time for students and staff to take a break and enjoy some down time with family and friends.

The last five weeks have again been filled with fabulous teaching and learning experiences in the classrooms along with many extra curricula opportunities for students to connect, succeed and thrive in. We hosted another full to capacity White Card training course, the Work Readiness program to all our Year 11 students and the Black Dog Institutes ‘Future Proof’ program to Year 8 students. Students in Year 10 have had the opportunity to complete a week’s Work Experience in a field of interest with awesome feedback from employers being received. As part of National Refugee Week our Year 7-10 students engaged with the local Red Cross as they delivered ‘Pathways to Protection’ seminars. We conducted numerous NAIDOC week ‘Heal Country, Heal our Nation’ activities in week 10 including a Modern Aboriginal Dance workshop, music appreciation lessons on First Nations artists, cooking with native bush foods, Stronger Smarter interactive sessions, and a special guest appearance by Aunty Elaine who taught students some Wiradjuri language.

I would like to congratulate our talented Year 11 Visual Arts students who presented the ‘Object and Space’ exhibition on Monday evening. It really was lovely to hear our students engaging with members of the general public as they talked about how they went about making their pieces and the deep meaning behind each art work. Thankyou Ms Boatswain for guiding and inspiring your students and taking the time and effort to make this event a reality for them.

Another highlight for me this term was sitting in the Albury Entertainment Centre watching our CHS Dance Team perform their inclusive contemporary dance piece to a full house as part of the Riverina Dance Festival. So much positive feedback from members of the public and other schools who watched the performance - and the costumes were just magnificent.

Year 9 Advisor, Acting Head Teacher Wellbeing and Engagement and PDHPE teacher extraordinaire, Mr Robert Plain, will be leaving us at the end of term 3 to take up a new teaching position in Special Education at Cessnock High School. He will be missed at CHS but we know he will be exceptional in his new role. Miss Kaitlin Jenkins, a coded PDHPE teacher, has been appointed to this fulltime position and will commence at the start of term 4. She will be visiting us next term to meet students and staff and to complete a handover with Mr Plain. With the strong support of the Year 9 cohort, I am pleased to advise that Ms Brittney Longmore will be taking over the important role of Year 9 Advisor from term 3. Due to unforeseen family circumstances we will be farewelling Mr Brett McKenzie at the end of this term. We wish him all the very best in his future endeavours and thank him for his commitment and hard work.

Our awesome P&C have acted upon feedback from students and staff and as such are excited to advise that as of Term 3, the Canteen will have EFTPOS facilities for use by students and staff.  Any outstanding accounts MUST be paid in full by 30 June 2021, noting that on this date credit will no longer be given.

Construction work will commence on Monday 28th June - first week of the school holidays (weather pending) on the drainage and structural components associated with the cola/roof over our basketball courts. This work will continue until mid-term 3.

I sent an informative email to all parents and carers about the latest national teenage trend 'e-cigarettes and vaping’ a number of weeks ago. CHS is currently working with local police, WHS Directorate and the Tobacco Compliance Officer - Public Health Unit (Wagga Wagga) around how we can educate and support our students, staff and parents/carers around the dangers associated with vaping. Click the link below to watch a helpful video about vaping.


Semester 1 reports were distributed to students in Years 7 to 11 on Thursday. Staff comments mention what students are doing well and areas for improvement. Please do not hesitate to contact teachers if you have any questions or concerns related to your child’s report.

Have an awesome time with your children during the semester break. We will see all the kids on Tuesday 13th July.

With Kind Regards

Mrs Daly


 CHS Calendar - Term 3, 2021

Jul 12
  • Staff Development Day
Jul 13
  • Students return for term 3
Aug 2 - 13
  • Trial HSC Exams 
Aug. 19
  • 'Love Bites' - Respectful Relationships Program (Year 10)
Sept. 17
  • Last day of Term 3


Student Reports

Please Note:

School reports have been posted home for any students who were not at school during the last 2 days of Term 2.


Canteen - EFTPOS facilities

The P&C are excited to announce that as of Term 3, the Canteen will have EFTPOS facilities for use by students and staff.  

Any outstanding accounts MUST be paid in full by 30 June 2021, noting that as of this date credit will no longer be given.


Dear Parents/Carers

We are now taking new enrolments for student's in Years 8 to 12 for 2022.

If you are a parent/carer of a child (not currently enrolled at Cootamundra High School) or know of anyone interested in enrolling their child at CHS, we now offer the option of online enrolment via our school website:

If you have any queries, please feel free to telephone the school on 02 6942 2711 (during school hours) or call in to the front office to receive an “Expression of Interest Form”.  Please note: we recommend this form is completed before proceeding with an online or paper copy enrolment.

Thank you 

Online enrolment information for parents/carers


Cattle, sheep, hens, eggs and budgies...

As another term comes to an end, things are starting to ramp up at the Ag Plot! This year, Cootamundra High School has been fortunate enough to work with Tony and Sue Dickeson of ‘Back Creek Square Meaters’. Tony and Sue come in multiple times each week to assist the Show Team in educating the cattle and preparing them for the upcoming show season, and have very kindly donated the steer in the photos below. On behalf of Cootamundra High School and the Show Team, I would like to formally recognize the generosity of Tony and Sue, with their livestock, feed and time. We are very fortunate to work with such experienced and passionate mentors.

The Cootamundra High School Show Team has been busy preparing our team of 6 wethers for the Dubbo Wether Challenge, where they will compete against over 60 other high schools. The sheep will be judged in a Hoof and Hook Competition, with prizes being awarded to the school with the best fleece and carcase results. Keep an eye on the school Facebook page for updates on their progress.

Finally, we have just put 2 dozen fertile eggs in our new incubator! The eggs are a mix of purebred Light Sussex and Lavender Sussex. With a bit of luck, we will have plenty of new hens, and may be looking to sell some point of lay pullets towards the end of the year. Our budgies are also breeding at the moment, and while we sold all our current babies last week, we will have more for sale in the coming weeks, so if you are interested in purchasing budgies or hens, please contact Miss Callaghan during school hours on 02 6942 2711. 


Years 7 - 10

Our Year 7 students have been learning about respectful relationships this term.  It has been wonderful to witness their inclusive behaviours both in the classroom and during practicals. 

 Our Year 8 have had a fun time exploring how to promote inclusivity and diversity in our communities through learning about different cultures and examining where in our community individuals and groups can connect and participate in both physical and social activities. Students were surprised at how many different community groups exists within our town and it was wonderful to hear about some of the community groups our students are involved in.

In practicals, Year 7 and 8 students have continued to build their movement skills through our Kick, Pass and Catch unit focusing on touch football, dodgeball, soccer, league tag, AFL and variations of each game.

In Year 9 our students have continued with their Sexuality and Sexual Safety unit and have been examining the effectiveness of on-line health services and how to stay safe on-line. Students have looked at issues such as cyberbullying, online gaming, catfishing and the dissemination of inappropriate images.  

 Year 10 have enjoyed their Staying Safe (Safe partying) unit this term.  Over the last few weeks the students have examined the classification of drugs and their effects, sexual and mental health and self-care and self-management strategies to protect themselves.

Year 9 and 10 students have all enjoyed our Court Sports practical unit demonstrating some outstanding skills in our highly contested netball and volleyball matches.

Year 9 and 10 students enjoying their PE lesson


Sports Medicine

Year 12 PDHPE have been studying Sports Medicine this term as an option for their HSC. Students were lucky enough to be visisted by a local physiotherapist who demonstrated taping techniques and talked about rehabilitation procedures. Students were able to practice taping an ankle on each other successfully and talked future pathways with sports medicine. 


Stage 5 Food Technology have spent term 2 examining the nutritional content of the food we eat in our Food Selection and Health Unit. 

As part of this unit, students have been preparing safe and nutritious food which reflects the national food guides.  Recipes included: Rainbow Rice Paper Rolls, Buddha Bowls (pictured below), Healthy Veggie Burgers and Little Crunchy Munchy Bars.


CHS held its Cross Country on Thursday 19th of April. There were high numbers of participation and students thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon walk or run in the sun.  Congratulations to House McConaghy who took out the house points on the day. Well done!

10 of our students then attended Zone Cross Country at Tumbarumba in Week 3. We had some great results with students placing in the top 6 to make it through to the Riverina Championship in Gundagai.

In Gundagai, 5 of our students made it through to State Cross Country in Sydney on the 16th of July.

Well done to the following students and good luck in Sydney!

  • Lachlan Webb
  • Niketa Smart
  • Graham Neale
  • Hallie Kelly
  • Aidan Smith


In week 2, we held our Athletics Carnival. It was a fun day by all and it saw some impressive results with three records broken on the day. Congratulations to Braite Ormond and Graham Neale!

Special mention to our Tug-O-War champions McConaghy and our best dressed winners, Mrs Alderman, Anisa Rees, Katie Berkey, Elyssa Radnegde and LilLy Welch.

At our Zone athletics in Temora, 40 students attended and represented the school with pride. We again had some fantastic results with Graham Neale and Toby Tanks receiving age champions for their age groups.  Best of luck to the 20 students attending the Riverina Athletics Championships in Albury in Week 2 term 3.


Year 7-Z Science

Year 7 Science Z have been studying separation methods as part of their ‘Water for Living’ Unit. They competed in an in-class challenge to use separation methods to get the cleanest water from the muddy water provided. Well done to Hallie Kelly, Rylee Blackney, Grace Derrick and Brayden Oddy who won the challenge. 

Year 8-5 Science

Year 8 Science 5 were introduced into their Forces Unit with a friendly competition of Tug-O-War.

The class had a few rounds between them and then challenged some senior students, where they quickly learned what an ‘unbalanced’ force looks like. 


CHS students enjoyed a selection of activities to celebrate NAIDOC Week


The last few weeks have been busy, with Year 10 completing their first round of Work Experience, Year 12 starting serious preparations for work, TAFE and University Pathways and Year 10 commencing the Year 11 subject selection process.

Parents and carers are reminded that the information evening for this will be held on Thursday 15th at 6.00 p.m. in the School Library.


Employers were impressed with our Year 10 students this term, who took the opportunity to be on Work Experience across a variety of vocations. There will be a second opportunity for Work Experience in Term 4.


Congratulations Luke Dowell!

During the school holidays, Luke will be attending Work Experience with the Australian Defence Forces, undertaking a week of Cybersecurity. Luke was chosen from over 90 applications, with only 12 positions available. 

Well Done Luke

Employment Opportunities - Long Track Pantry