PRINCIPAL: Mrs Leesa Daly
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL: Mr Christopher Payne
It is hard to believe that we are at the end of term 1 already. What an exciting and busy term it has been.
Our students have had so many wonderful extra curricula opportunities provided to them this term to enable them to connect, succeed, thrive and learn. Some of these opportunities have included: Bell Shakespeare Theatre performances, the Take Charge - Youth Leadership Forum, Harmony Week activities, Reading Group challenges, SRC led Action Against Bullying activities, Riverina Local Land Council ‘The Magic of Wiradjuri Country’ photography competition, Working Together to Support Literacy Skills training for Year 10 Peer Readers at TAFE, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award Adventurous journey, Riverina Contemporary Dance Festival audition piece ‘Don’t Catch Me’ training and submission, as well as multiple local, regional and state sporting opportunities. Thank you to all the staff and students who have been leading these activities.
Students are already aware of a number of awesome opportunities being provided to them early in Term 2 to support their talents and passions and to develop their skills and knowledge. The SRC will be hosting a Colour Explosion Run as part of our whole school Cross Country event; Years 10 and 11 have the opportunity to attend a Careers Expo in Young; Small group tuition as part of the COVID Intensive Learning Support Program will begin; Self Esteem Education Development (SEED) wellbeing workshops for all students in Years 7-10 will occur and a number of students have been selected to attend the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) ‘Build a Bridge & Get Over It!’ Engineering Camp.
Staff have been working diligently to complete the 2021-2024 School Improvement Plan which will be uploaded onto the school’s website at the beginning of term 2. We have appreciated the conversations, around the development of this plan, that have occurred with all stakeholders: students, parents/carers, community and staff. Your ideas, thoughts and opinions have informed the development of our new school plan.
The Gudhamangdhuray Community of Schools is made up of Cootamundra High School, Cootamundra Public School, EA Southee Public School, Wallendbeen Public School and Stockinbingal Public School. Principals and staff have met a number of times this term to consolidate processes and practices across our schools to ensure consistent messaging and information is being communicated to our whole school community. We are working closely to align a number of programs and activities within our new School Improvement Plans that will build stronger partnerships between the schools. At our last meeting were had the pleasure of working with Cootamundra AECG representatives Cath Carroll and Helen Cassin and Cootamundra Working Party members Colina Meadows and Amanda Levitt to identify ways we can work collaboratively to narrow the gaps and improve the educational outcomes of all Aboriginal students under our care at our schools. We look forward to working with and building stronger partnerships in the future.
Students are being provided with vital individualised data, twice a term, to help them to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement in relation to their attendance, demonstration of the school’s core values of Respect, Responsibility and Excellence, wearing of our school uniform with pride, phone misuse and N determination notifications. Students should have this information pasted into their school diaries to enable them to track themselves throughout the year. A great conversation starter for parents and carers to have with their students. It is pleasing to note the improvement made by many students in these areas over the past 5 weeks. The Positive Behaviour for Learning canteen voucher draws occurred this week for all students meeting the school’s expectations in these areas.
We have had the pleasure this term of working remotely with the Safeguarding Kids Together team. This Specialist Support Team works with schools to strengthen systems, processes and practices across four domains and 12 focus areas to mitigate and manage risk and enhance safe learning and working environments. We, staff, students, parents/carers, community, will be working closely with this team both remotely and face to face in term 2 to consolidate this work.
A warm welcome and congratulations are extended to Miss Brittney Longmore, who has been appointed to a full-time English teaching position at CHS. Welcome to the team!
I hope you all have a wonderful Easter and end of Term 1holiday. Stay safe and be kind to one another.
CHS Calendar - Term 1, 2021
|May 3 & 4|
|May 12- 21|
Mrs Drum & the True Crime enthusiasts.
On the 24th March, seven Student Representative Council (SRC) members travelled to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga to attend a Youth Leadership Forum. Throughout the day participants listened to several leadership speakers and actively engaged in three different workshops. This was an amazing experience as it enabled us to combine with other schools and in-turn allowed us to express and develop our individual leadership styles.
It was a fabulous experience and we gained a lot from the day. Thank you to Mr Doug Phillips for taking us over and to Ms Natasha Clarke for organising the day.
Luke Dowell and Helena Seckold - 2021 School Captains
The open girls soccer team played in Round 2 of the CHS knock-out earlier this week against Murrumburrah High School. The game started well with fairly even possession until a quick through ball saw Murrumburrah finding the back of the net around the 15 minute mark.
Two further goals were scored against us before some quick play from our backs through to mid-fielder Anisa Rees saw her bring the score line back to 3-1. A final goal from Murrumburrah on the half time whistle left us trialing by 3 goals going into the second half.