Archive | March 2014

Principal’s Personal Best

Congratulations to our students who were recognised for their achievements at our Principal’s Personal Best assembly today.


Principal’s Personal Best: Oliver; Music award: Sarah; Weekly Merits: Max and Demaris; Totally Incredible Citizen (TICS): Adrian. Well done to these students!

Zone Cross Country


A special report from our Zone Cross Country correspondent and photographer, Nelson G-

As the grey clouds zoomed across the sky, the Zone Cross Country carnival commenced!


First there was the 8/9 girls event followed by the boys. After that there was the 10 years girl and boy race. The 11 year boys (which consisted of most of the Tighes Hill team) zoomed past the finish line. The 11 year girls had a wonderful race and scored lots of points. The 12/13 boys and girls were last for the day and also performed exceptionally well.


Everyone behaved very well, the weather held off throughout the events and everyone was really tired by the end. The day’s final score was; Kids:1, Storm:0.

Well done and thank you to Nelson for offering to report on this event for our blog and taking some fantastic photos!

Mathematicians in Schools

Today the OC received a visit from our Mathematicians in Schools (MiS) partner, Dr Jarad Martin.

Dr Jarad, who works at the Calvary Mater Hospital, has been involved in the MiS program for several years and volunteers his time to share his enthusiasm and expertise in mathematics with our students.

During today’s session, students learnt about Isaac Newton and Einstein and their importance in the history of science and mathematics. Dr Jarad also shared an interesting story about the mathematician who solved the Poincare Conjecture and we looked at fractional dimensions and examples of fractals in nature.

A huge thank you to Dr Jarad for visiting us today. We look forward to seeing him again next term.


awesome fractal example

awesome fractal example

Harmony Day


Yesterday we celebrated Harmony Day and the cultural diversity that families bring to our school. The day was full of activities, story sharing, shared lunch, sausage sizzle and a fantastic celebration concert of student performances.

A big thank you to Fiona, who shared her experience of living in Saudi Arabia with us; all the families who provided food for the shared lunch; and to everyone who made a gold coin donation – over $260 was raised for Sabrata Das.

A special mention must also go to the wonderful Miss Beker for all her efforts in organising such a successful day.

Below are some great photos taken throughout the day and videos of our terrific student performances.

Newcastle Writers Festival

In Week 10, the OC will be attending the Newcastle Writers Festival to participate in awf Gifted and Talented writers workshop with author Gerry Bobsien.

Students will have the opportunity to purchase Gerry’s books and get them signed on the day.

Other books will also be available for purchase at the Newcastle Region Library during the festival kids program. There is a Family Fun Day on Saturday 5th April until 1pm for those that are interested.

Attached below is the permission note, book purchasing form and a link to Gerry’s website.

Writers Festival book purchase

Writers Festival excursion note

Author Gerry Bobsien

Gavin Morris Weather Visit

Today we received a special visit from NBN’s weatherman Gavin Morris.

A weather enthusiast, Gavin taught us all about forecasting and interpreting a synoptic chart. We learnt about different pressure systems, the atmosphere and watched an amazing time-lapse video of a weather satellite orbiting the earth.

We really appreciate Gavin taking the time to visit us today. Be sure to watch NBN tonight from 6.50pm to catch a glimpse of a photo of Gavin and our students.



Year 6 Taster Lessons

Last Friday our Year 6 students attended an excursion to Waratah Technology Campus to participate in taster lessons in preparation for high school next year.

Students were treated to a variety of fun and hands-on lessons including cooking, woodwork, science and art. They had a great day and were very impressed by the selection of activities and resources.

Thank you to Mrs Ireland, who accompanied our students on this terrific event.

Year 6 Graduation Shirts

Last week notes were sent home with our Year 6 students about ordering 2014 Graduation shirts.

The note is attached below and orders need to be in by Friday 26th March. I will be receiving some sample shirts in the coming weeks for students who would like to try them on to help with sizing.

Year 6 graduation shirt order 2014

Year 6 2013 showing off their new shirts!