Archive | November 2015

Thinkfest 2015

Well done to everyone who participated in this term’s Thinkfest project. Yesterday was the culmination of weeks of hard work which included brainstorming ideas for problems (in the areas of English, maths, science and history), writing scripts,  creating a skit, making a key prop, designing and painting a backdrop and creating a video diary and trailer. Thank you to this year’s host school, Cessnock West, where 11 OCs from across the Hunter region met to participate. We had a great time putting our projects together and I was very proud of the fantastic job students did performing and working with their teams. Well done to our History group who won the Best Backdrop award and to our Science and Engineering team who received a Highly Commended award for enthusiasm.

Maths Champions!

Congratulations to all of our students who have taken part in the variety of mathematics challenges and competitions this year.

Today students received their results for the Australian Maths Competition. Well done to Cai, Elsie, Sachin, Freya and Patrick who achieved a Proficiency certificate. We had many students achieve a Credit: well done to Adrian, Joseph, Jack, Max, Zane, Sia and Sam. Congratulations to our students who achieved a Distinction – Lachlan (%rank 88), Dan (%rank 94) and Sarah (%rank 97).

All students in the OC took part in APSMO’s Maths Games and Maths Olympiads and this year we achieved some excellent results. Congratulations to Joe who was our winner of the Maths Games, finishing with a perfect score and placing in the top 2% of all participants. Well done to Pat who came 2nd, placing in the top 10% and to Dan, Sarah and Mikayla who came equal 3rd.  Congratulations to Lachlan who was our winner of the Maths Olympiad, placing in the top 10% of all participants. Well done to Pat and Jack who came equal 2nd placing in the top 20%. A fantastic achievement.




It’s almost here! Students have been working tirelessly this term in preparation for our end of year OC event – Thinkfest. This coming Tuesday we are headed to Cessnock West PS to join other OCs from around the region to participate in this program. We leave at 8am on Tuesday so please ensure students are at school on time and that permission notes and payments have been handed in. There are a few photos below and I will post more including videos when they are complete. Looking forward to a great day! A copy of the note is also attached below.

thinkfest excursion note 2015

Campfire Tales

IMG_8632Well done to our students who shared their Halloween writing projects a couple of weeks ago. Students worked in groups with students from 5/6D to create some spooky stories which they read while gathered around our makeshift campfire. Some of the writing samples are attached below.

Alone by Joe and Lucas             Sia, Phoebe & Sophia           Nelson and Sam        Sarah & Mikayla

Spooky Dan

CEP Digital Media Festival 2015

Thank you to everyone who came along last night to support our school at the CEP Festival at Waratah High. It was a great night – the Sapphires and Bandlink did an excellent job performing and the premiere of our short film was well received. It was lovely to hear so many cheers for Mr Junon’s cameo appearance! Please have a look at the photos and videos below!

Student Leaders 2016

This morning we announced our top 6 student leaders for 2016. Congratulations to Vincent, Sia, Zion, Phoebe, Jonte and Lyric. In 2 weeks, these 6 students will present their speech to the whole school for the voting of captains. I would also like to congratulate all the Yr 5s who put themselves forward and exhibited excellent leadership qualities. 


Jets Soccer visit

Today we received a special visit from some of the players from the Jets women’s league. They talked to us about the hard work and commitment involved in becoming a professional soccer player and demonstrated some awesome tricks. They were also very impressed by our very own Adrian aka future soccer superstar! All students received a ticket to tomorrow’s match.


Newcastle Permanent Maths competition

Each year our school enters this great competition, open to yr 5 and 6 students. This year there were over 18,000 entrants from the region and many of our students achieved amazing results!

Achieving a merit certificate (placing in the top 45%), well done to Max, Nelson, Gill, Zane, Jacob, Elijah, Calvin, Freya and Jarvis.

Achieving a distinction (placing in the top 15% of participants), well done to Louis, Joseph, Adrian, Cala, Mikayla, Sarah, Sam, Vincent, Sachin, Sia and Patrick.

We had 4 students achieve a High Distinction for placing in the top 100. Congratulations to Joe (58th), Lachlan (49th), Dan (33rd) and a special mention to Jack who placed 5th and was also awarded a district prize. Congratulations!