Welcome back to the Week 6 Port Hacking e-news – ‘Port Life’!
Here you’ll find updates on our key events, important information, and the achievements of our students. Enjoy the read!
Wow - it's already Week 6, and though the interruptions of Covid-19 continue, Term 3 has still been a busy one for staff and students.
Our school administrative and support staff are the backbone of Port Hacking High School - from the front office, to managing the school accounts, providing extra support for students in their classrooms, taking care of our school grounds and working behind the scenes in our kitchens and science labs. our SAS Staff play a vital role in the smooth running of the school.
Our students have been enjoying the benefits of Elevate Education's study skills program. Here is an opportunity for parents to attend a free webinar.
Yoshi Leung from Year 11 has been selected to participate in The National Art School HSC Intensive Studio Practice which is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority.
Year 8 English have been studying and writing poetry, and Yulia, Matt and Elle, from Ms Thornton's class, have composed pieces that are too good not to share!
Marni Evans from Year 8 has been busy creating portraits as part of an extra curricular art program in Year 8.
She presented Mr Hugo with his portrait, depicting him accompanied by notable figures from the past, to acknowledge his background as a history teacher.
Congratulations to Mr Zammit, Mrs Martin, Mr Papangelis, Mr Baxter, Ms Irwin, Ms Paulson, Ms Lombardo and Ms Elshaw, who were all recognised for their efforts - pictured here with their classes!
Meet Aditya, Eamonn and Anthony from Year 9. Aditya took the initiative during the school holidays to go online and complete the training to gain the Microsoft Certified Windows 10 administrator credential.
Hi, my name is Nyasha and I’m in Year 7. I come from South Africa, in particular Johannesburg. I came to Australia with my Mother and brother in 2017 and we have settled in Miranda. You might ask why? Well, to have greater opportunities, a better education and a safer environment to grow up in.
Year 8 had a practical lesson using molecular kits to build a molecular formula. Students had to interpret the formula, which consists of the chemical symbols for the constituent elements describing the number of atoms of each element present in the molecule, and then build the molecules.
During Term 2 the Year 9 Design and Technology class have been completing a unit of work, Party Business. The unit involves the context areas of Food Technologies as well as Information and Communication Technologies.
The Design Brief for the unit is to develop a business plan and portfolio of ideas for a company who runs children’s parties.
Konnichiwa! This term, Japanese students have been re-focussing their efforts on talking in Japanese. Enjoy hearing a snippet of our Year 8 students’ conversation about family. Can you guess what they are saying?
Year 9 students have been studying surrealism this semester and linking their theoretical knowledge to their conceptual practice. They created surrealist self-portraits based on their subconscious and dreams.
This term, as part of their technology elective, students in Special Education 4 have been engaged in learning about coding using Tynker.
Students created their very own 2-player game using the Tynker physics engine, which simulates gravity so that a projectile will move in an arc, just like it would in real life!
SE2 have thoroughly enjoyed their technology (mandatory) practical lessons this year and all students have participated in making food items including Smartie cookies, beef hamburgers, sausage rolls, egg, pea & ricotta pasta and Chinese fried rice.
SE1 are having a very productive Term 3. Students love using our Zones of Regulation posters as a way of communicating their feelings to their peers and teachers. Most of the time students stay in the Green Zone in our very happy class.
During Term 2, students in SE2 participated in a visual arts unit, Fantasy Masks. Students made preliminary designs of their ideas for their masks. Referring to their designs, they then modified their masks by cutting away sections or adding other materials such as cardboard and papier mâché. Students enjoyed painting and decorating their work.
After launching new programs within the school, the SRC was excited to announce recent developments to our Lung Cancer initiative.
On Tuesday 25th August, the SRC hosted a Lung Cancer initiative in memory of our Teacher Librarian Mrs Riordan, who passed earlier this year due to Lung Cancer.
We are pleased to inform you that over the past two weeks, students in Year 9 have met with an allocated mentor to discuss future short- and long-term goals.
This experience provided students with the opportunity to discuss their individual learning progress and time to discuss any wellbeing issues where assistance, as well as guidance, may be required.
Mindfulness is about focusing attention on the present and in so doing, makes us less vulnerable to unhelpful emotions which are triggered by thoughts of the past or worries for the future.
Our school counsellors and myself, in collaboration with Mr Papangelis, Head Teacher Wellbeing, and the Wellbeing Team, are working with a small group of girls from Years 9 and 10 on mindfulness practice to build resilience and self-esteem, founded in positive psychology.
It is so pleasing to see our Year 7 students back at school, heads down in class and working hard.
As we approach Term 4 our students have had the opportunity to experience many new and exciting subjects. Some highlights include: digging in the archaeological dig site, cooking nutritious meals, constructing patchwork cushions in textiles, caring for the school garden, constructing items in wood and metal work and learning to play a variety of musical instruments.
Year 8 have made fantastic progress throughout the term and are settling back into their regular routines at Port Hacking High School.
COVID stopped us all from playing against other schools for Thursday sport but it hasn’t stopped us from playing each other and having fun!
Some of our year 10 students playing a friendly game of oz tag this week in the beautiful sunshine.
The ‘Class of 2021’ have returned from remote learning with determination and have worked themselves back into a positive routine this term.
Term 3 has been an especially important one for the cohort, with the election of the 2021 prefect team taking clear focus. The speeches were highly competitive, and the quality of the candidates were brilliant.
To our Year 12 cohort,
As you approach the final days of high school, use these final weeks as a way to reflect on your experiences over the past six years. Reflect on the many friendships you have formed, the good times and the bad, the best classes and excursions you experienced.