Congratulations to State athletics competitors

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Feb 212017

The recent NSW Youth and Junior Athletic Championships were held at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre. These championships bring together the best youth and junior athletes in NSW as well as visiting athletes from other States.

Four students from SGHS competed at the championships achieving some incredible results. Erica Tillman and Nathalie Avery both received gold medals in their respective events; Erica was placed 1st in the U18 Triple Jump with a best jump of 11.44m. She also placed 3rd in the U18 High Jump. Nathalie Avery won the U15 100m defending her title from last year.

The other athletes to compete were Megan Tillman and Natasha Rudder who also performed very well throughout the championships. All the girls will now be training hard for the Australian Youth and Junior Championships to be held in Sydney at the end of March. A full list of results is included below.

Erica Tillman: U18 Triple Jump 1st, U18 High Jump 3rd, U18 100m hurdles 5th and U18 Long Jump 5th.

Megan Tillman: U18 Triple Jump 6th, U18 High Jump 6th, U18 Javelin 5th and U18 Long Jump 6th.

Nathalie Avery: U15 100m 1st, U15 200m 10th.

Natasha Rudder: U20 200m 8th.

See a Gallery of competitors here

Back to School with the ABC may be of interest to parents and carers

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Feb 032017

Dear NSW Schools, This week the ABC went Back to School along with thousands of students, teachers and parents across NSW.ABC

Below you will find links to several of our most popular Back to School radio segments and online stories with practical tips and tricks to make the start of the school year as smooth as possible.
Please feel free to share this information with your students and parents, on your Facebook page or in your e-newsletter. We’ll continue our Back to School coverage for another week with more great stories and interviews.

Radio segments from ABC Radio Sydney

Wendy Harmer: Kids bring home from school a lot more than homework

Wendy talks to the President of the School Nurses Association about head lice, measles, warts and other nasties, and some common remedies.

Richard Glover: How to deal with an entitled teen

Author and adolescent psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg and researcher Elly Robinson talk about the challenges of being a parent to a teenage girl.

James Valentine: What to do about heavy backpacks

How do you deal with those heavy backpacks that kids always seem to have?

Robbie Buck: Back to School and bullying

CEO of ReachOut Jono Nicholas talks about navigating new friends and playground politics.

Online stories

Back to School: What it’s like being six years old and in a wheelchair

Meet six-year-old Maddy who had diastrophic dysplasia, a rare form of dwarfism that affects joints in her body and her mobility. But her disability does not stop her from tottering about the classroom or doing wheelies around the playground.

Kids grow taller in the holidays than during school term, says health scientist

If you felt like your kids grew like a beanstalk during the summer holidays you’d be right says health scientist Timothy Olds.

Sydney Children’s Hospital School balances education, health care for sick students

Olivia Wood has cystic fibrosis, and has started high school at Sydney Children’s Hospital School in Randwick.

Podcasts that are great for kids

Mindfully: a guided mediation for kids

Short and Curly: An ethics podcast for kids

Podcasts that are great for parents and teachers

Head Room with James Valentine

TGIF with Richard Glover

Conversations with Richard Fidler 

You can listen to ABC Radio Sydney online, on digital radio, on the ABC Radio App or tune into 702 AM radio.

You can also see the latest Back to School stories via #backtoschoolabc on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Wishing you all the best for the new school year,


ABC Radio Sydney

Congratulations on outstanding HSC results at SGHS

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Dec 162016

Congratulations to all students who completed their HSC year and gained the skills for future years. Some outstanding results were achieved this year, with 17 band 6 results and 46 band 5 results.

Relieving Principal, Greg Court gave credit to the hard work and dedication of both teachers and students in making these results possible.

We want to congratulate the students on all they have achieved in the exams this year, but also thank their family and the staff for the work they have done behind the scenes to support these young people in reaching their goals”, he said.

The students’ year adviser, Vanessa Fraser praised the spirit of cooperation among the students who did so well, saying “they were good friends who encouraged and supported each other through their studies. When they found work difficult or stressful, they were not only able to speak to their teachers but they could rely on their friends to explain the tricky concepts, or be there to listen”.

The Head Teacher of Teaching and Learning at South Grafton High, Peter Johnstone noted that, “what is pleasing is that so many of our students achieved their personal milestones and have been enabled to go on to pursue careers they have chosen for themselves.”

Jai Brown who achieved an ATAR of 98.35 was extremely pleased with his results and acknowledged that “hard work goes a long way”. Jai has been aiming for an Engineering course, while Thomas Lancaster with an ATAR of 93.65 is also hoping for Engineering.

Hayley Duroux praised the Norta Norta program saying “it was really good with teachers who were supportive and easy to access”. Hayley is aiming to study Nursing at SCU.

Kiara Hankinson is keen to pursue her fabulous talent in Animation and Griffith University; Corey Hunt is keened to pursue his career as a Geneticist; Angela Beshaw is aiming for Architecture; and Bersheena Burnett has to decide between a double degree in Criminology and Law or Teaching.

Sixteen Indigenous students matriculated this year. Of the sixteen, five students achieved Band 4’s and one student achieved band 5. Three students are completing school-based traineeships at Clarence Valley Council while studying for a Certificate II in Business Studies. Several Indigenous students have received early entry into the universities of their choice


New Trade Skills Centre opened by MP Kevin Hogan

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Dec 142016
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Presentation Day 2016

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Dec 122016

SGHS Presentation day will be held at 10.00 am on Tuesday 13th December. Students will receive their end of year academic awards, and student performances will entertain the audience.  All parents and carers are asked to be seated by 9:50am.

Cuberider Skype with Mission Control

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Dec 092016

UPDATE rocket has reached NASA space station orbiting Earth.

Today sees the launch of the NASA space station payload from Japan and SGHS students and GHS students have coded experiments for this. We have worked hard with coding in Python of experiments to test in Space. Students are taking pat in a Skype session with GHS students for the launch. Check out Cuberider #Mission2016 Launch.

Cuberider Launch Party at GHS


Awards for winners

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Dec 082016

The Academic Achievement Prize Draw was drawn at the school assembly on Thursday with winners receiving $25 Target voucher courtesy of the SRC. Winners were Makayla Nicholl (Year 9), Megan Tillman (Year 10), Simone Thompson (Year 10) and Ben Liyou (Year10).

Film Competition 2017

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Dec 072016

Simply make a <5min short film or documentary with an ability/disability theme and submit by June 30, 2017. Our website is now up to date with the 2017 details. Whilst there you can still watch all of our 194 2016 finalists.FLYER-FocusOnAbilityFilComp2017