SGHS wins Regional Science Engineering Challenge

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Apr 062017

A group of year 9 and 10 Science students, along with Mr Lehman attended the regional Science Engineering Challenge at Woolgoolga High School on Tuesday 4/4/17.

Bridge, Flatpack, Catapult, Towers, Grasping at Straws, Mars Rover, Electracity, and a few other challenges were completed in groups and SGHS were declared the overall winner.


NESA and new standards for HSC

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Mar 202017

Important information for parents of current year 9 students at NSW schools.

“Stronger HSC Standards reforms announced by the NSW Government require that from 2020, Year 12 students must reach a minimum standard of functional literacy and numeracy for award of the HSC credential.

Students can demonstrate they have met the standard by achieving a pass in new online reading, writing and numeracy tests, first available to students in Year 10 in 2018.

The standard is set at a practical level, mapped against the Australian Core Skills Framework Level 3 – a nationally agreed standard of functional literacy and numeracy…….

From this year, early identification and support for students most at risk of not achieving the minimum standard will be available through the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Strategy 2017-2020.”- Chief Executive Officer NESA (formerly BOSTES)

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Mar 082017
 We are proud to announce that our school has registered a pledge to create 1000 stars to support the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence -Schools Stars Challenge.
Miss Peisley and our Student Support Officer, Sarah have created a group who will be weaving stars to raise awareness about bullying and violence in relationships. All students are welcome to come along at lunchtime in B6 (every Tuesday) to help weave stars.
Once we reach our target the stars will be sent to Queensland to contribute to an art installation that will be on display at the Commonwealth Games in 2018!
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Success at Qld Athletic Championships- Go the Blues!

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Mar 022017

Success at Qld Athletic Championships- Go the Blues!

Last weekend two of our students, Nathalie Avery and Natasha Rudder competed in the Qld Athletic Championships. Natasha was striving to get a qualifying time for the Australian Junior Athletic Championships to be held in Sydney at the end of February. Under trying conditions where the track was reversed because of strong headwinds, Natasha ran a great race but was unsuccessful in achieving the time required. She will now focus on the Oceania Regional Championships to be held in Fiji later in the year.

Nathalie Avery competed in the Girls U15 100m sprint. After a strong performance in her heat, Nathalie was the fastest qualifier for the final. In the final she had an excellent start and led the field to take first place, adding the Queensland Championship to her NSW championship. She will now focus on the NSW Little A’s State Championships to be held in mid-March, followed by the Australian Junior Athletic Championships to be held at the end of March. Erica and Megan Tillman will also be competing in these championships.

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Swimming Carnival Results

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Feb 242017

On Wednesday 15th February our swimming carnival was held at the Grafton Olympic Pool. It was a great success with a large number of students participating. The results are shown below:

ALPHA – 392, BETA – 214 , GAMMA – 508, DELTA – 244

Age Champions – Girls: Viola Campbell 12, Montanna Petch 13, Charlotte Cooper 14, Isabelle Lancaster 15, Laynae Okkonen 16, Kirstian Knight 17+. Boys: Lachlan Wilcox 12, Nathan Banks 13, Matthew Barker 14, Finn Ellaby 15, Scott Rose 16, Nathanial Okkonen 17+.

Dux of SGHS 2016

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Feb 212017

Congratulations to Jai Browne on his excellent resultsJaiBrownReceivingDUX-cert-14-2-2017
and becoming Dux of SGHS in 2016


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