The Friends' School

High School Information 28.07.2017

Welcome to Term 3 in the High School
Tuesday saw the return of staff and students to the High School for the start of what poses to be a busy term.
Parents of students in Years 9 and 10 would have received separate correspondence earlier this week from the respective Heads of Year Group outlining key events for these groups this term. For our Years 9 and 10 students, the process of Subject Selection will dominate much of early discussions this term. Year 10 students are reminded that Subject Selection choice forms are due Tuesday 8 August and students are encouraged to discuss learning pathways with their subject teachers.
More generally speaking, students can look forward to new co-curricular activities coming online, the Athletics Carnival scheduled for Tuesday 22 August, and working hard to master Semester 2 skills and content. Please do not hesitate to contact Tutors and/or Heads of School should you have any queries or concerns about the term ahead.

The respective Heads of House are:
Hodgkin and Year 7:           Paul Goodluck
Unwin and Year 8:              Kim Rowlands
Mather and Year 9:            Joe Cairns
Ransome and Year 10:      Lou Giudici

Japanese Celebration Day
We will be conducting our Japanese Celebration Day in the High School on Wednesday 2 August at lunchtime. August in Japan sees the onset of many festivals throughout the country, most notably the Obon Festival in honour of ones ancestors. We will draw inspiration from this traditional festival to offer various Japanese foods for sale in the under-cover area near the High School Foods room, with prices ranging from $2 to $3. (All the profits will be donated to selected School charity programs). Nausicaa, a popular Ghibli studio animation will be shown in the Lecture Theatre from 1.05pm and lantern making will take place in the Student Common Room area. We encourage students and staff to join us!

SBS National Language Competition 
The Language Faculty would like to bring the SBS National Language Competition to the focus of all High School and Clemes students:
This competition celebrates diversity and contributes to the social inclusion and cross-cultural understanding of all Australians- linguistically, sociologically and culturally. It is open for all students aged to 18 years who are learning a language/s other than English.
To enter students will need to upload a video (maximum 30 seconds) describing ‘What learning a language means to you?’ The video is to be in any language other than English and the more creative the better.
Students are to consider: What do you like about the language you are learning? Why did you decide to learning this language? Be creative: Perhaps you want to sing a song, act out something, dress up in the national costume, or simply describe your love for languages.
There will be four grand prize winners who will each receive:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch 256 GB for the winner and one for his or her school
  • Full days pass to Luna Park in Sydney for two! (Travel and accommodation included)

Entries close 1 September 2017.
For more information visit the website, or contact the Acting Head of Languages, Maria Vagunda.

Psychology Survey for Old Scholar, Jessica Graham
Honours student and Old Scholar, Jessica Graham, as part of the Honours program in Psychology at the University of Tasmania, will be conducting a short survey with Year 8 students in Peter Appleton’s Humanities classes. The purpose of this study is to see how children respond when they see messages written by different people in different ways through the use of text messaging. The findings of this study will also be written up in a thesis as a part of Jess Graham’s Honours degree, and eventually in a scientific journal article. Participating students received a permission letter earlier this week and will complete the online survey in their lessons on Tuesday 1 August.

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