Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending the Children University Passport graduation evening at Newcastle University.
This year we had over 35 children involved in this program which involved children receiving time for activities inside and outside of school. The children all graduated from the program after their hours were clocked up via in school and outside of school activities, and they all enjoyed the disco and food festivities afterwards.
It was wonderful to see all of the children and families make the time to attend the event at Newcastle and also be involved in this program. We have again indicated our wish to be involved and I know Mrs White is keen to have this event on again.
Special mention to Holly Doran who has received an award from the University of Newcastle for the most hours recorded in Australia – Holly recorded over 1000 hours for the program so far, and this has been calculated over the last 3 yrs. This means she has clocked up over 1000 hours of organised activities either in school (debating, music, strings, choir etc.) or outside of school. This was an amazing feat, and she received a special award off the Vice Chancellor of the University.
Children`s University Awards
Gold fellowship Holly D Silver Doctorate Mackenzie H-B Silver Degree Thomas D Bronze Certificates Youmei H, Mikayla H, Seth H, Cassidy l, Emily S, Callum S, Molly S. Gold Awards Thomas B, Kianna G, Christian K, Hugo O, Diep V. Silver Awards lillian J, Abbey P, Breanna R, Cash S, Violet Tabone. Bronze Awards Malocai H-M, Dian H, Olivia H, Riley I, Christopher J. Amber A, Riley N, Gaythari S, Archie S.
The school held our Annual Remembrance ceremony last Monday in the COLA. Our leaders all delivered strong and moving speeches including poems, recitals and aspects of the original Armistice back in 1918. It was also important to remember the role played by all Australians in this time, considering the country had a population of 4 million and yet over 300000 people enlisted.
The children also learnt about the many orphaned children from the Western Front who had lost families during the war, and some of these children were brought back to Australia. This is another example of how amazing our soldiers are and the humanity shown during this time.
Bears to School
Last week the school received an amazing gesture from a former student. The Bears to School program has been supported by Soldier On, the RSL of Australia and the National Servicemen’s Association. A bear was donated to our school by a former student and now serviceman Mr Luke Jones. Luke was very kind in writing to our school and highlighted his time here at Wyong back in the year 2000, with a Mr Reece, whom some of our staff recalled working with.
PTE Jones has served in Iraq as a rifleman and was badly injured during his time, and has since participated in the INVICTUS games in Sydney and two other international sporting events in Volleyball, seated Discus and Powerlifting.
The Bear donated to our school is an effigy of LT Thomas Hendy one of the first pilots in the Australian Air Force. Further information can be found at anzacbears.com.au where you can hear stories about the servicemen and women.
This is a wonderful gift and the letter along with the bear will be displayed in the front office.
Fundraiser Mufti Day – Kara’mae Flett
One of our students has qualified for NSW PSSA Athletics in shot put and discus. Kara’mae has made the team to participate at the School Sport Australia Athletics competition.
The school will be supporting the family to make the trip to Melbourne and also as a school we are holding a Mufti-Day for her.
This will be a gold coin donation on Wednesday 21st November (this week) 2018.
This is a wonderful achievement from a very talented young lady and we wish her all the very best for her trip to Melbourne.
The next issue of the school newsletter will be sent out as a digital copy. You will receive a notification from the school app or alternately the newsletter can be accessed through the school website https://wyong-p.schools.nsw.gov.au/ There will be limited copies printed which can be collected from the front office.