James Busby High School

Term 4, Week 5, 2020

Important Dates

From the Principal

Welcome to the next instalment of our e-Newsletter.

Our staff are continuing to work hard as we reach the half way point of the term. They are to be congratulated and commended for the many ways in which they engage your children in curricula and extra curricula experiences. Many of which you have been able to view on our Facebook page.

Our 2020 Year 12 cohort have now completed their HSC and eagerly await their result while they contemplate ‘where to next’. We are so proud of how they conducted themselves during this very important exam period. The HSC supervisors were incredibly pleased with the manner in which students approached this very stressful period. We are also thankful that they can also look forward to graduation and their formal.

 Our school has always been and remains dedicated to the learning and wellbeing of all students, which is reflected daily in the highly professional and caring behaviour of staff and the impressive achievements our students make each and every day.

 I am proud of our school and the journey we are on with you to educate your children to help give them the best opportunities in life.

 I would again, also like to take this opportunity to remind our school community of our student expectations:

 At James Busby High School students are expected to:

 ·         Arrive at school on time

·         Be in uniform.

·         Have all equipment necessary for learning.

·         Be on time for and attend all lessons.

·         Be respectful.

·         Follow all requests respectfully.

·         Be safe and respectful on the playground and in the classroom.

·         Strive for excellence.

·         Proudly represent the school.


Ms Olimpia Bartolillo



In a year like no other NAIDOC Week celebrations were moved from July to November.  Although students did not gather as a community involving different schools Aboriginal /Torres Strait Islander culture was celebrated.

As a school students viewed several clips and messages during pastoral care lessons involving a Welcome to Country by some of our ATSI students and hearing some dreamtime tales.  There was a colouring in competition that was open to all.  We had some excellent submissions and the judges had a tough task. Congratulations to our winners:

Winners: Jayden Goundar and Rihanna El Foul.

2nd Place : Jonathan Nguyen  and Shelly De Gabriel.

3rd Place:  Richard Rapana,  Bilet Qeryo,  Jayden Prasad and  Mustafa Assaad.


ATSI students had several opportunities to engage in cultural activities and celebrate their heritage.  Students painted Boomerangs, completed artwork on canvas, made bookmarks.  There was a special lunch pack for ATSI students on Wednesday and some traditional games.

The James Busby community thoroughly enjoyed celebrating Aboriginal culture and learning a lot about the traditional owners of this land.

Special thanks go to Ms Shukla, Ms Narayan, Mr Schafer and Mr Ayo and other staff who supported the week and made these great things possible.

True to this year’s theme:  ALWAYS WAS. ALWAYS WILL BE.

Our NAIDOC Art winners

Wana- Indigenous games for NAIDOC Week

The story behind the game "Wana"

The young Noongar girls in the southwest of Western Australia had many games they played just among themselves because after a certain age they were not permitted to play with the boys of the camp. In one of their games, a piece of stick was placed on the ground to represent a nhoba (baby). Each girl had to defend her child from the wanas (digging sticks) of the other girls -- all of whom pretended to try and attack the nhoba. Wanas were thrown from all sides at the young 'mother', all of which she tried to fend off with her own stick. The mother held her wana between her thumb and forefinger, putting it over her head, behind her back, against her side, in whatever direction the missiles came, thus learning to defend her young ones. In real adult fights, women sometimes stood beside their husbands and warded off the kidjas (spears) of their enemies.


Before playing, our students were given a recount of the origins of this game. They were in awe of the women fighting alongside their husbands to protect their children. Storytelling always was and always will be a strong part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Let's not forget the generations who played this game, the stories told and the fun that's been had.

NAIDOC Week Activities

Introducing our Prefect Body for 2020/21

Earlier this term, an election was held to vote for our 2020/21 Prefects. 

Congratulations to the following students:


Danyella Beeto

Adam Rahif


Jesse-Lee Peni

Izayah Pritchard


Kawthar Al Rabeii

Charlotte Mensah

Julia Nguyen

Nikki Pham

Claudia Phonsavathdy

Carleigh Pukawa

Ayeesha Raman

Our newly elected prefects look forward to implementing a range of whole school initiatives and conducting events during the rest of this year and next. I am so proud of the commitment and dedication they have demonstrated in their role so far.

Once again, I congratulate them and look forward to working alongside them.

Ms A Ramsay

Prefect Coordinator

Our newly elected Prefects

2020/21 Prefects

Our Prefect's Pledges

It is an absolute honour to have been elected as Captain of 2021, and as a senior representative of the students and the school in the wider community, I, alongside the prefect body, promise to make JBHS a better place for learning, sharing, bonding and growing – so that we as the class of 2021 can help leave a legacy that each and every one of us can be proud of and become the people we hope to be today. And as Martin Luther King Jr once said: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus”

Danyella Beeto


Hello, my name is Adam Rahif and I’m one of James Busby High School’s school captains for 2021. It is an absolute honour to have been given this opportunity. I will continue to uphold the values of the school at all times. I can’t wait to be undertake this role alongside my fellow captain, vice captains and prefects. Don’t be afraid to talk to me!

Adam Rahif

As a member of the prefect body, I promise to help uphold the school values of excellence, equality, respect, and safety, so that the representatives of JBHS can paint a positive image of our school’s students.

Charlotte Mensah

As a member of the Prefect Body and a Well-being Ambassador, I will set a good example and be a good role model to the younger students of the school, so that we, as the representatives of JBHS, can paint a good example of the students of our school.

*** “Great leaders don’t tell you what to do. They show you how it’s done.” — Unknown.

Nikki Pham

Being your prefect of 2021 I promise that I will uphold the school values with pride and commitment and I am proud that you have chosen me to represent the students of James Busby High School.

Carleigh Pukawa

I just want to say how honoured I am to be a school prefect in 2021. I will always lead by this quote “Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set to make a difference. It’s never about the role – always about the goal.”

Ayeesha Raman

Being a leader is not just about working by yourself but a person who has the ability to work with others to achieve a main goal. Like it’s said, there is no “I” in team.

Kawthur Al Rabeii


As a prefect of 2021 I am grateful that I am able to help my peers of James Busby High School as a leader.

Claudia Phonsavathdy


A great leader is someone that takes action and understands that to achieve such goals, one has to be willing to work alongside other and be prepared to go through the challenges till the end, and such leader is what I aspire to be.



The creation of change happens with just one step. I believe by striving for the respect, equality, equity, excellence and safety our achievements are endless.



Remembrance Day

This year at 11am on the 11th of November 2020, marks the 102nd anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War. The war was costly for Australia, and there was not a household without a family member or friend in uniform; many of whom did not return home.

 Sadly, this was not the war to end all wars. Australia soon found itself at war again and again serving across the globe in major conflicts and peace-keeping groups.

 To honour the service and sacrifice of our servicemen and women, enthusiastic Year 9 History students participated in a Remembrance Day Service, laying a wreath and poppies in our Memorial Garden.

 The Memorial Garden located next to the office is a quiet place of reflection and respect to the fallen. Designed and built by Year 12 Design and Technology students in 2015, the garden features various Anzac and Remembrance stone plaques, artwork and a metal silhouette of a soldier. Situated in the middle of the garden is a stunning pine tree descended from the original Lone Pine tree at Gallipoli following the devastating Battle of Lone pine in August 1915.

 The Year 9 History students also created a visual wall display in the library, to educate fellow students about Remembrance Day. It featured poppies and photos of soldiers, nurses and civilians celebrating the cessation of hostilities on the 11th of November 1918.

 As we endeavour to prevent wars from occurring, we must continue to remember and honour the sacrifice of so many of our servicemen and women.


“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.”


Lest We Forget

Year 8 Numeracy

In Term 4 our Year 8 Numeracy students are participating in a Tiny House project. Students have viewed a variety of Tiny House designs, discussed the pros & cons of small scale living, and are currently applying their own understanding of perimeter, area and scale to create unique designs for a Tiny House, individually or in small groups. Students began with a floor plan and walls to design, and have just started constructing their 3D models. Mr Hernandez and Ms Shukla have shared pictures of the collaborative and creative work going on in their numeracy classes. Well done Year 8 students, we can't wait to see the finished products!

Year 8 Numeracy at work

Year 10A Science

Science Project for the Topic: Searching for ET. Students worked in groups to make models to supplement their knowledge and understanding of the expanding universe. Students enjoyed working in groups and came up with creative ideas and showcased their ideas to their peers in class. I am very proud of my year 10s for their effort and determination towards their learning.

Mrs Kumar

Year 10A Science in the Lab

H & G Coffee Club's GRAND opening, a GRAND success!

It was the day before Halloween. Remove any cobwebs in the classroom as our Stage 6 students prepare themselves for the biggest day on the Food Technology calendar, H & G Coffee Club's Grand Opening. Cookies were baked, spiders were made, and coffee orders were ready to be pumped through our doors. Cheers all around as Mrs. Bartolillo unveiled H & G's plaque and the prestigious ribbon cutting was performed by our very own Tadeu Tong. This fortnightly Project Based Learning initiative teaches our students essential work and communication skills, as well as working collaboratively to prepare, market, produce and deliver coffee and treats to their eagerly awaiting teachers. Whether it's a skinny cap or an extra shot almond flat white, our young baristas are up for any challenge. Get your orders in and ready, we've got a few tricks up our sleeves for some amazing treats.

Sending a big thank you to Ms. Samuel and Mrs. Mlinaric for putting time and energy into making this initiative a success for all our students.

O. Pham

H and G Coffee Club's GRAND opening

Year 11 HSC readiness sessions

 On Tuesday 3rd November, Year 11 started off Year 12 with a positive skills session! They focused on:

* Basic HSC requirements

* Resources available to our students both at school and home

* Technology: email; google suite and microsoft 365

* Goal setting

* Importance or organisation, planning, study, study techniques etc

 When we surveyed this students they said they liked:

 'the interactive and calming aspects of the presentation'

 'The information was straight forward and straight to the point'

 'The useful ways for us to succeed in our HSC'

 'Learning about the different things that are available to us for to use'

 'It helped me learn how to study'

Trendy little designers alert

Did you know that tie-dye is one of the most ancient forms of decorating cloth, with roots in India, Japan, Indonesia, and West Africa? What's more interesting is that this ancient form of cloth decorating is one of the biggest trends of 2020. Our Year 10 designers capitalised on this trend by creating their own collection of tie-dye T-shirts. Each shirt was meticulously created with the designer's favourite colours in mind. Not afraid to get their hands dirty, they mixed, washed, splashed and aired their shirts to perfection. Proud of their designs, Bilet Qeryo and May Tran are seen showcasing their T-shirts made in Ms. Devi's Design and Technology class. Well done ladies! 

Staff Vs Students Basketball Match

Staff: 1, Seniors: 0

To start the Staff vs Seniors Sports Series for 2021, our staff team have picked up where they left off after the dominant 2020 series. On Thursday 12 November, the new Year 12 cohort got a taste of why JBHS staff have never lost a sports series... ever! The senior students were comprehensively defeated 20 to 7 in a basketball match, which makes it one nil in the four-match sports series. There were some positives to take away from the defeat for the students, with Josiah Toafa providing glimpses of hope with a few fast breaks, however the staff proved that experience and team work are invaluable traits for a winning side. Staff were led once again by the fiery flame-haired Mr Daniel Ayo, with his unstoppable euro-stepping layups; a fitting performance from the Player-of-the-Match, as it was sadly the last time we got to see Mr Ayo lace up for the Staff team. Glad we could send him off on a good note!

The next match in the series will be Soccer, taking place in Term 1, 2021.

Better luck next time, seniors!

Book Week - Curious Creatures Wild Minds

Book Week Winners

Year 12 Hospitality

Year 9 Food Technology

Year 12 VET Construction

Cooking up a storm!

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