Muswellbrook HS Newsletter

Term 4 No: 1

Principals Report

Principals Report - Term 4


It is so wonderful to be working alongside our hardworking staff and students who love their high school! I enjoy leading Muswellbrook HS and I am grateful to the warm welcome back I have received this Term.

A huge thank you to Mrs. Christine Fairweather for her outstanding job as relieving Principal during Terms 2 and 3. Thank you also to Mrs. Nicole Thompson and Mr. Dan O’Hara for their support of Mrs. Fairweather whilst in the role and for their ongoing support at Muswellbrook HS.

Mr. Scott Copland continues to remain on sick leave for the remainder of 2019. Muswellbrook High School will work with three Deputy Principals for the remainder of the year, supporting the learning and wellbeing of all our students.


Congratulations to all of our YR. 12 students who completed their secondary schooling, including the nine ATSI students. Research strongly supports that future quality of life and employment opportunities are directly correlated to the completion of education. I am always grateful to the support above and beyond that our staff will go to ensure our Stage 6 students have the best support for their HSC. Thank you to the HSC teachers who willingly put their own family plans on hold to ensure that they are available to our students during the holidays and throughout the study vacation period. Thank you to the Stage 6 Team – Mrs. Laura Martin, Mrs. Lauren Gallagher and Mrs. Dana Hogan. This team have ensured all students have been well prepared for these external exams and the level of communication via social media and phone contact is unprecedented. Thank you to the support of Muswellbrook Council Library team, led by Muswellbrook Library Coordinator Dion Hockley and Nattapong (Taytae) Teerakaew from UoN for their willingness to work with our school to ensure our students are comfortable and at ease.

Thank you to HSC supervisor Mrs. Tracy Pengelly and her team of highly professional and supportive exam supervisors who continue to ensure our students have a calm and supportive environment in which to do their best.

The HSC results will be released 17 December. Our staff and careers advisor, Mrs. Sonya McDonald, will be available to students, if they wish to finalise future plans – please make contact with us.

Congratulations to our two Music students – Brady Cavanagh and Aiden Powell, and also to their dedicated teacher, Mrs. Martin, for their selection into the prestigious Reprise HSC concert. It is outstanding to have even one student elected but to have two students from a school is exceptional – well done!

Enrolment Policy

The DoE has always utilised an enrolment policy. This is needed to ensure that places are set aside for local students who may enrol during the year. Most recently this policy has been revised.

Each school is allocated a designated intake area and each school has an enrolment cap (the number of students that can be enrolled based on permanent accommodation), which is centrally determined. The school’s enrolment cap is the number of students that may be accommodated based on the number of permanent classrooms. Schools that have exceeded their enrolment cap will not enrol non-local students, unless required by the Director Educational Leadership. Non-local enrolment applications are from students residing outside the school’s designated intake area.

The department’s NSW Public School Finder tool locates a school and displays its designated intake areas. The School Finder will locate schools by name or from a residential address entered on the website.

Muswellbrook High School will always enrol students who permanently reside within the school’s intake area. The revised policy clarifies the enrolment rights for siblings of non-local students. The selection criteria for any non-local enrolment panel will give priority to siblings of existing students where possible. Siblings of currently enrolled students who were local when enrolled but are now non-local because of boundary changes are also entitled to enrol. The policy also says that schools can enrol students who are out of our local intake area if there are exceptional circumstances. These circumstances should be determined on a case by case basis by the school’s placement panel.

School Upgrades

Upon returning to Term 4, I am overjoyed at the new works that have been completed. All facility upgrades result in greater utilisation of existing facilities and are more aesthetically pleasing, which is always a bonus. During Term 3 and the holiday period new flooring has been laid in most rooms in B, C, D and A block. The old infant’s school defunct toilet facilities have been converted into PE change rooms, an upgrade to the main toilet block (better lighting, freshly painted and tiled) and storage constructed in the Neate Theatre. We have converted a storeroom into a disabled toilet to accommodate student needs and provide a much wanted facility.

Thank you to the students and staff for their patience with the disruptions as the work was being completed. The school has more works in the pipeline which we hope to have complete during the end of year holiday period. It is always great to hear past students return as wither visitors or parents and to hear their comments about how great the school looks and ‘we didn’t have that when I was here?’.


I am overjoyed at the strong student leadership team elected as our Captains, Vice Captains and Prefects, and I am excited to work alongside them in 2020. This student team already have demonstrated and proven commitment to the improvement of Muswellbrook HS. I know that they will work well together to raise our expectations even higher. Ms. Ashlee Smeeth has been our SRC co-ordinator during 2019. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms. Smeeth for her passion and commitment to our student leadership team. Mrs. Michelle Farrell has now taken on this whole school role and I appreciate her willingness to demonstrate her leadership. In the junior school, the SRC consists of 6 representative from each cohort.

This is a full time of year as we move towards electing new students into the student leadership team. The timeline for the elections are as follows:

Week 2: SRC nominations open and close Tuesday week 3.

Week 7: successful nominates announced at the whole school assembly.

Week 9: SRC inducted and badged at the student Achievement Awards Assembly

Sincere condolences

On behalf of Muswellbrook HS staff and students, we would like to pass on our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Barry French (Uncle Charlie). His gentle concern and his willingness to represent his culture and community at many formal school functions over many years have been greatly appreciated. It is indeed a privilege to have known such a great man. 

Elizabeth Bate


Positive Education Day 2019

Being celebrated on 5th November at MHS

The theme for Positive Education Day is Colour Your Threads for PosEd. Students and teachers are invited to wear colourful clothes to make Positive Education visible in schools. This we hope will spark some great conversations between students and school staff about ways they can improve their own wellbeing and the wellbeing of those around them.

Positive Education Day aims to raise awareness and understanding of Positive Education within schools and the wider community, and to encourage students, teachers and others to learn and talk about how to grow their own wellbeing and support the wellbeing of their families and friends.

Schools across Australia are at varying stages of their Positive Education Journey, and we encourage all schools to collaborate and share their experiences. More advanced schools may wish to consider mentoring a school in their area which is taking its first PosEd steps – wellbeing thrives when shared!

Students are encouraged to make a gold coin donation, which will be used to support the Positive Education journey of disadvantaged schools across Australia. In 2018, donations from the day were used to send five teachers from resource constrained schools across Australia to the PESA 2018 National Conference.

Muswellbrook High School is now using Skoolbag App. To stay up to date with what's happening in the school, please click on the above 'Skoolbag App' and you'll be redirected to where the app can be uploaded for free.

Stage 6

Stage 6 - Term 4

Year 12

The Higher School Certificate Examinations commenced last week.

They are being held offsite at the Muswellbrook Library and TEC building. 

The HSC timetable can be accessed on the NESA website or via the link

If you have any questions please contact the school and speak with Mrs Martin.

We wish Year 12 every success in their Examinations.

Year 11

Liquor Accord 

On November 14th, Year 11 students will attend seminars run by Liquor Accord and a crash scene scenario run by our local Fire Brigade, Police and Ambulance. Students from other Upper Hunter Schools will also attend. This event will be held at Muswellbrook High School during school time, a note will come home soon.

Year 11 Crossroads Excursion

Year 11 have their Mandatory Excursion to Crossroads happening in early December. Payments for this are now overdue, please see the front office if you still owe money.

A detailed note and packing list has gone home to students today, please read and return the medical forms, for school and for the camp.

If you need more information, please contact me on 6543 1033.

Year 11 Mentors

Over the next few weeks, Year 11 students will be nominating teachers to work with them over their final year of study as a mentor. Teacher mentors will be finalised with students by Week 5 Term 4.

Year 11 Prep Room

The Year 12 Prep Room space, is currently being restocked and updated for our incoming Year 12 cohort. This study space for Year 12 students will be available from Week 5, Term 4. All students are required to be in this space during their study periods.

Students will work with Mrs Gallagher in the Prep Room on their assignments, school work and will learn how to build good study habits.

Any questions feel free to contact me on 6543 1033.

Mrs Martin

Stage 6 Head Teacher

Stage 4

Years 7 & 8 Student Progression Plan - outcome

* 89 % of Year 7 and 86 % of Year 8 completed their Student Progression Plan (SPP) Review, with the focus being an attendance comparison from T1 to a combined T1-T3 attendance percentage. Significant improvements were made by many. Year Advisors will complete outstanding reviews during W2 Home Groups.

* Year 7 have made a positive transition to the general playground after 3 terms in the secure boundaries of the Snakepit. 

Years 7 and 8 - Important Dates to Remember

Year 8 Wellbeing Day is scheduled for W5 Friday 15 November. Whilst this day is offsite at Lake Liddell, attendance is expected. Notes and money are due by this Friday 25 October. Please contact Sam Fragar, Assistant Year Advisor, if there are questions or concerns.

* Semester 2 Exams are W5 Monday-Wednesday. Please encourage your child to be prepared with equipment and revise subject course work over the coming weeks.

Sharon Young

Stage 4 Head Teacher

Aboriginal Education

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land the Aboriginal people and pay our respect to the Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge their spiritual connection to country as they hold the memories, tradition and culture.

We must always remember that under the concrete and the asphalt this land is, was and always will be traditional Aboriginal land.

We gather in this special place to continue our learning journey and celebrate students’ achievements.

Congratulations to the Year 12 students of 2019. Well done on your achievements and we wish you well with future journeys. 

Jeremy Coward Cultural Mentoring and Family Wellbeing Program

Jeremy Coward will continue working with the year 9 and 10 male students. Throughout the term Jeremy will be sharing more cultural stories and will have the opportunity to attend a cultural camp with Jeremy.

Jacob Ellis and Raylene Price – OCHRE Opportunity Hub

Jacob and Raylene will be continuing working with our year 7 and 8 male students.

Jacob continues to share his knowledge about Aboriginal culture and Raylene will have further discussions around careers and aspirations.

Weaving Program

This week the Aboriginal male students will be partaking in the Weaving Program. During this term, the students will learn about weaving and the cultural revival of the coiling technique that Aboriginal people used to create objects.

The students are looking forward to working with cultural mentors and learning about coiling and the cultural story behind this.

Aboriginal Mural on K Block wall

Possum Cloak Program

The male Aboriginal students have completed their Possum Cloak. The Cloak was designed by the students and tells the story of preparing the pelts for a cloak, male symbols, cooking possum, tools and the making a knife to use for the cutting of the pelts, wearing possum, about this country, land, mountains, valleys, bush and rivers and the Wedge tailed eagle overlooks the storytelling of the cloak. 

The Cloak is now on display at the Muswellbrook Art Gallery in an Art Exhibition.

Melisa Powell

Aboriginal Student Support Officer

Year 6 Aboriginal Students Meet and Greet

Heart to Heart - Term 3

Heart to Heart is a unique art-based program offering students a window into the power of creativity, mindfulness and connection to others through painting. Through the eight week program, the students were taken on a journey to connect with their spirit, whilst learning the skills and incredible satisfaction of creating a masterpiece of their very own. The girls were immersed in a beautiful experience, as they painted we saw their minds settle and they forget about what’s going on around them. It's mindfulness in action.

Heart to Heart is a team effort – we had a Master Artist, Rebecca Rath and Kerry Lloyd–Jones as the facilitator, Kylie Honor our Aboriginal Education Support Worker and a Youth Mental Health Worker present for the 8 weeks. Every class involved a time for meditation, relaxation and focus exercises to encourage mindfulness to increase calm and emotional regulation. 

During the eight weeks, we saw the students change in a positive way – we saw them grow in confidence, calmness and were able to watch them develop new and lasting friendships within the group. 

The program itself culminated in an exhibition of the students’ art. This was an opportunity to celebrate with special guests chosen by each student (a peer, a family member and a teacher at the school). The students showed pride, self-worth and a reward for their effort. We heard from the parents about what a positive impact the program has had on their daughters’ lives.

Heart to Heart

Sport in Review

Wednesday Sport in Focus

Possible options Year 8-10 students can select

In each newsletter until the end of year, 3  school sports will be featured. In this edition, details included are Herdsman Team, Lawn Bowls and Outdoor Soccer.



Herdsman Team

Students travel by bus to the MHS Agriculture Farm. Here they assist in the maintenance of the farm and the animals.

Students are required to access their own transport home from the School Farm at 3:20pm.

There is no cost associated to Herdsman Team each week, however due to safety reasons students must be accepted into the sport by our Agricultural Teachers.

Lawn Bowls

Students travel by bus to the Muswellbrook RSL Club. Here they have access to the bowling green, where they are able to practice their skills and compete against their peers at a game of Lawn Bowls.

This sport leaves at half time during lunch from the bus shelter

The cost of the sport each week is $2, payable to the supervising teacher before travelling to the venue.

The bus returns students to school for a 3:20pm finish.

Outdoor Soccer

Students walk with their supervising teacher to Victoria Park soccer fields. Here they are able to practice their soccer skills and compete against their peers in a game of soccer.

No previous experience playing soccer is required. There is no cost associated with participation in Outdoor Soccer each week.

Shin pads are supplied for all students, however, students can bring their own if they wish.

Please ensure your child has a hat and adequate water.

There is no cost associated with participation in School Sport.


Year 10 Geography Fieldwork

Nearly 60 of our Year 10 students journeyed to Stockton Beach on Monday 16th September to conduct fieldwork as part of their studies in the Geography topic: Coastal Change and Management.

Students were taken through activities by trained teachers from the Newcastle Wetlands Environmental Education Centre and accompanied by Mr Baird, Mrs Farrell and Mr Burns from the HSIE Faculty of MHS. As well as developing their skills in using a range of fieldwork equipment, students also were able to collect information they will be able to use in the completion of their Research Task into coastal issues which is due Week 1 Term 4. Those students not attending on the day have an alternate virtual fieldwork task to complete, as well as the Research Report.  The temperature this year was much better than last year’s Arctic conditions. Some students even complained they were a bit warm - a problem the student’s last year would have liked.

Student’s collected temperature measurements, collected data on Microplastics, measured the slope of dunes using clinometers and used oranges to see longshore drift in action, among other activities.

The staff from the Wetlands Centre were impressed with our students' behaviour and their application to the tasks. Well done to all for the respect they showed the educators from the Wetlands Centre and for the responsible behaviour evidenced by all teachers present on the day. Congratulations Year 10 on a successful day!



Year 8 Excursion to Muscle Creek

A fantastic learning experience for all students.

On Wednesday 11th September, Students from year 8 traveled to Muscle Creek to study the rehabilitation work being undertaken by the local council.

Our excursion to Muscle Creek was a compulsory competent of the stage 4 geography syllabus. Students completed a variety activities including water testing, bug catching and field sketching. It provided a wonderful learning experience for all involved.

A special thank you to Michael and Tracy from the local council, who volunteered their time to help our year 8 students during the excursion. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all the students who attended the fieldwork day for their excellent behaviour and hard work.

Ben Burns

Year 8 Geography coordinator- HSIE

Study Samurai Library Tip for October

Managing Anxiety During Exams

If you are someone who freezes or has a mental blank during an exam or is overly anxious you may find that the heightened anxiety is reducing your ability to recall.

Remember that being as prepared as possible and not leaving your study until the last minute can make a big difference in reducing anxiety.  Start your study early and make a plan so that you have time to study what you need to without stress. It is also important to note that the more practice tests you do, the more familiar you are with the test so it will be less intimidating and you will be used to working under time limits.

 When you are in the exam if you feel anxious, a good strategy is to close your eyes for a moment and take some long, deep breaths. When you open your eyes do some of the questions you find easy or feel confident about. Meanwhile your subconscious will have a chance to recall the things you are struggling to remember. Another trick is try moving your eyes to different directions, ie looking up and to the left etc. This can also sometimes prompt recall.

You could also seek help from a counsellor for techniques on how to manage stress. You can find lots of strategies for managing stress and anxiety.

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Mathematics News

Mathematics News - What's Happening

It’s exam time. The HSC Mathematics examinations are happening - including the first Mathematics Standard exams. It’s also Yearly examinations for Junior Classes.  

In August over 190 000 students sat the AMT annual Mathematics problem solving competition. Muswellbrook High had over 20 students participate, with our top performer being Koopa Graham (Year 10), who earned a Distinction award. 

Our thanks to Muswellbrook High P&C for continuing to fund our purchase of another class set of text books to resource students in the new Mathematics Standard 2 course.

As well as our Senior Study hall that occurs each Tuesday afternoon in the HUB/Library, for the second year, we are running SAMS on Tuesday and Thursday lunch times.

Student Assisted Maths Study (SAMS) - is run by Yr 11 Students and Ms Turpeinen to help Juniors prepare for their up coming Mathematics Yearly Examinations.

Junior Yearly examinations occur in the MPC. See schedule handed out via roll call. Students need to see their teacher for overview of topics covered and come prepared with pens and a calculator.

Mr Morris

Head Teacher Mathematics

Labor Omni Vincit ~ Work Conquers all

LOTE - Languages Other Than English

Japanese Sydney Excursion

On Thursday September 5th, a group of 25 students studying Japanese from Yrs 8-12 made the four-hour train ride from Muswellbrook to Sydney to participate in a range of Japanese cultural activities. It was a chilly start, meeting at Muswellbrook station at 6AM to kick off our journey. Upon arriving at Central station, it was a quick stop at our hostel to drop off luggage before making our way to the Japan Foundation building in the heart of Sydney. After a short lunch break at the Foundation’s food court, students spent the afternoon experiencing a number of hands-on cultural immersion activities delivered by the enthusiastic staff at the Japan Foundation, all in Japanese. Students participated in activities such as Furoshiki, the traditional Japanese art of fabric wrapping and decorating, designing their own Anime & Manga character and role-playing as hosts and guests in a traditional Japanese houseguest. All useful skills for our students participating in our overseas Japan trip in 2020.

Following an afternoon of intense immersion, we made our way further along Sydney’s busy streets to Kinokuniya, a massive Japanese inspired bookshop in George St, and Daiso, a popular Japanese department store where students had the chance to unwind with some retail therapy. As the sun began to set on a long day of travel and excitement, we made our way to Chinatown for dinner at Yebisu Grill, a modern Japanese grill where students enjoyed a wide range of delicious Japanese foods. With our bellies full and the fatigue of a long day finally catching up to us, we returned to our hostel for a much-needed rest.

We awoke bright and early (some more than others) ready to kick off the second and final day of our busy excursion. After breakfast, we braved the morning commuters, making our way by train to Kirrawee High School. Students spent the day at the Nihongo Tanken Centre, a Japanese style building and garden where they participated in even more language immersion activities to really test their skills. Students were immersed in Japanese language and culture through a combination of group activities, competitive games and role-play all followed by a traditional obento lunch.

With not much time to spare, after thanking our wonderful hosts at the Tanken Centre, we made our way back to Sydney before jumping on the last train back to Muswellbrook. Despite an action-packed, exhausting two days, the train was abuzz with excitement and chatter as we made our way home. Muswellbrook High School’s LOTE faculty would like to express our appreciation for the Japan Foundation and Tanken Centre for providing our students this wonderful opportunity.   

Ethan Spann     

Japanese Sydney Excursion


Year 12 Music

‘Reprise’ is a HSC Music showcase concert developed to provide NSW Department of Education students the opportunity to observe students who have achieved highly in their HSC Music Performance exams for Music 1, Music 2 & Extension courses.

It is will great pleasure, that I announce two successful Music students from Muswellbrook High School. Congratulations Brady Cavanagh and Aiden Powell. We look forward to seeing you both perform at Reprise in 2020. 

Where There's a Will

Strength Switch Family Facilitation (SSFF)

Where There's a Will (WTAW) in conjunction with Professor Lea Waters are delighted to announce the commencement of the first session for the SSFF. This is following on from the release of Lea's latest book, The Strength Switch, officially launched in Scone in August. Here is a synopsis of The Strength switch - Strength Based Parenting:

How The New Science of Strength-Based Parenting Can Help Your Child and Your Teen to Flourish.

Unlock your children's potential by helping them build their strengths.

This game-changing book shows us the extraordinary results of focusing on our children's strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. Most parents struggle with this shift because they suffer from a negativity bias, thanks to evolutionary development, giving them "strengths-blindness". By showing us how to flock the Strength Switch Lea demonstrates how we can not only help our children build resilience, optimism, and achievement but we can also help inoculate them against today's pandemic of depression and anxiety.

As a strengths-based scientist for more than 20 years, Waters has seen how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers. Yet more on the plus side: parents find it a particularly exciting and rewarding way to raise children. With many suggestions for specific ways to interact with your kids, Waters demonstrates how to discover strengths and talents in our children, how to use positive emotions as a resource, how to build strong brains and even how to deal with problem behaviours and talk about difficult situations and emotions. The Strength Switch will show parents how a small shift can yield enormous results.

WTAW are excited to deliver this course to you via our two local facilitators, both teachers in the Upper Hunter. Ms Eloise Hand and Ms Samantha Fragar will be delivering the first SSDD session a St James Hall in Muswellbrook beginning Week 3, Term 4 2019. There are still vacancies if you are interested. Booking are essential for access to the portal. For further detail please forward all enquiries to Ms Eloise Hand 

Ms Fragar

Visual Art Teacher

Welcome to the HUB - Library News

Library Hours and Facilities


 Helpful, Friendly Staff

* Laminating —20c per copy    * Printing   -  Black and White—20c    -  Colour—Depending on size $1 for A4    * Meeting Rooms     *Video Conference Room    Long and short term lending    E-Library    DVD Library    Copying    Laminating    Conference Facilities    Touch Screen Monitor    * Large screen data Projector    Computer Bank

Students are very welcome in the Library to participate in quiet activities. Please come and join us on Thursdays for Chess Competitions and other days for quiet activities in air-conditioned comfort.

Library News

The Library can be a haven for students and we encourage them to come in an use the space in a quiet manner. We love books and look forward to helping students find books to enjoy.

These books can help you with many of the life skills you need and entertain and carry you to whole new worlds.  Top ten book Recommendations for Teens are:

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins    2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green    3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee    4. Harry Potter series by JK Rowling    5. 1984 by George Orwell    6. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank    7. A Streetcat Named Bob by James Bowen    8. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien    9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky    10. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Reading books is a way for students to engage their imagination and to make sense of the real world.

They can

Make you laugh:  Catch 22 by Joseph Heller    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams    The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾ by Sue Townsend    Geek Girl by Holly Smale    Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney    Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Make you cry:  The Color Purple by Alice Walker    Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck    The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger    The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini    War Horse by Michael Morpurgo    Before I Die by Jenny Downham    My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Thrill you: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins    The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare    Divergent by Veronica Roth    Gone by Michael Grant    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier    Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

Help you understand you: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green    The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger    The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness    I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith    The Outsiders by SE Hinton

At Muswellbrook High School all students are encouraged to take the time to engage their imagination through books. All junior rolls have a book box and an uninterrupted 15 minutes reading time each day and the students are encouraged to come into the library during breaks to read quietly. There are also numerous quiet spots around the school for reading.

Patricia Cullen 

Teacher Librarian

Macquarie University is coming

Macquarie University is coming to the Hunter Region to visit high school students, November 25 to 29, 2019

A team of enthusiastic representatives from Macquarie University, including the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Programs and Pathways) Professor Sean Brawley, will visit Gloucester, Dungog, Merriwa and Muswellbrook this November to give regionally based students a taste of what tertiary education has to offer.

The Roadshow is an initiative of Macquarie’s LEAP (Learning, Education, Aspiration, Participation) program, which aims to raise aspirations, create possibilities and actively support students from disadvantaged backgrounds to consider a higher education as a post HSC option.

The team of 15 will be in the Hunter Region area from Monday 25 November to Friday 29 November 2019 and will host daytime taster sessions for high school students, plus after-hours parent and community forums. The Macquarie University Planetarium will be centre stage at community events at Gloucester High School, Merriwa Central School and Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, Dr Devika Kamath and her Macquarie University Astronomy Crew.

All are welcome to come and join in the fun.

Local students, their families, and community members will have the opportunity to familiarise themselves with university life, possible study options, and additional offerings such as overseas exchange and work internships. It promises to be educational, fun and engaging with the “taster” sessions including a range of disciplines including Cognitive Science with Professor Mark Williams, Economics with Dr Prashan Karunaratne and Ancient History/Archaeology with Ms Gillian Smith.

Students will get to handle artefacts from Macquarie’s amazing Museum of Ancient Cultures, be transported to Dunmore Lang College via virtual reality goggles, speak to academics and current Macquarie students, and much more.

Professor Brawley said the Roadshow has been designed to address a range of challenges facing regionally based students who have limited access to University campuses:

“We know that having contact with and visiting a university can influence a young person’s decision to pursue further education. That’s not so simple for students in regional and remote areas, so we are bringing Macquarie University to the bush,” said Professor Brawley.

One important aspect that Professor Brawley is keen to share with students and their parents are the many pathways to university study:

“It is particularly important that both parents and students understand that the ATAR is not the only pathway into university. At Macquarie we have 11 different admission pathways, so I especially encourage students who had previously not considered university as an option to visit us while we’re in the Hunter Region and let us answer any questions they have.”

The team lead by Macquarie’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Programs and Pathways) Professor Sean Brawley and Bonnie Faulkner, Widening Participation Pathways Manager are available for interview. Please call Margaret Meehan to arrange a time on 0414 704 231.


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 For more about Professor Mark Williams go to: