Port Hacking High School students and families provided a warm and wonderful welcome to seventeen students and two teachers who visited our school from 13-18 August. The day they arrived we started with a welcome ceremony in the library and a tour of school. Then we boarded a coach stopping at Bald Hill for group photos before heading off to Symbio to meet some of the local fauna. To add to the Aussie experience, we had meat pies and sauce for lunch!
Families provided a variety of experiences such as fish and chips at Cronulla, trying McDonalds and even sushi, family BBQ’s, ten pin bowling and watching local sporting finals. It was an opportunity for the students to learn about another culture and to try out their respective language skills.
All too quicky it was time to say (teary …) goodbyes. Thank you to all our wonderful and generous families for opening your homes and hearts to the students from Hitachi Omiya. Your children were a credit to you with the care, maturity and initiative shown in looking after the students from Japan.
Thursday sport is fun, but it isn’t as insightful and rewarding as the skills learned in the Rural Fire Service cadetship that seventeen Yr10 students are participating in this Term. The cadetship program is set around learning the necessary skills and techniques needed to aid in fire prevention and fight fires if necessary.
The program is held at Heathcote RFS Headquarters located on the edge of the National Park. Every week the students hitch a ride up to the Fire Station in the RFS bus. We have been issued uniforms to wear during the cadetship. These uniforms are the same as the uniforms worn by the rural fire service volunteers and as well as being required for safety, really add more to the experience.
We are all learning from this new experience and we hope that our school can continue to be part of this program. A program like this is made possible by the participation of wonderful local volunteers and with the support of the RFS organisation. We would like to thank Scott, Dave, Ken and Brad in particular for working with us each week and sharing your knowledge and amazing commitment to the community.
As part of the Year 12 Physics course, students are meant to perform a first-hand investigation to demonstrate the Meissner Effect. Mainly, they are looking at superconductors and understanding how they work. Thanks to Ms Momsen, who has connections to Sydney University, we were given the opportunity to acquire some liquid nitrogen to allow us to demonstrate this phenomenon. Students were then given a chance to better understand the effects of liquid nitrogen on everday items like roses and rubber duckies. Mrs Alleyn (Head Teacher Science)
On Tuesday 12 August, fifty five Year 10 students jumped out of bed eager to experience the trip of a lifetime. We had been waiting months for this day to come.
After a long six hour drive in a cramped bus, we finally arrived at Jindabyne where we were greeted by 1 degree celcius. For many of us this was the first time at the snow and we couldn’t wait until morning when we would tackle the slopes. With the sun shining and the best snow season in years, we mastered our skills and had the best three days ever. Even though some of us spent more time sitting in the snow after falling rather than carving down the slopes, the trip still exceeded our expectations providing us with an experience we will never forget.
Thanks to the teachers who made this trip possible.