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News and Upcoming Events


NEW Canteen Winter Menu & Prices
Winter Menu 
Attached is our winter menu for 2016 for the canteen. With the cooler weather expected to come (eventually) we  are introducing our winter menu with warming soups and many toasties.  With the new  menu comes some price increases which will be effective from Monday 30th May.  In the past 18 months we have absorbed many of our suppliers costs but we find we are no longer able to do this and run a viable  enterprise. We have  generally increased costs by 20 - 50 cents across the menu  but have managed to keep the cost of the hash brown at $1. We have also, in the interests of healthy eating dropped the price of pieces of fruit. 
 
Flexischools
Just a reminder you can set up a flexischools account for your child's canteen purchases. There is no need to find that change on canteen day; your child can instead purchase lunch with their library card.  Details on how to establish the account are attached and also are available on the school website. Flexischool payments are now accounting for 40% of our income. 
 
Volunteers
As always we welcome for volunteers to assist us, especially in the busy times of recess and lunch. If you can spare  a couple of hours a month please please please let us know by emailing us at canteen@ths.community.

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National Reconciliation Week

THS is celebrating National Reconciliation Week 27/5 - 3/6/16.
As a school we will be announcing the winner of our Dariyoung Walkway competition  on Tuesday 31st May. The project is designed for the Inside Out area and hopes to be a constant reminder to students of Guringai culture.

Attached is a short youtube video which outlines what this week is about, please click here.

Saturday Orienteering Series - 4/6/16 at THS

Come and try something new - Turramurra High School is one of the selected venues holding the Saturday Orienteering Series. To find out more please download the flyer (below) or click here and find out what it is all about.  Free entry for all THS students attending on the 4/6/16. 

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6/6/16 Vaccinations Yrs 7 & 8

Vaccinations will be taking place throughout the day. Please see attached document for scheduling of vaccinations. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school or the Immunisation Unit on # 9477 9019.

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6/6/16 - Mufti Day

Monday 6/6/16 is a Mufti Day. It is being run to raise funds for the school in Senegal and Recycling within our school. There will also be a Cake Stall so don’t forget your $2 donation and correct shoes if you are in labs, home economics, wood work etc.

Year 7 Recognition Evening

All Year 7 Parents are invited to attand the Year 7 Recognition Evening.

Wednesday 15/6/2016
Time: 7pm
Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC)
For all the information click on 'read more'

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Yr 7 Shakespeare Day 17/6/16

Costume suggestions:
Armor/Helmet (pdf)
Clothing - Men (pdf)
Clothing - Royalty (pdf)
Hats/Footwear (pdf)
MAAS Costuming (pdf)

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17/6/16 Open Morning

Our next Open Morning for prospective families coming to Turramurra High School will be held on the 17/6/16 - 9am to 11am. Please be prompt.

26/6/16 P&C Grounds Working Bee

Sunday 26/6/16 - 9am to 12 noon. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and in turn contribute to the ongoing improvements to the school grounds

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Years 8 & 10 Subject Selection Parent Information Evening - 29/6/16

Year 8 - 6 to 7:15pm 
Year 10 - 7:15 to 8:30pm
To be held in A Block Staff Common Room

 

Principal's Blog

May 2016 

I was introduced to a website yesterday called "World Clock". There are actually a number of such websites to choose from, but what they offer is a frighteningly confronting look at how quickly our world is changing. Just as an indicator, open the following site while you read this blog: http://www.worldometers.info/ 

Take note of how many babies are born and how many people die in the time it takes to read this blog. Mind blowing stuff when the numbers are rolling over in front of your eyes! What is even more interesting are some of the other measures. For example, have a look at the number of new book titles published this year in comparison to the other numbers in the section on society and media. It is no surprise that the number of emails sent today and google searches conducted is astronomical. Here is an equally interesting site which is along the same lines as the one above but has a particular focus on environmental aspects of population growth:  

http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/shocking_environmental_facts_and_statistics/world_population_clock_live  

Have a look at the number of planet earths we need in order to provide resources and absorb waste at the current rate of usage! 

It would be very easy to be critical of these statistics and perhaps make judgements – particularly when you see the number of cigarettes smoked today...but instead, let's look at it as important information which we can use in order to shape a positive response, particularly in the area of education. 

At Turramurra High School, we are seeking to create future-focused learners in this ever-changing world. When you look at the figures from these websites, it reiterates the importance of creating learners who are agile in their thinking and flexible in their approach to solving problems. Our young people are going to have some big problems to solve over the coming century. I don't think it is at all helpful to have a "doom and gloom" response to the change we see happening in our world because that disables our thinking and creates a sense of helplessness. I believe that the young people of today will come up with the most incredible solutions to the problems of the future, not only because of the fact that invention is borne out of necessity but we are living in a period of time where the rapid evolution of technology has created, in the past ten years, innovation that we could never have believed possible.  

Sometimes we need to think creatively about our systems and processes when it comes to innovation. Education may have reached a point, for example, where we need to look beyond "just doing the same thing better" and think about completely restructuring the system to meet the needs of its users. At THS we are taking an "Improvement Science" approach (Tony Bryck 2015) to tackle system problems and try to create innovative solutions. One of the ways we are doing that is through our involvement in a Hub School partnership with UTS which we have called InSITE. This project is focused on reimagining initial teacher education in order to significantly change the future of teaching so that we are better able to meet future focused learning needs of our students. The project is best summarised in this short video: 

http://www.classmoviestv.com/decnsw?movid=S9068-06-S4110-002 

Whether you believe the figures from the World Clock are accurate or not, the concept is irrefutable. Change is happening right now and it is up to us how we choose to respond to it.  

As always, I look forward to hearing your responses and welcome your thoughts via the school website. 

Stephanie McConnell - Principal

Reports Handed Out

Year 11 and 12 reports were issued today 31/5/16 during Period 4. Any students who were at TAFE or did not collect their report at this time are to see their Year Adviser tomorrow to collect their report. Ms White for Year 11 and Ms Forbes for Year 12.

Student Performance Evenings
08/06/16 - Yrs 11 & 12 Student Performance Evening (Info)
- 3:30 to 7pm MPC
19/07/16 - Yrs 8 & 10 Student Performance Evening - 3:30 to 7pm MPC
27/07/16 - Yrs 7 & 9 Student Performance Review Evening  - 3:30 to 7pm MPC

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Year 12 - Dates to Diarise

01/08/16 - Trial HSC Examinations Commence
20/09/16 - Yr 12 Formal
21/09/16 - Yr 12 GraduationTBC
22/09/16 - Yr 12 Picnic Day
13/10/16 - HSC commences

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Photo of the Month

May 2016 - Theme is "Buildings"

Congratulations to

Winner (IMG 246) Monica M (Yr 11)

Highly Commendable ( full size render) Savannah M (Yr 7) 

June 2016 - Theme is "Food"

To view the gallery of entries please click on 'read more'

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