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.
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.
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.
All Year 7 Parents are invited to attand the Year 7 Recognition Evening.
Multi-Purpose Centre (MPC)
For all the information click on 'read more'
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.
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
Year 8 - 6 to 7:15pm
Year 10 - 7:15 to 8:30pm
To be held in A Block Staff Common Room
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:
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:
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
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.
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
May 2016 - Theme is "Buildings"
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'