Our focus value this month is Growth, and we have had many great examples of students demonstrating this value over the last fortnight. One example of students living up to the New Norfolk Way expectation to Be Your Best was our valiant Year 8 Netball team who went undefeated during the regular season. Unfortunately, they didn’t get the result they were aspiring for in the semi-final but, as the Matildas have so recently demonstrated, that is still a significant achievement worthy of being celebrated.
Another group demonstrating a willingness to New Norfolk Way expectation to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone were the Y10-12 students who travelled to Devonport for the Fearless Festival. They undertook this multi-day trip to fulfill the Adventurous Journey requirement of their Duke of Edinburgh Award, which required them to going on an expedition or exploration in an unfamiliar and challenging environment with an agreed Team Goal.
In this case, they engaged in networking, learning new skills and were exposed to a range of new trade and career options. They also attended the Gala Dinner featuring keynote speakers who are high achievers in their respective fields, including the Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Barbara Baker AC, Lietenant General Natasha Fox, the Commanding Officer and Chief Instructor at the Australian Defence Force Academy and Madeline Habib, Shipping Officer for the World Food program.
Finally, all those involved in our Science Week activities did a magnificent job of living up to our recent fortnightly focus to Have a Growth Mindset. This was demonstrated by the significant number of students who engaged with the Brain Break morning tea, all of those who ran activities for local primary schools at our Science Expo, as well as those who put their hand up to go on the excursion to the Festival of Bright Ideas at Salamanca. This list is by no means comprehensive but gives a great snapshot of the many and varied ways in which our students are demonstrating Growth.
Mr Stuart Lord
Tuesday 29th August
- RYDA day
Wednesday 30th August
- JCP Youth Seminars: Morning - Grade 8, Afternoon - Grade 9
Thursday 31st August
- JCP Youth Seminars: Morning - Grade 10
Tuesday 5th September
- Grade 7 2024 Parent information evening
Wednesday 6th September
- Y10/11 Government House Excursion
Science Week and Book Week
It has been great to see the engagement in both Science Week and Book Week to promote learning to our community and engage some of the local primary schools. Thanks to all staff and students that have been involved in making the Science and Book Week events successful.
Our Term 3 Parent/Teacher event will be held on Monday 18th September from 3.15pm-5.15pm. Students have been creating presentations in their MERR lessons to showcase to their families during this time. Bookings will open this week via a Schoolzine link. Catering will be provided with students preparing pizzas, and drinks will be available at the coffee cart. We hope to see lots of families make it to this event.
Evidence of Learning
Staff are currently putting together examples of student evidence of learning. An example will be selected from each Australian Curriculum subject your child is involved in. Each example will have a cover page attached containing a brief description of the task and the standard achieved. An example of a cover page is shown below.
If you wish to discuss anything about your child’s progress, application to learning or wellbeing, please contact the school.
Mr Jason Shelton
Science Week has been a very busy but fun week. We kicked off the week on Tuesday 15th August with a Brain Break Morning Tea in the Foods block courtyard. On offer were a myriad of delectable delights, thoughtfully prepared by the Grade 8 Foods classes.
The morning tea came at the entry fee of a 10-question quiz, covering everything from AI to biology.
On Wednesday 16th August we welcomed over 150 Grade 5 and 6 students from local primary schools to participate in the STEM Expo. This event involved nine activities, run by the high school students. Activities included dry ice, fireworks colours, Van de Graaf generator, and drones. The excitement of the primary students was high. Our students were thoroughly exhausted at the end of the day.
The last event for Science Week 2023 was a trip to the Festival of Bright Ideas on Friday 18th August. With the session time at Princes Wharf starting at 9:15am, students were asked to arrive at 8:20am for an 8:30am departure. We arrived on time and students were able to wander around the exhibits, immersing themselves in the many science opportunities that Hobart has to offer. The session finished at 10:30 so students walked over to Salamanca Square for a bite to eat. The day was enjoyed by all that attended.
Ms Sue Murray
In Grade 9 history students have finished a short unit on slavery and are now starting their inquiry into the establishment of Australia as initially a colony in the British empire. This is part of the study of movement of people in the 18th and 19th centuries.
93 Packages of Learning
Term 3 Science in PoL has seen the students looking at Regulation of the body’s systems and what happens when things go wrong and are about to start looking at Reproduction, focussing initially on how plants ‘get it on’, then moving onto asexual strategies employed by plants, fungi, and bacteria.
Students dissected a cow’s eye and found their favourite part of the eye was the Cornea, which resemble a gelatinous marble.
In PoL English we are taking on a Journalism lens and learning how to be succinct and creative in reporting on current events, comparing printed media verse online news and how most of us get our news from social media platforms.
In PoL history students are finishing up the culmination of the Industrial Revolution leading to several massive revolutions and conflicts and the turbulence of the change in times and peoples rights preceding World War 1.
Pythagoras and Trigonometry
The start of Term 3 has seen Year 9 students explore Pythagoras in Mathematics. Students have explored when they see right angle triangles in architecture and engineering, including bridges. This led to students to research, design and create pasta bridges to investigate why right-angle triangles provide strength to structures. Students are now investigating the Trigonometry ratios which allows for angles within triangles to be solved.
Grade 9 Team
This term, our new Kitchen Garden students have been busy with our general garden chores, making Stir Fry using our garden greens, planting some new varieties of potatoes, prepping and sowing for summer crops including everyone’s much loved tomatoes. Students have also each adopted a plant in our garden so they can track its growth, protect it from pests and make sure it is well fed, watered and pruned.
This week we also embarked on a (rainy) visit to the New Norfolk Community Garden to see how the space is managed, who accesses the space and to see if we could learn a trick or two to apply to our own school garden space. Students loved the warmth of the gardens brand new polytunnel where their summer crops are already in the ground, as well as the bees, insect hotels, upcycled artworks and abundance of flowers in the space. The Community Garden encourages everyone to come and harvest their own organically grown and very local veges while leaving a fair donation to compensate for the cost of their harvest. The space is always looking for volunteers, so if you’re interested in spending an hour or two out in the sun helping our community, make sure you go and check out their space.
Photos by Ethan Alexander
Illustration by Wayne Neilson-Jackson
AFL9s at New Norfolk High School
On Friday 11 August, New Norfolk High School was fortunate enough to be able to host the first AFL 9’s football tournament against Glenora, Bayview and Cosgrove High Schools. After a total of 7 games and Cosgrove winning the inaugural interschool trophy (which was made by NNHS MDT team) everyone enjoyed a barbeque by the field.
This was the first of many sporting events to come to foster good sportsmanship and friendships between the schools in Southern Tasmania. The feedback was that everyone had a great time, and it was a really rewarding experience.
Throughout the day, some students from the senior journalism class gathered some feedback from staff and students who were visiting the school for the tournament.
“It was amazing to see schools from around the southern half of Tasmania coming together to play sport at such a high skill level. We were fortunate enough to have some very well-trained student umpires who did a tremendous job.” – Brett Geeves, ex Tasmanian Tigers and Australian 1 day Squad cricket player.
“It was a fantastic day, and it was great to see so many schools getting together. Hopefully this can continue and become a regular event as we’ve really enjoyed it and the kids have had an amazing day.” – CHS staff and students.
Rachel Smith and Felicity Woodham
This year we had two teams on the roster; the Grade 10 girls had three wins, ending their season in 6th position; the Grade 8 girls in only their second year playing together had a great season finishing in 4th position, meaning they qualified for finals. The Grade 8 girsl played in their semi-final on Tuesday the 22nd August against Cosgrove Green, who are yet to lose a game this season. The girls came out hard in defence and made Cosgrove work for every point. In the end, Cosgrove were too good on the night. All the girls should be very proud of their efforts this season and be very excited for what is to come next season.
Staff v Students Netball
During luncht on 18th August, staff challenged students in a game of netball. The game was again a success with many students spectating, buying soft drinks from our Prefects to enjoy while watching the game. Unfortunately for the students, the staff again came out on top due to a mixture of height and experience. We look forward to the next game in the staff versus students sport series.
Focus: Including Others
- Grade 7 - Harmony D, Seb R, Hunter H, Konnah S
- Grade 8 - Logan J, Paige M, Bobby N
- Grade 9 - Max D, Maddi C, Maddi Q
- Grade 10 - Abbie L, Peyton T, Latisha B, Elijah P
The focus for this fortnight is "Asking for Feedback"
This term in Senior Foods we are learning about Australian foods. From Bush Tucker to the influence of the Settlers from the First Fleet and the Gold Rush all the way through to contemporary cuisine. This week, everyone walked away satisfied after making kangaroo burgers. Some were a little hesitant to take that first bite, but all finished up with empty plates. Currently the same price as beef, kangaroo is a great lean and sustainable alternative.
Our free lunch program also served up this deliciously easy Mexican mince and rice. Also great served with a little sour cream or yoghurt on top, or with some tortillas or taco shells.
From Grade 8 Media Class
What was your opinion on Science Week this year at NNHS?
Week 4 was Science Week. For Science Week, we got to participate in a number of activities. It was really interesting and enjoyable. The food was really good and the Festival of Bright Ideas was really interesting. - Payton S
I was away the whole time, but from what I’ve seen, NNHS had a science-themed morning tea, holding anything from flask shaped cookies, to alien cupcakes, and they look verry good. We also had primary school students over, and it was high school students showing them experiments. - Blake C
I got to help the younger students from unfamiliar schools to learn about certain science experiments. We got to teach about how to do things in science that not everyone can do, and we learned some new things ourselves. It was educational and fun. The science-themed morning tea was interesting for everyone, and the Festival of Bright Ideas excursion was an eye-opening experience for many of the students and teachers alike. - Bo C
What is Science Week? Well it’s a week filled with science-themed foods and events. The Brain Break Morning Tea was all about science-themed foods. There were alien cakes, rock cakes, flask cookies, and more. The STEM Expo was an event for Grade 5 and 6s. I was a part of it. I helped with the drones. The other experiments involved sherbet, a Van de Graff generator, gliders, dry ice, and more. The Festival of Bright Ideas was also a great experience. There were many different science things in the building. - Riley S
For Science Week this year at NNHS, we hosted a STEM expo for the local primary schools. There was also a morning tea for the high school students, and the food was science themed. Some people from NNHS went to the Festival of Bright Ideas, where they got to touch dinosaurs and crabs. The best part about it was that they saw Mr. Barry! - Bobby N