Welcome back to Term 4! It is a big term ahead, with all the usual learning and school activities, along with transition experiences for 2024 and a host of end of year events. Already, we have a number of students preparing their Prefect applications. It is wonderful, at this time of year, to see students standing up as future leaders of the school. I look forward, over the coming term, to celebrating all our students have accomplished this year and, for those heading on to college, all they have achieved over the last four years.
One of the things we were able to celebrate last term was the feedback from our annual External School Review. The panel, made up of experienced Principals from across the State, were able to identify significant progress in all the areas. There is of course always next steps and always more to do. However, our students and staff can take great heart in the impact we are having on our school improvement journey. With a clear The New Norfolk Way, we are bringing to life our vision for the school as a respectful learning community with high expectations for ourselves, for others and for the way in which we learn together.
Wednesday 25th October
- 10-12pm Vaccinations
Thursday 26th October
- Hobart Show Day
Friday 27th October
- Student Free Day
Wednesday 1st November
- P4 Prefect Speeches/ Values Assembly
Thursday 21st December
- Last Day - Students
Welcome back to Term 4. This term our focus value is Courage and for the first fortnight we have been focussing on trying new things. While a sense of routine can provide stability, trying new things can breathe fresh life into our high school experience and beyond. One of the most exciting aspects of trying new things is the possibility of uncovering hidden passions and talents. High school is a time of self-discovery, and it's essential to explore a variety of interests, from joining a club you've never considered to participating in a sports team or even learning a new instrument. You might just find a hidden talent or passion that could become a lifelong pursuit. High school is a unique and transformative time in your life. Embrace the unknown, explore new passions, and develop the skills and mindset that will serve you well throughout life. Whether it's joining a club, participating in community service, trying out for a sports team, or taking up a new hobby, remember that the power of trying new things lies in the journey itself. Embrace the adventure, make the most of these formative years, and you'll find that the possibilities are endless.
Last Friday we celebrated Mental Health week with a whole school wellbeing day. From Recess on we ran a different schedule where students worked in their homegroups on a variety of tasks, all aiming to optimise our mental health and wellbeing. Students were able to decorate rocks to create a whole school garden display, take part in team building games, visit our silent disco, take part in a range of outdoor activities and visit a wellbeing expo in the hall. We would like to thank all of the external organisations who attended and provided invaluable information. I was so proud of the way students embraced our values focus of trying new things and gave everything a go.
In June some of our students attended the Derwent Valley Youth Summit. This was an opportunity to hear from young people and better understand their issues, concerns and dreams.
One of the Summit outcomes was for youth to participate in a range of social and community projects that involved people from other generations.
So far this term our Prefects supported the Lions Club to make scones for a Seniors Week Devonshire Tea. This was a fantastic opportunity for students to interact with and share stories with members of Corrumbene Aged Care Service.
Some of our year 8 and year 9 boys had a visit to the Derwent Valley Men’s Shed where they had a tour of the facility and were shown numerous hand-crafted goods such as jewellery boxes, candle sticks, tables and chairs, cars and ukuleles. The boys were able to meet local volunteers and share stories over an afternoon sausage sizzle.
There is more work happening in this space so stay tuned.
Over the holiday the New Norfolk High Prefect group hosted an event at the Derwent Valley Community Garden for Mental Health Week. This event was an initiative to build community capacity. The Prefects prepared and served free wood-fired pizza and there were games, face painting and live music by ‘The Ravens’. Over 120 community members came down to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather. A fantastic and successful day – thank you Prefects for the amazing dedication you show to your school and community!
Welcome back to Term 4! We hope you enjoyed school holidays, and are ready for another exciting term.
We all want the best for our children – for their futures to be as bright as possible. Showing up every day to school really matters. It gives your child every chance to learn, grow and find their interests.
This last stretch of the school year can sometimes be tricky. Keep it up, because each day is another chance to:
- be around friends
- learn new things
- find interests
- create dream futures (whatever that may be!).
If you’re looking for tips on how to create better attendance habits, visit the Anything can happen website.
Please always talk to us if you’re having trouble getting your child to school. We’re here to help.
Earlier this month, DECYP launched the Tell Someone initiative, to raise awareness in the community about child sexual abuse and grooming.
The Tell Someone website gives children and young people clear advice on what to do in situations where they feel worried, unsafe or unsure. It also gives adults advice and support on how to respond if they suspect or know a child is being groomed or sexually abused or is at risk of harm.
Please visit the website, read the information, and try to find a suitable time to talk with your children about this issue and the resources available. It’s important that you both understand the possible signs of sexual abuse or grooming behaviour, and how to stay safe online and offline.
If reading this information has caused you distress, please visit DECYP’s website for a list of support services.
Please contact the school if you have any questions about this information.