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Department of Education NEW TOWN HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE Welcome to the new school year. We are off to a great start with the majority of our boys engaging fully in all that is on offer at our school. Our school provides an expansive and rigorous curriculum and a broad range of extracurricular activities as we pursue our school purpose to Develop Good Men who are ready to achieve a Year 12 qualification or equivalent.This year we have added to the curriculum Chinese (Mandarin) classes as well the Year 9/10 Personal Research Project. These subjects are offered to encourage further opportunities to extend boys in our school and to involve them in high order thinking and learning. This adds to our diverse offering of high level extension classes in Mathematics, Science, English and ICT and those programs that extend our gifted athletes and musicians. In my year commencement address to the school I asked all students and staff to ensure that they get involved in all aspects of school life. Along with the hard work and commitment to studies we want our staff and students to have fun each day at school. My fun comes from planning and watching great things happen at UPCOMING EVENTS 5 March to 7 March Peer Support Camp 1 7D1 & 7D2 7 March To 9 March Peer Support Camp 2 7E1 & 7E2 12 March Public Holiday Eight Hour Day 13 March to 16 March Australian Brain Bee Challenge 14 March World Challenge Parent Presentation 16 March Grade 7 Swim Trials 19 March to 21 March Peer Support Camp 3 – 7H1 & 7H2 21 March to 23 March Peer Support Camp 4 7J1 & 7J2 27 March School Photo’s – Formal Uniform TERM DATES Term 1 7 February to 12 April Term 2 30 April to 6 July Term 3 24 July to 28 September Term 4 15 September to 20 December
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Department of Education

NEW TOWN HIGH SCHOOL

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Welcome to the new school year. We are off to

a great start with the majority of our boys

engaging fully in all that is on offer at our school.

Our school provides an expansive and rigorous

curriculum and a broad range of extracurricular

activities as we pursue our school purpose to

“Develop Good Men who are ready to achieve a

Year 12 qualification or equivalent.”

This year we have added to the curriculum

Chinese (Mandarin) classes as well the Year

9/10 Personal Research Project. These

subjects are offered to encourage further

opportunities to extend boys in our school and

to involve them in high order thinking and

learning. This adds to our diverse offering of

high level extension classes in Mathematics,

Science, English and ICT and those programs

that extend our gifted athletes and musicians.

In my year commencement address to the

school I asked all students and staff to ensure

that they get involved in all aspects of school life.

Along with the hard work and commitment to

studies we want our staff and students to have

fun each day at school. My fun comes from

planning and watching great things happen at

UPCOMING EVENTS

5 March to 7 March Peer Support Camp 1 – 7D1 & 7D2

7 March To 9 March Peer Support Camp 2 – 7E1 & 7E2

12 March Public Holiday – Eight Hour Day

13 March to 16 March Australian Brain Bee Challenge

14 March World Challenge Parent Presentation

16 March Grade 7 Swim Trials

19 March to 21 March Peer Support Camp 3 – 7H1 & 7H2

21 March to 23 March Peer Support Camp 4 – 7J1 & 7J2

27 March School Photo’s – Formal Uniform TERM DATES

Term 1

7 February to 12 April

Term 2

30 April to 6 July

Term 3

24 July to 28 September

Term 4

15 September to 20 December

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our school but also I like to get involved as much

as I can. In 2018 I will assist our Music

Department to form a Highland Pipe Band and

will work with students, staff and old scholars in

the planning for our 100th year celebrations in

2019.

It goes without saying that effective

communication is vital in a large school like

ours. Most of our communication is done via

email as we make moves to reduce the use of

paper based methods. Our communications

processes include:

Our newsletters which are typically

published at the start of the year and once

at the end of each term. The newsletter is

sent home in hard copy and published on

our school web page.

Our school APP is downloaded free of

charge on parents and staff smart phones

and is used to inform our school community

of student achievement, events and change

to routines as they happen. Instructions to

access the APP are included in this

newsletter.

The school also has a Facebook site which

we use to communicate with the broader

community including our old scholars.

Messages to parents are often sent via

email. Please keep us informed of any

changes.

Excursion forms are currently sent as notes

home with your boy/s and presently trialling

a system to automate that process using

emai and phones.

Students in Grade 7 have a diary which

teachers may use from time to time to

advise parents of information particular to

their son. Homework is also recorded in

this diary.

SMS messages are sent to parents to

confirm when students are absent from

school. Sometimes we need to follow up on

absentee records particularly if a boy

arrives at school after 8:45 am and fails to

sign in at the front desk.

Ediary for Grade 8/9/10 boys is a tool used

by teachers to advise students and parents

of homework and major assignments.

Instructions on how to use Ediary can be

found on our school website. A feature of

the Ediary is email notifications to parents

when homework tasks are not completed.

We provide written academic progress,

mid- year and end of the year reports. Mid-

year we conduct formal parent teacher

interviews. Teachers make themselves

available at other times when parents wish

to discuss their son’s progress at school.

As you can see it is quite important that

families at our school have access to email

and take care to ensure that our school

office has correct email details and that we

are advised of changes.

We do of course rely on phone

conversations and face to face meetings

when issues of concern need to be followed

up or when parents need information

clarified. Appointments to see teachers can

be made with assistance from our office

staff. I am always available to meet with

parents with my appointments being

managed by Ms Bec Halloran in the front

office.

Finally I would like to thank all parents for

your support and guidance of our boys as

we implement the no phone and no social

media policy in classes. On the whole our

boys have adapted to this change easily and

with good grace. We are noticing a change

in the quantity and quality of learning in

classes. Boys have thanked me personally

for taking a strong stand on phone use and

misuse at our school. Our teachers have

noticed a significant improvement in positive

approaches to learning and respectful

behaviour at our school as a result of this

initiative. This is supported by 110

additional portable computing devices

(laptops and tablets) we purchased for

student use in classes for 2018.

Dave Kilpatrick

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APPOINTMENTS AND COLLECTIONS OF

STUDENTS DURING SCHOOL HOURS

Due to the size of the school and the logistics of

finding students, to be given messages and

information from parents, with short notice, is

not always possible.

We have boys attending off site campuses, on

excursion or at off site sporting facilities.

If possible we ask parents to either organise

appointments for students outside school hours

or organise to meet their son at the school office

to sign them out and providing a note in advance

allowing their son to show the class teacher and

leave class with plenty of notice.

Dave Kilpatrick Principal

GRADE 7 NEWS

The Grade 7s began their new high school

experience with great enthusiasm. Within the

first few days students started to display some

amazing skills in the classroom and in various

aspects of school life. Many new friendships

have been formed which we are sure will last

beyond their years at New Town High. In

addition to outstanding learners we have noted

keen sportsman, creative artists, talented

musicians and active members of the greater

community. We will be celebrating these

students and their achievements soon.

Grade 7 students are buzzing with excitement

with the upcoming peer support camps. As we

write this permission forms are being processed,

activities are being finalised and peer support

leaders are brushing up on their

skills. Everyone is looking forward to this

significant event in New Town High School life.

In the coming weeks we will be asking for

nominations for the Student Representative

Council. Students will be required to prepare a

short speech detailing their suitability for the

leadership roles. Other leadership roles will be

on offer throughout the remainder of the year.

Our first formal assembly for Grade 7 will

happen soon and two enthusiastic students

from 7E1, Noah Whitney and Jacob Archer,

will be presenting the very first Grade 7

report. Well done to these two students for

undertaking this leadership opportunity.

Looking forward to a great four years.

Pete Edwards & Amanda Woods Grade 7 Supervisors

GRADE 8 NEWS

First, on behalf of all Grade 8 students, we

would like to welcome Grade 7 to New Town

High.

We also would like to welcome our new Home

Group staff, and new students. A warm

welcome to Ms Fletcher, Ms Lancaster and Ms

Weitnauer; as well as Jonathan Fewkes, 8-2,

Charlie Gray, 8-7 and Jasper Hansen, 8-6.

Grade 8 is looking toward the New Year with

excitement, and a taste of the possibilities

ahead such as lunch time sport, athletics

carnivals, and all of the extra-curricular

opportunities that our school has to offer.

Our Student Representative Council is already

in the process of organising our lunch time

sports competition for Term 1 which, as always,

will be eagerly contested by all classes.

We are also in the process of organising our

annual Easter Raffle – tickets will be available

from the main office and Grade 8 Student

Representative Council representatives.

We would like to acknowledge the following

achievements:

Congratulations to Magnus McCausland, 8-4,

who is the current U/14 State Champion in

rowing, and to Jesse Willmott, 8-4, who is a

member of the Southern Storm East cricket

team that won the State U/14 Championship.

Congratulations to the following students who

have been voted Student Representative

Council representatives for 2018:

8-1 – Leif Joyce, Allan Yang

8-2 – Luke Matcham, Ashton Hill

8-3 – Jack Rolls, Bailey Jenkins

8-4 – Magnus McCausland, Thomas

Choveaux

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8-5 - Riley Bowring, Harry Featherstone

8-6 – Bill Griggs, Jacob Blum

8-7 – Jake Dobson, Charlie Pilkington

Finally, we are very pleased with the response

of Grade 8 students to the new School Phone

Policy. Boys have been cooperative and

positive in regards to this policy – well done,

boys!

Leone Lamont & Keith Turnbull Grade 8 Supervisors

GRADE 9 NEWS

The Grade 9s have started the year strongly,

with summer sporting achievements dominating

the beginning of Term.

Samuel Wright, 9D2, (along with Jaythan

Poulson of Grade 10) was selected to

represent the Tasmanian U/15 Boys Cricket

team to travel to Brisbane for the National

Championships. Not only was Samuel one of

only thirteen boys selected for this elite

competition, he was also given the honour of

being selected as Captain. Samuel had a

fantastic competition and achieved a very tidy

95 against NSW, only missing the century after

a contentious runout! Well done, Samuel!

Our Rowing champions continued their fine form

at the beginning of February with a spectacular

performance at the Southern Tasmanian

Schools Regatta. It is hard to believe that Aiden

Midson, 9H2, Joshua Glover, 9D1, Jevan

Housego, 9D1 and Thomas Morgan, 9D1, are

all only in their second year of rowing! Ms

Brooks’ ‘oarsome foursome’ were the only full

crew of public school boys and in the true New

Town High School way, they showed strength

and grit in the coxed quad sculls and came away

with a very solid victory. Ms Brooks has worked

tirelessly with the boys to build the New Town

High School Rowing squad, and it has gone

from strength to strength, and now rivals schools

with long histories of rowing. Well done, boys!

The Grade 9s are currently nominating for

Grade Council, the precursor to our end of year

leadership nominations. We again have a

strong field of nominees and wish all boys the

best of luck with their speeches.

Sara Mulholland & Hayley Noonan Grade 9 Supervisors

GRADE 10 NEWS

Grade 10 has experienced an eventful start to

the year, with schoolwork and homework

beginning to ramp up again. The grade will sit

formal exams in Term 3, and students will use

valuable time to prepare for these and achieve

the best result that they can. College

enrolments will also become a priority for Grade

10 students over the course of the year.

The Leadership Board has been hard at work

already, splitting into six separate yet co-

operating subcommittees: lunchtime activities,

grade, fundraising, community, and two

committees devoted to both events held inside

and outside of school hours. The Leadership

Board meetings are run by Harrison Tunks,

10E1, our Head Prefect, and Joshua Maddock,

10D1, our Deputy Head Prefect.

On Tuesday 13 February, the Leadership Board

held a crepe sale in the main quad at lunchtime.

The event was a huge success, with over 200

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crepes being sold! The Leadership Board would

like to thank Mrs Weitnauer for organising the

event, and to the students in the cooking

department for preparing the crepes.

The 2018 Peer Support Program has kicked off,

with the first group sessions held on Thursday

16 February. The first session was designed to

help Grade 7s get comfortable with their leaders

and each other. The first Peer Support Camp

will commence on Monday 5 March. We’d like

to thank Mr Howard, the long-time co-ordinator

of the Peer Support Program, for all his hard

work preparing the Peer Support Leaders for

their positions.

Grade 10 has seen much student success over

the holidays. We’d like to congratulate Aden

Roberts, 10E1, for participating in the National

St. John’s First Aid Competition in Adelaide.

We’ve also had multiple sports-inclined

representatives. Max Waters, 10D2,

represented Tasmania in the Interstate Futsal

competitions and finished second. Dominic

Woolcock, 10E1, and Joseph Woolcock,

10E2, refereed the Under-16 National Country

Basketball Cup. Jaythan Poulson, 10E2,

played cricket for Tasmania, while Tyler

McDonald, 10H2, played hockey and James

Pearce, 10H2, played darts for the state.

We’d like to remind all students, especially

Grade 10s, that it is important to stay focused

over the course of the year to achieve success.

In this way, we can all help to Build For The

Future.

Written By Jasper France and Deklan Haas Prefects

PEER SUPPORT SESSIONS

All Grade 7 boys have now had their first Peer

Support Session led by their Grade 10 Peer

Support Leaders.

The first session involved lots of ‘getting to know

you’ activities, as well as plenty of time for

younger students to ask questions of their older

peers and learn more about life at New Town

High School.

Session two is scheduled for this coming week

and is designed to help develop boys’

awareness of the importance of having good

communication skills and understanding how to

be an effective communicator.

A third session, focussed on improving

organisation and decision making skills, will be

conducted the following week.

Building a sense of ‘team’ and encouraging

positive behaviours are on-going goals built into

the program.

The Grade 10 Peer Support Leaders take the

lead in the running of their groups and, in doing

so, act as positive role models for our new

Grade 7 students.

PEER SUPPORT CAMPS

The Peer Support Camps start the week after

next at ‘Orana’ by Roches Beach in Lauderdale.

The camps allow time for the Grade 10 Peer

Support Leaders to mentor their groups for the

duration of the three day program.

2018 PEER SUPPORT CAMP DATES: CAMP 1 (7D1 & 7D2), Mon 5 – Wed 7 March CAMP 2 (7E1 & 7E2), Wed 7 – Fri 9 March CAMP 3 (7H1 & 7H2), Mon 19 – Wed 21 March CAMP 4 (7J1 & 7J2), Wed 21 – Fri 23 March

Grade 7s will sleep in bunkrooms in the main

building, each of which sleeps eight people. For

their accommodation, Grade 10 leaders will

make use of a separate house situated nearby

on the property.

A roster of formal small-group activities have

been organised for the camp, with the Peer

Support Groups rotating through each activity

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over the course of the three days. A number of

the activities are water-based, taking advantage

of the beachside setting of the facilities.

Students need to report to the assembly hall no

later than 8:45 am on the morning of their camp.

They should wear free dress and bring their gear

with them (a list can be obtained from the school

office if needed). Buses will depart New Town

High shortly after 9:00 am.

At the conclusion of each camp, students will

arrive back at New Town High about 2:30 pm.

Students being collected can be dismissed

immediately, whilst those waiting for a bus or for

a sibling will be supervised until the usual

dismissal time of 3:00 pm.

Consent, medical forms, aquatic activity and

emergency contact forms have been emailed to

parents / guardians. Please contact the main

office if you have not received these forms. The

completion of these forms is essential,

especially in cases where the school needs to

be informed of medical issues or dietary

requirements. Students who have not

returned all required paperwork will not be

able to attend their camp.

Pre-camp meetings will be held during class

time on the dates listed below. These meetings

will provide boys with an opportunity to meet

some of the teachers leading their respective

camps and to ask any questions they may have

regarding activities, equipment, or anything else

to do with the camps.

Camp 1 & 2 meeting – period 5 Thursday 1 March Camp 3 & 4 meeting – period 5 Thursday 15 March

If students need another camp list of what to

bring to camp please contact the school office.

If you have questions regarding the Peer

Support Camp, please contact me through the

main office on 6278 0400, or via email at

[email protected].

Mr Daniel Howard Peer Support Program Coordinator

ENGLISH NEWS

We are happy to offer a brief preview of our

enrichment program for English this year. Next

week – Wednesday 28 February and Friday 2

March - we welcome back the People’s poet

Geoff Goodfellow who will speak with our Grade

10 students and conduct his engaging master

classes with our Writers’ Workshop class. In

June our winter will be warmed with visits from

the Bell Shakespeare Troupe who will treat our

Grade 9’s to the highly entertaining performance

Shakespeare is Dead, showing us that ‘the

play’s the thing’ and the Bard lives on. Bell

Shakespeare will engage the Grade 10 students

in an understanding of the Scottish play through

their performance Macbeth in Rehearsal.

To speak to the poets in our soul, Poetry in

Action will present two performances – The

Poet’s Quest for our Grade 7 and Grade 8 group

and Words of War on the poetry of Wilfred Owen

for our Grade 10 students.

We will be engaging students in reading, writing,

speaking and listening, offering opportunities for

all to enrich their lives with the many wonderful

connections we make through words.

Grace Guerzoni HOD - English

DEBATING & PUBLIC SPEAKING AT NEW

TOWN HIGH SCHOOL

New Town High School enjoys a strong and

proud tradition of debating and seeks to follow a

successful 2017 season in the Tasmanian

Debating Union’s Southern Schools’

competition with a strong contingent of teams in

2018. We would welcome all past debaters, and

encourage Grade 7 students to join in our strong

school tradition in debating.

That three of the four teams entered reached the

Semi-Finals and two contested the Grand Final

speaks volumes about the debating talent we

foster at New Town High School. Our Grade 8

Blue team won the TDU Shield in fine style while

our senior team were valiant Runners-Up. Our

talented Grade 7 team was within a whisker of

making the finals and certainly made everyone

take notice of their style and clever wit. Our

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Grade 8 Blue team and the Grade10 team were

awarded the UTAS Law Faculty’s Dean’s Medal

for the Round 4 Law Debate. The Ian Morgan

Award for Debating was presented to Kelly

Stone and Finlay Semmens in recognition of

their commitment, talent and service for four

years.

Debating is a mind sport which provides a

number of educational benefits, such as the

development of self-confidence, public speaking

plus logic and critical thinking skills.

While a high degree of commitment is essential,

the rewards are many and tangible. Students

will be given an informative letter regarding the

Southern Schools Debating Competition ahead

of registration.

Our star debaters have also excelled at

speaking competitions such as Rostrum Voice

of Youth where Kelly Stone – Head Prefect of

2017 – was the Junior State Winner and

National Runner-Up in 2016 and the Senior

Runner-Up in State Competition while Evan

Stone was Southern Regional Competition

winner. Evan was also Runner-Up in the UN

Youth Voice competition and will proceed to the

Nationals in April. Teams also send

representatives to the Evatt Trophy Competition

and Youth Parliament. We all look forward to

another great and enjoyable year in debating

and public speaking.

Grace Guerzoni Debating Co-ordinator

ROWING

Our six rowing students have had a busy

summer, training hard and representing our

school at recent regattas.

The Southern Schools Regatta was held at

Franklin in early February. Our boys produced

favourable results across all events. Magnus

McCausland, 8-4 and Nicholas Stozki, 8-3,

(both Grade 8) represented us in the U/14 races.

They took a step up to U/15s to row in a

composite quad with Dominic and New Norfolk

High. Our U/15 rowers - Aiden Midson, 9H2,

Thomas Morgan, 9D1, Joshua Glover, 9D1

and Jevan Housego, 9D1, had excellent results

and proved that they are the real deal. They

were the only full crew of public school boys in

the coxed quad sculls even and they won!

The boys then backed up these performances

the following weekend at the New Town Bay

and Hobart Regattas. These regattas, although

small, were the perfect chance for the lads to

refine their skills. It was great to see the New

Town High School colours rowing in some

mixed crew races, socialising with rowers from

other schools.

On Friday 16 February our boys headed to the

North West Schools Regatta at Lake Barrington.

Magnus McCausland, 8-4, won his singles

race very comfortably. He then teamed up with

Nick Stozki, 8-3, and they won the U/14

Doubles Sculls together. Our Grade 9 boys

finished first in the U/15 Coxed Quad Scull race

and all of them won their respective singles

races! Tom Morgan and Jevan Housego took

out first place in the U/15 doubles. What an

amazing weekend and proof that all the hard

work is paying off.

Every one of our rowers has produced excellent

results this season. The buzz and hype around

the group is palpable. But in true New Town

High School style, our boys will keep their heads

down and contain their excitement as they head

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towards the ‘big dance’ - the Tasmanian

Schools Championship. This event will be held

at Lake Barrington in early March. We wish our

rowers the very best for the remainder of the

season and look forward to reporting their final

results in the next newsletter.

Miss Jane Brooks

Teacher HPE

NEW TOWN HIGH SCHOOL ASSOCIATION

MEETING TUESDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2018 @ NEW TOWN HIGH SCHOOL

OFFICE 7PM

NEW PARENTS WELCOMED

CANTEEN MENU 2018

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SCHOOL APP

New Town High School is pleased to announce an

upgrade to our school communication services to

include a free smartphone app – School Star.

Below is the instructions. The school will

endeavour to keep parents up to date if they are

unable to download this app, via email.

School news, newsletters, event invitations, notices

and general messages will now be sent through

MGM School Star app. Only New Town High

School parents and community members can

access content in this highly secure app.

With School Star, you get the following benefits:

Receive school news immediately, via a

Facebook-like news feed.

Filter your news feed to see just the news that

relates to your child.

Receive important messages from the school

through School Star, instead of by SMS.

Reply or send your own message to the school

for free, day or night.

Find the phone number to call the school,

quickly and easily.

A convenient quick link to our web page.

Translate content in the app into your

preferred language.

iPhone users:

1. Open the App Store on your iPhone by tapping

its icon.

2. Search the App Store for “MGM School Star”.

3. Tap the button that says “+GET”, then

“INSTALL”.

4. If asked, enter your Apple ID password.

5. The “INSTALL” button will turn into an indicator

that shows the progress of the download.

6. Once the download has finished, tap “OPEN” to

launch School Star.

Android users:

1. Open the Play Store on your Android Phone by

tapping its icon.

2. Search the Play Store for “MGM School Star”,

and tap the search result in the list.

3. Tap the button marked “INSTALL”.

4. The “INSTALL” button will turn into an

indicator that shows the progress of the

download.

5. Once the download has finished, tap “OPEN”

to launch School Star.

After you register a new account, School Star will

automatically detect our school and configure your

news feed.

We hope you enjoy using School Star. Watch

this space for updates and new features that will

make communicating with the school even

easier. We look forward to improving our

communication with you.

NEW TOWN HIGH SCHOOL

CONTACT DETAILS

6 Midwood Street, NEW TOWN 7008

PO Box 428, MOONAH 7009

Phone: 03 6278 0400

Email: [email protected]

Web: http://newtownhighschooltas.org

https://www.facebook.com/NTHSTasmania

ABSENCE LINE

6278 0499 or 0417 984 981 Call or text any time (24/7)

regarding your son’s absence.

Leave his name, Home Group

and nature of illness.

OLD SCHOLARS MEETING IN PREPARATION FOR THE 100 YEAR

CELEBRATION 27 February, 5pm

@ the New Town High School Office

Please circulate to all Old Scholars