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February Diary Dates                            

12 Tuesday           Year 11 Photos
14 Thursday          Year 12 Photos
20 Wednesday      Reach Wellbeing Program
26 Tuesday           Computing Applications Assessment Task 1

Week 2 at your new College!

Dear parents and carers,

The first two weeks of Term 1 are nearly behind us already.  Year 11 students are settling in and and finding their feet, and what a delightful group they are this year!  It is wonderful to hear from our teaching staff that students are engaged and participating. 

We have a few reminders and tips to share with you in this issue, all designed to help you support your young person in this important transition period. Please take a few minutes to read through your newsletter and talk to your young person about the information.  By working together this year, we can help our new students achieve at their very best!

Mallory Gleeson
Chief Executive Officer

College Photos

A-OneFotomakersHunter will be taking the Year 11 College photos on Tuesday 12 February.  All students should have received their envelope with information for purchasing options.  All students will have their photo taken, so even if you don't plan to purchase the photos or if you pay online, we still need you to return the envelope on the day.  Students should be in full College uniform for their photos. 

Dropping off and picking up students?

If you are dropping off or picking up a student from the College, please be mindful of the following information: 
  • The College driveway is one-way.  Please enter the first gate after the crossroad and exit through the second gate.
  • Students have been asked to wait at the stairs up the the Administration building for pick up. The driveway is very busy at the start and end of the day, and it is not safe for students to enter or exit cars in the parking areas.  You may stop at the pedestrian crossing next to the entry stairs for your passengers to get out of or into your car.
  • If you need to park in the car park, please reverse into spaces on the left side of the car park (the section where you enter).  This helps to prevent inexperienced drivers from colliding when reversing out of spaces.
  • Please do not drop students off along the roadway outside the College gates.  Trucks and buses frequent the area and may not see a pedestrian in time to stop.

Student Wellbeing 

Hello, I’m Steve, the Student Support Officer.

During February, we have Headspace and Reach coming to our College as part of our wellbeing program. 

Headspace visited our Year 11 students on Tuesday and will return each Tuesday in February during lunch break. Headspace's Community Awareness & Engagement Officers will connect with students and let interested students know about their services. Maitland Headspace is a fantastic youth organisation that offers young people aged 12 to 25 support with mental health, general physical health, sexual health, family and relationships, drug and alcohol issues, Centrelink issues, education and training and accommodation. 


Reach will deliver workshop to Year 11 on Wednesday 20 February.  Reach workshops are 100% designed and delivered by young people and aim to break down barriers and give young adults tools and skills to better understand themselves and others.  Reach workshops help to increase confidence and self-belief, build higher resilience and increase feelings of passion and motivation for our students.

These activities are the starting point for wellbeing support at the College.  I am available to assist students and concerned parents and carers with any wellbeing needs that may arise over the College year, and I look forward to working with our College families throughout the year.

Steve Locke - Student Support Officer
Available times: 8.00am - 3.00pm Monday to Friday


First Aid and White Card Courses

Just a reminder that First Aid and White Card Courses commence this week for selected students.  We have advised students who need to attend these courses.  Parents and carers should have received information on when their young person is scheduled to come to College on Thursdays and Fridays.  If you are not sure about the dates, please contact our Student Services team on 4932 2400 or email 

HSC: All My Own Work

This week, Year 11 students are finalising the HSC: All My Own Work program in their Computing Applications classes.  All My Own Work  helps HSC students follow the principles and practices of good scholarship. This includes understanding, valuing and using ethical practices when locating and using information as part of their HSC studies.

Students who have completed the program will also know about penalties for cheating and how to avoid malpractice when preparing their work for assessment.

To be eligible for the HSC, students must complete HSC: All My Own Work (or its equivalent) before they submit any assessment work for Year 11 or Year 12.

Adapted from NESA's website.  To read the full article, please follow this link

Minimum Standards for HSC
Students need to pass online reading, writing and numeracy tests of everyday reading, writing and maths skills to show they meet the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy required to receive the HSC from 2020.

During Term 1 or early in Term 2 our Year 11 students will sit the online tests.  There are a few things to know:
  • If your young person achieved Band 8 or above in their Year 9 NAPLAN test in 2017 in any of the corresponding areas, they do not need to sit the test again.  We will check our records to identify those students.
  • If your young person has already undertaken the Minimum Standard Tests and met the benchmark at Level 3 in Year 10, they do not have to sit the test again for any area where they achieved a Level 3 result or higher.  If you haven't provided a copy of the NESA Certificate issued to students for this achievement, please send one in to the College. 
  • Students have two opportunities each year to sit the tests.  If a student doesn't meet the standard required, they will be able to retake the test in both Year 11 and Year 12.
  • Students with disability who need adjustments to be successful in their studies will be able to access disability provisions.  Our Learning Support Teacher will identify those students and will speak to the student as well as their parent/carer before the student attempts the online tests.  
We will send out more information on the testing process in our next issue, or you can read about the tests and watch a short video on the NESA website

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our CEO, Mallory Gleeson, on 4932 2400 for support.
Sponsor Offer!
Gasweld Rutherford has supported the College and our students for the past few years.  Gasweld provides prizes for end of year academic awards and wellbeing activities and we greatly appreciate Gasweld's generosity.  Please see the offer below (note that purchase of tools is not mandatory - this offer is for students who may wish to have their own set of tools for home or work placement).
Meet our Learning Support Teacher!
Claire Tipper has been working with the College for almost a year in the capacity of the Learning Support Teacher (LST). Originally from the UK, Claire has taught in High Schools for nearly 20 years, delivering Maths, English and Drama.  Claire has held various student welfare positions, increasing her skills last year by undertaking a Youth Mental Health First Aid Course.

The role of the LST is to provide direct and timely specialist assistance to students who have learning and support needs. Claire's main job is to focus on the literacy and numeracy needs of students in collaboration and consultation with the student as well as their parents/carers and teachers to improve the student’s educational outcomes. Claire tests, support and monitors students and helps our team with planning and strategies to support students with literacy and numeracy needs. 

If you have any questions, or wish to know more about Claire's role, please feel free to contact her at the College on 4932 2400.
College Handbooks
All Year 11 students received a College Handbook and a Year 11 Assessment Handbook.  They contain important information about College life and how to prepare for College assessments in Years 11 and 12.  

Parents and carers can help by reading through the handbooks and supporting their young person by talking about the requirements, or reminding students along the way.  If you missed seeing the documents don't worry.  We understand that young people don't always remember to share!  You can download the documents by clicking on the images below.
Are you sure you drink enough.... WATER?

Your body is 50-70% water. Mild dehydration at just 1% can impact upon brain function resulting in:
  • lower ability to concentrate and focus
  • mood changes such as increased feelings of agitation or anxiety
  • increased tiredness and fatigue
  • headaches!
If you wait until you feel thirsty to drink, you are likely already dehydrated.
Working in outdoors, workshops and increased physical activity means you need to drink more water to replace fluids lost through heat and sweat.
HTC has water cooler stations available for students in both the upper and lower quads. 
Students can carry a refillable water bottle and fill it up throughout the day. 
Do your body and mind a favour – drink more water, stay hydrated!
Lifeline:                       13 11 14
Kids Helpline:             1800 551 800
Mental Health Line:    1800 011 511
Headspace Maitland: 4931 1000

For Immediate Support:
Kids Helpline (5 to 25) 1800 55 1800  - 24/7
Life line 13 11 14  - 24/7
Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 – 24/7
Parentline: 1300 1300 52  - 24/7
Support and Information: 
Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636
Headspace Maitland  02 4931 1000 (9am to 5pm)
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