TERM 3 WEEK 6 - TUESDAY 22 AUGUST 2023
TAS - TECHNOLOGY AND APPLIED STUDIES
Year 10 Information Software and Technology students have been actively engaged in designing and programming lego robotics to successfully complete a series of challenges which will culminate in 'Robot Wars'. The students progression through the challenges will produce independently controlled robots which will compete for top place as the best autonomous robot.
Year 8 students have been learning about smart devices, giving instructions to devices to perform specific tasks. Programming Ardiuno boards to control lights and sounds using buttons, potentiometers, light dependent resisters and buzzers.
Year 7 and 8, Technology Mandatory have all rotated to their new context areas for Term 3. They are working on creating a skill tester. This project incorporates using different materials and electronics.
Year 11 students in Multimedia and Software Design and Development have been ramping up their learning, increasing their knowledge and practical skills as they near the end of the preliminary course and look forward to beginning their HSC course in term 4.
YEAR 12 INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
Year 12 Industrial Technology students have worked hard this year to complete their HSC projects and have recently submitted them. They form 60% of their final subject results. Projects are currently awaiting HSC marking by external NESA markers who will visit the school soon. Students have just completed trial exams and will be receiving feedback to highlight areas for revision and study leading up to their final HSC exams in term 4. In moving forward, I hope too see more HSC projects completed to such a high standard in 2024.
Year 9 Food Technology have begun the topic of food for specific needs, which looks at healthy eating, life-cycle stages, religious beliefs, cultural beliefs and dietary requirements.
Year 10 Food Technology have begun the topic of food trends, where they examine how food trends influence food selection and food service and food presentation. Students explore historical and current food trends and investigate factors that influence their appeal and acceptability.
This week year 8 Technology 1 will prepare chocolate fudge flavoured with native mint.
Banora Point High School was chosen as a pilot school to run a trial placement in hospitals to determine if they would participate in a statewide work placement program. After the successful placement of two BPHS students, Miller and Marshall Dreyer, a green light was given to roll out the program statewide. A big congratulations to Miller and Marshall Dreyer.
Year 11 Cookery have commenced work placement this week and we wish them luck with their endeavours. Year 11 Hospitality Food & Beverage students are well into their course now and have completed their first round of work placements, where students attend placements from Coolangatta, Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, and the Tweed Heads area. Great feedback was received from all host employers, with some students being offered casual part-time employment. Well done to all!
Mrs Karina Appo - Head Teacher TAS
“WE FOSTER AN INCLUSIVE LEARNING COMMUNITY, INSPIRING STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE THEIR PERSONAL BEST BY BECOMING LIFELONG LEARNERS, CRITICAL THINKERS AND HEALTHY CREATIVE MEMBERS OF A GLOBAL SOCIETY.”
Last week year 12 have completed their trial HSC exams. After nearly thirteen years of schooling, year 12 have only 5 weeks left of their school lives. The time spent studying, fine tuning and preparing for the HSC exams, starting October 11, over the next short period can make all the difference for students to achieve their potential. Banora Point High School wishes all year 12 students the best for their upcoming HSC.
HSC IMPORTANT DATES
- Thursday August 10 - Year 12 Industrial Technology projects were completed and locked up.
- Monday 28 August – Year 12 Visual Arts Body of Work completion and hand in.
- Tuesday 29 August – Year 12 Industrial Technology practical examination marking 8:00am – 2:20pm.
- Monday 4 September to Friday 15 September (school TBA) - Year 12 Music Performance examination period.
- Monday 23 October to Friday 3 November (school TBA) - Year 12 Visual Arts practical marking period.
- Wednesday 11 October – HSC Examinations begin. Complete timetable available via this link.
MOBILE PHONES AND TERM 4
Term 4 2023 will see the introduction of the NSW Government mandate that students will be banned from using mobile phones in all schools. The ban will apply during class, recess and lunch times, as is the case in NSW public primary schools. Students will be allowed to carry their phones while travelling to and from school, but will not be permitted to use them while at school, although some exceptions will need to be considered for medical purposes.
The purpose for the ban is to clear classrooms of unnecessary distractions, create better environments for learning and improve student engagement.
What does this mean for Banora Point High School? Not a lot of change at this stage as our current policies support the mandate. However, during term 4 there will be a review to investigate if further strategies will be required.
Parents are asked to actively support this initiative and discourage their child using a mobile phone while at school. If a parent needs to contact their child during school hours they are requested to call the office and the message will be passed on.
Please follow the following links for articles on the school phone ban and other information.
- UNESCO calls for smartpone ban in schools
Mr Rob Devoy - Relieving Principal
- Friday 25 August - Wear it Purple Day
- Friday 25 August - Broadway Dance Workshop @ BPHS Hall
- Tuesday 29 August - Year 9 & 10 Commerce Excursion @ Harbour Town Shopping Centre
This term sees year 7, 8 and 9 go up against each other for the year group with the best uniform.
As I am sure you can imagine, as a Deputy at Banora Point High School I respect and value the symbolism of wearing the school uniform. I want my students to understand that when you wear our uniform you belong to a community that is bigger than you. You represent students and staff at the school, parents and local sports clubs and businesses.
I am so happy to report that there has been a vast improvement in students’ presentation of themselves and us. It makes me very proud to represent these year groups when I can see the effort and change, they are making to make their teachers, year advisers and Deputy Principal proud. Keep up the good work team.
Currently in the lead with the least Sentral entries on incorrect uniform is: Year 7. Followed by year 8 and then year 9. Come on year 8 and 9 there is not too much in it!
WEAR IT PURPLE
This Friday we celebrate WEAR IT PURPLE DAY. I look forward to seeing students acknowledge this day by wearing purple.
By wearing purple, Australians demonstrate to rainbow young people that they are seen, supported and respected, acknowledging all have the right to be proud of who they are and who they are becoming.
Originally founded by students in response to global stories of teenagers taking their own lives due to bullying and harassment, Wear it Purple Day has become an international movement of celebration and support.
The best dressed students will get a canteen voucher so make sure you are wearing purple and of course all the colours of the rainbow.
HOUSE GOTCHA POINT TERM 3
1st position - THORPE - 90 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 7
2nd position - BRADMAN - 80 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 7
3rd position - FREEMAN - 73 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 8
4th position - O’NEILL - 70 Gotcha’s. Top-performing group: Year 7 & 12
We will be confirming the total for this term at the end of week 9. The house that wins will get a treat of their choice and will be able to wear their house colours. Your chosen treat will be announced soon.
Keep up the good work!
Ms Lara Hatton - Deputy Principal (Years 7 to 9)
Exciting news! Our new school library is nearing completion. Stay tuned for the grand unveiling. We can't wait to share this exceptional space!
BOOK WEEK 2023 19 - 25 AUGUST
Book Week gives us the chance to celebrate reading, Australian literature and school libraries. The theme for Book Week 2023 is read, grow, inspire. We are celebrating all week! Look for activities organised by the english faculty.
THIS YEAR's WINNErs are...