High School News

Fathers' Day is this weekend and students are keen to welcome their dads to visit this Friday morning between 9 and 11am. Unfortunately, Stage 4 will be visiting the Archibald portrait exhibition on Friday, but please know that dads are still very welcome to attend. Feel free also to share a favourite reading with the students as we follow on from last week's Book Week.

Our student ambassadors are ready and willing as they prepare for their service during our Meeting in the Middle event (September 7-10) hosting some 40 practitioners in Montessori adolescent programs from various locations across Australia and New Zealand. Students are working in teams of 4 with a morning and afternoon shift under the leadership of our Year 11 CAS students, Holly and Jackson. This week is full steam ahead with preparation with the weekend requiring service of 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) and morning and afternoon tea. Thanks to Michelle Hoess for co-ordinating this aspect of the weekend so thoroughly as we play host to our colleagues. Elonera staff will be presenting and facilitating a number of events alongside our visitors as the weekend is very much about sharing and exchange of ideas and information.

Students are also preparing for a visit from Templestowe travelling performance group of nearly 30 students in Week 9. They will be hosting a lunch and both the High School and Primary will be audience to their two performances. This all happens in the same week as the World Vision 40hr Backpack Challenge. High Schoolers will be taking on the challenge and living out of their backpacks for 40 hours to develop empathy and raise funds for refugees. The sleepover at school is on Thursday 14th with permission notes due in asap. 

A congratulations to the year 10 students who so professionally and efficiently cooked for the Lighthouse Centre's Homeless Program last week. Their preparation was thorough and kept to a strict budget. Please see Billie's message and photos attached for more accolades!


Lighthouse Community Kitchen
On Wednesday 23rd August, six Year 10 students volunteered their time to cook for Wollongong’s homeless through the Lighthouse Community Kitchen initiative. Olivia and Yuki singlehandedly organised the entire event – from making contact with the charity, to organising a date, planning a menu, purchasing groceries, and ensuring we all knew what to do on the day! The girls made enough spaghetti bolognaise and cupcakes to feed 100 people – a huge undertaking for only six people! A massive thank you to Olivia, Yuki, Maariya, Kirrily, Corinne, and Heather for your tireless efforts and outstanding leadership to support this local charity – I am so very proud of all of you!
Billie Hitchenor
IB Diploma Coordinator