Year 7′s Amazing Trip to Canberra

Our Year 7 students enjoyed a wonderful time visiting Canberra, hitting the slopes and learning all about our nation’s capital. The parents and teachers who accompanied the students are to be commended for making the trip so memorable and rewarding. For a full wrap up, make sure you read this Thursday’s newsletter!


UNHCR World Refugee Day Art Competition

Congratulations to Year 10 students Kathleen O’Hagan and Bella Chaseling who have been named as finalists in the UNHCR World Refugee Day 2014 Art Competition Exhibition. Students were asked to reflect on UNHCR’s World Refugee Day theme “One Family Torn Apart by War is Too Many”.  There were over 500 entries from across Australia and New Zealand, and only 12 finalists were chosen. The drawings of the finalists were displayed at the Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre in Canberra and will be published in the upcoming 2015 UNHCR calendar. The artworks will also be featured on the UNHCR Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Well done girls!

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Bella Chaseling, Year 10
In my artwork there is a boy who is standing, emotionless just staring into space. He can’t feel anymore, he has felt and seen too much for his young age. He has lost all hope for the future, all he knows is sadness, and he doesn’t remember a time in his life when people were happy.

Kathleen O’Hagan, Year 10
I want to tell the story of the difficult choices some families have to make to leave all they love behind. The young girl, mother and baby have to leave their famine stricken land for food while the father stays behind and looks after the family cattle, most likely passed down through his family. You can see the village in the distance and other family members left behind also saying farewell as the father runs towards them and says goodbye. I tried to capture the grief that is caused not only by the refugee but those who are left behind and how much sadness this situation brings to families who face it.

QTAC Tertiary Information Night

Years 10 and 11 Students and Parents

Coming up on Monday 21 July is a great opportunity for parents and students to gain perspective on subject choices and alternative pathways to tertiary studies. Dianne Read from Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC)  has a wealth of valuable information and suggestions. During the presentation, she will provide important perspective in this critical area. At the end of the evening an opportunity is made for questions to be answered about pathways to tertiary studies and associated areas. The Information Night will run from 7.00pm to 8.30pm and is highly recommended for students and parents in Years 10 and 11 this year.

Robin Grant
Careers Officer

Northside students in CATS this weekend

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Twenty-five Northside students successfully auditioned to be involved in Harvest Rain’s production of CATS, which will be performed this weekend at the Brisbane Convention Centre. This is an arena spectacular, and with 800 cast members, is the largest production of CATS ever staged in the Southern Hemisphere.

This has been a fantastic experience for our students who have had an opportunity to work with a professional cast, including Marina Prior. You can watch Marina’s message for the Northside community here >>

In addition to the involvement of our current students, we also have four of our past students who are part of the show. All from the Class of 2013, Rachael Macnaught and Rachel Saunders will be performing as Cats, and Tyras Wood and Eleanor Adeney are in the Orchestra.

Although the show has almost completely sold out, there a few tickets still available which you can purchase by following this link >> 

Maithlohn Drew
Head of Performing Arts